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Burning tanker truck shuts down Detroit-area freeway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:31

Dearborn, Mich., firefighters watch as a tanker truck, and at least one car, right, burn shutting down a stretch Interstate 94, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Dearborn, Mich. Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw says there were no reports of injuries. He says the truck was believed to have been hauling petroleum. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A burning tanker truck closed a stretch of Interstate 94 near the border between Detroit and the suburb of Dearborn.

Oregon city considers penalizing pot growers for smelly marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:27
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - The Oregon city of Medford, where officials say residents have long grumbled about the odor of marijuana growing operations, is considering a regulation that would fine pot growers if their marijuana is too smelly, city officials said on Wednesday. The city's legal staff has drafted an ordinance that would fine both medical and recreational marijuana growers whose operations are too malodorous up to $250 a day and would give the city power to seize plants if growers don’t come into compliance. In addition to containing odors, marijuana growers would be required to keep their plants locked up and out of sight in Medford, a city of nearly 80,000 people in southern Oregon whose economy is at least partly based on conventional agriculture. Since Oregon legalized medical marijuana in the late 1990s, Medford citizens have consistently complained about the smell of weed, and council members decided to act on the issue after state voters opted in November to legalize recreational marijuana, Deputy City Attorney Kevin McConnell said.

Police: Unfounded report of shots at rapper Lil Wayne home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:26

FILE - In this June 29, 2014 file photo, Lil' Wayne performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Police have responded to a report of 4 people shot at the Miami Beach home of rapper Lil Wayne. Miami Beach Det. Vivian Thayer says police units responded Wednesday, March 11, 2015, after someone called to say four people had been shot at the waterfront home. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An apparent hoax summoned a strong police response Wednesday to the home of rapper Lil Wayne after an unknown caller reported a shooting.

College student on spring break goes overboard on cruise

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:22
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A 21-year-old Virginia Tech student on spring break went overboard on a cruise ship balcony near the Bahamas, leading to a dayslong air and sea search that was called off Tuesday, officials said.

Baby's imminent birth diverts jet flight to North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:20
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A pregnant woman aboard an Atlanta-bound jet had to make an unscheduled stop in North Carolina to deliver her baby after her water broke in mid-flight and the plane was diverted.

Toyota's 2015 Sienna climbs to best-selling van

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:17

This undated product image provided by Toyota shows the 2015 Toyota Sienna. The Sienna, the best-selling family van in the country this year, has refreshed styling, stiffened vehicle structure, more safety equipment and new features for 2015. (AP Photo/Toyota)Toyota's Sienna, the best-selling family van in the country this year, has refreshed styling, stiffened vehicle structure, more safety equipment and new features for 2015.

Chicago City Council panels endorse Obama library bid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 03:15
CHICAGO (AP) — Three Chicago City Council committees are recommending the city take control of two pieces of park land on the South Side so that Barack Obama can choose one as the site for his presidential library.

Major unions stepping up battle against free-trade pact

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — The AFL-CIO union says it and its affiliated unions are freezing political contributions to federal candidates "until further notice" to channel funds into the labor's intensifying battle to stop or at least help shape a proposed free-trade agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and other nations that border the Pacific Ocean.

Fraternity in racist video has roots in antebellum South

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:54

The international headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is seen in Evanston, Illinois on March 10, 2015. Sigma Alpha Epsilon's international headquarters may be in Illinois, but the fraternity's roots are firmly planted in the antebellum South. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)Sigma Alpha Epsilon was born a few years before the Civil War in the antebellum South, the creation of a small group that set out to forge bonds among young men that would "hold them together for all time."

Inspector finds State Department lax on preserving emails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:53

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department's internal watchdog has found that many department employees are not preserving emails for the public record as required by the government. That could mean a substantial amount of lost government information.

Lawmakers criticize US law enforcement profiling guidelines

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:51
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawmakers sent a letter on Wednesday to the Justice Department saying new guidelines restricting federal law enforcement agencies from racial profiling don't go far enough.

