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Edward Brooke, 1st black popularly elected senator, honored

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:33

Secretary of State John Kerry pays tribute to the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward William Brooke III, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, during funeral services at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington. Brooke, the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate. Brooke died on Jan. 3, 2015 at his home in Coral Gables, Fla. He was 95. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)BOSTON (AP) — Political leaders from Massachusetts joined hundreds of others at a funeral service Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for Edward Brooke, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote.


Denver policeman fired for excessive force on female inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:32
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 16-year veteran police officer has been fired for using "egregiously disproportionate" force to subdue a woman who had been taken into custody for resisting arrest in the latest incident involving alleged police brutality in Denver. Surveillance video of the July 2014 incident inside a police substation shows the officer, James Medina, placing his knee across the woman's neck until she appears to go limp and slide off a bench inside a holding cell. Medina was fired after he "violated several departmental rules and regulations" in the incident involving Seryina Trujillo, who was accused of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, the city's Department of Safety said on Tuesday. The officer also was accused of not seeking medical help for Trujillo and not reporting the incident, according to his termination letter.

Man arrested for Arkansas murder nearly 50 years later

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:31
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A man who was a little too chatty with a cellmate in Delaware a few years ago was arrested on Tuesday for a murder that took place nearly a half-century ago in Arkansas, authorities said. James Leon Clay, 67, was taken into custody by FBI agents in Georgetown, Delaware, and charged with murder and kidnapping in the 1967 killing of a North Little Rock, Arkansas man identified as James Ricks. Clay, who had an extensive criminal history, was awaiting trial for attempted bank robbery in Delaware in 2012 when he allegedly told a cellmate of the Arkansas killing, said Sheriff David Lucas of Jackson County, Arkansas.

Colorado fire crews find 'my wife is a cheater' scrawled on burning home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:26
Fire crews responding to reports of an explosion at a suburban Denver home early on Tuesday found the residence engulfed in flames with "my wife is a cheater" scrawled on the structure, authorities said. Deanna Harrington, spokeswoman for the Arvada Fire Protection District, said crews were dispatched to the home at about 1:30 a.m. and encountered an intense fire. "Flames were coming from both the front and back of the structure, and crews had to use a defensive strategy," Harrington said, adding that the message was spray-painted in capital letters on two sides of the building. All of the occupants were accounted for and there were no reports of any injuries, Harrington said.

Authorities search for missing California woman amid campus attacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:25
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities were searching on Tuesday for a 22-year-old woman reported missing near a Southern California university, saying concerns for her well-being were heightened by a string of recent campus crimes that included an attempted kidnapping. Sahray Astina Barber was last seen after leaving her apartment across the street from Cal State San Bernardino at about 6 a.m. on her way to work on another school campus, according to police, but she never arrived at her job. San Bernardino is about 60 miles east of Los Angeles in Southern California's so-called Inland Empire. Barber's laptop and some other personal items were found in bushes near the gate of her apartment complex, said San Bernardino Police spokesman Lieutenant Richard Lawhead, raising suspicions among detectives, although it did not appear that there had been a struggle at the scene.

Montel Williams out as payday loan pitchman in New York

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:16

FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, Montel Williams attends the "Now You See Me" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square, in New York. An online company is losing Williams as its celebrity pitchman in New York while agreeing to stop generating leads in the state for payday loans with interest rates sometimes topping 1,000 percent, regulators said Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Williams, a former Marine who hosted "The Montel Williams Show" for more than a decade, signed a consent order saying he'll stop endorsing MoneyMutual loans in New York, it said. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An online company is losing Montel Williams as its celebrity pitchman in New York while agreeing to stop generating leads in the state for payday loans with interest rates sometimes topping 1,000 percent, regulators said Tuesday.


Venture firm Kleiner's lawyer sharply questions ex-partner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:07

Ellen Pao walks to San Francisco Superior Court in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A lawyer for venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers peppered former partner Ellen Pao with questions in court Tuesday afternoon, but Pao stayed calm on the witness stand, answering with short, measured, responses. “You understand what humble means, Ms. Pao?" asked Lynne Hermle, Kleiner’s lawyer. “I do,” replied Pao, who 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.


Deputy U.S. marshal shot dead in Louisiana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:06
A deputy U.S. marshal was killed in Louisiana on Tuesday in an exchange of gunfire with a fugitive wanted in connection with a double homicide, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, 27, was part of a team executing a warrant on the suspect, identified by authorities as Jamie Croom, at a local motel. He was taken by his partner to a Baton Rouge-area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at noon, said Shane Evans, chief of investigations for the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office. Wells joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 2011.

Drug cartel managers get long prison sentences

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:01
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced two former managers in Mexico's Gulf cartel to long prison sentences for their roles in drug and weapons smuggling along the South Texas border with Mexico.

UC Irvine meeting on flag ban cancelled by threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 07:00
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A threat of violence prompted the University of California, Irvine to cancel a Tuesday meeting that was set to discuss a ban on flags — including the U.S. flag — in student government offices.

Midday kidnapping attempt caught on video in small town

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:51

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)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday were searching for a man caught on surveillance video running down a sidewalk with a toddler in his arms, with the boy's two young siblings screaming and chasing behind him, in what officials in the tiny town of Sprague, Washington say was a failed kidnapping.


