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Non-resident enrollment to be capped at California campuses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:39
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Non-resident enrollment will be capped at the University of California's Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses next year to address concerns that California students are being displaced, but the system also does not plan to admit more residents to any of its campuses unless it gets more state funding, university President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.

Gov. Tom Wolf seeks billions in higher taxes for schools, tax revamp

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:34

Gov. Tom Wolf seeks billions in higher taxes for schools, tax revampIn an ambitious first budget plan, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed more than $4 billion in higher taxes on income, sales and natural gas drilling to support new spending on schools and to cut property taxes.

Driver whose truck fell through ice into river faces charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:33
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey state police say the driver of a pickup truck that went onto a frozen river, spun around repeatedly and then plunged through the ice with his dog inside has been charged with criminal mischief.

Islamic State plot suspect to be transferred from Fla. to NY

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:32
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — One of three men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group wage war against the U.S. was ordered transferred from Florida to New York on Tuesday.

NY considers treating charged 16, 17-year-olds as juveniles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:32
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Jim Saint Germain was mixed up with drugs and just shy of 16 when he was arrested and sent to a juvenile facility. Things might have been different had he been a year older and tried as an adult.

Voters reject ATV use in longest debate since $1 cat-fee

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:22

Tracy Puffer, center, asks questions at a town meeting about a proposal to open some town roads to ATV use during the state's town meeting day Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Groton, Vt. Voters rejected the proposal after a half an hour of discussion -- the longest debate since the town discussed a $1 fee for registering cats in 1999. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)GROTON, Vt. (AP) — Voters in the Vermont town of Groton have rejected a proposal to allow the use of all-terrain vehicles on some town roads in what the moderator says is the rural community's longest Town Meeting Day debate since it discussed a $1 fee for registering cats in 1999.

Police investigate report of shots near U.S. spy agency headquarters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:15
Authorities are investigating a report of shots fired on Tuesday near the National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland and damage to an NSA building, a U.S. Park Police spokeswoman said. Shots were reported near an exit along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway leading to Fort Meade, site of the spy agency, spokeswoman Sergeant Lelani Woods said. Officers found damage to an NSA building "and they are investigating if it is damage from shots fired," Woods said. Park Police officers and the NSA were trying to gather more information, she said.

Arizona jury told to keep deliberating on Jodi Arias case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:13

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Jurors deciding whether convicted killer Jodi Arias should be executed in Arizona were told by a judge on Tuesday to try harder to reach a verdict after apparently deadlocking in the closely watched retrial, court officials said. Judge Sherry Stephens issued the eight women and four men with a "modified impasse instruction" as the jury deliberated for a fourth day on the fate of the former waitress from Salinas, California, who murdered her ex-boyfriend in 2008. The jurors had earlier told the Maricopa County Superior Court they had several questions that had come up in their discussions, the court officials said. Arias, 34, was found guilty of killing Travis Alexander, 30, at his Phoenix-area home following a 2013 trial that captured widespread attention with its lurid details and sexually explicit testimony.

House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:10

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) walks to the House Chamber before a vote on funding the Department of Homeland Security, in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the U.S. domestic security agency finally ended on Tuesday, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner's inability to halt the Republican Party's further descent into disorder. The House of Representatives approved full fiscal-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security, after attempts by conservative Republicans to make funding contingent on blocking actions on immigration last November by Democratic President Barack Obama in which he bypassed Congress. The final bill passed by the House in a 257-167 vote was a Senate measure stripped of language attacking Obama's orders, which lifted the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented residents. The vote ended a fight that brought the DHS within hours of a partial shutdown last week and raised new questions about Boehner's leadership.

Lawmakers taking another crack at expanding gun checks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is returning to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to help kick-start a longshot campaign to expand criminal background checks to all commercial firearms sales.

New U.S. defense chief presses lawmakers for boost in funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:08

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol HillBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned lawmakers on Tuesday that continuing cuts to U.S. defense spending were causing "corrosive damage to our national security" and he urged them to back the president's request for a big boost in military funding in 2016. Testifying for the first time as secretary before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carter said military modernization by rivals such as Russia and China threatened to erode the Pentagon's technological advantage over other forces. He said President Barack Obama's request for a $534 billion Pentagon base budget plus $51 billion for overseas military operations would help the department repair equipment, restore training levels and invest in new weapons for the future, factors put on hold because of budget cuts and ongoing wars.

