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Wounded Ferguson officers conscious, being treated at hospital: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 15:19
(Reuters) - The two police officers who were shot outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police station early Thursday are conscious and being treated at a local hospital, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters. An officer from the St. Louis County Police was shot in the shoulder and an officer from the Webster Groves Police Department was struck in the face when at least three shots rang out as the crowd protesting at the station was breaking up, Belmar said.

Lyft raises $530 million in Rakuten-led funding round

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:10
(Reuters) - Ride-sharing service Lyft said it raised an additional $530 million in a funding round led by Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc. Lyft will use the funds to expand its presence in the 65 markets it operates in, and to invest in Lyft Line - a service that allows users to share cabs. Rakuten is investing $300 million for an 11.9 percent stake in Lyft, which uses a smartphone-based app to match riders with paid drivers who use their own cars rather than livery vehicles. The financing, which also includes new investor Fortress Investment Group, values three-year-old Lyft at more than $2.5 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. By empowering the connections between people, the sharing economy will fundamentally change the service industry and merit society," Rakuten Chief Executive Hiroshi Mikitani said in a statement.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 2 officers shot outside Ferguson Police Department

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:50
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 2 officers shot outside Ferguson Police Department.

Utah House passes church-backed anti-discrimination bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:23

Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, leaves a House committee hearing Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Salt Lake City. An anti-discrimination bill protecting LGBT Utah residents and religious rights awaits a final vote by lawmakers. The bill was approved on Tuesday afternoon. It was originally scheduled for Monday, but postponed by the House Judiciary Committee after an hour-long hearing so that they could hear more comments from the public. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights received final approval at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday.


Idaho police seeking killers in 'heinous' triple homicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:06

This Wednesday, March 11, 2015 photo shows an entrance to a home where two men and a woman were found dead on Tuesday amid signs of a struggle in Ada County, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho authorities made an arrest related to a "heinous" triple murder at a rural home in the Boise foothills and said they are working around the clock to identify the suspect or suspects in the deaths.


U.S. business interests square off against lawyers in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 13:03
An influential group of lawyers in Delaware, home to more corporations than any other state, is gearing up to do battle with  some of the largest U.S. companies over the increasingly busy industry of shareholder lawsuits.  The lawyers' group, which includes attorneys for both plaintiffs and defendants, fired its opening salvo last week: A series of legislative proposals that, if enacted, would help ensure that Delaware remains the go-to venue for corporate disputes. Delaware courts can award fees to punish abusive tactics. In a statement, Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform, blasted the proposed ban on fee-shifting as "a huge win for Delaware's lawsuit business." More than 30 companies, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Interactive Brokers Group Inc, have adopted fee-shifting bylaws or charter provisions in the past year, after they were upheld by Delaware's Supreme Court.

Anti-bias bill supported by Mormon Church passes in Utah legislature

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 12:56
(Reuters) - Lawmakers in conservative Utah on Wednesday passed a landmark anti-discrimination bill, with the backing of the Mormon Church, they say will prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation while also protecting religious freedom. The measure, which supporters hailed as a model for the nation, prohibits employers, landlords or property owners from discriminating against job applicants or tenants based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, but provides protections for religious expression. The state's House of Representatives voted in favor of the measure 65 to 10 on Wednesday night, following their counterparts in the state Senate who passed it last Friday, according to the state legislature's website. The bill proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity clauses to the state's existing anti-discrimination laws for housing and employment, which already prohibit bias on the grounds of race, sex, age and other factors.

Satellite images show Syria conflict leaves country in dark

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 12:16
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over the four years that researcher Xi Li has watched Syria's civil war unfold through nighttime satellite imagery, he has seen the pinpricks of light that dotted the north and east fade and the Mediterranean coast darken until 83 percent of the country's lights have gone out.

Republican-controlled Utah Legislature passes anti-discrimination bill backed by Mormon church

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:55
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican-controlled Utah Legislature passes anti-discrimination bill backed by Mormon church.

Doral Financial files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:50

Employees of the Doral Bank leave a branch of the bank after it was closed in San Juan(Reuters) - Doral Financial Corp filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, saying it intends to wind down its businesses, liquidate its assets, and seek approval for a liquidation plan.


Shooting victim crashes into building in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:42

Shooting victim crashes into building in TrentonAuthorities say a man was shot while behind the wheel of a car in Trenton.


Woman denied bond in Colorado hostage, fatal shooting incident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:40
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A woman was ordered held without bond on suspicion of attempted murder stemming from an incident in which she and a male companion took two Colorado officers hostage before the man was fatally shot, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The two officers - a sheriff's deputy and a state parks ranger - were checking out reports on Monday of a suspicious vehicle near the town of Dinosaur, about 10 miles from the Utah state line in northwestern Colorado, authorities said. After confronting a man and a woman in the vehicle, later identified as James Damon and Hand, the two officers were “briefly” taken hostage by the couple, the prosecutors' office said in its statement. Damon, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Michael Porras said.

Resigning Ferguson police chief to get severance payment: city

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:33
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned on Wednesday, effective March 19, and will receive a severance payment and one year of health insurance, the city said on Wednesday in a statement. The city statement said it planned to launch a nationwide search for a new police chief. (Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Ferguson committed to retaining city police department: mayor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:33
(Reuters) - Ferguson, Missouri, is committed to maintaining its own police department, Mayor James Knowles told a news conference on Wednesday following the announcement that Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned effective March 19. (Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Mo.; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Ferguson police chief resigns: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:33
(Reuters) - Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned on Wednesday, the latest official in the Missouri city to step down in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report on police abuses, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported on Wednesday. (Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Ferguson police chief resigns after scathing Justice Department report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:33

File photo of Police Chief Thomas Jackson speaking during a news conference in FergusonBy Kate Munsch and Carey Gillam FERGUSON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, resigned on Wednesday, following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found widespread racially biased abuses in the city's police department and municipal court. The resignation of Chief Thomas Jackson was the latest in a string of departures since the Justice Department said on March 4 that a months-long probe had uncovered a range of unlawful and unconstitutional practices in the St. Louis suburb. Protesters had called for Jackson's removal since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. A separate Justice Department investigation found that Ferguson police routinely targeted African-Americans for arrests and ticketing.


West Philadelphia woman still fighting after being shot 8 times by neighbor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:29

West Philadelphia woman still fighting after being shot 8 times by neighborA West Philadelphia woman is fighting for her life after she was shot eight times by her neighbor. Friends of the victim are praying for a miracle.


Worker hit in the head with pallet of meat at Hatfield warehouse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:20

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


Ferguson chief resigns in wake of scathing federal report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:20

Ferguson chief resigns in wake of scathing federal reportThe police chief in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson 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.


North Dallas home of leader of racist chant picketed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:12

Charletteria Mathis, second from left, Albeta Wellington, far right, and her son Mark Wallace, 5, protest outside the family home of a former University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member Parker Rice, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Dallas. Rice and several other fraternity members were seen on video chanting a racist song. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)DALLAS (AP) — A handful of protesters took to the street in front of the home of a former University of Oklahoma student and fraternity member who was shown in a video leading a racist chant aboard a bus.