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Western congress members seek full funding for quake warning

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 04:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington on Tuesday pressed for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

Fugitive's dad tells why he thinks son fled in Facebook case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:55
NEW YORK (AP) — A fugitive facing charges he falsely claimed he's owed a majority ownership in Facebook fled after complaining he was being treated unfairly in courts, his father said Tuesday.

Human remains found in NE Philly yard, 1 in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:35

Human remains found in Frankford yard, 1 in custodyPolice say one person is in custody after human remains were found in the backyard of a home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Head of New York Dominican Day Parade ousted after improprieties found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:34
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of New York City's Dominican Day Parade was ousted from his post on Tuesday after an investigation found he mismanaged the finances and operation of the popular yearly procession, the state attorney general said. Nelson Peña, who oversaw the parade for two decades, failed to keep proper records, had no functioning boards of directors and did not file annual financial reports required of nonprofits by law, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Started in 1982 as a small celebration, New York's Dominican Day Parade now draws more than a half-million revelers each August in what is believed to be the country's largest parade celebrating Dominican identity and culture. "Whatever nonprofit organization is responsible for its operation must be properly constituted, comply with New York law, and be accountable and transparent," Schneiderman said.

Mediator to lead talks following Washington police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:30
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A federal mediator will travel to Washington state next week to begin talks between a police department and community groups outraged by the recent shooting of an unarmed Mexican man by officers.

First Images of Debris From Plane Crash in French Alps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:30
An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed in southern France with 150 people aboard, the airline confirmed.

Three arrested as Chicago protesters demand police reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:29
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three people were arrested on Tuesday at a protest at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office demanding reforms to the nation's second-largest police department, including an end to what protesters consider excessive use of "stop and frisk" searches. A group of about 100 protesters, which included several clergy members, chanted "black lives matter," sang "We Shall Overcome," and lay down in front of the mayor's City Hall office until staff agreed to meet with some of them. The protesters cited an American Civil Liberties Union report issued Monday showing that black Chicagoans were subjected to 72 percent of all police stops, yet constitute just 32 percent of the city's population, the report said. The ACLU issued the report at a time of increased scrutiny of policing practices and nationwide protests over the shooting and choke-hold deaths of unarmed African-American men.

Connecticut home of Sandy Hook school shooter is demolished

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:09

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2012, file photo, a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Conn., the Colonial-style house where she had lived with her son Adam Lanza. Newtown Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob said Tuesday, March 24, 2015, that the building was torn down on Monday. Nancy Lanza was killed there by her son before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, where he killed 20 first-graders and six educators. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut home of the man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school has been demolished, Newtown officials said Tuesday.

Trial set for videographer arrested covering Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:03

Freelance journalist Mary Moore poses for a portrait before entering Ferguson Municipal Court Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Moore was charged with municipal violations after an arrest on Oct. 3., while covering a demonstration outside Ferguson police headquarters. The St. Louis-based videographer said she wants her reputation, and her criminal record, cleared. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A video journalist arrested while covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was fatally shot last summer plans to fight the charges at trial.

U.S. Joint Chiefs drafting military cyber standards: arms tester

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:03
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief U.S. weapons tester said on Tuesday he was working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to draft military requirements to address widespread cyber vulnerabilities in nearly every arms program and military command. An announcement is expected soon from the Joint Chiefs, who oversee and set requirements for all military weapons purchases, said Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation. Gilmore said the office of Navy Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has made "a lot of progress" on developing a "sensible and measurable" joint military requirement for cybersecurity.

Former Alamo managers sue Texas in battle over archives

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:01
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The private heritage group that managed the Alamo, the site of the famed 1836 battle for Texas independence, has sued the state over what it says is an illegal attempt to take over some 38,000 rare books, letters, and artifacts it owns. The lawsuit filed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), which had run the San Antonio site for more than century before being dismissed by the Texas Land Office earlier this month, claims the office "unilaterally declared" the state is the rightful owner of the valuable collection. "The DRT, indeed all Texans, deserve better treatment," the group said in its lawsuit filed on Monday in a Bexar County court. Land Office spokeswoman Brittany Eck said the office "does not comment on pending litigation." The suit comes as state and city officials look to revamp the downtown plaza where the structure's famed facade has become one of the most recognizable and most visited items in the state.

