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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.


Majority of high court asks skeptical questions on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 22:59
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Part way into oral arguments, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday fired skeptical questions at a lawyer who was asking the nine justices to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Five justices including a possible swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and a member of the court's liberal wing, Justice Stephen Breyer, asked lawyer Mary Bonauto why the high court should change a definition of marriage that has existed for millennia, rather than allowing American voters to decide. The hearing continued and was expected to end about 12:30 p.m. (1630 GMT). ...

Bumble Bee Foods employees charged in death of worker cooked with tuna

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 22:53

Bumble Bee Foods employees charged in death of worker cooked with tunaBumble Bee Foods and two employees were charged Monday by Los Angeles prosecutors with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna.


November trial date set for indicted ex-NY Assembly speaker

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 22:47

Former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver speaks to reporters as he leaves court, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in New York. A Nov. 2 trial date has been set for a jury to hear the corruption case brought against Silver. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — A November trial date has been set for a jury to hear the corruption case brought against former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.


UN Security Council extends mission in Western Sahara

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 22:38
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has approved keeping a small peacekeeping force in Western Sahara for another year but without the human rights monitoring mandate that residents have long demanded.

Ohio mom accused of decapitating baby is found incompetent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 22:24
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter has been found incompetent to stand trial and will be transferred to a treatment facility.

Top court begins gay marriage arguments set to last two-and-a-half hours

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 22:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nine justices of the Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing oral arguments over whether the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to gay marriage, with the session set to last 2-1/2 hours. (Reporting by Will Dunham)

Study: Obama most followed on Twitter, pope most influential

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 22:12
BERLIN (AP) — A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted.

New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected: Iowa

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 21:58
By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - (This April 27, 2015 story was refiled to correct the seventh paragraph to show that the USDA corrects to chicken farm from turkey farm.) Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. In the avian influenza outbreak of 1983 to 1984 in the northeast, which was the largest in U.S. history, about 17 million birds were culled. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday. Or does this mean more birds as we go forward." Iowa state officials have quarantined the five farm sites, Northey said.

Judge approves jury trials for medical lawsuits over spill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 21:47
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled oil spill cleanup workers who sue BP for medical problems that surface later in life have the right to make their case before a jury.