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AP EXPLAINS: New England's struggle to get rid of the snow

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:10

Pedestrians walk single file through snow banks on a Beacon Street sidewalk in Boston, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Midway through an epic winter that's shattered records and buried Boston in more than 8 feet of snow, locals and outsiders alike could be forgiven for wondering why a world-class city that's accustomed to heavy snowfall — and prides itself on being a global center of technology and innovation — can't seem to dig out and move on. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — If it's just snow, why is New England having such a difficult time making it all go away?

Connecticut fraternity sues university over integration policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:10
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - An all-male fraternity at Wesleyan University in Connecticut has filed a lawsuit against the school, contending it discriminated against fraternity members by telling them they had to move out by this year because they had not admitted women members. The school's Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity had been told in September that it must allow at least six women to live in its on-campus houses within three years. The fraternity's attorney, Kathleen Eldergill, said on Friday the university's administration then changed its position, contending that the 32 members had to move out before the start of the next academic year. University officials said the fraternity, known by the nickname DKE, was not complying with its mandate to take steps to prepare to admit women.

Woman robbed inside apartment building in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:09

Woman robbed inside apartment building in West PhiladelphiaPolice are searching for three suspects who robbed a woman at gunpoint inside her apartment building in West Philadelphia.

U.S. Border Patrol testing body cameras on agents

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:08
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Border Patrol has been placing body cameras on its agents in the field as it tests whether the devices should be standard equipment, officials said on Friday. In September, U.S. Border Patrol said body cameras would be used in trial runs for its agents following allegations of abuse and use of excessive force. The tests with the body cameras are scheduled to run through mid-2015. A small number of agents in places such as airports, inland posts and sea ports who have volunteered for the study will wear cameras in the coming months in states including Texas, Florida, Washington and Michigan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

U.S. names special envoy to Colombian peace process

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:54
By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States named a special envoy to Colombian peace talks on Friday, responding to requests from both the Colombian government and leftists rebels for Washington to take a more active role in ending Latin America's longest-running war. U.S. President Barack Obama named Bernard "Bernie" Aronson, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for Inter-American Affairs from 1989 to 1993, to the role. "President Obama has come to the conclusion that while significant obstacles remain, a negotiated peace in Colombia is absolutely worth pursuing and absolutely worth assisting if we are able to," Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters. As a close ally of Colombia, the United States has "responsibility to do what it can in order to help Colombia to achieve that peace," Kerry said.

Texas AG: 'Legal chaos' if same-sex marriage not deemed void

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:52

Suzanne Bryant is overcome with joy as she shows off her wedding license certificate as she walks out the Travis County clerk's office with Sarah Goodfriend on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 Austin, Texas. Travis County spokeswoman Ginny Ballard said the marriage occurred Thursday, though it wasn't immediately clear if the license has legal standing. The marriage followed a state District Court order instructing that officials not rely on Texas' unconstitutional prohibitions on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ricardo B. Brazziell) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM; MAGS OUTAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Friday the state's gay marriage ban has been "needlessly cast in doubt" after a judge gave a lesbian Austin couple permission to tie the knot.

Philadelphia woman sentenced to life in beating death of 10-year-old stepdaugher

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:48

Philadelphia woman sentenced to life in beating death of 10-year-old stepdaughterA Philadelphia woman has been convicted of killing her 10-year-old stepdaughter and will now spend the rest of her life behind bars.

U.S. FDA knew devices spread fatal 'superbug' but does not order fix

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:46

People walk past the entrance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators have known since at least 2009 that the medical devices at the center of the "superbug" outbreak at UCLA can transmit lethal infections but have not recommended any new safety requirements, a lapse that threatens patient safety, experts in hospital-acquired infections said. The latest outbreak involving the reusable devices called duodenoscopes, which are inserted down the throat, may have exposed 179 patients at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles and contributed to two deaths. It is far from the first time medical investigators traced the sometimes-fatal spread of pathogens to the devices, which are manufactured by the medical units of Japanese companies Olympus Corp , Pentax and Fujifilm Holdings Corp .

US border agents wearing body cameras to test technology

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:45
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some U.S. border agents have started wearing body cameras in a test of the technology in the field, officials said on Friday.

Want a meal on 2 wheels? Utah may halt bikes in drive-thrus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:43
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hungry cyclists thinking of grabbing a quick taco or hamburger while cruising through Salt Lake City could soon find that Utah has restricted their two-wheeled meals.