City, contractor questioned at NYC jail health care hearing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:08
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City lawmaker said at a hearing Tuesday that he didn't have confidence in the leadership of the private health provider awarded a $126 million contract to administer health care at the Rikers Island jail complex.

Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police practices

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

A female protester raises her hands while blocking police cars in FergusonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department's findings said on Tuesday. The investigation into the police department began in August after the shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson sparked national protests. Analysis of more than 35,000 pages of police records found racist comments from officers as well as statistics that showed African-Americans make up 93 percent of arrests while accounting for only 67 percent of the population in Ferguson, the official said.

Facing scrutiny on sex assault, college asks feds for review

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

In this photo provided by Grinnell College is Raynard Kington, president of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Facing scrutiny over its practices for responding to sexual assault, Kington has taken the unusual step of asking the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to to review whether three cases were handled appropriately the private school that is well-known for its tradition of campus activism. (AP Photo/Grinnell College)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Facing scrutiny over its practices for responding to sexual assault, a liberal arts college in Iowa has taken the unusual step of asking federal investigators to review whether three cases were handled appropriately.

Texas defense lawyers seek appeal for 'American Sniper' conviction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:02

File photo of former Marine Eddie Ray Routh entering the court after a break during his capital murder trial in Stephenville TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man convicted of murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the movie "American Sniper," have filed a notice of appeal with a Texas court, court officials said on Tuesday. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, a former U.S. Marine, was found guilty on Feb. 24 of fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013. Defense lawyers, who tried unsuccessfully to have Routh declared innocent by reason of insanity, had sought to have the venue changed from Stephenville, a rural Texas city near where Kyle was raised and where many regard him as a hero. Defense lawyers said Routh had been to hospitals at least four times because of his mental illness and was diagnosed as psychotic.

Engineer in Southern California train crash dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:02

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, workers stand near a Metrolink train that hit a truck and then derailed in Oxnard, Calif. Police say an engineer injured in last week's California commuter train derailment has died. The Oxnard Police Department says it was notified Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles that 62-year-old Glenn Steele had died. Steele had been transferred to Cedars-Sinai from a hospital in Ventura County. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The engineer of a Southern California commuter train died Tuesday, a week after he was badly injured when his train smashed into a truck that had been abandoned on the tracks, officials said.

MBTA considering options to compensate riders for snow woes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:02

In this Feb. 23, 2015 photo, a car remains buried in snow along a residential street in South Boston. Officials typically turn a blind eye to the lawn chairs, orange cones and assorted bric-a-brac Bostonians use to reserve a parking space after clearing it of snow. That ends Monday, March 2, 2015, with an order from City Hall to remove space savers, reigniting the ugly parking wars that have pitted neighbor against neighbor. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — The Boston-area public transit agency outlined several options Tuesday for compensating passengers who endured weeks of delays, cancellations and system-wide shutdowns as more than 8 feet of snow battered the region.

Man tried to bribe deputies after fatal Arizona crash: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:00
(Reuters) - A 21-year-old man tried to bribe sheriff's deputies in Arizona with a wad of cash after crashing his car in a fiery, rollover collision that killed a 27-year-old woman in the passenger seat, authorities said. Joseph Wilson, 21, first gave a fake name to an officer who responded to the scene of the accident southeast of Phoenix, and then he tried to give him the banknotes, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Idaho Senate opens with Hindu prayer, 3 lawmakers protest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 06:55
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three lawmakers refused to attend the Idaho Senate's daily invocation after objecting to the offering of a Hindu prayer.

Venture capitalist Doerr testifies in Kleiner sexism case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 06:52
By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Venture capitalist John Doerr on Tuesday sought to fend off allegations of sexism at his firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in testimony in a gender discrimination lawsuit targeting the firm. In the suit, former Kleiner partner Ellen Pao alleges she suffered discrimination and retaliation after ending a brief affair in 2006 with another partner, Ajit Nazre. Another incident involved partner Randy Komisar's board seat at patent company RPX, a firm Pao had championed as an investment for Kleiner and whose board she asked to join. I could use some wins." Pao did not receive a seat on RPX's board although she was responsible for the firm’s investment in RPX, even though she was responsible for the firm’s investment in RPX.