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Nail salons in New York told to respect workers or face closure

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:36

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media in HavanaBy leslie Gevirtz NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nail salons in New York were warned on Monday to respect the rights of their workers or face closure under proposed legislation that has won the backing of immigrant groups. The move followed a New York Times expose on the industry that highlighted unsafe working conditions with hazardous chemicals and unfair labor practices that included not paying the legal minimum wage or withholding pay entirely. Most workers in nail salon are immigrants and the majority are women from Asia and Latin America. "Our point is simple: exploitation has no place in the state of New York," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement to introduce the legislation that also introduces a public education campaign to help workers understand their rights.


Elian Gonzalez Wants to Come to the United States

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:33
Elian Gonzalez says he wants to thank Americans "for the love they give me."

White House Bans Police Use of Military Equipment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:33
The White House is banning certain types of military-style equipment

NJ lawmakers approve measure outlawing sex with animals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:27

NJ lawmakers approve measure outlawing sex with animalsThe New Jersey state Senate unanimously approved a measure that would bar people from having sexual contact with animals.


9 oil well deaths lead to warning about inhaling chemicals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:19
DENVER (AP) — Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years.

Prosecutor says he intends to retry 1979 NY missing-boy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:18
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says in a television interview he intends to ask for a retrial in the case of a New Jersey man who confessed to choking a 6-year-old New York City boy missing since 1979.

Shoppers could soon have difficulty finding meat's origin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:13

Meat labels are seen at a grocery store in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers could soon have a harder time finding out where some of their red meat comes from.


Elderly New York man survives fall into Yellowstone canyon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:13
An elderly New York man survived a fall into a deep canyon at Yellowstone National Park after he tripped over a stone barrier while trying to take a photograph and plunged backward over a ledge, officials said on Monday. Yellowstone spokeswoman Traci Weaver said it was close to miraculous that the man lived after an accident that could have seen him plunge hundreds of feet to his death in the so-called Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Dollar General fined $120,000 for safety hazards at Del. store

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:12

Dollar General fined $120,000 for safety hazards at Del. storeA dangerous problem at a major retail chain across the country has now hit home in Delaware.


Fugitive on the lam for 56 years to return to Ohio after Florida capture

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:11
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A 79-year-old fugitive captured in Florida after being on the loose since escaping from an Ohio prison farm in 1959 was ordered on Monday to return to Ohio to face the consequences. Frank Freshwater voluntarily waived his right to extradition after he was found on May 4 living in Melbourne in central Florida, a state judge ruled. After violating his probation, he served time at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. A recently organized cold case unit of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Northern District of Ohio tracked him to Florida where he settled 20 years ago, according to a news release from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

BASE instinct: The thrill to fly carries risk with each jump

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:08
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The deaths of extreme athlete Dean Potter and his friend Graham Hunt in Yosemite National Park brought renewed attention to the risks of BASE jumping and its more dangerous offshoot, wingsuit flying.

Mass arrests, revenge fears after deadly Texas biker gang shootout

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:08

Waco Police investigators are at the scene of shooting near a Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza WACO, Texas (Reuters) - Police warned of revenge attacks from motorcycle gangs after 170 people were charged on Monday in connection with the shootout among rival bikers on Sunday that left nine dead and 18 wounded and turned a Texas restaurant into a blood-soaked crime scene. Bikers from five rival gangs attacked each other with guns, knives, brass knuckles, clubs and motorcycle chains at a Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in the central Texas city of Waco. When the shooting ended, bodies were scattered in the restaurant and across two parking lots. About 100 weapons were recovered from the crime scene, which was strewn with shell casings, police said.


Guinta plans to serve constituents amid donation questions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:04

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 file photo, then-fomer U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., right, greets supporters at Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, N.H., before a live televised debate with his Democratic opponent Carol Shea-Porter. Guinta says he will continue to serve his New Hampshire constituents amid a suggestion by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., that he consider resigning after the Federal Election Commission concluded he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta said Monday he'll remain in office despite calls from fellow Republicans that he resign after the Federal Election Commission found he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents.


UN chief concerned at death sentence for Egypt's Morsi

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:04
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is raising "serious concern" at the death sentences against ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and 105 others.

Investigators unsure anything struck train before derailment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:03

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter hugs Mary Schaheen, the first passenger in line for Train 110 at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, Monday, May 18, 2015, as Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly crash in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities said Monday they're unsure anything struck the windshield of an Amtrak train minutes before a deadly derailment in Philadelphia last week, adding another twist to the investigation the day trains started running to New York again.


Colorado shooting judge asks jurors about Boston coverage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:01
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial have told the judge their verdict won't be influenced by the death sentence in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Man at center of podcast wins chance to call alibi witness

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 06:00
BALTIMORE (AP) — A convicted killer at the center of a popular podcast that raised questions about his guilt and whether he had a fair trial will seek to call an alibi witness who has never before testified and include her testimony in his request for a new trial, which is pending in an appeals court.

PHOTOS: Suspects arrested in deadly Waco shootings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 05:53

 Suspects arrested in deadly Waco shootingsAbout 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organized crime Monday, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18.


Appeals court sides with Google in anti-Muslim film case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 05:52

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, file photo, Cindy Lee Garcia, one of the actresses in "Innocence of Muslims," right, and attorney M. Cris Armenta hold a news conference in Los Angeles asking a judge to issue an injunction demanding a 14-minute trailer for the film be pulled from YouTube. A federal appeals court on Monday, May 18, 2015 overturned an order for YouTube to take down the anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates.


Duke professor defends comments comparing blacks, Asians

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 05:51

Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for Public Affairs and Government Relations at Duke University, speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Sara P. Duke Gardens in Durham, N.C., Thursday, April 2, 2015. An undergraduate student at Duke University has admitted to hanging a noose in a tree and is no longer on campus, university officials said Thursday. Schoenfeld said that the school would not release the name of the student who admitted to hanging the noose. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Duke University professor criticized for an online post comparing blacks and Asians said Monday that it's not racist to discuss what he sees as differences in how the groups have performed in the U.S. over the past few decades.