WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ National News National News en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:04:32 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Prison time for forced labor http://www.wbrz.com/news/prison-time-for-forced-labor/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/prison-time-for-forced-labor/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 5:51:45 PM Michael Marsh YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO- A woman who lured a mentally disabled mother and her child into captivity and forced labor got nearly four-years in prison.

A federal judge sentenced 22-year-old Dezerah Silsby after she made a plea deal when she was charged with threatening the woman, beating her and making her do housework.

Two others were found guilty at trial and a fourth also pleaded guilty and got a five-year sentence.

Silsby claims she was threatened by the others and feared having her child taken away.


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Manufacturing bright for economy http://www.wbrz.com/news/manufacturing-bright-for-economy/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/manufacturing-bright-for-economy/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 5:45:42 PM Michael Marsh Manufacturing bright for economy

NEW YORK- It looks like big companies are finally starting to spend and that could mean a stronger economy and more jobs.

General Electric, Honeywell and Caterpillar make equipment other companies need to buy to grow and those three have posted good results and tell investors orders for more goods are strong.

Economists say that's a sign businesses are confident enough to invest and hire because they see the economy is strong enough to support growth.


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NCAA board endorses more power for big schools http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-board-endorses-more-power-for-big-schools/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-board-endorses-more-power-for-big-schools/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:58:00 PM NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

INDIANAPOLIS- The NCAA's board of directors endorsed a proposal Thursday giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization.

The changes would allow the wealthiest schools to adopt some legislation on their own, including provisions for money beyond what current scholarships cover, up to the full cost-of-attendance, expanded insurance coverage and money to help families travel to NCAA tournaments.

The proposal would affect the 65 schools in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.

NCAA President Mark Emmert supports the move. A formal vote is expected in August.

If passed then, the transition could begin this fall.

The board also approved allowing schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to athletes.


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Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members http://www.wbrz.com/news/amazon-launches-grocery-service-for-prime-members/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/amazon-launches-grocery-service-for-prime-members/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:46:52 PM Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members

NEW YORK- Amazon is taking aim at grocery stores and discounters like Wal-Mart with a grocery service that lets its Prime loyalty club members fill up to a 45-pound box with groceries and get it shipped for a flat rate of $5.99.

The mega online retailer says the service, called Prime Pantry, will offer Prime users an expanded selection of items that they usually pick up in grocery stores, in addition to larger in-bulk groceries more commonly ordered online, at competitive prices.

Some items now available are single boxes of Cheerios, a six-pack of Bounty paper towels and Coca-Cola fridge packs.

Amazon has been bulking up services for its Prime membership program since it increased the annual membership price to $99 from $79 in March to help offset rising shipping costs.


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Controversial gun law signed in Ga. http://www.wbrz.com/news/controversial-gun-law-signed-in-ga-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/controversial-gun-law-signed-in-ga-/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 4:56:36 AM Christina A. Cassidy Controversial gun law signed in Ga.

ELLIJAY, GA - Under a law just signed by Georgia's governor, people with a license can carry a gun into bars, some government buildings and places of worship if religious leaders say it's OK.

A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered to watch Wednesday's bill signing by Gov. Nathan Deal with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse.

Also under the law passed this session, school districts would now be able, if they choose, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions.


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FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes http://www.wbrz.com/news/fda-proposes-first-regulations-for-e-cigarettes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fda-proposes-first-regulations-for-e-cigarettes/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 4:49:25 AM Michael Felberbaum FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government wants to prohibit sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

The proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing industry.

The agency says the proposal sets a foundation for regulating the products but the rules don't immediately ban flavors of e-cigarettes, curb marketing and online sales, or set product standards.

Once finalized, the agency could propose additional restrictions on e-cigarettes. Officials didn't provide a timetable for that action.

The move comes as members of Congress and public health groups have raised concerns over e-cigarettes and questioned their marketing tactics.


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Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-opens-4-country-asia-pacific-trip-in-tokyo/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-opens-4-country-asia-pacific-trip-in-tokyo/ National News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 4:04:47 AM Darlene Superville Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN - President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming.

Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday night on an official state visit. He was headed straight for a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) before bilateral talks Thursday. Obama also will be the honored guest at a state dinner.

The situation in Eastern Europe remains tense days after the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the European Union signed an agreement calling on Moscow to use its influence to get pro-Russian forces to leave government buildings they have occupied in eastern Ukraine.

The West promises additional sanctions against Russia if that does not happen.

Obama will also visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.


