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Conservative Nebraska moves toward death penalty repeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:46
By Katie Knapp Schubert OMAHA, Neb. (Reuters) - Conservative Nebraska moved closer on Wednesday to abolishing the death penalty with lawmakers passing a repeal with enough votes to override an expected veto from the state's governor. It was the third time the law has been debated and passed and it now goes on to Republican Governor Pete Ricketts. All bills in Nebraska go through three votes in the legislature.

Techies lift aged Midtown South to NYC real estate heights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:44

An interior design within the MasterCard office is seen in the Manhattan South neighborhood in New YorkBy Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dutch, it is said, bought Manhattan Island in 1626 from its native American inhabitants for about $24 in trade goods. Half a millennium later, that sum wouldn't buy a square foot of office space in New York City's trendiest real estate market, the area below 34th Street known as Midtown South. Fueled by an influx of workers from the Internet economy and a record 17 consecutive quarters of rising prices, the average cost per square foot of office space in Midtown South hit an all-time high of $62.02 in the first quarter, according to Colliers International. At 6.1 percent in the first quarter, the area had the lowest vacancy rate of any U.S. central business district, real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle said With New York's pace of job creation at its fastest in 65 years, what's driving the real estate activity is the attraction of living in the city and the desire to be close to peers in technology, advertising, media and information, or "TAMI," employers said.


Federal complaint dismissed over Florida boy's circumcision

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:44

FILE - In this March 10, 2015, file photo, Dennis Nebus, right, of Boca Raton, sits in court with his lawyers May Cain and William Snihur, Jr., in a continuing legal battle with Heather Hironimus, the mother of his son, who has been fighting his efforts to have their son circumcised, in Delray Beach, Fla. Hironimus who fled to avoid the circumcision of her son was arrested Thursday, May 14, for contempt of court, her attorney said. (Mark Randall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for a Florida woman who sought to make a constitutional case out of her fight to prevent her son from being circumcised withdrew his federal lawsuit Wednesday, signaling a likely end to move the fight out of state court.


3 dead, 2 injured in Philadelphia shootings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:42

3 dead, 2 injured in Philadelphia shootingsThree people are dead and two others were injured after three shootings in Philadelphia on Tuesday.


ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle salmonella criminal case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:34
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million to settle a federal criminal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia more than eight years ago, triggering a massive recall and food-safety investigation after more than 600 people got sick.

New video surfaces showing Freddie Gray arrest in Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:32

Demonstrators calling for social, economic and racial justice march in New YorkA new video has surfaced revealing a key part of the arrest of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore black man whose death from injuries he sustained while in police custody led to days of protests and a federal investigation. The video, shot by a bystander and posted on The Baltimore Sun's website on Wednesday, shows officers putting Gray in leg shackles and handcuffs before placing him back in a police van head first and on his stomach. Gray died on April 19 from spinal injuries suffered during his arrest a week earlier on April 12.


Ohio coroner: Suspect says he shot couple before burning car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:29
COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) — One suspect in the abduction and slaying of an elderly couple told authorities he shot the pair in the back seat of their car, and a second suspect said the woman was alive when the vehicle was torched, according to a coroner's report released Wednesday.

Federal complaint dismissed over Florida boy's circumcision

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:07
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An attorney has withdrawn his federal lawsuit on behalf of a woman who sought to make a constitutional case out of her fight to prevent her son from being circumcised.

A look at suspects arrested in deadly motorcycle shootout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:07

This combination of booking photos provided by the McLennan County Sheriff's office shows people arrested during the motorcycle gang related shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Top row from left; Ray Allen, Brian Brincks, Salvador Campos, Richard Cantu and David Cepeda. Middle row from left; Bohar Crump, James David, James Devoll, Matthew Folse and Juan Garcia. Bottom row from left; Mario Gonzalez, James Gray, Jim Harris, Michael Herring and Tommy Jennings. (McLennan County Sheriff's Office via AP)WACO, Texas (AP) — About 170 people have been jailed in a deadly shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs that unfolded last weekend at a Texas restaurant.


