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Smoke inhalation blamed for Dallas skyscraper fire deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 09:55
DALLAS (AP) — Investigators have determined that smoke inhalation killed three construction workers in a fire in the basement of a Dallas skyscraper.

Man arrested after Portland shooting, 2 sought

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 09:47
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a shooting outside an alternative high school in Portland had ties to a gang, as did two of the victims, police said Saturday.

North Carolina protesters call for fresh probe in teen's hanging

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 09:35
By Marti Maguire BLADENBORO, N.C. (Reuters) - Several hundred people marched through a small North Carolina town on Saturday to call for a fresh investigation into the August hanging death of a black teenager that was ruled a suicide by local authorities. Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging from a swing set by two belts at a mobile home park in Bladenboro, a town of 1,700 people some 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Charlotte. Local police said there was no sign of foul play, and his death was ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner. ...

Mississippi crash kills 4, closes road for hours

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:57

Hancock County, Miss., Coroner Jim Faulk searches through documents in an attempt to identify two victims from a Ford Explorer, background, who died in an accident on Saturday Dec. 13, 2014, on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, in Kilm, Miss. Four people were killed in the 11-vehicle accident. (AP Photo/The Sun Herald, Justin Mitchell ) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT: MISSISSIPPI PRESS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT WLOX, LOCAL ONLINE OUT; GULFLIVE.COM OUTA tractor-trailer plowed into 11 cars stopped on an interstate highway in coastal Mississippi early Saturday, killing a father and daughter and two young men in a horrendous crash that also closed the highway for more than six hours.


About 6,000 still without power in Vermont

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:47

Gov. Peter Shumlin flies over Hinesburg Vt. in a helicopter as he surveys damage from this week's snow storm on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Shumlin and the head of the Vermont Electric Cooperative surveyed power lines by air to check the progress restoring service to those still in the dark from outages that, at their peak, affected some 100,000 customers. Restoring power to everyone could take at least the weekend, officials said. (AP Photo/The Burlington Free Press, Glenn Russell, Pool)BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — About 6,000 customers were still without power in Vermont on Saturday evening, three days after a brutal storm pounded the state with heavy, wet snow and caused the worst outages in years.


Three prisoners, two accused of murder, escape from Alabama jail

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:40
(Reuters) - Two men jailed on capital murder charges and another for armed robbery escaped an Alabama jail early on Saturday after tackling and choking a guard, a county sheriff said. The three escaped from the jail in the rural southwestern town of Butler after jumping the guard, who came into a shared cell to check on an inmate who was vomiting, Choctaw County Sheriff Tom Abate said. They stole the jailer's keys and mobile phone, then fled on foot. "They are considered extremely dangerous. They really don't have anything to lose," Abate said. ...

Protests don't derail Will's commencement speech

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:29
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Protests have taken place at Michigan State University's commencement over comments graduation speaker George Will had previously made about sexual assault reporting at colleges.

Officer doesn't arrest woman caught stealing eggs; buys her food instead

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:28

Officer doesn't arrest woman caught stealing eggs; buys her food insteadAn Alabama woman thought she was going jail after she was caught stealing eggs to help feed her children and grandchildren, but the police officer who came to the scene surprised her.


India questions man over pro-Islamic State tweets

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:00
BANGALORE, India (AP) — Police in southern India questioned a man who they say acknowledged to running a popular pro-Islamic State group Twitter account but appears to have no direct links to the militant group.

Prosecutor releases more Ferguson documents

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 07:34

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Brown family shows Michael Brown. The St. Louis County prosecutor has released more documents related to the investigation of the shooting of Brown by a Ferguson police officer, including a transcript of a police interview with the friend who was with Brown when he was killed. Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he inadvertently didn't include the records made public Saturday, Dec. 13, when he released many of the documents related to the case last month after the grand jury decided not to charge Officer Darren Wilson for killing Brown. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)A prosecutor released hundreds of pages of additional documents Saturday from the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown, including an interview transcript of a friend who initially asserted that he had seen Brown get shot in the back.


Grandmother killed, father and kids injured in Chichester fire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 07:25

Grandmother killed, father and kids injured in raging house fireA grandmother was killed and a father and his children were injured after a raging fire destroyed a home in Chichester, Delaware County.


Officer struck while investigating crash in Cheltenham Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 07:16

Officer struck while investigating crash in Cheltenham Twp.A Cheltenham Township police officer is hospitalized after being struck by a car while investigating an earlier crash.


Grandmother killed, father and 3 kids injured in Chichester fire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 07:10

Grandmother killed, father and 3 kids injured in Chichester fireA grandmother was killed, and a father and three children were injured after a raging fire destroyed a home in Chichester, Delaware County.


Safety agency announces recall of firetrucks

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:58
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. safety regulators say firetruck-maker Sutphen has issued a recall to fix a problem with its aerial ladders.

California cleans up as storm hits Southwest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:48

An RV sits underwater from the flooded Russian River Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Guerneville, Calif. While the sun rose Friday in a dry San Francisco sky, the storm's affects lingered in Northern California. In Sonoma County, the Russian River was approaching flood stage and was expected to crest several feet above it by early afternoon. Officials advised residents of about 300 homes to evacuate low-lying areas. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Californians cleaned up Saturday from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.


Alabama cop doesn't arrest woman caught stealing eggs; buys her food instead

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:46

Officer doesn't arrest woman caught stealing eggs; buys her food insteadAn Alabama woman thought she was going jail after she was caught stealing eggs to help feed her children and grandchildren, but the police officer who came to the scene surprised her.


Effigies of blacks found hanging by nooses at UC Berkeley

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:42
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Three cardboard cutouts of black people were found hanging by nooses Saturday on the Berkeley campus of the University of California.

Delaware teen accused of murdering father with crossbow

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:39
(Reuters) - A teenage boy in Delaware, charged with murdering his father with a crossbow, was being held without bail Saturday in a juvenile detention facility, state police said. Seth Ramsey, 17, of Harrington, was charged with first degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon, Delaware State Police said. He was accused of shooting his 41-year-old father, Todd Ramsey, in the upper torso at the family's home, state police said. Officers had been called to the home on Thursday after Todd Ramsey's co-workers reported him missing from the job for several days, authorities said. ...

SantaCon kicks off with hopes of less naughtiness

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:28

Revelers dressed in holiday theme costumes participate in SantaCon on a rooftop bar, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in New York. SantaCon organizers retained lawyer Norman Siegel last week as part of an effort to tame the excesses of the daylong party. Siegel said the government cannot ban SantaCon. But he said the government can reasonably regulate the event. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — The annual costumed pub crawl featuring a horde of sloshed Santas on the streets of Manhattan got underway Saturday with a lesson in the First Amendment.


Marchers in Washington, New York, Boston protest police killings

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:11

People board a bus in New York to attend the march for justice in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson, Lacey Johnson and Jonathan Spicer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands marched in Washington, New York and Boston on Saturday to protest killings of unarmed black men by police officers. Organizers said the marches were among the largest in the recent wave of protests against the killings of black males by officers in Ferguson, Missouri; New York; Cleveland; and elsewhere. The protests were peaceful, although police in Boston said they arrested more than 20 people who tried to block a highway. ...