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Duke University professor stands by racially charged comments

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:47
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A Duke University professor under fire for online comments comparing African-Americans to Asians stood by his statement on Monday and said more honest debate is needed to achieve full racial integration in the United States. Responding to a New York Times editorial about how racism had "doomed" the African-American community in Baltimore long before recent riots, political science professor Jerry Hough argued that Asians "didn’t feel sorry for themselves but worked doubly hard" to overcome similar discrimination they had faced. "Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration." Criticism of his remarks was swift, with another Duke professor comparing them to "micro-nooses" and university spokesman Michael Schoenfeld quoted as calling them "noxious" and "offensive" in local media reports.

Man charged in deadly shooting at Houston auto dealer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:46
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man has been charged with capital murder in a shooting at a used car dealership that left two brothers and a son dead.

Teenager denied access to prom because he wore a kilt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:45
SELMA, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina teenager says he was kept out of a prom for homeschooled kids because he wore his late grandfather's kilt.

Baltimore prosecutor seeks gag order, citing defense actions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:42
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore prosecutors have asked a judge to impose a gag order preventing attorneys in the Freddie Gray case from talking about it, saying lawyers for six police officers are attempting to influence people who might be on a grand jury or serve on a trial jury.

S.C. high court weighs if gambler can sue to recoup lost money

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:39
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina woman suing to recoup the fortune she lost gambling on video poker in a state where it is illegal will take her case to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. Lauren Proctor says lost $700,000 at two restaurants in Columbia, South Carolina, according to court documents. She sued to get her money back under the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act. Her right to sue was upheld by a state appellate court.

U.S. announces July hearing on Fiat Chrysler recalls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:09

A new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign is pictured after being unveiled at Chrysler Group World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, MichiganThe Obama administration on Monday escalated its running regulatory battle with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV by announcing a public hearing to scrutinize how the automaker has handled 20 recalls affecting more than 10 million vehicles. As part of a broader effort to get automakers to speed up the repair of recalled cars and trucks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said FCA could face up to $700 million in fines and be required to buy back or replace vehicles if regulators find evidence that it failed in its legal recall obligations. The proceedings would be the broadest public hearing the agency had held to date and follows what NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind described as frustrated attempts by the agency to get Fiat Chrysler's U.S. unit, FCA US LLC, to move more aggressively to correct defects tied to fires, loss of control, unintended air bag deployments and fuel leaks.


Biker melee victim testifies in undercover NYPD cop's trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:07
NEW YORK (AP) — An SUV driver who was beaten bloody by a group of angry motorcyclists after he'd run a biker over wept as he testified Monday that he was scared to death during the melee.

Reward offered for suspect in kidnapping, rape in Fishtown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 03:04

Reward offered for suspect in kidnapping, rape in FishtownThe U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward in the search for a man who allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.


JPMorgan Chase announces 2nd year of commitment to Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 02:59
DETROIT (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced plans Monday for the second year of its 5-year commitment to help Detroit address some of the challenges faced by the city which emerged in December from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Amtrak service resumes between New York and Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 02:41

Amtrak service resumes between New York and PhiladelphiaAmtrak trains are moving between New York City and Philadelphia, several days after a deadly derailment.


Mom says daughter dragged by school bus is out of hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 02:36
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The mother of a Louisville girl who was dragged more than 100 hundred feet by a school bus says her daughter is out of the hospital.

Settlement would change US Park Police mass arrest policies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 02:31

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2002 file photo, police monitor a small demonstration outside the World Bank building in Washington. A proposed $2.2 million settlement of a case that started with the arrests of hundreds of protesters in 2002 would change how U.S. Park Police handle mass arrests. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan issued preliminary approval for the settlement of the 12-year-old class action lawsuit last week. The lawsuit stems from about 400 arrests during International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in 2002. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Wolfe, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposed $2.2 million settlement of a case that started with the arrests of hundreds of protesters in 2002 would change the way U.S. Park Police handle mass protests.


U.S. to question Islamic State leader's wife on hostages, officials say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 02:23
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The captured wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a weekend raid will face questions over what she and her husband knew about the group's treatment of hostages, including Americans, U.S. officials said. The U.S. government believes the leader, Abu Sayyaf, was involved in handling foreign hostages, including Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker who was killed in February, U.S. security and law enforcement officials said. The White House said on Saturday that U.S. military personnel based in Iraq had carried out a raid in eastern Syria aimed at capturing Abu Sayyaf and his wife, known as Umm Sayyaf. Umm Sayyaf was captured by U.S. forces, but Abu Sayyaf was killed after "he engaged U.S. forces," the White House said.

Hundreds attend funeral of Amtrak victim Rachel Jacobs, 39

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 02:09

Hundreds attend funeral of Amtrak victim Rachel Jacobs, 39Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of Rachel Jacobs, a 39-year-old educational software startup chief executive and Michigan native killed in the Philadelphia Amtrak crash.


UN chief wants end to Yemen fighting before peace talks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 02:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intends to convene a conference in the near future to restart the peace process in Yemen but wants the fighting to stop before sending out invitations.

U.S. loses meat labeling case; trade war looms

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 01:47

Boneless beef trimmings that average about 70% fat from which lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) is created from is pictured at the Beef Products Inc (BPI) facility in South Sioux CityBy Krista Hughes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Canada and Mexico are readying trade sanctions against the United States after they won a meat labeling dispute on Monday, increasing pressure on the U.S. Congress to scrap the laws. The World Trade Organization upheld a complaint by Canada and Mexico about U.S. laws requiring retailers to label meat with the country where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered, saying they discriminated against imported livestock. Republicans, who have a majority in Congress, have signaled they may act to repeal the laws as early as this week, but consumer groups and many Democrats say they provide essential information for shoppers. "Our governments will be seeking authorization from the WTO to take retaliatory measures against U.S. exports," the Mexican and Canadian ministers for trade and agriculture said in a joint statement.


Judge: Fugitive on lam since '59 will be sent back to Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 01:35
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An Ohio fugitive who's been on the lam since walking away from a prison farm in 1959 will soon be on his way back up north after his recent arrest in Florida.

1 dead, 21 hurt as plane carrying Marines crashes in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 01:33

1 dead, 21 hurt as plane carrying Marines crashes in HawaiiA U.S. military plane crashed and caught fire as it tried to land during training exercises in Hawaii, killing one Marine, injuring 21 other people and sending black smoke billowing into the sky.


Fiat Chrysler says it will cooperate fully with US regulators

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 01:27
The U.S. unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Monday it will cooperate with a July 2 hearing called by U.S. auto safety regulators to determine whether the automaker has failed to remedy safety defects and issue required notices in 20 recalls. "The average completion rate for FCA US LLC recalls exceeds the industry average and all FCA US campaigns are conducted in consultation with NHTSA. The company will cooperate fully," FCA US LLC said in a statement.

High court: Police immune over arrest of mentally ill woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 01:14
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police are immune from a lawsuit arising from the arrest and shooting of a mentally ill woman in San Francisco.