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Achieving diversity in police ranks no easy task

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 02:04

In a July 16, 2014 photo, Minneapolis police officer Mike Kirchen, right, chats with Mascud Abdi, 13, left, and Mahad Ahmed, 10, while on patrol in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis. For the last year, the U.S. Department of Justice has been working with the city of Minneapolis to develop a national model of community policing within a community of color. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTWhen he took over as police chief last year in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, it didn't take Bill Carson long to see he had a serious diversity problem. Of the department's 79 sworn officers, just one was black and one Hispanic.


Warminster highway renamed for Officer Brad Fox

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:58

Warminster highway renamed for Officer Brad FoxA stretch of Route 263 in Warminster, Buck County was dedicated Sunday morning in memory of a fallen Plymouth Township officer on what would've been his 37th birthday.


Detroit cop faces 2nd trial in 7-year-old's death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:45

FILE -- In this May 18, 2010 file photo, Dominika Stanley, left, the mother of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones sits next to Aiyana's father Charles Jones in attorney Geoffrey Fieger's office in Southfield, Mich. A judge won't delay the trial of a Detroit police officer who accidentally killed 7-year-old Aiyana Jones during a raid, despite his attorney's concerns that a "media frenzy" following a police shooting in Missouri could harm his client's right to an impartial jury. Detroit Officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter. Wayne County Judge Cynthia Hathaway said Weekley's trial will start Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 as planned. This is Weekley's second trial. The first ended without a verdict in June 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — A member of an elite Detroit police unit is set to stand trial again for killing a 7-year-old girl during a 2010 raid on her house that was captured on video by a reality TV crew.


Police: Pregnant woman killed in Frankford shooting; baby critical

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:40

 Pregnant woman killed in Frankford shooting; baby criticalA pregnant woman has died after being shot in the face in the Frankford section of Philadelphia and her baby is in critical condition, police say.


Police: Pregnant woman shot and killed in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:36

 Pregnant woman killed in Frankford shooting; baby criticalA pregnant woman has died after being shot in the face in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, police say.


Portugal bank slated for sale gets new management

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:13
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Bank of Portugal has appointed a new senior management team to run Novo Banco, a bank which the government wants to sell and recoup the 3.9 billion euros ($5 billion) taxpayers provided to resolve Portugal's biggest financial scandal.

Santa Monica using $1M to evaluate its happiness

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:10

People exercise on the beach Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. Santa Monica won a $1 million civic improvement grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge last year. While other cities awarded similar funding are looking into expanding recycling efforts or child-reading projects, Santa Monica is planning a Wellbeing Festival in the fall and a citywide survey asking residents what it can do to make them feel better about themselves. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — As Eileen Brown and her dog stand on a bluff at Santa Monica's Palisades Park and survey endless miles of sparkling blue ocean, clear skies and shimmering sandy beaches, she ponders how life could possibly get any better in this corner of paradise.


Miss America to buff Atlantic City's image

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:07

Miss America to buff Atlantic City's imageThis struggling seaside gambling resort has been in the national news for all the wrong reasons lately: a rash of casino closings, thousands of unemployed workers, and a domestic violence case involving a former NFL star.


Boil water advisory issued for Kennett Square

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:05

Boil water advisory issued for Kennett SquareA boil water advisory has been issued for the entire borough of Kennett Square, Chester County.


Delaware church evacuated due to fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:04

Delaware church evacuated due to fireA church in Delaware had to be evacuated Sunday morning after a fire occurred in the basement.


Spanish department store head Alvarez dies at 79

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:00

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002 file photo, Spanish megastore "El Corte Ingles," occupies an entire block in one of Lisbon's busiest centers in Portugal. Isidoro Alvarez, the head of Spain's El Corte Ingles department store chain who turned the company into an international business with an annual turnover of around 14 billion euros ($18 billion), has died. He was 79. Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos expressed his regret at Alvarez’s death in Madrid on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, describing him in a statement as "one of our country's greatest entrepreneurs." Alvarez worked at El Corte Ingles for 60 years and for the past 25 years was its chairman. Under his leadership, the El Corte Ingles clothing store diversified and expanded abroad. No cause of death was given, though Alvarez was hospitalized last week with respiratory problems.(AP Photo/Steven Governo, file)Isidoro Alvarez, the head of Spain's El Corte Ingles department store chain who turned the company into an international business with an annual turnover of around 14 billion euros ($18 billion), has died. ...


N. Korea sentences US man to 6 years of hard labor

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:58

N. Korea sentences US man to 6 years of hard laborNorth Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage.


Liberal Vermont Senator Sanders may seek U.S. presidency in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:58

U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman Senator Sanders leads a hearing on "The State of VA Health Care" on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bernie Sanders, one of the Senate's leading liberals, said on Sunday he is thinking about running for U.S. Sanders, an independent from Vermont, could pose a challenge from the left to Clinton, widely seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders is serving his second six-year term in the Senate. He has cultivated a following among some American liberals, especially on economic issues like the growing income disparity between rich and poor and corporate greed.


Family: Remember British worker for helping others

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:57

 Remember British worker for helping othersBritish aid worker David Haines devoted his life to helping civilians in war zones and that is how he should be remembered, his family said Sunday as they grieved his death at the hands of Islamic State militants in Syria.


North Korea sentences U.S. citizen Matthew Miller to six years hard labor

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:52
By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea sentenced U.S. Miller joins Kenneth Bae to become the second American currently serving a hard labor sentence in North Korea. A third, Jeffrey Fowle, is awaiting trial. "He committed acts hostile to the DPRK while entering the territory of the DPRK under the guise of a tourist last April," the short statement said.

Dutch stage tomato fight against Russian sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:45

A tomato is about to hit two women taking a selfie during a tomato fight in front of the Royal Palace turning Amsterdam's central Dam square into a red pulpy mess Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Entrepreneurs have seized upon Russia's boycott of European produce to set up a tomato-throwing fight. The idea is lifted from Spain's famed annual "La Tomatina" festival. The Dutch event is being marketed as a protest, but participants say they're mostly looking forward to smacking friends and strangers with overripe tomatoes. Wearing goggles is strongly advised. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)AMSTERDAM (AP) — Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red goop on Sunday, as they pelted each other mercilessly with overripe tomatoes.


3 rescued after plane goes down in Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:29
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Air National Guard says it rescued three people after a small plane went down near Beluga Mountain, northwest of Anchorage.

Police: Pregnant woman shot in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:16

 Pregnant woman killed in Frankford shooting; baby criticalA pregnant woman was shot in the face in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, police say.


PHOTOS: SEPTA's 'Dude It's Rude' campaign

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:10
SEPTA has unveiled its new passenger etiquette campaign which calls for riders to not be rude.

Libya's elected parliament fires central bank head

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 00:04
CAIRO (AP) — Libya's newly elected parliament on Sunday fired the president of the central bank after he tried to prevent funds that had been allocated for the lawmakers from leaving the bank, according to the country's official news agency.