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Experts: Ferguson must move quickly to rebuild public trust

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:44

Michael Brown Sr., right, father of Michael Brown, listens as attorney Daryl Parks, center, talks to reporters during a news conference Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Dellwood, Mo. Neither his former wife Lesley McSpadden or Brown spoke or took questions. The Justice Department Wednesday cleared former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of their 18-year-old son Michael Jr., 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)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The federal government's withering report on the Ferguson Police Department issued a stern mandate to city leaders: Reform your law-enforcement practices and rebuild relations with the black community.

Businesses back gay marriage, top U.S. court sets argument date

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:42

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Big business rallied behind the gay marriage cause on Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments for April 28 on the contentious social issue that promises to yield one of the justices' most important rulings of 2015. A total of 379 businesses and groups representing employers across various sectors, including Google Inc, American Airlines Group Inc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Johnson & Johnson, have signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief in support of gay marriage that was filed on Thursday. Various supporters of gay marriage are filing similar briefs ahead of a Friday deadline. One was filed on behalf of dozens of prominent conservatives, including former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman and David Koch, one of the billionaire Koch brothers known for donating to right-leaning political causes.

Exclusive: White House mulled, then balked at curbing explosive gas on oil trains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:38

Train transports make their way along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail line outside of Williston, North DakotaBy Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration weighed national standards to control explosive gas in oil trains last year but rejected the move, deciding instead to leave new rules to North Dakota, where much of the fuel originates. Current and former administration officials told Reuters they were unsure if they had the power to force the energy industry to drain volatile gas from crude oil originating in North Dakota's fields. Instead, they opted to back North Dakota's effort to remove the cocktail of explosive gas - known in the industry as 'light ends' - and rely on the state to contain the risk. The administration's internal debate shows that concern about the risks associated with oil trains reached the upper level of the White House.

Man who fired at U.S. spy agency headquarters heard voices: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:36
A Maryland man accused of firing at the National Security Agency headquarters and four other shootings has said he was hearing voices when he opened fire, according to charging documents. The suspect, Hong Young, 35, of Beltsville, Maryland, told officers when he was arrested late on Tuesday that the voices made him carry out the shootings, according to charging documents provided by Anne Arundel County police on Thursday. Young admitted to police that he opened fire on the NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Tuesday, striking a building, police said. Young also admitted his involvement in four other shooting incidents in Washington's Maryland suburbs since Feb. 24.

Second man charged in deadly LA street race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:35
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who allegedly helped organize an illegal Los Angeles street race that killed two spectators has been charged with two counts of murder.

Ride-sharing firm Uber pulling out of San Antonio over regulations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:35
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Ride-sharing firm Uber plans to pull its service in San Antonio as of April 1 after the city council there voted to revise some of the city's transportation regulations, but not enough for Uber's liking, the company said on Thursday. In December, after nearly a year of sometimes heated debate, San Antonio approved rules that would give smartphone-enabled ride services the right to compete with regular taxi drivers, but with regulations largely fashioned by the taxi industry. San Antonio, the seventh largest U.S. city in terms of population and with a major convention trade, later rolled back many of the regulations.

Police officer shot in the head in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:34

Police officer shot 3 times in North PhiladelphiaA police officer was shot in the head in North Philadelphia and at least one person has been taken in for questioning.

Military recognizes WikiLeaks defendant Manning as a woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — A military appeals court is recognizing the transgender defendant accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks as a woman.

Police officer shot in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:00

Police officer shot in North PhiladelphiaA police officer has been rushed to the hospital after being shot in North Philadelphia.

Cardinal Egan, retired NY archbishop, dies at age 82

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:52

FILE - This Feb. 21, 2013 file photo shows Edward Michael Egan, former archbishop of New York, during an interview in New York. Egan died, Thursday, March 5, 2015 of cardiac arrest in New York. He was 82. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82.

Ships collision briefly shuts part of Houston Ship Channel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:52
HOUSTON (AP) — A section of the Houston Ship Channel has been reopened after a brief shutdown caused by the collision of two ships.

Prosecutor says man didn't claim to be Etan Patz

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:49
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor trying a suspect for murder in the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz says she misspoke when she told a judge police interviewed a man who called claiming to be the boy.

Dad accused of punching 3-month-old; son had 17 broken bones

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:48
BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been charged with punching his 3-month-old son, and doctors say the baby had 17 broken bones and skull fractures.

Lawmakers weigh tourism, local control in school year debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:46

In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, participants inch to the starting line in the big wheel race during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Iowa is one of several states where business owners have expressed growing concern over early school start dates and their effect on lost revenue during critical summer months. Proposed legislation in at least six states show it’s still being debated in 2015. (AP Photo/The Register, Bryon Houlgrave)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Summer foot traffic is what keeps Iowa's Adventureland, with its famed wooden roller coaster and sprawling water park, in business. That is, until mid-August.

Selma's 50th anniversary brings comparisons to Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:45

FILE - In this March 1965 file photo, Martin Luther King, center, leads a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. In early 1965, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference began a series of marches as part of a push for black voting rights. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — They only lasted minutes, but the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, permanently seared the inhumanity of Southern segregation onto the American conscience.

Ten sheriffs challenge Colorado marijuana laws in federal court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:43
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Six Colorado sheriffs and four from neighboring states challenged Colorado's marijuana legalization in federal court on Thursday, saying the voter-approved measure violates the U.S. Constitution and their oath of office. Pot is illegal under federal law, but Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize recreational use by adults in landmark ballots in 2012. The sheriffs filed their civil action in U.S. District Court in Denver, naming Governor John Hickenlooper as defendant. "The Constitution and the federal anti-drug laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local pro-drug policies and licensed-distribution schemes throughout the country which conflict with federal laws," it said.

States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:39

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, John Phillips works at his auto repair shop in Decatur, Ill. Phillips is quick to say he’s not a fan of President Barack Obama’s health care law, but says he’s worried about the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the law’s subsidies in roughly three dozen states, including Illinois. After mixed signals from the Supreme Court, states may have to take over quickly to prevent millions from potentially losing their coverage. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)MIAMI (AP) — Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for backup planning.

Washington state school bus crash injures at least 43 children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:38

Handout photo of bus crash near Orondo, WashingtonBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A truck driver who may have been fatigued veered into oncoming traffic on a rural Washington state highway on Thursday, killing a woman driving a car and crashing into a school bus loaded with children, a state trooper said. A woman driving a car was pronounced dead at the scene, state troopers said. Trooper Darren Wright of the Washington State Patrol said it appeared that the box truck driver, who was traveling south, was falling asleep before his truck crossed into oncoming traffic, striking the car and bus, both traveling north.

AccuWeather: Winter Storm Warning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 05:38

 Winter Storm WarningWINTER STORM WARNINGS are in effect for all areas except for the Lehigh Valley.