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Business continues on Houston Ship Channel despite closure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:20

This photo shows the damaged hull of the Carla Maersk, a chemical tanker, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the Houston Ship Channel. Three cargo tanks on the Danish-flagged Carla Maersk were ruptured when it collided with the Liberian bulk carrier Conti Peridot. A cause of the collision has not been determined. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II)LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — Goods are being unloaded and commerce traded along the Houston Ship Channel, even though part of the waterway remained closed Wednesday amid cleanup efforts following a collision that spilled a flammable chemical.


1 arrest in NYC fatal straphanger dispute in subway station

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:09
NEW YORK (AP) — Police sought answers Wednesday from a retired correction officer after his dispute with a pair of strangers ended with a fatal shooting that spread panic inside a subway station at the height of the evening rush hour a day earlier.

Counter-rallies unfold in Madison following police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:05

Christen Justice, left, and other protesters march west on Commercial Avenue during a protest against the police killing of Tony Robinson in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Hundreds of people protesting the shooting of an unarmed biracial man by a white police officer linked arms and blocked traffic for nearly an hour Wednesday, but otherwise maintained the peaceful demonstrations called for by the man's family. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Michael P. King)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hundreds of people protesting the shooting of an unarmed biracial man by a white police officer linked arms and blocked traffic for nearly an hour Wednesday, but otherwise maintained the peaceful demonstrations called for by the man's family.


Civilian plane crashes, killing Marine on ground in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:54

Officials check the scene of a T-59 Hawk aircraft crash Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz. Marine Corps officials say a Marine has died after the aircraft operated by a civilian crashed on the runway. (AP Photo/The Yuma Sun, Randy Hoeft)YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — A Marine died Wednesday after an aircraft operated by a civilian crashed on a runway at a southwest Arizona military base, Marine Corps officials said.


15-year-old boy arrested in kidnapping caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:52

In this combination of still images taken from surveillance video on Sunday, March 8, 2015, and provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, a man runs down a street, carrying a toddler in an apparent kidnapping attempt in Sprague, Wash. The video shows the boy's young sister chasing after the man, who set the boy down and ran off. Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers says officers don't have any leads in the search for the suspect, but they don't believe the man is a resident of the town of about 500 people. The boy, 22-month-old Owen Wright, was unhurt. (AP Photo/Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)SPRAGUE, Wash. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday in the short-lived kidnapping of a 22-month-old toddler that was caught on surveillance video in this small farming town in eastern Washington.


U.S. probing report Secret Service agents drove car into White House barrier

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:52
The U.S. Secret Service said on Wednesday that two agents were under investigation after an incident last week in which they were reported to have driven a government car into White House barricades after drinking at a late-night party. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that one of the agents involved in the alleged March 4 incident was a top member of President Barack Obama's protective detail. A Secret Service spokeswoman said in a statement the agency was aware of the allegations against the two agents and that "if misconduct is identified, appropriate action will be taken based on established rules and regulations." The Secret Service statement added that its director, Joseph Clancy, had been briefed on the allegations and that the investigation had been turned over to the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General. Former Director Julia Pierson stepped down in October after an embarrassing Sept. 19 White House breach in which a man carrying a knife jumped the fence and ran into the executive mansion.

Ferguson chief resigns in wake of scathing federal report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:40

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2014 file photo, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson talks at a news conference in Ferguson, Mo. Jackson has resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The police chief in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.


Official: Federal scrutiny of Ferguson to continue

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it remains committed to reforming the questioned policing and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri, and will meet in coming weeks to discuss the next steps.

Colorado officers held hostage before suspect fatally shot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:27

In this March 10, 2015 photo, members of the Judicial District's critical incident team investigate an officer-involved shooting east of Dinosaur, Colo. A Colorado sheriff's deputy and a state wildlife officer were held hostage by a man and a woman before a struggle erupted and the man was fatally shot, authorities said. Neither the deputy nor the wildlife officer was injured in the confrontation Monday. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Geoff Liesik)DENVER (AP) — A Colorado sheriff's deputy and a state wildlife officer were held hostage by a man and a woman before a struggle erupted and the man was fatally shot, authorities said.


Demonstrators protest police shooting in Madison, Wisconsin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:09

People protest over a police shooting of a naked man named Anthony Hill in DecaturBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - About 1,500 people, some banging plastic pails or blowing whistles, marched on Wednesday to the Wisconsin corrections department in Madison to protest the fatal police shooting last week of an unarmed biracial young man. The shooting of Tony Robinson, 19, in Wisconsin's capital by a white Madison police officer on Friday was the latest in a string of officer-involved deaths around the country that have heightened concerns about racial bias in U.S. law enforcement. A rally over another such shooting drew about 200 protesters on Wednesday evening in Decatur, Georgia. Activists there are questioning the use of force against Anthony Hill, a 27-year-old black man, who was running naked and unarmed through the parking lot outside his apartment complex when he was shot and killed by a white police officer in the Atlanta suburb of Tucker on Monday.


