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Baltimore police riot response had major shortcomings: review

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:30

Protesters jump on a police car at a rally to protest the death of Freddie Gray who died following an arrest in BaltimoreBy Donna Owens BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore's police response to rioting in April showed major shortcomings, including a lack of planning, murky orders and flimsy protective gear, according to an independent review released on Monday. The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) think tank report, commissioned by Baltimore police, provides solutions to lapses during protests, arson and looting sparked by the April 19 death of a black man, Freddie Gray, who died from an injury sustained in police custody. "The overall report confirmed many of our own critiques" and the department had already begun to address areas of concern, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who was joined by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said at a news conference.

Dartmouth fraternity again being investigated for hazing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:28
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Dartmouth College fraternity put on probation three years ago for expecting pledges to drink saltwater and enter a kiddie pool filled with condiments is under investigation again for hazing.

Model rocket hits, kills man at California Boy Scouts event

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:28
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A spectator died after being hit in the face by a model rocket at a Boy Scouts event in the California desert.

Police: 17-year-old girl stabbed to death by step-cousin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:24
ACWORTH, Ga. (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old woman is accused of stabbing her 17-year-old step-cousin to death in suburban Atlanta.

CEO charged in West Virginia mine blast rests defense, calls no witnesses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:24
Defense lawyers for a former coal company executive charged in a deadly 2010 West Virginia mine explosion rested their case in federal court on Monday without calling a witness, media reports said. The move by defense lawyers for former Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship came after the prosecution finished presenting its case after seven weeks of testimony involving 27 witnesses, MetroNews and the Beckley Register-Herald reported. Blankenship faces three felony counts for allegedly ignoring hundreds of safety breaches at the Upper Big Branch Mine and conspiring to cover up violations.

Texas board may vote to let academics check school textbooks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:22

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2015, file photo, Roni Dean-Burren poses on the campus of the University oh Houston, in Houston. Dean-Burren asked publisher McGraw-Hill Education to change the text in a geography book that refers to slaves as "workers." Texas may vote this week on having outside experts check textbooks used in its public school classrooms for factual errors. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas education officials may vote this week to have outside experts check for factual errors in textbooks used in its public schools, a small but key concession that could soften longstanding ideological fights over how history, science and religion are taught across America's second-largest state.

City official: Infant bodies found were 'medical specimens'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:15
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia health official says two infant bodies found in a weed-filled lot appear to be medical specimens used for study.

AG Kathleen Kane warned by top deputies about need for changes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:01

AG Kathleen Kane warned by top deputies about need for changesFour top deputies to Attorney General Kathleen Kane warned her that she needed to make more changes while her law license is suspended.

NYC man gets 4 years in prison for divorce coercion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:57
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man who used threats of violence to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce was sentenced Monday to four years in prison, becoming the first of 10 defendants nabbed in an FBI sting to learn his fate.

Venezuela pair held by U.S. for drugs were 'kidnapped': official

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:55
Two men said to be relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held in the United States on cocaine smuggling charges were "kidnapped," a senior member of the ruling Socialist Party said on Monday. In the first direct comment on the case from a high-ranking Venezuelan official, National Assembly president and party No. 2 Diosdado Cabello also said it was an attempt by Washington to discredit the country's government right before a vote. Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 30, and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 29, were arrested in Haiti on Tuesday and flown to New York for indictment.

UN seeks troops for C. African Republic before pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:43
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain says U.N. Security Council members support a request to send hundreds more peacekeepers to Central African Republic as a visit by Pope Francis, and elections, are both set for the coming weeks.

Flint, Michigan residents sue city, state over tap water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:41
The federal lawsuit filed on Friday challenged Flint's April 2014 switch to water from the Flint River instead of Detroit's water system, after Gov. Rick Snyder had placed the city of about 99,000 people under emergency financial management. Snyder decided last month to switch Flint residents back to Detroit's water system.

Dueling portraits of Massachusetts teen charged in teacher's murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:38

Philip Chism stands during his arraignment for the death of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in Salem District Court in BostonBy Ted Siefer SALEM, Mass. (Reuters) - A Massachusetts prosecutor on Monday described a 16-year-old former high school student charged with murdering his math teacher as a remorseless killer, while his attorney portrayed him as mentally disturbed. The suspect, Philip Chism, is being tried as an adult in the murder of Colleen Ritzer, 24, who had been a popular teacher at Chism's high school in Danvers, Massachusetts, a town of 26,000 about 20 miles (32 km) north of Boston. "The defendant arrived at Danvers High School with a mask, a box cutter and a terrible purpose," said Kate McDougall, an Essex County prosecutor.

Obama rules out U.S. troops on ground to fight Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:31

U.S. President Obama addresses news conference following working session at G20 summit in AntalyaBy Matt Spetalnick BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - President Barack Obama ruled out a shift in strategy in the fight against Islamic State on Monday despite the deadly attacks in Paris, saying putting more U.S. troops on the ground as sought by his political critics "would be a mistake." Speaking after a G20 summit in Turkey, Obama described the attacks in France that killed 129 people as "a terrible and sickening setback" and vowed to redouble efforts to destroy Islamic State, even as the group threatened to strike Washington. Mindful of the difficulties that the United States had in controlling Iraq after its invasion in 2003, Obama is very reluctant to commit American ground forces to Middle East conflict zones.

Woman with chest pains airlifted from cruise off N. Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:24
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter has airlifted a woman from a cruise ship off North Carolina because of chest pains.

Georgia college on lockdown; woman shot nearby, police say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:20
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Officials say an Atlanta-area college is on lockdown after a woman was found fatally shot in an apartment nearby, and police are looking for her husband.

Fish rescued from river contaminated in Brazil dam bursts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:18
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Teams of biologists were working on Monday to rescue fish from a river that was contaminated after two dams at an iron ore mine breached earlier this month, unleashing a deadly wave of mud.

Cheltenham High School lockout due to concern about missing man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:13

Cheltenham High School lockout due to concern about missing manConcerns over the actions of a man who is now missing prompted a lockout of Cheltenham High School on Monday morning.

All-clear sounded after suspicious package prompts evacuation at Philadelphia District Attorney's office

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:01

All-clear sounded after suspicious package prompts evacuation at Philadelphia District Attorney's officeAuthorities have sounded the all-clear after a suspicious package prompted an evacuation at the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.

Report: Shortcomings in Baltimore police response to riot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 02:48
BALTIMORE (AP) — A new report says Baltimore police was underprepared and disorganized during the protests and rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray.