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Bill Cosby takes legal hits in abuse cases on both U.S. coasts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:03

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs from a preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in NorristownBy Nate Raymond and Steve Gorman NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Courts on both U.S. coasts dealt setbacks to Bill Cosby's legal team on Tuesday, as the comedian kept trying to fend off lawsuits over allegations that he has sexually abused women for decades. A California judge, in a ruling made public on Tuesday, refused Cosby's second attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a woman who accused the entertainer of sexually abusing her when she was 15 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. In New York, a federal judge ruled against Cosby's effort to compel the publisher of New York magazine to provide access to unedited interviews of six women who are suing him over separate abuse allegations.


San Francisco Supervisors seek stronger fire safety regulations after fire damages Mission building for 3rd time

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:03

San Francisco Supervisors seek stronger fire safety regulations after fire damages Mission building for 3rd timeSan Francisco Supervisors want stronger regulations after a fire damaged a building in the Mission District for the third time in 16 months.


Judge dismisses challenge to Arizona presidential primary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 09:02
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Tuesday threw out a challenge to the results of Arizona's problematic presidential primary despite evidence that there were glitches in the election.

Hawaii bill bans discrimination against transgender patients

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:59
HONOLULU (AP) — Insurance companies would not be allowed to discriminate against transgender patients under a bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature.

The Latest: Grapefruit-sized hail damages roofs, cars

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:58

Nicole Brown of Hazelwood tries to save her umbrella that succumbed to high winds on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo., as rain from an afternoon storm began to fall. "I didn't know it was gonna rain like this," she said. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT; MANDATORY CREDITOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the central and eastern U.S. (all times local):


Trial of ex-Oklahoma volunteer deputy ends, jury to get case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:57
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The second-degree manslaughter trial of a former Oklahoma volunteer deputy charged with killing an unarmed man is set for closing arguments and jury deliberations starting Wednesday.

Tribune calls Gannett 'erratic,' but still reviewing deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:55

Workers walk past the front entrance of the Hartford Courant building in Hartford, Conn., Monday, April 25, 2016. Newspaper publisher Gannett wants to buy Tribune Publishing for more than $388 million, in a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant and several other newspapers.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)NEW YORK (AP) — Tribune Publishing said in a letter Tuesday that USA Today owner Gannett is "erratic" and "unreliable," as the two newspaper companies try to discuss a possible tie-up.


Donald Trump projected winner in Pennsylvania, Delaware; Clinton wins Del.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:37

 Donald Trump , Hillary Clinton win Pennsylvania, Delaware primariesABC News projects Donald Trump is the winner in the Pennsylvania and Delaware Republican primaries; Hillary Clinton is the projected winner in the Delaware Democratic primary.


FBI decides provisionally not to share iPhone unlock: sources

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:35

Pieces of an iPhone are seen in a repair store in New YorkBy Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI has provisionally decided not to share an iPhone unlocking mechanism used by a contractor to open the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters because the agency does not own the mechanism, two U.S. government sources said on Tuesday. The FBI is expected within days to write to the White House explaining why the agency cannot share the unlocking mechanism with other government agencies, Apple or other third parties, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous. Several U.S. government sources said the FBI contractor that unlocked the shooter's phone was a foreign entity and did not give U.S. authorities details of the mechanism.


Donald Trump projected winner in Pennsylvania, Delaware GOP primaries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:32

 Donald Trump , Hillary Clinton win Pennsylvania, Delaware primariesABC News projects Donald Trump is the winner in the Pennsylvania and Delaware GOP primaries; Hillary Clinton the projected winner in Delaware.


Foreign-matter contamination prompts Pilgrim's Pride recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:15
WACO, Texas (AP) — Pilgrim's Pride ordered a massive recall of cooked chicken products Tuesday after consumers and federal meat inspectors found contamination by such foreign material as wood, plastic, rubber and metal.

Attorneys ask to unseal records in Phoenix freeway shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:12

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, accused freeway shooter Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr., appears in Maricopa County Superior Court for his arraignment in Phoenix. A judge has dismissed a criminal case against Merritt, who had been accused of carrying out freeway shootings in Phoenix last summer that put drivers on edge. The ruling came Monday, April 25, after prosecutors had asked for charges against Merritt to be dismissed amid undisclosed questions about evidence. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)PHOENIX (AP) — A day after a judge dismissed charges against the man arrested for last summer's freeway shootings, his attorneys are calling on the court to release all previously sealed documents.


