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Man vs. rapids: Kayaker sets record Grand Canyon river trip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:00

In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 photo provided by Pamela Wolfson, Ben Orkin completes a record-breaking trip on the 277-mile stretch of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Orkin paddled his kayak for 34 hours and two minutes. (Courtesy of Pamela Wolfson via AP)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Denver man has logged the fastest Grand Canyon river trip on record, battling blisters and rapids as he paddled his kayak down a 277-mile stretch of the Colorado River in 34 hours and two minutes.

Ex-chief who called criminals 'mopes' convicted of 4 charges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:57

FILE - In this April 2, 2013 photo, Brimfield police Chief David Oliver answers questions during an interview in Brimfield, Ohio. Oliver, who developed an outsized Facebook following for blunt, humorous commentary about the criminals he calls "mopes" has been convicted of four misdemeanors. A Portage County judge on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 told Oliver he's become a mope himself. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former small-town Ohio police chief who developed an outsize Facebook following for blunt, humorous commentary about the criminals he calls "mopes" found himself grouped with them Monday as he was convicted of four misdemeanors, including assault of a female officer who accused him of sexual harassment.

Ex-cop pleads guilty to killing woman, ditching body

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:54

Former police officer Steven Zelich talks to his attorney Jonathan Smith on the first day of his trial in Kenosha, Wis., after pleading guilty to first-degree reckless homicide while using a dangerous weapon and hiding a corpse. Zelich pleaded guilty in the death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, whose body was found along a Wisconsin highway in August 2012. He will be sentenced in March, and could spend as many as 55 years in prison. (Kevin Poirier/Kenosha News via AP)MILWAUKEE (AP) — A former suburban Milwaukee police officer accused of killing two women and ditching their bodies in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin highway pleaded guilty Monday in one of their deaths.

Pedestrian found lying on Schuylkill Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:51

Pedestrian found lying on Schuylkill ExpresswayA person was discovered lying on the Schuylkill Expressway in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia.

Jury selected for lawsuit filed by man shot by deputy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:48
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A jury of six women and two men has been chosen in the lawsuit filed by a young black man against a Florida sheriff's deputy who shot him and left him paralyzed.

Allentown digging out after record snowfall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:48

Allentown digging out after record snowfallResidents of Allentown, Pa. were busy digging out Monday after the weekend storm.

Washington faces days of cleanup after epic blizzard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:42

A man carries a shovel down 108th street in the Richmond Hill section of the Queens borough of New YorkBy Doina Chiacu and Barbara Goldberg WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Washington will need several more days to return to normal after a weekend blizzard dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow along the U.S. East Coast, likely causing billions of dollars in damage and killing more than 30. The nation's capital was at a standstill, with federal government offices ordered shut on Monday, schools in the district and surrounding suburbs shuttered and the U.S. House of Representatives canceling all votes until next week. Washington's mayor, Muriel Bowser, said that city public schools would remain closed on Tuesday but that city government offices would reopen.

$5 parking at PPA garages extended; trash collection resumes Tues.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:41

$5 parking at PPA garages extended; trash collection resumes Tues.The Philadelphia Parking Authority announced that reduced-rate parking will continue on Monday night following the weekend blizzard.

Missouri professor who called for 'muscle' against reporter is charged

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:40
The student journalist, whose video of the incident during anti-racism protests went viral, had filed a complaint against Melissa Click with university police. Click, an assistant professor in the university's communication department, could not be reached for comment. In the video shot by student Mark Schierbecker, Click can be seen calling on protesters to remove Schierbecker and a student photographer from a spot in the school quad where protesters had set up an encampment which they claimed was private space.

U.S. judge OKs class action in Arkansas Planned Parenthood lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:39

A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New YorkA U.S. judge granted Planned Parenthood class action status on Monday for its challenge to Arkansas' ban on Medicaid funding to the health care provider over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. The approval by U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker strengthens Planned Parenthood's bid to reverse the state's decision in August to halt funding after the videos surfaced in July, claiming to show the nonprofit group's officials negotiating the sale of fetal body parts for profit. Planned Parenthood has denied the accusation.

Philly residents ask: Where to put all this snow?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:26

 Where to put all this snow?Philadelphia is trying to dig out from the fourth-largest snowfall in city history.

