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California transgender inmate's lawyers seek swift surgery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:46
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys for a transgender prison inmate said Wednesday that she could have sex reassignment surgery as early as next month if California correctional officials quickly approve the procedure.

Former Navy SEAL sentenced to prison for investment scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:36
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A former U.S. Navy SEAL who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a scheme to defraud a dozen people out of nearly $1.2 million was sentenced on Wednesday to more than six years in prison. Jason Mullaney, who served in the Navy from 1993 to 2003 and spent much of his career on SEAL Team Five based in Coronado, California, pleaded guilty in September in San Diego Superior Court to three counts of grand theft and one count of securities fraud. Mullaney, 43, later sought to withdraw that plea, made as part of an agreement with prosecutors, but was rejected by a judge. Prosecutors say Mullaney, who had a California real estate license, bought and sold homes for clients – many of whom came from his Navy contacts.

Police study threat against activist behind cartoon contest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:31

In this Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, Pamela Geller, head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, speaks at a conference in New York. The Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that exploded in violence in Texas on Sunday, May 3, 2015, was organized by Geller, a New Yorker who rails against Islam with such ferocity that one of the nation's top civil rights groups lists her in its "extremist files." (AP Photo/David Karp, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says it's assessing a threat posted on a website related to the Islamic State group against the organizer of a cartoon contest about the Prophet Muhammad.


Tornadoes rake Oklahoma City suburbs, parts of Tornado Alley

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:30

Tornadoes rake Oklahoma City suburbs, parts of Tornado AlleyA tornado grazed Oklahoma City and its suburbs Wednesday, threatening rush hour drivers and prompting schools to hold children in safe rooms until the danger passed. No injuries were reported.


Police car kills 2 New York City pedestrians on turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:29
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — State police say a police car struck and killed two people from New York City after they got out of their disabled vehicle on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Water main break creates geyser in Cheltenham Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:24

Water main break creates geyser in Cheltenham Twp.A huge water main break created a geyser on a road in Cheltenham Township on Wednesday afternoon.


New indictment charges owners of kennel where 21 dogs died

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:10
PHOENIX (AP) — A new indictment announced Wednesday reinstates animal cruelty charges against the owners of a suburban Phoenix kennel where 21 dogs died of heat exhaustion and four others were injured in June.

Lockheed F-35 gets first female pilot: Air Force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:05

Handout photo of three F-35 Joint Strike Fighters flying over Edwards Air Force BaseLieutenant Colonel Christine Mau, a U.S. Air Force pilot who was part of the first all-female combat sortie over Afghanistan in 2011, this week became the first woman to fly the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 jet, the Air Force said on Wednesday. Mau, deputy commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing Operations Group, on Tuesday completed her first training flight in the single-seat stealth fighter after 14 virtual training missions in a simulator, said spokeswoman Lieutenant Hope Cronin. Mau joined 87 F-35A pilots who have been trained over the last four years at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:04

Conservative Party leader, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron addresses party activists at an election campaign rally in Carlisle, England, Wednesday May 6, 2015. Britain's political candidates are campaigning all across Britain in search of votes ahead of the May 7 General Election. (Toby Melville/ Pool photo via AP)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Oxfam America presses SEC on drafting disclosure regulations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 08:51
BOSTON (AP) — The aid group Oxfam America is pressing federal officials to draft regulations aimed at requiring U.S.-listed oil, gas, and mining companies to publish what they pay to governments for access to natural resources in foreign countries.

Man accused of robbing bank posted video on social media

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 08:38
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A man arrested for robbing a bank posted a photo and videos of the theft on social media — but said he shouldn't have been charged because he didn't threaten anyone and politely asked for the money.

Driver locks kids on school bus, lectures them on behavior

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 08:35
EL MIRAGE, Ariz. (AP) — A school bus driver has resigned from a suburban Phoenix district a week after he locked dozens of young students on the vehicle, berated them for their behavior and drove off while angry parents pounded on the door, demanding their children be let off.

