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Requests for data rise sharply under secretive U.S. surveillance orders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:43

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinFBI requests for customer records under a secretive surveillance order increased by nearly 50 percent in 2015, according to a U.S. government transparency report published this week. Internet and telecommunications companies in 2015 received 48,642 requests, up from 33,024 reported in 2014, for data via so-called National Security Letters (NSLs). The NSL is a tool used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to gather phone numbers, email and IP addresses, web browsing histories and other information.


The Latest: AP Exclusive: Dozens fled mental hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:38
LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on escapes from a Washington mental hospital (all times local):

Rail travel through DC derailment site to be restored

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — CSX Transportation and Maryland Transit Administration officials say they expect freight to begin moving again through the site of a weekend derailment in Washington by Wednesday morning.

Obama honors Connecticut woman as Teacher of the Year

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:35

President Barack Obama awards the 2016 National Teacher of the Year to Jahana Hayes, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Hayes is a Social Studies yeacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday bestowed the National Teacher of the Year honor on a Connecticut woman who has demonstrated through her own life that students can overcome almost any obstacle.


The Latest: Detroit teachers say they will return to work

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:34

Detroit teachers march outside the district headquarters, Monday, May 2, 2016, in Detroit. Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed Monday and more than 45,000 students missed classes after about half the district's teachers called out sick to protest the possibility that some of them will not get paid over the summer if the struggling district runs out of cash. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the sick-out by teachers that's closed dozens of Detroit schools on Tuesday (all times local):


Carbon monoxide likely killed boy, seriously injured sister

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:32
LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Carbon monoxide poisoning apparently caused the death of a 9-year-old boy and seriously injured his 10-year-old sister who were both found unresponsive Tuesday morning, authorities in New Jersey said.

The Latest: Woman in drive-by pronounced brain-dead

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:30
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on an apparently random shooting along an interstate in Wisconsin that killed an Illinois woman (all times local):

Former NY top political powerbroker gets 12 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:13

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrives to court in New York, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The former New York Assembly Speaker is set to learn how long he'll spend in prison following his conviction on federal corruption charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a backroom master whose name was synonymous with political power in New York for a generation, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison, destined to take his place atop the state's crowded lineup of crooked politicians behind bars.


Texas prison ban on Muslim inmate beards, caps ruled illegal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:11
DALLAS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld a Texas prison inmate's right to a beard and skullcap as required by his religious beliefs.

Six funerals held after Ohio family massacre

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:08

Mourners arrive to attend a funeral for six members of the Rhoden family in rural OhioMore than a week after eight family members were found shot to death at four separate homes in rural Ohio's Appalachian foothills, funerals for six of the victims were held on Tuesday as investigators continue to comb through evidence. The victims, all members of the Rhoden family ranging in age from 16 to 44, were executed on April 22 in a planned, "sophisticated operation," officials said. David Dickerson from the Pike County prosecutor's office told reporters after the church service on Tuesday that it was standing-room only in the church for the nearly 40-minute service for the six victims.


Immigrant family detention center granted child-care license

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:07

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, a suggestion box hangs on the wall outside of the hair salon and commissary at the Karnes County Residential Center, in Karnes City, Texas. Karnes, one of the nation's largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border received a temporary residential child-care license from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. DFPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins said Tuesday, May 3, 2016, the agency granted the six-month license last week to the facility. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)HOUSTON (AP) — One of the nation's largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border has received a temporary residential child-care license, amid discussions over whether the federal government will keep using such facilities.


The Latest: Gov. on ex-speaker's sentence: 'Justice served'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:07

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves court in New York, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The former New York Assembly Speaker was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday, capping one of the steepest falls from grace in the state's lineup of crooked politicians for a consummate backroom dealer who wielded power for over two decades. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's sentencing in a $5 million corruption case (all times local):


Nuns to sell estate, move tomb of 2nd American-born saint

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 06:06

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2000, file photo, worshippers kneel at the crypt of Saint Katharine Drexel a day after she was canonized at the Vatican as the second American-born saint, at her national shrine on the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament's suburban Philadelphia estate in Bensalem, Pa. The Roman Catholic religious order, founded by Drexel in 1891, announced Tuesday, May 3, 2016, that it is selling the estate and plans to keep the shrine open through 2017, before moving the tomb to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul in Philadelphia. The order will also sell 2,000 acres in Powhatan, Va., the site of two now-closed schools for black students. (AP Photo/Dan Loh, File)BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — A Roman Catholic religious order announced Tuesday that it would sell its suburban Philadelphia estate and move the tomb of the second American-born saint, a banker's daughter who gave up her wealth to become a nun.


Woman describes partial collapse of her home in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:54

Woman describes partial collapse of her home in Northeast PhiladelphiaAction News has learned a woman made it out safely when part of her home collapsed in the Lawndale section of Northeast Philadelphia.


Philadelphia police officer injured in crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:46

Philadelphia police officer injured in crashA Philadelphia police officer was injured in a crash in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city.


Correction: Fleeing Car-Pond Deaths story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:45
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — In a story April 28 story about activists seeking a probe into the drownings of three Florida teens, The Associated Press reported erroneously that several groups were involved in organizing a news conference. The story also left out the main organizing group, the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement. Black Lives Matter and the NAACP told The Tampa Bay Times that they were not involved in the news conference.

Indiana voters get their say in high-stakes primary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:43

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Monday, May 2, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Voters in Indiana are in the spotlight in a big way. That's because the delegate math going into Tuesday's primary means Indiana represents one of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's last chances to stop Donald Trump's march to the 1,237 delegates the billionaire businessman needs to clinch the GOP nomination outright and avoid a contested convention. The stakes are not as high on the Democratic side. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already has a commanding lead in the delegate race. It's not impossible for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to catch up, but Indiana could make it much harder.


Lawyer says Kansas activist tried to intimidate doctor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:39

FILE - In this April 20, 2011 file photo, Angel Dillard of Valley Center, Kan. arrives at the U.S. Federal District Courthouse in Wichita, Kan. Opening statements are expected Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in the 2011 lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against Dillard, an anti -abortion activist, over a letter she sent to a Wichita physician saying someone might place an explosive under the doctor's car. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle, File)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An anti-abortion activist intended to intimidate a Wichita physician when she sent a letter suggesting someone might place an explosive under the doctor's car, a Justice Department lawyer told jurors in opening statements in her civil trial Tuesday.


Utah to temporarily stop enforcing law in 'Deadpool' case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:31

FILE - This April 18, 2016, file photo, shows the Brewvies Cinema Pub, in Salt Lake City. The Utah theater challenging an obscenity law that got them in trouble for serving booze during the movie "Deadpool" is headed to court Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The theater Brewvies says the law is so broad that it would apply to Michelangelo's "David." They're asking a judge for a restraining order to block state alcohol authorities from enforcing it. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah cinema in trouble with state regulators for serving alcohol during a showing of superhero film "Deadpool" will not get slapped with future citations under an obscenity law mostly regulating strip clubs, as long as the theater's lawsuit plays out in court.


Officers who used stun guns on Virginia man won't be charged

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 05:30

FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, Gwendolyn Smalls poses for a photo in her home in Richmond, Va. Smalls' brother, Linwood R. Lambert Jr., died in police custody in May of 2013 after being repeatedly stunned by South Boston police. Smalls and her attorney told The Associated Press on Monday, May 2, 2016, that Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin said she doesn't believe there's enough evidence to bring criminal charges against South Boston Police Officers Tiffany Bratton, Clifton Mann and Travis Clay. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)HALIFAX, Va. (AP) — Virginia prosecutors defended a decision Tuesday not to bring charges against police officers who used stun guns multiple times on a black man before his death, saying that although the officers may have acted inappropriately they don't think they could convict them of a crime.