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AccuWeather: Milder Today, Southern Snow Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 18:32
Meteorologist David Murphy says some light snow is likely in South Jersey and Southern Delaware tomorrow morning.

Woman wishes she could have saved son killed by police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 18:21

Agapita Montes-Rivera, right, the mother of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was shot and killed by police in Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 10, 2015, sits with interpreter Fabian Ubay, left, as they talk with the media in Kennewick, Wash., Tuesday, Feb. 24. Agapita Montes-Rivera viewed her son's body for the first time Monday, Feb. 23, and said she hopes for justice in the case that has sparked protests and calls for a federal investigation. The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco was captured on video by a witness. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — When Agapita Montes-Rivera first watched the video of her son being gunned down by police in Washington state, she rushed to the TV set in a futile effort to help him.


Woman wishes she could have saved son killed by police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 18:21

Agapita Montes-Rivera, right, the mother of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was shot and killed by police in Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 10, 2015, sits with interpreter Fabian Ubay, left, as they talk with the media in Kennewick, Wash., Tuesday, Feb. 24. Agapita Montes-Rivera viewed her son's body for the first time Monday, Feb. 23, and said she hopes for justice in the case that has sparked protests and calls for a federal investigation. The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco was captured on video by a witness. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — When Agapita Montes-Rivera first watched the video of her son being gunned down by police in Washington state, she rushed to the TV set in a futile effort to help him.


Alaska quietly becomes 3rd state to legalize marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 18:09

Bill Parker, who has advocated for the legalization of marijuana for more than 43 years, is shown at his home in Anchorage Alaska, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, the same day pot became legal in the state. He said he planned to attend parties with supporters of the voter initiative, where he said party-goers could enjoy marijuana for the first time ever without feeling like they were a criminal. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has become the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana. But the historic day passed with little public acknowledgement in a state with a savvy marijuana culture that has seen varying degrees of legal acceptance of the drug for 40 years.


Drivers collide in 2-vehicle crash in Spring Garden

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:56
Two cars collided at an intersection in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section early Wednesday morning.

Driver crashes into utility pole in Lansdale, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:54
Police say a driver in a pick-up truck lost control and crashed into a utility pole in Lansdale, Pennsylvania early Wednesday morning.

Without hate crime, US limited in prosecuting Zimmerman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:44

FILE - This Jan. 10, 2015, booking file photo provided by the Seminole County Public Affairs shows George Zimmerman. The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, that the former neighborhood watch volunteer will not face federal charges in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of second-degree murder. (AP Photo/Seminole County Public Affairs, File)MIAMI (AP) — The Justice Department's decision to not prosecute a civilian neighborhood-watch volunteer for a hate crime in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager isn't necessarily a harbinger of how it will rule in two other high-profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.


Highly skilled immigrant spouses can soon work in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:13
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — When Neha Mahajan's husband got a job transfer from New Delhi to New Jersey, she was excited to come along. But the thrill faded when the television reporter realized there was no way she could get a job in the United States because immigration rules barred her from working.

FAA says Southwest can use planes that missed inspections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:43
DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials will let Southwest Airlines keep flying planes that missed a required inspection of a backup rudder system.

Expert: Alzheimer's beating shows disease's unpredictability

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:43

An activities bus sits in front of Atria Applewood assisted living facility, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in the west Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colo. An 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient faces a homicide charge after the deadly beating on Saturday, Feb. 21 of a fellow resident, who subsequently died of injuries on Monday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Mental health experts say the case of an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient suspected of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility in suburban Denver is rare and shows the difficulty of caring for those with the unpredictable disease, even for the specially trained.


4 Wesleyan students arrested in Molly drug hospitalizations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:41

This image provided by the Middletown Police Department shows Eric Lonergan of Rio de Janeiro. Lonergan is accused of possessing a controlled substance and illegally obtaining or supplying drugs. Lonergan was one of four Wesleyan University students arrested Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015 in connection with about a dozen hospitalizations among people who took a party drug known as Molly. (AP Photo/Middletown Police Department)MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Four Wesleyan University students were arrested Tuesday in connection with about a dozen hospitalizations among people who took a party drug known as Molly.


Southwest grounds 128 jets after missing mandatory checks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:27

The wing of a Southwest commercial airliner during a flight over the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said it pulled 128 aircraft out of service on Tuesday after it discovered that they were overdue for a required check of the standby hydraulic system that serves as a back up to the planes' primary systems. "Once identified, Southwest immediately and voluntarily removed the affected aircraft from service, initiated maintenance checks, disclosed the matter to the FAA, and developed an action plan to complete all overdue checks," the company said in a statement. Southwest, the largest U.S. carrier by domestic traffic, said it canceled about 80 flights on Tuesday due to the grounding and was expecting "very minimal impact" to its operations on Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration approved a proposal that would allow the Dallas-based carrier to continue operating the aircraft for a maximum of five days while it completes the checks within the next few days, the airline said.


Southwest Airlines Grounds Planes Due to Missed Inspections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:58
Southwest Airlines grounded 128 planes and canceled about 80 flights Tuesday after failing to inspect backup hydraulic systems.

New Jersey Democrats balk at Christie's budget proposals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:43

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. Christie, who is considering a run for president in 2016, announced that the New Jersey Education Association — the state's largest teachers union and long one of his main political foils — has signed onto a "road map" for further reforms. He'll call on state lawmakers to join with him. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's $33.8 billion budget won't go anywhere in the Legislature without a green light from Democratic leaders, and so far their reaction amounts to more of a yellow caution light.


State Department official arrested on suspicion of seeking sex with minor: CNN

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:42
(Reuters) - A senior U.S. State Department official was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of soliciting sex from a minor after talking online with a detective posing as the child, officials and media said. Police from Fairfax County, Virginia arrested Daniel Rosen in his home in Washington D.C., CNN reported, citing police. Fairfax County police declined to provide information on the arrest when reached late on Tuesday. Rosen is the director of programs and policy for the State Department's counter terrorism bureau, according to his LinkedIn profile and an online directory of department employees.

Metrolink train strikes truck in Southern California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:08
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of people have been injured in the crash of a Southern California commuter train and a truck northwest of Los Angeles.

More subway delays ahead if NYC can't fund transit budget

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:59
NEW YORK (AP) — It's an ominous refrain, repeated endlessly in the same automated monotone: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are delayed because of train traffic ahead of us."

Dori Maynard, journalist and diversity champion, dies at 56

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:58
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dori J. Maynard, a journalist and champion of diversity in news coverage, died Tuesday at her Oakland home, the journalism education institute she presided said. She was 56.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel forced into April runoff election

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:42

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pauses as he talks to supporters after he was unable to get a majority vote in the Chicago mayoral election, forcing a runoff election in April against Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.


Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:25

FILE - This Jan. 10, 2015, booking file photo provided by the Seminole County Public Affairs shows George Zimmerman. The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, that the former neighborhood watch volunteer will not face federal charges in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of second-degree murder. (AP Photo/Seminole County Public Affairs, File)MIAMI (AP) — George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.