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Los Angeles police: 14 teens suspected of school sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:43
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fourteen teenagers are under investigation for a series of sexual assaults against two students at a Los Angeles high school, police said Friday.

Woman charged after running on San Francisco airport runway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:29
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman pleaded not guilty to trespassing charges after she got onto a runway at San Francisco International Airport with plans to stow away on a jet bound for Central America, prosecutors said Friday.

Beer at your door deliveries begin in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:29

Beer at your door deliveries begin in PennsylvaniaThis is the first weekend of what you could call a new era in Pennsylvania beer sales - specially licensed distributors can now legally deliver beer right to your door.

Pedestrian struck, gets pinned under car in Broomall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:20

Pedestrian struck, gets pinned under car in BroomallA pedestrian was struck by a car in Broomall, Delaware County.

Congressman says criminal probe opened into 2012 Fed leak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:04

Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) questions HUD Secretary Julian Castro during a hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Housing Administration" in WashingtonThe Federal Reserve's inspector general has reopened a 2012 case involving leaked information from the central bank and a criminal investigation is pending, according to a letter sent to the Fed by a U.S. Congressman. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling said the Fed's Office of Inspector General (OIG) reopened the case on March 4, according to the letter, which was sent to Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday.

Homeless man killed in garbage truck accident in Allentown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:01

Homeless man killed in garbage truck accident in AllentownOfficials say a homeless man has died after he got trapped in a garbage truck in Allentown.

Police: Man shoots family of 5, killing father, daughter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 11:01
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A man shot the owners of a house where he was living and their children Friday, killing the father and a 9-year-old daughter, and critically wounding the mother and two other children, police said.

California regulator seeks $1.6 billion penalty for deadly PG&E blast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:51

Investigators look at homes destroyed in explosion in San BrunoBy Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California’s chief utility regulator on Friday urged a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric stemming from its deadly 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline rupture and fire near San Francisco, a $200 million increase over an earlier proposal.     The newly proposed sum, sought by California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker, is an alternative to a $1.4 billion penalty recommended in September by administrative law judges for the agency. Moreover, we continue believe any penalty should directly benefit public safety,” said Keith Stephens, senior director of corporate relations.

Ferguson, Missouri, activists eye open-ended protests, national demands

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:46
By Richard Valdmanis and Nick Carey FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Inside a crumbling brick building in a poor St. Louis suburb, Montague Simmons eyes a whiteboard cluttered with ideas, working alongside his team of activists as they contemplate the next move in what they describe as the struggle for black rights in America.     Like other protest leaders in the St. Louis area, Simmons is determined to continue the near-daily demonstrations in Ferguson that have galvanized a national debate on race since the fatal shooting in August of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white policeman. The protests have rolled on for seven months - and took a violent turn Wednesday night with the shooting of two Ferguson policemen - despite growing fatigue among residents keen to resume some form of normal daily life.     "Some people are sick of it, sure," said Simmons, executive director of The Organization for Black Struggle.

Pennsylvania teacher survives being impaled by trailer hitch

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:23
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania school teacher who was left impaled for six hours by a trailer hitch that pierced her torso front to back in a traffic accident emerged in critical but stable condition on Friday from surgery to remove the metal rod, authorities said. Megan Adams, 28, of Lancaster, was driving alone on a country highway late Thursday night when her car ran off the road and plowed into the front end of a boat trailer left parked along the shoulder, police said. Despite the presence of houses nearby, nobody saw the accident occur, and one resident who later recounted hearing a loud noise did not investigate, according to Lieutenant Robin Weaver of the East Lampeter Township Police Department. More than 25 firefighters and medical personnel called to the scene worked to free Adams from the car, Captain Jeff Keens of the Lafayette Fire Company in Lancaster told Reuters.

