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The ABCs of Google's new name Alphabet

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:02

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, photo shows Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 announced it is changing its operating structure and will become part of a holding company called Alphabet. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — What's in a name?

Bus suspected in fatal Center City hit-and-run located

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:57

 Bus possibly involved in fatal Center City hit-and-run locatedPolice say they have located the bus believed to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run outside the Philadelphia Police Administration Building in Center City.

Engine trouble keeps United flight from taking off at SFO

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:55
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say a flight bound for Newark, New Jersey, never made it off the runway Tuesday after engine troubles forced the plane to abort takeoff at San Francisco International Airport

Heavily armed 'Oath Keepers' inject disquieting element in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:51

Members of the Oath Keepers walk with their personal weapons on the street during protests in Ferguson, MissouriBy Scott Malone FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Four white men carrying military-style rifles and sidearms added a disquieting element to riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri, when they began patrolling the streets before dawn on Tuesday, which police quickly labeled "inflammatory." The men said they were part of a group called "Oath Keepers," which describes itself as a non-partisan association of current and former U.S. soldiers, police and first responders who aim to protect the U.S. Constitution. The men attracted immediate attention in the mostly black neighborhood, which exploded into violence on Sunday night as protesters marked the one-year anniversary of the killing of an unarmed black teen by police. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization, has described the "Oath Keepers" as a "fiercely anti-government, militaristic group," and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar condemned their appearance in Ferguson.

Court: New Jersey's most dangerous city deserved police vote

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:49
New Jersey's top court ruled Tuesday that the public should have had a chance to vote on an ordinance that would have derailed the police department reboot in Camden, one of the nation's most crime-ridden places.

Missing Texas dog found 900 miles away in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:47
ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) — A dog that went missing in Texas last week is back with her family after being found nearly 900 miles away in Florida.

Judges eye legality of grand jury process in Penn State case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:43

FILE - This file combination photo shows former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, left, former Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley, right, and former Penn State president Graham Spanier, center, in Harrisburg, Pa. The criminal case against the three former high-ranking Penn State administrators is headed to a Pennsylvania appellate courtroom, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, nearly four years after two of them were first charged. A decision against them could clear the way for trial. (AP Photos/File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lawyers for three former Penn State administrators asked an appeals court Tuesday to throw out some or all of the charges against them, arguing their right to legal representation was violated during secret grand jury proceedings.

3rd Georgia woman charged after 11-year-old found in cage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:38
CHATSWORTH, Ga. (AP) — A third northwest Georgia woman faces a child cruelty charge after an 11-year-old boy was found trapped in a cage in a bedroom.

Man killed in hit-and-run outside Philadelphia police headquarters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:36

Man killed in hit-and-run outside Philadelphia police headquartersA man is dead after a hit-and-run incident right outside the Philadelphia Police Administration Building in Center City.

Food banks, pantries find new ways to feed more people

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:10

In this Wednesday, July 1, 2015, photo, volunteer David Bril, 13, puts together client Charles Scott's food selection, at the Mitzvah Food Project pantry at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Digital Choice Food Program in Philadelphia. The pantry is among the vanguard of hunger-relief operations that have installed a digital ordering system. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Charles Scott is shopping for groceries at a Philadelphia food pantry, busily clicking away at a computer to select his choices of onions, tomatoes and frozen corn.

California motor vehicle employees took bribes to grant licenses: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 03:03
Three employees of the California Department of Motor Vehicles have been indicted for accepting bribes to grant commercial driving licenses, and the owners of three trucking schools indicted for offering the bribes, federal officials said on Tuesday. The scheme involved payments of up to $5,000 to middlemen who then passed money to DMV employees to grant licenses to drivers who had not taken or passed the tests required to drive big-rig commercial trucks, according to documents released by the Benjamin Wagner, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California. "The brokers use the individual's money to bribe DMV employees to circumvent or falsely enter informatino into the DMV computer systems," FBI investigators said in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Sacramento.

Mississippi couple accused of planning to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:50
A Mississippi couple, accused of seeking to join the militant Islamic State group on a planned honeymoon trip, remained in custody on Tuesday after being denied bond in federal court. Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 20, and Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 22, were charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday. According to prosecutors, the former Mississippi State University students were planning to travel to Syria to join the group.

Beaten Pomeranian found with note: 'We beat it 2 death lol'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:49

This undated photo provided by Ronald Boisvert shows his dog Fox, who went missing from his south Florida condominium on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The dog's owners found its body outside their home the next day, and a veterinarian confirmed that it had been beaten to death. The Pembroke Pines Police Department is investigating the incident. (Ronald Boisvert via AP)MIAMI (AP) — The beating death of a Pomeranian named Fox may have been eclipsed by the hand-written note left behind: "We beat it 2 death lol HAHAHA!"

Prison bus crashes; Unhurt inmates helped the injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:47
STANFIELD, Ariz. (AP) — A prison bus carrying about 50 inmates slammed into a rolled over semi-truck, sending the bus driver, a corrections officer and some 20 inmates to the hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

Schumer proposes plan for Hudson River rail tunnels

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:43
NEW YORK (AP) — In a bid to create momentum for a massive overhaul of the crumbling passenger rail corridor between New Jersey and New York City, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Tuesday proposed the creation of a new nonprofit development corporation to plan and finance the project. He said none of the existing transportation entities operating in the region have the wherewithal to pull it off alone.

3 Lowe's workers out over request for no black drivers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:31
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Three managers at a Lowe's Home Improvement store in Virginia are "no longer with the company" for their involvement in fulfilling a customer's request that no black drivers deliver to her home, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

Maryland musician convicted of wire fraud in Montana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:30

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2012 file photo, Donald "Ski" Johnson Johnson arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Johnson was convicted of wire fraud July 28, 2015, in Butte, Mont., for misrepresenting himself as a Grammy-nominated saxophone player and soliciting money for a children's cancer foundation that prosecutors say benefited only him. Sentencing is set for Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Maryland man has been convicted of wire fraud in Montana for misrepresenting himself as a Grammy-nominated saxophone player and soliciting money for a children's cancer foundation that prosecutors say benefited only him.

Lowe's lets go managers who barred black driver from delivery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:16
U.S. home improvement chain Lowe's Companies Inc has let go three managers in Virginia who barred a black employee from making a delivery when a woman complained about his race, a spokesman said on Tuesday. "We have no tolerance for discrimination of any kind," spokesman Steve Salazar said. The delivery driver, Marcus Bradley, an 11-year employee of Lowe's in Danville, Virginia, told ABC affiliate WSET last week that a woman refused to let him into her home because he was black.

Arkansas plans to put panic buttons in school classrooms statewide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:14
Arkansas will put panic buttons in classrooms statewide this year, with officials saying on Tuesday the plan would be the most comprehensive public school emergency alert system in the nation. The so-called panic button apparatus initially links to a community’s 911 system and can also guide designated emergency personnel to the precise location of the event. “To our knowledge it is the first statewide deployment of our technology in the U.S.,” said Noah Reiter, director of industry solutions for Rave Mobile Safety, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, whose system will be used by the state.

Michigan jury says hugs in prison allowed, awards inmate $1,251

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:13
A Michigan inmate was awarded $1,251 after a jury ruled his rights were violated when a guard barred him from hugging his wife during a prison visit. Kevin King, 52, who is serving a life sentence for a 1982 murder, was awarded $1 in Detroit federal court last week for a violation of his First Amendment rights and $1,250 as punitive damages. Jurors found that prison officer Tiffaney Williams retaliated against King and his wife for previous complaints when Williams ordered them not to touch each other during a 2012 visit at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan.