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The Latest: Sex assault case against Cosby can proceed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:55

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was arrested and charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in January 2004. A judge will decide whether to dismiss a sexual assault case against the comedian over an unwritten promise of immunity that a former prosecutor says he gave Cosby's now-deceased lawyer. (Ed Hille/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool)NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The latest on Bill Cosby's court appearance on a felony sexual assault charge (all times local):

The Latest: Attorney asks lawmakers to approve jury's award

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:54
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the civil trial of a Florida sheriff's deputy who shot and paralyzed an unarmed black man (all times local):

The Latest: Oregon standoff leader, his followers indicted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:50

Protesters stand outside the Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Phoenix. A detention hearing was scheduled Tuesday in federal court in Phoenix for an Arizona man arrested in connection with the occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

Lacking execution drugs, Virginia eyes the electric chair

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:42
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal that would force inmates to die by electric chair if lethal injection drugs can't be found is gaining steam in Virginia, in part because of a looming execution scheduled for next month.

Oilfield services provider Weatherford to cut 6,000 jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:40
(Reuters) - Weatherford International Plc said it would cut about 6,000 jobs in the first half of 2016 as a steep drop in oil prices hurts drilling and exploration activity.

The Latest: Cabbie says California jail fugitive saved him

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:39

Long Hoang Ma, a California taxi driver held hostage for a week by three escaped inmates, sits inside his taxi during an interview at the offices of Vietnamese-language newspaper Nguoi Viet in Westminster, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Ma said the fugitives laughed gleefully as they watched TV reports about the search from motel rooms where they holed up during the manhunt. Ma also said he was befriended by inmate Bac Duong, who called him "uncle" and served as his protector as the fugitives argued over whether to kill him.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on three inmates who were recaptured after escaping from a California jail (all times local):

Testimony ends in Cosby hearing, judge now deciding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:38

Judge refuses to throw out sex assault case against CosbyA judge in Montgomery County is now deciding whether the sex assault case against Bill Cosby should move forward.

Ford conducting tests after chemical found outside plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:30
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Company is conducting tests at one of its Detroit-area facilities after finding vinyl chloride in groundwater outside the plant.

Vintage military plane makes belly landing at Dallas airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:30
DALLAS (AP) — A World War II-era military plane has made a belly landing at Dallas Executive Airport.

Tiny NH Town Set to Crash Midnight Voting Party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:30
A town with a population of 29 prepares to re-enter the spotlight.

US Zika case sparks questions about sex and mosquito germs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:28

Severina Raimunda holds her granddaughter Melisa Vitoria, left, who was born with microcephaly and her twin brother Edison Junior at the IMIP hospital in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. The zika virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is well-adapted to humans, thrives in people's homes and can breed in even a bottle cap's-worth of stagnant water. The Zika virus is suspected to cause microcephaly in newborn children. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)NEW YORK (AP) — A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness.

Florida governor declares health emergency in four counties over Zika

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:26

The larvae of Aedes aegypti mosquito are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, BrazilFlorida Governor Rick Scott declared a public health emergency in four counties with travel-related cases of the Zika virus on Wednesday, and ordered state officials to increase mosquito control efforts in some of the most populous parts of the state. "Although Florida’s current nine Zika cases were travel-related, we have to ensure Florida is prepared and stays ahead of the spread of the Zika virus in our state," Scott said in a statement.

House Republicans unveil bill to privatize air traffic control

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:22
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced a measure to privatize the national air traffic control system by placing it in the hands of a new private nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other stakeholders. The long-anticipated measure would transfer air traffic operations and 38,000 government employees from the Federal Aviation Administration to the nonprofit, in a bid to reduce flight delays, speed the adoption of next-generation technology and insulate the system's funding from congressional gridlock. "Our system is incredibly inefficient, and it will only get worse as passenger levels grow and as the FAA falls further behind in modernizing the system," said U.S. Representative Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

NY inmate who sparked 3-week manhunt gets more prison time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:21
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A convicted killer already serving life behind bars was ordered Wednesday to pay restitution and sentenced to additional prison time for his daring escape last year from a maximum-security prison in northern New York.

Convicted Maryland killer in 'Serial' podcast seeks new trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:19

SyedA Maryland man whose 2000 murder conviction was thrown into question by the popular "Serial" podcast was in court on Wednesday to argue he deserved a new trial because his lawyers had done a poor job with his case. Adnan Syed, 35, appeared in a prison jumpsuit in a courtroom packed with family members, supporters and the producer of the podcast. On the first day of a hearing expected to run through Friday, defense attorney C. Justin Brown asked Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Martin Welch for a new trial for Syed.

Snyder calls for $30M in state help for Flint water bills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:19

FILE - In a Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 file photo,Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Snyder has released some, but not all, of his government emails related to Flint’s water emergency. The 274 pages cover 2014 and 2015. That includes the 18-month period during which the city switched its water source while under state financial management until it reconnected to Detroit’s system because of lead contamination blamed on state regulatory failures. Snyder has withheld the emails of others in the executive office along with his own emails from earlier. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislative leaders said Wednesday they are open to spending $30 million to help pay the water bills of Flint residents facing an emergency over a lead-contaminated water supply, though a top Democrat said the proposed state funding should be doubled.

New lawyer silences bad-boy ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:15

Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, left, and his new lawyer Benjamin Brafman arrive at court in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Shkreli, who has become the poster child of pharmaceutical-industry greed after hiking the price of an anti-infection drug by more than 5,000 percent, is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Bad-boy ex-pharmaceutical company CEO and prolific social media user Martin Shkreli has been muzzled.

Ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone resigns as chair of CBS

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:13

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2011 file photo, Sumner Redstone arrive at the premiere of "Footloose" in Los Angeles. CBS says media mogul Redstone has resigned as chair of the company’s board, replaced by the company’s CEO, Leslie Moonves. The company says Redstone’s resignation took effect Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, and he now serves as chairman emeritus. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sumner Redstone, the ailing 92-year-old media mogul who controls media giants CBS and Viacom, has stepped down as executive chairman of CBS amid a courtroom battle over his health and mental capacity. CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves will replace him as chairman.

Suspect in Ohio policeman's fatal shooting pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:13
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a central Ohio policeman with a stolen pistol pleaded not guilty Wednesday and was jailed without bond in the potential death penalty case.

The Latest: Suspect in Ohio officer's death has 3 attorneys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:12
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of an Ohio policeman (all times local):