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Eagles sign WR Miles Austin to 1-year contract

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 05:01

Eagles sign WR Miles Austin to 1-year contractThe Philadelphia Eagles said on Tuesday the team has signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a 1-year contract.


Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:57

This screen shot made Tuesday, March 31, 2015 shows the Times Square area of New York in Pac-Man form on Google Maps. Google added the option to convert its popular navigation service into the Pac-Man video game in celebration of April Fools’ Day. (AP Photo/Google Maps)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac-Man's chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools' Day.


Arkansas gives final approval to religious-freedom bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:34
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a religious-freedom bill that has drawn sharp criticism from opponents who say it opens the door to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Foreign adoptions by Americans reach lowest mark since 1982

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:33
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped by 9 percent last year to the lowest level since 1982, according to new State Department figures.

Pa. Supreme Court rules against AG Kathleen Kane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:26

Pa. Supreme Court rules against AG Kathleen KanePennsylvania's highest court says a county judge acted properly when he appointed a special prosecutor to look into grand jury leaks tied to the state attorney general's office. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who had challenged the appointment after a grand jury recommended she be charged criminally for leaks of secret material. The court's main opinion says a suburban Philadelphia judge "acted within his authority and sound prerogative" in appointing lawyer Thomas Carluccio to investigate the leaks. Carluccio led a grand jury looking into a complaint that material from a 2009 investigation was reported last year in the Philadelphia Daily News.


2 found dead inside Lower Moreland home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:17

2 found dead inside Lower Moreland homePolice are investigating the discovery of two bodies inside a home in Lower Moreland, Montgomery County.


Toddler found unconscious at eatery; mom faces murder charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:15
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who locked herself inside a restaurant bathroom for 25 minutes before she was found holding her unconscious 1-year-old son foaming at the mouth has been arrested on a murder charge, authorities said Tuesday.

Monsanto donates $4M to effort to save monarch butterflies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:13

In this Jan. 4, 2015 file photo, a Monarch butterfly takes flight from a plant leaf in the Piedra Herrada sanctuary, near Valle de Bravo, Mexico. The population of the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population along its migration route from Mexico because of habitat destruction due in part to weed killers and herbicide-resistant plants like those Monsanto and other agribusinesses offer. Agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. said Tuesday, March 31, 2015 that it will commit $4 million to help stem the decline of monarch butterflies. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies' habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the worrisome decline of the black-and-orange insects.


Court upholds judge's role in investigation of Pa. AG Kane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:04

Pa. Supreme Court rules against AG Kathleen KanePennsylvania's highest court says a county judge acted properly when he appointed a special prosecutor to look into grand jury leaks tied to the state attorney general's office. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who had challenged the appointment after a grand jury recommended she be charged criminally for leaks of secret material. The court's main opinion says a suburban Philadelphia judge "acted within his authority and sound prerogative" in appointing lawyer Thomas Carluccio to investigate the leaks. Carluccio led a grand jury looking into a complaint that material from a 2009 investigation was reported last year in the Philadelphia Daily News.


School bus, ambulance collide in Indiana; 15 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 04:00
WHEELER, Ind. (AP) — Police say 12 students were among 15 people hurt when a school bus and ambulance collided in northwestern Indiana.

Prosecutors: Police witnesses uncooperative in Ohio shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:59

Suspended Cleveland Police patrolman Michael Brelo, left, sits with attorney Tom Shaughnessy during an administrative hearing in Cleveland Friday, March 13, 2015. Brelo faces two voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of two suspects following a high-speed chase in November 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors are preparing to question more than a dozen police officers as hostile witnesses if they continue to be uncooperative before the trial of another officer accused of firing the final shots of a 137-round barrage that killed two unarmed suspects in November 2012, according to court documents.


Co-defendant pleads not guilty in Vegas mom slaying case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:57

Erich Milton Nowsch Jr., right, and Derrick Andrews appear in court Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Las Vegas. The two have been charged with the Feb. 12, 2014, fatal shooting of Tammy Meyers, 44, in a Las Vegas neighborhood cul-de-sac. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A co-defendant got a lawyer and pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder, attempted murder and other charges in the shooting death of a mother of four in a Las Vegas neighborhood.


Report of armed intruder in New Jersey school a hoax: investigators

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:49
A report of an armed intruder that forced the evacuation of a New Jersey elementary school on Tuesday is being treated as a hoax, law enforcement officials said. A call came in to Village Elementary School in Holmdel Township, about 40 miles south of New York City, at about 11 a.m. reporting that a gunman had entered the grounds. Police and SWAT teams rushed to the school and searched for a gunman but did not find one, said Charles Webster, a spokesman with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

USDA: Record soybean acres expected, corn acres to drop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:48

A farmer tills a field near Mead, Neb., Monday, March 30, 2015. The USDA releases its annual prospective planting report on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, which outlines farmer decisions about how much land to dedicate to corn, soybeans and other major crops including wheat and cotton. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers are expected to plant a record number of soybean acres this year, but fewer acres of corn as profit potential for the grain remains low due to slumping prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday in its first report of the new crop season.


Morgan Stanley cuts estimate of US online bet market in half

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:27

This Nov. 26, 2013 file photo shows Jon Hernandez of Roselle Park N.J. playing a game of Internet poker from his home on the first full day Internet gambling was legal in New Jersey. On Tuesday March 31, 2015, Morgan Stanley cut its estimate of the U.S. Internet gambling market nearly in half, predicting $2.7 billion in revenue by 2020, down from a $5 billion initial estimate. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, FILE)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Morgan Stanley has cut its estimate of the potential U.S. Internet gambling market by nearly half.


Religious freedom laws not used against gays in the past

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:27

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence steps off the podium after a news conference discussing the state's new religious-freedom law, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Pence said that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NEW YORK (AP) — Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays — and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.


Pennsylvania college expels 3 for racist radio broadcast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:14
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A private Pennsylvania college expelled three students over a campus radio broadcast in which they made racist comments and used a slur.

Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital captured in DC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:10

 Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital captured in DCAn inmate in a hospital for treatment after a suicide attempt overpowered a guard, took her gun, escaped and carjacked two vehicles Tuesday, setting off a frenzied search that ended nine hours later with his capture as he got off a bus in the nation's capital.


Patriots owner: Aaron Hernandez told me he was innocent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:07

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft testifies during the murder trial of former Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Aram Boghosian, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft testified Tuesday that his former star tight end Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked if he was involved in a 2013 killing.


Boston bombing defense rests after detailing brother's research

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 03:05

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrapped up their case on Tuesday after calling only four witnesses over two days. By comparison, the prosecution presented 92 witnesses in the trial of Tsarnaev, 21, who is accused in the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264 people near the finish line of the famed race. In all, testimony in the guilt phase of Dzhokhar's trial took 16 days, less time than it took to pick the 12 jurors and six alternates. Digital forensics expert Mark Spencer testified about data found on three computers owned by the Tsarnaev brothers.