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Verizon workers set Wednesday strike deadline

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:19

Verizon workers set Wednesday strike deadlineUnion leaders say that tens of thousands of Verizon workers will go on strike at 6 a.m. Wednesday if contract deal is not reached by then.


California to increase payments for new parents taking family leave

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:13

A woman walks with a child stroller across a pedestrian crossing, in San FranciscoCalifornia will increase the amount of money new parents can receive through the state's paid family leave program under a bill signed on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The measure, passed last month by the state legislature, will increase the amount paid to new parents or people caring for a sick family member to as much as 70 percent of their regular income for the poorest workers, up from 55 percent, beginning in 2018. The law aims to help more people take family leave, especially poorer Californians who could not afford to stop work if they got only 55 percent of their regular income, according to the bill's author Jimmy Gomez, a Democratic assembly member.


Al-Jazeera America network shuts down Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:11

FILE - This Aug. 20, 2013 file photo shows Al-Jazeera America editorial newsroom staff preparing for their first broadcast in New York. Al-Jazeera America signs off Tuesday night following a three-hour live farewell designed to highlight its work since a 2013 launch. The farewell begins at 6 p.m. EDT and will be repeated immediately before Al-Jazeera America goes dark. Local cable and satellite operators will decide what replaces the channel in their markets. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Al-Jazeera America, which couldn't attract an audience to another cable news network in the United States, signs off Tuesday night following a three-hour live farewell designed to highlight its work since a 2013 launch.


Chicago finance committee approves payouts for police custody deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:09

Protesters demonstrate in response to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago, IllinoisBy Mark Weinraub CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago City Council's Finance Committee on Monday approved payments totaling $6.45 million to settle cases involving two black men who died while in police custody. The settlements come as the third-biggest U.S. city's police department faces a federal investigation and racism accusations over the death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired his police commissioner in 2015 after protests following the release of a video showing a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 times.


Wisconsin school district to discipline students for 'Trump' taunts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:07

A man wears a hand-lettered "Build the Wall" t-shirt while waiting in line for a campaign rally with U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Portsmouth, New HampshireA Wisconsin school district said on Monday it would discipline several students who taunted an opposing team's fans and minority players with chants of "Trump, build a wall" and "Trump" during a high school soccer game. The incident occurred on Thursday during a girls' varsity soccer game between Elkhorn Area High School and Beloit Memorial in southeastern Wisconsin, said Jason Tadlock, the administrator of the Elkhorn Area School District, in a statement posted on the district's Facebook page. During the game, three elementary school students who were sitting near Beloit fans said: "Trump, build a wall," and two high school students chanted: "Trump" four or five times, Tadlock said.


US officials: The more we learn about Zika, scarier it is

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:41

Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Center for Disease Control, speaks about the Zika virus in front of a U.S. map of the ranges of two different types of mosquito, Monday, April 11, 2016, during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials said Monday as they urged more money for mosquito control and to develop vaccines and treatments.


Woman struck and killed on SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:19

Penn student struck, killed on SEPTA's Market Frankford Line ID'dRail service was suspended on SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line in West Philadelphia after a woman was struck and killed on the tracks.


Ex-football player jailed after 2 students slain

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:15
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The two Southern University students slain during a shootout at an off-campus party appeared to be "innocent bystanders" who were caught in the crossfire, authorities said Monday.

Man sentenced for stabbing wife 150 times as kids screamed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:14
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who stabbed his wife about 150 times as their three children tried to stop him has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Next US Navy destroyer to bear former Sen. Carl Levin's name

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:10

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin wears his battleship cap presented during a ceremony, Monday, April 11, 2016 in Detroit. Naval officials came to Michigan to officially announce that the former senator will have a destroyer named after him. The destroyer is part of the Arleigh Burke class and will be built at Bath Iron Works in Maine. It's expected to enter the fleet in 2020. The Detroit Democrat served in the Senate from 1979 to 2015 and also served as chair of the Senate's Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Naval officials have come to Michigan to officially announce that former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin will have a destroyer named after him.


Virginia governor pushes for secrecy of execution drugs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:09

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe proposes making significant changes to a bill that sought to allow the state to force condemned inmates to die in the electric chair when lethal injection drugs aren't available in Richmond, Va., Monday, April 11, 2016. The Democratic governor's amendment to the bill would give the state to power to compound lethal injection drugs needed for executions. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) MANDATORY CREDITRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that he has proposed keeping secret the identities of pharmacies that supply lethal-injection drugs for executions, instead of changing the law to force inmates to die in the electric chair if there are no available drugs.


Jury selection begins in hot SUV death case in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:07
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his son in a hot SUV to die heard on Monday from about a dozen potential jurors who said they had scheduling conflicts. Two were excused.

Richest live longer but gap not as dismal in some US cities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 03:06
CHICAGO (AP) — The richest Americans live at least 10 years longer on average than the poorest, but that gap isn't as wide in many communities, especially affluent, highly educated cities, a major study found.

The Latest: Jury selection begins in hot SUV death case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:59
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on jury selection in the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die (all times local):

Appeals court restores Utah's polygamy law in 'Sister Wives' case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:55
The case, filed after the show's popularity prompted a criminal investigation into whether star Kody Brown was illegally married to four women, drew international attention and raised questions about whether the state could bar consenting adults from living together as a family. In 2013, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups struck down part of the state's law, saying it criminalizes intimate relationships among consenting adults.

San Antonio fires school police officer seen slamming girl in video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:51
The San Antonio school district on Monday fired a school police officer seen on a viral video body slamming a 12-year-old girl, saying his use of force was unwarranted. Shortly after the video was released last week on social media, the district said it was investigating officer Joshua Kehm, who has been with the district since February 2015. In the half-minute video, shot by an unidentified student at Rhodes Middle School on March 29, Kehm is seen grappling with the student, Janissa Valdez, in a school hallway, picking her up and throwing her to the ground.

NTSB: Copter not certified to fly in conditions before crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:46
ATLANTA (AP) — A medical helicopter was not certified for flying in the foggy, low-visibility conditions it encountered before crashing last month with a patient in southeast Alabama, killing all four aboard, federal investigators say in a newly released report.

Singer Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show to protest same-sex law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:46

Singer Bryan Adams performs on stage at the 2016 Juno Awards in CalgaryCanadian singer Bryan Adams has canceled a show in Mississippi to protest a new state law that will let people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the second major concert scrapped in the U.S. South over discrimination concerns. On Friday, U.S. rock star Bruce Springsteen called off a weekend concert in North Carolina to show his opposition to a new law there barring transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. The cancellations come as a number of U.S. states consider legislation seen as restricting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.


In the mail: Drugs, 5 guns, $160K seized at sorting plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:44
ONEIDA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say 22 people have been arrested after investigators intercepted packages containing drugs, guns and about $160,000 at a central New York mail sorting facility.

Espionage charges filed against U.S. Naval officer: White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:42
A U.S. Navy officer is in custody at a military prison under charges of espionage, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday. The officer is being held at the Navy Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, Virginia, Earnest said. A U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday that a U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan.