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Missouri governor names new public safety director

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:59

Former St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom, left, speaks after he is named the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety during a news conference with Gov. Jay Nixon, left, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in St. Louis. Nixon appointed Isom nearly three weeks after the police shooting of Michael Brown led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb. Nixon did not directly say whether the leadership change was related to the events in Ferguson. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.


Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:58

Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crashAn experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.


Woman struck, killed on Route 202 in Wilmington identified

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:55

Woman struck, killed on Route 202 in Wilmington identifiedDelaware State Police have identified a woman struck and killed on Route 202 in Wilmington.


Man held in LA serial shootings appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:54
SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) — A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the Los Angeles area made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Q-and-A on Westerners who join the fight in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:54

This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, a U.S. official said McCain, a U.S. citizen, is believed to have been killed in Syria and was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group, was part of a growing number of Americans and other foreigners recruited by terror groups to help them wage war in the Mideast.


Miami voters approve $400 million waterside observation tower

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:52
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A sweeping majority of Miami voters have cleared the way for a local developer to build a 1,000-foot-tall waterside tower that will feature a nightclub, bungee-jumping platform and vertical "drop ride" sending thrill-seekers plummeting 50 stories. The $400 million steel-and-concrete SkyRise tower will have an observation deck second in height in the United States only to Las Vegas' Stratosphere Tower. "The concrete itself would be enough to do a 4-foot-(wide) sidewalk from Miami to Tallahassee," a distance of almost 500 miles, said developer Jeff Berkowitz after voters approved the project by a nearly 2-to-1 margin on Tuesday. Tishman Construction, builder of both the original World Trade Center in New York and its successor complex, along with Miami-based Coastal Construction, will serve as general contractors.

Police: Deaths of 2 dumped in river drug-related

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:52

Philadelphia police and other law enforcement officials view a body pulled from the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The bound bodies of two people were found in the river Wednesday, and a third man who said he managed to free himself is being treated at a hospital for stab wounds, police said. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men were found dead in a river Wednesday, bound and weighted down with makeshift anchors and their throats slit, in drug-related abductions and killings that authorities said may also have been gang-related. A third victim who was badly wounded also was tossed in the river but managed to swim ashore, police said.


Zara receives backlash over shirt resembling concentration camp uniform

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:48

Zara receives backlash over shirt resembling concentration camp uniformZara is under heat over a shirt that resembles a concentration camp uniform.


California mulls bill to remove guns from potential offenders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:48
A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence advanced in California on Wednesday, one of several gun control measures up for votes in the last week of the state's legislative session. It passed the assembly once, but now goes back for a vote on amendments before heading to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. If Brown, who has steered a centrist course on gun control legislation, signs the bill, California would be the first U.S. "Nothing can bring back the life of my son, but there are common-sense solutions that can help ensure other loved ones aren't killed by preventable gun violence," said Richard Martinez, whose son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, was killed by 22-year-old Elliott Rodger in the rampage in Isla Vista in May. "This bill will save lives and spare other families from suffering the anguish we experience each day." The bill, sponsored by Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner and Das Williams, creates a so-called gun violence restraining order in the court system.

Shooting near Lower Providence Twp. building self-inflicted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:36

Shooting near Lower Providence Twp. building self-inflictedA shooting has been reported near the Lower Providence Township building in Montgomery County.


U.S., Blackwater defense clash on jury summary of shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:30

Blackwater Worldwide guards Liberty and Heard leave federal courthouse after being arraigned on manslaughter charges for allegedly killing 14 civilians in 2007 in Baghdad, in WashingtonThe guards "took something that didn't belong to them, the lives of 14 human beings," prosecutor Anthony Asuncion told the jury. There were "no insurgents, no AK-47s, just people seeking shelter from these men," Asuncion said, pointing to the defendants who sat in the courtroom. Later, a lawyer for Paul Slough, one of the guards, told the same jury that he "didn't recognize" the prosecutor's summary of the trial, saying that "witness after witness" had testified about incoming gunfire and pervasive threats to the Blackwater convoy. Asuncion said a different guard, Nicholas Slatten, fired the first shots.


Court hears mom, 5-year-old talk about abduction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:27

Court hears mom, 5-year-old talk about abductionThe mother of a 5-year-old girl abducted from kindergarten and sexually assaulted gently asked her daughter about the ordeal on a tape recording played Wednesday in a Philadelphia courtroom.


In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:24
DALLAS (AP) — In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust — holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tennessee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:12

GM to move Cadillac SRX production to TennesseeGeneral Motors announced Wednesday that it is moving production of its next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to its plant in Tennessee, leading United Auto Workers leaders to chide Tennessee ...


Robbers, posing as police, steal $100K from food distribution center in Fishtown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:04

Robbers, posing as police, steal $100K from food distribution center in FishtownIt happened overnight, before the business opened. Investigators say one of the owners answered to the door to find two men dressed as police pointing guns at him.


Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:02

In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign.


Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:56
A Massachusetts man badly injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing married his nurse in a weekend wedding, according to the hotel where the ceremony was held. James Costello met Krista D’Agostino while he was undergoing treatment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, according to the statement issued on Wednesday by the Hyatt Regency Boston. Costello suffered serious burns and shrapnel injuries in the blast and underwent multiple surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital, it said. A resident of Malden, Massachusetts, he was at the 2013 marathon to support a friend in the race.

"Cops" reality show crew member killed after officer-involved shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:44

"Cops" reality show crew member killed after officer-involved shootingA crew member for the long-running television series, "Cops," was shot and killed while filming in Omaha, Nebraska, reported KETV NewsWatch 7.


Baltimore's 1st casino highlights national trend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:44

Baltimore's 1st casino highlights national trendBALTIMORE (AP) — At the Horseshoe Casino's grand opening, showgirls adorned in gold glitter, beaded loincloths, feather headdresses and fuchsia false eyelashes stood atop pedestals in the courtyard, while VIP patrons in high heels and higher hemlines downed glass after glass of champagne.


'Drug nexus' may be connected to Fairmount Park victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:43

Drug gangs may be connected to Fairmount Park victimsInvestigators say some kind of "drug nexus" may be at the center of a case in which three victims were abducted, stabbed and thrown in the Schuylkill River.