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Maryland student leaves school after 'hateful' email to fraternity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:42
(Reuters) - A Maryland college student has left school after officials discovered he sent his fraternity brothers e-mail correspondence that contained racist and sexist language, officials said on Thursday.The student, who has not been identified publicly, will not return to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, said Linda Clement, the vice president for student affairs. The e-mail sent by a member of Kappa Sigma to several fraternity members was racist and used "language disparaging the importance of sexual consent," said university spokesman Brian Ullmann. "I know many of you feel hurt and angry."The national chapter of Kappa Sigma in a statement called the incident inexcusable and said the student submitted a letter of resignation from the fraternity.The school ordered mandatory diversity training for Kappa Sigma and said all members of its Greek system will undergo mandatory training in sexual assault prevention, multicultural competency, drug and alcohol education and hazing prevention.Discovery of the email came just days after University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers were caught on video chanting a racist song.

Co-Pilot Appeared to Want to 'Destroy the Plane': Prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:40
The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps this week appeared to want to "destroy the plane," Brice Robin, Prosecutor of Marseille, said.

Jersey shore pier where coaster fell into sea to be rebuilt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:37
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey shore amusement pier that became an iconic image of Superstorm Sandy when the storm knocked its roller coaster into the ocean will be rebuilt — on dry land and not over the surf.

Woman to testify about gifts from former Clippers owner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:19

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, sits with V. Stiviano as they watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. Sterling's wife, Shelly Sterling, is going after the $2.5 million in real estate and cars her husband lavished on V. Stiviano in a trial scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Los Angeles Superior Court. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before a woman's recordings of Donald Sterling ousted him as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling.


Video shows motorist pulled from car, beaten by officers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:19

An emotional Floyd Dent tells his story about his alleged beating by Inkster police in January to members of the media, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at his attorney's office in Novi, Mich.. His attorney Gregory J. Rohl is in the background. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT HUFFINGTON POST OUTINKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A pastor leading a protest Wednesday outside a Detroit-area police department threatened to shut down the city until white officers are fired for the bloody arrest of a black man who was pulled from his car and repeatedly punched in the head.


Police investigate home invasion in Point Breeze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:10

Police investigate home invasion in Point BreezePolice are investigating a home invasion and attempted robbery in Philadelphia's Point Breeze section early Thursday morning.


Student who sent racist email won't return this semester

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:10
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Officials say a Maryland college student won't return to campus this semester after an email he sent filled with racist and sexist language was made public.

Wednesday's winning $40M Powerball ticket sold in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:09

Wednesday's winning $40M Powerball ticket sold in New JerseyWednesday's winning $40 million Powerball ticket was sold in New Jersey.


California plans public forums on marijuana legalization options

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:03
California officials will hold forums starting next month across the most populous U.S. state to seek public input on proposals to legalize marijuana under a strict tax and regulatory system, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday. California became the first U.S. state to allow medical marijuana at a ballot in 1996, and it was followed by several other states, some of which also later legalized recreational use of the drug by adults. Announcing the start of the public phase of the work of a state commission that he leads on marijuana policy, Newsom said that over the past 18 months the panel identified three key issues related to legalization, tax and regulation. "With marijuana legalization increasingly likely in California, it is vital that policymakers are informed by the expert think tank we've assembled to make sure any changes in law are thoughtfully constructed and implemented safely and effectively," Newsom said in a statement.

Life in prison for man convicted in headphone slaying case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:58
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man convicted in a Philadelphia slaying over a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

U.S. House committee advances 'threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:54

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to advance a long-awaited bill that would make it easier for companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government without the fear of lawsuits. The legislation is expected to come before the full House as soon as late April, after lawmakers return from a two-week early April recess. Similar legislation is making its way through the U.S. Senate and backers of both bills say they have a good chance of passing after repeated setbacks. U.S. corporations have been clamoring for more protection against cyberattacks, but they also worry about potential lawsuits if they hand information over to government investigators.


Pope to visit White House during U.S. trip

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:47

Pope to visit White House during U.S. tripThe White House says President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis in Washington when he visits the United States this fall.


UN approves 1,000 more peacekeepers for C. African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:46
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that authorizes more than 1,000 additional military and police personnel for the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.

Co-Pilot Appeared to Want to 'Destroy the Plane': Prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:33
The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps this week appeared to want to "destroy the plane," Brice Robin, Prosecutor of Marseille, said.

'American Idol'-like talent competition app launches

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:09

This photo provided by Chosen shows a screenshot from the talent competition app, "Chosen." The former CEO of Beats Music, David Hyman, is behind the new app, which debuts Thursday, March 26, 2015, for invitees on Apple devices. (AP Photo/Chosen)LOS ANGELES (AP) — For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true.


Police call kidnap a hoax, now can't find California woman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:07

This undated photo released by the Vallejo Police Department shows Denise Huskins. Police say Huskins, who was reported kidnapped from her boyfriend's San Francisco Bay area home and held for ransom, has contacted her father to say she's in the Southern California city of Huntington Beach. (AP Photo/Vallejo Police Department)VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — Northern California investigators say they were suspicious when a man took hours to report that strangers broke into his home and abducted his girlfriend for an $8,500 ransom but had to take it seriously for the two days she was missing.


More than 15,000 structures without power after Oklahoma tornadoes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:06

A Tornado is seen in Sand SpringsAbout 15,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma and Arkansas were without power on Thursday after tornadoes touched down in the states a day earlier, leaving at least one person dead and scores of structures damaged. School were closed in parts of Oklahoma and clean up was underway from the twisters that hit Tulsa, Oklahoma City and northwest Arkansas. Another tornado was spotted in Moore, Oklahoma, where police said multiple buildings were damaged and vehicles overturned. The Oklahoma City suburb was hit by a tornado in 2013 that killed 24 and injured more than 300.


US, UN press Europe to make strong return to peacekeeping

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:05

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, Spanish U.N peacekeepers patrol the area where a rocket fell short in Lebanon several kilometers north of the Israeli border, near the village of el-Meri, southern Lebanon. Russia's aggressiveness in the east. The Islamic State group's sudden rise in the south. As Europe’s militaries register new threats close to home, they’re now being asked by the United States to make a strong return to peacekeeping around the world as well. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's aggressiveness in the east. The Islamic State group's sudden rise in the south. As Europe finds new threats close to home, it's now being asked by the United States to make a strong return to peacekeeping around the world as well.


U.S. autoworkers face threat as car makers drawn to Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:58

UAW President Dennis Williams addresses their Special Bargaining Convention held at COBO Hall in Detroit(In March 25 item, corrects third paragraph to show GM is adding Cruze production to existing plant, not building new plant)) By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers union on Wednesday said getting raises for workers at the Detroit automakers will be a top priority in contract talks this summer, but more jobs and production are shifting to U.S. plants without unions and Mexico. In the next six years, Mexico's auto production will rise to more than a quarter of the North American market, according to industry consultant IHS Inc. Earlier this week, General Motors Co said it would invest $350 million in an existing factory in Mexico to assemble a new generation of compact Chevrolet Cruze sedans, although the company said that would not affect a Lordstown, Ohio, plant that builds the same model. The rise of Mexico as an auto assembly hub is just one factor working against the UAW as it launches contract talks with Ford Motor Co, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles this summer.


Dallas woman accused in illegal butt injections surrenders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:24
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a woman accused of providing illegal buttocks injections has surrendered to authorities.