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Civil rights leaders slam House's third-ranking Republican

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:52
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two national civil rights leaders are reviving criticism of a top-ranking House Republican's speech to a white supremacist group 13 years ago, trying to jumpstart action on a proposed strengthening of the Voting Rights Act.

LA agrees to pay $15 million to settle boy's police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles will pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit over the police shooting of a teenager who was holding a pellet gun.

Uber driver accused of sexual assault on South Carolina passenger

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:42

Uber representative registers people on smartphone during kick off of citywide jobs tour in Queens borough of New YorkA driver for the popular taxi-hailing service Uber faces sexual assault charges after a passenger reported that he attacked her instead of driving her home from a bar, authorities said on Wednesday. Patrick Aiello, 39, a sixth-grade social studies teacher in North Charleston, South Carolina, was booked into jail on Monday on felony charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, according to Charleston County Jail records. The 23-year-old woman told police that she and a male friend had requested an Uber driver for a ride home from a beachfront bar in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, near Charleston, late Sunday evening, according to an arrest affidavit.


Texas executes 27-year-old man for killing police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:41
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 27-year-old man who was convicted of killing a veteran police officer in 2009 and had waived his rights to appeal his death sentence.

Nigerian gets 22 years in prison on US terror help charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:40
NEW YORK (AP) — A Nigerian man who took part in a Yemen-based al-Qaida faction's effort to spread propaganda intended to encourage terror attacks has been sentenced in New York to 22 years in prison.

Argentine front-runner Scioli would seek bond holdout deal: advisor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:39

Daniel Scioli, Buenos Aires' province governor and presidential candidate, gestures as he speaks next to his wife Karina Rabolini in Buenos AiresBy Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's presidential front-runner wants to settle a financially hobbling suit with bondholders, woo new investors, cut inflation and could revise energy subsidies to put the country's fiscal house in order, his economic advisor said. Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli may represent the party of outgoing President Cristina Fernandez, whose currency and trade controls have slowed the economy, but his policies may veer away from hers if he wins the October election. A shift toward orthodoxy could help untangle Argentina's relationship with the global bond market and attract foreign companies eager to exploit the country's natural resources.


Judge orders Kentucky clerk to issue gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:39
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky will not immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, her lawyer says, despite a federal judge ordering her to do so Wednesday in a case that seeks to reconcile the country's new marriage law and its protections of religious freedom.

U of Illinois to dismiss chancellor, rejects $400,000 bonus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:37

University of Illinois Interim Chancellor Barb Wilson, left, listens as President Michael Killeen introduces her at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in Urbana Ill. University officials plan to dismiss Chancellor Phyllis Wise rather than accept her resignation and pay her an agreed $400,000 bonus. Killeen says he intends to offer her a faculty position in which she would report directly to him. Wise resigned last week amid a number of scandals. (Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette via AP) MANDATORY CREDITURBANA, Ill. (AP) — University Of Illinois trustees plan to begin the process of firing Chancellor Phyllis Wise rather than accept her resignation and pay her a $400,000 bonus she had negotiated. President Timothy Killeen instead plans to assign her to an advisory position reporting directly to him.


Hanford whistleblower settles for $4.1 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:30
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A whistleblower on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has reached a $4.1 million settlement with his former employer on the former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Armed demonstrators protest Sandra Bland arrest, death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:25

A man holds a rifle during a protest for Sandra Bland and other black victims who have died at the hands of police, held by the New Black Panther Party, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, outside the Waller County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in Hempstead, Texas. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITHEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — Dozens of heavily armed demonstrators rallied in Southeast Texas to protest the arrest and jail-cell death of a black woman arrested after a confrontation with a white state trooper during a traffic stop.


Former President Carter says he has cancer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:21

Former U.S. president Carter speaks at the opening of a new exhibit, "Countdown to Zero, Defeating Disease" at the American Museum of Natural History in New York"I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare," Carter, 90, said in a statement. The Carter family has a history of pancreatic cancer, including his parents, two sisters and younger brother Billy Carter.


Connecticut parents sue school district, town over bullied teen's suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:20
The parents of a 15-year-old Greenwich, Connecticut boy who committed suicide on the first day of school in 2013 after years of alleged bullying filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Wednesday against the school district and town for contributing to his death. Anna Izabela Palosz and Franciszek Palosz maintain school staff failed to enforce mandatory anti-bullying policies that would have protected their son, Bartlomiej (Bart) Palosz. It claims the school system was "well-aware of the abuse," and the bullying was a major factor contributing to his death.

One inmate killed, others injured in California prison melee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:19
One inmate was killed and numerous others were injured in a disturbance that broke out on Wednesday afternoon at a prison outside Sacramento, officials said. Five inmates were taken to hospitals with stab wounds and others suffered various injuries during the incident at California State Prison-Sacramento just before 1 p.m., the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. Officials have not publicly identified the inmate who was killed, pending family notification.

Man, 20, charged with murder in Ohio apartment stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:18
(Reuters) - A 20-year-old man was charged by a grand jury in Ohio on Wednesday with murdering another man and stabbing four children in suburban Cincinnati.

Arkansas buys lethal injection drugs, aims to end execution hiatus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:15
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas has bought drugs it plans to use for lethal injections, officials said on Wednesday, as it looks to end a decade-long hiatus on executions that is the longest of any Southern U.S. state. Arkansas law allows information on the drugs used in executions and the vendors supplying them to remain secret. Local reports said the drugs included midazolam, a sedative death penalty opponents had challenged as inappropriate for executions, arguing it cannot even achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery.

Delaware woman receives kidney of father killed in accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:10

Delaware woman receives kidney of father killed in accidentWhat a Delaware father couldn't donate in life, he did after death.


Escaped inmate suspected in killing is held for trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:08

Robert Crissman Jr., center, is escorted from his preliminary hearing at the Armstrong County Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in Kittanning, Pa. Crissman is accused of escaping from the Kittanning jail on July 30, 2015, and killing an acquaintance while on the run. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) — An escaped Pennsylvania inmate accused of killing an acquaintance while on the run has been ordered held for trial on criminal homicide and other charges.


Japanese paratroopers in landmark jump over Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:06
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — Two dozen members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force became the first paratroopers from their country to take part in a training jump from an American forces plane over U.S. soil.

Ban fires UN peacekeeping chief in Central African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:58

In this photo provided by the United Nations, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the media outside the Security Council chambers at U.N. Headquarters, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, where he announced the firing of the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. Babacar Gaye, of Senegal, was terminated over the force's handling of dozens of sexual and other misconduct allegations, including rape and killing, in the year and a half of its existence. (Eskinder Debebe/The United Nations via AP)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief has fired the head of the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic over the force's handling of dozens of misconduct allegations, including rape and killing.


Ernest Hemingway's Idaho house listed on national register

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 06:49

FILE - This July 30, 2007 file photo shows an exterior view of the house formerly owned by Ernest Hemingway outside Ketchum, Idaho. The Idaho house where Hemingway wrote his last works before killing himself in the main entryway in 1961 has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Nature Conservancy owns the two-story, 2,500-square-foot house in the central Idaho resort town of Ketchum and announced the listing Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho house where Ernest Hemingway wrote his last works before killing himself in the main entryway in 1961 has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.