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Fraternity members in video apologize for racist chant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 12:02

People walk on the Oval at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Two students have been expelled from the university following an incident in which members of a fraternity were caught on video chanting a racial slur. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)DALLAS (AP) — A former University of Oklahoma fraternity member who was shown in a video chanting a racial slur issued an apology Tuesday, as did the parents of a second student.

Threat forces cancellation of flag ban meeting at California university

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:59
(Reuters) - A threat of violence forced the student council of a southern California university to cancel a meeting on a bill to ban national flags from the common area of student government offices, officials said on Tuesday. The measure, vetoed on Saturday after being passed last week by the student legislative council of the University of California at Irvine, said national flags bore a range of cultural significances that some could interpret negatively. "Regardless of your opinion on the display of the American flag, we must be united in protecting the people who make this university a premier institution of higher learning," UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a statement. The resolution added that national flags, and in particular, that of the United States, had been "flown in instances of colonialism and imperialism" and "serve as symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism." "Freedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible, can be interpreted as hate speech," the bill said.

Unions challenge Wisconsin's new 'right-to-work' law in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:53

Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines(Reuters) - The Wisconsin state AFL-CIO and two other unions filed suit on Tuesday challenging a new statute that lets private-sector employees avoid joining unions or paying dues even when covered by union-negotiated contracts. The law, signed on Monday by Governor Scott Walker, a likely Republican U.S. presidential contender for 2016, made Wisconsin the 25th state to adopt a so-called "right-to-work" statute, following similar laws adopted in Michigan and Indiana in 2012. Right-to-work laws such as the one in Wisconsin bar private-sector workers covered by a collective-bargaining agreement from being required to join and financially support their union as a condition of their employment. The complaint, filed in Dane County Circuit Court by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO and local chapters of the International Association of Machinists and United Steelworkers unions, said the law violated the state's constitution.

AccuWeather: Wet to Warm

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

 Very Mild TodayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says tonight's rain gives way to morning fog and the warmest afternoon of the year so far.

Suspect steals $10,000 from Lawncrest CVS

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:46

Suspect steals $10,000 from Lawncrest CVSPolice are searching for a suspect who stole approximately $10,000 from a CVS store in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia.

Jury finds Pharrell, Thicke copied for 'Blurred Lines' song

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:40

Jury finds Pharrell, Thicke copied for 'Blurred Lines' songA jury says singers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke copied a Marvin Gaye song to create "Blurred Lines" and awarded $7.3 million to Gaye's family.

Cardinal Dolan: The church thanks God for Cardinal Egan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:36

A clergy member and a New York city police officer participate in the funeral mass for Cardinal Edward Egan, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Egan, who led the New York Archdiocese for nearly a decade, died March 5, 2015 at age at 82. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan was God's servant and worked tirelessly for parishes, charities, health care and education, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Tuesday at a funeral Mass for one of the most powerful prelates in the global Roman Catholic Church.

U.S. Air Force leader eyes SpaceX launch certification by June

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:30

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch pad 40 the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape CanaveralThe U.S. Air Force hopes to certify privately-held Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to launch some U.S. military and intelligence satellites into space using its Falcon 9 rocket by June, a top official told Reuters on Tuesday. "I think we're still looking at ... June," Lieutenant General Ellen Pawlikowski, the top uniformed officer in charge of Air Force acquisition, told Reuters after a speech at the annual Women in Defense conference. Pawlikowski, nominated by President Barack Obama to head Air Force Materiel Command, said she was disappointed the Air Force had not been able to certify SpaceX for the launches by December, as initially hoped, but said she was "encouraged that we're close." The general said allowing SpaceX to enter a market dominated by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of the two top Pentagon suppliers, Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, would let the Air Force leverage the commercial market and help reduce the cost of launching satellites into space.

Video of racist chant threatens Univ. of Oklahoma's progress

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:15
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Almost a generation ago, the University of Oklahoma set out to raise its profile, seeking to build a regional school that served mostly students from the Southwest into a leading institution that attracted top scholars.

