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Al Capone's restored Miami Beach mansion begins new chapter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 04:07

The main entrance to the historic waterfront mansion once owned by gangster Al Capone is shown, in Miami Beach, Fla., Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The mansion, which had fallen into a state of disrepair, is being restored to its Prohibition-era opulence and beginning what the property’s new managers said Wednesday is a new chapter as a sun-splashed site for video and photo shoots. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The waterfront South Florida mansion gangster Al Capone bought as a family retreat in 1928 is being restored to its Prohibition-era opulence and beginning what the property's new managers said Wednesday is a new chapter as a sun-splashed site for video and photo shoots.


Japan investigates death threats to US Ambassador Kennedy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 04:05

Japan investigates death threats to US Ambassador KennedyJapanese police are investigating phone calls threatening to kill U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and another American envoy, authorities said Wednesday.


Haiti asks delay in UN peacekeeping cuts; elections loom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:57
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Haiti asked the U.N. on Wednesday to delay a plan that would nearly cut in half its peacekeeping force there, just as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is poised to enter a tense election period.

28 people test positive for tuberculosis at Kansas school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:54
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — More than two dozen cases of tuberculosis have been detected at an eastern Kansas high school after widespread screening, state and county health officials announced Wednesday.

University of Houston suspends fraternity for alleged hazing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:46

This photo shows the Sigma Chi fraternity house after the University of Houston suspended the fraternity Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The University of Houston president suspended the university's Sigma Chi fraternity chapter in the wake of fraternity allegations at the chapter. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Gary Coronado) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — University of Houston officials are promising swift punishment, including expulsion and criminal charges, if allegations of hazing at a fraternity are supported by the outcome of a police investigation.


Testimony concludes in trial over girl's running death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:35
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected Friday in the trial of an Alabama woman charged in her granddaughter's running death.

Illinois finances continued downward slide in FY 2014: auditor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:29
Illinois' overall financial condition deteriorated last fiscal year, the state auditor reported on Wednesday, underscoring the deep budget gap the state has yet to fill. Liabilities outweighed assets by $49.2 billion in the year ended June 30, compared with negative net assets of $47.9 billion at the end of fiscal 2013. This left Illinois in the worst shape of the 43 U.S. states that had filed fiscal 2014 audits. Texas reported the biggest positive net assets at $119.4 billion.

U.S. may deport to China indicted ex-wife of fugitive Chinese official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:28
By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The United States may deport to China the ex-wife of a fugitive Chinese official indicted on money laundering and immigration fraud charges, a U.S. prosecutor said on Wednesday. The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday indicted Jianjun Qiao, the former director of a government grain storage facility in central China, and his ex-wife, Shilan Zhao, accusing them of funneling stolen money into the United States and fraudulently obtaining U.S. visas.

Anti-Israel ad can be barred from Seattle buses, appeals court rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:26
County officials in Seattle can prohibit an advertisement criticizing Israeli policies toward Palestinians from appearing on local buses without violating constitutional protections on free speech, a U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco found that King County acted reasonably when it barred the ad, which sparked threats of vandalism and violence that could have endangered passengers. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, which helped challenge the ban, is disappointed in the ruling, Executive Director Kathleen Taylor said. "Sadly, King County allowed its fear of controversy to trump a commitment to free speech." Harold Taniguchi, director of the county transportation department, said in a statement that the county was "pleased the court found that our actions to ensure the safety of our passengers were reasonable." In 2010, a non-profit group opposed to U.S. support for Israel proposed a bus ad that read: "ISRAELI WAR CRIMES YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK," along with a website address.

U.S. appeals court says Texas should not pay legal fees in voting case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:24
A U.S. appeals court said on Tuesday the state of Texas does not have to pay more than $300,000 in legal fees to plaintiffs in a civil rights suit over voting. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said a lower court made a mistake when it said Texas had to pay the fees, and reversed its decision.

Ex-workers plead guilty in West Virginia chemical spill case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:20
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two former employees at Freedom Industries pleaded guilty to a pollution charge Wednesday in last year's chemical spill in West Virginia that fouled a local tap water supply.

Six people shot, one fatally in Mesa, Arizona shooting: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:11
(Reuters) - Six people were shot, one of them fatally, when a gunman opened fire at several locations across Mesa, Arizona, police said on Wednesday. One of the wounded victims was in critical condition at a local hospital, a spokesman for the Mesa Police Department told reporters at the scene. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Gas explosion likely caused fire that killed grandma, 3 boys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:10

ADDS ADDITIONAL INFO - Traci Harris looks over some of the more than 300 family photographs that were cleaned, repaired and salvage by University of Delaware students, during a press conference at The Warehouse Youth Center in Washington Court House, Ohio, on Friday, March 13, 2015. The boys' father, Ricky Harris, told those gathered for the delivery of the photos that he was very grateful to have the photos that include ones of his sons and mother. Ricky's three children and his mother all died in a house fire the morning after Christmas, and the photos were about the only items salvaged from the blaze. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Kyle Robertson)WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio investigators say an explosion of liquefied petroleum gas probably caused the house fire that killed a woman and her three grandsons the morning after Christmas.


Ex-Connecticut Gov. Rowland sentenced to prison a 2nd time

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

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland leaves federal court in New Haven, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Rowland was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a political consulting scheme on Wednesday, exactly one decade after he was ordered behind bars in an earlier scandal that forced him from office. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for a political consulting scheme on Wednesday, exactly one decade after he was ordered behind bars in an earlier scandal that forced him from office.


Idaho city agrees to pay $80,000 after officer kills dog

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:48
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho city has agreed to pay $80,000 after a police officer shot and killed a dog inside a parked van.

Administration sets record for withholding government files

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:43

FILE - In this March 9, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama listens during his meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. For the second consecutive year, the Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.


Surveillance released in deadly shooting at SW Phila. laundromat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:43

Surveillance released in deadly shooting at SW Phila. laundromatPolice have released surveillance video of a deadly shooting inside a laundromat in Southwest Philadelphia last month.


Drunken man falls from tree, gets impaled on fence and dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:40
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a man was killed when he fell out of a tree and impaled himself on the spikes of a metal fence after a night of heavy drinking.

Officials ID chemical fumes that sickened students, teachers at Paulsboro High School

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:33

Officials ID chemical fumes that sickened students, teachers at Paulsboro High SchoolOfficials have identified the chemical that leaked from a South Jersey refinery, sickening a number of students and teachers at nearby Paulsboro High School Wednesday morning.


U.S. prosecutors will not charge man whose drone landed at White House

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:30
A man who lost control of a drone that crashed onto the White House lawn in January will not face criminal charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said on Wednesday. The unnamed man had borrowed the "quadcopter" drone from a friend and was flying it outside of his apartment window in downtown Washington when he lost control around 3 a.m. on January 26. Knowing that the drone's battery was low, the man went to sleep, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. He reported the incident to the Secret Service the next day immediately after realizing from news reports that it had crashed at the White House, prosecutors said.