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Baltimore Orioles to play in empty stadium as Baltimore reels from rioting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:55

 Chicago White Sox at Baltimore OriolesIn what will be a first for Major League Baseball, the Baltimore Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a stadium closed to fans as Baltimore copes with some of the worst U.S. urban rioting in years. The Orioles said Wednesday's scheduled 7:05 p.m. game would be played at 2:05 p.m. before an empty Camden Yards ballpark. The team's games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday nights were postponed after Baltimore erupted in violence following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in a hospital a week after sustaining injuries in police custody. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake set a week-long curfew in the city beginning on Tuesday.


Survivors tell gruesome details of Colorado theater shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:51

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, left rear in light-colored shirt, watches during testimony by witness Derick Spruel, upper right, on the second day of his trial in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. Standing at left is prosecutor Lisa Teesch-Maguire. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Katie Medley, nine months pregnant and crouching between the seats of a movie theater filling with tear gas, gunfire and screams, looked at her husband Caleb's bloody face and told a friend, "He's dead, he's dead."


Genetic testing moves into world of employee health

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:36

FILE - In this June 26, 2012 file photo, two women speak to each other in New York. Big companies are considering blending genetic testing with coaching on nutrition and exercise to help workers lose weight and improve their health before serious conditions like diabetes or heart disease develop. It’s a step beyond the typical corporate wellness programs that many companies are using to make workers more aware of their risk factors and improve their health. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)Your employer may one day help determine if your genes are why your jeans have become too snug.


Los Angeles County settles discrimination case with feds over policing of blacks, Hispanics

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:28
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County settles discrimination case with feds over policing of blacks, Hispanics.

Investigation ongoing in police shooting of Illinois teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:27
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A prosecutor in northern Illinois' Lake County said Tuesday he has been advised the investigation into the shooting death of a suburban Chicago teenager by a police officer should be done within approximately two weeks.

Witness says Jamaican lottery fraud scammers threatened her

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:26
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A retired school teacher from Florida said Tuesday that she lost most of a $100,000 inheritance in a Jamaican lottery fraud and was threatened by scammers who never produced her prize of $1 million and a Mercedes.

White House slams GOP defense budget

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is vigorously pushing back against provisions in a proposed $604 billion Republican defense budget plan that contradict President Barack Obama's national security priorities on issues ranging from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to changes in weapons systems.

Joni Mitchell's website says she's alert, recovery expected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:13

Joni Mitchell's website says she's alert, recovery expectedA message posted to Joni Mitchell's website states the singer is alert and is expected to make a full recovery despite a friend's court filing that the Grammy-winner is unconscious.


Secret recording captures conversation with volunteer deputy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:07

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 21, 2015 file photo, Robert Bates arrives for his arraignment at the Tulsa County courthouse in Tulsa, Okla. Bates, a 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy who fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, is facing a second-degree manslaughter charge. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Embroiled in a legal battle over the sale of his insurance company, Robert Bates met a former colleague at a restaurant to discuss the court case over drinks.


Survivors of Colorado cinema massacre describe horrors for jury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:00

Courtroom pool image of James Holmes during his trial in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, ColoradoBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - A woman who survived Colorado's movie theater massacre found an escape route blocked by bodies, she told jurors on Tuesday in the murder trial of gunman James Holmes. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple charges of murder and attempted murder in the rampage at the theater, which was showing the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." His long-awaited trial began in Arapahoe County District Court in nearby Centennial on Monday.


Judge tosses 'mental anguish' law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:58
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday threw out a Pennsylvania law designed to prevent offenders from causing mental anguish to crime victims, calling it an illegal restriction on the right to free expression.

2 injured in Falls Township, Bucks County crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:57

2 injured in Falls Township, Bucks County crashBucks County authorities are investigating a crash in Falls Township that injured two people.


Partially decomposed body found in Frankford apartment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:50

Partially decomposed body found in Frankford apartmentA partially decomposed body was discovered in an apartment in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.


Things to know on Day 2 of Colorado theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:46

In this Monday, April 27, 2015, sketch by courtroom artist Jeff Kandyba, Caleb Medley, who was shot in the head during the massacre at the theatre in Aurora, Colo., is shown during the opening day of the trial for Aurora, Colo., theatre shooting suspect James Holmes in Centennial, Colo. The trial will determine if Holmes will be executed, spend his life in prison or be committed to an institution as criminally insane. (AP Photo/Jeff Kandyba)The death penalty trial for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes continued for a second day Tuesday. Here's a look at where things stand:


Thousands of police descend on Baltimore to enforce curfew after riots

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:34

National Guard troops patrol in front of the Power Plant in the Inner Harbor of BaltimoreBy Ian Simpson and Warren Strobel BALTIMORE (Reuters) - As night falls on Baltimore on Tuesday, thousands of police and National Guard troops fanned out to enforce a new curfew and prevent further violence as the mayor fended off criticism that she responded sluggishly to a night of rioting, looting and fires. More than 3,000 police from Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and National Guard members in helmets, took up posts in front of businesses and hospitals in Baltimore a day after the worst rioting in the United States in years. Shops were looted, buildings burned to the ground, 20 officers injured and police arrested more than 250 people in the violence that erupted following Monday's funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in a hospital on April 19 a week after sustaining injuries in police custody. For nearly a week after Gray died from a spinal injury, protests in Baltimore had been peaceful and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she acted cautiously on Monday because she wanted to avoid a heavy-handed response that would incite more violence.


Tracing the bird flu outbreak in U.S. poultry flocks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:14
(Reuters) - Two highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza (HPAI) have been found in 14 U.S. states since December, prompting partial to total bans on imports of U.S. poultry and egg products to other countries that were valued at more than $6 billion last year. The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Following is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and responses by the industry and trade partners.

1 arrested, 10 wanted in $1.2 million identity theft scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:12
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Authorities say 10 employees of a Texas cable contractor and a former Comcast worker are accused of using at least 1,200 Comcast customers' personal information to open 3,600 fraudulent cable accounts in northwest Louisiana.

APNewsBreak: City will pay man arrested in family's killings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:08
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city will pay $700,000 to a man who was arrested in the 2011 killings of his mother and brother but was freed when his high school friend confessed to the crimes, lawyers said Tuesday.

RadioShack agrees to mediation over sale of customer data

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:01
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge said Tuesday that he's willing to approve bid procedures for the sale of RadioShack's intellectual property, including data on millions of customers. But he warned there's no guarantee he will approve the sale itself.

Prosecutor asks to seal woman's statement in custody case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:01

FILE - In a Thursday Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, former family practice doctor Genevieve Kelley, center, looks back at her lawyers during a hearing in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster, N.H. Kelley is charged with fleeing the country with her young daughter during a custody dispute. Kelley, turned herself in to face a custodial interference charge. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A prosecutor has asked a judge to seal a statement by a 19-year-old woman at the center of a decade-old custody case who wants to have her testimony videotaped.