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Chief justice's suspension adds to Alabama's political mess

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 01:53

FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, speaks during a news conference at the Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala. Moore was suspended from office Friday, May 6, and faces possible ouster over his attempts to block gay marriage following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex unions.(Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama politics are at a low point even by Alabama standards: In a state that trails the nation in many areas, three top elected officials are embroiled in scandal or facing removal from office while a former governor serves time in federal prison on a corruption conviction.

Shiitakepalooza helps Vermont mushroom growers and aspirants

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 01:47

In this Friday, May 6, 2016 photo, mushroom grower Andy Bojanowski drills holes in a log that will be filled with shiitake spawn at Eddy Farm in Middlebury, Vt. The farm will host the sixth annual Shiitakepalooza on Saturday at which volunteers help mushroom growers inoculate logs that will eventually sprout shiitake mushrooms that can bring in $16 to $20 a pound. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Spring in Vermont means muddy roads, the return of green to the landscape, farmers planting crops ... and Shiitakepalooza.

Pilgrim's Pride expands recall of cooked chicken products

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 01:36
WACO, Texas (AP) — Pilgrim's Pride is expanding a 5 million pound recall that federal food safety regulators say includes a variety of chicken products potentially contaminated with foreign materials.

Cops: Maine fire chief set blaze fought by 100 firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 00:44

This photo provided by Cumberland County,Maine shows Ricky Plummer. Authorities say Plummer, an Old Orchard Beach Fire Chief, has been arrested on an arson charge over a grass and marsh blaze fought by more than 100 firefighters. Plummer was arrested at around 2 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 over an April 15 fire that burned 42 acres at the Jones Creek Marsh and led to evacuations. (Cumberland County,Maine via AP)OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — A fire chief accused of intentionally setting a grass and marsh blaze that was fought by more than 100 firefighters and led to evacuations was arrested Saturday on an arson charge.

5 elderly holdouts fighting closure of assisted-living home

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 00:15

Annemarie Mogil heads to her apartment after a visit with her neighbor, Alice Singer, in Prospect Park Residence, an assisted living apartment complex for seniors in Brooklyn borough of New York on Thursday, April 7, 2016. The residence has become the focus of a two-year-old fight springing from its owner's decision to sell the building to be converted to condos. Mogil, Singer and three other remaining residents have refused to leave, shedding light on the rights of elders and the difficulty of transition in life's twilight. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The stately dining room at this once-bustling old-age home has been emptied, its floors ripped up. The tiny general store's shelves are barren, and the exercise room has gone silent. No one is leafing through the books of the library or digging into a treat in the ice cream parlor or painting at an easel in the art room.

Prince's family planning memorial to late music superstar

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 23:59

A star honoring Prince, now painted gold, stands out on the wall Thursday, May 5, 2016 as fans gathered at the memorial for the singer at First Avenue in Minneapolis where he often performed. The pop rock singer died on April 21 at the age of 57. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince's family members say they are planning an official memorial service to say goodbye to the late music superstar.

Correction: Cal State Faculty-Contract story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 23:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story May 3 about California State University faculty approving a tentative three-year contract, The Associated Press reported erroneously that one provision would extend tenure vestment from five to 10 years for employees hired after July 1, 2017. The provision actually applied to retiree health benefits.

Topeka's Evel Knievel Museum to show virtual jumps, physics

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 23:48
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new museum honoring daredevil Evel Knievel will allow visitors to take virtual reality jumps and to understand the physics behind some of his stunts.

Step-grandmother found guilty in dog attack that killed baby

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 23:34
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the step-grandmother of an infant killed in a 2014 dog attack has been found guilty in the boy's death.

Jet pilot recovering after ejecting before NC ocean crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 23:26
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — The pilot of a Marine Harrier jet is recovering after ejecting from the airplane just before it crashed just off the coast of North Carolina.

