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Sentences cut for 3 ex-educators in Atlanta cheating scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:49

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter holds a re-sentencing hearing in Fulton County Superior Court, Thursday, April 30, 2015 in Atlanta. Baxter reduced the sentences for Sharon Davis-Williams, Michael Pitts, Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams. Each was given three years in prison and seven on probation. They were also fined and sentenced to community service. ( Kent D. Johnson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)ATLANTA (AP) — A judge sharply reduced the sentences Thursday for three former Atlanta public school educators who received the harshest prison terms in the trial stemming from the city's standardized test cheating scandal.

Los Angeles ports police chief indicted on corruption charges: DOJ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:47
A U.S. grand jury indicted the port of Los Angeles' chief of police on corruption charges involving a program to help citizens report criminal activity at the port, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement on Thursday. Ronald Boyd, 57, was named in January as chief of public safety at the port. The 16-count indictment includes charges of wire fraud involving bribery and kickbacks, according to the Justice Department. Boyd is expected to surrender to federal authorities sometime next week, the Justice Department said.

Lava lake on Hawaii's volcano overflows in spectacular show

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:46

In this April 26, 2015 photo provided by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, sparks rise from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island. The public is getting their first look at the lake of lava on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano that has been rising over the past week and, at times, overflowing in a spectacular show. (Tim Orr/USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory via AP)HONOLULU (AP) — A lake of lava on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has been rising over the past week and, at times, overflowing in a spectacular show.

Woman bitten to death by shark off Maui swam every day, brother says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:43
By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - A 65-year-old woman bitten to death by a shark while snorkeling off the Hawaiian island of Maui loved the ocean and went swimming every day, her brother said on Thursday. Maui County police said in a statement Margaret Cruse of the local community of Kihei was found floating in the waters of Ahihi Kinau Bay on Wednesday morning and had injuries consistent with a shark attack. It was the first fatal shark attack in Hawaii since 2013. Cruse, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, had lived for the past dozen years in Maui where she had many friends, her brother, Bill Cruse, said in a phone interview from Redding, California.

Obama's presidential library will be built in Chicago: NBC News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:42
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama's presidential library will be built in his hometown of Chicago, beating out proposals by New York City and Hawaii to host the facility, NBC News reported on Thursday. A proposal from the University of Chicago, where Obama was a law professor and near where he has a home on the city's South Side, has been chosen, NBC said. Obama grew up in Hawaii and attended Columbia University in New York as an undergraduate. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Arizona lawmakers tell cities they can't ban plastic bags

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:40
PHOENIX (AP) — Vexed by the litter caught in cactus and shrubs, one Arizona city banned plastic bags on Earth Day last year. Two others considered similar bans as part of a growing trend around the country to outlaw the single-use of plastic bags at checkout counters.

Republican amendment fight threatens Iran bill in Senate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:40

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Corker uses the phones before meeting with Secretary of State Kerry on nuclear negotiations with Iran on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A dispute among Republican senators over changes to an Iran nuclear review bill on Thursday threatened the measure's chances of being passed by the U.S. Congress, leaving Senate leaders scrambling for a way to advance the legislation. Two Republican senators, Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio, used an unorthodox procedural move to try to force the Senate to vote on their amendments to a bill authored by another Republican senator, Bob Corker, that would give Congress the right to review an international nuclear agreement with Iran.

Officials: 2 elementary school pupils took guns to school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:36

In this photo provided by Kentucky State Police, handguns sit on a table Thursday, April 30, 2015. A first-grader and his brother in kindergarten took two handguns, one of them loaded, on a bus to Dewitt Elementary School in Flat Lick, Ky., after apparently thinking they were toys, authorities said. They said no one was hurt and the firearms were seized when the boys reached school. (Kentucky State Police via AP)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A first-grader and his brother in kindergarten took two handguns, one of them loaded, on a bus to a Kentucky elementary school Thursday morning after apparently thinking they were toys, authorities said. They said no one was hurt and the firearms were seized when the boys reached school.

Boston Marathon trial suspended for day over sick juror

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:34

This undated photo released Wednesday, April 29, 2015, by the Federal Public Defender Office and presented as evidence during the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, brothers Dzhokhar, left, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev sit together at an unknown location. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 260 spectators in April 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a firefight with police days after the bombings. (AP Photo/Federal Public Defender Office)BOSTON (AP) — Testimony in the death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was suspended Thursday because of a sick juror.

