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Slain Australian baseball player's family weeps during trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:18
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — The family of an Australian college baseball player who was shot to death in Oklahoma cried Wednesday as a witness testified that he tried to comfort the 22-year-old.

I-29 from Grand Forks to Canada re-opened, but alert issued

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:12
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Transportation officials have re-opened Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border after it was temporarily closed due to smoke from grass fires.

Jurors begin deliberations in 1979 missing NYC boy case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:03

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, Pedro Hernandez appears in Manhattan criminal court in New York. Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday, April 13, 2015, in the case against the 54-year-old New Jersey man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz on May 25, 1979 as the boy headed to school. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors have started weighing the case against a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979.


Video: Arizona officer rams police cruiser into suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:58

This undated photo provided by the Marana, Ariz., Police Department shows Marana police officer Michael Rapiejko. Dramatic dash cam videos of an arrest in Arizona put the public in the driver's seat as Rapiejko plowed his cruiser into a rifle-toting robbery suspect at high speed. Policing experts on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, called Rapiejko's tactics unconventional and even outrageous, but justified, given the circumstances. Prosecutors cleared Rapiejko of any wrongdoing after he swerved around another officer who had been cautiously tailing the robbery suspect, then accelerated and rammed into the man's back on Feb. 19. (Marana Police Department via AP)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Dramatic dash-cam videos of an arrest in Arizona showed an officer plowing his cruiser into an armed robbery suspect at high speed, once again putting police actions under the public microscope.


Florida mayors call on residents to fight nuclear expansion project

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:58
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A group of South Florida mayors are escalating their campaign against plans to expand a nuclear power plant near Miami that involves constructing 100-foot (30-meter) tall transmissions lines through some of the area's toniest neighborhoods. Florida Power & Light Co [NEEPWR.UL] is seeking federal approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to add nuclear reactors to its Turkey Point plant in south Florida. Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado urged residents to speak against the project, which was approved by the Florida legislature last year.

$5 billion in BP oil spill settlement payments so far

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:50
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who oversees settlement payments to people and businesses claiming economic losses as a result of BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says more than $5 billion has been paid out.

More problems at powerless Revel casino site

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:46

More problems at powerless Revel casino siteAlthough generators have arrived at the site of the former Revel Casino in Atlantic City, that doesn't mean things have gotten any easier for the building's new owner.


Doctor forged prescriptions for his wife and others, Chester Co. D.A. says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:46

Doctor forged prescriptions for his wife and others, Chester Co. D.A. saysA Chester County doctor has been charged with illegally prescribing prescriptions for his wife and other members of his office staff.


Ruling on marijuana classification disappoints advocates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:45

FILE - This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. A federal judge considering whether federal authorities should continue to classify marijuana among the most dangerous drugs, a list that currently also includes heroin and LSD, is set to hold a status conference on the case with attorneys. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs, disappointing activists who saw the case as a chance to get closer to their goal of nationwide legalization.


1 more arrest in videotaped attack on woman on Florida beach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:42

This undated photo provided by the Dekalb County, Ga., sheriff department shows George Davon Kennedy. Kennedy has been charged with participating in a spring-break sexual assault on a woman on a Florida Panhandle beach that was captured on a cellphone video, authorities said Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Dekalb County Sheriff's Office)PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A third man has been charged with participating in a spring-break sexual assault on a woman on a Florida Panhandle beach that was captured on a cellphone video, authorities said Tuesday.


Body found in burning car in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:39

Body found in burning car in Southwest PhiladelphiaA body was found inside of a burning vehicle in Southwest Philadelphia.


Names released of 2 victims in West Kensington hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:39

Names released of 2 victims in West Kensington hit-and-runSurveillance video shows the suspected vehicle involved a hit-and-run of a mother and her young child in the West Kensington section of Philadelphia.


Conservative group bars GOP gay organization from event

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:37
DENVER (AP) — Organizers of a conservative conference in Denver this summer have told a gay Republican group it cannot have a booth at the event.

Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:28

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, gestures at Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, in the House chamber in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Harwell opposes a measure sponsored by Sexton to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee state House ignored serious constitutional concerns — and the wishes of Republican leaders in the Statehouse— in voting to make the holy Bible the official state book.


Florida doctor in NJ political corruption scandal to fight new Medicare fraud charges: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:28

Dominguez, a lawyer for Dr. Melgen, speaks to the media following a court hearing in West Palm BeachBy Zachary Fagenson WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida ophthalmologist accused of showering New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez with gifts in exchange for help on Medicare disputes plans to fight new federal charges of fraud related to millions in Medicare payments, his attorney said on Wednesday. An arraignment hearing in the Medicare fraud case was continued to Thursday after Salomon Melgen appeared briefly in Florida federal court on Wednesday morning wearing handcuffs and disheveled in a blue jumpsuit. Melgen, who has pleaded not guilty in the Menendez case, now also faces 76 counts of Medicare fraud and falsifying medical records. Melgen was arrested and indicted on Tuesday for Medicare fraud by the U.S. Attorney's office in Miami.


Fight for $15 protests expand for low-wage workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:18

Boston University student Patrick Johnson, center, holds a sign as he joins with other protesters, including students, fast-food restaurant employees and other workers, as they march Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Boston. Organizers of the event are calling for the nation's lowest paid workers to earn at least $15 per hour. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)NEW YORK (AP) — The Fight for $15 campaign to win higher pay and a union for fast-food workers is expanding to represent a variety of low-wage workers and become more of a social justice movement.


Consumers buying more organic products despite high prices

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:17

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2104 file photo, organic body products are seen at a Whole Foods in Washington. Consumer interest in the organic label continues to grow. The organic industry says U.S. sales of their products jumped 11 percent last year alone, to more than $39 billion, despite tight domestic supplies of organic ingredients. And the number of U.S. organic operations has grown by 250 percent since the government started certifying organic products 2002, according to new Agriculture Department data released Wednesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.


Missing Philadelphia girl reunited with mother

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:15

Missing Philadelphia girl reunited with motherA 14-year-old Philadelphia girl who went missing Monday has been reunited with her mother.


Relatives of students missing in Mexico rally in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:11
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Relatives of some of the 43 students who disappeared last September in Mexico are visiting Connecticut this week, holding rallies to bring attention to their cause and what they describe as human rights abuses on both sides of the border.

5th person charged in deadly Indianapolis house blast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 06:10
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of knowing about a plot to destroy an Indianapolis house months before a natural gas explosion leveled it in an alleged insurance fraud became the fifth person formally charged in that deadly 2012 blast.