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Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye' http://www.wbrz.com/news/michigan-man-among-1st-in-us-to-get-bionic-eye-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/michigan-man-among-1st-in-us-to-get-bionic-eye-/ National News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 4:00:04 AM Mike Householder Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

ANN ARBOR, MI - A few patients who have lost their sight due to a rare disorder are regaining some vision thanks to a procedure performed at the University of Michigan.

The Ann Arbor school's Kellogg Eye Center is the first such facility in the U.S. to implant an artificial retina since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed off on it last year.

Four such surgeries have been performed at Michigan. A fifth is scheduled for next month.

Patients get the "bionic eye" system. It includes a small video camera and transmitter mounted on a pair of glasses. Images from the camera are processed into electronic data that are wirelessly transmitted to electrodes implanted into the patient's retina.

The surgery gives those with retinitis pigmentosa the ability to see shadows and shapes.


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Jail time for coach in rape case http://www.wbrz.com/news/jail-time-for-coach-in-rape-case/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jail-time-for-coach-in-rape-case/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 5:20:32 PM Michael Marsh Jail time for coach in rape case

STEUBENVILLE, OHIO- A former volunteer assistant high school football coach got jail time in connection with the infamous Steubenville rape case where two players assaulted a girl at a party and posted the attack to social media.

Matthew Belardine got ten-days behind bars for serving alcohol to minors.

He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanors and was also ordered to serve 40 hours of community service and pay a one-thousand dollar fine.

Belardine hosted the party in 2012 the football players and a 16-year-old girl attended.

Ma'lik Richmond and Trenton Mays were found guilty of rape last year.


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Average airfare up a buck http://www.wbrz.com/news/average-airfare-up-a-buck/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/average-airfare-up-a-buck/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 5:14:05 PM Michael Marsh Average airfare up a buck

WASHINGTON- The average price of a domestic airfare was $1 higher last year than in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says the average fare for travel in the U.S. was about $301 with the highest fares in Huntsville, Alabama at $528 and the lowest in Long Beach, California at $249.

Taxes are included but not the extras, like checked baggage fees.

The figures mostly count round-trip tickets but about a quarter of them are one-way.


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Teen stows away in wheel well of Hawaii flight http://www.wbrz.com/news/teen-stows-away-in-wheel-well-of-hawaii-flight/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/teen-stows-away-in-wheel-well-of-hawaii-flight/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 2:35:36 PM Teen stows away in wheel well of Hawaii flight

HONOLULU - A teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of an airplane for a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii is resting at a Honolulu hospital.

Hawaii's Department of Human Services said in a statement Tuesday that child welfare services officials are continuing to work to ensure his safe return home.

The department didn't indicate when the 15-year-old would be going back to California.

American Medical Response air and ground ambulances flew him from Maui to Oahu and drove him to a Honolulu hospital Sunday evening.

American Medical Response Maui operations manager Curt Morimoto says the child was in very stable condition.

Officials say the boy was knocked out most of the 5 1/2-hour flight and didn't regain consciousness until an hour after the Hawaiian Airlines plane landed.


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Court may reject ban on campaign lies http://www.wbrz.com/news/court-may-reject-ban-on-campaign-lies/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/court-may-reject-ban-on-campaign-lies/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 1:21:19 PM Court may reject ban on campaign lies

WASHINGTON - Can a state make it illegal for politicians to lie about each other? The Supreme Court doesn't seem to think so.

Justices today were highly skeptical about an Ohio law that makes it illegal to recklessly make false statements about candidates seeking elective office.

Critics of the law say free speech means wide-open debate during campaigns -- including protection for negative speech that may sometimes twist the facts.

During oral arguments today, justices said even the prospect of being hauled in front of state officials to explain comments made in the heat of a campaign would have a chilling effect on speech.


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Police: Man "armed" with potato in robbery attempt http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-man-armed-with-potato-in-robbery-attempt/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-man-armed-with-potato-in-robbery-attempt/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:45:28 PM Police: Man

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Police say a man used a potato to pretend he had a gun while trying to rob a Rhode Island business.

The man entered a convenience store Monday with a potato and shouted: "Give me the money."

A police report says the store manager chased him off with a baseball bat.

Officers later went to a laundromat where an employee told them a man fitting the description came in carrying a potato and yelled: "I need the money."

The employee gave the man a $20 bill from a decoy cash register, and he left.


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Job market for college grads better but still weak http://www.wbrz.com/news/job-market-for-college-grads-better-but-still-weak/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/job-market-for-college-grads-better-but-still-weak/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 8:47:47 AM Job market for college grads better but still weak

WASHINGTON - The job market for new college graduates is brightening but remains weaker than before the Great Recession began.

