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Yosemite: Famed hotel name to change in trademark dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 05:25

FILE - In this March 29, 1999, file photo, a couple look though a window at The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite, Calif. The names of iconic hotels and other facilities in the world-famous park will soon change in an ongoing battle over who owns the intellectual property, park officials said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. The famed Ahwahnee Hotel will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The names of iconic hotels and other landmarks in the world-famous Yosemite National Park will soon change in an ongoing battle over who owns the intellectual property, park officials said Thursday.


France, UK call for UN meeting on lifting Syrian sieges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 05:06
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France and Britain and have asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to press for the lifting of sieges on Syrian cities and towns where some 400,000 people are unable to get humanitarian aid.

Probation ordered for gun buyer in Jewish site killings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 05:01
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri man has been sentenced to five years of probation for purchasing one of the shotguns that a white supremacist used in a deadly attack at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

Chicago-area Dems back challenger over incumbent prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:51

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, right, responds to a question about her re-election bid during a news conference with victims of violent crimes Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Chicago. Alvarez's re-election campaign took a hit Thursday when the local leaders of her Democratic Party gave their backing to a challenger who has sharply criticized her handling of cases of alleged police misconduct. Alvarez, who is seeking a third term, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have faced calls to resign since the release in November of police dashcam video showing a white officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — The re-election campaign of Chicago's top prosecutor took a hit Thursday when the local leaders of her Democratic Party gave their backing to a challenger who has sharply criticized her handling of cases of alleged police misconduct.


Ohio's top court declines to change rules on plea deals

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:45
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's top court decided Thursday to continue allowing defendants to plead to lesser crimes that don't bear much resemblance to the facts of the original charge.

Another teen charged in murder plot at Denver-area school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:43
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Two 16-year-old girls have now been charged as adults in an alleged plot to kill classmates at a suburban Denver high school.

Advocates perplexed by U.S. response to Central American migrants

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:28

Woman walks in front of a bus filled with deportees at the Soto Cano military base in ComayaguaBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Refugee advocates said on Thursday the Obama administration is sending mixed signals to Central American migrants by deporting families who have fled to the United States while increasing resources in the crime-ridden region for asylum seekers. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday that the United States would work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to expand opportunities for people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status before coming to the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently conducted raids in the United States on Central American families who had fled the region in an effort to deter others from doing the same.


Infant death: Manslaughter charge dismissed against woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:25
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge on Thursday dismissed a reckless manslaughter charge against a woman in a case in which police said her infant daughter was fatally beaten by a boy while she and a friend were at a club.

'Power Rangers' actor charged with stabbing murder of roommate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:24
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former actor in the "Power Rangers" children's television series accused of stabbing a roommate to death with a sword nearly a year ago has been charged with murder, prosecutors said on Thursday. Ricardo Medina, 36, is charged with stabbing Josh Sutter multiple times with the sword during a Jan. 31, 2015 argument over the actor's girlfriend, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a written statement. Medina was arrested at the time of Sutter's death but released from jail within days after prosecutors asked for further investigation in the high-profile case.

The Latest: Meeting between armed group, locals uncertain

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:22
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The latest on an armed group that took over federal buildings at an Oregon wildlife refuge (all times local):

Louisiana sheriff's deputy slain; former inmate arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:15
Authorities have arrested a former inmate in the death of a sheriff's deputy whose body was found earlier this week in a shallow grave near her north Louisiana home.

FBI: Ambush shooting being investigated as terrorism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:14

 No evidence man who attacked Philadelphia cop part of organized cellThe FBI has confirmed the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer last week is being investigated as terrorism.


'Power Rangers' actor charged with stabbing murder of roommate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:09
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former actor in the "Power Rangers" children's television series accused of stabbing a roommate to death with a sword nearly a year ago has been charged with murder, prosecutors said on Thursday. Ricardo Medina, 36, is charged with stabbing Josh Sutter multiple times with the sword during a Jan. 31, 2015 argument over the actor's girlfriend, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a written statement. Medina was arrested at the time of Sutter's death but released from jail within days after prosecutors asked for further investigation in the high-profile case.

Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:05

FILE - This file photo taken Jan. 6, 2016 shows a truck leaving the Southern California Gas Co. facility where a natural gas well has been leaking uncontrollably for weeks in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles. California lawmakers proposed stronger regulations Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, to prevent a natural gas storage leak like one that has sickened Los Angeles residents and driven thousands from their homes. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The utility whose leaking natural gas well has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes has publicly understated the number of times airborne levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene have spiked over the past three months, the company's own data suggests.


Panel: Innocence lawyer violated ethics in helping client

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:04
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State Bar has ruled that a lawyer who advocated for the wrongly convicted committed an ethical violation while trying to prove the innocence of a client.

Panel: Innocence lawyer violated ethics in helping client

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:04
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State Bar has ruled that a lawyer who advocated for the wrongly convicted committed an ethical violation while trying to prove the innocence of a client.

Planned Parenthood files U.S. lawsuit against group behind secret videos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:02

Activists hold signs as they rally in support of Planned Parenthood on "National Pink Out Day" on the steps of City Hall in Los AngelesPlanned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday arguing that a group acted illegally when it secretly recorded videos alleging the women's health organization profited from selling fetal tissue from abortions. The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco against anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress alleges conspiracy and fraud among other violations in connection with the videos. The videos, which were released by the Center for Medical Progress in July 2015, sparked widespread controversy by purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials trying to sell aborted fetal tissue.


JetBlue's systems back up after data center loses power, causes flight issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 03:59

JetBlue's systems back up after data center loses power, causes flight issuesJetBlue's computer systems went down Thursday, causing issues for customers at airports across the country.


JetBlue's systems back up after data center loses power, causes flight issues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 03:59

JetBlue's systems back up after data center loses power, causes flight issuesJetBlue's computer systems went down Thursday, causing issues for customers at airports across the country.


The Latest: Maine governor calls impeachment push 'nonsense'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 03:50

FILE - In a Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference at the State House, in Augusta, Maine, where he apologized for his remark about out-of-state drug dealers impregnating "young white" girls. For five years now, the Republican has slung crude insults at his adversaries, heaped abuse on the media and offended many with his brass-knuckle tactics and off-the-cuff remarks. On Thursday, Jan. 14, lawmakers take up a longshot bid to impeach him. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The latest on a legislative attempt to impeach Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage (all times local):