Prominent U.S. Mormon activist appeals against excommunication

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:11
The excommunication of John Dehlin, the outspoken founder of the "Mormon Stories" website and podcast, was one of the highest profile disciplinary actions taken by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) as it seeks to counter challenges from the left to its theology and practices. In an open letter to the church's First Presidency, one of its highest governing boards, Dehlin said that since his excommunication he had heard from many active LDS members that they now fear the church has no room for them because they share some, or all, of his views. Asked for comment, LDS spokeswoman Kristen Howey said in an email, "The decisions of disciplinary councils are always open to appeal and the Church will proceed accordingly." Last month, a church spokesman said Dehlin was excommunicated by local leaders who determined that he had disputed the divinity of Jesus Christ, labeled the Book of Mormon and the Book of Abraham as fiction, and denied the church's divine authority.

Ferguson city manager out after Justice Department report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:55

Gina Gowdy joins protesters on the street outside a Ferguson, Mo., fire station, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Ferguson. The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson City Council on Tuesday evening unanimously approved a resolution to part ways with City Manager John Shaw following a scathing Justice Department report that alleged racial bias in the city police department and court system.

FBI says bunker east of Seattle linked to bank robber

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:41
SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — The FBI says authorities have found an underground bunker east of Seattle that's believed to have been used by a bank robber who spent nearly five years on the run before he was arrested last summer.

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art hires new president

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:34
NEW YORK (AP) — The next president of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will be an art historian who's currently president of Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

New York school district may consider boycotting state tests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:17
KENMORE, N.Y. (AP) — The school district may consider breaking the law and boycotting the state's standardized tests in April in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education policies.

US: War crimes case vs. Assad better than one for Milosevic

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:04

The sign warns of disturbing images as a man walks past a photo exhibit at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The graphic photo exhibit shows detainees who have died in Bashar Assad's prisons since the start of Syria's conflict. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The case against Syrian President Bashar Assad is much better than the one against Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia or Charles Taylor of Liberia, both of whom were indicted by international tribunals, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues said Tuesday.

City manager of Ferguson, Missouri, resigns after U.S. probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:58
The city manager of Ferguson, Missouri, has resigned in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department probe that found a range of systemic racially biased practices by the police and municipal court, the city said on Tuesday. Ferguson City Council voted unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday to accept the resignation of City Manager John Shaw effective immediately. The city manager is the highest-ranking, non-elected municipal official and oversees the police department. Shaw was among several individuals heavily criticized in the Justice Department report issued last Wednesday.

Union says talks to end U.S. refinery strike 'moving along'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:57

An oil refinery is seen in CarsonBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - The union representing striking U.S. refinery workers said on Tuesday that renewed talks with oil companies for a settlement to the 38-day work stoppage were "moving along." A meeting in Houston between negotiators for the United Steelworkers union (USW) and Shell Oil Co, representing U.S. refinery owners, ran into Tuesday night. While the USW's message about progress in the talks began on a positive note, it also carried a threat. "Industry needs to close the gaps and end the strike or see it expand." A spokesman for Shell, which is the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, declined to comment on the union's message. Analyst group Fitch Ratings warned on Tuesday that an extended strike could squeeze refiners with walkouts during peak summer demand for gasoline.

Police: Father left child in car for 3 hours outside casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:55

 Father left son in car for 3 hours outside casinoBensalem police have arrested a Philadelphia man for leaving his 7-year-old child alone in a vehicle outside Parx Casino.

2 injured in Kingsessing crash involving SEPTA bus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:53

2 injured in Kingsessing crash involving SEPTA busPhiladelphia police are investigating an accident involving a SEPTA bus that injured two people.

Woman says she didn't initially reject advances of colleague

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:46

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Ellen Pao, right, leaves the Civic Center Courthouse along with her attorney, Therese Lawless, left, during a lunch break in her trial in San Francisco. Plaintiff Pao testified Monday, March 9, 2015, that female employees were treated disrespectfully at the firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and some were not even invited, when the company held a series of events. Pao also told the jury at the civil trial that she complained to management about the atmosphere at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers after learning a female colleague had complained about alleged sexual harassment. The investigator hired by the firm to investigate Pao's complaint concluded there was no gender discrimination at the firm. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman suing a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm in a high-profile case alleging gender bias testified Tuesday that she did not reject the initial romantic advances of a male colleague and even discussed having children with him.