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U.S. cracks down on e-cigarettes and cigars, bans sales to minors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:57

File photo of enthusiast Damien Hoops uses an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los AngelesBy Caroline Humer and Clarece Polke NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday took wide-ranging steps to crack down for the first time on e-cigarettes and cigars, growing in popularity among teens, and banned sales to anyone under age 18 in hopes of sparing a new generation from nicotine addiction. The Food and Drug Administration's action brought regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco in line with existing rules for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco.


Indictment: Ex-Boy Scout leader sexually abused 5 boys

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:56
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Boy Scout leader from Nashville who stands accused of abusing five boys has been indicted on statutory rape, sexual battery and other felony counts.

Feds seek DNA samples to investigate thefts of 130 guns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:41
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal authorities are seeking a DNA sample — along with hair samples and fingerprints — from at least one suspect as they continue investigating the theft of 130 guns from firearms dealers in several Georgia cities.

Truck overturns on Philly side of Ben Franklin Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:41

Truck overturns on WB side of Ben Franklin Bridge in Old CityA tractor trailer overturned on the Philly side of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Old City, and is expected to be there through the rush hour.


U.S. bullet train proposals shun public funds, favor private cash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:38

China Railway High-speed Harmony bullet trains are seen at a high-speed train maintenance base in WuhanHigh-speed rail advocates had hoped the line, supported by more than $13 billion in state and federal money, would inspire similar government-financed projects. Companies in Texas, Minnesota and Nevada all plan to tap private cash from investors globally, with help from foreign train makers and governments eager to export train technology. “The United States is the Holy Grail of deployment for Japan, China, France, Germany and Spain,” said Tim Keith, Texas Central CEO.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump's vow to create Appalachian coal jobs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:31

 Trump's vow to create Appalachian coal jobsDALLAS (AP) — Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer.


Officials take custody of kids who went to Oregon standoff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:31
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Seven children who were taken to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year have been placed in the temporary custody of Kansas child welfare officials.

Harsh history: Alabama county may cover up slavery murals

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:29

A man walks in front of a mural on the wall of the Birmingham, Ala., courthouse, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Jefferson County Commission members said Thursday that they'll work together to address concerns surrounding two murals in the county courthouse building that members of a local NAACP branch have said are offensive and should be removed. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — As officials across the South wrestle with what to do about public monuments that reflect a racist heritage, an Alabama county may cover up two courthouse murals that some call offensive.


$2K reward in fatal Camden hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:24

$2K reward in fatal Camden hit-and-runAs authorities continue to try to identify and locate the men behind a fatal hit and run accident in Camden County, the victim's family is speaking out.


Defense: Forcing doctor to take medicine violates his rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:21

FILE - In this April 27, 2010 file photo, Lishan Wang, center, a Chinese citizen from Beijing, stands as he is arraigned in New Haven Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., in connection with the murder of Vajinder Toor. Wang is accused of killing Toor outside Toor's home in Branford in 2010. The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Lishan Wang can be forcibly medicated to render him competent to stand trial. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, Pool, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A mentally ill doctor should not be forced to take medicine in a bid to make him competent to stand trial for the killing of a Yale University physician, a public defender told Connecticut's highest court on Thursday.


Truck overturns at Philly entrance to Ben Franklin Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:20

Truck overturns at Philly entrance to Ben Franklin BridgeA tractor trailer overturned at the entrance to the Ben Franklin Bridge in Old City Philadelphia, and is expected to be there through the rush hour.


Texas attorney general questions Target's transgender bathroom policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:17

Shopping carts are seen at a Target store in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, IllinoisThe attorney general of Texas has written the chief executive of Target to tell him that the state is concerned about the retailer's policy allowing shoppers and employees to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Tea Party Republican and evangelical Christian, said in an interview on Thursday that Target's policy could put girls and women at risk by allowing sexual predators and voyeurs in bathrooms. Minneapolis-based Target last month became the first big U.S. retailer to weigh in on the bathroom policy issue, which is at the center of a national debate pitting social conservatives against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their supporters.


State's attorney asks to step aside from Chicago police case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:10

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, charged with first-degree murder in the October 2014 shooting death of a black teenager, sits in court for a hearing in his case at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Anita Alzarez, Cook County's embattled state's attorney, has asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor in the case. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County's embattled state's attorney asked a judge Thursday to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case against a white Chicago police officer she didn't charge until more than a year after he shot a black teenager 16 times.


Bank robber who dropped trail of money gets 15 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 03:01
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A bank robber who left a trail of cash as he ran from the scene of the crime has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Judge orders Somali teen returned to foster family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 02:59
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle has ordered immigration officials to release a Somali teenager who was taken from his Oregon foster family and placed in an adult detention center in Tacoma, Washington.

High swing that killed teen exempt from SC inspections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 02:58
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A ropes course where a Florida teen died last summer was exempt from state inspections governing amusement rides, South Carolina regulators have concluded, a reversal of what they said immediately after her death.

Pennsylvania woman sues estate of teen who fell on her from 8th floor window

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 02:52
Erica Goodwin, 45, was walking in Philadelphia's Center City district on Jan. 15, 2015, when Rebecca Kim landed on her after falling from the eighth floor of an apartment building, leaving her with spinal fractures and other injuries. The Philadelphia medical examiner's office ruled Kim's death a suicide. According to Goodwin's lawsuit, Kim, a first-year student at Temple University, was visiting friends who lived in the apartment, which houses students at the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Suspects sought in theft of antique doors from Bala Cynwyd apartment building

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 02:51

Suspects sought in theft of antique doors from Bala Cynwyd apartment buildingLower Merion police are trying to track down the thieves who ripped the doors right off the frame, and then stole them from an apartment building in the Bala Cynwyd neighborhood.


Polish government to take control of WWII museum

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 02:38

This architectural visualization provided by Studio Architektoniczne Kwadrat in Gdynia, Poland, shows how the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk, Poland, is projected to look after its completion. The fate of the museum, which was scheduled to open in early 2017, is now uncertain after the Polish government has taken steps that could see the whole project scrapped. The government doesn't like it because it objects to its international approach and feels it is not Polish enough. (Krzysztof Droszcz/Studio Architektoniczne Kwadrat via AP)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative government announced Thursday that it is merging a major museum on World War II that was due to open next year with a different museum that doesn't yet exist, a legal maneuver that allows it to take control of an ambitious new institution.


Topeka man plans to plead guilty in Fort Riley bomb case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 02:36
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 29-year-old Topeka man plans to plead guilty to a criminal charge that he helped another man who plotted last year to bomb the Fort Riley military base to aid the Islamic State group.