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Kleiner questions whether ex-partner Pao raised HR concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 02:06

Ellen Pao walks to a courtroom in 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.


Court weighs once-condemned man's wrongful imprisonment suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:59

Dale Johnston on Monday, March 9, 2015, in Grove City, Ohio recalls the years he's spent fighting the state for a wrongful imprisonment ruling for the time he spent on Ohio death row from 1984 to 1990 for the slayings of his step-daughter and her boyfriend. An appeals court threw out his conviction and sentence, prosecutors declined to retry him and in 2008, two other men confessed to the crime. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dale Johnston was sent to death row in 1984 for a double homicide he didn't commit. He's spent the years since his 1990 release trying to get back the life he lost.


Mom killed by stray bullet after shouting at her kids to run

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:47
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When gunfire suddenly rang out in Chyemil Pierce's gritty San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood, the 30-year-old mother acted to save her two young children, shouting at them to run to safety before she was hit and killed by a stray bullet.

Search ends for Virginia Tech student who fell from cruise ship

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:39
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Rescuers have suspended the search for a missing 21-year-old Virginia Tech University student believed to have fallen overboard during a cruise in the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday. The student, identified as Cameron Smook, was reported missing on Sunday morning from the ship, named Carnival Glory, and a review of security camera footage confirmed a man overboard, Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement. It said the U.S. Coast Guard had conducted search and rescue operations. The search by air and sea was suspended at sunset on Tuesday, according to Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios with the U.S. Coast Guard station in Miami.

Michigan paying the price now for tax plan to save business

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:36

FILE - In an Oct. 28, 2010 file photo, from left, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson, Sen. Carl Levin, state Sen. Patricia Birkholz and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero applaud during a ceremony where GM announced plans to spend $190 million to build a new Cadillac at its Lansing Grand River plant in Lansing, Mich. In October 2010, Granholm announced Detroit’s automakers were being given a massive $2.9 billion in tax credits to upgrade plants and keep jobs on their home turf. Recession-era tax incentives credited with heading off auto layoffs in Michigan are now cutting into state revenues when the budget could be flush with a rising economy. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — On a Tuesday morning in October 2010, a beaming Gov. Jennifer Granholm and executives of the Detroit Three automakers walked into a meeting of Michigan's economic development board to announce the final pieces of an agreement to head off thousands of company layoffs looming for the recession-battered state.


Report of man with gun prompts lockdown at Phila. school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:34

Report of man with gun prompts lockdown at Phila. schoolAn elementary school in Philadelphia's Somerton section was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after a report of a person with a gun in the area.


Explosion kills three workers at Parsley Energy Texas oil rig

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:24
An explosion has killed three people and injured one at an oil and gas field in West Texas, a spokesman for well owner Parsley Energy Inc. said on Wednesday. "Our thoughts are with the families," Lisa Elliott of Parsley said of the accident on Tuesday in Upton County, Texas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it was investigating the rig explosion about 50 miles south of Midland that involved contractors at Mason Well Service firm. Upton County's Office of Emergency Management, via social media, called the news sad and said few details were available.

Official: Average Wall Street bonus rises to nearly $173,000

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:15
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's state comptroller says the average bonus paid to securities industry employees in New York City grew 2 percent last year to nearly $173,000.

Georgia police chief who shot wife in bed resigns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:09
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suburban Atlanta police chief who faces possible indictment for shooting his wife in bed on New Year's Day, partially paralyzing her, resigned on Wednesday. "In light of the recent tragedy in my personal family, I need to continue to focus my time and efforts there," Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom said in a statement. McCollom went to sleep around 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve after drinking alcohol and taking sleep medication, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said last week. McCollom told a police dispatcher that the gun discharged, striking his wife, Margaret, after he tried to move the weapon to the side of the bed.

Fugitive treasure hunter returns to Ohio for legal fight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:07
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A deep-sea treasure hunter who spent years as a fugitive has returned to Ohio to face the investors he's accused of bilking out of millions of dollars in gold, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Fact sheet: 2015 Toyota Sienna

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:06
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Man accused of N.C. killings in crime spree dies after suicide try

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 01:02
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A Texas man charged in a multi-state crime spree that included the deaths of a North Carolina couple has died after hanging himself in his jail cell, a prisons spokesman said. Edward Campbell, who was awaiting trial following his January arrest on murder charges, tried to hang himself in his cell at a Raleigh prison, said Keith Acree, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Campbell and his son, Eric, of Indian Acres, Texas, were accused of killing Jerome and Dora Faulkner in Granville County, North Carolina, setting the couple's home on fire and stealing their truck.

Ruling allows Missouri woman to avoid deportation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 00:52
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) — A year ago, Komdown "Dow" Boyer of Bonne Terre, Missouri, appeared headed for deportation to Thailand after she was convicted of stealing from the pizza restaurant where she worked, even though prosecutors and her employers fought on her behalf.

Other SAE Chapters Investigated for Rumored Racist Chants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 00:52
The president of the University of Texas in Austin released a statement confirming that the school is investigating their branch of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Police: Father left son in car for 3 hours outside casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 00:52

 Father left son in car for 3 hours outside casinoBensalem police have arrested a Philadelphia man for leaving his 7-year-old son alone in a vehicle outside Parx Casino.


Ex-con admits robbing same shoe store 15 years later

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 00:51

Ex-con admits robbing same shoe store 15 years laterAn ex-con who had just finished a 15-year robbery sentence has admitted he robbed the same New Jersey shoe store -- as the same clerk was behind the counter.


6 months after ambush, trooper on long road to recovery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 00:50

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2014, file photo, a man places flowers in front of the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Sept. 12, 2014, state Trooper Alex T. Douglass was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks that also killed state Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson. Douglass, who had run a 50-mile ultra-marathon, is now learning to get around on an artificial hip. Six months after being shot, he has undergone 15 surgeries to repair the damage, and No. 16 is on the horizon.(AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Alex Douglass ran a 50-mile ultra-marathon last year. Now he's learning to get around on an artificial hip.


Arkansas poultry officials say avian flu found in turkeys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 00:47
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas poultry officials say a strain of avian flu has been detected in a commercial turkey flock in the northern part of the state and that the sick birds are being destroyed.

Suspect charged in death of Pa. Turnpike worker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 00:44

Suspect charged in death of Pa. Turnpike workerPolice have made an arrest in the accident that killed a Pennsylvania Turnpike employee last year.


3 workers killed in West Texas oil field rig explosion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 00:42
RANKIN, Texas (AP) — An oil field rig has exploded in West Texas, killing three workers.