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Race, reforms eyed as Ferguson, Missouri, voters head to polls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 01:26

The Three Things That Ferguson’s Elections Need to FixResidents in Ferguson, Missouri, cast their votes on Tuesday in a closely watched election seen as a critical step toward ending racially discriminatory practices that thrust the St. Louis suburb into the national spotlight last year. Eight candidates, including four African-Americans, are vying for three seats on the six-member City Council in Ferguson, where two-thirds of residents are black but the city's leadership has been long dominated by whites. Ferguson has about 21,000 residents. People are coming out, but the weather is not helping," said Patricia Bynes, a Democratic committeewoman for Ferguson Township who has been leading voter turnout efforts.


Water board: Californians saved less water in February than any other month with drought data

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 01:23
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water board: Californians saved less water in February than any other month with drought data.

New law tells states to seek 'normalcy' for foster children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 01:21
Not so long ago, if foster children in Florida wanted to spend the night at a friend's house, the parents hosting the sleepover faced a criminal background check. Taking the kids on an out-of-state vacation required official permission from a state agency.

Massachusetts governor gets head shaved to support charity

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 01:08

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker reacts as he gets a buzz cut during a fundraising drive at Granite Telecommunications in Quincy, Mass., Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Baker joined more than 500 company employees who shaved their heads to raise over $3.5 million for cancer research. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker got a sharp new short haircut on Tuesday that helped raise money for charity and met the approval of his wife.


Relatives: Man, 7 kids died from carbon monoxide poisoning

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:51

 Man, 7 kids died from carbon monoxide poisoningA man found dead with his seven children in a Maryland home where power was cut due to an outstanding bill had tried to keep the family warm with a generator, a relative said.


Detroit-area woman, 115, now listed as world's oldest person

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:50
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A 115-year-old Detroit-area woman now listed as the world's oldest living person still makes plans for a fishing trip each year and credits God for her longevity.

Sen. Rand Paul joining 2016 presidential campaign

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:42

Sen. Rand Paul joining 2016 presidential campaignSen. Rand Paul, a tea party favorite and frequent antagonist of leaders of his Republican Party, is ready to test how much change voters want, both for their government and for the GOP.


Aetna aims for LGBT community with targeted marketing test

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:41

FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 file photo shows signage in front of Aetna Inc.'s headquarters in in Hartford, Conn. Aetna is urging gay customers to "be proud" — and consider buying its coverage — as part of a new, narrow focus to selling health insurance in a business where the individual's buying decision matters more than it used to. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)Aetna is urging gay customers to "be proud" — and consider buying its coverage — as part of a new, narrow focus to selling health insurance in a business where the individual's buying decision matters more than it used to.


Generator found in Maryland home where eight died: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:39
The Maryland home in which eight family members were found dead this week had a power generator in it, police said on Tuesday, in an incident that local media have blamed on carbon monoxide poisoning. The family members, comprising Rodney Eric Todd and his seven children aged 6 to 16, were found dead on Monday in their home in Princess Anne, local police said in a statement. Princess Anne is a town of some 3,300 about 130 miles southeast of Baltimore. "The Princess Anne Police Department has confirmed that there was a generator located in the home, and there was no gas in the tank," the statement said.

US safety board: Oil train tank cars need urgent upgrades

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:06

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2015 file photo shows a crew member walking near the scene of a train derailment near Mount Carbon, W.Va. Tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted to make them more fire-resistant after a spate of explosive accidents in recent months revealed the shortcomings of industry-backed safety standards, U.S. officials said Monday, April 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Fuel-hauling tank cars need safety upgrades to keep fires from spreading after train derailments, and the public can't wait another decade for the improvements as the industry suggests, U.S. safety officials said.


Larry Flynt wins right to pursue Missouri execution records

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:04
A federal appeals court on Tuesday said Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, had a right to weigh in on two lawsuits challenging how Missouri conducts executions. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis said a lower court judge applied the wrong legal standard in finding that Flynt's "generalized interest" in the litigation did not justify his being allowed to pursue sealed court records. Eric Slusher, a spokesman for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, said that office was reviewing the decision. Flynt was seeking to intervene in two cases in which death row inmates are challenging the constitutionality of Missouri executions, including the protocol for administering drugs.

Arraignment delayed for ex-NFL star Darren Sharper in New Orleans rape case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:02

Former NFL star Darren Sharper appears at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los AngelesBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Disgraced former NFL star Darren Sharper, who last month pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape charges in three states, appeared on Tuesday in a New Orleans courtroom, where his arraignment on additional rape charges was delayed until June. Sharper, 39, last month pleaded guilty or no contest to charges in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of a series of plea bargains prosecutors have said will land him at least nine years in federal prison. Local prosecutors in New Orleans have said Sharper has reached a plea deal to settle the Louisiana case which, like the others, stems from allegations that he drugged women and then raped them. When the former football player appeared on Monday in federal court in New Orleans he entered a plea of not guilty to related charges of drugging women with intent to rape them, but that plea was a formality and could later be reversed, prosecutors said.


Man steals laptops, tablets from South Street business

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:55

Man steals laptops, tablets from South Street businessPolice in Center City are trying to track down the man who stole from a business on South Street.


Don McLean's 'American Pie' brings $1.2M at auction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:44

FILE - In this July 3, 2012 file photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, Don McLean performs at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. McLean’s original manuscript and notes to “American Pie” sold at auction Tuesday, April 7, 2015, for $1.2 million at Christie’s. (Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Darrin Bush, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to "American Pie" sold at auction Tuesday for $1.2 million.


Rutgers bans fraternity, sorority house parties for now

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:31

Rutgers bans fraternity, sorority house parties for nowRutgers University has banned house parties at fraternities and sororities for the rest of the spring semester after several alcohol-related problems this school year, including the death of one student.


700 Wisconsin employees to lose jobs when GeminiCares closes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:29
SLINGER, Wis. (AP) — A company that provides home and respite care to elderly and disabled people around Wisconsin plans to end operations next month and lay off its 700 employees.

Comeback! Duke dispatches Wisconsin to capture national title No. 5

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:24
Jahlil Okafor scored two big buckets late and his freshman buddy Tyus Jones hit a key 3-pointer to lift Duke to its fifth national title Monday night in a 68-63 comeback win over Wisconsin.

A look at the jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:19

A Boston police officer patrols with his dog outside federal court in Boston as closing arguments are underway in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Monday, April 6, 2015. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Here's a look at the 12 jurors deliberating in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:


Burger King to pay for the wedding of Mr. Burger, Ms. King

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:17
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Burger King is paying the expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of an Illinois couple with an interesting connection to the fast food restaurant chain. Joel Burger and Ashley King accepted the company's proposal Monday.

100-year-old New Jersey man apparently killed his wife with an ax, then killed self

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:14

100-year-old New Jersey man apparently killed his wife with an ax, then killed selfBergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says there was a "history of domestic issues" between Michael Juskin and his 88-year-old wife, Rosalia. But he said a motive for the attack remains under investigation.