Detroit students' education takes back seat in funding talks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 22:42

In a photo from Thursday, May 5, 2016, Tomi Sawyers, left, drops her son Anthony Sawyers off at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Anthony Sawyers is a sophomore at Detroit's pre-eminent public high school, Cass Tech, where textbooks aren't allowed out of his classrooms _ even to take home to study. That, his mother Tomi says, is a sign of how dire financial troubles are in the district, which other parents and educators say has had chronic shortages of books, paper and other supplies. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Anthony Sawyers is a sophomore at Detroit's pre-eminent public high school, Cass Tech, where textbooks aren't allowed out of his classrooms — even to take home to study.

In Minnesota, 100s take opportunity to sue over sex abuse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 22:38

In this March 29, 2016, photo, Lori Stoltz, one of the victims of deceased Diocese of New Ulm priest, the Rev. David Roney, holds a photo of herself at the age when she was abused as she speaks during a press conference in St. Paul, Minn. It's been nearly three years since Minnesota opened a path for lawsuits by alleged victims of long-ago childhood sexual abuse. That window closes May 25, but the impact has been huge. Hundreds of people have come forward against churches, the Boy Scouts, schools and other institutions. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT TV is soft outMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's been nearly three years since Minnesota opened a path for lawsuits by victims of long-ago childhood sexual abuse.

Alabama's top judge faces ethics charges over gay-marriage order

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 22:38

A same-sex marriage supporter holds a sign referring to Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, during a protest outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamChief Justice Roy Moore, an outspoken opponent of same-sex unions, faces possible removal from the bench after the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission charged him with violating the state's judicial ethics laws, according to news website The legality of gay marriage had been at the center of a national debate until the Supreme Court ruled in June that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement.

At what age an adult? Many in Louisiana say 17 is too young

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 22:37
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — At 17, Devin Harris is not old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes. But when he was accused of trying to use someone else's credit card to buy cigarettes, he swiftly realized that — at least when it comes to the criminal justice system — the state of Louisiana considers him to be an adult.

1 dead, 2 injured in apartment blaze in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 22:01

1 dead, 2 injured in apartment blaze in West PhiladelphiaPolice say one person is dead and two are injured after an apartment fire in West Philadelphia.

Powerball at $415 million, ninth highest in U.S. history

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 21:49

The winning Powerball numbers are shown after being drawn at the Florida Lottery studio in Tallahassee FloridaIt is the largest jackpot for any U.S. lottery since January, when three Powerball tickets split a record $1.6 billion. Statistics experts say that means an American is roughly 25 times more likely to become the next president of the United States than to win the game. Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Police find dead woman in trunk, 2 juveniles in Hawaii home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 21:38

This photo provided by the Hawaii Police Department shows John Ali Hoffman. Officers on Friday, May 6, 2016 found a woman's body stuffed in the trunk of a car that was driving away from a house in a rural area of Hawaii's Big Island before walking into the home and coming across two juveniles dead. ohn Ali Hoffman was arrested on suspicion of three counts of murder and firearms offense. (Hawaii Police Department via AP) MANDATORY CREDITHONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man remained jailed on suspicion of three murders Friday after officers responding to a home disturbance arrived just as he was driving away from the scene with blood dripping from the trunk of his car.

Why April's hiring slowdown may show caution on US economy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 21:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — American employers signaled their caution about a sluggish economy by slowing their pace of hiring in April after months of robust job growth.

Spared death in derailment, West Virginia man gets new home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 21:08

Morris Bounds Sr. and his wife, Patricia Bounds, are shown Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at their new home in Falls View, W.Va. Morris Bounds was in his other home across the Kanawha River near Mount Carbon on Feb. 16, 2015, when 27 cars of a CSX oil train derailed nearby and exploded. Bounds suffered only inhalation injuries. (AP Photo/John Raby)MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — Lush grass sways in the breeze on once-scorched earth where Morris Bounds' home had stood, flattened and incinerated by a derailed oil train that exploded yet allowed him a path to escape.

States where 18 not the norm for what's considered adult

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 21:05
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is one of nine states where 17-year-olds are treated as adults when it comes to the criminal justice system. The legislature is considering a proposal to raise the age to 18 and include 17-year-old offenders in the juvenile justice system. Here's a look at the nine states where 18 is not the standard for what's considered an adult: