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Girl, 14, stabbed at suburban Denver school; boy detained

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:48

Two women hug in front of the school after the students were locked down on Thursday, April 30, 2015 after a stabbing at Aspen Creek K-8 school in Broomfield, Colo. A 14-year-old girl is in the hospital after being stabbed at suburban Denver school, and a 14-year-old classmate has been detained. (Jeremy Papasso/The Daily Camera via AP)BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl was hospitalized Thursday after being stabbed at a suburban Denver school, and a 14-year-old classmate has been detained for questioning.

More 'probable' bird flu cases in Iowa, outbreak could be U.S. biggest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:43
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. If the virus is confirmed at the farms in additional tests under way at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory, the total number of American cases could surpass 20 million birds and result in the biggest death toll in a bird flu outbreak in U.S. history. Avian flu at the egg farm in Buena Vista County, where workers saw an unexpected jump in bird deaths before the flock was tested, could be the largest single farm operation to be hit in the current outbreak. Avian flu was "probable" at four other commercial farms in Buena Vista, Sioux and Clay counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said.

Tiger escapes enclosure at Oklahoma City Zoo; no one injured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:41
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Zoo officials say a Sumatran tiger escaped its pen, but remained in an enclosed area before being tranquilized with no injuries and no danger to the public.

U.S. judge in Texas sentences two Mexican cartel members to life in prison

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:31
A federal judge in Texas on Thursday sentenced two members of the Los Zetas Mexican criminal cartel to life in prison for smuggling thousands of kilograms of marijuana and hundreds of assault rifles across the border, prosecutors said. Emilio Villalobos-Alcala, 29, and Jose Eluid Lugo-Lopez, 27, were convicted last year by a federal jury and handed life sentences by U.S. District Judge Alia Ludlum in Del Rio, Texas. The two brought large quantities of marijuana from Mexico into the United States and smuggled firearms purchased in Texas to Mexico inside hidden compartments in cars and trucks, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said.

Preliminary Baltimore police report: no evidence Gray fatally injured during arrest: ABC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:30

Police are seen along Pennsylvania Avenue two days after it was looted and set ablaze in protest against the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, in Baltimore, MarylandA preliminary probe has found no evidence that 25-year-old Freddie Gray was fatally injured during his videotaped arrest in Baltimore, a local ABC affiliate reported on Thursday, citing sources briefed on the police report and on findings made by the medical examiner. The medical examiner found Gray's catastrophic injury was caused when he was slammed into back of the police transport van and apparently broke his neck. Law enforcement sources also said Gray sustained a head injury that matches bolt in the back of police van, the affiliate reported. Gray's death a week after his arrest sparked violent protests over police treatment of minorities.

California ACLU group launches app to record possible police misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:27
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California civil liberties group launched a mobile application on Thursday that will let bystanders record cell phone videos of possible cases of police misconduct and then quickly save the footage to the organization's computer servers. The California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said the app will send the video to the organization and preserve it even if a phone is seized by police or destroyed. The launch of the ACLU's "Mobile Justice CA" app comes as law enforcement agencies face scrutiny over the use of lethal force, especially against African-Americans, following several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men in encounters with police over the last year in the United States. "It's critical that people understand what is being done by police officers, because what is being done is being done in the name of the public," said Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California.

Judge blocks release of couple in drug money laundering case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:27
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday blocked a Texas magistrate judge's order that allowed the release of a couple accused of laundering cartel drug money at a small southwest Kansas bank.

Jury in '79 missing-boy case rehears closing arguments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:23

FILE- In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the jury tasked with deciding whether Hernandez killed 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 will enter its tenth day of deliberations. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors in the murder trial surrounding the decades-old missing-child case of Etan Patz took the unusual step of rehearing closing arguments Thursday, a day after saying they were deadlocked.

PHOTOS: "Philly is Baltimore" rally

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:22

 "Philly is Baltimore" rallyHundreds took to the streets of Center City for "Philly is Baltimore" - a rally and peaceful demonstration to show solidarity for the City of Baltimore in the wake of Freddie Gray's death.

Texas religious objection bill follows Supreme Court hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:21
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The national debate over religious objection laws roiled again Thursday in Texas after Republican lawmakers abruptly pushed a new proposal on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over gay marriage.

