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New York City gives nod to 5-cent charge for store bags

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:02

File photo of a shopper standing with her bags outside Macy's department store in New YorkBy Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Council approved a bill on Thursday to require many merchants to charge 5 cents for each plastic or paper bag taken by consumers at checkout counters, and Mayor Bill de Blasio said he intended to sign it. The bill, backed by 28 of the 48 council members, is designed to encourage consumers to shift to reusable bags in a city that goes through more than 9 billion of the flimsy white containers a year, according to the council. Most of the bags used by shoppers are not recycled, forcing the city to pay millions of dollars to haul 91,000 tons of plastic and paper bags to landfills in other states each year, City Council spokeswoman Amy Varghese said.


NJ Transit River LINE collides with vehicle in Riverton

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:01

NJ Transit River LINE collides with vehicle in RivertonFour people were injured after a New Jersey Transit River LINE train collided with a vehicle in Riverton, Burlington County Thursday morning.


Obama commutes sentences of 58 non-violent drug convicts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 06:00

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the keynote speech at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies' (APAICS) 22nd annual awards dinner at the Washington Hilton hotel in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama has commuted the prison terms of 58 non-violent drug offenders, nearly a third of whom were serving life sentences, the White House said on Thursday. "It just doesn’t make sense to require a non-violent drug offender to serve 20 years, or in some cases, life, in prison," Obama said in a blog post. Many of the convicts had been serving time for crack cocaine.


Trump says not ready to support House speaker's agenda

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:59
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Thursday he was not ready to support the policy agenda being advanced by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the nation's top elected Republican, who said earlier he was not ready to endorse Trump. "I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan's agenda," Trump said in a statement.

Jury convicts Ron Paul aides of campaign finance violations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:58
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three campaign advisers to 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul were convicted Thursday in a federal case alleging they conspired to cover up the campaign's payments to a former Iowa state senator who had agreed to endorse their boss.

The Latest: Sister elated after 'Grim Sleeper' verdicts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:57
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the verdicts in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings (all times local):

Juneau using cruise ship visitor fees to cover legal costs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:57
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau is using the money it receives from visitors who arrive to the city via cruise ship to fight a lawsuit filed by the cruise industry alleging it is misusing those funds to develop a park featuring a life-sized whale sculpture a mile away from port.

Officer failed to report incident prior to murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:54
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a central Florida man who killed his wife, his two young children and then himself last month would have likely been wearing a GPS monitor had an officer properly reported the violation of a protective order nine days before the murder-suicide.

North Carolina lawmaker dismisses U.S. deadline to change bathroom law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:47

File photo of a bathroom sign welcoming both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, North CarolinaBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Republican leaders in North Carolina on Thursday refused to back down from a law regulating which restrooms can be used by transgender people after the federal government told the state the law violated the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The state’s leading Republican lawmaker, House Speaker Tim Moore, told reporters in Raleigh that North Carolina would not be “bullied” into meeting the U.S. Justice Department’s Monday deadline to change the law. North Carolina is the first U.S. state to pass a law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate instead of the gender with which they identify.


Former Texas policeman released after serving 21 years for rape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:41
FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - A former Fort Worth police officer who had served 21 years of a life sentence after being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl was released from prison on Thursday after an appeals court order overturned his conviction because the victim lied.

Tesla bold production plan brings out skeptics, shares fall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:36
DETROIT (AP) — Once again, Tesla Motors is staring down the naysayers.

Manhunt under way for escapee from New Jersey psychiatric hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:35
Arthur Buckel, 38, was discovered missing on Tuesday from a minimum security unit at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton, said Captain Jack Sramaty, spokesman for the Ocean County prosecutor's office. Schools in Barnegat, about 50 miles (80 km) east of the hospital, remained under police guard on Thursday after Buckel was spotted on Wednesday shopping at a CVS drugstore there. Matthew Schuman, a spokesman for the state's Department of Corrections, said the department's canine and fugitive units were part of the search effort, along with numerous law enforcement agencies.

Search continues for escaped inmate, a convicted killer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:34

These undated photos provided by Barnegat Police Department shows Arthur Buckel. Corrections officials say the minimum security inmate was missing when guards at Bayside State Prison in the southern New Jersey town of Hammonton performed a count Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Barnegat Police Department via AP)BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — An escaped inmate who once served time for manslaughter for killing a baby eluded authorities for a third day Thursday, leading to increased security at schools in the New Jersey town where he was last seen.


Johnny Manziel ordered to stay away from accuser in violence case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:34

Johnny Manziel ordered to stay away from accuser in violence caseJohnny Manziel waded through a crowd of reporters after his first court appearance in a domestic violence case Thursday, ignoring questions and even an autograph request.


Convicted child molester Sandusky granted hearing on appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:31

Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky leaves after his appeal hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, PennsylvaniaA Pennsylvania judge on Thursday granted convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky a hearing later this month to press his case for a new trial, four years after the former Penn State University football coach was found guilty of abusing 10 boys. Lawyers for Sandusky can pursue several issues at the May 20 hearing, including the competency of his trial attorney, whether prosecutors and the judge who oversaw the grand jury withheld evidence and whether the state attorney general's office leaked sealed grand jury material to a reporter in an effort to persuade additional victims to come forward. John Cleland, a visiting judge in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, had expressed skepticism regarding Sandusky's appeal during a court appearance on Monday but nevertheless ordered the evidentiary hearing.


Michigan lawmakers push forward $500 mln package for Detroit schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:28

Downtown Detroit is seen from a vacant lot, looking south along Woodward AvenueBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - The Michigan House of Representatives approved on Thursday a $500 million spending package for Detroit's cash-strapped schools, which could run out of money to pay employees at the end of June. The legislation, which still needs approvals from the state Senate and Governor Rick Snyder, was passed early Thursday morning after hundreds of Detroit teachers called in sick over paycheck concerns. Detroit school teachers returned to their classrooms on Wednesday following the "sick-out" after receiving assurances from officials that they will be paid for their work.


4th Circuit rejects Virginia death row inmate's appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:24
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal of a Virginia death row inmate who killed two people during an escape.

Lockheed wins $424 million contract for radar emitter simulation products: Pentagon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp has won a $424 million U.S. defense contract for threat radar emitter simulations products and services, and other simulation equipment, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Flight forced to land in Florida following injuries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:17
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a plane traveling from the Dominican Republican to Pittsburgh had to stop in Florida after several people were injured when the plane experienced turbulence.

Man convicted of killing 3 women, wrapping bodies in bags

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 05:15

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2013, file photo, Michael Madison, left, waits with his attorney David Grant, right, for arraignment in Cleveland. Madison, a convicted sex offender, was found guilty Thursday, May 5, 2016, of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags in a case that raised fears that another serial killer was hunting for victims in the Cleveland area. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — A convicted sex offender was found guilty Thursday of the murder of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags in a case that raised fears that another serial killer was hunting for victims in the Cleveland area.