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U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 04:28

People celebrate with ice cream at Seattle City Hall after a Seattle City Council meeting in which the council voted on raising the minimum wage in SeattleThe Seattle law's supporters hailed the court's action, which left intact a lower court ruling backing the measure, as a defeat for "the big business lobby" that has taken aim at minimum wage hikes. The International Franchise Association and the businesses that challenged the measure did not target the actual wage hike. Instead, they argued that it was unfair for Seattle to exclude local franchises of big companies like McDonald's and Burger King from the small companies that the law gives three extra years to pay employees at least $15 per hour.

A look at US hospitals with high profits from patient care

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 04:05
A study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs includes a list of the 10 U.S. hospitals with the highest profit from patient care services in fiscal year 2013.

Study: 7 of 10 most profitable US hospitals are nonprofits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 04:02

 Seven of the 10 most profitable hospitals are nonprofits, including Carle in Urbana, where hospital tax exemptions are headed for a contentious court battle. The research on hospital profits comes as city officials in several states are pressuring hospitals to justify their tax-exempt status. (Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette via AP)Researchers analyzed why some hospitals make big profits and found a surprise: Seven of the 10 most profitable hospitals are nonprofits, including one in Urbana, Illinois, where hospital tax exemptions ...

Solar-powered plane departs California on round-the-world flight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 04:01

"Solar Impulse 2", a solar-powered plane piloted by Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland, flies over the Golden Gate bridge in San FranciscoBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A solar-powered airplane midway through an attempt to circle the globe began the next leg of its history-making journey on Monday, departing northern California on a relatively short 16-hour flight to Arizona, the project team said. The spindly, single-seat experimental aircraft dubbed Solar Impulse 2 took off just after 5 a.m. local time from San Francisco on a flight that will take it over the Mojave Desert before its planned arrival in Phoenix shortly before 9:30 p.m. The lengthy duration of Monday's flight, which an airliner would make in just two hours, stems from a cruising speed more akin to that of a car, requiring pilots to practice meditation and hypnosis in training to stay alert for long hours.

Twitter lawsuit partly dismissed over U.S. information requests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:58

A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustration made in ZenicaSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday partly dismissed a lawsuit filed by Twitter Inc in which the social media company argued it should be allowed to publicly disclose more details about requests for information it receives from the U.S. government. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California also gave Twitter the opportunity to re-file its lawsuit to include more details about government decision-making, in order to try to move its claims forward. (Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Bill Rigby)

Drink Flint water? White House does not know if Obama will

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:56

The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, MichiganThe White House said it does not know whether President Barack Obama will drink filtered city water when he visits Flint, Michigan on Wednesday for the first time since a drinking water crisis began there. Flint, a city of 100,000 mostly poor African Americans, was under the control of a state manager when, to save money, it switched its water supply in 2014 from Detroit's system to the Flint River. Flint switched back to Detroit's system in October.

Man charged for attempting to attack Jewish synagogue in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:55
A South Florida man appeared before a federal judge in Miami on Monday to face charges for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction at a synagogue in Aventura, Florida, according to court documents. James Medina, 40, of Hollywood, Florida was arrested on Friday as a result of an undercover operation after he tried to use an explosive that law enforcement had made inoperable. The Federal Bureau of Investigation began watching Medina after he began expressing anti-Semitic views and a wish to attack a synagogue in conversation.

Orlando cops on leave during fatal shooting investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:54
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man carrying an imitation firearm have been placed on customary administrative leave during an investigation, authorities said Monday.

Detroit teachers to consider next move after mass sick-out

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:53

Detroit teachers march outside the district headquarters, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Detroit. Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed Monday and more than 45,000 students missed classes after about half the district's teachers called out sick to protest the possibility that some of them will not get paid over the summer if the struggling district runs out of cash. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Teachers in Detroit are considering their next move after they effectively shut down the financially strapped school district on Monday, giving nearly 45,000 schoolchildren an unscheduled day off. The educators stopped short of calling it a strike, instead saying they called a massive sick-out in response to an announcement that the district wouldn't be able to pay teachers who deferred part of their salaries to get checks during the summer months.

Officials: FBI thwarts plot against Florida Jewish center

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:50
MIAMI (AP) — A man's planned explosive attack on a South Florida Jewish center was thwarted by the FBI through an undercover operation involving a dummy bomb, authorities said Monday.

Outrage over college's plans to sell political memorabilia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:50

In this Friday, April 29, 2016 photo, attorney Bruce Rubenstein, a collector of left-wing political memorabilia, stands in front of a 1920s drawing by political cartoonist Art Young on April 29, 2016 inside his office in Hartford, Conn. Rubenstein is threatening to sue the University of Hartford which plans to sell a political memorabilia collection to which Rubenstein donated hundreds of items. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of America's largest troves of political and campaign memorabilia is headed for the auction block, spurring protests from some who do not want to see it divided up and sold to private collectors.

The Latest: Former prisoner cleared of '64 NYC killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:49
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the exoneration of a Virginia man more than 50 years after a prosecutor says he was wrongfully convicted in a New York City killing (all times EDT):

WhatsApp is what's out in Brazil

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:48

Women check their cell phones as they walk on the sidewalk in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, May 2, 2016. A Brazilian judge investigating a drug ring has ordered cell phone operators to block the messaging app WhatsApp for 72 hours. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The popular WhatsApp messaging service is not working in Brazil, apparently as a result of an ongoing judicial battle.

Man in custody after barricade at National Guard armory

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:45
PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a man barricaded himself inside a National Guard armory in Maryland for about three hours before being taken into custody. No one was injured.

Police: 9-year-old reports mother, brother shot in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:34
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A 9-year-old girl called 911 to report her brother had been shot to death and her mother was shot multiple times at an Ohio home, police said Monday.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal in shareholder suit against BP

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:31

Poggy fish lie dead stuck in oil in Bay Jimmy near Port Sulpher, LouisianaThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP claiming the British oil company misrepresented its safety procedures prior to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court left in place a September 2015 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that refused to certify the lawsuit filed by investors who bought shares in the 2-1/2 years before the spill. The appeals court said some of the investors might have bought the stock even knowing the risk, and these investors may still sue BP individually.

U.S. top court upholds cop's conviction in auto repair scheme

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:23
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a Baltimore cop's conspiracy conviction involving an auto repair shop extortion operation in a ruling that could boost the power of federal prosecutors to pursue charges against public officials. The court ruled 5-3 against Samuel Ocasio, one of several police officers who referred motorists involved in car accidents to get their vehicles fixed at Majestic Auto Repair Shop in Rosedale, a Baltimore suburb. In return, the shop owners, brothers Hernan Moreno and Edwin Mejia, paid the officers between $150 and $300 per referral.

Kentucky judge temporarily bars removal of Confederate statue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:22
A state judge in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday temporarily blocked a move by the city and a local university to take down a longstanding monument to Confederate soldiers. Jefferson Circuit Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman issued the temporary injunction after the Sons of Confederate Veterans and others announced their intent to legally block the move by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey.

US stocks rise in afternoon trade; Japan sinks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:17

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange. European shares rose on Monday, May 2, 2016, despite a poor start for the week in Asia, where the Tokyo benchmark fell more than 3 percent as investors registered their disappointment over the lack of new stimulus from Japan's central bank. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes moved solidly higher Monday afternoon, recovering some of last week's steep declines. Japan's market fell sharply.

The Latest: Judge agrees to move hot SUV death trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 03:15
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler in a hot SUV to die (all times local):