Worker hit with pallet of meat at Hatfield warehouse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:04

Worker hit in the head with pallet of meat at Hatfield warehouseOfficials say a worker was injured after getting struck with a pallet of meat in Hatfield, Montgomery County.


Students vote to condemn anti-Semitism after incidents on UC campuses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:02
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Students at two University of California campuses have passed resolutions condemning anti-Semitism after incidents on two UC campuses, including the painting of swastikas on the doors of a Jewish fraternity at UC Davis. The UCLA Undergraduate Students Association unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday amid controversy over the tough grilling of a Jewish candidate for a student office at UCLA in which student government representatives interviewing her questioned her ability to be impartial because of her religion. At UC Berkeley, the student senate passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism late last month, after the Davis and UCLA incidents had occurred. The campus incidents, along with disquiet in Sacramento after a man in the River Park neighborhood festooned his house with swastikas imposed on an Israeli flag, have prompted worries in Jewish and civil rights circles in California that anti-Semitism may be on the rise.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:00

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III announces the resignation of police chief Thomas Jackson during a news conference Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Jackson's resignation came a week after a scathing U.S. Justice Department report found the St. Louis suburb to have a profit-driven court system and widespread racial bias in the police force. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Fireworks in grandmother's trial over girl's running death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:56

Joyce Hardin Garrard walks to the Etowah County Judicial Building from the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Ala. Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Garrard is on trial for capital murder in the death of her 9-year-old granddaughter Savannah Hardin. Prosecutors say Garrard forced her granddaughter to run sprints as punishment for telling a lie about eating candy bars from a school fundraiser. (AP Photo/AL.com, Frank Couch) MAGS OUTGADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Emotions boiled over Wednesday in the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman accused of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death, with the defense accusing the state of withholding key evidence and a prosecutor cursing angrily in front of jurors.


'Still Alice' writer-director Richard Glatzer dies at 63

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:49

In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics, actress Julianne Moore, left, and director Richard Glatzer appear on the set during the filming of "Still Alice." Glatzer died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with ALS. He was 63. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics, JoJo Whilden)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and directed the Alzheimer's drama "Still Alice" alongside his husband, Wash Westmoreland, while battling ALS, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 63.


Judge OKs dismissal of charges in US employee hacking case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:37
CINCINNATI (AP) — Charges have been dismissed against a National Weather Service employee accused of illegally accessing a restricted federal computer database containing information about the nation's dams, stealing information and lying to investigators.

Seattle man kills girlfriend, drives her body to psychiatric hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:36
A Seattle-area man was charged on Wednesday with killing his girlfriend and then driving her body to a local psychiatric facility where he admitted to the crime and asked to be taken in as a patient, the King County prosecutor's office said. Attila Richards, 29, was being held on $2 million bail for one count of second degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his 24-year-old girlfriend on March 8 in north Seattle, the prosecutor's office said. Richards told police that he killed the woman, whom he had been dating for one week, after an argument. Shortly after the crime, Richards drove to Western State Hospital, a psychiatric facility in the suburb of Lakewood, and asked staff to commit him as a patient, prosecutors said.

Kentucky students get hard lesson in politics from lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:31

Gentry Fitch, 17, and Nicole Fielder, 18, speak to reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Frankfort. The seniors at West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville are among a group of students who filed a bill that would allow school officials to appoint high school students to superintendent screening committees. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A group of bright-eyed, clean-cut high school students whose ideas of government were shaped by "Schoolhouse Rock" wrote a bill and watched it sail through the Kentucky state legislature this year in the type of feel-good story that had parents beaming.


State board suspends school accountability on Common Core

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:22
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system on Wednesday for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards.

A look at how some states handle execution drug shortage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 08:20

FILE - In this June 18, 2010, file photo, the execution chamber at the Utah State Prison is seen after Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed by firing squad, in Draper, Utah. Four bullet holes are visible in the wood panel behind the chair. Gardner was convicted of aggravated murder, a capital felony, in 1985. Lawmakers have passed a bill that would make Utah the only state to allow firing squads for carrying out a death penalty if there is a shortage of execution drugs. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson, Pool, File)Utah, the only state in the past 40 years to carry out a death sentence by firing squad, is poised to bring back the executions if the state cannot find a supply of the drugs used in lethal injections. Here's a look at how some other states are dealing with the nationwide shortage: