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Air Jordan ticket grab "complete chaos" at Houston mall

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 02:55

Air Jordan ticket grab "complete chaos" at Houston mallNearly 50 law enforcement officers were called out to a Houston mall overnight after people waiting to get their hands on the newest Air Jordan sneakers started to get rowdy.


Two of three Alabama jail escapees is captured

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 02:24
By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - Two of three inmates who broke out of an Alabama county jail after overpowering a guard in a weekend escape have been caught, a county sheriff said on Sunday. Germayel Culbert, 37, who is charged with capital murder, and Justin Gordon, 23, have both been recaptured, said Choctaw County Sheriff Tom Abate. They escaped from the Choctaw County jail early on Saturday, he said. Abate said Culbert was captured in Sumter County in west central Alabama but he did not have details. ...

For police reformers, California city shows a rough road

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 02:14

File photo of a line of police officers blocking off a highway off-ramp during a demonstration in OaklandBy Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - In 2000, police in Oakland, California became a symbol of the worst of American law enforcement after a band of rogue officers known as "The Riders" were accused of beating suspects, planting evidence and falsifying reports. Today, as an outcry over police killings and excessive force spreads across the country, Oakland's police are becoming known for something else: restraint and reform. Under scrutiny by a court-ordered external monitor and threatened with federal receivership, Oakland's 14-year journey from notorious law enforcement agency to reform-minded department illustrates the difficulty of changing the way police operate at time of national soul-searching over heavy handed police tactics. Using a new computer system to monitor police, Oakland may be an indicator of what lies ahead for Ferguson, Missouri, and other U.S. cities whose officers face mounting public mistrust and the perception that they operate with impunity in the shooting of black suspects.


Turning Milder Today

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:56

Turning Milder TodayMeteorologist Chris Sowers says expect slightly milder temperatures and a little bit of sunshine today.


The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:51

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)School kids, truckers, marijuana smokers and fans of old-fashioned light bulbs are among the millions of people who had something extra riding on the big spending bill passed by Congress to keep the government running.


Jeb Bush to release emails from time as Florida governor

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:46

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush addresses the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in WashingtonTAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Jeb Bush says he plans to release 250,000 emails from his time as Florida governor, part of an e-book that he is writing as he mulls taking the plunge on a 2016 presidential bid. There has been intense speculation that Bush, brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H. W. Bush, may be gearing up to enter the White House race as a Republican candidate. In a television interview that aired on Sunday, Bush said releasing the emails showed his commitment to transparency in public service. ...


Police: Tree-trimming truck hits vehicle into New Castle house

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:31

 Tree-trimming truck hits vehicle into New Castle housePolice are looking for the driver of a tree-trimming truck accused of slamming his vehicle into a parked car in New Castle, Delaware.


Cancer patients testing drugs on mouse 'avatars'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:28

In this Sept. 19, 2014, photo, Charles Cook, manager of facilities and operations at Champions Oncology, displays mouse carrying a cancer patient's tumor graft under its skin in a lab in Baltimore. Cancer patients are paying the private lab to breed mice that carry bits of their own tumors so treatments can be tried first on the customized rodents. The idea is to see which drugs might work best on a specific person's specific cancer. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same — with the hope of curing their own disease.


2 police officers hospitalized after Frankford crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:27

2 police officers hospitalized after Frankford crashTwo Philadelphia police officers are hospitalized after a crash in Frankford.


3 displaced in Olney fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:24

3 displaced in Olney firePhiladelphia firefighters battled an overnight fire in the city's Olney section that displaced three people.


People finding their 'waze' to once-hidden streets

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:14

In t Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 photo resident Paula Hamilton stands on a street outside her house in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. "The traffic is unbearable now. You can't even walk your dog," said Hamilton, who lives on a once quiet little street. When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic rushing by their homes a year or so ago they were baffled. When word spread that the explosively popular new smartphone app Waze was sending many of those cars through their neighborhood in a quest to shave five minutes off a daily rush-hour commute, they were angry and ready to fight back. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.


Cow bolts butcher shop, police give chase

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:11
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A 1,000-pound cow being prepared for slaughter jumped a 6-foot fence and bolted through the streets of Pocatello before police shot and killed it following a lengthy pursuit.

Loans impacting grant money for Sandy victims

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:11

In this Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 photo, Jordan Farkas poses for a picture next to his air conditioner, which is raised eight feet above street level to prevent flooding damage, in Long Beach, N.Y. Some homeowners whose property was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy say they are being denied assistance from other programs because they took out low-interest federal loans right after the storm on the advice of federal workers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy left Denise Erickson's home with a collapsed foundation, a loan from the Small Business Administration looked like the best deal in town.


Texas lawmakers put new gun rights laws in their sights

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 01:06
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Several proposed new gun laws await the new Texas legislature when it opens next month, including one to allow open carrying of handguns in public and another providing a sales tax holiday for firearms purchases. The Republican-dominated legislature will become even more conservative due the party's landslide win in the November election, with many members pledging to expanding firearms rights in the state often seen as an incubator of conservative policies nationwide. ...

With crime coverage, paper 'challenging community'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 00:55

In this Nov. 20, 2014, photo, New Pittsburgh Courier editor and publisher Rod Doss, left, and assistant to to publisher Stephan Broadus, right, show copies of the paper with focus on black on black violent crime while in the newspaper conference room in Pittsburgh. The Courier, an historic black newspaper, began a campaign with coverage of each homicide almost a decade ago because editors at the Courier simply felt black-on-black killings were not getting the attention they deserved. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — At the start of every month, the same image of a pistol points from the same place on the front page of the New Pittsburgh Courier, above the same caption: Under Attack By Us!


Your info has been hacked. Now what do you do?

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:37

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, a shopper pays for her purchases at a Target store in South Portland, Maine. Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches last year. Of those affected, one in three became victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself against the financial, legal and emotional impact of identity theft — and most of them are free:


Identity theft victims face months of hassle

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:36

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, identity theft victim Mark Kim poses for photos in front of a Target store, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Kim spent seven months trying to clear his credit history after his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer's free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit fraud.


Lower lobster catch in 2014 means higher prices

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:12
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The 2014 lobster fishing season appears to have resulted in a lower total catch than the previous two years — meaning slightly higher prices for consumers — but it remained a productive year, lobstermen say.

Singer Jeremih charged after NJ airport incident

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:08

Singer Jeremih charged after NJ airport incidentR&B star Jeremih and two others face charges in New Jersey after one of the men allegedly opened a door to a boarding ramp at Newark International Airport after it had been closed to prepare for takeoff.


Chip Kelly respects Cowboys, doesn't share hate

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 22:37

Chip Kelly respects Cowboys, doesn't share hateFrom Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson and Jason Garrett to Dick Vermeil, Buddy Ryan and Andy Reid, the men in charge have changed while the rivalry remains intense.