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New lawsuit alleges paid informants, pricey escort at Redstone mansion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:23

Manuela Herzer, the former girlfriend of Sumner Redstone, heads back into court in Los AngelesEven as a Los Angeles judge dismissed one case brought by a former girlfriend of media mogul Sumner Redstone, she filed a new lawsuit that threatens to keep salacious allegations about the 92-year-old's lifestyle alive. The new complaint, filed by Manuela Herzer, 52, in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, alleges that Redstone's daughter Shari interfered with the inheritance Herzer was due to receive in his will and invaded her privacy. The lawsuit asserts that Shari Redstone, during a period when she was estranged from her father, assembled a network of "nurse-informers" within his Beverly Hills mansion to report on his activities and turn the elder Redstone against Herzer.


Alaska's governor reports receiving interesting gifts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:23

This Friday, May 6, 2016, photo, shows a deck of playing cards, in Anchorage, Alaska, bearing the presidential seal and presented to Gov. Bill Walker by President Barack Obama when the two flew on Air Force One in August 2015 from Washington, D.C., to Anchorage. During roughly his first year and a half in office, Walker has receives gifts ranging from alcohol to sea otter mittens to a framed photo from the King of Norway, presented by King Harald V himself. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — When you're governor, you get swag — gifts that are protocol from other government officials or pleasantries from people you meet as part of your travels or duties.


Treasury Secretary hopes to jump-start help for Puerto Rico

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:18

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, right, greets Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla before they tour Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, May 9, 2016. Lew hoped to jump-start congressional efforts to aid debt-stricken Puerto Rico, traveling to the U.S. territory on Monday and focusing on basic services in jeopardy at public hospitals and schools. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew got a first-hand look at the humanitarian impact of Puerto Rico's $70 billion debt crisis Monday, touring an elementary school struggling with limited electricity and a hospital unable to provide some basic services to infants.


Muslim student speaks out about yearbook misnaming her 'Isis'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:14

Muslim student speaks out about yearbook misnaming her 'Isis'A Rancho Cucamonga, California student, mistakenly named "Isis" in her high school yearbook, broke her silence on Monday.


Cruz campaign sued over use of music in videos

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:12
SEATTLE (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz's now-defunct presidential campaign is being sued over the background music it used in two videos.

The Latest: Pretrial motions in trial tied to women's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 08:05
MONROE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the Louisiana trial of a man indicted for the Mississippi burning death of Jessica Chambers (all times local):

Alaska's favorite ice guessing game has 44 winning tickets

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:57
NENANA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's favorite guessing game didn't appear to be too hard to predict this year.

Oklahoma judge overturns convictions of 2 in shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:36

FILE- This March 6, 2015, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Demarco Carpenter, also known as Demarchoe Carpenter. An Oklahoma judge on Monday, May 9, 2016, has declared that Carpenter and another men who were convicted in the drive-by shooting death of a woman 22 years ago are innocent and vacated their convictions. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two men convicted in the drive-by shooting of a woman 22 years ago are innocent and their convictions should be overturned, an Oklahoma judge ruled Monday.


3 Minnesota men accused of terror charges face federal trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:30

Farah Ayan, the mother of two of the young men standing trial in opening day in the federal trial for three Minnesota men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group, speaks to the media in front of the US Courthouse, Monday, May 9, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection started Monday in the federal trial for three Minnesota men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Prosecutors say they were part of a larger conspiracy in which several men from Minnesota's large Somali community met secretly and talked about ways to get to Syria and finance their trips. Some key information about the trial:


Ex-Minnesota college professor fined $500,000 for smuggling ivory

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:29
Yiwei Zheng, 43, a former St. Cloud State University professor, was also sentenced to three years' probation and 150 hours of community service by U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim in Minneapolis, prosecutors said. The fine is to be paid to the Lacey Act Reward Fund, which is used by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reward those who provide information about wildlife crimes and to care for animals held as evidence in ongoing probes.

California looks at easing drought cuts after wet winter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:29

FILE - In this July 2, 2015 file photo, cars, in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., drive by a sign encouraging residents to save water California will consider lifting a mandatory statewide water conservation order for cities and towns after a rainy, snowy winter eased the state's five-year drought, water officials said Monday, May 9, 2016. Members of the state Water Resources Control Board will decide May 18 whether to remove the 11-month-old statewide order. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California will consider lifting a mandatory statewide water conservation order for cities and towns after a rainy, snowy winter eased the state's five-year drought, water officials said Monday.


Seattle seventh grader wins national math bee

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:25
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle seventh grader has won the national math bee.

Passengers: Utah train picked up speed before derailment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:17

In this photo taken Sunday, May 8, 2016, investigators look over a light rail train derailment near 2100 South in Salt Lake City. Excessive speed or mechanical failure could have been factors in the derailment that happened on a curve shortly after the train left a station, Utah Transit Authority spokesman Remi Barron said Monday. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGAZINES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Passengers on a Salt Lake City-area light rail train that derailed Sunday said they were screaming for the driver to slow down shortly before it went off the tracks.


Police: Man visiting New Orleans to plan wedding shot dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:15
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Investigators believe robbery was a motive in the weekend shooting death of a St. Louis man visiting New Orleans to plan his wedding, police chief Michael Harrison said Monday.

Boyfriend changes story over Christmas fire that killed 5

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00

Boyfriend changes story over Christmas fire that killed 5HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A contractor who took the blame for accidentally starting a 2011 Christmas Day house fire that killed his girlfriend's three children and her parents now says she's the one who left a bag of fireplace ashes in a mudroom.


Prosecutors: Officers justified in fatally shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 06:59
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Baton Rouge police officers acted in self-defense and were justified in fatally shooting a man who shot and wounded them after a car chase in February, a prosecutor said Monday as his office released dramatic video of the gunbattle.

Large tornado hits south of Oklahoma City, one death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 06:58
A large and violent tornado hit an area south of Oklahoma City on Monday, causing at least one death and reducing at least three homes to splinters. The hardest-hit areas were about 70 to 80 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, where a tornado reported to be more than a mile wide ripped through the area. One person was killed in Garvin County, about 60 miles south of Oklahoma City, when a home was destroyed by a twister, an emergency official said.

Colorado court picks jury for movie massacre lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 06:57

Century Aurora 16 movie theater is pictured in ColoradoA six-member jury was chosen on Monday in Colorado to hear the first civil trial of wrongful death and personal injury claims stemming from a 2012 mass shooting in which 12 people were killed and dozens wounded in a suburban Denver movie theater. More than two dozen plaintiffs, including surviving victims and relatives of the dead, have sued Cinemark USA Inc [CNKMAI.UL] and the cinema's property owners in state court, accusing them of various security lapses they say contributed to the tragedy. A separate civil suit against Cinemark in federal court is expected to go to trial in July.


Rowers worried about Schuylkill River prior to regatta

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 06:54

Rowers worried about Schuylkill River prior to regattaThousands of rowers from around the country will be coming to Philadelphia this coming weekend for the Dad Vail Regatta, but local rowers who know every inch of the river are seriously worried about the river and the future of rowing here.


The Latest: Man wants to know why 3 daughters died in fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 06:45
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on a 2011 Christmas Day fire that killed three children and their maternal grandparents at a home in Connecticut (all times local):