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New Mexico police shootings get criminal review

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:45
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice officials investigating allegations of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department told community members that some of the 37 police shootings in the past three years have been referred to criminal investigators.

Groups defend Florida's same-sex marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:45
MIAMI (AP) — A coalition of black and Hispanic civil rights groups and pastors is defending Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

US lawmakers to eye attack at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly five months after a gunman's deadly attack at Los Angeles International Airport, lawmakers and local officials will hold a congressional hearing Friday to discuss its lessons.

Defendant in Chinatown crime probe in court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:37

San Francisco police patrol the Chinatown district Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Francisco. Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation's oldest Chinatown lies an underworld, a place with a history of opium dens, gambling houses and gangland murders. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal public defender's office says it cannot represent a key defendant in a criminal case that also includes corruption allegations against a California state senator because of potential conflicts of interest.

Christie tries to rehab image with appearances

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:22

Attorney Randy Mastro holds up a copy of his report during a news conference, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in New York. Mastro, with the law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said that the governor was not involved in a plot to create gridlock near a major bridge as part of a political retribution scheme. (AP Photo/Brendan McDermid, Pool)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie, rarely one to fall silent, was holding his first news conference in more than two months Friday to cap a week filled with events designed to clear his reputation after politically motivated traffic jams became the biggest scandal of his political career.

Slide survivor tells of 'wave' of mud hitting home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:10

Robin Youngblood poses for a photo Thursday, March 27, 2014, with Whitehorse Mountain behind her in Darrington, Wash. Youngblood survived the massive mudslide that hit the nearby community of Oso, Wash. last Saturday, and was rescued by a helicopter as she floated on a piece of a roof. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The roar of the hillside collapsing was so loud that Robin Youngblood thought an airplane had crashed. But when she looked out the window of her mobile home, all she saw was a wall of mud racing across her beloved river valley toward her home.

Parking garage being built in California collapses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:58
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A portion of a parking garage under construction in downtown Los Angeles collapsed on Friday but no one was trapped or hurt, authorities said.

Pennsylvania reporter won't have to testify in 'Craigslist killer' case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:57
By David DeKok SUNBURY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania journalist will not have to testify about his jailhouse interview with so-called Craigslist murder suspect Miranda Barbour, in which she reportedly claimed to be a serial killer. The subpoena seeking the newspaper reporter's testimony was withdrawn on Friday by Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini, who said he was able to get the information from another witness. Barbour, 19, was not present at Friday's hearing in Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas in central Pennsylvania but was expected to appear on April 2 for an evidentiary hearing in the murder case. She and her husband Elytte Barbour, 21, are charged in the November stabbing and strangulation of a Pennsylvania man they allegedly met via the website Craigslist, police said.

Warrant: Suspects say girl went on hunger strikes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:35
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in California say two women accused of chaining up their 8-year-old daughter to prevent her from getting food have claimed the girl weighed only 40 pounds because she went on hunger strikes.

Navy gunman originally faced murder charge in NC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:29
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Court records show the civilian the Navy says killed a sailor aboard a ship in Virginia once faced a murder charge in North Carolina but ended up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was out of prison less than two years later.

Appeals court rules in favor of meat labels

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is allowing labels on certain cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Officials give all-clear after reported powder at Washington train station

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A suspicious white powder that sparked an emergency response at Washington's Union Station on Friday was found to be harmless, city officials said. DC fire department spokesman Tim Wilson said investigators determined "that the substance was non hazardous." Emergency responders investigated the scene after the powder was reported at the rail and bus station, which is just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Amtrak rail spokesman Steve Kulm said that there was no impact on train service. (Reporting by Susan Heavey, Lisa Lambert and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Search for mudslide missing comes down to digging

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:18

Four search and rescue workers wade through water covering Washington Highway 530 Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the eastern edge of the massive mudslide that struck Saturday near Darrington, Wash. as heavy equipment moves trees and other debris in the background. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — There is only one way searchers are narrowing the list of 90 people still missing seven days after a landslide obliterated the mountain community of Oso: by digging.

Collapse hits LA construction site; no one hurt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:13
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A section of a parking structure under construction in downtown Los Angeles has collapsed, but authorities say it appears no one was hurt.

California Senate will vote to suspend 3 Democrats

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:12

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 file photo, California state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, leaves the San Francisco Federal Building in San Francisco. So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday's arrest of Yee, on federal corruption charges, news that roiled the capital and led one of Yee's opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a "corrupt institution." (AP Photo/Ben Margot,File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democratically controlled California Senate will vote on whether to suspend three Democrats who face criminal charges, after the latest lawmaker to be hauled into court refused to step down, its leader said Friday.

Million jars of peanut butter dumped in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:04

File-This Nov. 27, 2012 file photo shows the Sunland Inc. peanut butter and nut processing plant in eastern New Mexico, near Portales. Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of Sunland Inc. the bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.

White House releases plan to cut methane emissions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has announced a wide-ranging plan aimed at cutting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, landfills and other sources. The plan announced Friday is part of President Barack Obama's strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

Bus strike loosens a city's renowned safety net

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:40

A bus stop in Burlington, Vt., remained unused Wednesday, March 26, 2014, as a strike by the city's bus drivers continued into a second week, leaving thousands of people scrambling to find ways to get to work, school and appointments. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — In this lakefront city once nicknamed the People's Republic of Burlington for its liberal politics and social services, a long bus strike is testing the community's ability to care for its neediest and youngest.

American Eagle to shrink after pilots reject labor pact

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:38
(Reuters) - American Eagle Airlines will shrink its fleet and will lose the opportunity to fly larger regional jets that its parent American Airlines Group has ordered after its pilots rejected a concessionary labor contract, the subsidiary said on Friday. The move means that other regional carriers that fly under the American Eagle brand, such as Republic Airways Holdings, could get more work from the world's largest airline. The Air Line Pilots Association union, which represents more than 2,700 pilots at American Eagle, said 92 percent of eligible pilots cast ballots and that 70 percent voted against ratification. "Despite threats from AAG management that they would seek other express carriers to conduct our flying, today's vote demonstrates that the demands for contract concessions were not acceptable," Capt. Bill Sprague, chairman of ALPA Master Executive Council at American Eagle, said in a statement.

Federal government to recognize same-sex marriage in Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:37

FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo Kat White, left, and Sue Walton hug after being married in a group ceremony by the Oakland County Clerk in Pontiac, Mich., after a federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday, March 28, 2014 extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Friday it would recognize same-sex marriages carried out last week in Michigan but left in limbo by a court appeal, making the couples entitled to appropriate federal benefits. More than 300 couples were married last Saturday, a day after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman lifted Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution. The state appealed the ruling later on Saturday and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the newly-weds would not receive state benefits of marriage until the matter is settled in court. ...