Amtrak train hit tractor-trailer too big for I-95

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:49

In this frame grab from video provided by WTVD-11, authorities respond to a collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a truck, Monday, March 9, 2015, in Halifax County, N.C. According to Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp, none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. (AP Photo/WTVD-11)HALIFAX, N.C. (AP) — The 127-ton tractor-trailer that derailed an Amtrak train at a railroad crossing in North Carolina was about three times the size and weight of a standard 18-wheeler, so huge it required a Highway Patrol escort, and so tall that it had to take back roads around some Interstate overpasses.


Madison police shooting forces liberal city to look at race gap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:47

Protestors block traffic on Washington Avenue during a candlelight vigil for Tony Robinson Jr. in MadisonBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - The fatal police shooting of an unarmed biracial teen in Madison, Wisconsin, has cast a light on the divide between the liberal whites that dominate the university city and its black residents, who said this week they feel marginalized. Since the death on Friday evening of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, Madison has seen days of protests and a measured response by the city's police department. Robinson was shot after Officer Matt Kenny responded to calls about a man dodging cars in traffic who had allegedly battered another person, according to police officials. Madison, a city of 243,000, is perennially near the top of media rankings of the best places to live in the United States.


Colonial Williamsburg offers to protect Iraqi artifacts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:30
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia says it has offered to house Iraqi artifacts to protect them from destruction by the Islamic State group.

Wisconsin teenager charged with killing mother, stepfather

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:27

Ashlee A. Martinson is seen in a booking photo provided by the Boone County, Ind., Jail. Sheriff's deputies say Martinson, 17, killed her mother and stepfather and locked her three younger siblings in a room with some food in Rhinelander, Wisc., before fleeing to Indiana with a 22-year-old man. Martinson has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the killings of Jennifer Ayers, 40, and Thomas Ayers, 37, whose bodies were found at their Rhinelander area home on Sunday, March 8, 2015. She is also charged with three counts of false imprisonment. She was arrested Sunday in Boone County, Ind. (AP Photo/Boone County, Ind. Jail)RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — A 17-year-old northern Wisconsin girl killed her mother and stepfather and locked her three younger siblings in a room with some food before fleeing to Indiana with a 22-year-old man, sheriff's deputies said.


Vegas 'black widow' murder case to get new US court review

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:20

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2001 file photo, Margaret Rudin, left, with her attorney Michael Amador, listens during a hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. A federal appeals court is ordering a new look at the murder conviction of Rudin, a former Las Vegas socialite dubbed the "black widow" following the 1995 death of her fifth husband. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Tuesday, March 10, 2015 that Margaret Rudin was “abandoned” by her trial lawyer, Amador, and her appeal should be heard. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Aaron Mayes,File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a new look at the murder conviction of a former Las Vegas socialite dubbed the "black widow" during her trial after years as a fugitive in the 1994 death of her millionaire husband.


Use of force questioned in police killing of unarmed Georgia man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:17
By Rich McKay TUCKER, Ga. (Reuters) - Georgia state police were investigating on Tuesday the shooting death of an unarmed, black, naked man by a white police officer in an Atlanta suburb, with reports of the man's erratic behavior leading to questions about unnecessary use of force. The death of Anthony Hill, 27, at an apartment complex in DeKalb County on Monday is the latest in a string of police killings of unarmed black men in the United States. Neighbor Xochitl Macedonio, who witnessed the shooting, told Reuters Hill ran towards the officer with his hands raised at shoulder height, elbows bent. DeKalb County police Chief Cedric Alexander told reporters it appeared Hill was grappling with some type of mental health issue when police received a call about a man "acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around on the ground naked." Alexander said Hill ran toward a responding officer, who ordered Hill to stop before shooting him twice.

Houston Ship Channel remains partially shut: U.S. Coast Guard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:11
Marine traffic in the Houston Ship Channel will remain partially halted until salvage ships retrieve an anchor that broke off a bulk carrier that collided with a tanker on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday. The bulk ship hauling steel and the tanker that was carrying 216,000 barrels of the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, remained in place on Tuesday as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers worked with salvage companies to move them and retrieve the lost anchor, the Coast Guard said. Thirty-six ships, carrying all kinds of cargo, were waiting to get in while 28 waited to get out on Tuesday morning, said J.J. Plunkett, port agent for the Houston Pilots. On Tuesday, two tankers carrying Mexican crude were still waiting after being held up last week when fog forced a four-day shutdown of the ship channel, according to ClipperData, which tracks crude movements.

University of Oklahoma expels two leaders of racist singing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:10

Fraternity's racist chant caught on videoBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma has expelled two students for playing a leadership role in singing a racist song at a fraternity-linked event that was captured on video and viewed worldwide, the school's president said on Tuesday. The two students, who have not been identified, were connected to a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event. The video, posted on Sunday, prompted the university to shut down the fraternity's house on campus and force members to vacate its premises by midnight Tuesday. "There is zero tolerance for this kind of threatening racist behavior at the University of Oklahoma," President David Boren said in a statement posted on Twitter.


Rail industry pushes White House to ease oil train safety rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:09
By Valerie Volcovici and Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. rail industry is pushing the White House to drop a requirement that oil trains adopt an advanced braking system, a cornerstone of a national safety plan that will soon govern shipments of crude across the country. Representatives of large rail operators met with White House officials last week to argue against the need for electronically controlled pneumatic brakes, or ECP brakes, saying they "would not have significant safety benefits" and "would be extremely costly," according to a handout from the meeting. More than a dozen industry representatives made their case at the Washington meeting last Friday, a day after a crude oil train derailed in Illinois.