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In poor New York neighborhoods, residents ask: Where are the police?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:21

A NYPD patrol vehicle is seen near the Marcy Houses public housing development in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Emily Flitter and Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - On the sidewalk of a public housing development in Brooklyn, New York notorious for gang violence and drug activity, the words "Fascist pig, go home!" in black spray paint are fading but still legible. These are the Marcy Houses, 27 brick H-block buildings, each six stories high, that are home to nearly 4,300 people, many of whom are black or Latino. Until three weeks ago, they had been an ever-present, highly visible presence in Marcy Houses. Now, the police have all but disappeared, raising safety concerns among some residents while pleasing others who view the police strategy as oppressive.


Darwin Jones is the Sounders' fifth Homegrown Player

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:16
University of Washington senior Darwin Jones has been around Seattle Sounders his whole young career.

Movie chat rewind

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:16
Update: Here's the rewound chat, below. Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

UK businessman loses bid for retrial

BBC World News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:14
A Florida judge has rejected a bid for a new trial by a British businessman serving a life sentence for two murders in the 1980s.
Categories: BBC World News

French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:13

French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostagesWith explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris.


U.S. charges Connecticut teenager with running Ponzi scheme

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:13
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A Connecticut teenager has been indicted for allegedly running a nearly $500,000 Ponzi scheme in which he falsely promised high investment returns by reselling electronics online and promoting concerts in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Ian Parker Bick, 19, of Danbury, Connecticut, pleaded not guilty on Friday after being arrested earlier in the day at his home, U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said. ...

New York police commissioner confirms slowdown by officers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:12

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton speaks at a news conference at the police headquarters in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's police commissioner conceded on Friday that there had been a widespread work slowdown by officers in the four weeks since two policemen were shot dead in an ambush, although he suggested it was coming to an end. Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio had repeatedly said this week it was too soon to tell if a slowdown was underway, saying other factors may explain the drop in arrests and court summonses. ...


Saudis Begin Public Caning To Punish A Blogger

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:12
Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 blows, 10 years in prison and a fine for starting a website critical of the country’s religious establishment.

Expansive House G.O.P. Immigration Bill Slashes Obama’s Actions

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:11
The House plan went further than expected, not only trying to block President Obama’s recent executive actions, but also seeking to undo a protected status for young immigrants.

Massive, fiery pileup closes Michigan highway in storm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:11

People walk past an ice covered Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain, in frigid temperatures in Bryant Park in the Manhattan borough of New York CityBy Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A hazardous materials trailer caught fire and fireworks exploded in another fiery truck on Friday, as a massive fatal pileup of 150 vehicles in icy conditions shut down a major interstate in southern Michigan. At least one person died, 10 were injured and six cars and semi-trailers caught fire in the pile-up about 10 miles east of Kalamazoo, Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Rick Pazder told Reuters. Police briefly evacuated the area near the crash as formic acid burned in one of the trailers, Pazder said. ...


VIDEO: Moment police take warehouse roof

BBC World News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:10
Two brothers suspected of attacking the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday have been killed at a warehouse where they had held a hostage north of Paris.
Categories: BBC World News

Florida girl was alive when tossed from bridge by father, police say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:07

John Jonchuck Jr. is seen in an undated picture released by the St Petersburg Police Department in St Petersburg, FloridaBy Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A 5-year-old Florida girl was likely alive when her father dropped her 62 feet off a bridge into the choppy waters of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg police said on Friday. Phoebe Jonchuck, a kindergarten student, was found in the water about an hour and a half later and pronounced dead at a hospital early on Thursday. Her father, 25-year-old John Jonchuck, has been charged with murder. "Based on preliminary evidence, our investigators believe Phoebe was alive when Jonchuck dropped her from the bridge," St. Petersburg Police said in a statement. ...


Theater shooting prosecutors object to requested trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:06
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case are asking the judge to reject the latest defense request to delay the trial that's scheduled to start Jan. 20.

State seeking two-tier system for driver’s license, ID cards

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:04
Washington state officials are seeking to redesign the state’s driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to comply with tougher federal requirements for proof of U.S. residency for government-sanctioned identification.

California Governor Brown announces $113 billion budget for 2015-16

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:03

California Governor Brown gives his inaugural address with First Lady of California Anne Gust and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye at his historic fourth inauguration at the State Capitol in SacramentoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown on Friday released his 2015-16 state budget, calling for $113 billion in proposed general fund spending, up just 1.4 percent from the year before despite the state's substantial economic recovery. Brown, a fiscal moderate whose tight-fisted policies helped stabilize state finances, proposed modest increases in spending on public schools and for health and human services, but tightened the budget for some departments. "We have a carefully balanced budget - more precarious than I would like," Brown ...


Snow, wind close roads, schools; cap bitter week in Buffalo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:03
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lake-effect snow closed roads and schools in and around northern New York Friday, and police were investigating whether a man whose frozen body was found in Buffalo died from the frigid temperatures and below-zero wind chills.

Obama proposes publicly funded community colleges for all

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:02

President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn., about new initiatives to help more Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.


Farm stand-style honor system used for Pennsylvania heroin deals: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:01
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania teacher is due in court next week on charges he dealt heroin at a suburban home rented from a local police chief and used a farm stand-style honor system for buyers to pick up and pay for drugs left on the front porch. Charles Schaldenbrand, 44, a high school special education teacher, faces four felony drug charges for sales to an undercover informant working for the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics, according to the criminal complaint. ...

Coming up: Events beyond Seattle

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:01
Plan ahead with this roundup of regional festivals and celebrations.