Former House Speaker Jim Wright dies at age 92

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 08:30

In this July 29, 2005, file photo, former House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas stands next to the Texas pillar while touring the World War II Memorial in Washington. Wright, a veteran Texas congressman who was the first House speaker in history to driven out of office in midterm, has died. He was 92. (AP Photo/Yuri Gripas, File)DALLAS (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who became the first House speaker in history to be driven out of office in midterm, has died at age 92.


Oregon teacher arrested for allegedly burning pupils with Tesla coil

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 08:22
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon science teacher accused of using lab equipment to burn messages into the arms of at least eight teenage students was arrested and booked on two counts of criminal mistreatment, police said on Wednesday. Samuel Dufner, 37, is alleged by students to have used a Tesla coil, a device that produces sparks and is often used to illustrate electrical principles, to burn "I heart Mom" into the arms of 15-year-olds in one of his classes, said Salem Police Lieutenant Steve Burr. A parent reported the incident to South Salem High School, located in the state capital, Salem, about 50 miles south of Portland, and school officials alerted police late on Monday. "I had to look up Tesla coil on Wikipedia this morning." The device was being used in several classes last week to ignite gases that would propel a rocket for a science demonstration, and police said it was not clear if students in other classes may also have been burned by Dufner.

Train hauling crude from ND oil patch derails, catches fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 08:18

Emergency personnel watch as smoke rises in the background past a field after a BNSF Railway oil train derailed and caught fire in a rural area about two miles from Heimdal, N.D.. Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The central North Dakota town had to been evacuated due to the derailment and fire. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A train that derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude from the state's oil patch, raising questions about whether new state standards intended to reduce the volatility of such shipments are sufficient.


Former pediatrician appeals 'waterboarding' conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 08:00
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former pediatrician imprisoned for abusing his female companion's daughter, including "waterboarding" the girl by holding her head under a faucet, didn't get a fair trial, his lawyer argued on appeal Wednesday to a Delaware Supreme Court panel.

California city plans $16 minimum wage by 2019, highest in U.S

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:57

David Coulombe, who works as a consumables sales floor associate at Walmart, participates in a march and rally for $15 minimum wage in BostonEmmeryville, a small city in the San Francisco Bay Area, has given initial approval to the nation's highest minimum wage by setting baseline pay at $16 an hour in 2019, with gradual increases leading up to that level. The 5-0 vote on Tuesday by the city council in Emmeryville, a community of about 10,000 residents, follows moves by several major U.S. cities to sharply raise their minimum wages. The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since 2009. It would take effect on July 1, when the minimum wage would rise to $14.44 an hour for businesses with at least 55 workers and $12.25 for smaller companies, city documents show.


Colwyn Borough classified as 'distressed,' will enter Act 47 program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:48

Colwyn Borough classified as 'distressed,' will enter Act 47 programThe state says the Delaware County borough of Colwyn has been classified as distressed under a Pennsylvania program for financially struggling municipalities.


Wisconsin gunman's girlfriend: He suffered from depression

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:46

Stacey Peterson and Jim Omsberg pause at a memorial in the pavilion on the re-opened Trestle Trail, on the east side of the trail near Fritse Park, Tuesday May 5, 2015 in the Town of Menasha, Wis. A shooting spree that resulted in four fatalities and one person injured occurred on the Fox Cities Trestle Trail bridge in Menasha Sunday night May 3, 2015 in Menasha, Wis. (Wm.Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP) NO SALESMENASHA, Wis. (AP) — An eastern Wisconsin man who randomly shot and killed three people and wounded another before taking his own life was irrational and suffered from depression, his girlfriend said.


Missouri woman pleads guilty in relatives' poisoning deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:42

This undated photo provided by the Greene County Sheriff's Office shows Diane Staudte. Rachel Staudte has admitted that she plotted with her mother, Diane, to fatally poison her brother and father using antifreeze, and that she attempted to kill her sister the same way. Diane's trial is scheduled for November and prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty. (Greene County Sheriff's Office via AP)SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman has admitted that she plotted with her mother to fatally poison her brother and father using antifreeze, and that she attempted to kill her sister the same way.