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Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 15:05
"This is unacceptable. This is a humanitarian emergency that involves us all." — Federico Soda, director of the International Organization for Migration coordination office for the Mediterranean, on the unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya.

NHL's Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine, MDMA possession

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 13:51

 San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings(Reuters) - Los Angeles Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested on Friday at a Las Vegas resort pool for carrying cocaine and the party drug MDMA, also known as "Molly," officials said. The Canadian-born Stoll was taken into custody around 4:30 p.m. local time at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool, Las Vegas Police Lieutenant Michael Mauntel said. Online inmate records for the Clark County Detention Center on Friday evening showed that Stoll, 32, was being held on $5,000 cash bail. By 10:30 p.m. local time, Stoll no longer appeared in the jail's online record system. ...

Gas-line blast closes California highway, 3 critically injured

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 13:41

Fresno explosionFRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A large explosion closed both directions of a major highway in Central California and injured at least three people, authorities said Friday.

Maryland man charged in killing of U.S. Census Bureau guard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 13:35

Police cars crowd the road inside the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Maryland after a gunman shot a security guard at one of the outside gate(Reuters) - Prosecutors charged a Maryland man with murdering a guard outside the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters this month and kidnapping a woman before a deadly shootout, officials said on Friday. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland said Ronald Anderson, 48, was charged over the April 9 shooting and abduction, which officials said ended in a gunfight between the man and Washington D.C. police. Prosecutors said on Friday that Anderson kidnapped someone at gunpoint and drove the captive back to his Maryland apartment complex.

Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 13:05

FILE - In this April 11, 2013 file photo, Chicago Cardinal Francis George pauses while speaking at a news conference in Chicago. George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare and played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 78. George, who retired as Chicago archbishop in the fall of 2014, died Friday morning, April 17, 2015, after a long fight with cancer, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:51

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Meredith Barber poses with her daughter Gabrielle Schwager, 10, at their home in Penn Valley, Pa. Barber, a psychologist from the Philadelphia suburb of Penn Valley, has decided Gabrielle will not be taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment this year and has been encouraging other parents to opt out. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

Shooting that wounded baby no longer considered road rage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:40
SEATTLE (AP) — A 1-year-old girl was shot in the head and critically wounded as she sat in a car with her parents in suburban Seattle.

Investigators say identity-theft suspect had 74 aliases

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:17

This undated law enforcement booking photo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office shows Cathryn Parker. Parker accused of stealing the identities of people working behind the scenes in Hollywood film production has lived under at least 74 aliases, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. As of Friday, April 17, 2015, Parker was in federal custody in Northern California, where she was wanted for probation violations. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman accused of stealing the identities of people working behind the scenes in Hollywood film production has lived under at least 74 aliases, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

AccuWeather: Tale of Two Seasons this Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:54

 Warm Today, Cooler SundayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says we'll have a taste of summer Saturday, and a return to spring Sunday.

Storm diverts Oklahoma-bound Seattle elephants to San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:34
SEATTLE (AP) — Two aging female elephants that a Seattle zoo dispatched earlier this week on a 2,000-mile road trip to a new home at an Oklahoma zoo have been diverted by a storm — and are now resting at the San Diego Zoo, the Woodland Park Zoo said Friday.

Hawaii telescope builders again extend construction timeout

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:33
HONOLULU (AP) — A nonprofit company planning to build one of the world's biggest telescopes on a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred will continue to postpone construction, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Friday.

California gas pipeline explosion, fire injure up to 15 people

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:23

A firefighter watches the blaze after a gas line exploded near FresnoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A construction crew on Friday accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, four of them critically, officials said. The 12-inch (30-cm) pipeline, belonging to Pacific Gas & Electric Corp , was struck by a backhoe near state Highway 99, unleashing a fireball that injured members of the construction team and a jail inmate crew nearby, Fresno Fire Department spokesman Peter Martinez said. One worker in critical condition was flown to hospital by helicopter, and 13 or 14 others were taken to hospitals for evaluation and treatment of injuries after the pipeline was ruptured at about 2:30 p.m., Martinez added. Four of the injured were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, and two more were taken to the burn unit there, said hospital spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell, adding that four were in critical condition and two serious.

Missouri drops charges against officer indicted in shooting of man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:21
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri prosecutor on Friday dismissed charges against a Kansas City police officer indicted in February by a grand jury for the non-fatal shooting of a 37-year-old man last summer. The dismissal comes amid heightened attention to police shootings after a murder charge against a North Charleston, South Carolina police officer and the decision by a grand jury last November not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri officer who fatally shot an unarmed man. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said an investigation and legal analysis found that evidence no longer supported the charges against 31-year-old Jacob Ramsey. A state grand jury charged Ramsey with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the shooting of Anthony Contreras last June.

Dispute between women leads to hit-and-run in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:16

 Possible vehicle found in hit-and-run dispute in Tioga-NicetownA dispute between two women over a man led to a hit-and-run in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section and soon after the crash, the victim's house caught fire.

Attorneys seek dismissal of charges in Islamic State case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:15
CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a Chicago-area man charged with trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria are seeking the dismissal of the charges.

Volunteer deputy sold company, went back to police work

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:10

This Tuesday, April 14, 2015 photo provided by the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office shows Robert Bates. The 73-year-old Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy, who authorities said fatally shot a suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun, was booked into the county jail Tuesday on a manslaughter charge. Bates surrendered to the Tulsa County Jail and was released after posting $25,000 bond. (Tulsa County Sheriff's Office via AP)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — After he sold his insurance company for around $6 million, Robert Bates sought to return to a profession he tried for a year in his early 20s: law enforcement.

Voter initiative to legalize marijuana in Arizona filed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:42
PHOENIX (AP) — A group that hopes to get voters to legalize recreational use of marijuana filed an initiative with Friday with the Arizona Secretary of State's office and will start a signature-gathering campaign to get it on the ballot.

Defense asks for new venue in police shooting of unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:17
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for a former North Carolina police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed former college football player want his trial held in another county.

Campaign begins in Arizona to make recreational marijuana legal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:12

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year's day in Northglenn, ColoradoBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Advocates for legalizing marijuana launched a petition campaign in Phoenix on Friday seeking a ballot measure that could make Arizona the fifth U.S. state to allow possession, cultivation and consumption of small amounts of pot for recreational use. Supporters have until July of next year to obtain the signatures of 150,642 registered voters in the politically conservative state in order to get their initiative placed on the November 2016 ballot, election officials said. Following the leads of five other western states and the District of Columbia, the Arizona measure would legalize possession, cultivation and private personal consumption of marijuana by adults for the sake of just getting high. Arizona is already one of 23 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, that allow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Man pleads not guilty in killing of missing girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:08
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California man pleaded not guilty Friday to murder charges in the death of his girlfriend, whose skeletal remains were discovered in a jungle in Panama two years after she disappeared.