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Federal agents raid suspected 'maternity hotels' in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:51
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations on Tuesday suspected of involvement in "maternity tourism" schemes providing travel, lodging and medical care to pregnant foreign women seeking to give birth in the United States, immigration officials said. The locations searched included three apartment complexes - one each in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties - suspected of housing foreign clients, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. No criminal arrests were anticipated from Tuesday's raids, which were carried out by federal agents and local law enforcement, said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of the Homeland Security Investigations office in Los Angeles. The sweep was believed to mark the first such enforcement action against a cottage industry that has gained a growing foothold in the United States in recent years while operating largely out of sight of federal authorities, he said.

Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:36

In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, to be publicly released on March 4, says the investigation found Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with its findings.

Alabama Supreme Court Orders a Stop to Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:36
Court says state law says marriage is between one man and one woman.

Fast-moving storm dumps snow in parts of Upper Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:32
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Residents across the Upper Midwest may soon get the snowfall some have been wanting more of this winter.

72 passengers reach settlements with Asiana Airlines, Boeing after deadly San Francisco crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:28
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 72 passengers reach settlements with Asiana Airlines, Boeing after deadly San Francisco crash.

University of California to cap out-of-state enrollment at Berkeley, UCLA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:21
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The University of California will cap enrollment of out-of-state students at its most popular campuses next year amid criticism of the paucity of spots available for California residents, UC President Janet Napolitano said on Tuesday. Napolitano's move to hold steady on non-resident enrollment at its Berkeley and UCLA campuses, and allow only a slight increase at San Diego, comes as she is engaged in tense negotiations with the legislature and Democratic Governor Jerry Brown over funding for the 10-campus system next year.

Detroit carjack suspect kicked by officer ordered to trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:14
DETROIT (AP) — A man kicked and punched by police officers who were investigating a carjacking was ordered to trial Tuesday after the victim identified him as the armed culprit.

Survivor testifies about 2 friends stabbed, bound, drowned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:12
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man who survived being beaten, bound, stabbed in the neck and kicked into the Schuylkill River took the stand in a hearing Tuesday and described the night his two friends lost their lives.

Family of California girl left brain dead after tonsillectomy sues hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:11
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of a Northern California girl who made national headlines when she was declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy to correct sleep apnea sued the surgeon and hospital on Tuesday, alleging medical malpractice. Jahi McMath, who was 13 when she suffered cardiac arrest in December 2013 following the surgery, remains on a ventilator in New Jersey at her family's insistence despite a death certificate issued by the coroner in Alameda County, California. The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court by McMath's mother, stepfather and other family members, alleged that surgeon Frederick Rosen performed a "complex and risky" operation on the teen despite finding an anatomical abnormality that increased the chances of her hemorrhaging. McMath's family disputes the finding that she is brain dead and petitioned a judge last year to revoke her death certificate and restore her status as a living person.

North Dakota missionaries detained in Venezuela return home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:10

Freed aid workers Arlynn Hefta, right, and Kermit Paulson, left, embrace their wives at Hector International Airport, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. They were among four American missionaries who were released after several days of detention and questioning by Venezuelan authorities. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Four American missionaries who were released after several days of detention and questioning by Venezuelan authorities arrived home in North Dakota on Tuesday, saying they were glad to be back but hoped to return to the South American country someday.

Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:07

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio returns to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, as the House votes on funding for the Homeland Security Department without provisions attached to counter President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. Despite holding the majority in the Senate and the House, Republicans were unable to overcome united opposition from Senate Democrats to the GOP strategy of trying to overturn Obama's immigration plan by linking them to funding for Homeland. They also suffered embarrassing internal divisions that left the country within hours of a partial agency shutdown last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months.

States ask judge not to lift stay in immigration lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:06
HOUSTON (AP) — A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration asked a federal judge Tuesday not to lift a temporary hold on the directives.

Lawyer: Jury at impasse in Arias case; judge says keep going

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:03
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered jurors in the Jodi Arias case to keep deliberating after her lawyers said the panel had reached an impasse on whether to sentence her to death or life in prison for killing her lover in 2008.

Alleged driver charged with murder in deadly LA street race

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:55
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man accused of driving a souped-up Mustang that killed two spectators during a Los Angeles street race has been charged with two counts of murder.

Judge rules man will be tried in Kansas Jewish site killings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:53

FILE - In this April 2014 file photo, Frazier Glenn Miller is wheeled out of a Johnson County, Kan., courtroom. A judge ruled Tuesday, March 2, 2015 that Miller, 74, will go on trial for the 2014 deaths of Dr. William Lewis Corporon, 69, and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and Terri LaManno, 53, at a nearby Jewish retirement home. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Rich Sugg, Pool, File)OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist accused of gunning down three people at Jewish sites in Kansas will go on trial for capital murder, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Documents: Georgia officials indecisive about execution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:47

Death penalty opponents gather on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga., Monday, March 2, 2015 to protest the death penalty and the planned execution of Kelly Gissendaner. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ben Gray)ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials were indecisive about whether to proceed with a cloudy lethal injection drug, at one point saying they weren't sure whether they checked "this week's or last week's" batch, according to a court filing.

California survey finds Sierra snowpack far below normal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:44
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California received a double dose of bad drought news on Tuesday, with state officials saying the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is far below normal and that residents again aren't coming close to meeting Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent cut in water use.

Police, NSA investigating report of shots fired

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:38
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — U.S. Park Police are investigating whether a reported shooting along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway caused the damage that was reported to a nearby National Security Agency building.

California teacher found hanging knew suicide's devastation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:32

A student pays his respects at a memorial for El Dorado High School teacher Jillian Jacobson, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the school in Fullerton, Calif. Jacobson, a popular photography teacher at El Dorado High School, hanged herself in a classroom. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) — The Southern California teacher whose students found her hanging from her classroom ceiling knew the devastating effects of suicide: Her own father went missing and was found dead with a bullet wound to his head after committing suicide nearly four years earlier.

Lawyer: Filing blaming boy for his own death was insulting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:24

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer, speaks during a news conference Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Cleveland. Rice and her attorneys talked about the city's response to the lawsuit, a day after Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson apologized for wording in a court document in which the city said the boy died as a result of his own actions. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old who had a pellet gun when he was fatally shot by Cleveland police said Tuesday that the city was disrespectful of her son by suggesting he died as a result of his own actions.