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Philadelphia police investigating fight between 2 on-duty officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:29

Philadelphia police investigating fight between 2 on-duty officersPhiladelphia police confirm to Action News that an Internal Affairs investigation has been launched into a fight involving two on-duty 18th district officers.


Road salt supply low, demand high as winter looms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:25

In a this Sept. 16, 2014 photo salt is unloaded at the Scio Township, Mich. maintenance yard. The rewards for surviving last year's punishing winter are tight supplies of road salt and some drastic price spikes for the commodity across much of the U.S. as the next cold season approaches. Some Midwest county road officials are facing price increases that are twice or more _ even five times _ what they paid last year if they can get it. Increases of at least 20 percent have been common in cities including Boston and Raleigh, North Carolina. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — The reward for surviving last winter's frigid temperatures and record snowfall, several states are learning, is drastic price increases for road salt — and that's if they can even get it.


White substance in envelope at Reagan Library causes security scare

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:11
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A white substance from an envelope opened by a staff member at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, caused a security scare on Monday, but the substance was later found to be non-toxic, a spokeswoman for the institution said. The staff area where the envelope was opened was closed off for a time, but the library itself remained open to the public, said Melissa Giller, a spokeswoman for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. ...

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:02

 Heat waves in Australia, Europe, China, Japan and Korea, intense rain in parts of the United States and India, and severe droughts in California and New Zealand. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


Firing proposed for 6 NYC guards in inmate beating

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:56
NEW YORK (AP) — An administrative law judge on Monday recommended that six New York City jail guards be fired for the brutal 2012 beating of a handcuffed Rikers Island inmate in a now-shuttered solitary confinement dorm for mentally ill prisoners.

Study examines cancer risk from 1st atom-bomb test

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:55
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers from the National Cancer Institute want to know how many past and present cancer cases in New Mexico may be related to the U.S. government's test of the world's first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of desert nearly 70 years ago.

Gas victims in apartment identified as father, son

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:42
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Officials say two people found dead at a California apartment filled with toxic gas have been identified as a father and his teenage son.

Jurors see video of Auburn triple killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:37

FILE -In this Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, Desmonte Leonard enters the courtroom before opening statements in Opelika, Ala. A Lee County judge told jurors to return Monday morning for a second day of testimony in the capital murder trial of 24-year-old Desmonte Leonard of Montgomery. Prosecutors say Leonard opened fire at a large party at an apartment clubhouse in June 2012. Three people were killed and three others were injured. (AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Todd J. Van Emst)OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Video shown in court Monday depicted the chaotic scene of a shooting that killed two one-time Auburn University football players and another man, with the victims falling and struggling on the ground as partygoers scattered amid the crack of gunfire.


Texas jury convicts woman of murder in 'black widow' trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:36
By Marice Richter FORT WORTH Texas (Reuters) - A Texas jury in what has been dubbed a "black widow" trial convicted a 45-year-old mother of four of murder and evidence tampering on Monday for shooting to death her husband in a 2011 plot to collect insurance money, an official said. Michele Williams was acquitted of a second count of tampering that related to her husband's corpse, Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney's office, said in an email. ...

Wal-Mart: Morgan, others weren't wearing seatbelts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:36

 Morgan, others weren't wearing seatbeltsActor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday.


Flat roofs no longer required on L.A. skyscrapers as city repeals rule

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:26
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles has scrapped a 1950s rule requiring its skyscrapers to have flat roofs and helipads, giving architects a freer hand to shape the skyline of America's second-largest city. The city of Los Angeles has ordered that all high-rise buildings have a flat roof and helipads since 1958. It has been the only major U.S. city with such an ordinance, which was intended to accommodate fire-fighting and life-saving equipment. ...

Fence-jumper ran through much of main floor of White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:25

The White House is seen through layers of fencing, including the new temporary one which appeared yesterday, creating a wider bufferBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man who breached security at the White House this month raced through several rooms on the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, a Republican congressman said on Monday. Representative Jason Chaffetz, who chairs a House subcommittee on national security oversight, told CNN an alarm box near the front entrance had been muted, leaving interior personnel unaware of the intrusion before the suspect burst through the open front door. ...


St. Louis challenge to gay marriage ban in court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:20

 David Gray and Tod Martin; Miranda Duschack and Mimo Davis, and Terry Garrett and Bruce Yampolsky celebrate after St. Louis Recorder of Deeds announced she had officialy recorded their marriages at St. Louis City Hall. Garrett and Yampolsky watched during a hearing Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in St. Louis as an assistant Missouri attorney general argued that state law, backed by a vote of the people, makes it clear that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — An assistant Missouri attorney general argued Monday in a St. Louis courtroom that state law, backed by a vote of the people, makes it clear that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.


Violent assault ruled out in death of Utah family

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:18

A police vehicle sits outside of 954 East 900 South in Springville Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, where a family of five was found dead the night before. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Laura Seitz)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Five family members found dead in a bedroom at their Utah home over the weekend weren't shot or stabbed, but their causes of death could remain a mystery for weeks, police said Monday.


Los Angeles won't require skyscraper helipads

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:06

Skyscrapers line the downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. New skyscrapers will no longer be required to have rooftop helicopter landing pads under a change in city rules allowing alternative safety measures that will enable architects to design buildings with something other than the flat tops mandated since the 1950s. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — New skyscrapers will no longer be required to have rooftop helicopter landing pads under a change in city rules allowing alternative safety measures that will enable architects to design buildings with something other than the flat tops mandated since the 1950s.


Texas jury convicts woman of murder in so-called 'black widow' trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:56
(Reuters) - A Texas jury convicted a 45-year-old mother of four of murder and tampering with evidence on Monday in the 2011 shooting death of her husband in a suburb of Fort Worth in a plot to collect insurance money, an official said. Michele Williams was also acquitted of a second count of tampering that related to her husband's corpse, said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney's office. The case has been dubbed in the media a "black widow" trial. (Reporting by Marice Richter in Forth Worth, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)

Case involving arrest by Ferguson officer on hold

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:48

Chris Brooks leaves the St. Louis County courthouse on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in Clayton, Mo. Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, received commendations for his actions in a 2013 case involving Brooks. A judge approved a request by county prosecutors Monday for a St. Louis County grand jury to review the Brooks case involving Wilson. Defense attorney Nick Zotos said his client was "roughed up" by Wilson and also questioned whether his actions merited special recognition. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A drug case involving an arrest made by the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old in a separate incident is on hold while a grand jury reviews the shooting.


Victim in Florida loud music shooting was in defensive position, court told

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:46

Defendant Michael Dunn in court on day two of his first-degree murder trial in JacksonvilleBy Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - The trajectory of the bullets that killed an unarmed teen in a gas station dispute over loud rap music indicates that the victim could not have been in an aggressive pose, a forensic expert testified on Monday in a racially charged north Florida murder trial. Michael Dunn, 47, a white software engineer, is being retried for first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was black. Dunn fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying Davis and his three friends at a Jacksonville gas station in November 2012. ...


High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:45
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin Tuesday.

Hawaii lava puts rural communities in 'limbo'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:44
HONOLULU (AP) — The leading edge of closely watched lava threatening rural communities on Hawaii's Big Island advanced slightly after about a week of no movement, and then it stopped again.