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Steinem among winners of Books for a Better Life Award

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:08
NEW YORK (AP) — Feminist and author Gloria Steinem and Hollywood producer Brian Glazer are among this year's winners of the Books for a Better Life Award.

Meeting seeks end to police profiling, black student arrests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:07
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Just over a year after a black motorist was shot and killed by a white police officer, an audience of about 2,500 people gathered at a North Charleston church Monday calling for an end to police targeting blacks in routine traffic stops and arresting students on school campuses.

The Latest: Alaska outdoors professor mauled by bear

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:42
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a university professor mauled by a bear (all times local):

Man freed in girl's 1957 slaying speaks of prison, future

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:40

Jack McCullough, left, smiles from the backseat of his stepdaughter Janey O'Connor's rental car after he was released from the DeKalb County Jail in Sycamore, Ill., Friday, April 15, 2016. An Illinois judge vacated the conviction of the 76-year-old man in a 1957 killing and ordered his immediate release from prison Friday, meaning that one of the oldest cold cases to be tried in U.S. history has officially gone cold again. (Danielle Guerra/Daily Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUTCHICAGO (AP) — Jack McCullough awoke a few months into his life sentence for the 1957 slaying of an Illinois schoolgirl as his cellmate plunged a shank fashioned from a toothbrush into his face, eventually dislodging his eye.


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:08

La Union del Pueblo Entero's Roberta Tello holds a sign supporting President Obama's executive action on immigration as Martha Sanchez stands beside her during a rally Monday April 18, 2016 in front Bentsen Tower, which houses the Southern District of the U.S. Federal District Court, in McAllen, Texas. The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case that could defer deportation of millions of people living in the United States. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT MBO (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


Correction: Black Chessmaster story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:56

In this April 12, 2016 photo, chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley talks during an interview at Chess Forum in New York. The Brooklyn resident has been inducted to the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — In some versions of a story April 18 about Maurice Ashley, The Associated Press reported that Ashley was the first African-American to become a chess grandmaster and the first African-American in the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame. The story should have made clear that Ashley was the first black person from any nation to hold the rank of grandmaster and the first black person in the hall of fame.


Police: Girl, 4, killed by father who was playing with gun

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:51

 Girl, 4, killed by father who was playing with gunPhiladelphia police have identified the father charged in connection with the shooting death of his 4-year-old daughter in the Kensington section over the weekend.


Man faces murder charge cold case of his missing stepson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:45
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The stepfather of a 2-year-old boy who disappeared in San Diego 14 years ago has been arrested in North Carolina and faces a murder charge, officials say.

Judge eyes child porn conviction stemming from spy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge said Monday she's considering throwing out at least one conviction against a former Boeing manager found guilty of receiving and possessing child pornography that was uncovered during an unrelated espionage investigation.

Panama takes reservations for transit through expanded canal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:34
PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Panama Canal is taking reservations for ships to transit its new locks starting June 27, the day after the inauguration of a $5.25 billion project to double the waterway's capacity, authorities said Monday.

Transgender bathroom bill fails in Tennessee legislature

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:32
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A transgender bathroom bill in the Tennessee legislature failed Monday after the House sponsor said she was withdrawing the legislation while waiting to see how legal challenges play out in other states that have passed similar measures.

Houston deluged, five reported dead in Texas floods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:26
By Kristen Hays HOUSTON (Reuters) - Torrential rainfall totaling 18 inches (46 cm) pummeled Houston on Monday, causing floods that were believed responsible for five deaths and that snarled transport and turned roads into lakes in the fourth most-populous U.S. city. More than 1,000 homes were flooded in Harris County, which contains Houston, and there were more than 1,000 water rescues as scores of neighborhoods and roads were hit by rushing water. "This is the most I have ever seen in the state of Texas," Governor Greg Abbott said of the rescues at a news conference, where he declared a state of disaster in nine Texas counties.

