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Some cities question benefits of free U.S. military gear

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:05
By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle seemed like a useful piece of equipment for the Albuquerque Police Department - at least at first. The MRAP's bulk and its inability to turn easily makes it unsuitable for urban policing in New Mexico, said Tanner Tixier, a department spokesman. "It has absolutely no practical application in an urban area." The Pentagon's Excess Property Program, which gives unused military equipment to police departments across the country, has come under scrutiny after protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of an unarmed black teen. The demonstrations were met by a police response that critics say was more suited for a war zone than mostly peaceful rallies in an American city.

Girl with untreated seizures removed from home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:03
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A 7-year-old girl was removed from her northern Colorado home and her parents were arrested because she could not walk or talk and was not being treated for seizures, police said.

VIDEO: Jim Gardner does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:59

 Jim Gardner does ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeJim Gardner accepted the dare from actor David Boreanaz to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated some familiar faces from Action News.


Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:40

A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for "militarizing America's Main Streets" and aggravating clashes between police and protesters.


Repairman killed by falling elevator in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:35

Repairman killed by falling elevator in Atlantic CityTwo brothers were working in an Atlantic City apartment building on a routine maintenance call when one of them was hit and killed by a moving elevator.


Philadephia schools to open on time, but some cuts announced

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:34

Philadephia schools to open on time, but some cuts announcedSuperintendent William Hite announced on Friday that the Philadelphia School District will open on time, but some cuts were announced amid a budget crisis.


Court: Silence can be used against suspects

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:34
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:28

In this photo taken on Jun 7, 2014, and released by the U.S. Forest Service, an MD-87 air tanker lays a line of retardant to flank the Two Bulls Fire burning at the Deschutes National Forest, about 10 miles west of Bend, Ore. Wildfire managers say unmanned drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off. (AP Photo/U.S Forest Service)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off, wildfire managers say.


New Jersey band teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:25

New Jersey band teacher accused of having sexual relationship with studentBurlington County authorities have charged a former Florence High School band teacher with having sexual contact with a female student.


Task force to investigate string of 29 arsons in central Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:24
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A string of 29 arson fires targeting historic buildings across central Florida prompted investigators on Friday to form a multi-agency task force to share clues. The task force brings together investigators from several local municipalities, as well as state fire and law enforcement authorities. Most of the 16 fires in Orlando, which began on June 5, were set in homes in older residential neighborhoods around the downtown area. About 30 minutes to the north in Sanford, the first of 10 similar fires on July 3 destroyed the Little Red School House, a century-old public school building.

Feeling lucky? Los Angeles mulls lottery system in local elections

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:24
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles city leaders are considering a lottery system to reward citizens for casting a ballot in local elections, in a measure to combat low voter turnout that officials and outside observers say could be a first for any U.S. municipality. The Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted 3-0 on Thursday to recommend that members of the City Council move forward with the lottery idea, either by putting it before voters as a local initiative or by adopting it on their own, said commission president Nathan Hochman. The commission discussed a number of possible ways for the lottery to work, including the use of $100,000 to be split into four prizes of $25,000, or 100 pots of $1,000 for lucky voters who win the drawing, Hochman said. Last year, only 23 percent of registered voters in Los Angeles cast a ballot for mayor, compared to 37 percent in 2001.

Alabama teenager sent home from school over dyed-red hair

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:22
An Alabama teenager with dyed-red hair was sent home from school by her principal over concerns that her mane was too bright and distracting, the girl's mother said on Friday. Hayleigh Black, a 15-year-old student at Muscle Shoals High School in northwestern Alabama, had been dyeing her hair red for three years without incident until principal Chad Holden called her into his office last week, her mother said. Black, who plays flute in the school's marching band and spent her summer volunteering at a camp for children, was driven to tears after being sent home on what was her first day of 10th grade, her mother, Kim Boyd, said. "But red is a natural human hair color," she said.

Teens plead not guilty in homeless men's deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:15
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three teenagers indicted in the beating deaths of two sleeping homeless men in Albuquerque have pleaded not guilty.

Timeline of fatal police shooting of Michael Brown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:06

These images provided by the Ferguson Police Department show security camera footage from a convenience store in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014, the day that Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. A report released Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the footage shows a confrontation between Brown and an employee at the store. The report says that Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, stole a box of cigars from the store shortly before Brown's death. (AP Photo/Ferguson Police Department)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Below is a timeline of the shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday, Aug. 9, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. The times are taken from documents provided by the Ferguson Police Department, including dispatch logs and an incident report on a robbery at a convenience store.


Roxborough fire station closed by fumes, now reopen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:05

Roxborough fire station closed by fumes, now reopenPhiladelphia firefighters forced out of their station by fumes months ago are finally back where they belong tonight.


Correction: Immigration-National Guard story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:04

Gov. Rick Perry shakes hands with National Guard troops training at Camp Swift in Bastrop, Texas on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Perry visited some of the 1,000 troops he has ordered to the Texas-Mexico border but says he does not know how long they'll be deployed. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, William Luther)The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border.


Fire underneath New Jersey bridge contained

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:03
KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — Construction work on the 82-year-old Pulaski Skyway likely caused a fire at the base of a bridge pillar Friday, sending smoke billowing over the area but not causing any structural damage to the span, a state transportation official said.

Ex-cop who burned body again gets 17 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:00
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For a second time, a former New Orleans police officer has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for burning the body of a man shot to death by another New Orleans police officer in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina.

Diabetic teen kicked out of Delsea Drive-In for candy contraband

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:00

Diabetic teen kicked out of Delsea Drive-In for candy contrabandA South Jersey family says they were kicked out of a movie theater because of what they call necessary supplies for their son.


Fearing booby-traps, bidders skip auction of 2007 New Hampshire standoff site

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 05:48
By Ted Siefer BOSTON (Reuters) - An auction for 100 wooded acres in New Hampshire that were the site of a nine-month standoff between an anti-government couple and federal agents closed without any bids on Friday, possibly because of fears it could be booby-trapped, authorities said. The U.S. Marshals Service had hoped to raise at least $250,000 by selling the property that included the fortified compound where Ed and Elaine Brown lived before agents in 2007 ended the nine-month standoff by sneaking onto the property posing as pizza delivery men. While bidding was open in U.S. District Court in Concord, New Hampshire, authorities would not allow interested buyers to tour the land in Plainfield out of fear that the couple and a slew of anti-government activists who had joined them may have left behind explosives or other traps. "I would imagine that was a factor," said Deputy Chief U.S. Marshal Brenda Mikelson.