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Charges dropped in disturbance of Satanic holiday display

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:36
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped charges against a woman accused of damaging a Satanic holiday display at the Florida Capitol.

FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:27

This undated handout photo provided by Okanagan Specialty Fruits shows an Arctic® Granny, left, Arctic® Golden, right, and Arctic® Granny slices. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods as safe, saying they are as nutritious as their conventional counterparts. The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (AP Photo/Okanagan Specialty Fruits)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say they don't want any part of it and others are staying silent.


San Diego police to investigate officer who killed dog

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:27
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego's police chief said Friday that an officer's fatal shooting of a pit bull is being reviewed internally to determine if authorities acted properly.

Police: Man beat wife, mother before killing Navajo officer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:14
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In the hours before a deadly shootout on the Navajo Nation, authorities say the gunman hit his wife and mother with a pistol, taunted police by making a U-turn in front of a command station, and disabled a police vehicle that was chasing him.

Prince Charles, wife Camilla spend day in Louisville

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:14
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Prince Charles and his wife received a distinctly Kentucky welcome Friday during a visit to the Bluegrass state, where the royal couple got a glimpse into efforts to promote environmental sustainability and protect historic buildings — among the prince's favorite projects.

Silicon Valley VC denies calling Kleiner partner 'sex addict'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:04

Ellen Pao walks to a courtroom in San Francisco Superior Court in San FranciscoBy Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner and Silicon Valley socialite Juliet de Baubigny took the stand Friday in a gender discrimination case against the venture firm and said she never referred to a male partner in the suit as a “sex addict.” The testimony comes in week four of the trial, which pits a former Kleiner partner, Ellen Pao, against the storied venture-capital firm. The lawsuit, which Pao filed in 2012, has helped spark a broad, ongoing discussion about sexism in Silicon Valley. Pao, now interim chief executive at social-news service Reddit, claims her standing at Kleiner crumbled after she ended a brief affair with Ajit Nazre, another partner who later left the firm. In earlier testimony, Pao had testified de Baubigny told her that Nazre, whom another female Kleiner partner has said knocked at her hotel room wearing a bathrobe, was a sex addict.


Bloody arrest of black Virginia student spurs second day of protests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:03
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - The bloody arrest of an African-American student from the University of Virginia spurred a second day of protests on Friday with the same slogans used in demonstrations against law enforcement's treatment of minority groups in other states. Martese Johnson, 20, was arrested on Wednesday and in video and photos on social media can be seen bleeding and lying on a sidewalk after a confrontation with state Alcohol Beverage Control agents outside a Charlottesville tavern. The head of Virginia ABC, Brian Moran, met with about 350 students on campus on Friday but 200 black students stormed out, saying their questions were not being answered, local media said. Video showed them marching outside and chanting “Black Lives Matter,” a slogan popularized during recent protests against the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers in Missouri, New York and other places.

UN commission blames Israel for plight of Palestinian women

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:03
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Commission on the Status of Women approved a resolution Friday blaming Israel's ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian territory for "the grave situation of Palestinian women."

U.S. must release more Abu Ghraib photos: Federal judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:01
A federal judge ruled on Friday that the U.S. government must release photographs showing the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other sites. Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan ruled that his order would not take effect for 60 days to give the U.S. Department of Defense time to decide whether to appeal. The order is a victory for the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit against the government in 2004 seeking the release of the photographs. "They're the best evidence of what took place in the military's detention centers, and their disclosure would help the public better understand the implications of some of the Bush administration's policies." The Department of Defense did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

NC State temporarily bans alcohol at most fraternity events

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:39

A sign hangs at the entrance to the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday, March 20, 2015. The frat has been suspended as authorities investigate the discovery of what appears to be a pledge book filled with racially and sexually explicit language. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State University became the latest school to crack down on its fraternities by banning alcohol at events for most of the organizations, a move that came after a racially offensive pledge book was discovered and a separate sexual assault investigation launched.


Cleveland files softer response to lawsuit in boy's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:37
CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland has made good on a promise by its mayor to file a more sensitive response to a federal lawsuit brought by the family of a 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by police while holding a pellet gun.

Remains found in wood stove in cooking show finalist's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:31
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Human remains were found inside a wood stove at the North Carolina home of a man charged with killing a contestant from the TV show "Food Network Star," her husband and their unborn child, a sheriff said Friday.

