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Capital murder indictment returned in U.Va. slaying case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 10:28

Jesse Mathew to be charged for the murder of Hannah GrahamCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student has been charged with capital murder and a prosecutor said Tuesday she will seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial.

Chicago asks school teachers to take 7 percent pay cut: union

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 10:26
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three years after a public school strike, Chicago teacher contract talks are off to a rocky start, with the debt-burdened district demanding a 7 percent pay cut, union officials said on Tuesday. The Chicago Teachers Union said in a statement it was "highly insulted" by the district's demands, which include increases in health insurance premiums. Getting to a new contract, without another strike, will be the first major test of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's second term. Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett, appointed by Emanuel, took a leave of absence in April pending the outcome of a federal probe into a contract awarded to a company that had employed her.

Police: Northern Idaho officer shot by man who stole his patrol car has died

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 10:19
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Police: Northern Idaho officer shot by man who stole his patrol car has died.

U.S. Air Force says may revisit rocket plan if firms do not respond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:58
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force may have to revisit its strategy to develop a new U.S.-fueled launch vehicle aimed at ending American reliance on Russian rocket engines if U.S. companies fail to bid to build prototypes for the government, a senior general said Tuesday. Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, the Air Force's top military acquisition official, said she had received positive feedback from some companies about a draft request for proposals on the Air Force's approach, but other companies were "not so happy". Air Force Secretary Deborah James last week said the Air Force expects to finalize the terms of the competition by the end of May, and could award contracts for prototypes of new U.S.-fueled launch vehicles as early as September. Pawlikowski told reporters at a Women in Aerospace conference that the involvement of private firms - Blue Origin run by founder Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk's SpaceX or Space Exploration Technologies - complicated the situation since neither company's engine work relied on government funding.

Pennsylvania officer killed, K-9 injured in head-on crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:56

Pennsylvania officer killed, K-9 injured in head-on crashA western Pennsylvania police officer and father of six was killed in a head-on crash with a work van that was traveling the wrong way, police said.

Prosecutor questions statements sheriff made after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:52

FILE -In this Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 file photo, Newly sworn-in Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, foreground, stands with arms folded after speaking to his deputies in Jonesboro, Ga. Hill, who was acquitted three years ago in a major public corruption case is now accused of shooting a woman, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in a subdivision near the suburb of Lawrenceville, Ga. he shooting was "reported as accidental," police said late Sunday in a statement, which did not elaborate on who characterized it that way. (Zach Porter/Clayton Daily News, File via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — A suburban Atlanta sheriff who shot and critically injured a woman says the victim is a dear friend and that he's been focused on supporting her family since the shooting.

Trial of NY nursing home employees in patient death begins

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:41
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Five employees of a suburban New York nursing home are defending themselves against charges they disregarded alarms for more than two hours, leading to the death of a 72-year-old bedridden patient who was not connected to a ventilator.

Van Gogh work fetches over $66 million at New York auction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:38

CORRECTS NAME OF PAINTING TO "THE ALLEE OF ALYSCAMPS, INSTEAD OF THE ALLEE OF ALYSCAMPSIS - This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows the Vincent van Gogh painting, "The Allee of Alyscamps" that the auction house predicts will fetch more than $40 million when it is auctioned in New York on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. It depicts a lush autumnal scene that the artist created in 1888 while working side-by-side for two months with his friend Paul Gauguin in Arles, in the south of France. (Sotheby's via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — A painting Vincent van Gogh created while briefly working side by side with his friend Paul Gauguin in the south of France brought in $66.3 million at auction Tuesday.

Man shot in car in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:30

Man shot in car in KensingtonPhiladelphia police are investigating a shooting in Kensington.