Pentagon aims to curb tobacco use by military: memo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:10

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter attends a joint news conference with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani in RiyadhBy Jilian Mincer and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has issued new policy guidelines aimed at curbing tobacco use within America's military that include raising the prices of tobacco on military bases to match local market prices. Officials within the U.S. military were now meeting to discuss ways to implement the policy guidelines describe by Carter in his memo, the defense official told Reuters. R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Company declined to comment, but Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association said in a statement that this is "an important step in the right direction." "The American Lung Association urges the DOD to follow all of the steps outlined in the Institute of Medicine’s Combatting Tobacco Use in Military and Veterans Populations to ultimately phase out tobacco use in the military, which will be a win-win for health and spending,” he said.


EPA calls for U.S. drinking water plan in wake of Flint crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:02

Flint Michigan residents wait in line for a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on "Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part III" on Capitol Hill in WashingtonA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official on Tuesday called for the development of a national plan to better protect the nation's drinking water, citing the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. Joel Beauvais, deputy assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Water, said in a blog post that agency management will meet with state, local government and public health officials next month. The EPA will release an action plan by the end of the year, he said.


14 people fatally overdose on 'painkiller' in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:58

This undated photo released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shows seized counterfeit hydrocodone tablets from an investigation involving at least a dozen people in the Sacramento, Calif., area who have fatally overdosed on a pill disguised as a popular painkiller. The drug has now turned up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bay Area hospitals have treated seven patients who ingested what they thought was the painkiller Norco in recent weeks, according to a report released Tuesday, April 26, 2016, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fourteen people in the Sacramento, California, area have fatally overdosed on a pill disguised as a popular painkiller, and now the drug has turned up in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Kentucky Noah's Ark attraction gets tax incentive approval

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:56
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A battle over a Kentucky tax incentive for a religious theme park featuring Noah's Ark has ended in a win for the big boat.

Jury deadlocks on key charges against state auditor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:54

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley can be seen in the background at far right rushing to an exit staircase as his attorney, Angelo Calfo, center, talks to reporters following the conclusion of Kelley's federal fraud trial Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Tacoma, Wash. A jury on Tuesday failed to reach a verdict on key charges against Kelley, and acquitted him on the single count where they could agree. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The first Washington state official indicted in 35 years won at least partial vindication on Tuesday, as jurors in his federal fraud trial failed to reach a verdict on the key charges against him — and cleared him of lying to the IRS on the one count where they could agree.


Wood, plastic, rubber contamination prompts Pilgrim's Pride chicken recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:54

Wood, plastic, rubber contamination prompts Pilgrim's Pride chicken recallPilgrim's Pride has ordered a massive recall of cooked chicken products after consumers and federal meat inspectors found contamination by such foreign material as wood, plastic, rubber and metal.


San Francisco police text scandal at odds with diverse image

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:52

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi gestures while standing beside a picture of police officer Jason Lai during a news conference Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Adachi released text messages Tuesday he says were written by Lai, disparaging blacks, Latinos and others. The text messages, which were exchanged with other officers at the time, also make derogatory references to President Barack Obama and NBA superstar LeBron James. The text messages were found on Lai's personal cellphone. He resigned from the department earlier this month. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Details of a second batch of racist and homophobic text messages sent by a San Francisco police officer seem at odds with the image of a rainbow-flagged city that prides itself on diversity.


Kansas governor withdraws from Syrian refugee program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:50

Republican Kansas Governor Brownback speaks to supporters after winning re-election in the U.S. midterm elections in TopekaKansas is withdrawing from plans to resettle Syrian refugees in the state after the federal government failed to provide security information on them, Republican Governor Sam Brownback said on Tuesday. Brownback said in a statement that he repeatedly asked the administration of President Barack Obama for documentation on the screening of refugees who would be relocated from Syria to Kansas. "Because the federal government has failed to provide adequate assurances regarding refugees it is settling in Kansas, we have no option but to end our cooperation with and participation in the federal refugee resettlement program," Brownback said.