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Notable developments in tensions between police, communities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:55

Julie Ramirez, left, consoles her mother, Betty Ramirez during a court inquest into the police shooting of Richard Ramirez in Billings, Mont. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The unarmed man killed by Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison during a traffic stop was told repeatedly to raise his hands before Morrison shot him three times, according to video footage. The jury will decide if the shooting was justified as part of a mandatory inquest into the shooting. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)The killings of two unarmed black men by white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries declined to indict the officers.


Police unions reject NYC mayor's leadership as deep rift persists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:46

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference ending the city's ban on students bringing their cellphones into public schools, in BrooklynBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police union leaders said they rejected Mayor Bill de Blasio's leadership after emerging from a meeting with the city's police commissioner on Wednesday, suggesting the mayor's effort to mend his unusually deep rift with police was failing. The meeting with Commissioner William Bratton came only hours after de Blasio conceded he was still unable to say whether officers in the nation's largest police force had embarked on a widespread work slowdown in the two weeks since two policemen were ambushed and killed. ...


Former West Virginia Gov. Arch Moore dies at 91

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:43

FILE - In this May 12, 1960, file photo, President Dwight Eisenhower, front right, shakes hands with Rep. Arch Moore, of West Virginia, as he poses with a group of Republican congressmen after breakfast at the White House, in Washington. Moore, whose guilty pleas to federal corruption charges overshadowed his record as his era's most successful Republican in Democrat-dominated West Virginia, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. He was 91. (AP Photo/Bill Allen, File)CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Arch Alfred Moore Jr., whose guilty pleas to federal corruption charges overshadowed his record as his era's most successful Republican in Democrat-dominated West Virginia, died Wednesday. He was 91.


Federal judge blocks California's ban on foie gras

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:21

File - This July 17, 2012 file photo shows Karlene Bley of Los Angeles spread her torchon of foie gras onto bread during lunch at the Presidio Social Club restaurant in San Francisco. Foie gras lovers are rejoicing after a federal judge in Los Angeles blocked California’s ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver. Judge Stephen V. Wilson on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, permanently blocked the state attorney general from enforcing the law, which took effect two years ago. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Foie gras can go back on the menu in California after a federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state's ban on the sale of the fatty duck and goose liver.


Coroner IDs backcountry skier killed in Colorado avalanche

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:16
SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have identified the 23-year-old backcountry skier who died after an avalanche swept her into some trees in Colorado, marking the state's second fatal slide in a week.

FBI says shooter at Texas VA clinic was ex-employee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:54

CORRECTS YEAR - A law enforcement officer talks to a man with an oxygen tank who was one of many waiting to be debriefed about a shooting inside the El Paso, Texas VA Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. A gunman opened fire at the veterans' medical clinic in West Texas on Tuesday, killing one other person, officials said. The gunman was also killed. (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Victor Calzada)EL PASO, Texas (AP) — An Army veteran who fatally shot a psychologist at a West Texas veterans' hospital before killing himself was a former clerk at the clinic and had threatened the doctor in 2013, the FBI said Wednesday.


2 arraigned in shootings of NY officers at bodega robbery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:54
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors say one man has been charged with attempted murder and another with burglary in the robbery of a Bronx bodega in which two police officers were shot.

Teenager pleads guilty in beating death of WW2 veteran

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:24

Kenan Adams Kinard, center, is led into a courtroom, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. before taking a plea deal in the murder of Delbert Belton. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder in the beating death of 88-year-old Delbert Belton, a World War II veteran who survived the battle of Okinawa but was killed in a robbery outside a Washington state bar in 2013.


Obama issues 3 veto threats in 2 days

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:24

President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, before boarding Marine One helicopter for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md.. Obama is traveling to Detroit area to speak to workers at Ford automotive plant. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened more vetoes Wednesday against top-priority legislation of the two-day-old Republican-controlled Congress, and GOP leaders said they intend to keep challenging President Barack Obama to sign early measures that demonstrate bipartisan support.


FCC chairman hints at utility-style rules for Internet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:11
LAS VEGAS (AP) — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online.

FCC chairman hints at utility-style rules for Internet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:11
LAS VEGAS (AP) — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:05

Crew members of Indonesian Air Force Super Puma helicopter man their position during a search operation for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 over the Java Sea, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle spotted the tail of the missing AirAsia plane in the Java Sea on Wednesday, the first confirmed sighting of any major wreckage 11 days after Flight 8501 disappeared with 162 people on board, an official said. (AP Photo/Beawiharta, Pool)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Attendants say they were unfairly fired for refusing to fly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:02
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thirteen flight attendants filed a federal complaint Wednesday against United Airlines saying they were fired for refusing to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a plane with the words "BYE BYE" and a pair of faces scrawled on it, their attorneys said Wednesday.

Colorado theater shooting defense seeks another trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:57
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are again asking a judge to delay the trial, less than two weeks before jury selection is set to begin.

One dead following officer-involved shooting at Ohio airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:57
(Reuters) - A man armed with a knife was shot and killed by Port Columbus International Airport police in Ohio's state capital on Wednesday, according to authorities. The shooting occurred in the outdoor departure area of the Columbus Regional Airport at around 1 p.m. when the unidentified man lunged at a police officer with a knife, according to a joint statement by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the Columbus Division of Police. ...

Last two defendants plead guilty in string of Mississippi hate crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:54
By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Two white Mississippi men pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to their roles in a string of racially motivated attacks on blacks in 2011 that included the killing of a man run over by a truck. The defendants were the last of 10 to be convicted in connection with the attacks, which included the killing of James Craig Anderson, 47, and sparked outrage in a state that has struggled to overcome a long history of racism. "The hate crimes to which these defendants have pleaded guilty were as shocking as they were reprehensible," U.S. ...

Nebraska court could hold up Keystone pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:49

FILE - In this March 11, 2013 file photo is a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" placed in a field near Bradshaw, Neb. Even if the Republican-led Congress approves the Keystone XL pipeline, not a drop of oil will flow through the system until Nebraska signs off on its route. The routing process is still before the state Supreme Court, and depending on how justices rule, it could be months or longer before any construction in Nebraska begins. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but no matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire 1,179-mile project could be delayed until Nebraska signs off on the route.


Federal judge makes foie gras sales legal in California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:49
By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) - Foie gras is back on the menu in California, after a federal judge on Wednesday struck down the state's controversial law banning the production and sale of the culinary delicacy that comes from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn. While some California chefs planned to celebrate the return of fatty duck liver, animal rights activists said the state's hard-fought foie gras battle was far from over. California's bill outlawing foie gras passed in 2004 but the ban didn't go into effect until 2012. ...

Judge rules against florist who didn't want to serve gays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:28
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A judge has decided the state of Washington has the authority to bring a consumer protection lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding.

Judge keeps most of gag order in former W.Va. coal exec case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:25
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge is upholding most of a gag order in a criminal case against ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was in charge of the Upper Big Branch mine when it exploded and killed 29 men.