Uber ceases Kansas operations in face of stricter oversight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:21

Transportation app Uber driver Shuki Zanna waits for rides in his limousine in Beverly Hills(Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Uber on Tuesday said it ceased operations in Kansas after the state legislature decided to override Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that will impose stricter regulations on ride-hailing services. Uber said the bill makes it impossible for it to operate in the state. The Kansas Senate on Tuesday voted 96-25 to override Brownback's veto of the Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act. The bill requires companies to certify that drivers have comprehensive and collision insurance, and requires new drivers to undergo a background check performed by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

SEPTA bus drives onto tracks in South Philadelphia, 3 injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:12

SEPTA bus drives onto train tracks in South Philadelphia, 3 injuredThree people are hospitalized after an accident involving a SEPTA bus in South Philadelphia.

Hawaii bill for birth certificate gender change passes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:04

Kaleo Ramos, left, and Rebecca Copeland, right, react outside a legislative hearing room on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Honolulu. A key committee had just passed a bill that would enable transgender people to change gender on their birth certificates without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Legislature passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates, joining a growing number of states to make the change.

Wisconsin mother in serious condition after random shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:02

Heather, left, Christy and Caitlyn Betley pause to pray after placing flowers at a memorial in the pavilion on the re-opened Trestle Trail near Fritse Park, on Tuesday May 5, 2015 in the Town of Menasha, Wis. A shooting spree that resulted in four fatalities and one person injured occurred on the Fox Cities Trestle Trail bridge in Menasha Sunday night May 3, 2015 in Menasha, Wis. (Wm.Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP) NO SALESMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Doctors have upgraded the condition of a woman hospitalized after a random shooting in eastern Wisconsin that left her husband, daughter and another man dead.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:02

 Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom. Through tears, smiles and eyes filled with pain, the survivors of months in the hands of the Islamic extremists told their tragic stories to The Associated Press on Sunday, their first day out of the war zone. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Senate adopts GOP budget targeting 'Obamacare'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 08:42

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, after a policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday adopted a GOP budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama's health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.

Texas Muslims on edge amid protests, contest attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 08:40

FILE- In this Jan. 17, 2015 file photo, a protestor walks along the sidewalk outside the Curtis Culwell Center where a Muslim conference against terror and hate was scheduled, in Garland, Texas. Gunmen attacking at a contest for Muslim Prophet Muhammed cartoons Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas, came as Muslims in Texas were already feeling aggrieved and fearful as anti-Islam sentiment over the last several months has reverberated from the state Capitol to local governments. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)DALLAS (AP) — When an outspoken opponent of radical Islam sought to mock Muhammad in Texas, home to one of the nation's largest Islamic communities, local Muslims were encouraged to ignore her, and they did.

Pizza delivery driver stabbed, robbed; still makes delivery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 08:39
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A pizza delivery driver who was carjacked, robbed and stabbed still managed to get the pizza delivered, calling the restaurant for a fresh pie while he was being treated in the hospital emergency room that ordered the food.

Man accused of killing UVA student could now face death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 08:32
Albemarle County prosecutors said a capital murder charge was filed against 33-year-old Jesse Matthew based on additional forensic evidence recovered in the murder of Heather Graham, who disappeared from the campus in Charlottesville last September. Matthew was ordered back to court on June 25, when a judge was expected to set a trial date. They believe Matthew was the last person to have seen Graham alive.     Her body was found in October on an abandoned property outside Charlottesville, following an extensive search by police and volunteers. Matthew, a Charlottesville resident who once played college football, also faces attempted capital murder and abduction charges for a 2005 attack on a 26-year-old woman.

Ferguson mulls removing Brown shrine from middle of street

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 08:26

Spiritual teacher Iyanla Vanzant pours holy water on a shrine for Michael Brown where he was shot and killed in the Canfield Apartments on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Vanzant, from the "Fix My Life" t.v. show was visiting to bless the site and give support to the community. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — To some, a makeshift shrine in the middle of the Ferguson street where Michael Brown was killed last summer is a hallowed symbol of a new civil rights movement over race and policing. To others, it has served its purpose and is now more of an eyesore and a road hazard.

Man admits pointing laser at aircraft near New York airport

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 08:22
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who aimed a laser pointer at planes near LaGuardia Airport pleaded guilty to a new federal charge on Tuesday.