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1 in 4 US renters must use half their pay for housing costs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:03

This Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, photo shows a sign advertising a house for rent in Los Angeles. More than one-in-four renters must devote at least half of their family income to housing and utilities, according to a new analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.

Chemical watchdog team waiting for Syria approval for visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog says a team stands ready to visit Syria to investigate recent claims of chemical weapon attacks against civilians as soon as the government gives approval.

Bruce Jenner sued for wrongful death over highway crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:58

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, in New York. Jenner was sued in Los Angeles on Friday, May 1, 2015, by the stepchildren of Kim Howe, a woman who died after Jenner's sport utility vehicle pushed her car into oncoming traffic in a collision on Pacific Coast Highway in February 2015. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stepchildren of a woman killed in an automobile crash involving Bruce Jenner sued the Olympic gold medalist Friday for wrongful death, claiming they have suffered enormous damages.

Accused undercover narcotics cop denies stealing drug money

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:58
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One of six former drug squad members on trial in a police corruption case took the stand Friday to deny that the group stole more than $400,000 from drug dealers and roughed them up along the way.

In big test, Baltimore prosecutor moves swiftly on charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:56

In this Jan. 9, 2015 photo, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks at a news conference, in Baltimore. Baltimore’s chief prosecutor is 35 years old, has been on the job for less than four months, and is about to take on the biggest challenge of her career weighing the evidence against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray and deciding whether they deserve to be criminally charged. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's chief prosecutor, just 35 years old and on the job for less than four months, moved swiftly Friday to address the biggest challenge of her career when she announced charges including second-degree murder against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

Suspected member of Guatemalan family drug cartel extradited to U.S

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:55
Guatemala extradited to the United States a suspected drug trafficker wanted for alleged ties to Mexico's notorious Sinaloa cartel, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. Eliu Elixander Lorenzana-Cordon, 43, arrived in the United States on Thursday and was arraigned on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the department said. Lorenzana-Cordon was arrested in 2011 by Guatemalan authorities along with his father, Waldemar, on charges they trafficked Colombian cocaine to the United States through El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. Between 1996 and 2012, their drug trafficking operation is alleged to have received and stored tons of cocaine to import illegally into the United States, the department said.

Juice would be spilled: Imagining 2 Floridas, South & North

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:55

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2010, file photo, oranges ripen on a tree in a grove in Clermont, Fla. Original Florida would have to give up its state symbol, the orange, if South Florida seceded since the state would be left without most of its citrus groves. More than 90 percent of Florida’s citrus groves would go with South Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Some South Florida politicians say they've been ignored long enough by state leaders in North Florida. Now they want their own state.

NY jury finds ex-Goldman programmer Aleynikov guilty of code theft

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:54

Former Goldman Sachs computer programmer Aleynikov waits to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court at New YorkA New York jury on Friday convicted a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programmer of stealing some of the bank's high-frequency trading code, in a legal battle closely watched by Wall Street and the financial world. The jury found Sergey Aleynikov guilty on only one count of stealing "secret scientific material" from Goldman. Aleynikov's lawyer, Kevin Marino, said after the verdict that the defense would file a motion for dismissal of the conviction, which he said was fatally flawed. Aleynikov, 45, a dual U.S. and Russian citizen, helped inspire Michael Lewis’ bestselling book “Flash Boys" about the rise and corrosive effects of high-speed trading in the U.S. equity market.

Latest in police corruption trial: Defendant testifies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:54
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Episcopal bishop accused in drunken-driving death resigns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:52
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland bishop accused of fatally striking a bicyclist while driving drunk in Baltimore has resigned, and her credentials have been revoked, according to officials with the Episcopal Church.

Ohio's Kasich says 2016 presidential run depends on money

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:51

Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in NashuaBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ohio Governor John Kasich said on Friday his 2016 presidential aspirations depend on whether he can raise enough money to compete with a host of rivals for the Republican nomination. Kasich, 62, is considering a run for his party's nomination, which would make him a potentially potent force in the Republican field as he represents an important swing state in presidential elections. Kasich, a former chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee who was re-elected as Ohio's governor in November, sounded like a presidential candidate during a 45-minute session with reporters at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. Kasich, who considered running for the White House in 2000 before bowing out of the race, said he was optimistic that he will be able to move forward with launching a campaign, but did not indicate when he would make up his mind.

Lawmakers slam Capitol Police over cases of unattended guns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:50
By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Loaded guns reportedly left behind in a bathroom and elsewhere by U.S. Capitol Police officers led lawmakers on Friday to demand answers from the force that protects Congress, the latest in a series of security blunders in official Washington. The senior Republican and Democrat on the House of Representatives panel that oversees the Capitol Police demanded to know how the weapons were left unsecured and what was being done to prevent it happening again. "The fact that dangerous weapons were left in the open, potentially within reach of the general public, is unacceptable," Republican Candice Miller and Democrat Robert Brady, of the House Administration Committee, said in a statement.Roll Call, a Washington newspaper that reports primarily on Capitol Hill, reported on Friday about three instances in which officers left loaded guns behind.

