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Third investigator in probe of slain Texas deputy fired

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 26 min ago
An investigator looking into the death of a Houston-area deputy who was fatally shot in a hail of bullets last year was terminated on Friday, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said, making him the third person in the probe to be fired for misconduct. The dismissals have tainted the investigation of the high-profile death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, who was killed on Aug. 28 as he fueled a patrol car at a Houston-area gas station. Deputy J. Goodrich was terminated after an internal affairs investigation found that he had inappropriate communications with two witnesses, including one involved in the Goforth probe, the sheriff's office serving the Houston area said.

Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 27 min ago

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. holds an example of the defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the U.S. during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. According to documents posted Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary. But the German automaker, already in hot water with the government for cheating on U.S. pollution tests, eventually agreed to the recall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.

After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 31 min ago

A man wave American flag from atop a car at the Narrows roadblock, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, near Burns, Ore. The last four occupiers of a Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon surrendered Thursday. The holdouts were the last remnants of a larger group that seized the wildlife refuge nearly six weeks ago, demanding that the government turn over the land to locals and release two ranchers imprisoned for setting fires. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDITLAS VEGAS (AP) — Right fight; wrong strategy.

Man who threatened mosque pleads guilty to hate crime

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 37 min ago
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man accused of threatening to firebomb a mosque last fall has pleaded guilty to a hate crime in federal court.

The Latest: Information about attacker's car alerted FBI

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 43 min ago

Men talk outside the Columbus, Ohio, restaurant where police say a man attacked several people with a machete on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Authorities say the man fled the scene and was later fatally shot by police. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an Ohio restaurant attack by a machete-wielding man later killed by police (all times local):

2 students killed in shooting at Phoenix-area high school

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 51 min ago

2 students killed in shooting at Phoenix-area high schoolTwo students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as hundreds of worried parents crowded outside nearby stores to await word on their children.

Plans for Colorado shelter for immigrant children scrapped

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 52 min ago
DENVER (AP) — The federal government is abandoning plans to open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in suburban Denver, saying it would take too much time and money to get the site ready.

Restaurant owner charged in fire that killed immigrants

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 53 min ago

United States Attorney Barbara McQuade, Eastern District Michigan, speaks along side Novi Police Chief David Molloy during a press conference, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Novi, Mich. The pair announced that Roger Tam and his wife Ada Lei, of Novi, were arrested during an going probe into the deaths of five Mexican nationals, who died on January 31, in a basement fire in the Tam's basement. (Max Ortiz /Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDETROIT (AP) — Federal officials charged a suburban Detroit restaurant owner and his wife Friday with harboring immigrants who were in the U.S. without legal permission after a fire at a house he owned killed five employees about two weeks earlier.

Military bases among winners of $720M in conservation grants

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 4 min ago

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, during an event at Fort Stewart, GA., announcing $720 million in conservation funding being awarded to 84 projects across the U.S. Fort Stewart, the largest Army post east of the Mississippi River, is receiving $2 million to assist its efforts to preserve more than 278,000 acres of longleaf pine forest that is home to endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Military bases in three U.S. states will share $17.5 million in conservation funding to protect longleaf pine forests used for training troops while assisting the recovery of threatened species, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday.

U.S. northeast prepares for most severe cold snap of year

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 5 min ago
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The northeastern United States on Friday faced a cold snap so severe that even world-class ski jumpers preparing for a night-time competition at Boston's Fenway Park worried about the frigid weather. Forecasters warned that temperatures would plummet below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-17.8 C) in Boston over the weekend and wind chill warnings were in effect over much of seven states, from New York to Maine, with winds forecast to gust up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph). At Boston's historic Fenway Park, ski jumpers were practicing their tricks on a 140-foot-high (42.7 m high) ski jump covered in artificial snow that towered over the stadium's famed "Green Monster" left field wall.

Visa discloses stake in Dorsey's company, Square

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 7 min ago

Visa discloses stake in Dorsey's company, SquareShares in the mobile payment services company Square rose sharply Friday after Visa disclosed the details of its ownership stake in the company. While Visa's stake amounts to about 1 percent of the company, ...

Oregon refuge searched for evidence, explosives after occupiers leave

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 12 min ago

Heavy equipment set up by the occupiers as a roadblock remains on the road leading to the headquarters to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside BurnsBy Jimmy Urquhart BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) - Police and federal agents searched a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon for explosives and evidence on Friday, a day after the last holdouts in a protest over federal control of Western land surrendered to end a six-week armed standoff. Federal authorities said the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon would remain closed for several weeks as agents secured what is now considered a crime scene. After their surrender on Thursday, protesters told authorities they had left behind booby traps but did not say whether the trip wires and other devices would trigger explosions, a law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

Coast Guard to decide if storm-damaged cruise ship can sail

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 31 min ago

Passengers from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, await transportation after arriving at Cape Liberty cruise port, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Bayonne, N.J. Carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, the ship returned early from a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas after it was battered by a major storm in the Atlantic Ocean. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard on Friday inspected a cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense winter storm to determine if it will be able to set sail as scheduled on a weekend voyage.

Police: Boy, 3, severely burned when 1-pot meth lab explodes

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 44 min ago
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a 3-year-old boy suffered serious burns when a one-pot methamphetamine lab exploded.

'No rhyme or reason' for machete attack at Ohio restaurant

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 47 min ago

Police talk inside the Columbus, Ohio, restaurant where they say a man attacked several people with a machete on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. They say the man fled the scene and was later fatally shot by police. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — From the front door, the man with the machete didn't have a straight path to people in the booths at the small suburban restaurant. He stepped by the welcoming greeting on the front glass, past the half-wall entryway divider and the display case of kataifi and other Mediterranean pastries.

Police: Massachusetts school bus driver drunk in crash

Yahoo! National News - 8 hours 51 min ago
DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts school bus driver charged with being drunk when he crashed his bus carrying 11 high school and middle school students into a utility pole has pleaded not guilty.

Two teen girls found shot dead at school in Phoenix suburb

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 17 sec ago
Two 15-year-old girls died on Friday in a shooting at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale and were found with a gun beside them, police said. Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said it was too early to determine if the incident at Independence High involved a suicide.

Man charged with murder in Georgia lawman's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 7 min ago

Police officers mill around the parking lot of the Villages on the River apartment complex on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, following a fatal police shooting, in Riverdale, Ga. (John Spink/Atlanta Joutal police shooting, rnal-Constitution via AP) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITATLANTA (AP) — A suspect accused of gunning down a Georgia lawman has been charged with murder in the death of the 25-year police veteran. The fallen officer was struck by two shots as he helped colleagues serve a "no knock" search warrant at an apartment complex near Atlanta, authorities said Friday.

Maine governor accused of insensitivity with 'Mr. Chiu' joke

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 13 min ago
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is being accused of racial insensitivity over a joke about a Chinese investor's name.

Colorado's newest pot shop tied to strip club and mayor

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 19 min ago

In this Feb. 10, 2016 photo, a large roadside sign marks the entrance of longtime strip club Shotgun Willie's, and Smoking Gun Apothecary, the new marijuana dispensary, in Glendale, Colo. Smokin Gun Apothecary is on a site formerly occupied by the Denver area’s best known strip club, Shotgun Willie’s. The strip club hasn’t gone away, it’s moved just across the parking lot. Both businesses have the same owner, who envisions pot shoppers getting discounted drinks at the strip club and is outfitting the roof of the pot shop for a future lounge in case Colorado changes its law banning on-site marijuana consumption.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)GLENDALE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado's newest pot shop has some wondering whether strippers and weed are too closely aligned on a busy highway just east of downtown Denver.