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Typo causes $10 million mistake in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:35
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A typo amounted to a $10 million mistake in northern New Jersey.

Freddie Gray protesters rally, march for hours in Philadelphia; 3 arrests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 18:26

'Philly is Baltimore' protesters rally for hours; 3 arrestsA rally called "Philly is Baltimore" that began Thursday afternoon and extended well into the evening ended with only 3 arrests and no damage to property.


2 hurt in single-vehicle crash in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 17:51

2 hurt in single-vehicle crash in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries after a single-vehicle crash in Atlantic County.


Donor beware: Concern about crowdfunding sites

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 17:28

 Concern about crowdfunding sitesCrowdfunding is a really popular way for people to raise money for good causes but before you donate, beware of bogus campaigns.


New Mexico auditor says ex-police chief got perks from Taser

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 16:18

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2011 file photo shows then-Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz in Albuquerque, N.M. Schultz, Albuquerque’s former police chief, potentially violated city and state ethics rules by influencing a no-bid $1.95 million contract to purchase body cameras before going to work as a consultant for the supplier, the New Mexico state auditor reported Thursday, April 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's state auditor outlined what he called a troubling pattern of perks and consulting work heaped upon the former Albuquerque police chief by Taser International as it secured a lucrative no-bid contract to supply officers with body cameras.


New Details Fill In Freddie Gray's Journey With Police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 16:17
A Baltimore police detective announced Thursday that they have discovered a stop the police van made but that investigators had not known about earlier.

Records show worries over Baltimore officer's mental health

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:16

Walter Newsome, of the Bronx, participates in a news conference in front of New York City Police headquarters, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in New York, to demand an end to violent, hyper-aggressive policing. Protesters are complaining about police tactics and the arrest of more than 100 people at a protest Wednesday night in Manhattan's Union Square over the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)BALTIMORE (AP) — The top Baltimore city police officer suspended following Freddie Gray's death was hospitalized in April 2012 following concerns about his mental health, according to records from a sheriff's department and court obtained by The Associated Press.


Last clergy files released in Los Angeles 8 years after deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:02
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A final batch of clergy sex abuse files is being released in Los Angeles eight years after a record-setting $660 million court settlement was reached with the Roman Catholic archdiocese.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:02
"Well I guess it is time to say goodbye." — Twitter post for NASA's spacecraft Messenger, which succumbed to Mercury's gravity and crash-landed on the planet after orbiting it since 2011.

Regulators fine SeaWorld San Diego over worker safety: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 14:21

Visitors attend the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California(Reuters) - California safety regulators have fined SeaWorld San Diego for not properly instructing workers on how to "safely interact with killer whales," the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. The citations, which the amusement park told the newspaper it would appeal, come as SeaWorld is still dealing with fallout from the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" that was critical of its practice of keeping the killer whales in captivity and using them for entertainment. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health at the California Department of Industrial Relations issued the citations this week with fines totaling $25,770, according to the Times. SeaWorld could not be immediately reached for comment, but a representative told the Times that the citations demonstrate "a "fundamental misunderstanding of the requirements of safely caring for killer whales." At least three lawsuits have been filed against SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in recent weeks saying ticket holders were defrauded by claims that the animals are healthy and well-treated, allegations that the park denies.


Scant details from Gray death probe disappoint protesters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 14:00
BALTIMORE (AP) — The refusal of authorities to provide more than a few sketchy details about the Freddie Gray investigation may be legally appropriate, but many people in Baltimore were finding it hard to be patient Thursday when police revealed next to nothing about the criminal investigation they turned over to the state's attorney's office.

A barber's half-century of clipping hair in a changing Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 13:52

Lenny Clay is seen at his barber shop in Baltimore, MarylandBy Emily Flitter BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The view from Lenny Clay’s barbershop in a neighborhood just west of downtown Baltimore is bleak. "Back in the '60s I couldn't keep the politicians out of here," Clay, now 80, said. "Now none of them will come." In 1961, when Clay opened Lenny’s House of Naturals in this corner storefront, the neighborhood was busy, bright, full of hard-working black families and black-owned businesses. On Wednesday, visitors who stopped by the shop wanted to talk about the city’s recent unrest and how it was different from the riots that erupted in Baltimore in 1968, following the death of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. "In the '60s, we were fighting for equality," said Sterling Brunson, 50.


