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Ferguson officials to meet with Justice Department

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:58

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2014, file photo, a man wears a tie decorated with a picture of Michael Brown during Brown's funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. Six months after 18-year-old Michael Brown died in the street in Ferguson, Missouri, the Justice Department is close to announcing its findings in the racially charged police shooting that launched "hands up, don't shoot" protests across the nation. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post Dispatch, Robert Cohen, Pool)ST. LOUIS (AP) — City leaders in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson will meet Tuesday with U.S. Department of Justice officials to discuss a federal investigation of the police department stemming from the August shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, a city official said.


6abc School Closings and Early Dimissals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:48

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


Judge changes course, will open jury selection in Alabama girl's running death to public

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:30
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Judge changes course, will open jury selection in Alabama girl's running death to public.

Netanyahu to use Congress' bully pulpit to assail Iran talks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:16

Netanyahu using US Congress speech to assail Iran talksIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of Congress to warn against trusting Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions.


Defense seeks delay in man's trial over U.Va student's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:13
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Attorneys for the man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student are asking a judge to delay his trial.

Vermont town seeks to lower voting age to 16, from 18

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:10
A left-leaning town in southern Vermont is taking up on Tuesday a referendum to extend the right to vote in local elections to teenagers as young as 16, but even if the measure passes it would still require the state legislature's approval. The so-called "youth vote amendment" would lower the minimum voting age in Brattleboro, a town of about 12,000 people, to 16 from its current 18, the age minimum for state and federal elections. The amendment is part of slate of proposals being considered on Tuesday as part of Brattleboro’s annual town meeting. The idea was put forward by Kurt Daims, a longtime activist in the town, who said lowering the voting age would boost voter turnout and extend rights to a "disenfranchised group." "Many teens have part-time jobs.

Brown: Lab performed inaccurate date rape drug test

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:04
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University says an unidentified laboratory performed an inaccurate test to determine whether a female student was drugged at a fraternity party on campus.

Former Vice President Al Gore reports for jury duty in Tenn.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:30
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even former vice presidents get called for jury duty.

Missouri man, 88, pleads guilty to fatally stabbing wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:25
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An 88-year-old central Missouri man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his 86-year-old wife.

Timeline details ties between Fort Worth police chief, Taser

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:09

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, retired Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffery Halstead, left, introduces retired Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher, during a presentation at a conference hosted by Taser International at the California Highway Patrol Headquarters in Sacramento, Calif. Halstead successfully pushed the city of Fort Worth to approve a no-bid contract worth up $2.7 to purchase body cameras from Taser, the stun-gun maker that is now the leading supplier of body cameras for police. A review by The Associated Press shows Taser is covering airfare and hotel stays for police chiefs who travel to speak at the company's marketing conferences. It is also hiring some recently retired chiefs as consultants, sometimes months after their cities signed contracts with Taser.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Then-Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead and Taser International had a close relationship before and after the city signed a contract to purchase body cameras last year. Email communications and travel expense reports obtained by The Associated Press through a state open records request show how Halstead kept the company informed as he lobbied for the contract internally and accepted travel to events paid for by the company in the following months:


Supreme Court set to hear second major Obamacare challenge

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

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure's implementation. If a majority of the nine justices rules against the administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people afford private health insurance, unless Congress or the affected states act immediately. Such a ruling could also have a broader impact by deterring younger, healthier people from buying health insurance, which would lead to premiums rising for older, less healthy people who need healthcare most, said Rand Corporation economist Christine Eibner. The Democratic-backed law, narrowly passed by Congress over unified Republican opposition, aimed to help millions of Americans who lacked any health insurance afford coverage.


Factbox: Contrasting legal styles in Supreme Court Obamacare drama

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:03
(Reuters) - When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the new challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Wednesday, the justices will hear from two experienced attorneys with dueling views and contrasting styles. DONALD VERRILLI U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, 57, will defend the law for the Obama administration. When Verrilli argued on behalf of the law the first time, in 2012, news and political commentators lambasted him. “This was a train wreck for the Obama administration,” CNN legal commentator Jeffrey Toobin said at the time, contending Verrilli’s style was shaky and his responses ineffective.

O'Malley rules out Senate as decision over White House bid looms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:00

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley speaks at a campaign rally for Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown in MarylandFormer Maryland Governor and possible Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said on Tuesday he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. O'Malley, who left office in January and has said he is considering a run for the White House, told reporters in an email he hoped other candidates would step up to represent the mid-Atlantic state, but "I will not be one of them." The move allows O'Malley, 52, to keep the door open for a potential presidential campaign. Despite winning two terms as governor in the heavily Democratic State, his future is somewhat complicated by his successor's surprise loss to a Republican in the November election. O'Malley is popular among Democrats and spent much of the last year actively campaigning for fellow liberals across the country, especially in New Hampshire and Iowa, the first two states with presidential nominating contests.


DNA tool helping biologists find elusive or invasive species

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 21:38

In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, dozens of a tiny destructive New Zealand mudsnails are displayed with a penny to show the scale of the one-eighth of an inch creature at a lab in Bellevue, Wash. Scientists are turning to environmental DNA, or eDNA, an emerging surveillance tool that detects the presence of an organism by analyzing cellular material such as urine, hair, feathers or skin cells that are left behind in the environment. From Asian carp in the Great Lakes basin to salamanders in Kentucky to great crested newts in the United Kingdom, the tool is helping biologists look for reclusive or rare imperiled species, monitor unwanted creatures or gauge the overall biodiversity of a lake or stream. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.


Police issuing tickets for pizza, french fries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 21:28
FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Police in one New Hampshire town are handing out the kind of tickets you want to get — for free pizza and french fries.

BlackBerry offers new phones but turns focus to software

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 21:23

Blackberry's Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen speaks during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. BlackBerry will launch four new smartphones this year and a new package of cross-platform applications as it continues its "philosophical" shift to making software. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — BlackBerry may be launching four new smartphones over the coming year, but the struggling company is staking its future on becoming a giant in software.


Police: Boy, 10, runs over 9-year-old brother in stolen car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 20:56
ROSCOMMON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy was hospitalized after his 10-year-old brother apparently ran him over with a stolen car in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

Man shot in the face in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 20:45

Man shot in the face in North PhiladelphiaA shooting in North Philadelphia has investigators puzzled.


Sedan flips, SUV in creek after multi-vehicle crash in Cheltenham Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 20:43

Sedan flips, SUV in creek after multi-vehicle crash in Cheltenham Twp.A multi-vehicle crash in Chelthenham, Montgomery County left a vehicle on its roof and an SUV sitting upright in Tookany Creek.


Marijuana, guns and conservation on agenda for 2015 Florida legislature

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 20:05
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Florida's legislature convenes on Tuesday with lawmakers expected to grapple during the 60-day annual session with measures including allowing concealed guns on college campuses and permitting doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. Discussion of casino gambling, a now-perennial clash between out-of-state gambling interests and entrenched family resort companies like Walt Disney Co, will also stir controversy in the next two months.    In addition, lawmakers will likely argue over how approximately $1 billion a year in real estate and land development taxes should be spent on conservation. The spending, mandated by a constitutional amendment approved by voters, could go to such projects as Everglades cleanup and beach restoration.