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Islamic State kills U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:58

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter testifies on operations against the Islamic State on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Phil Stewart and Andrea Shalal STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Islamic State militants killed a U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq on Tuesday after blasting through Kurdish defenses and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months, officials said. The elite serviceman was the third American to be killed in direct combat since a U.S.-led coalition launched a campaign in 2014 to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State and is a measure of its deepening involvement in the conflict. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the dead serviceman was a Navy SEAL.


Good Samaritan killed trying to help wounded Texas woman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:57

This undated photo provided by the Arlington Police Department shows Ricci Bradden. The Army private shot and wounded his wife outside a Dallas-area store Monday, May 2, 2016, and then gunned down a father of three who grabbed his own gun and tried to make a citizen's arrest, authorities said. (Arlington Police Department via AP) MANDATORY CREDITARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A young soldier shot and wounded his wife outside a Dallas-area store and then gunned down a father of three who grabbed his own gun and tried to make a citizen's arrest, authorities say.


Target faces backlash on stance on transgender bathrooms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:57

FILE - This Monday, Aug. 11, 2015, file photo, shows a Target store in Miami. Consumer backlash is growing against Target’s stance on what type of bathrooms its transgender customers and employees can use. In April 2016, the Minneapolis-based discounter issued a statement that said customers and employees can use the restroom or fitting room that “corresponds to their gender identity.” The move made Target the first major retailer to take such a prominent position on the issue, and won praise from supporters of transgender rights. But Target’s position also sparked criticism on social media that hasn’t let up. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer backlash is growing against Target's stance on what type of bathrooms its transgender customers and employees can use.


Body washes ashore in New York with feet coated in concrete

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:55
NEW YORK (AP) — Police are trying to identify the body of a man who washed ashore in New York City with his arms tied around his back and his feet submerged in concrete.

New York City to pay U.S. $4.3 million in Medicare fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:54
New York City agreed to pay the U.S. government $4.3 million to settle a civil fraud lawsuit accusing the city's fire department of accepting tens of thousands of improper Medicare reimbursements for emergency ambulance services. The accord signed on Tuesday resolves claims that the city cheated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services out of millions of dollars from October 2008 to October 2012 by submitting claims for services that were not medically necessary, violating the federal False Claims Act. According to court papers, part of the problem may have been linked to the New York City Fire Department's ("FDNY") ambulance billing contractor.

Va. school board appeals transgender restroom ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:50
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board has asked the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a panel's ruling that a transgender teen must be allowed to use the boys' restroom at school.

New York art collector to pay $7M to settle tax evasion case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:45
NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent art collector and real estate developer has agreed to pay $7 million to settle allegations he failed to pay taxes on about $80 million worth of art, the state attorney general said Tuesday.

Alleged Texas shooter knocked murder victim's gun from his hands: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:34

Ricci Bradden, a U.S. Army private who has been charged with murder in the killing of Anthony Antell, is picturedRicci Bradden, 22, a U.S. Army private stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, has been charged with murder in the Monday killing of Anthony Antell, 35, a gym owner who had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bradden said he knocked Antell's gun from his hand and then shot him, a police report said. Before that, Bradden is suspected of shooting his wife, 22-year-old Quinisha Johnson, a Walgreens employee, in the store's parking lot.


Bangladesh blogger seeks US help as threats escalate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:17

Bangladeshi blogger and social activist Ashif Entaz Rabi stands outside the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. When Rabi hosted a TV talk show about a slaying of a publisher by Islamic extremists, he faced a torrent of threatening phone calls. He says young men with earpieces started loitering outside his workplace, and a militant website urged followers to "send this Ashif to Allah." (AP Photo/Dan Huff)WASHINGTON (AP) — When Bangladeshi blogger and social activist Ashif Entaz Rabi hosted a TV talk show about a slaying of a publisher by Islamic extremists, he faced a torrent of threatening phone calls. He says young men with earpieces started loitering outside his workplace, and a militant website urged followers to "send this Ashif to Allah."


Group: Courthouse flooded by Katrina still houses evidence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:17
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina flooded the New Orleans courthouse's ground floor and destroyed evidence in thousands of criminal cases, evidence is still being stored there — and a watchdog group said Tuesday that a less-vulnerable storage space is needed.

Jimmy Carter's cancer treatment inspires new Georgia law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:16
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor has signed a bill inspired by former President Jimmy Carter's cancer treatment.

Markets Right Now: US stocks end lower; energy, banks sink

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:11

A man walks past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, May 2, 2016. Asian stock markets fell Monday as investors displayed their disappointment over the lack of further stimulus from Japan's central bank. The surge in the Japanese yen and a bleak outcome from a monthly factory managers' survey did little to lighten the gloom. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on global financial markets (all times local):


Bill allowing guns on Tennessee campuses becomes law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:08

Tennessee Republican Governor Haslam listening during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in WashingtonBy Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Educators and other full-time staffers at Tennessee's public state universities and colleges will soon be able to carry handguns on campus after Governor Bill Haslam allowed a bill to become law on Monday without his signature. The law, which affects 50 state institutions, was opposed by both the State Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee system. Gun control on college campuses is a growing focus in the national debate over access to guns.


Body pulled from river was woman who abandoned baby in NY

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:08
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who was charged with abandoning her baby in a Manhattan subway station in 2014 has been found dead in the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

Attorney: Prosecutors dropping marijuana dispensary case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:07
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop a nearly four-year effort to seize the property of a California medical marijuana dispensary billed as the nation's largest, the dispensary's attorney said Tuesday.

Parents sue over lead in water at New Jersey city's schools

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:07
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Parents have filed a federal lawsuit against New Jersey's largest school district over lead found in drinking water.

Man arrested after toddler stabbed to death in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 04:06

Los Angeles police investigate a stabbing at a house in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Donald Gray is suspected of stabbing his live-in girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter in their home, killing the little girl and critically wounding her mother, who was five months pregnant, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man is suspected of stabbing his live-in girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter in their home, killing the little girl and critically wounding her mother, who was five months pregnant, authorities said Tuesday.


Cal State teachers OK tentative pact with 10.5 percent hikes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:59
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union representing nearly 30,000 teachers in the nation's largest public university system said Tuesday that its rank-and-file members have overwhelmingly approved a new, three-year contract that grants raises totaling 10.5 percent over the next 14 months.

Corporate earnings keep falling, but there are signs of life

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:56

FILE - In this Thursday, April 28, 2016, file photo, trader David O'Day works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. companies are on track for their third straight decline in quarterly earnings, the worst streak since the financial crisis, a result of low oil prices and weak economic growth. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Are we there yet? It's another weak quarter on Wall Street, but there are some signs corporate America will come out of its recent funk.


Feds: Poor maintenance led to fatal DC subway fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:56

A photograph of smoke is displayed as members of a safety oversight group deliver a presentation on the probable cause of the Jan. 12, 2015 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrorail accident near the L'Enfant Plaza during a National Transportation Safety Board meeting in Washington, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — A fire that caused a Washington subway train to fill with smoke inside a downtown tunnel last year, killing one passenger and sickening dozens, can be traced to poor maintenance and ineffective inspection practices by the city's beleaguered transit authority, federal investigators said Tuesday.