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Teacher found hanged in Southern California high school classroom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:19
A teacher was found hanged to death in a Southern California high school classroom when students arrived on Monday, police and fire officials said, in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide. Jillian Jacobson, a 31-year-old photography teacher, was found by students in a classroom at El Dorado High School in Placentia, about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Los Angeles, said Lieutenant Eric Point of the Placentia Police Department. He said that Jacobson, who was married, did not leave a suicide note in the classroom. Jacobson was found hanging in the classroom when students who arrived for Monday morning classes found the door locked and asked a teacher to let them in, according to police and fire officials.

Cleveland mayor apologizes for city response to Tamir Rice lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:18
(Reuters) - Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson apologized on Monday to the family of a 12-year-old boy who city lawyers blamed in part for his own fatal shooting by police responding to a report of an armed person in a park last November. The language used in the city's response to a lawsuit brought by the family of Tamir Rice was "very insensitive" and an amended court document will be filed within 20 days that preserves the city's rights, Jackson told a news conference. The court filing asserted as a defense for the city that Rice's "injuries, losses, and damages complained of, were directly and proximately caused by the failure of plaintiffs' decedent to exercise due care to avoid injury." Jackson said he was apologizing to Rice's family and to the city's residents for what he said was a poor choice of words in the city's response filed on Friday to the family's lawsuit. An attorney for the Rice family, Benjamin Crump, on Monday criticized the city's response to the federal lawsuit.

Google, Facebook update contrasting plans to connect world

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:17

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a press conference at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook want more people online, searching around and clicking on ads. And they are finding new ways to make it happen — from selling smartphone data plans, to using solar-powered drone aircraft as floating cell towers to partnering with telecom providers in the developing world to get people hooked on apps.

PHOTOS: Steel plant fire in Upper Moreland

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:16

 Steel plant fire in Upper MorelandA massive fire erupted at a steel plant in Upper Moreland, Pa. on Monday.

Ex-superintendent charged in Atlanta cheating scandal dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:15

FILE - In this Friday, May 3, 2013, file photo, former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall stands as her attorney presents a motion at the Fulton County Superior Court hearing for several dozen Atlanta Public Schools educators facing charges alleging a conspiracy of cheating on the CRCT standardized tests in Atlanta. Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools charged in what prosecutors had called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died, her attorney said Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent charged in what prosecutors called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died without being tried in the case that shocked the school system and reverberated nationwide.

Parole board: No clemency for Ga. woman nearing execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:12

FILE -In this Tuesday, July 6, 2004, file photo, Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia's death row, peers through the slot in her cell door as a guard brings her a cup of ice at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Gissendaner's lawyers, on Monday, March 2, 2015, asked the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison. Gissendaner, 46, is set for execution at 7 p.m. (0200 GMT) at the state prison. Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 stabbing death of her husband. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bita Honarvar, File)JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles says it is standing by its decision to deny clemency to a woman set to be executed Monday evening.

Watchdog: 2 Syrian chemical weapons facilities destroyed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:12
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog said in a new report that it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities and expects the destruction of all 12 facilities to be completed this summer.

Amish jailed in beard-cutting attacks win lower sentences

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:10

In this Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet Sr. stands in the front yard of his home in Bergholz, Ohio. Sixteen members of a breakaway Amish community from eastern Ohio are scheduled to be resentenced in Cleveland after a federal appellate court overturned their hate crime convictions. The resentencing Monday, March, 2, 2015, is needed because the original sentences for the 16 didn’t distinguish between their hate crimes convictions and convictions on other charges related to the forced cutting of beards and hair of seven people. All were members of other Ohio Amish communities. Eight of the 16 already have served their sentences and can’t be returned to prison. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge reduced the prison sentences Monday for the leader of a breakaway Amish group and seven followers after their hate-crime convictions were thrown out in their hair- and beard-chopping attacks against fellow members of the faith.

Man accused of al-Qaida plot tells US jury he's no terrorist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:10
NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man who's acting as his own attorney at a U.S. terror trial told a jury in closing arguments Monday that he was busy chasing women on the Internet at the time of his arrest — not plotting death and destruction at a busy British shopping mall.