N.Y. man charged with bribing police as corruption probe continues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:24

Alex Lichtenstein is escorted out of Manhattan federal court in New YorkA member of a volunteer safety patrol in an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn was charged on Monday with trying to bribe police officers to obtain gun licenses, prosecutors said, in the latest fallout from a wide-ranging corruption probe into the New York City Police Department. A criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court charged Alex Lichtenstein, 44, with conspiracy and bribery, saying he bragged about having obtained 150 licenses through his NYPD connections.


Authorities: Hostage-taker killed in standoff with police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:24
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a police officer fatally shot an armed man early Monday after he had taken two people hostage at a gas station in an Atlanta suburb.

How 4 AP reporters got the story 'Seafood from Slaves'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:21

Gary Pruitt, back to camera, President and CEO of The Associated Press, embraces reporter Martha Mendoza as the AP wins the Pulitzer Prize for public service, Monday, April 18, 2016 in New York. Mendoza, Robin McDowell, center, Esther Htusan, far left, and Margie Mason, not seen, chronicled how men from Myanmar and other countries were being imprisoned, sometimes in cages, in an island village in Indonesia and forced to work on fishing vessels. AP's international enterprise editor Mary Rajkumar, second left, also congratulated the reporters. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press expose on slavery in Southeast Asia's fishing industry, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday, was born of a painstaking investigation by four reporters who documented the harsh treatment of fishermen held captive on a remote island and traced their catch to U.S. supermarkets and restaurants.


911 caller won't be charged in Ohio Wal-Mart police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:16
A 911 caller won't be charged for reporting a man waving a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart store before police fatally shot the shopper, who'd picked up an air rifle from a shelf, a special prosecutor said Monday.

AP wins Pulitzer for stories on enslaved fishermen in Asia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 08:05

FILE - In this May 16, 2015, file photo, former slave fisherman Myint Naing and his mother, Khin Than, cry as they are reunited after 22 years at their village in Mon State, Myanmar. The Associated Press has won the Pulitzer Prize on Monday, April 18, 2016 for public service for articles documenting the use of slave labor in the commercial seafood industry in Indonesia and Thailand. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for documenting the use of slave labor in Southeast Asia to supply seafood to American tables — an investigation that spurred the release of more than 2,000 captive workers.


Capitol plot suspect appears competent; Nov. 1 trial set

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:53

This undated photo provided by the Boone County Jail shows Christopher Lee Cornell. Cornell, a suburban Cincinnati man, the beard and long hair he had when arrested gone, has been calling himself again by his birth name and appears competent to stand trial on charges that he plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group, according to testimony Monday, April 18, 2016. (Boone County Jail via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati man, the beard and long hair he had when arrested gone, has been calling himself again by his birth name and appears competent to stand trial on charges that he plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group, according to testimony Monday.


Oklahoma City a defining moment in Merrick Garland's career

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:47

FILE - In this April 27, 1995, file photo, Merrick Garland, then-associate deputy attorney general, speaks to the media following the hearing of Oklahoma bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh, in El Reno, Okla. This week marks 21 years since the bombing of Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. It’s a case that was a defining moment in the career of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. At the time of the bombing, Garland was 42 years old and a top lieutenant to Attorney General Janet Reno. He was chosen to go to Oklahoma City, the highest-ranking Justice Department official there, and led the prosecution for about a month until a permanent lead prosecutor was named. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In Judge Merrick Garland's courthouse office in Washington, there's a framed photo of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after the 1995 bombing that ripped away most of its front. There's also a courtroom artist's sketch from the prosecution of bomber Timothy McVeigh and a medal honoring Garland for his work on the case.


What big ears you have! NY zoo debuts adorable little foxes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:46

This April 13, 2016, photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows one of two new fennec foxes making their debut at the Prospect Park Zoo in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Wildlife Conservation Society says little foxes, usually weighing less than 4 pounds as adults, with remarkably big ears, are native to the deserts of northern Africa. (Wildlife Conservation Society/Julie Larsen Maher via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Two adorable little foxes with remarkably big ears are making their public debut at New York's Prospect Park Zoo.