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Police pledge thorough probe of death after stun gun shock

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 00:04
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Police in Hagerstown, Maryland, are promising a thorough investigation into the death of a man in custody after officers shocked him with a stun gun outside a home he allegedly had broken into.

3rd arrest in attack on homeless man at Olney gas station

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:59

3rd arrest in attack on homeless man at Olney gas stationPhiladelphia Police have arrested a third person in the brutal assault of a homeless man caught on camera at a gas station in Olney.


US senator says it's time to put a woman on the $20 bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:55

A likeness of Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, adorns the front of $20 bill Friday, April 17, 2015, in Boston. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, filed legislation Tuesday to create a citizens panel to recommend an appropriate woman candidate to be put on the bill. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill.


Backlash cancels auction of Japanese internment camp items

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:49

This April 8, 2015 photo, Barbara Takei, shows her mother's cigarette holder made from string and her mom's military ID from the internment camp she was held in Mississippi at home in Sacramento, Calif. Protests by Japanese-American groups has pushed the auction house to cancel a planned sale of 450 photos and artifacts from World War II camps where Americans of Japanese descent were imprisoned. The move comes after thousands of Japanese-Americans, advocacy groups and supporters posted their opposition to the sale on social media and the auction house's Facebook page. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./Sacramento Bee via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Protests by Japanese-American groups have led an East Coast auction house to cancel a sale of 450 photos and artifacts from World War II internment camps.


Intersex surgeries spark move away from drastic treatment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:48

In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Pidgeon Pagonis poses for a photo at home in Chicago. Pagonis, who was raised a girl but has male chromosomes, works as an activist opposing drastic genital surgery for intersex children. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — She was born to a young Chicago couple, named Jennifer, and grew into a beautiful long-lashed child with wavy dark hair, big brown eyes and a yearning, youthful desire to be just like all the other girls.


Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:22

Boston Marathon survivor Jane Richard, left, watches as her brother Henry removes a drape covering a memorial honoring victims and survivors at one of two blast sites near the finish line of the Boston Mararthon in Boston, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Boston marked the second anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings with a subdued remembrance that includes a moment of silence, the pealing of church bells and a call for kindness. The children lost their brother Martin Richard while standing with him during one of the explosions. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted in the case.


Former Atlantic City fire chief collecting thousands in retirement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:01

Former Atlantic City fire chief collecting thousands in retirementAtlantic City's former fire chief will collect nearly $13,000 a month in retirement, even after he was caught on camera dropping his pants in front of a security officer.


Idea from Adam Sandler film used to soothe dementia patients

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:01

Charlotte Dell, Director of Social Services at The Hebrew Home of Riverdale, in New York, describes the laptop computer process used to record messages for dementia patients at the facility, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The nursing home in the Bronx has started a pilot program in which relatives record video messages for patients of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The videos are played for them each morning to calm their agitation and reassure them about their surroundings and their routines. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition.


Florida ethics panel: Rivera deserves fine, reprimand

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:31
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida government commission says former U.S. Rep. David Rivera broke the state ethics law while he was in the state Legislature and should pay nearly $60,000 fines and penalties.

Driver tested and held for DUI in West Oak Lane crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:29

Driver tested and held for DUI in West Oak Lane crashPolice say a driver is being tested and held for DUI after crashing his car into a tree in Philadelphia's West Oak Lane section early Friday morning.


Oklahoma deputy apologizes for fatal shooting, says was trained

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:27

Handout of Reserve Deputy Robert Bates provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in TulsaAn Oklahoma reserve deputy, who fatally shot a man when he said he accidentally grabbed his gun instead of his Taser, apologized to the victim's family on Friday and said his mistake could have happened to anyone. Volunteer deputy Robert Bates, in an interview on NBC's "Today" show, also denied a report that he was not properly trained. "I'd like to apologize to the family of Eric Harris," Bates, who was surrounded by his family and attorney, said in his first public comment since the shooting.