Exclusive: Saving Hannah Anderson: the dramatic FBI rescue of kidnapped teenager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:42

 the dramatic FBI rescue of kidnapped teenagerIt was a murder, kidnapping and manhunt that riveted the nation in the summer of 2013, and now ABC News has obtained never-before-seen FBI surveillance video and photos of the rescue of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson.

Media appeals gag order ruling in Blankenship criminal case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:28
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — News outlets are appealing a judge's ruling over a gag order in ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's criminal case.

Jury may see butt-injecting defendant's self-enhancements

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:24

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. An aspiring rapper known as "the Black Madam," Windslowe is accused of killing a 20-year-old dancer from London during a procedure that involved silicone buttocks injections and Krazy Glue. Her third-degree murder trial is expected to start Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A hip-hop artist who has testified clients of her side gig call her the "Michelangelo of buttocks injections" may get to show off her own curves to the jury in her murder trial.

Prospective juror in Tsarnaev trial cites image of backpack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:22

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev have asked a judge three times to move his trial out of Massachusetts because of the emotional impact of the deadly attack. Three times, the judge has refused. On Thursday, Feb. 19, Tsarnaev’s defense team will ask a federal appeals court to take the decision out of the hands of O’Toole Jr. and order him to move the trial. They insist that Tsarnaev cannot find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts because too many people believe he’s guilty and many have personal connections to the marathon or the bombings. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — As a judge questioned prospective jurors Friday in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one woman described her struggle to try to push aside a haunting image she saw in the days after the deadly attack.

Big year for sturgeon spearing in eastern Wisconsin lakes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:19

 Matthew Kraus; Kaitlyn Windschitl and Logan Sikora register a sturgeon on opening day of sturgeon spearing in Winneconne, Wis. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)WINNECONNE, Wis. (AP) — Eastern Wisconsin lakes such as Lake Winnebago have lots of sturgeon this year.

'Frozen' Niagara Falls drawing tourists to winter spectacle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:07
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — An icy Niagara Falls drew a small but hardy stream of tourists Friday intent on witnessing the extraordinary crystalline spectacle, if only long enough to click some photos.

New York Governor Cuomo sets date for special congressional election

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:06

New York Governor Cuomo pauses as he speaks at news conference near site where Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro North Railroad commuter train had hit car near town of Valhalla, New YorkNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered a special election to be held in May to fill the seat vacated by a Staten Island congressman who pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion, hours before a deadline set by a federal judge. The election to replace former Rep. Michael Grimm is scheduled for May 5, according to an order issued by Cuomo's office. New York's 11th Congressional District includes the New York City borough of Staten Island and parts of the borough of Brooklyn. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn ordered Cuomo to set an election date by noon Friday in a lawsuit filed by district residents who said they had been disenfranchised by the vacancy.

Caterpillar staying put in Peoria, expanding headquarters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:03

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, and Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman, right, participates in the Caterpillar Inc. announcement that it is keeping its global headquarters in downtown Peoria, Ill., and expanding its corporate campus in what it called a re-commitment to the central Illinois city Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Peoria Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — After a two-year study that examined alternative locations, Caterpillar Inc. announced Friday that it will keep its global headquarters in Peoria and modernize its downtown complex in what it called a re-commitment to the city.

Seattle-area teens plead not guilty to attempted rape of classmate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:01
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Four Seattle-area teenage athletes pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of attempted rape stemming from an attack with a broom on a special needs student in a high school locker room in what authorities have described as an apparent hazing incident. A total of five teens, ages 14 and 15, have been charged in connection with the October incident at Juanita High School in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, the King County Prosecutor's Office said. The five teens, members of the freshman football team, are accused of luring the 17-year-old student to a shower room where they pulled down his pants and underwear and attempted to sodomize him with a broom handle, according to charging documents. Investigators said the assault appeared to be part of a hazing ritual, and the teens had exchanged text messages planning the attack on the older student, who is enrolled in the school's special needs education program.

Idaho homeowner shoots and wounds man who escaped jail through ceiling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:00
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - An Idaho homeowner shot and wounded an escaped inmate who had made his getaway by slithering across crawl space above the jail ceiling and then fleeing on foot through the facility's front door, authorities said on Friday. Roy Bieluch, 48, who had been incarcerated on felony charges tied to illegal weapons and drugs, had been at the center of an extensive manhunt in northern Idaho after his Tuesday escape from the Shoshone County Public Safety facility in the small mountain town of Wallace. A local homeowner, Brian Becker, found Bieluch on his property south of Wallace on Thursday evening.