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Teens charged in deadly Mother's Day bike blessing shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 03:27
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A teenager who was shot and killed following a Mother's Day motorcycle blessing in Newark was in the wrong place at the wrong time, authorities said Friday as they charged four other teens in the case.

New York City pledges crackdown on nail salons that exploit workers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 03:26
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced a crackdown on nail salons accused of exploiting mostly immigrant workers by failing to pay minimum wage and exposing them to dangerous chemicals. Using a range of tools from investigative subpoenas to worker education outreach, the city is moving to eliminate potential health hazards for workers in nail salons and to ensure fair compensation under labor and wage laws, de Blasio said in a statement. “We will use all available powers to shield nail salon workers from deplorable conditions, empower them with awareness of their rights, and offer every other support we can to ensure the safety and dignity of our hardworking fellow New Yorkers,” de Blasio said. The move comes a day after two New York City manicurists filed a proposed federal class action lawsuit claiming four nail salons routinely violated minimum wage and overtime laws.

Survey: School bullying at lowest ebb in 10 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 03:08

FILE - In this May 12, 2015 file photo, Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks in Arlington, Va. Nearly 1 in 4 surveyed U.S. students say they have been bullied in school. That’s an improvement, but the prevalence reinforces just how difficult the problem is to solve. A 6 percentage point decline _ from 28 percent of students age 12 to 18 saying they were bullied in 2013 compared to 22 percent two years earlier _ comes after years of focus on the problem from local school officials on up to the federal government. It’s the lowest level since the National Center for Education Statistics began surveying students on bullying in 2005, the Education Department said Friday when the results were released. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1 in 4 surveyed U.S. students say they have been bullied in school. That's an improvement, but the prevalence reinforces just how difficult the problem is to solve.

Washington state governor declares drought emergency

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:58
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency on Friday, saying drought conditions due to a lack of snowpack are some of the worst on record in a region normally known for its drizzly weather. "We are calling it a snowpack drought." Washington, know as the Evergreen State due to its abundant green forests kept lush by heavy precipitation, is one of several western states struggling under drought conditions. Officials in Washington state were still deciding which agricultural areas will receive additional water resources and other support, Inslee said. Drought conditions also mean the annual wildfire season could be longer and more destructive, Inslee said.

Verdict reached in marathon bomber's death penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:55

Jury in the Boston Marathon trial sentences Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to deathThe jury deliberating the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev announced Friday that it has reached a decision on whether he should be sentenced to life in prison without parole or to death.

Hazmat situation at NJ postal facility causes fainting, illness

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:48

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.

Typhoon pelts Guam with winds, rain; residents take shelter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:40

Charles Henry, 28, Clayton Faubion, 25, Charles Harstad, 23, and Jamal Arurag, 19, observe barreling waves behind the University of Guam Marine Lab on the island’s eastern coast during a powerful Pacific typhoon on Friday, May 15, 2015. The National Weather Service said the center of Typhoon Dolphin had passed through a 50-mile-wide channel between Guam and the island of Rota. (AP Photo/Grace Garces Bordallo)HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — More than 1,100 people took refuge in shelters early Saturday as the center of a powerful Pacific typhoon glanced off Guam, hammering the U.S. territory with high winds, rain and huge waves.

Best hope for California drought: El Nino pattern next year

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:37

Rain drops fall on a car parked outside a building, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Buena Park, Calif. A second round of rain from a rare spring storm swept into drought-stricken Southern California on Friday, along with heavy winds, snow in the mountains and the possibility of hail and lightning. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.

Cyberattack on Penn State college said to have come from China

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:36
Pennsylvania State University said on Friday that two cyberattacks at its College of Engineering, including one in 2012 that originated in China, compromised servers containing information on about 18,000 people. Penn State, a major developer of technology for the U.S. Navy, said there was no evidence that research or personal data such as social security or credit card numbers had been stolen. Cybersecurity firm Mandiant has confirmed that at least one of the two attacks was carried out by a "threat actor" based in China, Penn State said.

UN calls for urgent aid for Nepal earthquake survivors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:29
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly called Friday for urgent assistance to help Nepal earthquake survivors and to rebuild the impoverished Himalayan nation so it can better survive future disasters.

Funeral held for Navy midshipman killed in Amtrak derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:21

Funeral held for Navy midshipman killed in Amtrak derailmentA U.S. Naval Academy midshipman killed in this week's Amtrak derailment was remembered Friday as a rising star who inspired others and "put everyone before himself."

Philadelphia Police: Report of baby thrown onto train tracks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:20

 Report of baby thrown onto train tracksPhiladelphia police are investigating a report that a baby was thrown onto train tracks Friday.

Police sued after man died of suicide following standoff

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:13
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a man who killed himself after a shootout with authorities has sued the city of Albuquerque, its police department and two officers, claiming police unnecessarily escalated a 2012 standoff.

U.S. Air Force expects to award bomber contract in one to two months

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 02:01
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force's acquisition chief said on Friday he expects the Air Force to announce the winner of a hard-fought competition to build a new long-range strike bomber in one to two months. Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against a team of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp to build 80 to 100 new LRS-B aircraft for the Air Force at a fixed price of no more than $550 million each. William LaPlante, speaking to reporters after a speech hosted by the Air Force Association, gave no details but said the source selection for the new bomber was going well. "It's only done when it's really done," LaPlante said.

Emails show FBI privacy concerns about license-plate readers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in license-plate reader technology, but it halted a purchase order at least temporarily after lawyers raised privacy concerns about the surveillance three years ago, according to emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Cardiologists, veterinarian work together to fix cat's heart

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:49
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California cat named Vanilla Bean with a congenital heart defect got a rare chance at another life.

Detective who led John Wayne Gacy investigation dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:44
DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — Joseph Kozenczak, the suburban Chicago police detective credited with leading the investigation that nabbed serial killer John Wayne Gacy, has died. He was 75.

Cop almost killed in Boston Marathon shootout returns to job

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:41
BOSTON (AP) — The transit police officer almost killed during a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers has returned to work — with a promotion.

Police ID suspected school bus shooter in Jacksonville

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:38
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they are looking for a 16-year-old boy who they believe fired a gun at a school bus, wounding two girls.

Wisconsin plant recalls nearly 2,200 pounds of chicken

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 01:32
(Reuters) - A northwestern Wisconsin processing plant has recalled nearly 2,200 pounds of chicken that a routine inspection found may have been contaminated by a disinfectant, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. AA Poultry Processing in Ridgeland, Wisconsin, recalled 2,191 pounds of chicken and 21 pounds of turkey produced from May 4 to May 11, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food, Safety and Inspection Service said. The chicken and turkey was processed and returned to 10 farmers, who have been notified and have reported no problems or illnesses, according to Audrey Martin, a co-owner of the processing plant.