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Prosecutors want guilty plea hearing for WVa exec in spill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 03:00
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors want a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the top executive charged in a massive chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply last year.

Sanders proposes $15 minimum wage, sets up Clinton contrast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:59

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters after speaking to federal contract workers at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, to push for a raise to the minimum wage to $15 an hour. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is pressing Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton to support a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour as he pushes legislation to boost pay.


IKEA offers repairs for dressers after two children die

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:58

Trollies are seen outside an IKEA store in Wembley, north LondonIKEA North America is offering repairs for 27 million chests of drawers after two children were killed when the dressers tipped over on them, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday. The Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, company, a unit of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA AB, is making available free wall-anchoring kits for its MALM three- and four-drawer chests, two styles of six-drawer MALM chests, and for other chests of drawers and dressers, the commission said in a statement. "The chests and dressers can pose a tipover hazard if not securely anchored to the wall," the statement said.


Official: Dozens of federal charges for accused shooter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:58

Dylann Roof appears at a court hearing in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, July 16, 2015. A judge ruled Thursday that Roof, accused of killing nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June, will stand trial in July, 2016. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP, Pool)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man accused of slaying nine black church members in Charleston last month has been indicted on dozens of federal charges, according to a federal law enforcement official.


Trains resume service into New York after power problems

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:55
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For the third day in a row, Amtrak power problems on Wednesday delayed thousands of commuters from getting to and from New York City.

New president seeks unity within oldest Latino rights group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:52
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The newly elected president of the nation's largest and oldest Latino civil rights group says he hopes to end years of infighting with a call for unity to better serve the interests of the nation's 54 million Hispanics.

Poll: US views of Francis dim; a plunge in approval ratings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:20
NEW YORK (AP) — Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis' approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

LaGuardia, JFK workers suspend plans to strike Wednesday: union

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:09
(Reuters) - Command Security Corp employees who work at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport have suspended plans to strike on Wednesday, the 32BJ SEIU service workers union said.

What Police Are Saying About Sandra Bland Dash-Cam Anomalies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 02:07
The dash-cam footage is due to be re-released to address video issues.

Mega Millions ticket worth $153M sold in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:59

Mega Millions ticket worth $153M sold in PennsylvaniaOne very lucky Mega Millions ticket-holder is now a multi-millionaire.


Official: Church shooting suspect to face hate crime charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:58
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man accused of slaying nine black church members in Charleston will be indicted on a federal hate crime charge on Wednesday, according to an official close to the case.

Susan Smith tells paper she never planned to kill sons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:55

FILE - In this July 27, 1995 file photo, Susan Smith is escorted into the Union County Courthouse in Union, S.C. Smith sentenced to life in prison for killing her two young sons never planned to kill them and instead intended to end her own life, according to a letter she wrote to The State, a Columbia, S.C., newspaper, reported Wednesday, July 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Lou Krasky, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina mother sentenced to life in prison for killing her two young sons never planned to kill them and instead intended to end her own life, according to a letter she wrote to a Columbia newspaper.


Appeals court permanently blocks North Dakota 'heartbeat' abortion ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:54
The court upheld a U.S. District Court judge's decision that blocked the 2013 law before it took effect, finding that it must follow U.S. Supreme Court precedent, which holds that states may not prohibit pre-viability abortions. The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals judges also said there were "good reasons" for the Supreme Court to reevaluate its jurisprudence, citing medical and scientific advances that show the concept of viability is subject to change. A legislative sponsor of the North Dakota law had said that 40 years of medical advancements should not be ignored, while opponents said a ban at six weeks would take effect before many women would know they were pregnant.

Senate GOP adds Dodd-Frank rewrite to $21B funding bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are trying to use a must-do spending bill to advance legislation significantly revising a landmark law that tightened regulation of the financial services industry after the 2008 financial crisis.

Florida man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol rejects plea deals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:52

Douglas Hughes talks to reporters outside of courthouse in WashingtonA Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds has rejected two plea deals and said on Wednesday his trial would be a forum on the need for campaign finance reform. Douglas Hughes, 61, a former mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, said he expected two trials from his illegal flight - one in U.S. District Court and a second in public opinion as he fights lobbyists' influence in the U.S. capital. Hughes' lawyer, assistant federal public defender Tony Miles, said during a status hearing before District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly that Hughes had rejected a formal plea offer that would have put him in prison for 10 to 16 months.


Ex-sheriff's deputy indicted after child severely burned in raid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:50
A federal grand jury in Georgia on Wednesday indicted a former sheriff’s deputy involved in a drug raid that left a 19-month-old child severely burned from a flash bang grenade explosion. The indictment charges former Habersham County deputy Nikki Autry, 29, with providing false information to a judge in order to obtain a search warrant for the raid, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Georgia said.

Burn victim recovering, happy to have love sent his way

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:46
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man recovering in Taiwan after being severely burned in an explosion at a water park there last month says he's grateful for all the get-well wishes.

Dems, GOP senators push cyber bill for Homeland after breach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is pushing to strengthen the authority of the Homeland Security Department to thwart cyberattacks on government networks and websites after a massive government data breach.

UN official distracted from child sexual abuse case resigns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:43
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. rights official who admitted not following up for months on allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic has resigned.

FBI says still not known if Tennessee shooting suspect was radicalized

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 01:42

Military planes do a fly-over during a vigil for Marine Lance Cpl. Squire K. "Skip" Wells, one of the five military servicemen slain last week in Chattanooga in a domestic terror attack, at Sprayberry High School in MariettaThe FBI still has not determined whether the suspect in the fatal shootings of five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee last week was radicalized in the run-up to the rampage, the special agent in charge of the investigation said on Wednesday. "At this time, we’re treating him as a homegrown violent extremist," Reinhold said.