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NTSB: Copter not certified to fly in conditions before crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:46
ATLANTA (AP) — A medical helicopter was not certified for flying in the foggy, low-visibility conditions it encountered before crashing last month with a patient in southeast Alabama, killing all four aboard, federal investigators say in a newly released report.

Singer Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show to protest same-sex law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:46

Singer Bryan Adams performs on stage at the 2016 Juno Awards in CalgaryCanadian singer Bryan Adams has canceled a show in Mississippi to protest a new state law that will let people with religious objections deny services to same-sex couples, the second major concert scrapped in the U.S. South over discrimination concerns. On Friday, U.S. rock star Bruce Springsteen called off a weekend concert in North Carolina to show his opposition to a new law there barring transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. The cancellations come as a number of U.S. states consider legislation seen as restricting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

In the mail: Drugs, 5 guns, $160K seized at sorting plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:44
ONEIDA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say 22 people have been arrested after investigators intercepted packages containing drugs, guns and about $160,000 at a central New York mail sorting facility.

Espionage charges filed against U.S. Naval officer: White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:42
A U.S. Navy officer is in custody at a military prison under charges of espionage, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday. The officer is being held at the Navy Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, Virginia, Earnest said. A U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday that a U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan.

UK government mulls co-investing in steel plant to save it

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:29
LONDON (AP) — The British government says it is willing to put public money into a deal to save steel plants threatened with closure amid a glut of cheap Chinese imports.

'Cuban Twitter' fallout found relief in FOIA's glacial pace

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:20

 notorious delays in the federal Freedom of Information Act. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. officials dealt with the fallout of the government's once-secret "Cuban Twitter" program, they had one thing on their side: notorious delays in the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Disability rights activists protest at White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:19

Demonstrators gather outside the White Housein Washington, Monday, April 11, 2016, to urge President Barack Obama to support legislation to help disabled people who require long-term support stay in their homes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Park Police issued 49 citations Monday to disability rights activists who were protesting at the White House and urging President Barack Obama to support legislation to help disabled people stay in their homes when they require long-term support.

1 year after Freddie Gray, police work to heal city's wounds

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:14

In this April 8, 2016 photo, Baltimore Police Department Officer Ken Hurst, center, chats with residents as he walks a foot patrol in Baltimore. Hurst is one of 450 police officers who are part of a foot patrol program aimed at getting officers out of their cars and onto the streets of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, not to make arrests but to make friends. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — A year after the death of Freddie Gray, a small part of his legacy can be seen at a southwest Baltimore recreation center, where the pounding of basketballs and squeak of sneakers echo off the walls as young black men in shorts and sweats face off.

Suit: US grouse protections driven by politics, not science

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:10

FILE- This Nov. 5, 2015, file photo, shows a parcel of U.S. Bureau of Land Management Land that the city of Sparks wants to acquire for a new veterans cemetery. The proposal is in jeopardy because BLM considers it sage grouse habitat. Rural Nevadans suing to block the Obama administration's sage-grouse protections say a trail of internal government documents shows politics was the driving force behind a pre-determined policy that flies in the face of its experts' own best science. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)RENO, Nev. (AP) — Rural Nevadans suing to block the Obama administration's greater sage grouse protection plan say a trail of internal government documents shows politics drove a pre-determined policy that conflicts with scientific findings.

Illinois ex-congressman arrested; missed deadline to return: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:08

Former U.S. congressman Reynolds arrives at the Harare Magistrates courtFormer Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds was arrested in Atlanta on Monday after he had failed to return to the United States by the end of March as a judge had ordered, a U.S. Marshals spokeswoman and Reynolds' lawyer said. Reynolds had been in South Africa tending to what he said was a daughter’s illness, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago said. U.S. Marshals arrested Reynolds on Monday morning after he landed in Atlanta, where he will face a judge later in the day, his lawyer Richard Kling said.

Obama to meet with Fed chair Yellen to discuss US economy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 02:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. economy improving, President Barack Obama will meet with the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve to discuss the longer-term economic outlook.

Bill that would limit Pennsylvania abortions in limbo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 01:52
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A legislative proposal to place new limits on abortion in Pennsylvania is in limbo as Republican backers say they aren't sure if it will get a planned final vote in the state House of Representatives.

Video shows Texas teacher repeatedly striking student

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 01:42
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A high school teacher in southeast Texas has been arrested on an assault charge after a video surfaced online showing her repeatedly striking a student in her class.

'Dog Whisperer' Millan cleared in U.S. probe over cruelty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 01:39

Cesar Millan poses with Lassie at 2008 Primetime Creative Arts Awards in Los AngelesAn animal cruelty investigation into celebrity dog trainer Cesar Millan, known as the "Dog Whisperer," has ended and no charges will be filed, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said on Monday. The Department of Animal Care and Control in Los Angeles County launched the investigation after a Feb. 26 episode of the Nat Geo WILD TV series "Cesar 911", in which Millan trains a French bulldog-terrier mix called Simon to co-exist with his owner's pot-bellied pigs after having killed two of them. The investigation by the district attorney was dropped due to "insufficient evidence," said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the office.

Venezuela's cellphone providers suspend international calls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 01:27

Pedestrians walk outside Movistar a cell phone company office in the Chacao municipality of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 11, 2016. Movistar, a subsidiary of the Spanish-based Telefonica, and Digitel both announced last week that they would be cutting international service because of issues related to Venezuela's byzantine currency controls. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's two main cellphone service providers are suspending long distance calling as the South American country struggles to pay its bills.

UK's Cameron defends financial arrangements

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 00:59

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in central London to appear before MPs for the first time since it emerged he had profited from an offshore fund, Monday April 11, 2016. Cameron will try to restore his government’s shaken reputation for competence with a statement in the House of Commons later Monday, after days of damaging headlines about his links to an offshore wealth fund. (Stefan Rousseau / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVESLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron fought back Monday after days of criticism over his finances, lashing out at what he called hurtful and untrue claims about his late father's investments sparked by leaked details about the offshore accounts of the rich and famous.

Phillies fans optimistic ahead of home opener

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 00:50

Phillies fans arrive for home openerFans haven't forgotten the Phil's embarrassing last place finish last year, but they're not holding it against them.

Stocks rise ahead of company earnings reports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 00:48

Eric Schumacher, left, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 11, 2016. U.S. stocks opened higher on Wall Street following gains overseas as investors held out hope for more economic stimulus from China. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were slightly higher in midday trading Monday as investors wait for first-quarter company earnings to start rolling in. Overseas markets were also rising as investors hoped for more stimulus in China, the world's second-largest economy.

Lawyer in massive disability fraud case could be released

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 00:48
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Eric C. Conn, the Kentucky lawyer accused of conspiring to defraud the government of $600 million in questionable federal disability payments, could be released from jail pending trial.

Virginia governor says won't sign electric-chair bill for executions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 00:40

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe walks after a news conference at the Mariel port in Artemisa province, CubaBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said on Monday he would not sign a bill passed by the legislature that would order executions by electric chair when lethal-injection drugs are not available. McAuliffe is recommending instead that state prison officials be allowed to purchase lethal drugs for executions on an emergency basis, with the identities of the pharmacies providing the drugs to be kept secret. "These amendments deliver a valid path forward to continue VA's capital punishment policy," McAuliffe said on Twitter.