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'Mockingbird' production moving from Ala. author's hometown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 09:04
MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama hometown of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee will no longer host annual plays based on the classic novel.

Prosecution rests in penalty phase of Boston bomber's trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:52

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Steve Woolfenden, right, is depicted on the witness stand beside a photo of his injured son Leo being carried to safety, left, during the penalty phase in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev was convicted of all 30 charges against him. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were wounded when twin bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — A video played Thursday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene prosecutors hoped would linger in jurors' minds while they determine whether Tsarnaev lives or dies.

Tension in court as 4 Minnesota men held on terror charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:47

Members of Minnesota's Somali community cover their faces as they arrive Thursday, April 23, 2015, for a detention hearing in federal court in St. Paul, Minn. for four of the six Minnesotans who are accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Prosecutors have said they plan to ask a judge to keep the men in custody pending trial, saying they are a flight risk. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group questioned the government's use of a paid informant, and argued Thursday that the case against their clients is slim.

Connecticut urged to consider euthanizing rescued goats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:40

This April 20, 2015 photo provided by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture shows goats at Second Chance Large Animal Rehabilitation Facility in Niantic, Conn. After rescuing dozens of the neglected goats from a Cornwall farm, the state must decide what to do with them. The Agriculture Department has exceeded its current fiscal year budget caring for the animals. Some legislators are asking why they don't just euthanize them. (Steve Jensen/Connecticut Department of Agriculture via AP)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After rescuing dozens of neglected, malnourished goats this winter, the state of Connecticut is being asked whether the costs involved in their care are worth keeping them alive.

Missouri woman guilty in death of baby found in concrete

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:26
PLEASANT HILL, Mo. (AP) — The mother of a newborn found encased in concrete at a suburban Kansas City home has been convicted of second-degree murder.

Lawsuit: Hunger-striking immigrant moms faced retaliation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:23
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Three immigrant mothers held at a Texas detention facility filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that they were held in isolation in retaliation for their hunger strike to protest their detention and conditions at the center.

Pregnant restuarant manager fired after robbery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:22

Pregnant restuarant manager fired after robberyA manager of a fast-food restaurant in Texas has been offered her job back after saying she was fired because she wouldn't pay back the nearly $400 she turned over from the store's register during an armed robbery.

Google lavishes chairman with $109 million pay package

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:12
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google paid its billionaire Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt nearly $109 million last year while the company's stock slumped.

Columbia sued by student accused of rape by mattress-toting undergrad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:11
A Columbia University student who officials cleared of rape allegations has filed a lawsuit claiming the school allowed his accuser to harass and defame him by permitting her to carry a mattress on her back on its New York campus as a protest. Paul Nungesser, a graduating senior at the prestigious Ivy League school, was accused by Emma Sulkowicz of raping her in August 2012. She complained to school officials, but they later cleared Nungesser. In protest, Sulkowicz began carrying a mattress with her at all times on campus in what she said was an artistic statement entitled “Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)." The performance piece earned the visual arts student national headlines and an award from the National Organization for Women.

Judge in Colorado theater shooting case won't move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 08:07
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied defense attorneys' longstanding request to move the death penalty trial to another county, saying he would have to search outside the state and perhaps even the country to find jurors who haven't been exposed to extensive publicity.

Obama's trade agenda draws GOP support in House

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:59

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015. Pelosi discussed a variety of topics including condolences to the family of an American hostage inadvertently killed by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, trade legislation, and the Senate confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to strengthen President Barack Obama's hand for a new round of trade deals advanced Thursday in the House courtesy of Republicans and over the protests of Democrats, a political role reversal that portends a bruising struggle over passage later this spring.

Fishing regulators approve some New England habitat changes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:59
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England's fishing grounds.

Prosecutors boost claims against ex-NY Assembly speaker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:52
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors added charges Thursday against former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, saying he did "certain official" favors for an investor who had access to high-yield investment opportunities so he could earn higher rates from his criminal proceeds.

Judge who was censured over rape comments to receive award

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:52
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge who was censured by the state's high court for his comments about a 14-year-old rape victim has been chosen for a lifetime achievement award by his local bar association.

Blue Bell closing all 3 creameries for training, cleaning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:49
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries says it will close all three of its creameries in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama for intensive cleaning and employee training in response to listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream.

Atlantic City power supplier agrees to turn the lights on at Revel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:48
By William H. Sokolic ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Reuters) - After a two-week blackout at Atlantic City's Revel Casino, a power supplier has agreed to turn the lights back on at the failed gambling resort under a temporary deal reached in court with its new owner. With a hearing scheduled for Monday to reconsider a temporary restraining order to block owner Glenn Straub from using generators, ACR Energy Partners agreed to supply enough electricity to run a fire control system for two weeks. "The parties have said that they are interested in exploring with each other whether there is any meeting ground for a long-term agreement or a buyout," Judge Jerome Simandle said on Tuesday. ACR, formed to supply the Revel complex with electricity when it opened in 2012, has said it would shut off power until Straub agreed to abide by a 30-year supply agreement it had with the Revel's former owners, and pay the hefty bills they accrued.

Two Dallas police officers cleared of wrongdoing in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:39
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two Dallas police officers who shot and killed a mentally ill man holding a screwdriver last year will not be indicted, a grand jury decided on Thursday. Officers John Rogers and Andrew Hutchins shot Jason Harrison, 38, who suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, after they ordered him to drop the screwdriver he was holding, according to the Dallas Morning News. A Dallas Police spokesman said when the video was released that the officers feared for their lives. Harrison’s mother called police on June 14, 2014, to ask them to help her son who was suffering a mental crisis, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Minnesota declares state of emergency over bird flu in poultry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:31

An egg-producing chicken farm run by Sunrise Farm is seen in HarrisBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country. It followed Wisconsin's action on Monday. The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of bird flu has been identified on 46 Minnesota farms in 16 counties and affected more than 2.6 million birds in the state. State health officials said they were expediting prescriptions for the antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks.

Woman accusing Las Vegas police, officer of excessive force

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:29

Ariana Mason attends a news conference as her attorney E. Brent Bryson holds up a picture of her Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Mason is suing Las Vegas police and an officer she says smashed her face into a glass topped table during her arrest during a scuffle last August at a Strip resort nightclub. The excessive force lawsuit says Mason suffered broken teeth and facial gashes from broken glass. The lawsuit concedes that she punched the officer, but it alleges he didn't initially identify himself. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 21-year-old Los Angeles fashion designer said Thursday she's suing Las Vegas police and a uniformed officer she says smashed her face into a marble and glass table during her arrest in the lobby of a Strip casino resort.

Factbox: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:27
(Reuters) - Minnesota has joined Wisconsin in declaring a state of emergency over an outbreak of bird flu in poultry that has led to the deaths of more than 7 million birds this year. Minnesota is also speeding up prescriptions of antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks. No infections have been reported in humans. ...