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Yosemite says losing hotel, village names in legal dispute

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:55

Nearly empty kiosks are seen in Yosemite National Park at the park's entrance in Big Oak FlatBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Yosemite National Park will change the names of several of its buildings and landmarks, including the Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village, over a trademark dispute with the company that formerly ran its concessions, the park's superintendent said. The move prompted an outcry from Yosemite visitors, who expressed dismay at seeing their beloved sites renamed and called the claims by the Delaware North Companies greedy. Delaware North sued the park service in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, claiming that rights to Yosemite's intellectual property, including the famous names, were worth $50 million.


Ex-sergeant cleared of hate crimes in Hispanic theft case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:52
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A former suburban New York police sergeant charged with stealing money from Hispanics during traffic stops was cleared of hate crimes charges Friday, but a jury did convict him of larceny and official misconduct.

Michigan governor asks Obama for federal aid in Flint water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:43

The top of a water tower at the Flint Water Plant is seen in Flint, MichiganBy Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has asked President Barack Obama to declare both an emergency and an expedited major disaster in the county where the city of Flint has been dealing with the fallout from lead-contaminated drinking water. Snyder said on late Thursday that he requested federal aid in Genesee County to protect the safety of Flint residents. Earlier this week, he sent the Michigan National Guard to distribute bottled water and other supplies.


UN chief: Combatting violent extremism requires 'cool heads'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:41
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world's nations on Friday to respond to violent extremism with "cool heads and common sense" — not with "mindless policies" that turn people against each other, alienate marginalized groups and play into the hands of the enemy.

3 hurt, 4 homes destroyed in large fire in Burlington, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:40

3 hurt, 4 homes destroyed in large fire in Burlington, N.J.Action News is told three people have been hurt and a nearby elementary school closed for the day, after a large fire destroyed four homes in Burlington, N.J.


Syrian-born US citizen pleads guilty to aiding militants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:36
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Syrian-born U.S. citizen charged with smuggling rifle scopes, night-vision goggles, knives, bulletproof vests and other gear from the United States to Islamic militants in his native country pleaded guilty Friday.

NJ woman, 19, found dead in woods; circumstances unknown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:31

NJ woman, 19, found dead in woods; circumstances unknownDetectives in Salem County, New Jersey are hoping you can help in their investigation into the death of a teenage girl.


Florida court rejects inmate's request for execution delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:28
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court has denied a condemned inmate's request to have his execution delayed after the nation's highest court ruled that Florida's death penalty sentencing system was unconstitutional.

DA: Lafayette Hill man uploaded child porn to Skype

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:25

 Lafayette Hill man uploaded child porn to SkypeA man from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, was arrested after he allegedly uploaded a piece of child pornography to the video chatting service Skype.


Reward announced, suspect sketch released after woman, 75, shot in face

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:23

Reward announced, suspect sketch released after woman, 75, shot in facePhiladelphia police have released a sketch of the man wanted in the robbery and shooting of a 75-year-old woman on New Year's Eve.


92-year-old World War II Navajo Code Talker dies in Utah

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:22
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Navajo man who helped stump the Japanese during World War II using a code based on his native language has died in Utah.

Series of bomb threats targets Boston-area schools: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:17
BOSTON (Reuters) - Several Boston-area schools were evacuated following a series of telephone bomb threats, police and media said on Friday

Authorities: Puppies hanged from collars until they died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:14
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Two men have pleaded not guilty in Massachusetts in the deaths of four dogs, including one whose ears were cropped with scissors and another who was fed Valium inside pieces of meat.

Fantasy sports illegal in Vermont, attorney general's office says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 04:06
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Paid fantasy sports games are illegal in Vermont, a top law enforcement official said on Friday, as the New England state's legislature took up discussion of a bill that would exempt the popular games from the state's anti-gambling laws. The fast-growing, multibillion-dollar fantasy sports industry has drawn increased attention from state regulators over the past year, with the attorneys general of New York, Illinois and Nevada challenging their legality. A Vermont senator last week introduced a bill that would allow the games, but prohibit play by people under 18, professional athletes and people who work for the industry, dominated by DraftKings and FanDuel.

Martin Luther King pictured in Air Force base shooting event flier

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 03:54
Officials at a U.S. Air Force base in Georgia apologized on Friday for using an image of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to advertise a "fun shoot" gun practice. The shooting session is scheduled for Monday, the annual national holiday to commemorate King's birthday. King, an Atlanta native who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts at ending segregation, was assassinated in 1968.

The Latest: Immigration lawyer pleads guilty in forgery case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 03:47
SEATTLE (AP) — The latest on the case against a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney accused of forging a document (all times local):

Ohio boy, 9, who was hit by car while sledding has died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 03:47
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Cleveland say a 9-year-old boy who was hit by a car while sledding has died.

Court overturns tobacco company victory over FDA on menthols

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 03:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that tobacco companies had no basis to challenge a Food and Drug Administration report on menthol cigarettes, which the industry alleged was written by experts with conflicts of interest.

CDC says closely monitoring outbreak of new bird flu strain

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 03:38
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring individuals who may have been exposed to the new strain of bird flu that has been found in a flock of turkeys in Indiana, a CDC health official said on Friday. Dr. Michael Jhung, a medical officer at the CDC, said there is no evidence of human infection related to the new bird flu strain known as H7N8, but the agency and local health officials are not taking any chances. "There's always the possibility of implications to human health when you see a new flu virus in animals, like we're seeing now in turkeys," Jhung told Reuters in an interview.

As trial looms, baseball fans already won in MLB TV dispute

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 03:37
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball fans are already the winners in a lawsuit scheduled for trial next week after the league agreed to let consumers buy single-team television packages for the first time.