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ACLU asks federal court to block Kansas voter ID law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 04:11

Stickers are seen on a table at a polling stations for the Wisconsin presidential primary election in MilwaukeeThe American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Thursday to block a Kansas state law that requires people to prove American citizenship if they want to register to vote while applying for a driver's license. U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson conducted a four-hour hearing in Kansas City, Kansas, but took no immediate action on the request for a preliminary injunction, pending the outcome of a lawsuit the civil rights group filed in February. The ACLU says Kansas is making illegal demands for additional proof of citizenship, violating the so-called Motor-Voter Law that Congress passed in 1993 to boost voter registration for federal elections by allowing voters to register at state motor vehicle departments.


Burning incense caused NY fire that killed 2 toddler sisters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 04:09
NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators say burning incense caused a New York City fire that killed two toddler sisters.

Lawsuit can proceed versus maker of gun used in Connecticut school shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 04:07
Bushmaster, manufacturer of the AR-15 assault weapon used in the attack in Newtown, Connecticut, had asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying it was protected by a 2005 federal law blocking lawsuits against gunmakers when their products were used in the commission of crimes. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis declined to dismiss it, saying the gunmaker, a unit of Madison, North Carolina-based Freedom Group Inc, had not proven that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act stopped her from hearing the case. "The Superior Court has subject matter jurisdiction over a wrongful death action where the injury arose out of conduct by the defendants," Bellis wrote.

PHOTOS: Protesters march down Broad Street

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 04:04

 Protesters march down Broad StreetProtesters voicing their opinions on various concerns, including the minimum wage and Temple University's proposed new stadium, marched down Broad Street Thursday afternoon.


US government to buy wild blueberries to help prop up prices

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 04:01

FILE - In this July 27, 2012 file photo, wild blueberries are ready for harvesting in Warren, Maine. The state's congressional delegation told the Associated Press on Thursday that The Dept. of Agriculture will buy up to 30 million pounds of blueberries to help stabilize prices and supply in one of Maine's signatures industries. The $13 million bailout could help spell the end of low prices to consumers on wild blueberries. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will buy up to 30 million pounds of wild blueberries to help stabilize prices and supply in one of Maine's signatures industries.


Truck plows into kids at school bus stop; 1 seriously hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:57
MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) — A 19-year-old man driving on a suspended license slammed a pickup truck into children at a school bus stop Thursday in a small town outside Seattle, severely injuring one of them, authorities said.

Fast food workers protest in front of Disneyland Paris

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:56

Unionists and fast food workers demonstrate outside the McDonald's fast food restaurant at the Disneyland Paris theme park, in Marne la Vallee, outside Paris, Thursday, April 14, 2016. In the United States, protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour are expected to hold demonstrations at McDonald’s stores around the country Thursday. McDonald’s said it gives American workers access to a program that helps them with education and is raising starting wages. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — Fast food workers and union members have held a protest at a McDonald's restaurant at Disneyland Paris to demand higher wages and an end to the use of tax havens by multinational corporations.


Crash on I-95 involving 2 vehicles, construction sign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:29

Crash on I-95 involving 2 vehicles, construction signPart of I-95 southbound is closed after a crash involving two vehicles and a construction sign.


Secret Harvard club breaks silence, followed by an apology

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:28
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston business chief who broke the public silence of a 225-year-old Harvard all-male club apologized after critics said his comments blamed women for sexual assault.

Minnesota man changes plea to guilty in Islamic State case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:26

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Sherburne County, Minnesota, Sheriff's Of fice shows Adnan Abdihamid Farah. Farah, one of five Minnesota men due to go on trial next month for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group, changed his plea Thursday, April 14, 2016 to guilty, saying he succumbed to propaganda videos that preached jihad. Farah faces a maximum of 15 years in prison but avoided a possible life sentence by taking the plea deal. (Sherburne County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of five Minnesota men due to go on trial next month for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group changed his plea Thursday to guilty, saying he succumbed to propaganda videos that preached jihad.


The Latest: Driver in bus stop crash had suspended license

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:23
MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on bus stop crash in Washington state (all times local):

Demonstrators to march down Broad Street, protesting various issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:22

Demonstrators march down Broad Street, protesting various issuesDemonstrators voicing their opinions on various concerns including the minimum wage and Temple University's proposed new stadium are expected to march the streets of Philadelphia Thursday afternoon.


Celebrity U.S. presidential picks prompt alliances, rifts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:09

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined by singer Demi Lovato at a campaign event in Iowa CityBy Anjali Athavaley and Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop star Demi Lovato is jazzed about Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Comic Sarah Silverman’s enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders is no joke. Meanwhile, 1980s sitcom star Scott Baio wants Republican businessman Donald Trump to be in charge.


Demonstrators to march down Philadelphia streets, protesting various issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:07

Demonstrators march down Broad Street, protesting various issuesDemonstrators voicing their opinions on various concerns including the minimum wage and Temple University's proposed new stadium are expected to march the streets of Philadelphia Thursday afternoon.


Details about testing for lead, copper in schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:02
DETROIT (AP) — Elevated levels of lead or copper have been found in the drinking water of nearly a third of the Detroit schools tested in response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. These expensive tests are not required by state or federal governments, but many schools around the country are taking the precaution anyway. Some questions answered:

2 Ohio teens in custody after car chase, shooting in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 03:00
FAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in west Alabama say two Ohio teenagers are in custody after a car chase that ended with police shooting and injuring one of the teens.

Police chief takes leave during federal contempt hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:51
MADISON, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama police chief is taking a leave of absence during federal hearings on contempt of court allegations in the case of a former officer accused of using excessive force.

Woman awaiting retrial in medicine-denial death is released

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:45
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman convicted of withholding potentially life-saving medications from her cancer-stricken son has been released from prison while awaiting a new trial.

Prosecutors say Pennsylvania church leaders hid sex abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:44
Pennsylvania prosecutors on Thursday presented church records and a witness they said showed that three former leaders of a Roman Catholic order endangered hundreds of boys by putting them in contact with a cleric they knew was a sexual predator. The three Franciscan friars, Giles Schinelli, 73, Robert D'Aversa, 69, and Anthony Criscitelli, 61, face felony charges of endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy by enabling the sexual predations of Brother Stephen Baker, a member of their order who committed suicide in 2013.

Education chief looks for more well-rounded learning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 02:42

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, then-Acting Education Secretary Dr. John King, Jr. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. It’s time for a return to a more well-rounded education for schoolchildren, one that spotlights the importance of science, social studies and the arts, now-Education Secretary King says. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary John B. King Jr. wants to see a return to a more well-rounded education for schoolchildren, one that spotlights the importance of science, social studies, world languages and the arts.