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Union urges shipping executives to enter West Coast port talks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:06
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Brushing aside calls for federal mediation in prolonged contact talks with employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports, the union for 20,000 dockworkers urged shipping executives on management’s board of directors to take a more active part in negotiations. The latest statement from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union came as the two sides escalated finger-pointing over chronic cargo backups at ports that handle nearly half of U.S. maritime trade and more than 70 percent of imports from Asia. ...

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:01

A member of the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) points to a map of a search area during a briefing prior to a search and rescue operation of the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, at Pangkal Pinang command post in Sumatra Island, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 in Indonesia. Search planes and ships from several countries on Monday were scouring Indonesian waters over which the AirAsia jet disappeared, more than a day into the region's latest aviation mystery. Flight 8501 vanished Sunday in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


Three New York City fur vendors charged with tossing bleach on protesters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:53
(Reuters) - Three New York City fur vendors have been charged with throwing a mixture of bleach and ammonia from the roof of a Manhattan building onto anti-fur protesters and pedestrians on the street below, authorities said on Monday. The incident occurred on a crowded street in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood during the late afternoon of Dec. 20, when at least four people and a baby stroller were hit by the chemical mixture in an area crowded with holiday shoppers, police said. There were no reports of injuries. ...

Family: Autopsy shows LA police 'execution' of son

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:51

 Autopsy shows LA police 'execution' of sonAn attorney for the parents of a 25-year-old man shot three times by Los Angeles police says an autopsy report that shows he was shot in the back supports the family's claim that the shooting was "more like an execution than a confrontation."


UN approves new probe of Dag Hammarskjold plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:43
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously Monday to ask Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint an independent panel of experts to examine new information about the mysterious plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold on a peace mission to newly independent Congo in 1961.

Remains of 2 people, 1 dismembered, found in woods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:40
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Two sets of human remains were discovered during a search of a wooded area in Massachusetts and at least one of the bodies, that of a young woman, had been dismembered, authorities said Monday.

California judges sue Calpers pension system over contributions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:37
By Tim Reid (Reuters) - A group of judges is suing California's public pension system Calpers and the state of California over claims their pension contributions have been almost doubled unlawfully. Under state pay grades, the six California Superior Court judges each earn more than $181,000 a year. The lawsuit filed on Dec. 23 says their pension contributions should be lowered by about $13,000 a year. The six, who were elected in 2012, claim a pension reform law signed by Governor Jerry Brown which took effect Jan. ...

Team will be allowed to wear police protest shirts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:26

FILE-This Saturday, Dec, 27, 2014 file photo provided by the Fort Bragg Advocate-News shows Mendocino High School girls basketball team wearing the "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts before a recent game. A California school district on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 reversed a basketball tournament ban on T-shirts reading “I Can’t Breathe” and said it would allow high school players to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said. (AP Photo/Fort Bragg Advocate-News, Chris Calder,File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California school district on Monday reversed a basketball tournament ban on T-shirts reading "I Can't Breathe" and said it would allow high school players to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said.


Colombia-Miami flight diverted to Jamaica

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:23
MIAMI (AP) — An American Airlines flight heading from Bogota, Colombia, to Miami has been diverted to Kingston, Jamaica, following a possible mechanical problem.

Woman's lost dog becomes another family's Christmas present

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:21

Woman's lost dog becomes another family's Christmas presentA woman lost her pet Siberian Husky only to find out the dog had already been adopted by another family.


Fund set up for family of slain Flagstaff officer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:18

Caspian Carpenter, 5, draws a star with a heart and words that say "Thank you for being R police" Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at the Flagstaff Police Department a day after officer Tyler Stewart was shot and killed in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An account has been set up to help the family of an Arizona police officer who was shot and killed by a domestic violence suspect over the weekend.


New Jersey boy struck, killed by police cruiser

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 09:14
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey prosecutor is investigating an accident in which a police cruiser struck and killed a 10-year-old boy walking to a friend's house for a sleepover.

Teen arrested over replica gun pointed at cop car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 08:54
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police in Texas have arrested a teen for posting a photo of a replica gun pointed at a police car with a caption reading in part: "Should I do it?"

Tsarnaev lawyers again seek to postpone trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 08:48
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge Monday to delay his trial because they need more time to prepare.

Key developments in police-communities tension

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 08:30

 an open rebellion from police officers who don’t believe the mayor supports them. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)The killings of two unarmed black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries declined to indict the officers.


Mother pleads not guilty in babies' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 08:18

Erika Murray of Blackstone, Mass. is brought in to Worcester Superior Court to be arraigned on 2 counts of murder and other charges in Worcester, Mass., Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Murray pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Rick Cinclair, Pool)WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who lived in a squalid home where police said they found the skeletal remains of three babies pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of murder.


Cooling Off Period

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 07:59

Cooling Off PeriodMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a chilly, but dry start to the New Year.


Plane makes emergency landing in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 07:57
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A US Airways Express flight has made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after passengers saw fiery flashes from one of the engines as the plane took off.

Texas police say teen arrested for making threat against them on Twitter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 07:53
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas teenager was arrested on Monday on suspicion of posting a photo on social media showing an air rifle that was accompanied by text that police saw as a threat of violence against Fort Worth officers, police said. The 17-year-old has been charged with making a terrorist threat for a Dec. 22 tweet that showed an image of an air rifle pointed at a police car with the caption: "Should I do it? They don't care for a black male anyways!" A lawyer is not listed for the youth in online jail records. His bond is set at $500. ...

New York City mayor heckled, booed at police graduation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 07:45

Law enforcement officers turn their backs on a live video monitor showing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has he speaks at the funeral of slain New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Rafael Ramos in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drew heckles and boos along with applause when he addressed graduating police cadets on Monday, two days after thousands of uniformed officers turned their backs on him at a slain policeman's funeral. With the city a focal point in a national debate over the killings of unarmed black men by white police, the mayor has been struggling to mend the most toxic rift in decades between City Hall and the country's biggest police force. ...