Police: Man in crash who said he killed wife is charged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:40
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a man who crashed his vehicle in western Colorado and then told emergency workers he killed his wife has been charged with first-degree murder.

Study: Tetanus shot may aid treatment of deadly brain cancer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:40

Sandy Hillburn poses for a photo in her apartment in Fort Lee, N.J., on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. In April 2006, when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most common and deadly kind of brain tumor, she recalled, "I was told I had two to three months to live." But she was offered a slot in an experimental study involving adding the tetanus-diphtheria vaccine to an experimental treatment for glioblastoma. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Can a tetanus shot help treat brain cancer? A small study hints that it might.

Military copter crashes with 11 aboard in Florida training

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:33

Military copter crashes with 11 aboard in Florida trainingHuman remains washed ashore and parts of a military helicopter were recovered Wednesday after seven Marines and four soldiers crashed in heavy fog while training in Florida.

Funeral held for newborn found at Michigan recycling center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:32

Members of the Clinton Township fire department carry the casket of a newborn, known simply as Baby Henry, at the funeral in Clinton Township, Mich., Wednesday, March 11, 2015. A fire department honor guard, local leaders and members of the public attended to pay their respects to Baby Henry whose lifeless body was discovered almost two months ago at a Detroit-area recycling center. Police say 24-year-old Angela Alexie gave birth Dec. 22 in an Eastpointe garage and left the baby. The body was found Jan. 14 at a Roseville recycling center. Alexie is charged with murder. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — It took only two members of an honor guard to carry his tiny casket, but the memory of a days-old infant will likely loom large for years for those at his funeral on Wednesday near Detroit.

Police link Maryland man to 2 more shootings, for total of 9

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:31
LAUREL, Md. (AP) — Police are linking another two shooting incidents, for a total of nine, to a Maryland man suspected of firing a gun at random buildings and drivers.

Kleiner questions whether ex-partner Pao raised HR concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:19

Ellen Pao arrives at San Francisco Superior Court in San FranciscoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers tried to undercut a former partner's claims that she flagged "loosey-goosey" personnel policies at the venture firm but was ignored, as its lawyer cross-examined her for a second day. Ellen Pao had previously testified that she told senior Kleiner partners that the firm's human resources policies were too lax as early as 2007, but nothing was done to address her concerns. Pao, who left the firm in 2012, is suing the firm for gender discrimination and retaliation in a move that helped spark a broad and ongoing conversation about gender issues in Silicon Valley. In San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday, Kleiner attorney Lynne Hermle displayed several emails written by Pao to senior partners, including senior partner John Doerr, about a brief affair she had with a colleague.

Steinem, other women announce plan to walk Korean DMZ

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:18

Organizers of the effort called, including honorary co-chair Gloria Steinem, right, and lead coordinator Christine Ahn, left, listen during a United Nations news conference announcing plans for a rare and risky women's walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Making a dramatic statement in Korean relations, Gloria Steinem and other prominent women on Wednesday announced their intention to walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification.

Georgia police chief resigns after shooting ex-wife

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:18

FILE- In this undated file photo released by the Peachtree City Police Department, Chief William McCollom poses for a photograph. Peachtree City officials said McCollom resigned Wednesday, March 11, 2015, before a grand jury decides whether to charge him with a misdemeanor crime for paralyzing his ex-wife in an accidental shooting. McCollom said in a statement that he needs to focus on his family after the "recent tragedy." (AP Photo/Peachtree City Police Department, File)ATLANTA (AP) — A police chief in suburban Atlanta resigned Wednesday before a grand jury decides whether to charge him with a misdemeanor crime for accidentally shooting his sleeping wife after drinking alcohol and taking sleep medication, officials said.

Virgin sued for $300 million in dispute over cruise line

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:17
MIAMI (AP) — The former chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line is suing British billionaire Richard Branson and his Virgin Group conglomerate, claiming that Virgin essentially stole his ideas and business plans to enter the lucrative luxury cruise industry by building a pair of state-of-the-art ships capable of carrying 4,200 passengers each.