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Still got it: Facebook mobile ad revenue continues to surge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 07:08

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York. Nearly three-quarters of Facebook’s advertising revenue now comes from mobile ads, as many more users access the social network on smartphones and other handheld gadgets. The rate of its revenue growth slowed down in the first three months of this year, sending its high-flying stock lower in extended trading after the results came out. Wednesday, April 22, 2015, marked the first time since early 2013 that Facebook failed to surpass Wall Street’s expectations. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly three-quarters of Facebook's advertising revenue now comes from mobile ads, as many more users access the social network on smartphones and other hand-held gadgets.


Hearing delayed on rape charges for ex-Oklahoma trooper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:56

Eric Roberts, right, an ex-Oklahoma Highway patrolman who's accused of sexually assaulting several women while on duty, leaves the Creek County courthouse with his defense attorney, Gary James, in Sapulpa, Okla., Wednesday, April 22, 2015. His preliminary hearing on rape charges has been continued to Friday, June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing has been delayed for a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with rape and sexual battery of three women during traffic stops.


Thousands of Washington state teachers strike over pay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:55
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Thousands of teachers across Washington state held the first in a planned series of one-day strikes on Wednesday to demand higher pay, better benefits and a reduction in class sizes, the state's largest teachers' union said. Nearly 3,000 teachers in nine school districts were taking part in the strikes, which forced the cancellation of classes in two districts and a half day at a third, said Washington Education Association spokesman Rich Wood. Wednesday's walkout was the first in a staggered series of actions by Washington state teachers, with smaller strikes planned for Friday and next week. At issue are cost-of-living raises and funding for benefits being considered by the state Legislature.

Planned Middle East-North Africa census category progresses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:54
DETROIT (AP) — A proposal to allow those of Middle Eastern and North American descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census has cleared another hurdle.

Baltimore police gave statements after death in custody -lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:53
Five of the six officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody gave voluntary, recorded statements the night of the incident, a lawyer for the Baltimore police union said on Wednesday. The lawyer, Michael Davey, contradicted comments from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over the death of Freddie Gray, 27, who was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday. "They have completely cooperated with investigators from day one," Davey, who represents the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, told a televised news conference. Rawlings-Blake has said in interviews that officials had not "fully engaged" officers involved in Gray's arrest.

11 Newtown families: No ties to group behind McGraw concert

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:50
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of 11 people killed in the Newtown school massacre distanced themselves Wednesday from a Sandy Hook advocacy group, saying they want to clarify that victims' families are not receiving money from a Tim McGraw concert planned this summer.

Defense to judge: Dismiss charges against cop in 2 deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:46
CLEVELAND (AP) — The case against a Cleveland police officer on trial for the deaths of two unarmed suspects in a barrage of bullets after a high-speed chase should be dismissed, the defense argued Wednesday, saying prosecutors failed to prove the officer wrongly resorted to deadly force or fired the fatal shots.

With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:43

In this 2012 photo provided by Bethany Hahn is a flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. Midwestern states are struggling to contain a virulent strain of bird flu that has doomed millions of turkeys and chickens since March. (Bethany Hahn via AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a vaccine to counter a deadly strain of bird flu, as losses to poultry producers mount.


UVa dean bashes Rolling Stone article in open letter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:41
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An associate dean of students at the University of Virginia said Wednesday a widely discredited Rolling Stone article caused her professional and personal harm by portraying her as insensitive and unresponsive to an alleged victim of a gang rape.

Body of missing Texas teen recovered from Colorado canyon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:37
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Recovery crews in Colorado on Wednesday retrieved the body of an 18-year-old Texas man who was killed when his truck went off a treacherous mountain pass, near where another motorist plunged to his death in February, authorities said. Edgar Alfredo Vargas was reported missing on Friday, and his truck was spotted at the bottom of a canyon off Red Mountain Pass in southwest Colorado, Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said in a statement. Whitmore said the search was hampered by the steep, rugged terrain.

