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GOP 2016 hopefuls Graham, Pataki to speak at breakfast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:49
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham will speak before hundreds of business leaders at Nashua's annual Wild Irish Breakfast in return trips to New Hampshire as they both consider presidential bids.

NYC tour bus firms agree to $7.5 million anti-trust settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:33
Two New York City tour bus companies have agreed to pay $7.5 million and forfeit about 50 stops, including highly prized locations in Manhattan, to settle an anti-trust lawsuit brought by state and federal prosecutors, officials said on Monday. Coach USA Inc, City Sights LLC and their joint venture, Twin America LLC, which was created by the two former rivals in 2009, were accused of monopolizing the market, the U.S. Justice Department and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. "The largest operators of New York City's iconic double-decker tour buses were able to raise prices and deprive city visitors of the benefits of a free and fair market," Schneiderman said in the statement. Coach USA and City Sights both run open-topped, double-decker buses that ferry tourists around the city, but will have to give up stops at Times Square, the Empire State Building and elsewhere under the settlement, the statement said.

Twenty-four hour Missouri standoff ends, police find three dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:12
(Reuters) - A 24-hour standoff at a Missouri apartment complex ended on Monday evening, when police broke into the home and found the dead bodies of a man and two of his children, officials said. The Springfield Police Department said in a statement that officers breached the apartment door and found 51-year-old William Williams, who appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the bodies of his daughter and son, aged 2 and 4-years-old. A police spokeswoman could not be immediately reached to provide details.

Detroit nonprofit hires homeless to make coats/sleeping bags

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 13:23

In a Tuesday, March 3, 2015 photo, Veronika Scott of The Empowerment Plan Detroit, helps Todd Frank test wear one of her sleeping bag coats she designed, in Pontiac, Mich. Scott, a former design student is trying to help the homeless population in two distinct ways by employing and training homeless women to manufacture a garment that serves as both a coat and a sleeping bag. The coats then are distributed back to homeless people at no cost to them. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Veronika Scott simply wanted to get an "A'' on her product design project. And she did — with an idea that has changed her life and those of countless others. Now, the coat she created that can transform into a sleeping bag is providing warmth to homeless people and jobs for many who used to be so themselves.


Family of mentally ill black man killed by Dallas police release video: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 13:20
(Reuters) - The family of a mentally ill African-American man who was shot dead by Dallas police last summer has released footage from an officer's body camera that recorded the incident, the Dallas Morning News reported on Monday. The footage, released by the family of 38-year-old Jason Harrison and their attorney Geoff Henley and published by the Morning News, shows officers responding to the home of Harrison's mother the morning of June 14, 2014. Harrison's mother had called for help to take him to a local hospital as he was in a mental crisis, suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, the Morning News reported. Dallas Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Jose Garcia said the case was forwarded to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, the Morning News reported, adding that an attorney for the officers said they feared for their lives.

2 police officers injured in gunfire in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:45
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police questioned three people and more suspects were being sought Monday after a shooting that left two officers with minor injuries in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

Removing U.S. oil ban would create jobs beyond drilling: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:09

Mody Torres and Josh Anderson of Select Energy Services connect hoses between a pipeline and water tanks at a Hess fracking site near WillistonLifting a 40-year-old U.S. ban on crude exports would create a wide range of jobs in the oil drilling supply chain and broader economy even in states that produce little or no oil, according to a report released on Tuesday. Only 10 percent of the jobs would be created in actual oil production, while 30 percent would come from the supply chain, and 60 percent would come from the broader economy, the report said. The supply chain jobs would be created in industries that support drilling, such as oil field trucks, construction, information technology and rail. "The jobs story extends across the supply chain, right across the United States," said Daniel Yergin, a vice chairman at IHS and an oil historian.


Police describe battling marathon bombers in escape attempt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:03

In this April 20, 2013 file photo, investigators work near the boat in Watertown, Mass., where the previous night police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, after a car chase and gun battle earlier in the day left his older brother dead. The prosecution presented as evidence Tuesday, March 10, 2015, during Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial, photos of the handwritten note found inside the boat where he was captured four days after the bombings. (AP Photo/Katie Zezima, File)BOSTON (AP) — Three police officers on Monday described an onslaught of gunfire and bombs thrown during a violent confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombers days after the deadly attack and one suspect's furious escape in a stolen car that ended with him dragging his brother's body through the street.


Durst heir faces murder charge after documentary broadcast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:53

File photo of real estate heir Durst appears in a criminal courtroom for his trial on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family, in New YorkNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert Durst couldn't explain away similarities between his handwriting and a letter he said "only the killer could have written" that alerted police to his friend's shooting 15 years ago.


Elevated park, 4 other Philadelphia projects get funding

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:41

Elevated park, 4 other Philadelphia projects get fundingThe tracks have been silent and the weeds have been growing for three decades, but a plan to transform a rusty elevated railway into a verdant escape on the edge of Philadelphia's downtown is starting to take shape.


2 sought in fatal West Philadelphia shooting of teenager

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:39

2 sought in fatal West Philadelphia shooting of teenagerTwo men are being sought in connection with a deadly shooting in West Philadelphia.


Real estate heir Robert Durst faces murder charge after broadcast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:33

Real estate heir Robert Durst faces murder charge after broadcastRobert Durst couldn't explain away the similarities between his handwriting and a letter he said "only the killer could have written" that alerted police to his friend's shooting 15 years ago.


Crews battle house fire on Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:30

Crews battle house fire on Roosevelt BoulevardFirefighters battled a one alarm fire in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia.


2 Temple football players facing assault charges surrender

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:28

2 Temple football players facing assault charges surrenderTwo members of Temple University's football team surrendered to Philadelphia police Monday night to face assault charges.


Two Californians sentenced in plot to kill U.S. troops: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:23
(Reuters) - Two California men accused of training to carry out attacks on U.S. military bases and personnel in Afghanistan were sentenced to federal prison on Monday, the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper reported. Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and Arifeen David Gojali was sentenced to five, the Press-Enterprise said. Vidriales and Gojali, both 24, also face a decade of supervised release after their sentences, the Press-Enterprise said. Two other men, Sohiel Omar Kabir and Ralph Deleon, had previously been convicted in connection with the plot.

Man charged with homicide, victim's daughter charged with evidence tampering

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:23

Man charged with homicide, victim's daughter charged with evidence tamperingPolice say a man is charged with stabbing a Lehigh County woman to death and the victim's daughter is also facing charges in connection to the crime.


Thousands of snow geese fall dead from sky in Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:14
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Avian cholera is suspected in the deaths of at least 2,000 snow geese that fell dead from the sky in Idaho while migrating to nesting grounds on the northern coast of Alaska, wildlife managers said Monday. Dozens of Idaho Department of Fish and Game workers and volunteers at the weekend retrieved and incinerated carcasses of snow geese found near bodies of water and a wildlife management area in the eastern part of the state, said agency spokesman Gregg Losinski. Avian cholera is believed to be the culprit in the deaths mostly because of the way the birds died, he said.

Company says government contract over after prison riot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:05
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) — A private company that operated a South Texas prison where an inmate riot left the facility uninhabitable says its contract with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons has been canceled.

FedEx plane lands safely at Philadelphia International Airport after reports of smoke

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:55

FedEx plane lands safely at Philadelphia International Airport after reports of smokeA FedEx cargo plane landed safely at Philadelphia International Airport after reports of smoke onboard.


Los Angeles police officer charged with immigrant smuggling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:32
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer has been charged with smuggling a Mexican man into the country in the trunk of an SUV.