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'King of the Blues' B.B. King dead at 89 at home in Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:26

BB KingLAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.


Ex-U.S. military translator denied bail in Islamic State case in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:23
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - An Iraqi immigrant described as a former U.S. military translator was ordered held without bond by a federal judge on Friday on charges of lying about pledging allegiance to the leader of Islamic State, prosecutors said. U.S. Magistrate Judge Renee Toliver ruled Bilal Abood is a flight risk and ordered him detained, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office said. In a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Dallas, the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused Abood, 37, of traveling by way of several countries, including Mexico and Turkey, to Syria in April 2013 and returning to the United States that September. When Abood, who lives in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, arrived back in the United States, he told the FBI he went there to fight with the Free Syrian Army.

Arkansas state police identify slain reserve deputy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:20
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police have identified a veteran reserve deputy who was fatally shot while responding to a reported burglary.

Learning more about engineer of Amtrak train 188

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:08

Learning more about engineer of Amtrak train 188Investigators with the NTSB say they have been in contact with the engineer of Amtrak train 188, and say they have agreed to meet in the coming days.


Authorities stop ID theft scheme that operated in 31 states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:07
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York arrest has halted a scheme that plundered the identities of hundreds of people, including the dead and disabled, in 31 states, authorities said Friday.

Texas bill to hinder gay marriage dies in statehouse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:06

A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San FranciscoBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Republican-backed legislation to put new blockades on same-sex marriage in Texas died in the statehouse on Friday after failing to win approval by a midnight deadline amid stalling tactics by the Democratic minority. Its sponsor, Republican Cecil Bell, told reporters he was angry at the way it was defeated and will still push for the rights of Texas to block same-sex marriage. About a decade ago, Texas voters approved a state constitutional amendment that only allows marriage between a man and a woman. All bills, except the budget, that did not pass in the Texas House of Representatives before Friday are not allowed to proceed.


EPA: Waste incinerator released dangerous toxins into air

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:04

FILE- In this Feb. 25, 2003, file photo, the Von Roll America, Inc. incinerator plant, now called Heritage Thermal Services Incinerator, spews smoke from its smokestack close to nearby homes in East Liverpool, Ohio. The Environmental Protection Agency says the hazardous-waste incinerator in eastern Ohio released dangerous toxins into the air over the past four years, exposing those nearby to chemicals that can cause cancer, miscarriages and early death. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, FileEAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (AP) — A hazardous-waste incinerator in Ohio released dangerous toxins into the air over the past four years, exposing those nearby to chemicals that can cause cancer, miscarriages and early death, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


Los Angeles mayor urges city to keep conserving water despite rain

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:04

Rain clouds move in over downtown Los AngelesA rare May storm has brought much-needed rain to drought-parched Southern California, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday urged residents of the second-largest U.S. city not to slack off on water conservation. A storm originating in the Gulf of Alaska brought a wave of showers across Central and Southern California beginning on Thursday afternoon, delivering up to half an inch (1.3 cm) of rain to parts of the state. The National Weather Service has called those rainfall totals impressive for late spring in Southern California, a region struggling into its fourth year of a devastating drought that has prompted strict water conservation measures across the state. "Every little bit of rain helps, but our drought emergency remains critical," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement as a light rain fell across the city.


Say yes to the dress? Not for 6 students at this high school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:56
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Officials at a Connecticut high school who reviewed 150 dresses in a crackdown on racy prom attire say just six show too much skin for Saturday's dance.

Arizona mother who left kids in hot car gets probation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:50
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who left her two young sons alone in a hot car during a job interview has been sentenced to 18 years of supervised probation.

1 passes out, 12 ill amid hazmat situation at NJ postal facility

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:49

Hazmat situation at NJ postal facility causes fainting, illnessOfficials are on the scene of a hazmat situation at a postal facility in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.


San Francisco police under fire for racist, homophobic texts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:47

 six San Francisco police officers were accused of stealing from suspects living in seedy residential hotels. Then federal prosecutors released racist, homophobic and ethnically insensitive email and text messages exchanged among more than a dozen officers, prompting the San Francisco district attorney to launch a wide-ranging investigation of the police department while considering dismissing up to 3,000 criminal cases involving the officers. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The original charges were shocking: Six San Francisco police officers were accused of stealing from drug dealers. Then federal prosecutors released racist and homophobic text messages.


Possible hazmat situation at NJ postal facility

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:40

1 passes out, 12 ill amid hazmat situation at NJ postal facilityOfficials are on the scene of a possible hazmat situation at a post office in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.


Perjury charge dropped against Aaron Hernandez's fiancee

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:39

FILE - In this March 27, 2015, file photo, Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, testifies during his murder trial in Fall River, Mass. The fiancee of former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is due in a Massachusetts courtroom for a hearing on a perjury charge Friday, May 15. She has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool, File)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A perjury charge was dropped Friday against the fiancee of former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez.


Shock jock lawyers fight in court over alleged DUI setup

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:28

In a Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, attorneys Adam Filthaut and Robert Adams, right, talk in court during testimony at the Pinellas County Justice Center in Clearwater, Fla. A Florida judge will soon decide if three well-known Tampa attorneys tricked a rival lawyer into getting a DUI, all to help their defamation case. (Jay Conner/Tampa Tribune via AP, Pool)CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Four lawyers. Two shock jocks. One flirtatious paralegal.


Nepal rescuers find 3 bodies near crashed US Marine chopper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:26

Nepal rescuers find 3 bodies near crashed US Marine chopperNepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared this week during a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.


Utah man who shot would-be carjacker will not be charged

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:24
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store will not face criminal charges, prosecutors have ruled.

U.S. Air Force aims to complete radar bid re-evaluations in three months

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:23
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force expects to complete a reevaluation of bids to build a $1 billion long-range radar system in about three months, after Raytheon Co lost a legal bid to halt the review, the top Air Force acquisition official said Friday. Assistant Secretary William LaPlante told reporters that the Air Force would clarify the technology readiness level required for one aspect of the new radar and ask all three bidders to resubmit their proposals. "It's really not that complicated," LaPlante said after a speech hosted by the Air Force Association. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Raytheon in January aimed at halting a fresh look at the bids submitted by its losing rivals Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp. Northrop and Lockheed had protested the Air Force's October contract award to Raytheon to develop and build 30 Three Dimension Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) systems to replace the Air Force's current TPS-75 radar, which has been in service since the late 1960s.

SUV smashes through house wall in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:23

SUV smashes through house wall in Northeast PhiladelphiaAn SUV smashed through the wall of a home in Northeast Philadelphia on Friday morning.


Alumni object to logo of school named for black congressman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 00:15
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Alumni of a school named for a slave who later became a South Carolina congressman say the school's logo is offensive.