Sea lion pup waddles away from water, gets ride back to sea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:36

This April 19, 2015 photo provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff shows a stranded Sea Lion pup in the back of a Mendocino County Sheriff's patrol car. Authorities in Northern California rescued the sea lion pup that waddled about a quarter-mile from the ocean. Mendocino County sheriff's deputies patrolling Highway 1, south of Fort Bragg, spotted the animal moving slowly in dark, dense fog on Sunday. They discovered the animal was a sea lion pup weighing about 20 pounds with a tag attached to its front flipper (Mendocino County Sheriff via AP)FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) — A healthy sea lion pup that was returned to the sea by deputies after waddling a quarter-mile onshore seemed to be staying in the waves on Wednesday — at least for now, officers said.


After 4 decades as fugitive, ailing man turns himself in

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:35

This undated photo provided by North Carolina Department Of Public Safety shows Clarence David Moore. Frail and tired of leading a secret life, Moore called the sheriff’s office Monday, April 20, 2015, and told a deputy he had been on the lam since the 1970s. According to authorities, Moore had escaped from custody three times, the last in 1976 in Henderson County, N.C. He had been sentenced in 1967 for two counts of larceny greater than $200. The sheriff said Moore had been living in Frankfort since at least 2009. (AP Photo/North Carolina Department Of Public Safety)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Frail and tired of leading a secret life for four decades, 66-year-old Clarence David Moore called police this week to surrender. The deputy who answered thought it was a prank. It wasn't.


CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:35

In this 2012 photo provided by Bethany Hahn is a flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. Midwestern states are struggling to contain a virulent strain of bird flu that has doomed millions of turkeys and chickens since March. (Bethany Hahn via AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.


Detroit-area police chief quits after officer is charged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:30
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area police chief has resigned, two days after one of her officers was charged with assault in the bloody beating of a motorist.

New Jersey grandma gets 55 years for killing husband, keeping remains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:28
By William Sokolic MAYS LANDING, N.J. (Reuters) - A judge compared a New Jersey grandmother to gangster Al Capone on Wednesday and sentenced her to 55 years in prison for stabbing and dismembering her husband and then keeping his remains for years. Convicted murderer Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 63, who prosecutors said carried "two Tupperware containers" of her butchered husband's remains through two home moves before being caught, will essentially serve the life sentence requested by the prosecution. Before sentencing her in New Jersey Superior Court, Judge Michael Donio admonished Burroughs for her callousness, noting she left on a family vacation the day after the 2007 murder. "There's been nothing as brutal since Al Capone ordered the St. Valentine's Day Massacre," said the judge, referring to the bloody 1929 gangster killings that allowed Capone to take control of organized crime in Chicago.

Homeowner found dead after Bucks County fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:28

Homeowner found dead after Bucks County fireOfficials say a homeowner who was unaccounted after a fire in Bucks County has been found dead inside the home.


School bus, medical transport van, and car collide in Mercer Co.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:25

School bus, medical transport van, and car collide in Mercer Co.A school bus, a medical transport van and a car collided in Hamilton, Mercer County on Wednesday, leaving several hurt, including three children.


Photo, video of Tsarnaev making obscene gesture released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:12
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev peered into the security camera in the corner of his jail cell, fussed with his hair while looking in the reflective glass, flashed a two-digit salute like a teenager taking a selfie and then defiantly put up his middle finger.

Connecticut fraternity says wanted to resist order to admit women

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:07
By Richard Weizel MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Reuters) - The president of an all-male fraternity locked in a legal fight with a Connecticut university over its no-women membership policy acknowledged in court on Wednesday that his group had been reluctant to admit women but had not ruled it out. Wesleyan University advised its Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity in September that as part of a new university policy requiring all campus groups to go co-ed, it must allow at least six women to live in its on-campus houses within three years. It later told DKE members that they had to move out by the end of the current academic year because they had not made enough progress to admit women. The fraternity filed a lawsuit against the school in February in Middletown Superior Court, contending Wesleyan discriminated against its 32 members and seeking to stop the eviction.

Four decades after jail escape, inmate to return to North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:55
After almost four decades on the run, an escaped North Carolina prison inmate is back behind bars in Kentucky, having turned himself in over medical issues, authorities said on Wednesday. Clarence David Moore, 66, called the sheriff's department earlier this week in Franklin County, Kentucky, where he had been living under an alias for years, Sheriff Pat Melton said. Moore had been convicted on larceny charges, according to North Carolina prison records. He is expected to return to the North Carolina state prison system in the coming days, where a parole commission will review his case to determine what happens next, said a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.