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A look at police killings cited by protesters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:41

A protester sits in the road while rallying against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, as a line of police officers make their way west on 42nd Street near Times Square, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)Several recent killings of black men or boys by police officers across the nation and grand juries' decisions not to indict some of the officers have angered many people, especially in minority communities, and have spurred sometimes violent demonstrations.


St. Louis County cops apologize for Facebook post

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:41
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police chief in St. Louis County is limiting his officers' social media use after a precinct's Facebook page linked the dangers of toy guns to the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old Ohio boy.

Ga. judge OKs prosecution in infant starvation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:39
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge has ruled that a man and his 23-year-old daughter can be prosecuted in the starvation death an infant.

University rehires former SLA radical Kilgore

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:36

FILE - This Feb. 5, 2014 file photo shows James Kilgore, a faculty member at the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Ill. The university has rehired Kilgore, a 1970s-era radical, to teach a course next semester. Thomas Bassett, the director of Global Studies at the Urbana-Champaign campus, said Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, that Kilgore's proposal to teach the course "Sweatshops or Flat World Opportunities?” Exploring the new World of Work" was approved this week. Earlier this year the university told Kilgore it would no longer hire him. That followed news-media stories about part-time university work he’d done since his 2009 prison release. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has hired 1970s-era radical James Kilgore to teach a course next semester.


Lawmakers: Sandy insurance concerns will be addressed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:26

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, front left, talks during a news conference at the Secaucus Public Safety Marina, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J. The Federal Emergency Management Administration has approved $440,000 in funding to repair the marina, which serves both the Secaucus Fire Department Marine Unit and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 32 and was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Also seen are, from left, New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Bill Pascrell. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Federal emergency officials are taking new steps to address concerns from homeowners still struggling to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy more than two years ago, New Jersey and New York lawmakers announced Friday.


Missouri march seeks justice for black teen killed by police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:26

Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, raises his hands while marching through FergusonBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Activists protesting police treatment of black Americans concluded a 120-mile (190-km) march from Ferguson, Missouri to the Missouri governor's mansion on Friday, ending a 'journey for justice' tied to the police killing of an unarmed black teenager. More than 100 protesters shouted "hands up, don't shoot" and other slogans as they rallied in the rotunda of the state Capitol in Jefferson City. The demonstrators walked through a cold rain as they concluded a march that began Nov. ...


Feds: Man exported parts for 'secret' Iran project

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:24
BOSTON (AP) — A Chinese man conspired to export devices that can be used in nuclear production to Iran for what an alleged conspirator called "a very big project and secret one," according to a federal indictment.

Family of 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police files suit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:18

A mourner reads the obituary from the program during the funeral service for Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OhioBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The family of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Friday against the city and the officers involved, a day after the federal government found that the city's police systematically uses excessive force against civilians. Tamir Rice was shot last month while carrying what turned out to be a replica gun that typically fires plastic pellets. His death came at a time of heightened national scrutiny of police use of force, especially against African-Americans. ...


Rolling Stone cites 'discrepancies' in Virginia rape story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:14
By Ian Simpson REUTERS - Rolling Stone magazine on Friday apologized for its November article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, saying that there were "discrepancies" about the accuser's account. The story created an uproar at the school and prompted renewed debate on campus sexual abuse. The fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, rebutted the Rolling Stone story on Friday. ...

Pennsylvania attorney general won't defend state's pro-NRA gun law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:56
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said on Friday her office would not defend a new state law enabling the National Rifle Association to take court action against municipalities with restrictive gun regulations. The law giving court standing to the NRA was challenged in a lawsuit filed last month by the cities of Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Pittsburgh, and five Democratic members of the Legislature. They hope to stop it from taking effect in January. ...

A look at latest report on lane closure scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:55
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The lawyer for a special New Jersey legislative investigative committee has presented his report to members, finding no conclusive evidence whether Gov. Chris Christie had involvement in or knowledge of a scheme to shut down lanes near the George Washington Bridge for political purposes last year.