Panel recommends sweeping changes at NY's LaGuardia Airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:18
NEW YORK (AP) — A design panel commissioned by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has vowed to renovate the decrepit LaGuardia International Airport, has recommended sweeping changes including the creation of a "great hall" that would serve as the main entrance to travelers at the much-derided facility.

Fee proposed on rail cars that haul oil, other flammables

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:12

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2013 file photo, oil cars are backed up in a yard in the aftermath of a train derailment in Mandan, N.D. U.S. senators from five states want the government to charge companies a fee to ship oil and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been in numerous massive explosions. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. senators from six states on Thursday proposed that the government charge companies a special fee to ship oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been involved in fiery explosions.

Classic cars destroyed in East Coventry Twp. garage fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 05:57

Classic cars destroyed in East Coventry Twp. garage fireThe owner of an auto body business in Chester County is coming to terms with the loss of both his garage, and his prized possessions.

Michigan governor wants overhaul of troubled Detroit schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 05:55

Mike Benson, of Thirkell Elementary, holds up a sign as Detroit Public School teachers demonstrate in front of the Capitol Thursday morning, April 30, 2015, in Lansing, Mich. Steve Conn, head of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, said Gov Rick Snyder’s proposed overhaul of the district announced Thursday is causing the union to “draw a line in the sand and fight.” Classes were canceled in 18 Detroit schools after teachers failed to appear on the same day as Snyder’s announcement. (Dale G Young/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday outlined a sweeping overhaul of Detroit's troubled state-run school district, proposing to divide its operations to address the "crushing" debt he said is hurting education in a city just months removed from bankruptcy.

Agony grows among Nepalese in US as quake death toll rises

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 05:48

Visiting Nepalese monks, from Mustang Kagbeni, look at a wall of messages of support in Diversity Plaza, in the Jackson Heights neighborhood, in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, April 30, 2015. In New York, home to the nation's largest Nepalese community, volunteers from the Hyolmo Youth Club collect money, clothing and food donations to send to the earthquake stricken nation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — As the days trickle by after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the silence has brought agony for Nepalese-Americans still waiting to hear the fate of their loved ones.

Woman pleads guilty to beating a mother as toddler watched

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 05:48
SALEM, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman accused of beating a mother in front of her young child last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault charges.

3 teens to be tried as adults in rock maiming of teacher

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 05:47

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014, file photo, Sharon Budd speaks with her husband, Randy, after being discharged from Geisinger Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville, Pa. Budd was struck by a rock dropped from a bridge overpass onto her vehicle in July 2014. Budd said she wants the three teenage suspects to be tried as adults. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge ruled Thursday that three teenagers will be tried as adults in a rock-throwing incident last summer that severely harmed an Ohio schoolteacher who watched the daylong pretrial hearing as she wore a plastic helmet to protect her still healing injuries.

'American Sniper' widow Taya Kyle's new book addresses grief

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 05:45

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, Taya Kyle, wife of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, stands wearing military dog tags and a cross around her neck to wait for the jurors to enter the courtroom before continuing her testimony in former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh's capital murder trial in Stephenville, Texas. In her new book, “American Wife,” which will be published next week by William Morrow, Taya Kyle talks about her life with the famed Navy SEAL sniper and coping after his death. She says that her stance on the death penalty was among things she struggled with after he was killed. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool, File )DALLAS (AP) — The widow of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle says in her upcoming book that she struggled with the idea of whether her husband's killer should be executed.

IG: IRS takes significant steps to stop tea party targeting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 05:39

This photo taken March 22, 2013 shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. The IRS has taken "significant actions" to stop agents from targeting political groups based on their names and policy positions, according to a report issued Thursday by the government watchdog who disclosed the inappropriate activity two years ago. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS has taken "significant actions" to stop agents from targeting political groups based on their names and policy positions, according to a report issued Thursday by the government watchdog who disclosed the inappropriate activity two years ago.

Jury to return for 13th day of deliberations in New York child murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 05:38

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in the New York murder trial of a man who confessed to killing 6-year-old Etan Patz decades ago ended their 12th day of deliberations on Thursday without a verdict. The jury, which is weighing kidnapping and murder charges against Pedro Hernandez, was set to resume its discussions for a 13th day on Friday at state Supreme Court in Manhattan.