Remote Utah outpost serves as stand-in for surface of Mars

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 13:48

In this photo taken on Saturday, April 18, 2015, Florian Commans, crew biologist and greenhab officier, of Crew 153, studies a collection of rocks near the Mars Desert Research Station, in Hanksville, Utah. This isn’t Mars, but it’s resemblance to the red planet has made it a hot spot for teams of geologists, biologists and engineers from around the world who have been coming for more than a decade to simulate missions to the mysterious planet in hopes of providing critical research to for future trips to Mars. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)HANKSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Four people wearing space helmets and square backpacks emerge from a circular structure resembling a water tank and step onto a reddish, barren landscape.


Tesla charges into home battery market despite challenges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 13:25

Media members line to enter Tesla Design Studio to wait for Tesla Motors Inc. to announce its expansion into the home battery market in Hawthorne, Calif., Thursday, April 30, 2015. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages.


On Clinton's age, Republican rivals imply -- but never say -- she's old

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 13:10

Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton pumps her fists in an auto shop as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, IowaBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Her campaign barely three weeks old, Hillary Clinton already has been attacked by Republicans on everything from donations to her family's charitable foundation, to her tenure as secretary of state and her ties to Wall Street. If elected in November 2016, Clinton would be, at 69, the second-oldest person to take the presidential oath for the first time, behind only Ronald Reagan, who turned 70 weeks after being sworn into office in 1981. Questions of health and fitness for the presidency dogged two former candidates of a similar age, Bob Dole in the 1996 election and John McCain in 2008, each of whom was 71 at this point in the race. "I do think age is an issue in a presidential campaign," said Steve Schmidt, who was McCain’s campaign manager. "There is a thin line between seasoned and decrepit." But several Republican campaigns that seem best positioned to exploit it don't want to touch the issue - at least directly. That's a shift from just a few months ago, when presidential hopefuls Senator Rand Paul, 52, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, 47, explicitly referenced Clinton’s age as a possible disqualifier, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likened her to a cast member of the hit TV show “The Golden Girls,” which featured four older women living together.


Activists work for Native American-friendly site names

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:48

This April 29, 2015 photo shows a sign for the newly named Oglala Lakota County in Batesland, S.D. The name change will officially take effect on Friday. Shannon County has officially become Oglala Lakota County, scrubbing away the name of a man who Oglala Sioux Tribe activists say helped usher in a significant breakup of sovereign lands. (AP Photo/James Nord)WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Shannon County will now be Oglala Lakota County, removing the name of a man who Oglala Sioux Tribe activists say helped with negotiations that were a precursor for the breakup of tribal lands.


Prime minister wants Japan to learn from Silicon Valley

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:33

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Stanford University President John Hennessy, right, during the Silicon Valley Japan Innovation Program at Stanford University on Thursday, April 30, 2015, Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave California's governor a hint of what it would be like inside a Japanese-made bullet train Thursday, displaying a train simulator for Gov. Jerry Brown during a meeting in San Francisco.


Questions, answers about plan for Detroit school district

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:19

Detroit Public School teachers demonstrate in front of the Capitol Thursday morning, April 30, 2015, in Lansing, Mich. Steve Conn, head of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, said Gov Rick Snyder’s proposed overhaul of the district announced Thursday is causing the union to “draw a line in the sand and fight.” Classes were canceled in 18 Detroit schools after teachers failed to appear on the same day as Snyder’s announcement. (Dale G Young/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants to overhaul Detroit's troubled state-run school district and divide its operations to address the "crushing" debt he says is hurting education in the city.


Israel blames Arab neighbors for stalling on nuke-free zone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:15
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel is blaming its Arab neighbors for the failure of progress toward achieving a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, saying that "if a serious regional effort has not emerged in the Middle East during the last five years, it is not because of Israel."