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Timeline details ties between Fort Worth police chief, Taser

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:09

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, retired Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffery Halstead, left, introduces retired Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher, during a presentation at a conference hosted by Taser International at the California Highway Patrol Headquarters in Sacramento, Calif. Halstead successfully pushed the city of Fort Worth to approve a no-bid contract worth up $2.7 to purchase body cameras from Taser, the stun-gun maker that is now the leading supplier of body cameras for police. A review by The Associated Press shows Taser is covering airfare and hotel stays for police chiefs who travel to speak at the company's marketing conferences. It is also hiring some recently retired chiefs as consultants, sometimes months after their cities signed contracts with Taser.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Then-Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead and Taser International had a close relationship before and after the city signed a contract to purchase body cameras last year. Email communications and travel expense reports obtained by The Associated Press through a state open records request show how Halstead kept the company informed as he lobbied for the contract internally and accepted travel to events paid for by the company in the following months:


Supreme Court set to hear second major Obamacare challenge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:08

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure's implementation. If a majority of the nine justices rules against the administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people afford private health insurance, unless Congress or the affected states act immediately. Such a ruling could also have a broader impact by deterring younger, healthier people from buying health insurance, which would lead to premiums rising for older, less healthy people who need healthcare most, said Rand Corporation economist Christine Eibner. The Democratic-backed law, narrowly passed by Congress over unified Republican opposition, aimed to help millions of Americans who lacked any health insurance afford coverage.


Factbox: Contrasting legal styles in Supreme Court Obamacare drama

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:03
(Reuters) - When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the new challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Wednesday, the justices will hear from two experienced attorneys with dueling views and contrasting styles. DONALD VERRILLI U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, 57, will defend the law for the Obama administration. When Verrilli argued on behalf of the law the first time, in 2012, news and political commentators lambasted him. “This was a train wreck for the Obama administration,” CNN legal commentator Jeffrey Toobin said at the time, contending Verrilli’s style was shaky and his responses ineffective.

O'Malley rules out Senate as decision over White House bid looms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:00

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley speaks at a campaign rally for Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown in MarylandFormer Maryland Governor and possible Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said on Tuesday he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. O'Malley, who left office in January and has said he is considering a run for the White House, told reporters in an email he hoped other candidates would step up to represent the mid-Atlantic state, but "I will not be one of them." The move allows O'Malley, 52, to keep the door open for a potential presidential campaign. Despite winning two terms as governor in the heavily Democratic State, his future is somewhat complicated by his successor's surprise loss to a Republican in the November election. O'Malley is popular among Democrats and spent much of the last year actively campaigning for fellow liberals across the country, especially in New Hampshire and Iowa, the first two states with presidential nominating contests.


DNA tool helping biologists find elusive or invasive species

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 21:38

In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, dozens of a tiny destructive New Zealand mudsnails are displayed with a penny to show the scale of the one-eighth of an inch creature at a lab in Bellevue, Wash. Scientists are turning to environmental DNA, or eDNA, an emerging surveillance tool that detects the presence of an organism by analyzing cellular material such as urine, hair, feathers or skin cells that are left behind in the environment. From Asian carp in the Great Lakes basin to salamanders in Kentucky to great crested newts in the United Kingdom, the tool is helping biologists look for reclusive or rare imperiled species, monitor unwanted creatures or gauge the overall biodiversity of a lake or stream. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.


Police issuing tickets for pizza, french fries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 21:28
FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Police in one New Hampshire town are handing out the kind of tickets you want to get — for free pizza and french fries.

BlackBerry offers new phones but turns focus to software

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 21:23

Blackberry's Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen speaks during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. BlackBerry will launch four new smartphones this year and a new package of cross-platform applications as it continues its "philosophical" shift to making software. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — BlackBerry may be launching four new smartphones over the coming year, but the struggling company is staking its future on becoming a giant in software.


Police: Boy, 10, runs over 9-year-old brother in stolen car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 20:56
ROSCOMMON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy was hospitalized after his 10-year-old brother apparently ran him over with a stolen car in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

Man shot in the face in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 20:45

Man shot in the face in North PhiladelphiaA shooting in North Philadelphia has investigators puzzled.


