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Ruling clears way for marijuana convictions to be erased

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:15
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of people busted in Connecticut for marijuana possession now have the right to get their convictions erased after the state Supreme Court ruled Monday that the violation had been downgraded to the same legal level as a parking ticket.

60 people evacuated from California tunnel after car fires

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:14
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — At least 60 people were evacuated from a San Francisco Bay Area tunnel while firefighters extinguished flames from two car fires.

U.S. senator calls for first-responder training for derailments

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

A CSX Corp train continues burning a day after derailing in Mount Carbon, West VirginiaA U.S. senator from Pennsylvania on Monday called for measures to provide resources and training to first responders who handle crude oil train derailments. Under the legislative proposal, a task force on derailments would be created under the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make recommendations to the U.S. Congress for training and resources, Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, said in a statement. "The increase in train derailments in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation is troubling and requires action," Casey, said. A series of derailments of trains loaded with crude oil in North America has heightened the focus on rail safety.

Facebook explains what posts are not allowed on its network

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:10

FILE - In this June 11, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a mural in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. In an update to its community standards page on Monday, March 16, 2015, the world's largest online social network explained its thinking on what posts, images and other content it allows on its site and why. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is trying to clarify what posts, images and other content it allows on its site and why.

Wisconsin police chief defends officer in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:10
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison's police chief on Monday defended a white officer who killed an unarmed biracial man this month, saying he's a caring person who has repeatedly helped members of the community and that people shouldn't rush to judgment without all the facts.

Source: Tim Tebow working out for the Philadelphia Eagles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:06

 Tim Tebow worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles todayFormer NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is working out for the Philadelphia Eagles, a NFL source confirms to Action News.

Defense in Colorado shooting case asks judge to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:05
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case have again asked a judge to move the trial, saying most prospective jurors believe defendant James Holmes is guilty and can't set their opinions aside.

Bill would shield companies that sell SC execution drugs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:55
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The identity of companies that sell execution drugs to South Carolina would be kept secret under proposed legislation.

Key events in life of wealthy eccentric Robert Durst

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:48

This booking photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Robert Durst, after his Saturday, March 14, 2015 arrest in New Orleans on an extradition warrant to Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A timeline of key events in the life of Robert Durst, a member of a wealthy New York real estate family who was arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant in his friend Susan Berman's 2000 death.

Boston sets all-time snow record _ and season isn't over yet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:46

People use umbrellas to protect themselves from falling snow as they cross a street in Boston's North End neighborhood, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Boston is close to setting an all-time season snowfall mark, which current record is 107.6 inches from the Winter of 1995-1996. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — Boston set an all-time snowfall record and is flirting with another mark: most snark in a single winter.

Seattle police arrest 'sticky-fingered' doughnut shop robber

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:41
A "sticky-fingered suspect" was arrested on suspicion of robbing a Seattle doughnut shop of a single maple bar after threatening employees and implying he had a gun, police said on Monday. Police said a doughnut shop patron, after being asked to leave the doughnut shop on Sunday evening, told the cashier he was robbing the store, reached for his waistband as if he had a weapon there, and ordered staff to the back of the shop. As he rummaged around the store for a few minutes, the staff in the back called police, the Seattle Police Department said in a blog post that referred to the man a "sticky-fingered suspect." "After reviewing surveillance video, the store manager advised officers the suspect had pilfered a single maple bar during the robbery," Seattle police said.

New Mexico police shooting: Things to know 1 year later

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:38

FILE - In this March 30, 2014, file photo, riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., following a 10-hour protest against the police shooting of James Boyd, a homeless camper. Monday, March 16, 2015, marks the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting. The 38-year-old, who authorities later said was suffering from schizophrenia, was shot by Albuquerque police following an hours-long standoff in the Sandia foothill. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A deadly New Mexico police shooting that happened a year ago Monday prompted angry protests and a murder investigation into the officers involved.

Pregnant woman shot several times; bullets miss unborn baby

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant woman shot multiple times at a Los Angeles park is in critical but stable condition, and police are searching for the gunman.

Coke a good snack? Health experts who work with Coke say so

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:14

This March 7, 2015 photo shows 8.5 ounce bottles of Coca-Cola at the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla. Coca-cola, which struggles with declining soda consumption in the U.S., is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

U.S. may impose tougher curbs to contain bird flu in Arkansas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:04

Canada geese take off from a farmers field near Oak Hammock, ManitobaBy Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are considering imposing tougher restrictions in Arkansas to contain a virulent strain of avian flu in the heart of America's poultry region in a bid to minimize international trade disruptions and contain the virus. The H5N2 flu discovered in Arkansas last week is the state's first case of a strain that causes massive internal hemorrhaging in poultry, can kill nearly every bird in an infected flock within 48 hours, and is prone to mutate. Such strains are sometimes called "chicken Ebola." In response, Arkansas is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create new rules for commercial poultry producers and owners of backyard flocks alike, Reuters has learned. The rules will spell out how often poultry within a quarantine zone must test negative for bird flu before the quarantine can be lifted, Brandon Doss, Arkansas’ assistant state veterinarian, said.

US Attorney for DC to step down after 5 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:02

FILE - In this April 23, 2013 file photo, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen, Jr., is seen in Washington. Machen announced Monday that he is resigning effective Arpil 1. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia will step down after five years on the job to return to private practice, he announced Monday, leaving behind a record of prosecutions for terrorism, public corruption and violent crime.

Arizona mother who left kids in hot car pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:59
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman who left her two young sons alone in a hot car during a job interview has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse.

PHOTOS: Most Wanted by NJ State Police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:55

 Most Wanted by NJ State PoliceSee photos of the most wanted fugitives being sought by the New Jersey State Police.

Correction: Ferguson officers shot story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:46

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, left, speaks during a news conference as St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar listens Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Clayton, Mo. McCulloch said 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — In early versions of a March 15 story about a man being charged in the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, The Associated Press erroneously reported that St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said the defendant used a 40 mm gun in the attack. He said it was a .40-caliber gun.

Ohio River to stay above flood stage for most of the week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:39

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 was very slowly receding Monday after reaching its highest level in two decades, and forecasters expect it to stay above flood stage for most of the week.