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Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:44

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, left, sits with his defense attorney Charles Rankin during his murder trial Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.


Indiana governor signs religious freedom bill that could affect gays

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:42
Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a controversial religious freedom bill that could allow businesses and individuals to deny services to gays, in a move that prompted protests from some business leaders. Supporters of the bill, which was passed overwhelmingly by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislature, say it will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it is discriminatory and broader than other state religious freedom laws. “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action," Pence said in a statement after signing the bill.

Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:41
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A hearing on whether to approve the bankruptcy sale of assets of electronics retailer RadioShack opened Thursday with the company seeking court approval of the purported winning bid, and an attorney for a losing bidder describing the auction as a sham and asking a Delaware judge to reopen the sale process.

U.S. court halts Labor Department same-sex couple protections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:38
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Texas on Thursday issued a stay to halt the U.S. Labor Department from implementing a rule that would expand medical leave protections for same-sex couples, saying the move impinges on the rights of states that ban gay marriage. The state of Texas, which has a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, last week sued the Labor Department over the rule that would grant family medical leave protections to all married same-sex couples.

Strawberry festival poster sparks outcry about race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:36
PONCHATOULA, La. (AP) — After an outcry over an artist's depiction of two black children with no facial features except bright red lips, organizers of a Louisiana strawberry festival have agreed not to show or sell this year's festival poster, which the local NAACP president called racially offensive.

Tesoro sees restarting Martinez, Calif., refinery beginning Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:35
(Reuters) - Tesoro Corp said it anticipates restarting its strike-hit Golden Eagle refinery in Martinez, California, on Friday, according to a filing with Contra Costa Health Services. Workers at the Martinez refinery ratified a new contract and ended a 52-day strike at that plant, the United Steelworkers union (USW) said on Wednesday.

Alaska officials identify remains of two members of missing family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:34
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - Police in Alaska said on Thursday that human remains found over the weekend belong to two members of a four-person Kenai family that has been missing since last May. The state's medical examiner's office positively identified 23-year-old Rebecca Adams and her boyfriend, 38-year-old Brandon Jividen, from human remains found over the weekend, according to a Kenai police statement. The couple, plus Adams' two daughters, ages 3 and 6, were reported missing in May 2014 from their home in Kenai, 65 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Police: 13-year-old kills brother, 6; wounds another, 16

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:33

 13-year-old kills brother, 6; wounds another, 16A 13-year-old Florida boy shot his brothers during an argument over food, killing a 6-year-old and wounding a 16-year-old before fatally shooting himself inside their mobile home north of Tampa.


California to loosen ban on sex offenders living near schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:31
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will no longer bar all paroled sex offenders from living near schools and parks, part of the fallout from a state Supreme Court decision that said such requirements violated the constitutional rights of parolees in San Diego. The new policy gives parole officers the discretion to decide whether offenders pose a risk to children amid concerns among corrections officials as well as the high court that the law had effectively barred many sex offenders from finding any place where it was legal to live. "We are empowering our parole agents to make a determination as to whether the restrictions should be enforced on a case-by-case basis," said Luis Patino, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. "High-risk sex offenders with a current or prior conviction for lewd acts on a child under 14 are still prohibited from living within a half-mile of any K-12 school," he said.

Life term recommended for Alabama woman who ran granddaughter to death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:29

Joyce Hardin Garrard is seen in a booking photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff?s OfficeBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama jury recommended on Thursday that a woman convicted of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for lying about having eaten chocolates spend the rest of her life in prison, prosecutors said. Joyce Garrard, 50, was found guilty of capital murder last week in the 2012 death of Savannah Hardin. After finding her guilty, the jury was charged with determining whether to recommend a life sentence or the death penalty. The judge in the case will ultimately decide whether to accept the jury's recommendation or sentence Garrard to death at a hearing scheduled for May 11.


UN Mideast envoy calls on Security Council for Israel action

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:21
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting it should present a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."

Leaders urge patience in Detroit-area police beating probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:17

In this Jan. 28, 2015, frame from a dashcam video provided by the Inkster Police Department, an officer punches Floyd Dent many times in the head while another officer tries to handcuff Dent, who is on the ground in Inkster, Mich. Dent's face and shirt were bloodied. Police say Dent disregarded stop signs and refused to pull over, then resisted arrest and threatened them. (AP Photo/Inkster Police Department via Detroit News)INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — City leaders urged public patience Thursday as authorities investigate the arrest of a black motorist who was pulled from his car, repeatedly punched in the head by a white police officer and subdued with a stun gun in suburban Detroit.


Florida suspect dies after swallowing drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:16
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say a man died after swallowing drugs in an apparent attempt to avoid arrest.

Settlement reached in lawsuit filed by Ferguson protesters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:13
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents released Thursday.

Building collapses in New York's East Village neighborhood, police say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:08
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A building collapsed on Thursday in New York City's East Village neighborhood, police said. There was no immediate information on possible injuries, said a spokesman for the New York Police Department. (Reporting by Laila Kearney, Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst)

Hundreds of teens line up for job fair in West Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:58

Hundreds of teens line up for job fair in West PhillyHundreds of Philadelphia teenagers lined up for a job fair in hopes of landing summer employment.


U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:46

Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and George Miller listen before the signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ActBy Susan Cornwell and Caroline Humer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. The Senate may not act until it returns from a two-week recess that starts this weekend. Democratic President Barack Obama praised the House passage and said he hoped the Senate would approve the measure too, because he wants to sign it.


California official urges law to automatically register drivers to vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:41
A top California official is calling on lawmakers to pass a so-called motor-voter law mirroring one recently approved in Oregon, which would automatically register people to vote when they obtain or renew driver's licenses. Alex Padilla, a former lawmaker who was recently elected secretary of state, said on Thursday that such a move would enroll more voters at a time when California election turnouts have been woefully small. “This can go a long way toward addressing the first half of that battle,” said Padilla, a Democrat who represented part of Los Angeles in the state Senate. “So much the better for democracy.” He said he would work with Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego to develop a bill and put it before the legislature.

$15 million redesign planned for Philadelphia's Love Park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:34

$15 million redesign planned for Philadelphia's Love ParkRain or shine, people love heading to Love Park and now the city is planning a $15 million redesign for the iconic Philadelphia landmark.


Mexico double-transplant patient eyes US humanitarian entry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:31

In this May 2, 2014 photo, Jose Chua Lopez, left, holds hands with his mother, Myra Lopez Martinez, during a news conference in Hermosillo, Mexico. Family and friends raised thousands of dollars to send Jose Chua Lopez to the prestigious Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant. But the 20-year-old Mexican born with a heart defect has twice been turned down for a U.S. visa, and relatives and his doctor say his life is in danger. (AP Photo/El Imparcial) MANDATORY CREDIT MEXICO OUTMEXICO CITY (AP) — A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice being denied a visa.