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St. Louis County prosectuor: Charges filed against 20-year-old man in shootings of 2 officers

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 02:49
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County prosectuor: Charges filed against 20-year-old man in shootings of 2 officers.

Four San Francisco police probed for hate speech: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 02:47
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four members of the San Francisco Police Department are under investigation for allegedly sending racist and homophobic text messages and all of them have been on the force for more than a decade, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Sunday. The news comes in the wake of reports of racially charged policing that targeted black residents of the St Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri and a members of an Oklahoma fraternity singing a racist song that have raised attention on racial tensions in the United States. ...

GE sells 'down-under' finance business in $6.3 billion deal

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 02:39
General Electric is selling another segment of its financial business, transferring its GE Capital consumer-lending operation in Australia and New Zealand to a group of investors in a deal valued at roughly $6.3 billion.

List of fraternity and sorority incidents involving race

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 02:16

In this March 10, 2015, photo, University of Oklahoma President David Boren talks with the media before the start of a Board of Regents meeting in Oklahoma City. Many colleges are clamping down on campus fraternities after their reputations are sullied by race-tainted incidents. Even with a school’s sometimes swift and hard action, episodes such as the racist chants by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma still surface. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The University of Oklahoma recently banned the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and expelled two students after members were caught on video doing a racist chant. Some examples of fraternity and sorority chapters that have gotten into trouble because of racist-tinged events:

Robert Durst, subject of HBO series, arrested on murder charges

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 02:12

Robert Durst, subject of HBO series, arrested on murder chargesRobert Durst, the subject of the HBO series "The Jinx" about his suspected involvement in three murders, has been arrested in New Orleans.

Four Americans arrive in Nebraska to be monitored for Ebola virus

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 01:56
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Four Americans who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have arrived in the United States and are being observed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the hospital said on Sunday. The individuals arrived on Saturday and are being housed on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus in Omaha, where medical personnel will monitor them for 21 days for any Ebola symptoms, hospital spokesman Taylor Wilson said. A U.S. healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola while in Sierra Leone arrived at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland on Friday and was in serious condition, the NIH said. The people under observation in Nebraska are among at least 10 Americans flown to the United States by non-commercial air transport who may have been exposed to the unidentified Ebola patient in Sierra Leone or had a similar exposure to the virus as the patient.

Running death trial could hinge on 1 word from 911 recording

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 01:37

Joyce Hardin Garrard walks to the Etowah County Judicial Building from the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Ala. Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Garrard is on trial for capital murder in the death of her 9-year-old granddaughter Savannah Hardin. Prosecutors say Garrard forced her granddaughter to run sprints as punishment for telling a lie about eating candy bars from a school fundraiser. (AP Photo/, Frank Couch) MAGS OUTGADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — One word on a 911 recording could help decide the fate of an Alabama woman accused of making her granddaughter run until she died.

New York real estate baron Durst arrested on LA murder warrant

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 01:24

Robert Durst is pictured in this booking photoRobert Durst, scion of one of New York's largest real estate empires, has been arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant issued by Los Angeles County, the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office said. Durst, born in 1943, is known for life twists that led him to be questioned but not charged in the mysterious deaths of his first wife Kathleen Durst in 1982 and a longtime friend in 2000. The New York Times reported last week that the district attorney in Los Angeles had recently reopened an investigation into the December 2000 killing of Durst's friend Susan Berman, and was tying it to the case of Kathleen Durst, who went missing from New York and was eventually pronounced legally dead.

Health issues could end four-time Iditarod winner's career

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 01:09

Musher Lance Mackey shows his hands at the Tanana, Alaska checkpoint on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Mackey suffers from poor circulation in his hands and feet and is using battery-powered gloves in this year's Iditarod race. (AP Photo/Alaska Dispatch News, Loren Holmes)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — He beat cancer, but the treatment cost him most of his teeth. He can't feel his fingers because of another disease. It feels like his fingernails are being pushed off his body.