Video shows fatal Los Angeles police shooting of homeless man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:09
By Steve Gorman and Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a homeless skid-row robbery suspect who grabbed at an officer's gun during a scuffle as they tried to subdue him in a confrontation captured on video, police said on Monday. The man, known by the street name Africa, had been living for weeks in a tent outside the Union Rescue Mission building where Sunday's shooting occurred and had a history of violent, erratic behavior, the mission's director said. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck identified the man as a robbery suspect who fought with officers when they tried to take him into custody, then kept resisting as they tried to subdue him with a stun gun. Bystander video of the incident shows the man swinging his arms wildly at a group of policemen before he is knocked to the pavement, and four officers struggle to restrain him.

NASA spacecraft making first visit to dwarf planet Ceres

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:00

This Feb. 19, 2015 image shows the swarf planet Ceres provided by NASA, taken by the agency's Dawn spacecraft from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). It shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin, seen at center of the image. Dawn is preparing to rendezvous with the largest object in the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter, scheduled to go into orbit Friday, March 7 after a three-year journey. Dawn is about 590 miles (950 kilometers) in diameter. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet.

21st-Century Span: Doubling Up on Long Johns and Gloves to Keep Tappan Zee Bridge Project Going

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:59
Even during a winter that feels historic in its unrelenting bite, work on the $3.9 billion replacement for the bridge is proceeding.

Albanian who challenged warrantless surveillance to face U.S. terror trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:58
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday set a July trial date for an Albanian man who had been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to a federal terrorism charge and mounted an unsuccessful challenge to the government's warrantless wiretapping program. Agron Hasbajrami, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, had pleaded guilty in 2012 to attempting to provide material support to terrorists by sending money to a Pakistani militant group. In October, Hasbajrami was allowed to withdraw his plea after the government disclosed it had monitored his communications without a warrant. The surveillance was authorized under a 2008 law that allows U.S. agencies to collect millions of communications between Americans and foreign citizens abroad who are intelligence targets.

The Appraisal: Having Fled His Homeland, an Artist Now Faces Eviction From His Home

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:56
About 4,000 pieces of Alexander Ney’s art must be removed from a Manhattan apartment by March 19, lest they appear not in galleries, but in the trash.

New chief to oversee DC fire dept. after Metro accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C.'s mayor has named a new fire chief to take control of a department roundly criticized for poor service, including its response to a fatal subway accident in January.

$4.8M in gold bars stolen in armored truck heist on highway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:56
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars.

Bits Blog: Mark Zuckerberg Goes on Charm Offensive for

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:53
The chief of Facebook outlined why he thinks, a service to provide people in emerging markets with free access to some online applications, would help telecommunications carriers persuade customers to spend more on streaming content to their cellphones.

Cleveland leaders apologize over blaming boy for own death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:52

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Samaria Rice, center, speaks about the investigation into the death of her son Tamir Rice, at a news conference with attorneys Walter Madison, left, and Benjamin Crump in Cleveland. The death of the12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police was the result of his own actions, and the city of Cleveland isn’t to blame, its lawyers said in response to a federal lawsuit by the family of the child. An officer responding to a call about someone with a firearm shot the boy on Nov. 22. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's mayor apologized on Monday after the city's lawyers suggested in court documents that a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police died as a result of his own actions.

Connecticut man found guilty of murdering 'Law & Order' actress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:50
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut drug dealer was found guilty on Monday of brutally murdering his former girlfriend in her home nine years ago, just as her acting career had gotten a boost from a role in the popular television drama "Law and Order." Matthew Pugh, 42, of Hamden, Connecticut, was convicted of the 2006 murder of Alexandra Ducsay, 26, by a jury of nine women and three men after three days of deliberations. While deliberating, the jury listened again to Pugh's own words on the witness stand, which may have sealed his fate, his attorney said. ...

White Pass - 3/2/2015 1:08:30 PM

White Pass Report - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:50
White Pass US12
3/2/2015 1:08:30 PM

Temperature: 38 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
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The roadway is bare and dry, wet in places.

Light snow