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Army grants Sikh enlistees waiver to its beard policy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:31

 shave his beard. "One of the hardest things I had to do was look in the mirror every day and shave," said Singh, whose Sikh religion requires men to grow beards as an article of faith. Now Singh and three Army enlistees have won permission to wear beards and turbans after filing federal lawsuits that seek to force the Pentagon to accommodate those who wear beards for religious reasons. Singh, won an administrative exception under an Army policy that allows exemptions to the no-beard policy on a case-by-case basis. (Jovelle Tamayo/Sikh Coalition via AP)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — When Simratpal Singh entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point back in 2006, he did something he thought he would never have to do: shave his beard.


Pa. mayor accused of stealing from fire company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:29

Pa. mayor accused of stealing from fire companyThe mayor of an eastern Pennsylvania borough says he has "no intention" of resigning despite a felony charge stemming from his role as president of a local fire company.


News Guide: Texas 'affluenza' teen heads to adult court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:23
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck will appear Wednesday in adult court for the first time.

U.S. reviewing Sinai peacekeeper mission, may automate jobs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:19

A general view shows Israel's border fence with Egypt's Sinai peninsula, as seen from Israel's Negev DesertThe U.S. military said on Tuesday it has formally notified Egypt and Israel that it is reviewing whether to automate aspects of multinational peacekeeping operations in the insurgency-wracked Sinai, potentially allowing a reduction in American troop deployments. U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said using remote surveillance technology could eventually allow the United States to withdraw hundreds of its roughly 700 peacekeeping troops. Installed to monitor the demilitarization of the Sinai under the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace accord, the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission has come under increased scrutiny over the past year, particularly after six peacekeepers were wounded by a roadside bomb in September.


Body parts found amid search for missing Seattle mom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:19

Body parts found amid search for missing Seattle momThree body parts - including a foot - found in a homeowner's recycling bin likely belong to a woman who was reported missing Saturday morning, Seattle police said.


New Hampshire bakery cuts prices for women to mark gender pay gap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:02
Female customers at a New Hampshire bakery chain got a 21 percent discount on their bagels and coffee on Tuesday as part of an effort to call attention to the wage gap between men and women in the United States. The Works Bakery Cafe, a popular eatery with four locations in the state, offered the deal to mark Equal Pay Day. Women employees in the United States earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar male employees make, according to federal statistics.

Journalists tour DNC layout at Wells Fargo Center

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:01

Journalists tour DNC layout at Wells Fargo CenterIn a little more than three months from now, Philadelphia will play host to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And as the city and planning committee hone in on every last logistical detail, on Tuesday media outlets got a look at the layout.


Man who promised Pharrell show, scammed women gets 2 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:57
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who bilked people out of more than $1 million by falsely claiming he could help book a Pharrell concert for a South Korean steel company and targeting women in online dating scams was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison.

WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY? U.S. weather agency stops 'yelling' with capitalization shift

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:55

NOAA/SPC Severe weather forecaster Guyer keeps track of the latest radar models at the National Weather Center in NormanThe U.S. National Weather Service had some news this week for readers who have grown up on social media, namely: THE AGENCY WILL STOP SHOUTING AT YOU NOW. The style looks archaic in a world where social media users interpret all-upper-case messages as shouting. "LISTEN UP! BEGINNING ON MAY 11, NOAA'S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS WILL STOP YELLING AT YOU," the agency, which provides warnings on blizzards, hurricanes and other major weather events said in a statement posted online on Monday.


Texas panel recommends overhaul of jail where black woman died

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:54

File photo of a still image of Texas state trooper Brian Encinia pointing a Taser as he orders Sandra Bland out of her vehicle in Prairie ViewA civilian committee that examined a Texas county jail where a black woman committed suicide in her cell last year recommended sweeping changes for the system, including better mental health screenings, a report released on Tuesday said. The report on the Waller County jail came largely in response to the death of Sandra Bland, who was found with a trash bag around her neck in her cell three days after her July 2015 arrest following a traffic stop. The committee recommended that emergency medical technicians be used to screen inmates for medical and mental health issues instead of sheriff's deputies, the Houston Chronicle reported.


Juvenile in custody, 9 NW Indiana schools to reopen after bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:52

Juvenile in custody, 9 NW Indiana schools to reopen after bomb threatA juvenile is in custody and nine schools in northwest Indiana will reopen Wednesday after a bomb threat.


Canadian turtle smuggler receives nearly 5 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:46

In a photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's office, a smuggled turtle is seen next to a ruler. A Canadian man who repeatedly entered Michigan to buy and ship thousands of turtles to his native China was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison Tuesday, April 12, 2016 for smuggling. It was a tough punishment for Kai Xu, who has been locked up for 19 months since his arrest and had hoped to be released. The 27-year-old expressed remorse to a judge and thanked agents "for stopping the darkness of my greed and ignorance." (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian man who repeatedly entered Michigan to buy and ship thousands of turtles to his native China only to be caught with 51 of them strapped to his legs was sentenced Tuesday to nearly five years in federal prison for smuggling.


The Latest: Prosecutor says cop's conviction would be tough

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:46

FILE- In this April 7, 2015, file booking photo provided by Edgefield County Detention Center, shows Justin Craven, a North Augusta, S.C., police officer. Craven took a plea deal Monday, April 11, 2016, in the shooting death of Ernest Satterwhite in February 2014. Craven was sentenced to three years probation and 80 hours of community service. (Edgefield County Detention Center via AP)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a white police officer in South Carolina taking a plea deal for probation in the killing of a black driver (all times local):


Head of Washington state psychiatric hospital that accused murderer escaped from fired by governor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:44
Head of Washington state psychiatric hospital that accused murderer escaped from fired by governor.

Chicago police officer fatally shoots teenager during foot chase

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:42
The Chicago Tribune identified the suspect as Pierre Loury, 16, who was shot and killed by an officer on Monday evening on the city's West Side. Police declined on Tuesday to identify the suspect and the officer involved in the shooting. Patrol officers stopped a vehicle believed to have been involved in an earlier shooting in the area at about 7:30 p.m. During the stop, a suspect got out of the vehicle and fled, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement.

Chicago schools would have less funding in governor's budget

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:41
The head of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) said on Tuesday that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's fiscal 2017 school funding budget would hurt the financially ailing district. Projected per-district funding levels released by the Illinois State Board of Education on Tuesday indicate CPS would receive nearly $893 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1, a drop of $74.4 million from the current fiscal year. "It makes our already grave fiscal crisis graver," CPS CEO Forrest Claypool told reporters.

AccuWeather: Rainy Start, Bright Finish Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:36

 Rainy Start, Bright Finish TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says a long dry stretch begins this afternoon with warmer air returning later in the week.


Facebook shows new ways to chat, stream video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:34

Facebook shows new ways to chat, stream videoSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able to order flowers, shop for shoes and talk with a variety of businesses by sending them direct text messages.


Chemist who faked criminal drug case results out of prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:34
BOSTON (AP) — A former drug lab chemist convicted of faking test results and tampering with evidence, leading to a review of tens of thousands of criminal cases, is out of prison.

Identity released of man killed in South Whitehall Twp. crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:32

Identity released of man killed in South Whitehall Twp. crashAction News has learned the name of the young man who was killed in a violent crash and fire in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania.