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The North Carolina ‘bathroom bill’ HB2 explained

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:20
North Carolina has been drawing national attention for new legislation that blocks cities and local governments from passing antidiscrimination measures that could protect gay and transgender people. Here’s a closer look at how this law, which is seen as a major step backwards for LGBT rights, came to be.

Trump urged to be more serious as Wisconsin contest looms

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 08:44
Donald Trump is facing pressure to adopt a more serious tone in his U.S. presidential campaign from Republicans worried that a string of missteps may do him lasting damage in remaining state-by-state contests needed to clinch the nomination. Tuesday could be a turning point in Wisconsin where Trump’s leading rival, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, leads in opinion polls ahead of the state’s primary. A Cruz win would make it harder for Trump to reach the magic number of 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the Republican national convention in July.

Police ID gunman at Virginia bus terminal as Illinois man

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 08:30
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A 34-year-old Illinois man fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a busy bus terminal before the gunman was killed by other troopers, authorities said Friday.

CIA reviews K-9 training after leaving explosive material on a Virginia school bus

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 08:26

The CIA announced that it is reviewing its K-9 program after accidentally leaving “explosive training material” aboard a school bus.


Don't get fooled! A guide to the Internet's best and worst April Fools' Day pranks

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:19
Today is April 1, meaning that anyone navigating the World Wide Web today must do so even more skeptically than usual. To help our readers avoid getting duped, Yahoo News has compiled some of the trickiest, funniest and most embarrassing April Fools' Day pranks on the Internet.

WHO says new case of Ebola confirmed in Liberia

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 06:57

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia, the World Health Organization said Friday, a setback for the country which had been declared free from Ebola transmissions in January.


Cruz celebrates April Fools’ with Trump ‘rickroll’

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 06:37

Sen. Ted Cruz is no stranger to popular culture and it looks like he’s never gonna give up trolling Donald Trump, as visitors to his site today learned.


Trump senior adviser: ‘We’ve always assumed that we would lose Wisconsin’

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 06:31
On Friday, April 1, Donald Trump’s senior campaign advisor Barry Bennett joins Yahoo Finance Anchor Alexis Christoforous on Yahoo News Live to discuss the campaign’s road ahead. The Trump campaign stumbled this week when the candidate made controversial comments on women, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with misdemeanor battery, and Trump trailed rival Ted Cruz in Wisconsin polling, where voters will make their choice on April 5th.

Tornadoes hit 3 southern states as storm heads to Carolinas

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 00:59

ATLANTA (AP) — Tornadoes swirled through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as the severe storms head toward the Carolinas.


Tesla unveils $35,000-Model 3 with range of 215 miles

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 00:17

Tesla Motors gave a sneak preview Thursday of its Model 3 sedan, saying more than 130,000 people had ordered the car, even though it is more than a year away from production. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled a prototype of the Model 3 in Hawthorne, California outside Los Angeles to hundreds of Tesla owners and the media, saying the vehicle will go into production in 2017 at a starting price of $35,000. Tesla shares have jumped in recent days in anticipation of the Model 3 launch.


U.S., Japan, South Korea warn North Korea over 'provocations'

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 00:15
By Jeff Mason and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama joined South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, vowing to ramp up pressure on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear and missile tests. Meeting on the sidelines of a global nuclear security summit in Washington, the three leaders recommitted their countries to each others' defense and warned they could take further steps to counter threats from Pyongyang. Obama held separate talks with President Xi Jinping of China, the closest North Korea has to an ally, and said they both wanted to see "full implementation" of the latest United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang.

U.S., Japan, South Korea warn North Korea over 'provocations'

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 00:10

By Jeff Mason and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama joined South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday, vowing to ramp up pressure on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear and missile tests. Meeting on the sidelines of a global nuclear security summit in Washington, the three leaders recommitted their countries to each others' defense and warned they could take further steps to counter threats from Pyongyang. Obama held separate talks with President Xi Jinping of China, the closest North Korea has to an ally, and said they both wanted to see "full implementation" of the latest United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang.


Police: Trooper, suspect die in bus station shooting; 2 hurt

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 17:13

A gunman fatally shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were also shot but ...


As Trump stumbles with women, Cruz turns to a new weapon: His mom

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 17:06

Eleanor Darragh, Sen. Ted Cruz’s mother, speaks during an campaign event with her son, his wife, Heidi (center left) and Carly Fiorina Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin. In speech after speech, the Texas senator and Republican presidential hopeful has recounted for audiences the story of how his father fought for freedom in Cuba before escaping to the United States to embrace the American dream. Rafael Cruz’s biography has been the emotional and inspirational bedrock of son’s bid for the White House, and as such, he has been one of the senator’s busiest and most recognizable campaign surrogates.


Veteran Miami officer named police chief in Ferguson

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 14:19

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A veteran Miami police officer with two decades of experience dealing with the media and community leaders will take over as police chief in Ferguson, hoping to help the St. Louis suburb heal as it rebounds after the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown.


California lawmakers approve hiking minimum wage to $15

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 14:04

A plan to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 passed both houses of the state legislature on Thursday, putting the state on track to become the first in the nation to commit to such a large pay hike for the working poor. The measure, incorporating a deal Governor Jerry Brown reached with labor leaders and progressive Democrats in the Legislature, was approved in the state Senate Thursday afternoon after winning approval earlier in the day in the Assembly, and now goes to Brown for his signature. "If you work full time, your family shouldn't live in poverty," Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Southern California Democrat, said in support of the bill to raise the state's minimum wage from its current level of $10 per hour.


Gunman dead, state trooper in grave condition from shooting at Richmond, Va., bus station

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:32
Two people, including a state trooper and suspected gunman, are dead following a shooting at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond, Va., on Thursday.

Bill Clinton says Bernie Sanders has a ‘right to stay in’ the Democratic primary

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:08

Some critics argue Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., should bow out of the Democratic presidential primary as his chance of defeating Hillary Clinton becomes increasingly slim. However, Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, does not think Sanders needs to give up.


Donald Trump has surprise sitdown with RNC

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 10:52

Donald Trump visited the headquarters of the Republican National Committee in Washington D.C. on Thursday afternoon. Both Trump campaign and the RNC did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Yahoo News about the meeting. Shortly after Trump launched his presidential campaign in June with a series of controversial comments about Mexican immigrants, Priebus reportedly urged Trump to “tone it down” in a phone call.


Paris suspect Abdeslam 'wants to cooperate', fresh raid in Belgium

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 05:45
Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam wants to cooperate with French authorities once he is extradited from Belgium, his lawyer said Thursday, as Belgian police carried out a raid linked to a foiled French terror plot. Soldiers and police could be seen taking part in the operation near a busy motorway in Courtrai in northwestern Belgium, the latest in a series of raids since the Paris and Brussels terror attacks exposed a tangled web of cross-border jihadist cells. The sole surviving suspect of the November 13 Paris attacks in which 130 people were killed, Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Brussels on March 18 after four months on the run.

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