2nd San Diego terrorism case to be sent to Minnesota

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:32
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego judge has ordered a man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group to be sent from California to Minnesota to face charges.

U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:26
(Reuters) - Dozens of countries have imposed total or partial bans on U.S. poultry and poultry imports since an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was discovered in December. Each of the top 10 importers has introduced restrictions. Total bans have been imposed by China, South Korea and Angola, whose markets were valued at nearly $700 million last year. More than 15.4 million meat-producing and egg-laying birds have been culled, and preliminary tests have identified likely cases in more than 5.5 million more birds. ...

Tulsa sheriff limits volunteers' duties after fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:21

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 21, 2015 file photo, Robert Bates arrives for his arraignment at the Tulsa County courthouse in Tulsa, Okla. Bates, a 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy who fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, is facing a second-degree manslaughter charge. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Reserve deputies with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office can no longer patrol alone, the agency announced Thursday, but attorneys for the family of a man who was fatally shot by a volunteer said the move came too late.

FAA proposes fix for possible power loss issue in Boeing's 787

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:11
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it would ask the operators of Boeing Co's model 787 airplanes to deactivate the plane's electrical power system periodically. The FAA said the new airworthiness directive was prompted by the determination that power control units on a model 787 airplane could shut down power generators if they are powered continuously for 248 days. Sudden loss of power could result in the aircraft going out of control, the directive noted. Boeing is developing a software upgrade to counter the problem.

Scant details in Freddie Gray's death probe disappoint protesters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 07:07

Scant details in Freddie Gray's death probe disappoint protestersThe refusal of authorities to provide more than a few sketchy details about the Freddie Gray investigation may be legally appropriate, but many people in Baltimore were finding it hard to be patient Thursday when police revealed nothing about the internal investigation they turned over to the state's attorney's office.

Carjacker gets 80 years for Colorado crime spree caught on live TV

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:58
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A gun-toting felon whose two-hour carjacking and crime spree in Colorado last year played out on live television filmed from a news helicopter has been sentenced to 80 years in prison, prosecutors said on Thursday. Christopher David Sullivan, 37, pleaded guilty last month to 46 charges including aggravated robbery, menacing with a deadly weapon and first-degree assault, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. "Wielding an assault rifle and high on cocaine, Sullivan terrorized residents and visitors on Lookout Mountain, stealing cars and breaking into houses while running from ... deputies," the statement said. The incident began last July when a deputy pulled over Sullivan for a traffic violation near Lookout Mountain, about 12 miles west of Denver, but he sped away when other officers arrived at the scene.

Medicare data show contrast in generic, brand prescribing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:57

Graphic shows most-prescribed and most expensive drugs in Medicare Part D program; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — The most-used medicines in Medicare's prescription drug program are generics, but the program spends the most on brand-name drugs, led by the heartburn treatment Nexium, according to an unprecedented release of government data on Thursday.

Jamaican police officer says country trying to stop scammers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:56
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A top Jamaican law enforcement officer testifying in a North Dakota trial said Thursday his country is making progress in disrupting lottery scams but that many children still want to grow up to be fraudsters.

New York City women accused of explosive plot indicted on new charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:53
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Thursday brought additional charges against two New York City women accused of planning to carry out an explosive attack in the United States. Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, were formally indicted by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, New York, a month after their arrest on a charge of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. The indictment goes beyond that count to charge the women additionally with teaching and distributing information pertaining to the making and use of a weapon of mass destruction. Siddiqui was also hit with a third charge of making material false statements to the FBI in July by saying she had not contributed writings to jihadist magazines or been in contact with a member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Officer breaks window to rescue baby in car

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:52

Officer breaks window to rescue baby in carA Camden County police officer broke a window to rescue a baby from a hot car on Thursday morning.

Interrogations advisor urges Bush-era torture probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:49
By Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a body that advises U.S. terrorism interrogators on ethics on Thursday called for a special prosecutor to probe how the abuse of captured militants during the Bush administration's "war on terror" was allowed to happen. The call came from Mark Fallon, head of a committee that advises the interagency High Value Interrogation Group, and followed the release of a report on Thursday that accused America's top organization of psychologists of secretly collaborating with the CIA, White House and Pentagon to help justify torture. Fallon said the accusation of collusion of the American Psychological Association in the torture of detainees after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks highlights the need for a wider investigation. Fallon's group, known as the HIG Research Committee, includes federal government officials and provides scientific research on interrogation techniques as well as ethical guidelines to the HIG program.