Hurdles in 'Suge' Knight case: Hesitant witness, fuzzy video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:25

FILE - In this March 9, 2015 file photo, Marion "Suge" Knight, center, arrives in court for a hearing about evidence in his murder case, in Los Angeles. Knight will stand trial on murder and attempted-murder charges after the former rap music mogul struck two men with his pickup truck in January, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen made the ruling Thursday after concluding a hearing that focused heavily on testimony from Cle "Bone" Sloan, who was hit outside a Compton burger stand. The judge also reduced bail from $25 million to $10 million. (Kevork Djansezian/Pool Photo via AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — On paper, the evidence in the murder case against Marion "Suge" Knight looks strong: Prosecutors have a surviving witness, video of the former rap music mogul running over two men and Knight's history of violence and intimidation.


Driver crashes car into tree in West Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:22

Driver tested and held for DUI in West Oak Lane crashA driver was hurt and had to be rescued from a vehicle after crashing into a tree in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia early Friday morning.


Chicago teachers union says schools probe sign of bigger problem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 22:21
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The acting head of the Chicago Teachers Union said on Thursday that a federal probe of the city's public schools chief executive points to a larger pattern of apparent conflicts of interest at the debt-troubled district. Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to SUPES Academy, a training facility for principals that had formerly employed her, local media reports said without naming their sources. CPS, the nation's third-largest school district with about 400,000 students, confirmed on Wednesday that federal authorities were investigating suspected misconduct and had requested interviews with employees, but gave no details. A spokesman for SUPES Academy said investigators had obtained records and that it was cooperating.

10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 21:29

In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Pidgeon Pagonis poses for a photo at her home in Chicago. Pagonis knew her body was different, but didn't learn the full truth until a college instructor described androgen insensitivity syndrome. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Americans with illegal Iraq War souvenirs go unprosecuted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 21:27

FILE - This undated file photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows a door knocker, one of many items looted from Saddam Hussein’s palaces, that were recovered by federal investigators and formally repatriated to Iraq in a March 16, 2015, ceremony at the Iraqi consulate in Washington. Officials traced the door knocker to an American defense contractor who worked in Iraq and who acknowledged taking it. Laws prohibit the export and sale of antiquities that belong to foreign governments. The case was presented to federal prosecutors in Connecticut but they declined to file charges. (AP Photo/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As the elected Iraqi government seeks diplomatic respect and struggles to save its ancient sites from the rampages of the Islamic State group, American military members, contractors and others caught with culturally significant artifacts they brought home from the war there are going largely unprosecuted.


Developer jailed for kickbacks among Menendez contributors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 21:27

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez leaves the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse after an arraignment in Newark, N.J. Sen. Menendez’s legal defense fund raised nearly $1.3 million up until the day before he was indicted on bribery and corruption charges, including $10,000 from a retired New Jersey developer who served two years in prison for bribery. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez's legal defense fund raised nearly $1.3 million up until the day before he was indicted on bribery and corruption charges, including $10,000 from a retired New Jersey developer who served two years in prison for making illegal kickbacks.


Police investigate car for possible connection to deadly West Kensington hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:28

Police investigate car for possible connection to deadly West Kensington hit-and-runThe Action Cam was there Friday morning as accident investigators inspected a white sedan in the 6000 block of Thompson Street in West Philadelphia.


Officer who rammed Arizona man accused of misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:05

This undated photo provided by the Marana, Ariz., Police Department shows Marana police officer Michael Rapiejko. Dramatic dash cam videos of an arrest in Arizona put the public in the driver's seat as Rapiejko plowed his cruiser into a rifle-toting robbery suspect at high speed. Policing experts on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, called Rapiejko's tactics unconventional and even outrageous, but justified, given the circumstances. Prosecutors cleared Rapiejko of any wrongdoing after he swerved around another officer who had been cautiously tailing the robbery suspect, then accelerated and rammed into the man's back on Feb. 19. (Marana Police Department via AP)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona police officer who used his cruiser to ram into an armed suspect has been accused of using excessive force in the past, resulting in a $20,000 settlement for a man who said the officer pointed a gun at him and choked him.


Dog flu outbreak gained foothold at urban doggie day cares

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:31

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Beverley Petrunich, co-owner of DoGone Fun, a day care and boarding facility, visits with some of her clients in Chicago. Experts say doggie day care contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest. Petrunich says when the virus emerged in Chicago, her canine clients were hit hard. She consulted with vets, then closed for five days in late March to control the outbreak. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.