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Human remains found in NE Philly yard, 1 in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:35

Human remains found in Frankford yard, 1 in custodyPolice say one person is in custody after human remains were found in the backyard of a home in Northeast Philadelphia.


Head of New York Dominican Day Parade ousted after improprieties found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:34
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of New York City's Dominican Day Parade was ousted from his post on Tuesday after an investigation found he mismanaged the finances and operation of the popular yearly procession, the state attorney general said. Nelson Peña, who oversaw the parade for two decades, failed to keep proper records, had no functioning boards of directors and did not file annual financial reports required of nonprofits by law, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Started in 1982 as a small celebration, New York's Dominican Day Parade now draws more than a half-million revelers each August in what is believed to be the country's largest parade celebrating Dominican identity and culture. "Whatever nonprofit organization is responsible for its operation must be properly constituted, comply with New York law, and be accountable and transparent," Schneiderman said.

US to slow Afghan troops withdrawal

BBC World News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:33
The US will keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan throughout 2015, delaying plans for withdrawal, the White House has said.
Categories: BBC World News

Pike Place Market: Seattle OKs $34M for more stalls, parking

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:31
The Seattle City Council will provide $34 million for a $73 million Pike Place Market expansion project, it was decided Monday.

Mediator to lead talks following Washington police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:30
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A federal mediator will travel to Washington state next week to begin talks between a police department and community groups outraged by the recent shooting of an unarmed Mexican man by officers.

First Images of Debris From Plane Crash in French Alps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:30
An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed in southern France with 150 people aboard, the airline confirmed.

Three arrested as Chicago protesters demand police reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:29
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three people were arrested on Tuesday at a protest at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office demanding reforms to the nation's second-largest police department, including an end to what protesters consider excessive use of "stop and frisk" searches. A group of about 100 protesters, which included several clergy members, chanted "black lives matter," sang "We Shall Overcome," and lay down in front of the mayor's City Hall office until staff agreed to meet with some of them. The protesters cited an American Civil Liberties Union report issued Monday showing that black Chicagoans were subjected to 72 percent of all police stops, yet constitute just 32 percent of the city's population, the report said. The ACLU issued the report at a time of increased scrutiny of policing practices and nationwide protests over the shooting and choke-hold deaths of unarmed African-American men.

UN thwarts Russia over gay rights

BBC World News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:26
The United Nations votes to extend staff benefits to same-sex couples working for the UN, defeating Russian-led opposition to the measure.
Categories: BBC World News

Short circuit delays LHC restart

BBC World News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:24
The restart of the Large Hadron Collider hits a delay, after a short circuit is detected in one of its powerful electromagnets.
Categories: BBC World News

In Reversal, Boston 2024 Wants a Vote on the Olympics

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:20
The group trying to bring the Games to Boston said on Tuesday that it now supported a statewide referendum on the proposal and that it would drop the bid if the measure failed.

Airfares stay high, thanks to mergers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:16
Oil prices have dropped more than 50 percent in the last year, but that hasn’t translated into lower fares. Lack of competition, thanks to mergers, is to blame, says columnist.

Connecticut home of Sandy Hook school shooter is demolished

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:09

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012, file photo, a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Conn., the Colonial-style house where she had lived with her son Adam Lanza. Newtown Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob said Tuesday, March 24, 2015, that the building was torn down on Monday. Nancy Lanza was killed there by her son before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, where he killed 20 first-graders and six educators. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut home of the man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school has been demolished, Newtown officials said Tuesday.


Trial set for videographer arrested covering Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:03

Freelance journalist Mary Moore poses for a portrait before entering Ferguson Municipal Court Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Moore was charged with municipal violations after an arrest on Oct. 3., while covering a demonstration outside Ferguson police headquarters. The St. Louis-based videographer said she wants her reputation, and her criminal record, cleared. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A video journalist arrested while covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was fatally shot last summer plans to fight the charges at trial.


U.S. Joint Chiefs drafting military cyber standards: arms tester

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:03
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief U.S. weapons tester said on Tuesday he was working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to draft military requirements to address widespread cyber vulnerabilities in nearly every arms program and military command. An announcement is expected soon from the Joint Chiefs, who oversee and set requirements for all military weapons purchases, said Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation. Gilmore said the office of Navy Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has made "a lot of progress" on developing a "sensible and measurable" joint military requirement for cybersecurity.

Former Alamo managers sue Texas in battle over archives

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:01
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The private heritage group that managed the Alamo, the site of the famed 1836 battle for Texas independence, has sued the state over what it says is an illegal attempt to take over some 38,000 rare books, letters, and artifacts it owns. The lawsuit filed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), which had run the San Antonio site for more than century before being dismissed by the Texas Land Office earlier this month, claims the office "unilaterally declared" the state is the rightful owner of the valuable collection. "The DRT, indeed all Texans, deserve better treatment," the group said in its lawsuit filed on Monday in a Bexar County court. Land Office spokeswoman Brittany Eck said the office "does not comment on pending litigation." The suit comes as state and city officials look to revamp the downtown plaza where the structure's famed facade has become one of the most recognizable and most visited items in the state.

VIDEO: Obama smells smoke at Science Fair

BBC World News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:59
The smell of something burning at the White House Science Fair gave President Barack Obama the chance to joke with students about the War of 1812.
Categories: BBC World News

Reptile roundup: Arrest warrant leads to reptile seizure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:54

In an undated photo provided by the New Castle County (Del.) Police Department, authorities remove a monitor lizard from an apartment in Wilmington, Del. Delaware authorities say the search for a woman on probation with several outstanding warrants, turned up drugs, guns and 17 dangerous reptiles. Authorities say they arrested three people, 25-five-year-old Jennifer Chadwick, 32-year-old Antonio Graves and 28-year-old Jerimiah Feaster, in a filthy New Castle County apartment Friday, March 20, 2015. All three face gun and drug charges, as well as charges of endangering a 3-year-old found in the apartment. Authorities removed 16 monitor lizards and a boa constrictor from the apartment. The lizards, which are not legal to own, were described by local zoo officials as extremely dangerous, especially around children. The apartment was condemned and deemed unfit for habitation. (AP Photo/New Castle County (Del.) Police Department)NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Delaware authorities say the search for a woman on probation with several outstanding warrants turned up drugs, guns and 17 dangerous reptiles.


Appeals court hears arguments over license for orca 'Lolita'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:43
MIAMI (AP) — Animal rights groups that want a captive killer whale removed from Miami Seaquarium asked federal appeals judges Tuesday to send their lawsuit against the tourist attraction and the U.S. Department of Agriculture back to a U.S. district court.

Rock School star Lil' Chris dies

BBC World News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:42
Lil' Chris, who launched a singing career after he found fame on Channel 4 reality show Rock School, has died.
Categories: BBC World News

White Pass - 3/24/2015 9:52:59 AM

White Pass Report - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:42
White Pass US12
3/24/2015 9:52:59 AM

Temperature: 31 °F

Restrictions Eastbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Restrictions Westbound:
Traction Tires Advised, Oversize Vehicles Prohibited.

Conditions:
Roadway bare and wet, snow and slush in places

Weather:
Snow showers