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Fraternity suspended after Univ. of SC student found dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:54
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A fraternity at the University of South Carolina has been suspended by its national chapter as authorities investigate the death of an 18-year-old member.

Accused murderer Robert Durst deemed 'suicidal'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:50

Robert Durst sits in a police vehicle as he leaves a courthouse in New OrleansBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Robert Durst, the real estate scion charged with first-degree murder, is suicidal, according statements by Louisiana authorities released on Wednesday after they moved him to a facility for acutely mentally ill inmates. Awaiting extradition to California, the 71-year-old Durst was charged this week in Los Angeles County with killing longtime friend Susan Berman in 2000, and could face the death penalty if convicted. In law enforcement's sights for decades, Durst prompted investigations across the country -- from Houston, where three of Durst's condominiums were searched on Tuesday, to northern California, where the disappearances of two teens in 1997 raised questions about his location at the time. The heir to a New York real estate dynasty was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday with a handgun, marijuana, a fake ID and over $42,000 in cash, records show, one day before the airing of the final installment of an HBO documentary, "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst." In it, he was presented with evidence of similar handwriting on two envelopes, one from Durst and another likely from Berman's killer, and was later picked up by a microphone saying he "killed them all." Durst was acquitted in 2003 in the dismemberment killing of a male neighbor in Texas, and was a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Kathleen Durst, in 1982.

Body of New Jersey mom missing since New Year's Eve is found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:43

Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi takes off is glasses during a news conference Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Mount Holly, N.J. Bernardi announced Wednesday that the body of 26-year-old Erica Crippen was found Tuesday afternoon in Sykesville, Md. Crippen's husband, 28-year-old Kyle Crosby, is charged with her murder. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Investigators used a GPS device that was in a New Jersey man's vehicle to find the body of his wife, who had been missing since New Year's Eve, along the side of a rural road in Maryland, a New Jersey prosecutor said Wednesday.

Dallas Seavey wins Iditarod in year marked by uncertainty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:36

Dallas Seavey, the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog champion poses with his lead dogs Reef, left, and Hero in Nome, Alaska on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Seavey won his third Iditarod in the last four years, beating his father, Mitch, to the finish line after racing 1,000 miles across Alaska. (AP Photo/Alaska Dispatch News, Loren Holmes)NOME, Alaska (AP) — If ever there was uncertainty about the outcome of the world's most famous sled dog race, it was this year.

Suspect arrested in Phoenix-area shooting that killed 1

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:34

Suspect arrested in Phoenix-area shooting that killed 1A gunman killed one person and wounded five others Wednesday in a rampage that included a motel shooting, a carjacking and a home invasion and ended with his arrest at a nearby apartment in suburban Phoenix.

Obama joins millions in U.S. college basketball madness

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:34

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - March Madness gripped the White House and lots of other workplaces on Wednesday as President Barack Obama joined an estimated 60 million Americans scrambling to make their predictions for the annual tournament to crown a collegiate basketball champion. Obama, appearing on the ESPN cable network to pick winners round by round, selected undefeated Kentucky to beat Villanova in the April 6 finals of the NCAA Tournament that begins in earnest on Thursday. The commander-in-chief leads legions in slacking off for "March Madness." "We live in an age of distractions. There are many things that our employers have to fight in the workplace today but there's nothing that compares to the unique event that is March Madness," said Andy Challenger, vice president of business development at global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Surveillance released of deadly shooting at SW Phila. laundromat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:31

Surveillance released of deadly shooting at SW Phila. laundromatPolice have released surveillance video of a deadly shooting inside a laundromat in Southwest Philadelphia last month.

No signs of a break-in where Kentucky bourbon was stolen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:30
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The mystery surrounding the theft of five barrels of Wild Turkey whiskey deepened Wednesday as company officials said there were no signs anyone broke into the warehouse where the aging bourbon was stolen.

Document details ex-Virginia first lady's would-be testimony

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:29
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If a judge had approved separate trials for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, the ex-first lady would have testified in her husband's defense that she hid many of the gifts she received from a wealthy vitamin executive, according to a newly released court document.

Ala. abortion law lets judges appoint lawyers for fetuses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:23
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block an Alabama law that allows a fetus to be represented in court when a minor is seeking judicial permission for an abortion.

Officer wounded in accidental discharge in Plymouth Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:20

Officer wounded in accidental discharge in Plymouth Twp.A police officer suffered a graze wound to the leg when his gun accidentally discharged in Plymouth Township.

Route 130 again named most dangerous road in New Jersey for pedestrians

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:17

Route 130 again named most dangerous road in New Jersey for pedestriansFor the fifth year in a row the nonprofit Tri-State Transportation Campaign has named Route 130 the most dangerous road in New Jersey for pedestrians.

