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Portland woman sues restaurant over treatment during solo Valentine's dinner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 04:17
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A Portland woman is suing a local restaurant owner and business manager for $100,000, saying she was booted out of the establishment on Valentine's Day because of her race and for dining alone, the woman said on Thursday.  Kathleen Hampton, who filed the lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court last week, said she made reservations for two at Enzo’s Caffe Italiano on Valentine's Day in northeast Portland but ended up going alone when her husband was not hungry.  Hampton said she was seated at a table and given a complimentary glass of wine because she had to wait. Hampton also said she believes she was treated rudely because she is African-American.  “I was just in tears. I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before, especially in my community.”  Restaurant owner Enzo Lanzadoro, who is named in the suit along with business manager Nick Lanzadoro, said that is not what happened.  “Whatever she’s saying is totally fabricated and not true at all,” he told Reuters, adding that he established a policy for Valentine’s Day that the restaurant could have no open seats and so she was asked to move to the bar or outside seating.

PHOTOS: Snowstorm at Philadelphia International Airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 04:07

 Snowstorm at Philadelphia International AirportPhiladelphia International Airport employees captured what the snowstorm looked like from their vantage point.


New York's LaGuardia Airport reopens after Delta plane skid mishap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 04:05
(Reuters) - New York's LaGuardia Airport reopened on Thursday afternoon, after a Delta Air Lines aircraft skidded off a runaway during a snowstorm, forcing the closure of the facility for more than three hours, city officials said. It was unclear when flights would begin to land and depart from the airport and delays are expected, the New York City Office of Emergency Management said in a statement. (Reporting by Frank McGurty and Laila Kearney; editing by G Crosse)

Authorities seek to charge Georgia police chief who shot wife in bed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 04:05
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia prosecutor will seek a misdemeanor charge against a suburban Atlanta police chief who accidentally shot his wife in bed on New Year's Day, leaving her partially paralyzed. Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said Thursday he will ask a grand jury to indict Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom on a reckless conduct charge in the Jan. 1 shooting of his wife. Margaret McCollom is paralyzed from the waist down and still hospitalized, the district attorney said. William McCollom went to sleep around 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve after drinking alcohol and taking sleep medication, Ballard said.

Bloody man brings neighbor's body to lawyer's office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 04:03
MIAMI (AP) — A southwest Florida man put his dead neighbor in the bed of his pickup truck and drove — bloody and agitated — to his lawyer's office, where he said he had killed the man in self-defense.

Snowstorm cancels flights, strands motorists in eastern U.S

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 04:01

A morning commuter carries an umbrella through the cold and snow during the morning rush on Wall Street in New York's financial districtA treacherous winter storm reaching from Texas to New England closed schools, canceled more than 4,000 flights and stranded hundreds of drivers overnight in Kentucky, where as much as 23 inches (58 cm) of snow fell. A Delta Air Lines plane arriving in heavy snow at New York's LaGuardia Airport from Atlanta slid off the runway into a fence and was hanging over the water surrounding the airport. Cancellations were announced for hundreds of school districts, government offices and legislatures in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, South Carolina and Tennessee. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency on Thursday.


UN: Almost half a million people in Darfur displaced in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:58
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report from the U.N. secretary-general says nearly half a million people were displaced in Darfur last year, the highest number in a decade for the chaotic region of western Sudan.

New York's LaGuardia Airport to reopen at 7 p.m. after mishap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:53
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's LaGuardia Airport, closed at midday on Thursday due to an airplane that slid off a snowy runway, was expected to reopen at 7 p.m. EST, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The timing of the reopening coincided with the projected 7 p.m. EST lifting of a winter storm warning for the airport and the surrounding New York City region issued by the National Weather Service. (Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Bill Trott)

One NY LaGuardia runway to reopen at 2 p.m. EST: Port Authority

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:53
NEW YORK (Reuters) - One runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport was expected to reopen on Thursday at 2 p.m. Eastern (1900 GMT), a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. The airport was initially expected to be closed until 7 p.m. following a Thursday morning mishap in which a Delta Air Lines plane arriving in heavy snow from Atlanta skidded off the runway. No serious injuries were reported. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Bill Trott)

Collapse at apartment building in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:51

Collapse at apartment building in KensingtonEmergency crews are on the scene of a collapse at an apartment building in Philadelphia's Kensington section.


Witnesses describe Boston bombing fatal victims' final moments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:49

A courtroom sketch shows accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his trial at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial heard poignant eyewitness testimony on Thursday about the final moments of the three people killed in the attacks, when twin bombs ripped through crowds at the race's finish line in 2013. A father of three recalled watching people trying in vain to revive 8-year-old Martin Richard, one Boston police officer remembered administering CPR to 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and a second officer said she left the body of 23-year-old Lingzi Lu only when ordered to by her captain, amid fears there could be a third bomb. Defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, has admitted through his attorneys that he and his older brother carried out the April 15, 2013, bombing that killed three people and injured 264. He is also on trial for the fatal shooting of a police officer three days later.


Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:47

FILE - In this May 22, 2014, file photo, Kurt Busch, left, stands with Patricia Driscoll before qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Delaware prosecutors said, Thursday, March 5, 2015, that they will not file criminal charges against Busch following allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)DOVER, Del. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday.


Westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike closed in Chester County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:43

Westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike closed in Chester CountyPolice have shut down the westbound Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Valley Forge interchange and the Downingtown interchange.


Prosecutor to seek charge against police chief who shot wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:42
ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor said Thursday that he plans to seek a misdemeanor charge — but no felony — against a suburban Atlanta police chief who told investigators he went to bed with a loaded gun and accidentally shot his wife after mixing alcohol and sleep medicine.

Jodi Arias escapes death penalty after Arizona jury deadlocks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:41

Jodi Arias looks toward the jury entering the courtroom during the sentencing phase retrial in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona jury failed to reach a verdict on Thursday in the sentencing retrial of Jodi Arias after a lone juror refused to back the death penalty, a development that spared the former waitress from execution for murdering her former boyfriend. It was the second time a jury has been unable to decide whether the 34-year-old Arias, convicted of murder in 2013, should be executed for the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander. "We are hung and additional time will not change this," the foreman of the jury of eight women and four men wrote in a note read by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens, who swiftly declared a mistrial, drawing sobs from Alexander's relatives. "The real justice will be in the afterlife, when Jodi burns in hell," Alexander's sister, Tanisha Sorenson, tearfully told reporters outside the court.


Correction: Today in History for March 1

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:41
In the Today in History feature for March 1, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the Yahoo search website was incorporated March 1, 1995. It was incorporated March 2, 1995.

Man found dead in national park was shot in head with arrow

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:32
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A man found dead at a campground in Olympic National Park in Washington state was shot in the head with an arrow from a crossbow, and authorities are trying to determine how it happened.

Plane that skidded off LaGuardia runway did not touch water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:31

Plane that skidded off LaGuardia runway did not touch waterAn official says a plane from Atlanta that skidded off a runway while landing in driving snow at LaGuardia Airport did not make contact with an icy bay but instead came to rest on an embankment next to the water.


Apartment building collapses in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:31

Collapse at apartment building in KensingtonEmergency crews are responding to an apartment building collapse in Philadelphia's Kensington section.


Passenger: Wing of plane that skidded off runway got torn up

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 03:29
NEW YORK (AP) — A passenger aboard a flight from Atlanta that skidded off a runway at LaGuardia amid driving snow says one wing of the plane got "pretty torn up."