U.S. justices expand ban on mandatory life sentences for juvenile killers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:25
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday expanded its ban on mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for inmates convicted of murders committed before age 18, saying even those imprisoned years ago should have an opportunity to argue for their release. The court, in a 6-3 ruling, sided with Louisiana inmate Henry Montgomery, who was convicted in the 1963 fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy at age 17 and has spent more than a half century behind bars with an automatic sentence of life without possibility of parole. The court in 2012 had ruled that mandatory life sentences without parole in homicide cases involving juvenile killers violated the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Snow response in DC, NYC comes down to money, manpower

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:22

Ben Osborn walks with a shovel past a line of snowed-in cars A Steet in northeast Washington, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. Washington is digging out after a mammoth blizzard with hurricane-force winds and record-setting snowfall brought much of the East Coast to an icy standstill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's capital and its largest city both got walloped by the same near-record blizzard this weekend. But while Washington struggled to recover, New York City was mostly up and running on Monday.

Police officer indicted for using Taser on Texas city councilman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:21
A police officer has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge for using a Taser on a councilman in Prairie View, the city where a black woman died in custody in a case that raised questions about racial bias in policing, authorities said on Monday. Michael Kelley, an officer in Prairie View, was indicted by a grand jury last week on a charge of official oppression, which can bring up to a year in prison, the Waller County District Attorney's Office said. In the cellphone video, officers responding to a disturbance in October could be seen asking Councilman Jonathan Miller, who is black, numerous times to place his hands behind his back.

SEPTA updates system status; riders asked to be patient

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:20

SEPTA updates system status; riders asked to be patientSEPTA has restored much of its service following the Blizzard of 2016.

Plaintiffs' lawyers wary of taking on Flint water scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:07

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, MichiganThe water scandal in Flint, Michigan has many of the ingredients for a mass, class-action lawsuit: danger signs that may have been ignored, many thousands of potential victims, the possibility of lifelong health problems, and the alleged systemic failure of people in charge. What's holding them back, several lawyers said, is not the facts or the victims, but the prospective targets: The State of Michigan, the city of Flint, and officials at various levels of government. Special legal protections make it difficult to hold governments liable for damages, they said.

Iranian president Rouhani begins 4-day European visit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:56

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets Italian President Sergio Mattarella, right, upon his arrival at the Quirinale Presidential palace, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. On his four-day tour, in the wake of the implementation of Iran's landmark nuclear agreement, Rouhani is scheduled to meet with the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Pope Francis and the French President Francois Hollande. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME (AP) — Italy's premier said Monday that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, kicking off the first state visit to Europe by an Iranian president in nearly two decades, "can play a fundamental role in the stability" of the Middle East.

South Carolina college punishes 14 cadets in white hood incident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:52
Fourteen cadets at the Citadel military college in South Carolina have been disciplined after some were photographed wearing white pillowcases that resembled hoods worn by the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, the school said on Monday. Two photos of the costumed cadets were posted on social media last month, sparking an outcry from civil rights leaders. The college said its investigation found that freshmen cadets who dressed in all white with pillowcases over their heads to perform a "Ghosts of Christmas Past" skit and sing Christmas carols showed poor judgment but had no ill intent.

In coastal New Jersey, a flood of criticism for Christie follows storm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:51

A man walks on a flooded street at Fairmount and Arizona Avenues on his way to work at a casino after a powerful snowstorm struck the U.S. East Coast, in Atlantic City, New JerseyThe storm that walloped Washington and New York with about 2 feet (60 cm) of snow hit coastal Cape May County in New Jersey with tides higher than those measured during 2012's Superstorm Sandy, sending salt water into properties and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. Jim Hand voiced exasperation as he surveyed the damage at Fred's Tavern in Stone Harbor, a bar and liquor store about 35 miles (56 km) down the coast from Atlantic City. "We're doing the same thing today we did after Sandy," said Hand, 61.

Washington Metro to expand rail, bus service on Tuesday: manager

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:44
More rail and bus service in the Washington, D.C.-area Metro system will be restored on Tuesday after a blizzard forced severe cutbacks, the system's general manager said on Monday. All rail services except the Silver Line in Virginia will be running on a modified weekday schedule, while bus services will expanded to a "severe" schedule, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority General Manager Paul Wiedefeld told a news conference.