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Virginia school board defends transgender bathroom policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 03:23
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board says its policy prohibiting a transgender student from using the boys' restrooms is not discriminatory and was not enacted to stigmatize or embarrass the teenager.

Exclusive: 25 Million Affected by OPM Hack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 03:17
More than 25 million people inside and outside government likely had their personal information stolen, sources tell ABC News.

U.S. chain restaurants get one more year to display calorie count

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 03:01
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it would extend the deadline for chain restaurants to disclose calorie counts on menus by a year to Dec. 1, 2016. The FDA set a national standard for restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets late in 2014, to raise awareness about the risk of obesity posed by fatty, sugary foods as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Can KKK 'adopt a highway'? Appellate court considers matter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:57

Attorney Alan Begner, representing a Ku Klux Klan group, argues before the Georgia Court of Appeals on whether the state violated the group's constitutional rights by denying its application in a highway cleanup program Thursday, July 9, 2015, in Atlanta. The Georgia Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case Thursday and will issue a decision in the coming months. The Georgia group's application for the Adopt-A-Highway program was denied in 2012. The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation sued on the group's behalf, saying its right to free speech was violated. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia court heard arguments Thursday about whether the state violated a Ku Klux Klan group's constitutional rights by refusing its application to a highway cleanup program and whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision applies in the case.


Georgia grand jury clears officer in shooting of unarmed black man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:55
A Georgia grand jury on Thursday declined to indict an Atlanta-area police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black man who drove at police in a Maserati, officials said. Nicholas Thomas, 25, was shot to death in March by Sergeant Kenneth Owens of the Smyrna, Georgia, police force. Thomas was driving toward officers, putting them at grave risk, when he was shot, police said.

Oklahoma prosecutor clears troopers in floodwater shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:50
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor will not seek charges against a pair of Oklahoma troopers involved in the fatal shooting of a Tulsa pastor who had been told to leave a flooded area.

Judge to rule July 24 on Chicago pension reform law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:44
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois judge said on Thursday she will rule on July 24 on the constitutionality of a 2014 state law aimed at shoring up two financially ailing Chicago pension funds.

Man gets 6½ years for holding his sister captive in filth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:37
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who kept his sister captive in filthy conditions inside their home was sentenced Thursday to 6½ years in prison.

Summer forecast for Lake Erie: Another big algae outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:34

FILE- This Aug. 3, 2014 file photo shows Algae near the City of Toledo water intake crib, in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. Researchers who have been keeping a close eye on Lake Erie say they think this summer will bring one of the most severe toxic algae outbreaks in recent years. It was almost a year ago that toxins from the algae contaminated the drinking water for 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Lake Erie will see one of the most severe toxic algae outbreaks in recent years this summer, a year after toxins contaminated the drinking water for 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan, researchers predicted Thursday.


Florida's congressional districts rejected as gerrymandered

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:33
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state's congressional maps don't meet the requirements of a voter-approved constitutional amendment that prohibits political lines from being drawn to favor incumbents or a political party. The court ordered the Legislature to try drawing the maps again.

NASA picks 4 astronauts to fly 1st commercial space missions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:32

In this Oct. 22, 2007 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Robert Behnken poses for a photo. Behnken is one of four veteran astronauts selected to fly the first commercial space missions, NASA announced, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has selected four veteran astronauts to lead the way back into orbit from U.S. soil.


Teen stabbed in Whitemarsh Twp. home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:30

Teen stabbed in Whitemarsh Twp. home invasionMontgomery County authorities are investigating the stabbing of a teenager during a home invasion in Whitemarsh Township.


Three injured in San Francisco-area commuter train fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:29
Three people were injured in a train fire that snarled the morning commute for riders of San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system on Thursday, transit officials said. Passengers were evacuated after the fire broke out on the outside of a three-car train in Oakland around 4:30 a.m. and three people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries, BART spokesman Jim Allison said in a statement. BART said the fire may have been caused by electrical arcing.

First lady addresses inaugural Native American youth summit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:22

Gusccavedo Harrison, right, of the Navajo Nation who is from Chinle, Ariz., cheers as first lady Michelle Obama mentions the Navajo as being among the Nations present as she speaks to Native American youth at the first White House Tribal Youth Gathering, Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Washington. Obama told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason."(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Thursday told hundreds of Native American youths that they are all precious and sacred and that "each of you was put on this earth for a reason."


Man accused of killing 7 in New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:19

Man accused of killing 7 in New Jersey, PennsylvaniaAuthorities say a man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including his cousin, in May and June, often within a matter of hours.


Georgia court hears Klan suit to join 'adopt-a-highway'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:16
A Georgia appeals court heard arguments on Thursday but did not issue an immediate ruling in a Ku Klux Klan chapter's lawsuit against the state for refusing the white supremacist group's application to "adopt" a stretch of highway. The KKK chapter, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued Georgia in 2012 after it refused to let it join the state's adopt-a-highway program, which involves volunteers picking up trash and planting trees along designated sections of roadway. Georgia officials had told the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Inc that erecting a sign with its name could lead to social unrest and distract drivers.

Three sisters hiking in Wyoming found two days after reported missing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:14
The three were spotted by the helicopter on a divide between two creeks in the Gros Ventre Wilderness and the rescuers landed and confirmed they were the missing sisters, Lori Iverson, a spokeswoman for the multi-agency team conducting the search, said in an email. The hikers, 25-year-old Megan Andrews-Sharer and her two sisters, 22-year-old Erin and 16-year-old Kelsi, were reported missing on Tuesday after they went on a backpacking trip in the area, according to officials with the team conducting the search. A helicopter crew found them 7 miles west of where Megan Andrews-Sharer's car was discovered on Wednesday at the Swift Creek Trailhead in the Bridger-Teton National Forest south of Jackson, Iverson said.

Passengers stuck for 3 hours when train, backup break down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:08
ABSECON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit says passengers were stranded for more than three hours after their train broke down and their rescue train became disabled.

Vermont police stop same driver within 5 miles for speeding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:03
BRADFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state police say they cited the same driver twice in a five-mile stretch for driving at speeds of 90 mph and above.

Train troubles leave passengers stranded outside Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 02:02

Train troubles leave passengers stranded outside Atlantic CityA disabled New Jersey Transit train left passengers stranded outside of Atlantic City Thursday morning.