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Outrage after south Florida police use black mugshots as targets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:16
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, Fla. (Reuters) - A Miami-area police department responded on Friday to public outrage over its snipers using photos of black suspects the agency had previously arrested for target practice, saying that photos of real people were often used for training. The use of the mugshots was revealed to police leaders in late December after members of the Florida Army National Guard discovered the photos at a shooting range during their annual weapons qualifications training, according to the North Miami Beach Police Department and a Miami NBC affiliate. There was no mal-intent or prejudice involved," a police statement said. The department said the mugshots were those of suspects arrested more than a decade ago, and that photos of real people were often used during sniper training to simulate real life.

Majority of U.S. public school students poor enough for lunch help: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:14

A school bus used for transporting New York City public school students is seen driving down 135th avenue in the Queens borough of New York(Reuters) - The share of public school students who qualify for free or reduced lunch in the United States has grown to 51 percent, in an indication of growing poverty, according to a report released on Friday. The problem is most acute in Mississippi where 71 percent of students were in that category, according to the report from the Southern Education Foundation. The group identified the share of students from low-income families by analyzing 2013 federal data on children who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school, which is offered to those from families at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, the poverty level is less than $24,000 a year and 185 percent of that figure is about $44,000.


3-year-old dies after car hit by River Line light rail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:37

3-year-old dies after car hit by River Line light railA 3-year-old boy has died after a car was struck by the River Line light rail on Friday in Delran, New Jersey.


AccuWeather: Windy This Afternoon, Cold Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:36

 Cold SaturdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says the weekend ends on a wet note for most of the region.


Still no arrests after woman killed in front of mom in Northern Liberties

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:29

Still no arrests after woman killed in front of mom in Northern LibertiesIt has been nearly one year since a 26-year-old woman was shot and killed in front of her mother during a robbery in Northern Liberties.


Woman killed after train hits SUV in Lehigh County

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:26

Woman killed after train hits SUV in Lehigh CountyOne person is dead after a freight train struck an SUV in Lehigh County.


Teen stabbed near West Philadelphia High School has died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:20

Teen stabbed near West Philadelphia High School has diedThe 14-year-old boy who was stabbed in West Philadelphia on Friday has died.


Penn State approves NCAA deal, restoring 112 football wins:

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:19

Penn State is getting back 112 football team wins that were vacated two years ago in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.


Man trapped after car flips in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:23

Man trapped after car flips in North PhiladelphiaA man was trapped under a car after it flipped on Friday night in North Philadelphia.


1 dead in Southwest Philadephia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:19

1 dead in Southwest Philadephia shootingA man was shot and killed on Friday evening in Southwest Philadelphia.


Point Breeze shooting leaves man critical

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:14

Point Breeze shooting leaves man criticalA man is in critical condition after a shooting on Friday night in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia.


Los Angeles officer who shot to death man had arrested him 6 years before

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:12
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles police officer involved in a high-profile shooting death of an unarmed black man in August had arrested him six years earlier for marijuana possession, but the officer did not recognize him, a police spokesman said on Friday. The Aug. 11 shooting death of Ezell Ford, 25, who according to a family lawyer had mental issues, in mostly poor South Los Angeles has raised tensions between police and some people in the city's African-American community. The 2008 arrest of Ford was first reported by the Los Angeles Times. Ford family attorney Steven Lerman, who has sued the city over the death, has said the officers knew Ford and that he was harmless.

State Dept. gives agencies 2 weeks to comment on Keystone

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agencies have been given a Feb. 2 deadline to provide advice on whether to move forward with the hotly debated Keystone XL pipeline.

3-year-old dies after River Line light rail hits car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:49

3-year-old dies after car hit by River Line light railA 3-year-old boy has died after the River Line light rail hit a car on Friday afternoon in Delran, New Jersey.


Teen stabbed in West Philadelphia has died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:37

Teen stabbed near West Philadelphia High School has diedThe 14-year-old boy who was stabbed in West Philadelphia on Friday has died.


Teen stabbed outside West Philadelphia High School dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:34

Teen stabbed near West Philadelphia High School has diedThe 14-year-old boy who was stabbed outside a school in West Philadelphia on Friday has died.


Police: 8 Neshaminy students shared explicit pics of teens

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:22

 8 Neshaminy students shared explicit pics of teensA group of students at Neshaminy High School are in trouble with the law.


Christian publisher pulls heaven book after boy retracts story: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:08
(Reuters) - A Christian publisher moved to pull a popular book by a boy who described his time in heaven while in a coma, the Washington Post reported on Friday, days after the child, who co-authored the book with his father, retracted his story. In an open letter posted online on Tuesday, Alex Malarkey, 16, wrote that he made up the story contained in his 2010 memoir, "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven," because he thought it would bring him attention. They should read the bible, which is enough." Tyndale House, the publisher, said it would stop selling Malarkey's book about the time he spent in heaven after a 2004 car crash left him in a coma for two months, which he co-authored with his father, Kevin Malarkey, the Washington Post reported. The young author's mother, Beth Malarkey, wrote in a blog post in April that the book was "in error" and that her son, who is paralyzed from the car accident, "has not received monies from the book nor have a majority of his needs been funded by it." The book contract with Tyndale was with Kevin Malarkey, and not Alex or Beth, the Post reported.

U.S. indictment unsealed in San Diego against Sinaloa cartel members

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 10:03
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors in San Diego unsealed 14 grand jury indictments on Friday against 60 members of Mexico's most powerful drug enterprise, the Sinaloa cartel, including many listed as among the group's leaders and top enforcers. The cartel has smuggled tons of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine into the United States since the 1990s, primarily across the U.S.–Mexico border in California and Arizona. The 60 people named on Friday are charged with operating a criminal enterprise, conspiracy to import methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine, conspiracy to distribute those drugs, conspiracy to launder money and importation of the drugs, according to the indictments. Among those named are Ismael Zambada-Garcia, known as "El Mayo," who is at large and built the cartel with partner Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, who was arrested last year in Mexico and is under indictment on federal charges in Chicago.

Defendant in deadly Indiana explosion agrees to plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 09:57

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2012 file aerial photo are the two homes that were leveled and the neighboring homes that were damaged by a massive explosion that sparked a huge fire and killed two people in Indianapolis. Monserrate Shirley, the woman whose house exploded and one of three people charged in a deadly explosion, has reached a plea agreement, prosecutors said Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Details were not immediately released. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Matt Kryger, File) NO SALESINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of three people charged in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion has reached a plea agreement, prosecutors said Friday — something an outside defense attorney said could mean a stronger case against the other two.