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1 dead in Glen Mills motorcycle crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:55

1 dead in Glen Mills motorcycle crashOne person is dead after a motorcycle crash in Glen Mills, Delaware County.


Ex-state assembly speaker seeks dismissal of criminal case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:50
NEW YORK (AP) — The state's former assembly speaker asked a judge on Thursday to toss out criminal charges against him, saying a federal prosecutor stretched the law too far to try to make a case.

Lawmakers urge quick resolution to Veterans Affairs review

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Pennsylvania congressmen are expressing concern about delays in a government investigation into widespread mismanagement of disability claims at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' office in Philadelphia, saying the full findings are long overdue.

2 NYC women arrested on charges they plotted to build bomb

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:41

U.S. Citizens Arrested On Terror Charges Appear In Brooklyn Federal CourtNEW YORK (AP) — Two women were arrested Thursday on charges they plotted to wage violent jihad by building a homemade bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack.


Rider in Tacony ATV accident dies from injuries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:36

Rider in Tacony ATV accident dies from injuriesAn ATV rider has died from injuries sustained in an accident in the Tacony section of Philadelphia.


Indiana, Arkansas pass revised religious objection proposals

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:32

Indiana Legislature Makes Announcement On Religious Discrimination LawsLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawmakers in Arkansas and Indiana passed legislation Thursday that they hoped would quiet the national uproar over new religious objections laws that opponents say are designed to offer a legal defense for anti-gay discrimination.


Arkansas, Indiana enact fixes to measures seen as targeting gays

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:32

Demonstrators gather to protest a controversial religious freedom bill in IndianapolisBy Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Indiana and Arkansas revised on Thursday new religious freedom acts that had drawn criticism from rights groups and U.S. companies that assailed them as discriminatory against gays. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, signed his state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law minutes after it passed in the statehouse. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, also a Republican, signed a revised religious freedom law that amended one he signed last week. The original measure catapulted the state into a firestorm because it lacked specific provisions to prevent denial of services and other discrimination against gays.


Obama rallies support for job training over tax cuts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:32

Air Force One awaits President Barack Obama on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, April 2, 2015, for his trip to Louisville, Ky. The president delayed his departure for the trip because of the Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland, and to speak in the Rose Garden. But he's going ahead with the visit. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. can't afford tax cuts for the rich while cutting job training programs for young people.


Alabama death row inmate to be freed after nearly 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:30

In this undated photo made available by the Alabama Department of Corrections, shows inmate Anthony Ray Hinton. Hinton, who spent nearly 30 years on death row will go free Friday, April 3, 2015, after prosecutors told a court that there is not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing. (AP Photo/Alabama Dept. of Corrections)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate who spent nearly 30 years on death row will go free Friday after prosecutors told a judge there is not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing.


Police: Girl, 14, conspired with soldier in mom's killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:28
A 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl conspired with her soldier boyfriend to have her mother killed, texting him hours before her mother's death, "I want her gone," authorities said Thursday.

Man reported missing at sea 66 days ago found by Coast Guard

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:59
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a South Carolina man whose family reported him missing at sea more than two months ago has been found off the North Carolina coast.

UN Security Council members urge Syria chlorine probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:57
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Members of the U.N. Security Council have called on the global chemical weapons watchdog to investigate the latest allegations of the use of chlorine as a chemical weapon in Syria.

Ole Miss chancellor refuses offer to extend contract

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:55
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The broken relationship between University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones and the majority of the trustees who govern the school couldn't be mended under the glare of protests and alumni threatening to withhold donations.

Duke: Student has admitted to hanging noose in tree

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:48

Michael Schoenfeld, left, vice president for Public Affairs and Government Relations at Duke University, speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Sara P. Duke Gardens in Durham, N.C., Thursday, April 2, 2015. An undergraduate student at Duke University has admitted to hanging a noose in a tree and is no longer on campus, university officials said Thursday. Schoenfeld said that the school would not release the name of the student who admitted to hanging the noose. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — An undergraduate student at Duke University admitted to hanging a noose in a tree and has left campus while disciplinary actions are considered, university officials said Thursday.


Delaware Senate passes bill to abolish death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:48
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Senate has passed a bill to abolish the state's death penalty.

Two New York City women accused of 'terrorist attack' plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:29

Court drawing of Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui in federal court after being arrested in an alleged conspiracy to wage a "terrorist attack" in BrooklynBy Ellen Wulfhorst and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two New York City women have been arrested and accused of planning to wage a "terrorist attack" in the United States, according to a federal criminal complaint made public on Thursday. Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, plotted to hit police, government or military targets based on their "violent jihadist beliefs," according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. The complaint said Velentzas and Siddiqui were conspiring "to prepare an explosive device to be detonated in a terrorist attack in the United States." It said Velentzas had praised al Qaeda's Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and said she and Siddiqui were "citizens of the Islamic State." The women, who were roommates in the city borough of Queens, had researched how to build an explosive device and that they had read textbooks on electricity and watched online videos about soldering, it said.


Drug dealer describes police tactics at corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:29
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A witness in a federal police corruption trial on Thursday described the violent tactics a Philadelphia drug squad allegedly used to work big cases that earned its officers convictions and acclaim.

Answers to common questions about religious objections bills

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:27

Demonstrators gather on the steps at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, April 2, 2015. The measure passed in the committee. A reworked religious freedom bill passed earlier in the House Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)Arkansas and Indiana leaders agreed Thursday to modify new state laws that were billed as protecting religious freedom but drew criticism from across the country as opening the door to anti-gay discrimination.


Film explores Atari's rise, fall, dumping of 'ET' videogame

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:26

 Game Over" was released on the streaming service late Wednesday, April 1, 2015, and details the demise of gaming giant Atari. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A documentary explores the decline of videogame giant Atari and the secret dumping of its flopped "E.T." game in a New Mexico landfill.


Expelled student: rough sex was role-playing, not rape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:25
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A student expelled from George Mason University for violating its sexual misconduct policy is suing in federal court to clear his name, arguing that an encounter with a girlfriend was sadomasochistic role-playing, not sexual assault.