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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.

Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:23

In this Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 photo, U.S. Armed Forces veterans attend the annual Veterans Career and Resource Fair in Miami. The Labor Department reported on Thursday, March 26, 2015, that fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits a week earlier, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015.


U.S. consumer watchdog unveils plans to regulate payday loans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:54

Cordray participates in an open meeting of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans in WashingtonThe U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Thursday outlined its plans for cracking down on the payday lending industry and ensuring that borrowers can repay their loans. The framework unveiled by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was a key step toward new rules for various types of loans that regulators say trap borrowers in debt. President Barack Obama is expected to tout the progress the young agency has made in shielding the middle class from unfair financial practices in a speech on Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama. Payday loans are small-dollar extensions of credit that borrowers agree to repay in a short time, such as when they next receive a paycheck.


Report: Delaware trooper justified in using deadly force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:47

 Delaware trooper justified in using deadly forceThe Delaware attorney general's office says a state trooper was justified in using deadly force against a wanted man who shot and wounded him after a vehicle pursuit.


Massachusetts denies parole to murderer who fled to Chicago

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:37
NATICK, Mass. (AP) — A man convicted of murder in Massachusetts, who escaped from prison and spent 20 years as an activist and poet in Chicago, has been denied parole.