SAE head outlines plan for improving fraternity's diversity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:15

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Executive Director Blane Ayers pauses as he takes questions from reporters after a news conference, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Chicago. The college fraternity that has been under scrutiny since members of its University of Oklahoma chapter were caught on video engaging in a racist chant says it will require all of its members nationwide to go through diversity training. Ayers said he was disgusted by the video and apologized for the pain it caused and outlined steps meant to ensure it never happens again. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — A fraternity that disbanded its University of Oklahoma chapter after members were caught on video engaging in a racist chant is taking steps to become more inclusive, including requiring all of its members, nationwide, to go through diversity training, a fraternity executive said Wednesday.

Penn State president: Frat posting of nude pictures very sad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:12

This Tuesday, March 17, 2015 photo shows The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at Penn State University in State College, Pa. The fraternity has been suspended as police investigate allegations that members used a private, invitation-only Facebook page to post photos of nude and partly nude women in sexual and other embarrassing positions, some apparently asleep or passed out. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Christopher Weddle) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUTSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A now-suspended Pennsylvania State University fraternity's Facebook posting of photos of nude and partly nude women, some of them asleep or passed out, is sad and offensive and could lead to some students being expelled, the university's president said Wednesday.

Chicago City Council passes Obama library ordinance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:04

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks up Chicago City Council chambers Wednesday, March 18, 2015, just before a vote to approve an ordinance that would allow park land on the city's South Side to be used as a site for Barack Obama's presidential library. The measure passed 47-0. The ordinance makes over 20 acres of land available for use from either Jackson Park or Washington Park. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Phil Velasquez) MANDATORY CREDIT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT, DAILY HERALD OUT, NORTHWEST HERALD OUT, DAILY CHRONICLE OUT, THE HERALD-NEWS OUT, THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT, TV OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALESCHICAGO (AP) — With President Barack Obama saying he wants to build his library in Chicago but that "some entanglements" might stand in the way, the City Council voted to do away with the only entanglement many said they knew about — voting to give the city control of two pieces of park land so it can be used for the library if the president wants it.

Former Penn State president sues over scathing report into Sandusky scandal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:57
The former president of Pennsylvania State University filed suit on Wednesday against the author of a scathing report on the school's child sex abuse scandal, saying the investigation disregarded evidence and reached false and damaging conclusions. Graham Spanier, who faces criminal charges stemming from the molestation case involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, alleges in his complaint that the report's author, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, intentionally defamed him and harmed his reputation. The July 2012 report by Freeh accused Spanier and other Penn State officials of covering up Sandusky's sexual abuse of children for years in an effort to protect the university's multimillion-dollar football program.

Washington state mulls steep tax, other restrictions on e-cigarettes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:55

A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York CityBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state lawmakers are considering imposing a steep tax and other restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, legislation the bill's sponsor said on Wednesday would be the toughest in the nation. The bill is the latest effort by lawmakers across the country to address concerns over the health impacts of e-cigarettes, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, which are not lit like regular cigarettes, but do generally release nicotine in a heated liquid. "Many people, particularly teenagers, are being misled into believing these items are safe," said state Representative Gerry Pollet, sponsor of the Washington bill. At least 41 states have passed laws prohibiting sales of electronic cigarettes to minors, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Residents forced to start over after devastating fire in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:53

Residents forced to start over after devastating fire in Northeast PhiladelphiaIt will be a long road to recovery for dozens of people who lost everything when a wall of fire swept through their apartment complex.

Frats are finding themselves under fire for bad behavior

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:51

This photo shows the Sigma Chi fraternity house after the University of Houston suspended the fraternity Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The University of Houston president suspended the university's Sigma Chi fraternity chapter in the wake of fraternity allegations at the chapter. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Gary Coronado) MANDATORY CREDITRacist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of "Animal House."

NTSB: Gas leak before NYC blast may have come from new pipe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:50

FILE- In this March 12, 2014 file photo, firefighters work the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings killing eight people and injuring about 50, in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. A new report indicates that a gas main that leaked before the explosion had not been pressure-tested to federal specifications because of a New York state exemption. The report by the National Transportation Safety Board made public Wednesday, March 18, 2015, does not say the lack of a pressure test had anything to do with the explosion. (AP Photo/Jeremy Sailing, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A gas leak that was reported just before a deadly explosion in East Harlem last year may have come from a relatively new section of plastic pipe, not the cast-iron segment that was installed in 1887, according to a report released Wednesday.