Prosecutor tracks Baltimore police arrest of Freddie Gray

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:48
(Reuters) - Six Baltimore police officers were charged on Friday in the arrest and death in April of a 25-year-old black man, Freddie Gray, the latest flashpoint in police use of lethal force and race relations in the United States. The following is Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's account of how events unfolded: - On April 12 between 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. near corner of North Avenue and Mount Street, Baltimore police Lieutenant Brian Rice, on bicycle patrol with Officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero, makes eye contact with Freddie Carlos Gray Jr. - Gray runs and the officers follow. Miller restrains him in a "leg brace" while Nero holds him down until a police wagon driven by Officer Caesar Goodson arrives.

Chief of staff for AG Kane accused of sexual harassment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:43

Chief of staff for AG Kane accused of sexual harassmentPennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she continues to have confidence in her new chief of staff.

Prosecutor quits over Facebook post about Baltimore protests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:43
DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan prosecutor's office says an assistant prosecutor quit after posting on Facebook that people assaulting police officers in Baltimore should be shot.

Chicago chief financial officer Scott to step down

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:39
Lois Scott, Chicago's chief financial officer, said on Friday she plans to step down this month after four years on the job, making the announcement two days after she helped unveil plans to clean up the debt practices of the third-largest U.S. city. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said Scott will leave on May 20. "It has been a special honor serving Mayor Emanuel, a visionary mayor who believes deeply that confronting our fiscal challenges is inextricably linked to the larger economic growth and job-creation strategy for Chicago," Scott said in a statement. The financially troubled city plans to end interest-rate swaps and phase out bond restructurings in changes expected to cost more than $275 million, Chicago financial officials said on Wednesday.

Insane or evil? Trial fills in details of Colorado movie gunman Holmes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 03:56

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialBy Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Harrowing accounts from survivors dominated the first week of Colorado's movie theater massacre trial, but amid the tears a much more detailed picture emerged of gunman James Holmes, his personal life, and his deadly plan.     Prosecutors seeking the death penalty for the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, and his public defenders, have filled in many of the gaps left when a judge sealed much of the key evidence in the 2012 mass shooting case.     Both sides painted starkly different pictures of Holmes in Arapahoe County District Court in the Denver suburb of Centennial. In his opening statement, Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler depicted Holmes as a craven killer of superior intellect who planned and carried out the massacre because of his "longstanding hatred of mankind."     Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder after killing 12 people and wounding 70 at a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in the Denver suburb of Aurora on July 20, 2012.     In court, Brauchler revealed that two court-appointed forensic psychiatrists had deemed that Holmes was sane at the time.

Tesla moves into batteries that store energy for homes, businesses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 03:43

Tesla Energy batteries for businesses and utility companies are pictured providing energy for the Tesla Motors Powerwall Home Battery event in HawthorneBy Nichola Groom and Paul Lienert LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc on Thursday unveiled Tesla Energy - storage systems or batteries for homes, companies and utilities that will expand its business beyond electric vehicles and tap into a fast-growing area of the energy industry. Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company's goal was to "fundamentally change the way the world uses energy on an extreme scale." He introduced the products to a crowd of business partners and journalists at a Tesla facility near Los Angeles. In Tesla's view, such storage systems could become part of a fossil-fuel-free lifestyle in which people can have solar panels on their roof generating electricity to power their home and recharge their electric car batteries. At $3,500 for a 10kWh model, excluding inverter and installation prices, the Powerwall can be used for backup power or to store solar energy.

Detroit prosecutor resigns after saying Baltimore rioters should be shot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 03:38
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit prosecutor who said on Facebook that people involved in Baltimore rioting should be shot has resigned, after her comments ignited fierce criticism, the prosecutor's office said on Friday. Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Teana Walsh had posted comments about this week's unrest in Baltimore, which was sparked by the death of Freddie Gray after he was fatally injured in police custody, according to a screenshot of her page posted on MyFox The comment, which was criticized by local defense attorneys, has since been taken down from Facebook and Walsh's page is not accessible. The populations of both Baltimore and Detroit are predominantly black.

Watergate complex suffers structural collapse: Washington authorities

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 03:35

 Washington authoritiesThe parking garage at the Watergate complex in Washington suffered a structural collapse on Friday, local authorities and local media reported. The Washington fire department said on Twitter that it had units on scene at the complex, located in northwest Washington near the State Department and made famous by a 1972 political scandal.