Dallas police charge 17-year-old in shooting of Iraqi man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:18

This photo provided by the Dallas Police Department shows Nykerion Nealon. Police say Nealon has been charged in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi man as he took photos of his first snowfall. Maj. Jeff Cotner said Friday, March 13, 2015, that police do not believe Nealon knewAhmed Al-Jumaili, or his ethnicity. (AP Photo/Dallas Police Department)DALLAS (AP) — Police say a suspect arrested Friday in the killing of an Iraqi man taking photos of his first snowfall said he was looking for whoever shot at his girlfriend's home when he randomly came upon the victim and opened fire.

California grants 131,000 driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 09:35
California issued about 131,000 driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in January and February, the first two months since the state began granting the permits to people who are in the country illegally, officials said Friday. The most populous U.S. state joined nine others and the District of Columbia in granting licenses to drivers regardless of immigration status, a controversial move that marked a significant shift in policy toward immigrants in California. Between 2 million and 3 million unauthorized immigrants are believed to live in California, making them the nation's largest such population. Altogether, about 387,000 undocumented immigrants applied for licenses during the first two months of the program, the state said, but only 131,000 were granted them.

Man accused of stealing $1 million in vintage airplane parts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 09:00
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been accused of stealing more than $1 million worth of vintage airplane parts, including an item that was to be donated to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

At last, a theory about why Denver is a mile above sea level

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 08:41

A marker carved in one of the west steps of the State Capitol denotes the "one mile above sea level" elevation in Denver on Friday, March 13, 2015. In an article published in March 2015, geologists from the University of Colorado suggest chemical reactions triggered by water far below the Earth’s surface could have made part of the continental plate less dense. Because the plate floats on the Earth’s mantle, the lighter portion might have risen like an empty boat next to one with a heavy cargo _ lifting the vast High Plains far above sea level. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Geologists may finally be able to explain why Denver, the Mile High City, is a mile high: water.

Boy, 15, charged in toddler kidnapping caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 08:22

Washington Kidnapping AttemptDAVENPORT, Wash. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was charged Friday in juvenile court in the brief abduction of a young child in a small eastern Washington farm community — an incident that drew wide attention after it was caught on surveillance video.

Teen pleads not guilty to Washington state kidnapping caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 08:07
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 15-year-old Washington state boy pleaded not guilty on Friday to kidnapping a toddler from a city park and running off with the baby boy, pursued by the child's older siblings and two other youths, in an incident caught on video. The suspect, who has not been identified because he is a minor, appeared in Lincoln County juvenile court represented by a private attorney, a court official said.

Transit ads linking Nazism and Islam may soon run in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 08:06
An ad campaign featuring an image of Adolf Hitler and linking Islam to Nazism could soon appear on Philadelphia-area buses after a court ruling this week that forces the regional transit authority to accept the campaign. The ad's sponsor, political blogger Pamela Geller, said on Friday she was pleased by a ruling by Philadelphia District Court Judge Mitchell Goldberg that a rejection of the ads would violate her First Amendment right of free speech. Geller is the founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as an anti-Muslim hate group. The caption reads: “Adolf Hitler and his staunch ally, the leader of the Muslim world, Haj Amin al-Husseini.” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Geller may have a constitutional right to "be a bigot" but her "intolerance" was harmful.

Adult trial for Wisconsin girls in Slender Man stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 07:55

One of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man is led into a courtroom at the Waukesha County Courthouse in Waukesha, Wis. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Her attorney challenged a doctor's report that said she was competent to stand trial. A competency hearing was scheduled for Dec. 18, the same day as a competency hearing for the other girl accused in the case. (AP Photo/Waukesha Freeman, Charles Auer, Pool)WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two young Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please the horror character Slender Man must stand trial as adults for attempted homicide, a judge ruled Friday.

Cost-related access challenges, solutions in 18 states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 07:51
Some recent developments regarding the cost of seeking access to information:

SEPTA may appeal decision to allow controversial ads

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 07:46

SEPTA may appeal decision to allow controversial adsSEPTA has 30 days to appeal a federal judge's ruling that ordered Philadelphia's transit system to put controversial ads on its buses.