Spark electric car's price sparks a sales run

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:03

This undated image made available by General Motors shows the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV. (GM via AP)It took a price cut to generate a run on Chevrolet's 2015 Spark EV, with savvy car buyers realizing the lower price and federal electric vehicle tax credit can make for a super deal.


Fact sheet: 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:02

This undated image made available by General Motors shows the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV. (GM via AP)2015 Chevrolet Spark EV


Service dogs that sniff out seizures improve kids' lives

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:00

In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Alyssa Howes, 11, walks down the steps at her family’s Lakewood, Calif., home with her grandmother Cindy May and her service dog, Flint. Alyssa is blind and has seizures. Flint gives Alyssa a more normal life by alerting her family to the seizures, guiding her so she doesn’t fall and allowing her to enjoy a bit more freedom. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Alyssa Howes was 4, she lost her sight and started having seizures — up to 20 a day.


7 ex-nurses indicted after broken finger leads to amputation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:58

7 ex-nurses indicted after broken finger leads to amputationSeven former nurses have been charged with criminal neglect in the case of a woman who needed her hand amputated after a broken finger wasn't treated properly, officials announced Tuesday.


Suicide rates rising among young black children in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:51

Boys look through the destroyed windows of the Flood Christian Church, which was set ablaze during recent unrest in Ferguson(This May 19 story has been corrected to clarify a statement by Stacey Freedenthal in paragraph 13 to say suicide rates among adolescents and adults increased in the early 1990s and then declined.) By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Suicide rates have fallen among young white children in the U.S. but they've gone up among black youngsters, according to a new study of suicides in kids under age 12. Suicide is rare among these very young children, but it does happen, lead author Jeffrey A. Bridge of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio told Reuters Health by email. The difference in suicide rates between young children of the two races is masked by the overall suicide rate for all young children, which remained stable during those 20 years, he and his colleagues wrote in JAMA Pediatrics.


Terror Files: What's on 'Bin Laden's Bookshelf'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:49
US releases "sizeable tranche" of documents recovered from al Qaeda leader.

7 ex-nurses indicted after broken finger leads to amputation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:39
VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Seven former nurses have been charged with criminal neglect in the case of a woman who needed her hand amputated after a broken finger wasn't treated properly, officials announced Tuesday.

Clarification: School Book Protest story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:31
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In a story May 14, The Associated Press reported that a New Hampshire bill requiring teachers to give parents two weeks' notice when using sexually explicit material in class came in response to a father's angry reaction to a passage in a book. The story should have made clear that the father's reaction was one of several incidents that spurred the legislation.

Wolves win NBA lottery for top pick; Lakers get No. 2, 76ers No. 3

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:16
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost 66 games during the 2014-15 season, but they won big Tuesday night. The Wolves won the NBA lottery and will pick first in this year's draft.

Connecticut man charged in poisoning five-month-old with alcohol bottle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:02
By Richard Weizel NORWALK, Conn. (Reuters) - A 22-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with manslaughter after authorities accused him of killing his 5-month-old son last year by feeding the boy a baby bottle filled with a 50-proof cocktail. Officials said Jorge Chiclana was being held on suicide watch on Wednesday as he awaits trial on the charges of second-degree manslaughter and risk of injury to a child in the baby's May 2014 death. Chiclana was arrested this week at a motel in Stratford, Connecticut, police said.

Balancing act for House Democratic Leader Pelosi on trade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 22:59

 his health care bill. Now Obama’s top second-term goal, a major trade deal, hangs in the balance on Capitol Hill and Pelosi is again on the spot. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — As House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi delivered the signature achievement of President Barack Obama's first term: his health care bill. Now Obama's top second-term goal, a major trade deal, hangs in the balance on Capitol Hill and Pelosi is again on the spot.