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Japan's prime minister focuses on economy and women's issues

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:39

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, waves beside professor Joseph Nye after speaking at the John F. Kennedy School of Government forum in Cambridge, Mass., Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his administration is trying to improve the status of women in his country as it also seeks to protect women's rights on the international stage.

Truckers strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:39
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tractor-trailer drivers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike on Monday against four trucking companies, a Teamster union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation's busiest cargo hub. Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their intent to strike at 6 a.m. Pacific time, with picket lines going up immediately at the companies' truck yards, Teamsters spokeswoman Barb Maynard told reporters on a conference call. The action comes as West Coast port cargo traffic is still recovering from months of slowdowns stemming from a previous dispute between dockworkers and major shipping companies. The port drivers accuse the trucking companies of wage theft by illegally misclassifying them as independent contractors, deducting truck-leasing charges and other expenses from their paychecks.

News guide: Movie theater shooting trial opens in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:18

People enter the Arapahoe County Justice Center on the first day of the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. As the trial begins, the key won't be whether he caused the carnage, but whether Holmes was sane at the time of the killings. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Opening statements are set Monday in the long-awaited trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. Here's a look at top elements in the case:

Jury being picked for ex-NBA player Crittenton's Atlanta murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:14

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an extradition hearing with attorney Brian Steel in downtown Los AngelesBy Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of former National Basketball Association player Javaris Crittenton, who has been charged with murder for his suspected role in a 2011 drive-by shooting that killed an Atlanta mother of four. Authorities have charged Crittenton, 27, a point guard who played two seasons in the NBA after getting drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007, and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, with 12 felonies each in connection with the August 2011 shooting. Those charges include murder, participation in criminal gang activities and the attempted murder of a man who prosecutors said they believe was the intended target in the shooting.

Quake-aid need acute in Nepal capital, more so in villages

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:06

Quake-aid need acute in Nepal capital, more so in villagesShelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers - Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones.

Study blames global warming for 75 percent of very hot days

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:02

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, children play under the water that they manage to spill over from a water tank, to cool off from the summer heat, at the Alemao Complex slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The next day it’s unusually beastly hot, scientists say you can blame three-quarters of it on humans. As climate change gets worse around mid-century, that percentage of extremely hot days being caused by man-made greenhouse gases will push past 95 percent, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man's effects on climate.

Report: Journalists face deadliest time 'in recent history'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report says the twin threat of extremist groups and the governments that restrict liberties to combat them has led to "the most deadly and dangerous period for journalists in recent history."

AID EFFORTS: How to help following Nepal earthquake

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 22:59

 How to help following Nepal earthquakeGlobal charities offer emergency aid to Nepal following the earthquake that left thousands dead.

Jury in case of missing N.Y. boy starts ninth day of deliberations

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 22:49

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in the trial of a former deli worker who confessed to killing Etan Patz in 1979 began a ninth day of deliberations on Monday with a re-reading of testimony that implicated another, earlier suspect in the case of the missing 6-year-old boy. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is charged in state Supreme Court in Manhattan with the murder and kidnapping of Patz, one of the first missing children whose pictures appeared on milk cartons in an effort to locate them. His lawyers have said the real culprit is Jose Ramos, long a prime suspect in the disappearance.

8 charged in Chester County prison drug smuggling scheme

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 22:34

8 charged in Chester County prison drug smuggling schemeEight people have been charged in an alleged scheme to smuggle drugs into the Chester County prison.

Timeline of events in Colorado theater shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 22:27

FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes is seated in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes faces trial starting on April 27, 2015, in the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 dead and 70 wounded. (Andy Cross, Pool via AP, file)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Key dates in the life of James Holmes, on trial in the 2012 Colorado theater shooting:

Firefighters remove people after fire call in Upper Darby

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 22:27

Firefighters remove people after fire call in Upper DarbyResidents were forced out of an apartment building in Delaware County.

PHOTOS: Chester Co. prison drug smuggling suspects

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 22:23

 Chester Co. prison drug smuggling suspectsA total of eight people were charged in the alleged scheme.

U.S. top court throws out Obamacare contraception ruling

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 22:13
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived religious objections by Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee to the Obamacare requirement for contraception coverage, throwing out a lower court decision favoring President Barack Obama's administration. The justices asked the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision that backed the Obama administration in light of the Supreme Court's June 2014 ruling that allowed certain privately owned corporations to seek exemptions from the provision. Obama's healthcare law, known as Obamacare, requires employers to provide health insurance policies that cover preventive services for women including access to contraception and sterilization. Various challengers, including family-owned companies and religious affiliated nonprofits that oppose abortion and sometimes the use of contraceptives, say the requirement infringes on their religious beliefs.

Rescuers search for four boaters missing after Alabama storms

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 22:06
(Reuters) - Crews searched on Monday for four people missing after powerful thunderstorms caught them by surprise and capsized their sailboats during a weekend regatta off the Alabama coast, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. Rescuers worked through the night looking for survivors in the Mobile Bay area, where severe weather struck the Dauphin Island regatta and other boats on Saturday afternoon. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said the four boaters who are missing were registered with the regatta, which included about 200 people and 100 vessels. Officials asked private boaters in the area to stay off the water on Monday before more expected rain and storms.

Texas English teacher named National Teacher of the Year

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 21:39

In this Jan. 29, 2015 photo provided by the Amarillo (Texas) Independent School District, Palo Duro High School English teacher Shanna Peeples poses for a photo. Peeples has been named 2015 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. (Davy Knapp/Amarillo ISD via AP) “Shanna Classroom Photo” – October 29, 2014 All other photos – January 29, 2015 Video – April 14, 2015LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A high school English teacher in Texas who works with students facing poverty and traumas related to their immigration to the United States on Monday was named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.

20 charged with targeting Pennsylvania Lowe's stores

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 21:29
CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) — Police say they've charged 20 people from western Pennsylvania in a shoplifting ring that targeted Lowe's home improvement stores in five counties.

Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 21:21

An egg-producing chicken farm run by Sunrise Farm is seen in HarrisBy P.J. Huffstutter and Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said. To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, has not affected humans. Dr. Alicia Fry, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza division, said that while health officials are cautiously optimistic that humans will not be affected, her agency has isolated a pure strain of the H5N2 virus for potential use in a human vaccine, should one be needed. Concerns about human health risk have prompted investigators to ramp up biosecurity measures on infected farms, with some government staff overseeing the culling of birds wearing full protective body suits and ventilators.

Ohio students' device to detect marijuana use by motorists

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 21:16
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio graduate students have invented a device that will allow law enforcement officers to determine whether motorists have used marijuana.

1 dead after trucks collide and burst into flames in Lower Providence

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 21:15

1 dead after trucks collide and burst into flames in Lower ProvidenceAction News has confirmed that one person was killed after 2 trucks collided and burst into flames in Lower Providence.