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Police open fire on shooting suspect in Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:49

Philadelphia police responding to shooting scene fire at gunmanPolice fired at a shooting suspect in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia Tuesday night.


Government report finds U.S. Homeland Security deputy intervened in visa cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:37
The No. 2 official at the U.S. Homeland Security Department exerted improper influence while at another agency on behalf of politically connected Democrats seeking visas for foreign investors, the department's inspector general said in a report released on Tuesday. Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, when he was head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, gave special treatment in three cases, including to a company run by now-Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, the report found, but it also determined that Mayorkas had broken no laws. The Washington Post reported that McAuliffe's company, from which he resigned before running for Virginia governor, was working with Gulf Coast Funds Management, a firm specializing in obtaining EB-5 visas and run by Anthony Rodham, brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement he had full confidence in Mayorkas, who became the department's No. 2 in 2013.

Taraji P. Henson says her son was racially profiled at USC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:37

FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2015 file photo, Taraji P. Henson attends the LA Academy Screening of "Empire" at the Theater at the Ace Hotel, in Los Angeles. Henson says her 20-year-old son is transferring to Howard University after being racially profiled by police at the University of Southern California. The “Empire” star made the comments in the latest issue of Uptown magazine, which features her on the cover. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Taraji P. Henson says her 20-year-old son is transferring to Howard University after being racially profiled by police at the University of Southern California.


Colorado carjacker pleads guilty to crime spree caught on live TV

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:36
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A felon whose two-hour carjacking and armed crime spree in Colorado last year played out on live television filmed from a news helicopter pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 46 charges stemming from the rampage, prosecutors said.

Clarification: Utah-Firing Squad story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:33

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) — In a story March 23, The Associated Press reported that Utah became the only U.S. state to allow firing squads for executions. The story should have specified that it became the only state to allow firing squads if no lethal injection drugs are available. Oklahoma law also allows the use of firing squads, but only if courts ever declare lethal injections and electrocutions unconstitutional.


Wrights' descendant testifies in Ohio on 1st-in-flight flap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:27
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of the Wright Brothers, including one of their descendants, on Tuesday applauded state legislation defending the famous aviators' place in history as the first in flight.

New Jersey's Christie: Liberty comes from God not government

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:19

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, shakes hands with an audience member after a town hall meeting at the Hanover Township Community Center, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Whippany, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent much of a town hall-style meeting Tuesday in his state talking up what he believes makes a winning candidate and espousing the principle that rights and liberties come from God, not government.


Cruz eyes insurance via Obamacare, a law he vows to scrap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:13

Sen. Ted Cruz, second from right, R-Texas, his wife Heidi, and their two daughters Catherine, left, 4, and Caroline, 6, wave on stage after he announced his campaign for president, Monday, March 23, 2015, at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz could soon be buying his family's health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House.


Trespassing blamed in fatal Gregg Allman biopic train crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:12
(Reuters) - A train crash that left one member of a film crew dead and six others injured in Georgia was the result of the crew trespassing on an active railroad bridge, according to a final report on the incident released on Tuesday by federal safety investigators. The director of the film, "Midnight Rider," about rock singer Gregg Allman, pleaded guilty earlier this month to involuntary manslaughter and trespassing charges stemming from the February 2014 crash in rural Wayne County, about 70 miles (113 km) southwest of Savannah. Randall Miller, the director, was sentenced to two years in a county jail and eight years' probation. Camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, of Atlanta, was killed when an oncoming train tore through the set while she and other crew members installed equipment to film on active train tracks and a trestle bridge.

NYC introduces new rules for licensed day cares

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:06
NEW YORK (AP) — Children under 2 will not be allowed juice at New York City-licensed day cares and all other children will be limited to 4 ounces of juice a day, under new rules adopted by the city's Board of Health.

Trash truck repairs causing pickup delays

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:57

Trash truck repairs causing pickup delaysFor many people, this time of year means spring cleaning. But for the Philadelphia Streets Department, it's time for spring repairing - of its trash trucks.


Trooper arrested after wedding brawl sues Pittsburgh cops

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:52
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A state trooper sued Pittsburgh police on Tuesday, saying they arrested him on false charges and used excessive force — including a kick to the groin — when he tried to calm a rowdy groomsman following a brawl after his brother's wedding.

Airspace expansion over northern Plains gets final approval

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:49

This July 24, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows a B-1 bomber rumbling down the flightline at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., as part of a training mission. On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration gave final approval for a plan to establish an enormous bomber training area over the northern Plains that advocates say will improve military training and save money. The plan would expand the Powder River Training Complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. The move quadruples the training airspace, making it the largest over the continental United States. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada)PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal to establish an enormous bomber training area over the northern Plains that advocates say will improve military training and save money got final approval Tuesday despite concerns about loud, low-flying aircraft disrupting civilian flights and damaging rural economies.


Multistate investigation announced into Premera cyberattack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:47
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's insurance commissioner announced Tuesday a multistate investigation into this winter's cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross.

Yemen leader asks UN to back military action against rebels

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:42
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's embattled president asked the U.N. Security Council to authorize a military intervention in support of his government to oust Houthi Shiite rebels who control much of the disintegrating country's north and are advancing south.

Jury clears Greyhound of negligence in California crash that killed six

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:33
A California civil court jury on Tuesday cleared the Greyhound bus company of negligence in a lawsuit brought by families of three of the six people killed when a motor coach plowed into an overturned SUV near Fresno, the Fresno Bee reported. The bus driver, two Greyhound passengers and the three occupants of the sport utility vehicle, including a woman who police said was drunk behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, were killed in the predawn July 22, 2010, wreck on Highway 99. The lawsuit contended that the Greyhound driver was at fault for the deaths of the three SUV victims because he was speeding and not wearing his eyeglasses when his bus slammed into the Trailblazer, which had crashed moments before and rolled over in traffic lanes, according to the Bee. The suit argued that dozens of other motorists on the highway had avoided hitting the overturned SUV and that the bus driver should also have managed to avoid it had he not been careless, the newspaper said.

Kennedy: Jesse Jackson Jr. leaving prison for halfway house

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:30

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2013, file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., leaves federal court in Washington after being sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson Jr. will be released from a federal prison on Thursday, March 26, 2015, and will serve out the remainder of his term in a Washington, D.C., halfway house, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press after visiting Jackson behind bars. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from a federal prison on Thursday and will serve out the remainder of his term in a Washington, D.C., halfway house, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press after visiting Jackson.


Human remains found in Frankford yard, 1 in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:28

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 the Frankford section of Philadelphia.


Indiana senator: 'Baby box' proposal needs further review

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:27

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2015 file photo shows a prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, outside the fire station in Woodburn, Ind. An Indiana proposal to allow fire stations and other public places to install "baby boxes" so mothers in crisis could anonymously surrender their newborns needs further review and is unlikely to advance this year, a key lawmaker said Tuesday, May 24, 2015. Sen. Patricia Miller, whose Senate health committee is scheduled to hear the bill Wednesday, May 25, said she expects the bill to be amended to send it to study committees for further evaluation. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana proposal to allow fire stations and other public places to install "baby boxes" so mothers in crisis could anonymously surrender their newborns needs further review and is unlikely to advance this year, a key lawmaker said Tuesday.


Trenton School District to cut 226 jobs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:25

Trenton School District to cut 226 jobsMuch like Philadelphia, the Trenton School District is facing a big budget deficit.