The Labor Department reports that the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates - defined as those ages 20 to 29 who earned a four-year or advanced degree - was 10.9 percent. That was down from 13.3 percent in 2012 and was the lowest rate since 7.7 percent in 2007.

Female graduates fared better than men: 9 percent were unemployed as of October last year, compared with 13.7 percent of men. The economy has been generating jobs in many low-wage fields - such as retail and hotels - that disproportionately employ women.

Unemployment for recent grads was slightly above the overall 9.6 percent rate for Americans ages 20 to 29 in October.


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Sales of US existing homes slip to a 20-month low http://www.wbrz.com/news/sales-of-us-existing-homes-slip-to-a-20-month-low/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sales-of-us-existing-homes-slip-to-a-20-month-low/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 8:45:31 AM Sales of US existing homes slip to a 20-month low

WASHINGTON - Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers.

The National Association of Realtors says sales edged down 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million. It was the seventh drop in the past eight months.

Sales rose in the Northeast and Midwest, suggesting that cold winter weather did not slow sales. And the Realtors' group says the scant decline shows that sales are stabilizing and may strengthen in the coming months as the spring buying season picks up. Many Realtors report seeing more potential buyers at open houses.

Fewer homes for sale, higher mortgage rates and rising prices have contributed to lower sales since last summer.


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Court upholds traffic stop based on anonymous tip http://www.wbrz.com/news/court-upholds-traffic-stop-based-on-anonymous-tip/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/court-upholds-traffic-stop-based-on-anonymous-tip/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 8:40:49 AM Court upholds traffic stop based on anonymous tip

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says an anonymous tip can be sufficient to justify a decision by police to pull a car over on suspicion of reckless or drunken driving.

The justices voted 5-4 Tuesday to uphold a traffic stop in northern California in which officers subsequently found marijuana in the vehicle. The officers themselves did not see any evidence of reckless driving.

Justice Clarence Thomas said the tip phoned in to 911 that a Ford pickup truck had run the caller off the road was sufficiently reliable to allow for the traffic stop without violating the driver's constitutional rights.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the dissent in which he called Thomas' opinion "a freedom-destroying cocktail."


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Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-to-survey-deadly-washington-mudslide-damage/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-to-survey-deadly-washington-mudslide-damage/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 6:40:52 AM Darlene Superville Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans a brief visit to the Seattle area to survey damage from a mudslide that killed more than three dozen people.

Obama is making a brief stopover Tuesday while on his way to the Asia-Pacific region for a four-country visit.

He'll also visit with victims of the deadly March 22 disaster, emergency responders and recovery workers.

The mudslide killed at least 41 people and buried dozens of homes in the town of Oso, Wash., which is about an hour northeast of Seattle.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office has identified 39 victims. Two others remain unidentified and four names remain on a list of missing people.

Crews continue to dig through the wreckage in a search for bodies.


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ATF changes mind on just add water alcohol drink http://www.wbrz.com/news/atf-changes-mind-on-just-add-water-alcohol-drink/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/atf-changes-mind-on-just-add-water-alcohol-drink/ National News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 5:39:02 PM Michael Marsh ATF changes mind on just add water alcohol drink

NEW YORK- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms took back its approval of a powdered alcohol product where you just add water.

It's called "Palcohol" and it comes in a bag.

An email to the Associated Press says the agency changed its mind, that the approval last week was made in error.

Lipsmark makes "Palcohol" and says the problem is a discrepancy in the fill level of the powder in the bags. Lipsmark says it will reapply for approval.


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More time to charge mom http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-time-to-charge-mom/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-time-to-charge-mom/ National News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 5:33:22 PM Michael Marsh More time to charge mom

PROVO, UTAH- Prosecutors were granted more time to figure out what charges to file against a mom who confessed to killing six of her babies.

The bodies were stored in her garage.

Megan Huntsman is held on $6 million bail.

Investigators hope DNA testing will determine the sex of the babies and who the parents are but that could take months.

Her estranged husband discovered one of the infant bodies in the garage, which led to a search for more.


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Court orders drone attack info must be released http://www.wbrz.com/news/court-orders-drone-attack-info-must-be-released/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/court-orders-drone-attack-info-must-be-released/ National News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 9:52:54 AM Court orders drone attack info must be released

NEW YORK - A ruling in a federal appeals court says the Obama administration must release its legal justifications for killing U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas with drone attacks.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the decision. The case stems from a Freedom of Information Act request from two New York Times reporters and the American Civil Liberties Union.

They sought documents from the Department of Justice in 2011 where the highly classified "targeted killing" program was discussed. A drone strike in Yemen killed Anwar Al-Alwaki, an al-Qaida leader born in the United States.

A lower court judge had said she had no authority to order them disclosed.


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