Sedan flips, SUV in creek after multi-vehicle crash in Cheltenham Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 20:43

Sedan flips, SUV in creek after multi-vehicle crash in Cheltenham Twp.A multi-vehicle crash in Chelthenham, Montgomery County left a vehicle on its roof and an SUV sitting upright in Tookany Creek.


Marijuana, guns and conservation on agenda for 2015 Florida legislature

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 20:05
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Florida's legislature convenes on Tuesday with lawmakers expected to grapple during the 60-day annual session with measures including allowing concealed guns on college campuses and permitting doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. Discussion of casino gambling, a now-perennial clash between out-of-state gambling interests and entrenched family resort companies like Walt Disney Co, will also stir controversy in the next two months.    In addition, lawmakers will likely argue over how approximately $1 billion a year in real estate and land development taxes should be spent on conservation. The spending, mandated by a constitutional amendment approved by voters, could go to such projects as Everglades cleanup and beach restoration.

Concerns over drug prompt delay of Georgia woman's execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 19:47

Concerns over drug prompt delay of Georgia woman's executionThe U.S. Supreme Court has stepped in to prevent the only woman on death row in Georgia from being executed.


Ohio bridal shop linked to Ebola survivor will sell building

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 19:46
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio bridal shop that was linked to an Ebola survivor and later announced plans to close has put its building up for sale.

Florida man arrested after hitting black man with bottle

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 19:45
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida man faces hate crime charges after authorities say he told a man the bar they were in wasn't for blacks and hit him with a bottle.

Boston St. Pat's parade organizers seek help clearing snow

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 19:44
BOSTON (AP) — Organizers of Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade say the event will go on as planned March 15, but they are asking for help in clearing the route of snow.

Italian tourist killed when hit by piece of Alaska glacier

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 17:02
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities said.

Environmental groups sue Port of Seattle over Shell oil fleet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 16:05

The shipping docks of the deepwater harbor of the Port of Seattle is seen on this aerial view photograph taken from a helicopter in SeattleA coalition of environmental groups sued the Port of Seattle on Monday to stop the lease of a terminal to Royal Dutch Shell Plc's Arctic oil drilling fleet, arguing a proper environmental review was never conducted, court records showed. Earthjustice, along with other groups including the Sierra Club, filed the suit in a Washington state court, alleging the drilling operation was substantially different from the terminal's prior use, meaning an environmental review had to be done under state law. The complaint against the port and Foss Maritime Co, which would work for Shell under the two-year lease, also alleged that officials reached the arrangement without public disclosure and that the fleet could pollute the area's water. "We have received a shoreline substantial development permit exemption from the City of Seattle for this use," Port of Seattle spokesman Peter McGraw said in a statement, adding that officials had not yet reviewed the suit.


Airlines move to better track planes a year after Flight 370

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:37

FILE - In this Saturday, March 22, 2014, file photo, flight officer Rayan Gharazeddine on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, scans for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in southern Indian Ocean, Australia. Airlines and regulators have spent the past year since the disappearance of Flight MH370 debating how much flight tracking is necessary, balancing the economic costs against reassuring passengers another plane won’t disappear. Now a plan is moving forward that would require airlines, by the end of 2016, to know their jets’ positions every 15 minutes. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — At 656,000 pounds fully loaded and the length of six school buses, the Boeing 777-200ER is hard to miss.


Families of victims of California mass shooter sue county, apartment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:17

Students light candles at a tribute for victims, at one of nine crime scenes after a series of drive-by shootings that left 7 people dead, in Santa BarbaraThe families of three victims slain during a southern California rampage last year that left dead six college students and the killer are suing the county, the sheriff's department and the apartment building where the victims were killed. The parents of George Chen, Weihan Wang, and Cheng-Yuan Hong filed the federal suit on Monday, alleging that the defendants failed to recognize signs that the attacker, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, was a danger and take action. Rodger fatally stabbed the three men, two of whom were his roommates assigned by management at the Capri Apartments at Isla Vista, in the dwelling last May before fatally shooting three more people, wounding 14 others near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and killing himself. The lawsuit pointed to several "red flags," including racist remarks Rodger made about previous roommates and other violent, erratic behavior, and alleged that the apartment managers did not investigate before assigning new roommates.


Body-camera maker has financial ties to police chiefs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 14:41
Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising conflict-of-interest questions.