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Appeals court hears arguments on Obama immigration action

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:33

Demonstrators, led by the New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice and the Congress of Day Laborers, participate in a rally outside the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Friday, April 17, 2015. A three-judge panel began hearing arguments whether to lift a temporary hold imposed by a federal judge in Texas on President Barack Obama's executive action seeking to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal appeals judges on Friday peppered lawyers on both sides with questions in a fight over President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.


Correction: AP Was There-Oklahoma City Bombing story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:31

FILE - In this May 5, 1995 file photo, a large group of search and rescue crew attends a memorial service in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people _ including 19 children _ injured hundreds more and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to structures and vehicles in the downtown area. (AP Photo/Bill Waugh, Flle)In an April 16 story about the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date and location of where the truck was loaded with explosives. The vehicle was loaded in Kansas, not Oklahoma City, and was loaded on April 18, not April 19.


Baby sitter guilty of manslaughter in baby's shaking death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:29
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A baby sitter accused of fatally shaking a toddler left in her care has been convicted of aggravated manslaughter and child endangerment but acquitted of murder.

Former Senate candidate gets probation in sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:19

Former Senate candidate gets probation in sex abuse caseA former state Senate candidate accused of molesting a young neighbor more than 25 years ago has been sentenced to one year of probation for unlawful sexual contact.


University of Kentucky student fatally shot near campus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:10
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - A University of Kentucky student was fatally shot early on Friday during a street robbery near the campus in Lexington and authorities have charged an 18-year-old man in the killing, police said. Jonathan Krueger, 22, a photo editor for a student newspaper at the university, was walking with another person on a street about a block from the campus in Lexington when he was shot, police said. Krueger, a junior from Perrysburg, Ohio, near Toledo, was found lying in the street and was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later, police said. Justin Smith, 18, was charged with murder, robbery, tampering with physical evidence and fleeing, police said.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:01
CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, whose Chicago archbishop nod showed church's conservative shift, dies.

Transportation officials issue oil train safety measures

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:00

FILE - In this July 6, 2013 file photo, smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec. An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation.


Large measles outbreak traced to Disneyland is declared over

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 03:00

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, people crowd Main Street at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. California health officials have declared an end to the large measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland in December. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — California health authorities on Friday declared an end to a large measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and triggered a national debate about vaccinations.


Google shaking up search recommendations on smartphones

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:59

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that’s expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula, scheduled to be released April 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.


Ohio settles civil rights groups' lawsuit over early voting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:59

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2012 file photo a "Vote Early" sign is held up by supporters at a rally for President Barack Obama in Youngstown, Ohio. Civil-rights groups have settled their legal dispute with Ohio’s elections chief over laws that trimmed early voting opportunities in the political battleground state. The agreement between Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and the Ohio Chapter of the NAACP and other plaintiffs maintains elimination of the so-called "golden week" in which individuals could have both registered and voted, but adds voting opportunities on multiple Sundays and evenings ahead of the general election. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Civil-rights groups settled their legal dispute with Ohio's elections chief on Friday over actions that trimmed early voting opportunities in the political battleground state.


Man dies in 80-foot fall at Philadelphia construction site

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:58
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A construction worker has fallen 80 feet to his death at a Philadelphia building site near the city's main railroad station.

U.S. must return rare double eagle gold coins to family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:55
The U.S. government must return 10 exceptionally rare gold coins worth millions of dollars each to a Pennsylvania family from which the purloined coins were seized a decade ago, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. By a 2-1 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Joan Langbord and her sons Roy and David are the rightful owners of the double eagle $20 gold pieces, after the government ignored their claim to the coins and missed a deadline to seek their forfeiture. "The government knew that it was obligated to bring a judicial civil forfeiture proceeding or to return the property, but refused," Circuit Judge Marjorie Rendell wrote.

Man leaps onto subway tracks to pull fallen rider to safety

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When a man tumbled onto the tracks at a downtown Philadelphia subway station, one passenger leaped into action.

Iraqi convicted in terror case wants conviction thrown out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:52
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An Iraqi man convicted of terrorism charges in Kentucky is asking a federal judge to change his conviction and prison sentence because he says he was misrepresented by his court-appointed attorney.

Plumber testifies drug squad burst in, took tuition money

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:51
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A plumber told jurors in a police corruption trial that undercover agents burst into his home, took $10,000 in tuition money from a safe and planted methamphetamine and a digital scale.

U.S. calls for more oil train inspections, other safety measures

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:50
Oil train operators must have detailed information on hand about the possible risks of their cargo in case of an accident and perform more thorough checks before moving on the tracks, U.S. transportation officials said on Friday. In March there was an oil train accident in Galena, Illinois, although it did not lead to an injury. New measures announced Friday are meant to reduce the chance that a routine train mishap would lead to the kind of fiery explosion that followed several other oil train accidents, officials said. The measures were announced jointly by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Phmsa).

Warrant for mom accused of contaminating son's IV withdrawn

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:46
CINCINNATI (AP) — An arrest warrant for a woman accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick by contaminating his IV with fecal matter at a Cincinnati hospital has been withdrawn after she showed up in court.

Texas House approves bill that limits city bans on fracking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:44
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A bill that would stop Texas cities from enacting their own bans on hydraulic fracturing in the nation's top crude oil and natural gas producing state was approved on Friday in the state House of Representatives. The bill bars cities from overly regulating the industry, targeting a ban on fracking, a method of extracting oil and gas that uses high pressure, adopted by voters in Denton, Texas, a college town about 30 miles (50 km) north of Dallas. Representatives voted 122-18 to advance the bill. The Texas Senate has yet to vote on a similar bill.

Cops: Parents OD'd on heroin while giving toddler son a bath

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:41
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police say the parents of a 3-year-old boy have been charged with endangering his welfare after they overdosed on heroin while giving him a bath in New Hampshire.

Kansas lays groundwork for $1 billion pension bond sale

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:37
(Reuters) - Kansas has begun a search for underwriters to sell $1 billion of taxable pension bonds that won final approval this week, the state's Development Finance Authority said on Friday. A bill signed into law Wednesday by Governor Sam Brownback authorizes 30-year bonds backed by annual state appropriations and limits the bond interest rate to 5 percent. Kansas sold $500 million of insured pension bonds through the authority in 2004 with interest rates topping out at 5.5 percent for bonds due in 2034. States and local governments have sold about $105 billion of taxable pension bonds since 1986, according to a July 2014 report by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.