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Navy Blue Angel slides off runway in Maine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:57
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A jet from the Navy's elite Blue Angels flight demonstration team skidded off a runway and got stuck in mud Thursday morning.

US hiring was likely solid for 10th straight month

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:31

In this Nov. 4, 2014 photo, Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration technology students, from left, Micahel Jennings, David Ellerby, Terry Foy and Roger Saunders, use a simulator in the classroom at the Cape Fear Community College downtown campus in Wilmington, N.C., The Labor Department releases employment data for November on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Star-News, Mike Spencer) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers are thought to have hired at another robust pace in November in the latest sign that the United States is outshining struggling economies throughout the developed world.


China defends Confucius Institute after new doubts in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:28
BEIJING (Reuters) - China defended its government-funded Confucius Institute programs on Friday after new questions were raised in the United States about their transparency and effect on academic freedom. China says its Confucius Institutes around the world are established by universities voluntarily, and that such centers promote Chinese-language learning and academic and cultural exchange. But the institutes have raised concerns that they threaten academic freedom, conduct surveillance of Chinese students abroad and promote the political aims of China's ruling Communist Party. ...

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:02
"A whole generation of officers will be trained in a new way." — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who outlined previously announced plans to teach police officers how to communicate better with people on the street.

Cameras worn by police are no panacea, experts say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:55

FILE-This Jan. 15, 2014 file photo a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body cameras during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. Officers in one of every six departments around the country are now patrolling with these tiny cameras on their chests, lapels or sunglasses, and that number is growing. Most civil libertarians support their expansion despite concerns about the development of policies governing their use and their impact on privacy. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police body cameras have become a rallying cry in the wake of racially charged decisions by grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, but experts caution that increased use of the devices may raise more questions than answers.


Rowland seeks leniency in campaign scam sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:54

FILE - In this Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, right, arrives with his family at federal court in New Haven, Conn. Attorneys for former Gov. John G. Rowland on Thursday Dec. 4, 2014 asked a judge for leniency when he is sentenced for scheming to hide work for political campaigns, citing his civic engagement and the unlikelihood that he would commit new crimes since he has no chance of returning to politics. Rowland, a twice-convicted felon, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Attorneys for former Gov. John G. Rowland on Thursday asked a judge for leniency when he is sentenced for scheming to hide work for political campaigns, citing his civic engagement and the unlikelihood that he would commit new crimes since he has no chance of returning to politics.


Cleveland cases deemed unreasonable use of force

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:51
Among the Cleveland police confrontations cited Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice as unreasonable or excessive use of force:

Justice Department findings on Cleveland police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:50
In a report Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department concluded Cleveland police officers too often violate people's civil rights because of inadequate training and a lack of supervision and accountability. Some of the findings:

US: Community policing key to Cleveland reform

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:49

U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news-conference before a roundtable meeting Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Cleveland. The US Justice Department issued a report Thursday that says Cleveland police officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often, are poorly trained in tactics and firearm use and place the public and their fellow officers in danger because of reckless behaviors. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — A commitment to community policing is one of the key reforms the U.S. Department of Justice expects from the Cleveland police after issuing a report that says officers too often use excessive force and violate people's civil rights.


Phoenix police shooting is latest to ignite outcry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 15:30
PHOENIX (AP) — The deadly shooting of a black, unarmed drug suspect by a white Phoenix police officer who mistook a pill bottle for a gun demonstrates the challenges law enforcement agencies face at a time of unrest over police tactics.

Police cases converge to stir national debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:36
NEW YORK (AP) — From the White House to the streets of some of America's biggest cities, the New York chokehold case converged with the Ferguson shooting and investigations out of South Carolina and Cleveland to stir a national conversation Thursday about racial justice and police use of force.

Couple cleared in daughter's death arrives in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:30

In this photo posted on the Twitter account of the David House Agency, Matthew Huang, top right, and his wife Grace, left, greet unidentified family members or friends upon their arrival in the United States, presumably in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The couple cleared in the death of their 8-year-old daughter reunited with family members following a legal battle that kept them in Qatar for nearly two years, including almost a year spent in jail. Matthew and Grace Huang arrived with smiles on their faces, according to The David House Agency, which represents them. "Mission accomplished. Matt and Grace are in Los Angeles. They have not stopped smiling," the agency tweeted. (AP Photo/David House Agency)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. couple cleared in the death of their 8-year-old daughter arrived home to Los Angeles on Thursday and reunited with family members following a legal battle that kept them in Qatar for nearly two years, including almost a year spent in jail.


Mistrial in Honolulu police chief mailbox theft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:59
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal trial involving a mailbox stolen from the home of the Honolulu police chief ended in a mistrial Thursday, soon after it got underway and provided glimpses into the chief's family squabbles and raised allegations about department misconduct.

Phoenix police officer shoots dead unarmed black man during scuffle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:43
By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - A Phoenix police officer shot to death an unarmed black man during a struggle and authorities said the officer believed the individual had a gun, in the latest fatal incident amid national turmoil over the policing of black communities. On Thursday night, some 200 demonstrators protested against the killing of 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon, marching to Phoenix police headquarters and blocking streets, broadcaster CBS5 reported. ...

German student's killing: Teens detail burglaries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 13:09
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Two teenagers testified Thursday that they had stolen items from the garage of a Montana man charged with killing a high school student in that very place weeks later, and one of the teens said that may have been one factor that led to the German exchange student's death.

Reaction to grand jury finding in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:58

A woman, right, yells at a New York City Police officer during a protest after it was announced that the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. A grand jury cleared the white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. A video shot by an onlooker and widely viewed on the Internet showed the 43-year-old Garner telling a group of police officers to leave him alone as they tried to arrest him. The city medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide and found that a chokehold contributed to it. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Reaction to a grand jury's decision this week to clear Daniel Pantaleo, a white New York City police officer, in the videotaped chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man:


AccuWeather: Wet Start to the Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:45

 Wet Start to the WeekendMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking rain for the first half of the weekend.


Local doctors use new alternative to treat severe scoliosis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:36

Local doctors use new alternative to treat severe scoliosisLocal doctors have a new way to treat children with severe scoliosis - which is a curvature of the spine. The innovative treatment helps cut down the number of operations needed.


Police: Bouncer talked to someone else, not Shane Montgomery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:33

 Bouncer talked to someone else, not Shane MontgomeryPolice say it appears a bouncer talked to someone else, not missing college student Shane Montgomery, after a bar closed early Thanksgiving morning.


Official: False positive for NJ restaurant customer thought to be diagnosed with hepatitis A

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:31

 False positive for NJ restaurant customer thought to be diagnosed with hepatitis AHealth officials now say a restaurant customer in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, who was thought to have hepatitis A, actually had a false positive test result. Further testing confirmed that the customer does not have the disease.