NYC officer cleared in chokehold death was sued by other black men

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:48
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The white New York City police officer who put unarmed black Staten Island resident Eric Garner in a chokehold moments before his death has been accused by other black men of violating their civil rights while he was on patrol. A grand jury's decision on Wednesday not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in the videotaped confrontation that left 43-year-old Garner dead has sparked days of protests by groups claiming U.S. law enforcement unfairly targets African-Americans and other minorities. ...

Endangered Puget Sound killer whale found dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:46

In this photo taken on Nov. 29, 2014, provided by San Juan Orcas, Puget Sound orcas known as the J-pod swim together in Spieden Channel, north of San Juan Island. The death of an endangered Puget Sound orca found on Vancouver Island in Canada might have been related to pregnancy issues, a research group said Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. The 18-year-old female, seen at right, that washed ashore Thursday was a member of the J-pod, one of three families of southern resident killer whales that spend time in the inland waters of Washington state and Canada. (AP Photo/San Juan Orcas, Melisa Pinnow)SEATTLE (AP) — The death of an endangered Puget Sound orca found on Vancouver Island in Canada might have been related to pregnancy issues, a research group said Friday.


Man dies from injuries in Florida police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:44
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A 32-year-old man shot by a Florida police officer who saw him sitting in a car with a gun has died, authorities said in a news release on Friday. Alejandro Noel Cordero Rivera was critically wounded in the shooting on Thursday in the driveway of an Orlando residence, police said. They did not specify when he died from his injuries. Two police detectives were investigating a burglary when they walked up on Rivera at the residence and noticed a gun in the car, the Orlando Police Department said. ...

Senator McCain vows Jones Act will be repealed one day

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:40

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks to reporters after a procedural vote on Capitol Hill in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain said a more than 90-year-old law that requires ships servicing coastal businesses to be built and mostly staffed by U.S. crews will be repealed sooner or later if lawmakers keep fighting the trade restriction. Oil refiners, and many manufacturers and state governments oppose the Jones Act, saying the requirement increases costs by blocking shipping by cheaper foreign-built and foreign-flagged vessels. ...


NY grand jury to weigh police shooting of unarmed black man in stairwell

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:33

Akai Gurley's daughter Akaila sits on her mother Kimberly Ballinger's lap and plugs her ears as civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton speaks in the Harlem Borough of New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - The district attorney in Brooklyn on Friday said he will convene a grand jury to consider charges against a New York police officer for the Nov. 20 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in the stairwell of a public housing project. The decision comes two days after a grand jury in the borough of Staten Island opted against charging a police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, during an arrest attempt for selling loose cigarettes. The panel's decision in the Garner case triggered widespread street protests in New York and other cities. ...


2 drivers face trial in crash of 'racing' buses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:32
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two transit workers accused of driving their empty, out-of-service buses so recklessly side by side that they scraped together just before one crashed off a busy interstate and down an embankment were ordered Friday to stand trial on charges they endangered other motorists.

Obama to meet with UK's Prince William at White House

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:32

Britain's Prince William and wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Royal Variety Performance in LondonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William will meet with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Monday, part of a visit to Washington to a conference on illegal trafficking of ivory and other wildlife, the White House said. The visit is part of a trip next week to New York City by William and his wife, Kate, known officially since their 2011 wedding as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. ...


Federal, state safety officials probe Wisconsin dumbwaiter death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:31
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Federal and state investigations into worker safety have been launched into the death of a 21-year-old college student whose body was found in a dumbwaiter at a bar and grill in western Wisconsin, officials said on Friday. Brooke Baures, a student at Winona State University and former member of its gymnastics team, was found dead Monday evening in the food elevator at the Wingdam Bar and Saloon where she worked in Fountain City, Wisconsin. Preliminary reports indicated that Baures became caught in the dumbwaiter, said Rhonda Burke, a spokeswoman for the U.S. ...

Schwarzenegger portrait hung with notable touch-up

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 04:26

Capitol Curator Koren Benoit, center, helps Greg Scarlato, left, and Blake Robison of the Department of General Services, straighten the portrait of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, after it was hung on the third floor of the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. The official portrait of the two-term Republican governor was created by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, who touched up a smudge of the painting that had one featured the face of Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Schriver.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The official portrait of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was hung Friday alongside past governors at the state Capitol after getting a touch-up on the spot where his wife's image was removed.