Reptile roundup: Arrest warrant leads to reptile seizure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:54

In an undated photo provided by the New Castle County (Del.) Police Department, authorities remove a monitor lizard from an apartment in Wilmington, Del. Delaware authorities say the search for a woman on probation with several outstanding warrants, turned up drugs, guns and 17 dangerous reptiles. Authorities say they arrested three people, 25-five-year-old Jennifer Chadwick, 32-year-old Antonio Graves and 28-year-old Jerimiah Feaster, in a filthy New Castle County apartment Friday, March 20, 2015. All three face gun and drug charges, as well as charges of endangering a 3-year-old found in the apartment. Authorities removed 16 monitor lizards and a boa constrictor from the apartment. The lizards, which are not legal to own, were described by local zoo officials as extremely dangerous, especially around children. The apartment was condemned and deemed unfit for habitation. (AP Photo/New Castle County (Del.) Police Department)NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Delaware authorities say the search for a woman on probation with several outstanding warrants turned up drugs, guns and 17 dangerous reptiles.

Appeals court hears arguments over license for orca 'Lolita'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:43
MIAMI (AP) — Animal rights groups that want a captive killer whale removed from Miami Seaquarium asked federal appeals judges Tuesday to send their lawsuit against the tourist attraction and the U.S. Department of Agriculture back to a U.S. district court.

Utah to use firing squads if lethal drugs are unavailable

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:38

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Herbert signed a law approving the controversial method's use when no lethal-injection drugs are available. Herbert has said he finds the firing squad "a little bit gruesome," but Utah is a capital punishment state and needs a backup execution method in case a shortage of the drugs persists. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions if lethal injection drugs are unavailable when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method, even though he has called it "a little bit gruesome."

Hernandez cousin made to testify says she can't recall facts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:36

Witness Jennifer Mercado, a cousin of defendant Aaron Hernandez, smiles while testifying about their relationship during the murder trial of the former New England Patriots NFL football player at Bristol County Superior Court, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Aram Boghosian, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez took the stand in his murder trial Tuesday after being ordered to testify, giving him a big smile and telling the prosecutor she couldn't remember details of what happened in the days surrounding the killing.

Park service wants dogs to chase geese off National Mall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service wants to begin using border collies to chase away Canada geese that frequent the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool and other spots on the National Mall.

Oregon man accused of blowing pot smoke into infant's mouth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:24
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been accused of blowing pot smoke into the mouth of his year-old child.

FAA streamlines approval for some commercial drone use

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:09
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. aviation regulators on Tuesday unveiled a new policy to speed up approval for the use of commercial drones in the United States under certain conditions. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in a move first reported by Reuters last week [L2N0WM248], said it would award "blanket" certification allowing companies exempt from a U.S. ban on commercial drones to begin using the aircraft at altitudes of up to 200 feet (61 meters) during daylight hours and within the operator's visual line of sight. Up to now, companies exempt from the ban have had to seek certification for new drone use, a process that could take up to 60 days for each project. The change could be a boost for companies that already have exemptions from the commercial drone ban, such as Chevron, Berkshire Hathaway's BNSF Railway Co and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. An FAA official told Reuters it would eventually benefit companies still seeking aircraft approval including Yamaha Motor Co Ltd, AeroVironment Inc and General Atomics.

AP: South Carolina's anti-debt gov OK'd $1B in borrowing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:08

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2012, file photo, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley waits for President Barack Obama to speak in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Haley berated fellow Republicans in the South Carolina House for proposing to borrow about $500 million for building projects statewide. But an Associated Press review published Tuesday, March 24, found she has approved more than $1 billion in state-backed borrowing as head of the state's financial oversight board. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley helped kill a plan by fellow Republicans in the South Carolina House to borrow $500 million for building projects, accusing them of running up the state's "credit card" debt. Yet Haley herself has approved more than $1 billion in state-backed borrowing as head of South Carolina's financial oversight board, according to an Associated Press review.

Police: Driver possibly had medical problem before bus hit Blue Bell home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 02:06

 Driver possibly had medical problem before bus hit Blue Bell homeThe driver of a school bus that slammed into a home in Blue Bell, Pa. may have suffered some kind of medical issue.