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'Driving while black' apps give tips for police stops

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:05

This undated handout photo shows creators of the Driving While Black app in Portland, Ore., from left, software developer James Pritchett, lawyers Mariann Hyland and Melvin Oden-Orr. Hyland and Oden-Orr plan to release the free app that educates people how to safely deal with police during traffic stops and will provide common sense advice to people of all races and outlines about their civil rights during a stop. (AP Photo/Driving While Black)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A "Driving While Black" smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it.

New York man pleads guilty in drug case tied to 'Electric Zoo' death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:02
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An upstate New York man pleaded guilty on Thursday of conspiring to distribute the potent drug "molly" that was ultimately given to a 23-year-old man who died of an overdose at an electronic music festival last summer. Patrick Morgan, 24, admitted to supplying the drug to a friend in Buffalo, New York, who intended to distribute it at the Electric Zoo three-day concert on New York City's Randall's Island. "I knew what I was doing was wrong and illegal," Morgan said. ...

Officials: No arrests in case of burned woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:47

This undated photograph released by the families of Jessica Chambers and her sister Amanda Prince, shows Jessica Chambers taken in Courtland, Miss. Mississippi authorities have launched a homicide investigation into the death of the 19-year-old woman who was found badly burned on a road near her car that was on fire in Panola County, Miss. Chambers was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, said Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby. (AP Photo/Chambers-Prince Families)COURTLAND, Miss. (AP) — Jessica Chambers was a regular at the rural convenience store gas station where Ali Fadhel worked, and the two often chatted. On Saturday, she came by in a dark-colored sweater and pajama pants that looked like sweats. She put $14 worth of gas in her car, more than the $5 or so she usually purchased, he said.

Camera captures armed robbery outside Philadelphia home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:42

Camera captures armed robbery outside Philadelphia homeAn armed robbery outside a home in Philadelphia was caught on camera, and now police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects.

Coroner: Hunter, 79, accidentally shot himself

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:36
INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says a 79-year-old hunter found dead in the western Pennsylvania woods accidentally shot himself with his own rifle.

Congress puts potatoes on menu for low-income moms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:34

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2013 file photo, Dennis Hess packs potatoes at his farm in Litiz, Pa. It’s another political victory for the popular potato. A year-end spending bill expected to become law by the end of the year would allow for the first time pregnant and breastfeeding women and their children to buy white potatoes with government-subsidized food vouchers from the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's another political victory for the popular potato.

Ohio mayor: Police brass not to blame for problems

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:33

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson discusses a U.S. Justice Department report on the city's police department during a news conference in Cleveland Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. The report strongly criticized the police department for a pattern and practice of using excessive force and violating people's civil rights. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)CLEVELAND (AP) — The mayor on Thursday refused to blame his top safety department officials for what the U.S. Justice Department says is a pattern of police officers using excessive force and violating people's civil rights.

Noah's Ark builders may fight Kentucky tax break rejection

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:28
PETERSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A Christian group building a massive wooden ark in Kentucky inspired by the biblical account of Noah is considering going to court to fight the state's rejection of the project's tax incentives.

Correction: Tech Diversity-Making It Happen story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:27

In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, Rev. Jesse Jackson, center, visits Kacie Gonzalez, left, vice president of business development and Nick Norena, both with the company Shoto, at the Workshop Cafe in San Francisco. Now that Jackson and, his group, Rainbow Push, have gotten the technology industry’s biggest companies to confront an embarrassing shortage of women, African-Americans and Hispanics on their payrolls, he is stepping up the pressure to come up with solutions at workshop to be held Wednesday in Silicon Valley. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In a story Dec. 10 about efforts to diversify the technology industry, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a computer coding camp co-founded by Liliana Monge. It is spelled, not

Arab activist freed awaiting immigration sentence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:59

FILE- In this Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, of Chicago is interviewed outside federal court in Detroit, after the Palestinian immigrant was found guilty of immigration fraud for failing to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people. On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain reversed his earlier decision that Odeh remain jailed until her sentencing in March. Drain said he no longer believes she will flee and said she can leave by posting a $50,000 bond. She was charged for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969. She served 10 years before being released in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — An Arab community activist has been released from a Michigan jail to await her sentence for failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction for bombings that killed two people in Israel in 1969.

Teen retailers get the cold shoulder for holidays

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:51

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2013, file photo, people wait outside the American Eagle store for it to open at the Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles. Drops in sales and weak profit forecasts are quite a change for the retailers that gained popularity in the last decade among teens that coveted their logo tees and trendy jeans that became a high school uniform of sorts. But these stores have been losing favor with their core demographic since the recession. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult.

1 man arrested, 1 at large after 3 killed near Denver

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:42

Law enforcement officers stand at the front door of a house where police are investigating the slayings of multiple people found inside the home, in the Denver suburb of Westminster, Colo., Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. According to Adams County Sheriff's Office, who have yet to release the number of victims, the bodies were found Wednesday morning after a distraught woman called 911 to report a disturbance in the home before hanging up. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested one man and are looking for another after three men were found fatally shot in a suburban Denver home.

No replay in Oklahoma high school football playoff game, judge rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:37
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A high school football playoff game taken into court after a disputed penalty erased a late-game touchdown will not be replayed, an Oklahoma district judge ruled on Thursday, saying athletic contests should not be decided by "robed referees." Oklahoma District Judge Bernard Jones said there was neither state law nor precedent that would allow him to order the replaying of the November playoff game and doing so would be going down a slippery slope. ...

Obama promotes trade, tax fix, innovation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday declared himself "much more optimistic" than he was last year about completing a major trade deal with Pacific Rim countries.

Cleveland mayor disagrees with DOJ report on city's police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:21
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The mayor of Cleveland said on Thursday he did not agree with all of the U.S. Department of Justice's findings in a scathing report on the widespread use of excessive force by the city's police, saying it will take time to agree on how to reform the troubled department. A federal investigation published this week concluded that Cleveland police supervisors tolerated, and in some cases, endorsed the use of unnecessary or unreasonable force. ...

DC taxis to use ride-hailing app, much like Uber

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — All registered taxis in the nation's capital will be required to use an app allowing customers to order rides through their cellphones in what the D.C. Taxicab Commission calls the first such requirement in the country.

AccuWeather: Windy and cold, a snow shower today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 02:00

 Windy and cold, a snow shower todayMeteorologist David Murphy says our weather gradually improves heading into the weekend.

UN approves an International Day of Yoga

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 01:56
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world now has an International Day of Yoga.

High-speed Internet on its way to more schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 01:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission agreed Thursday to dramatically boost spending to bring high-speed Internet access to schools and libraries in poor or rural areas, a move that would likely increase Americans' phone bills by about $2 a year.

6-year-old left on Washington school bus 7 hours

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 01:48
LACEY, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state school bus driver responsible for leaving a special-needs first-grader on the bus for seven hours in suburban Olympia has resigned.