Chattanooga woman fights city over open records

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 00:50
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A citizen-versus-city battle is being waged in Chattanooga by an open government activist who is challenging the process involved in giving tax breaks to private companies seeking to build or expand operations in the city.

2 arrested in Chester shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 00:34

2 arrested in Chester shootingTwo people are in custody after a man was shot in the head in Chester.

NYC's plan for prayer break in pre-K classes raises concerns

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 00:24
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's ambitious plan to expand public pre-kindergarten for all 4 year-olds depends in part on the participation of Jewish, Christian and Muslim schools, under a proposal that would permit religious instruction and prayers during midday breaks.

5 indicted in deaths tied to human trafficking ring

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 00:23
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Five New Jersey men have been indicted in connection with two slayings linked to a statewide human trafficking ring, including that of one man who authorities say was operating a rival brothel.

US Reform Jewish rabbis install 1st openly lesbian leader

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 00:11

In this March 12, 2015 photo, Rabbi Denise Eger poses at Congregation Kol Ami, a Reform synagogue with gay and lesbian outreach programs, in West Hollywood, Calif. As a rabbinic student in 1980s New York City, Eger quietly started a group for fellow gay and lesbian students. The Reform Jewish movement has traveled a long road toward recognizing and embracing same-sex relationships. That journey has led this week to Philadelphia, where Eger will be installed Monday, March 16, 2015 as the first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of Reform Judaism. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)NEW YORK (AP) — As a rabbinic student in 1980s New York, Denise Eger lived away from other seminarians. She quietly started a group for fellow gay and lesbian students, but held the meetings in another borough. By the time of her ordination, she wasn't formally out, but her sexuality was known, and no one would hire her. Later, she took the only job offered, with a synagogue formed expressly as a religious refuge for gays.

Maine fire officials: Homeowner threatened them

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 00:06
THORNDIKE, Maine (AP) — Maine fire officials say a man was hospitalized after he threatened firefighters and tried to prevent them from putting out a fire in a shed behind his Thorndike home.

Ohio River crests at highest level since '97, hazards remain

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 23:58

James Fancher, Jr., of New Richmond, walks in a park Saturday, March, 14, 2015, on Front Street in New Richmond, Ohio, where a gauge measures the Ohio River level. Flood stage is 52 feet. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Patrick Reddy)CINCINNATI (AP) — The Ohio River crested Sunday at its highest level in two decades, leaving riverside residents relieved but cautious as forecasters warned that flooding problems will linger much of the week ahead.

Boyd Theater demolition begins in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 22:34

Boyd Theater demolition begins in Center CityDemolition work began this weekend on the historic Boyd Theater in Center City.

Fight over Keystone XL project doesn't stall pipeline boom

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 22:27

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2015 file photo, some of the 60 rigs that are drilling surrounding McKenzie County, 40 percent of the rigs statewide, work in western North Dakota. The recent surge in oil production, from roughly 5 million barrels a day in 2008 to 8.9 million barrels in 2014, has led to more than 11,600 miles of crude oil pipeline being added to the domestic oil network, increasing the size by almost a quarter. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a far corner of North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, 84,000 barrels of crude oil per day recently began flowing through a new line that connects the state's sprawling oilfields to an oil hub in Wyoming.

Ohio River spills banks, flood warning for Cincinnati

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:16
(Reuters) - Melting snow and rain caused the Ohio River to spill its banks over the weekend, cutting off roads and flooding homes in the southern part of Ohio. The National Weather Service, which has issued a flood warning for the Cincinnati area, said the river is expected to crest on Sunday at 57.8 feet and be above its 52-foot flood stage at least through Thursday. No deaths or major injuries have been reported. "There have only been a handful of evacuations," said Jay Carey, branch chief with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. ...

10 Americans Possibly Exposed to Ebola Returning to US

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 21:11
None of the 10 Americans are sick with the deadly disease, the CDC said.