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Swiss police detain soccer officials ahead of FIFA congress

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:36

Soccer officials detained, records seized in international World Cup probeSwiss federal prosecutors say they have opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.


Driver killed in Vineland, N.J. crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:29

Driver killed in Vineland, N.J. crashPolice say a driver was killed after losing control and crashing in Vineland, New Jersey early Wednesday morning.


Appeals court rules with states challenging Obama's immigration action

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:13

Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation was dealt another setback on Tuesday when a U.S. appeals court refused to lift a block put in place by 26 states that argued Obama overstepped his authority. By a 2-1 vote that could pave the way to a Supreme Court ruling, the judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Obama's executive action should remain on hold pending further judicial proceedings. The decision further delays Obama's immigration order, which was first blocked by a Brownsville, Texas lower court judge in February.


3 men hospitalized after shooting in West Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:09

3 men hospitalized after shooting in West Oak LaneThree men are hospitalized after a shooting in Philadelphia's West Oak Lane section late Tuesday night.


Double police shooting in Washington again draws protest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:47
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hours after investigators interviewed the Olympia police officer who wounded two men suspected of trying to steal beer, about 100 people demonstrated Tuesday evening outside the Olympia City Hall in response to the recent shooting.

Community policing at center of Cleveland police reform plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:23

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson speaks at a news conference announcing the settlement agreement with the City of Cleveland, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of a federal monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Justice over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers. The announcement comes three days after a white patrolman was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire following a high-speed chase. The case helped prompt an 18-month investigation by the Justice Department. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — The centerpiece of an agreement between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice on how to reform the city's troubled police department is creating an organization that is more accountable and engaged with the people it serves.


Pacific Gas & Electric Co. president announces retirement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:14
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man who led Pacific Gas & Electric Company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in the San Francisco area is retiring at the end of the year.

5 Taliban figures exchanged for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:55
WASHINGTON (AP) — The five Taliban figures released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in May 2014 in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held hostage by the Taliban for nearly five years:

Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:08

Rescue personnel grab the the hand of a man stranded in rushing water at the northwest corner of Lamar Blvd. and 15th St. in Austin, Texas. Shoal Creek overflowed its banks and inundated the major traffic artery with rushing water. Several cars were stalled under and near the 15th St. bridge Monday, May 25, 2015. (Alberto Martinez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost a foot more of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that serve the nation's fourth-largest city.


Man sentenced in death of woman who called 911 during attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:00
DALLAS (AP) — Jurors have sentenced a Dallas man to 85 years in prison for the murder of his ex-wife, who was attacked as a 911 operator listened.

The list of 20 US jail systems receiving MacArthur grants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:10
NEW YORK (AP) — The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving 20 jails of all sizes $150,000 each to come up with ways to reduce the number of people unnecessarily behind bars.

MacArthur grants aimed at reducing numbers in US jails

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:04
NEW YORK (AP) — The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving 20 jails of all sizes $150,000 each to come up with ways to reduce the number of people unnecessarily behind bars.

Penn State fraternity shut down for three years after nude photos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:02
(Reuters) - Penn State University on Tuesday said it was withdrawing recognition from a fraternity for three years after members were accused of posting pictures they took of mostly undressed women onto private Facebook pages. "The organizational misbehaviors is far more than the University can tolerate from a student organization that seeks its imprimatur," vice president for Student Affairs Damon Sims said. Sims said instances of physical and emotionally abusive hazing were uncovered during the investigation, including boxing matches set up between pledges, in addition to drug use and sales within the fraternity.

California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:00
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California scientists are testing whether the illegal psychoactive drug commonly known as Ecstasy could help alleviate anxiety for terminally ill patients, the trial's principal funder said on Tuesday. At least a dozen subjects with life-threatening diseases like cancer, and who are expected to live at least 9 months, will participate in the double-blind trial over the next year in Santa Cruz, said Brad Burge, spokesman for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, in Santa Cruz. Each subject will be randomly given either a full dose - 125 milligrams of MDMA, or an "active placebo" dose of 30 milligrams, Burge said.

Seattle to close medical marijuana dispensaries operating without permits

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:46
Seattle will close dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries operating without a license, the city's mayor said on Tuesday, part of a statewide effort to reconcile the unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray outlined a series of regulatory changes in how cannabis operations will do business in the city, saying the rules will improve the marketplace for patients who depend on medical marijuana. "We’re strengthening the recreational marijuana market and creating safer, more consistent access for those who rely on medicinal products,” Murray said at a news conference.

Penn State frat linked to nude photos sidelined for 3 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:39

Penn State frat linked to nude photos sidelined for 3 yearsA Pennsylvania State University fraternity linked to a secret Facebook page where photos of nude and semi-nude women were posted is getting a three-year suspension after the school's Interfraternity Council recommended a milder punishment.


AccuWeather: More Warmth and Storms On the Way

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:36

 Tracking Scattered StormsMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking some drenching thunderstorms late Wednesday.


Probation for teen after crash kills 3 Council Rock students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:30

Probation for teen after crash kills 3 Council Rock studentsThe underage and unlicensed driver behind the wheel of her father's SUV when it crashed last summer in the Poconos, killing three teenagers from Bucks County, has been sentenced to probation and community service.


Search continues for sexual predator in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:28

Search continues for sexual predator in South PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police are searching for a sexual predator they believe is responsible for two attacks on women including one where he waited for the victim inside her own home.