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Labor leader urges presidential candidates to oppose trade deals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 01:02

Trumka takes part in an onstage interview during The Atlantic Economy Summit in WashingtonBy Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leader of the largest federation of U.S. labor unions has called on Hillary Clinton and other presidential hopefuls to oppose an Obama administration trade pact. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Tuesday delivered his first address about the U.S. presidential election in November 2016, laying out criteria the federation's 56 member unions will use to assess candidates. "The TPP is the latest example of a long-term approach to trade that ... was designed to drive wages down, create special rights for corporations and export jobs," Trumka said, citing as another example a North America pact ratified under former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. "There is no middle ground." Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator, first lady and the only Democrat who is formally campaigning for president, is considered the strong front runner for the party's nomination.


Man killed in Burlington Co. house fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:58

Man killed in Burlington Co. house fireOfficials in New Jersey say a house fire in Burlington County was deadly.


Nepal quake death toll tops 4,600; new mudslide hits village

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:54

Nepal quake death toll tops 4,600; new mudslide hits villageHelicopters crisscrossed the mountains above a remote district Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 4,600 people.


House collapse damages neighboring home in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:54

House collapse damages neighboring home in North PhiladelphiaA house under construction partially collapsed Tuesday morning in North Philadelphia.


Defense makes closing argument in rape trial of former Goldman banker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:53
By Edward Krudy RIVERHEAD, New York (Reuters) - A New York judge heard the defense's closing argument on Tuesday in the trial of a former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish student on Long Island in the summer of 2013. Jason Lee, a former managing director, is accused of barging into a bathroom and raping the woman, who was 20 years old at the time, after a night of drinking at a popular night spot. In a presentation lasting more than an hour, defense attorney Andrew Lankler said prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that sex was not consensual. The defense also argued that saliva matching the alleged victim's was found on Lee's shorts in an indication of consensual oral sex while injuries either occurred before the incident or were not inconsistent with consensual sex.

New Jersey governor sending 150 state police officers to Baltimore

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:42
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Jersey will send 150 state police officers to riot-torn Baltimore later on Tuesday to help bring calm to the city, said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican. Maryland officials requested the assistance, and the New Jersey police will initially stay for 72 hours, Christie said in several posts on Twitter. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Emily Stephenson)

Driver killed in fiery truck crash in Lower Providence Twp. identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:38

Driver killed in fiery truck crash in Lower Providence Twp. identifiedAuthorities have identified the truck driver killed in Monday's fiery head-on crash in Lower Providence Township.


1 dead after trucks collide and burst into flames in Lower Providence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:38

Driver killed in fiery truck crash in Lower Providence Twp. identifiedPolice said it was too early to tell if charges would be filed after 2 trucks collided and burst into flames in Lower Providence Township, killing one of the drivers.


Teacher says he ran toward gunfire like anyone else would

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:32

Teacher says he ran toward gunfire like anyone else wouldA popular teacher being hailed as a hero for tackling a 16-year-old shooter inside a Washington state high school said he did what any other U.S. educator would do: He ran toward the gunfire instead of away from it.


Police standoff with armed suspect ends with arrest in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:26

Police standoff with suspect ends in arrest in West Philadelphia.A police standoff with an armed suspect has ended with an arrest in West Philadelphia.


Maryland governor says Baltimore mayor waited to call for help

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:20
(Reuters) - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said on Tuesday Baltimore's mayor waited for violence to erupt before alerting the National Guard, leaving local police "overwhelmed" by rioters. Speaking the day after rioting, arson and looting left Baltimore broken and smoldering, the governor said he repeatedly called Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday but she held off on calling in the guard until three hours after violence first erupted. (Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

1 year later: Rebuilding from devastating Mississippi storms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:20

In this April 22, 2015 photograph, Ryan Blackwell, 3, plays on the yet-to-be developed front yard of his new house in Louisville, Miss., as the community marks the first anniversary of an April 28, 2014, tornado system that killed 10 people in Louisville and surrounding areas, and destroyed 391 buildings. Blackwell's family house, which was destroyed by the tornado, was a couple of houses down from this newly-constructed house. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — One year ago, an outbreak of 23 tornados devastated parts of Mississippi, killing 14 people and destroying hundreds of buildings.


Supreme Court closely divided over gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:13
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared closely divided on whether it should legalize gay marriage across the United States. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the likely swing vote on the nine-justice court, asked tough questions of both sides, giving little indication of how he will vote, although he has a history of backing gay rights.

Judge sets ex-NY Assembly Speaker Silver's corruption trial for Nov. 2

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 23:59

Silver makes a comment to the media as he departs an arraignment hearing at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Tom Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - Embattled former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, accused by prosecutors of taking millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, will go to trial on Nov. 2 on a sweeping series of corruption charges. A federal judge in Manhattan set the trial date on Tuesday during a hearing in which Silver's lawyers said he pleaded not guilty to all charges in a revised indictment unveiled last week. After the hearing, one of Silver's lawyers, Steven Molo, accused the government of "withholding" evidence that could help his client, who was one of the most powerful politicians in New York until he was accused of taking bribes in January. The new indictment issued on Thursday by a Manhattan federal grand jury added four new counts to three earlier ones facing the Democratic politician.


Coast Guard identifies victims of weekend boating disaster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 23:47

Search efforts continue for four people missing after a deadly weekend storm Monday, April 27, 2015, in Dauphin Island, Ala. As torrential rain and heavy winds battered Alabama's coast Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search after a storm killed two people and played havoc with a yearly sailboat race in Mobile Bay. (Mike Kittrell/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has identified two victims of a boasting disaster this weekend in Alabama's Mobile Bay.


Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter defends Baltimore leader's riot response

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 23:34

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter defends Baltimore leader's riot responsePhiladelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is defending his Baltimore counterpart as a stand-up leader.


Embattled Stockton University president leaving early

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 23:27

Embattled Stockton University president leaving earlyThe embattled president of a southern New Jersey university whose plan to convert a shuttered Atlantic City casino into a satellite campus stalled is stepping down from his post immediately.


Philadelphia mayor defends Baltimore leader's riot response

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 23:15

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter defends Baltimore leader's riot responsePhiladelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is defending his Baltimore counterpart as a stand-up leader.


Nominees announced for new World Video Game Hall of Fame

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 23:05

This undated photo provided by The Strong shows the 15 finalists nominated for the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The nominees were announced Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at The Strong museum in Rochester, N.Y., where the hall will be located alongside the National Toy Hall of Fame. They are, from left, Pac-Man; Space Invaders; Sonic the Hedgehog; Minecraft; the Sims; Super Mario Bros.; Doom, top; World of Warcraft, center; Pokemon series, bottom; the Legend of Zelda; the Oregon Trail; Tetris; FIFA soccer; Angry Birds; Pong. (Bethany Mosher/The Strong via AP)ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Fifteen video games that have engrossed gamers for untold hours were named finalists Tuesday for the new World Video Game Hall of Fame.


Trade deal poses dilemma for Clinton in Democratic primary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 23:02

FILE - In this March 6, 1996, file photo, then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton sews a label into a woman's floral print jacket at designer Nicole Miller's New York showroom as the symbolic first label of UNITE, the organization that resulted from the merger of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. Clinton’s support for trade deals has fluctuated with the political calendar. As first lady, she trumpeted the North American deal brokered by her husband, telling unionized garment workers in 1996 that the agreement was "proving its worth." Now, early in her Democratic presidential campaign, she’s striking a different tone. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — On a trip to Australia in 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton lavished praise on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it the "gold standard" in efforts to create open and fair trade.