Three Michigan fraternity members charged in resort vandalism

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:31
(Reuters) - Three members of a University of Michigan fraternity were charged in connection with extensive damage at a ski resort in January and others are also expected to be charged, prosecutors said on Friday. The Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan, sustained an estimated $100,000 damage over the Jan. 16-18 weekend including broken windows, ceiling tiles and furniture, according to a University of Michigan report. Fraternities in the United States have come under increased attention after the University of Oklahoma in March shut the school chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon following distribution of a video showing its members singing a racist song. Prosecutors in Otsego County, Michigan, said on Friday they had issued charges of misdemeanor consumption by minors against the president and treasurer of the Sigma Alpha Mu chapter at the university, which has been disbanded by its parent organization.

Man fatally shot by U.S. Border Patrol was wanted for murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:30
A man fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Washington state on Thursday after illegally crossing into the United States from Canada was wanted on a murder charge, law enforcement officials said on Friday. The man, who was not identified by name, had acted aggressively toward two agents before one officer opened fire during the incident in Sumas, Washington, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He was later found to be carrying a hatchet in his backpack and was wanted on a murder charge, Whatcom Sheriff Bill Elfo told a news conference on Friday. The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, Customs and Border Protection internal affairs and other authorities were investigating the incident, and details have also been sent to the FBI.

Britain's Prince Charles pitches sustainable communities in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:28
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - In his last stop on a goodwill tour of the United States, Britain's Prince Charles attended an international conference on sustainable communities in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, and said the world faces a historic chance for change. "If we fail here, we fail humanity," the Prince told a crowd of about 1,000 at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Kentucky's largest city. "As a grandfather, I have no intention of failing my, or anyone else's, grandchildren," he said at the end of a four-day tour of the United States with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall. Prince Charles encouraged public and private organizations to work toward his vision of a sustainable future.

Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:26

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2015 file photo, a man waves the American flag during on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They’re likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana. Those are among findings from the 2014 General Social Survey, which has been measuring trends in American opinion and behavior since 1972. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana.


APNewsBreak: Report says 640,200 Syrians in besieged areas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:21

FILE - In this Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, file photo, provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian army soldiers, top background, look on as two women walk towards a bus to evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria, where a Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the area. A report due out the week of March 23, 2015, says the number of Syrian people living in besieged areas is at least three times as high as the official estimate and is closer to 650,000, while offering a graphic accounting of hundreds of deaths in communities that the world has struggled to reach for years. (AP Photo/SANA, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 650,000 Syrians are living in besieged communities in the country's civil war, more than three times the U.N. estimate, according to a new report that offers a graphic account of hundreds of deaths in areas the world has struggled for years to reach.


Penn St students protest against frat over nude photo posts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:21

Students and others demonstrate on the Penn State campus in support of women police say were depicted on Kappa Delta Rho fraternity's private Facebook pages, Friday, March 20, 2015, in State College, Pa. Police are investigating allegations Kappa Delta Rho fraternity members used two secret Facebook pages to post photos of nude females, some of whom appeared to be sleeping or passed out, as well as posts relating to hazing or drug deals. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — More than 100 Penn State University students and other supporters demonstrated Friday against a fraternity accused of posting photos of nude or partly nude women, some asleep or passed out, on an invitation-only Facebook page, urging the administration to take stronger action against those involved.


Lawsuit: Dangerous arsenic levels found in California wine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:18

File - In this May 20, 2009 file photo a glass of white wine is swirled during a tasting in Oakville, Calif. More than two dozen California vintners are facing a lawsuit claiming their wines contain dangerously high levels of arsenic. The industry group Wine Institute dismissed the allegations as "false and misleading." (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of bottles of low-priced California wines sold under such labels as Franzia, Mogen David and Almaden contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed by four California residents.


Utah sues water utility serving polygamous towns on Arizona border

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:11
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a water utility that serves two polygamous church-run towns on the Utah-Arizona border, arguing it has not paid a Utah state trust that owns most of the land in the towns. Attorney General Sean Reyes' office is asking a court to dissolve Twin City Water Works Inc, which supplies Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The sect is not affiliated with the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which renounced polygamy in 1890. Warren Jeffs, leader of the sect, is serving life plus 20 years in Texas on a 2011 conviction of sexual assault charges related to his marriages with underage girls.