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UN chief accuses Syria of violating buffer zone with Israel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:18
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused the Syrian government of violating a 1974 agreement creating a buffer zone between Syria and Israel and warned that firing back and forth across the separation line jeopardizes the cease-fire between the two countries.

Chief: Fugitive Los Angeles rookie officer will be fired

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:07

This Internet 'person of interest' message posted online by the Pomona, Calif., Police Department shows Henry Solis. Solis, 27, a rookie Los Angeles police officer, is being sought as a person of interest in connection with a fatal shooting near a bar in Pomona Friday night, March 13, 2015. Solis' Volkswagen Jetta was found in a Pomona alley about four blocks from where Salome Rodriguez Jr. was gunned down Friday when a fistfight turned deadly. Solis has not reported for work since the shooting.(AP Photo/Pomona Police Department)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles police chief says he will fire a rookie officer who is being sought in the killing of a man during a fight in suburban Pomona while the officer was off-duty.


N.C. man charged with murder of Food Network show contestant, husband

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 03:07
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A pregnant former "Food Network Star" contestant and her husband were killed by a neighbor in their North Carolina mountain town, officials said on Tuesday. Family members reported Cristie Schoen Codd, a finalist during the eighth season of the Food Network's show in 2012, and Joseph "JT" Codd missing on Sunday. The investigation into their disappearance resulted in the arrest of man who lived nearby, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Robert Jason Owens, 36, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, as well as breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering, the sheriff's office said.

Chief: Gang-related gunfire injured 2 Los Angeles officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:58
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police Chief Charlie Beck says a shooting that left two officers with minor injuries in South Los Angeles was gang-related.

Police: Man dealt drugs out of Berks Co. gym

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:56

 Man dealt drugs out of Berks Co. gymA man has been arrested on charges he was dealing drugs out of a gym in Berks County.


Penn State frat suspended for online nude photos of sleeping women

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:56
(Reuters) - A fraternity at Penn State University has been suspended for posting to Facebook "highly inappropriate photographs," which reportedly included sleeping nude women, drug sales and hazing, the school said on Tuesday. Kappa Delta Rho was suspended as of March 3 and an investigation is continuing, a spokeswoman for the university in State College, Pennsylvania, told Reuters. The fraternity was accused of hosting a series of two private Facebook pages, and uploading pictures that members took of mostly undressed women who were passed out or sleeping, according to WJAC television station, which cited a search warrant obtained by State College police. The first page, called "Covert Business Transactions," was shut down after a victim discovered it but it wasn't long before a second page called "2.0" was created as a replacement, WJAC reported.

U.S. Air Force veteran accused of trying to assist Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:34
By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Nate Raymond WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force veteran has been charged with trying to provide support for the Islamic State militant group, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. A federal grand jury in New York City indicted Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh for attempting to provide material support to the group and attempted obstruction of justice. Pugh, 47, of Neptune, N.J., is to be arraigned Wednesday morning in federal court in Brooklyn. Michael Schneider, a court-appointed lawyer for Pugh, said his client would plead not guilty.

Flight returns to Dulles after passenger becomes violent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:30
A flight from Washington to Denver had to return to Dulles International Airport after a pilot reported that a passenger became violent, ran toward the cockpit and had to be restrained.

Man convicted in German student's death responds to lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:10

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, Markus Kaarma stands in Missoula County District Court during his sentencing in Missoula, Mont. Kaarma, who is serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage last spring has denied any negligence in response to a lawsuit filed by the teen’s family. Kaarma also argued he was immune from civil damages because he was acting in defense of his house and family last April 27 when he shot 17-year-old Diren Dede. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Kurt Wilson,File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who is serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage last spring has denied any negligence in response to a lawsuit filed by the teen's family.


Major solar storm hits Earth, may pull northern lights south

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt Tuesday, potentially affecting power grids and GPS tracking while pushing the colorful northern lights farther south, federal forecasters said.

Texas' unusual grand jury system gets new scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:59

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2005 file photo, Alfred Dewayne Brown, left, is seated next to defense attorney Robert Morrow, right. Brown was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2003 killing of a Houston police officer, but grand jury testimony shows a police officer who was included on the panel may have persuaded one of Brown’s alibi witnesses to change her story. Brown’s appeal is ongoing. With support from judges, attorneys and a prominent district attorney, the Texas Legislature is considering a set of bills that would end the so-called key-man system, where prospective jurors are nominated, and allow only randomly selected jurors to consider whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to seek charges. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Jessica Kourkounis, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Grand juries in Texas are chosen like no other place in the country.


U.S. FAA ineffective to ensure compliance on hazardous materials: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:55
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lacks the skills to ensure that U.S. air carriers comply with rules governing the safe transport of hazardous materials including lithium batteries, a government watchdog said on Tuesday. A report released by the U.S. Transportation Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the FAA lacks the training and guidance necessary to enforce Bush-era regulations that allow carriers to disclose hazardous material violations voluntarily, without incurring civil penalties. The OIG report surfaced a week after aircraft maker Boeing Co said that high-density packages of lithium batteries, like those used in cell phones and laptops, should not be carried on passenger planes because they pose fire risks. In 65 percent of hazardous material cases, OIG investigators found that the FAA did not obtain sufficient evidence to ensure that carriers fixed reported problems.

Attorney General Holder honors slain deputy US marshal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:52
MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says a deputy U.S. marshal who was killed in a shootout in Louisiana was a leader who carried on his family's legacy in law enforcement.

UN moves closer to pulling peacekeepers from troubled Darfur

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:46

File-In this photo June 11, 2014, file photo released by the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), women and their children sit outside their tents at the Zam Zam refugee camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in North Darfur, Sudan. While the International Criminal Court scolds the U.N. Security Council to make sure a defiant al-Bashir stands trial on charges of orchestrating genocide in the Darfur region, the United Nations appears to be giving in to pressure from his government, opening talks with Sudan last month on a plan for a large peacekeeping mission to leave Darfur. The council on Tuesday, March, 17, 2015, will discuss that plan and how an eventual departure will affect a conflict that once drew the world’s outrage. (AP Photo/UNAMID, Albert Gonzalez Farran,File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — It was an awkward reminder of the world's failure to hold to account a president accused of war crimes: A group photo from Egypt's economic summit over the weekend shows U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry standing just behind Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir.


Canada safety board says tank car standards needed sooner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:37
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's transportation safety board says the government needs to implement tougher new standards for oil trains earlier than a 2025 target.

W.Va. residents displaced by slide get OK to begin returning

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:29
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Yeager Airport officials say people displaced by a landslide can start moving back into their homes.

Connecticut priest who ran meth ring pleads for leniency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:28
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A suspended Roman Catholic priest who authorities say dealt pounds of methamphetamine and bought a sex shop to possibly launder his drug money is asking a federal judge for leniency when he is sentenced next week.

4 arrested in Bucks Co. prostitution sting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:27

4 arrested in Bucks Co. prostitution stingFour women have been arrested following a prostitution investigation in Bucks County.


Former US Air Force Mechanic Charged With Trying to Join ISIS

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:23
Federal officials made the announcement today.

U.S. woman accused of killing mother in Bali gives birth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:18
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago-area teenager imprisoned in Bali on accusations of killing her mother, has given birth to a baby girl, her lawyer said on Tuesday. Heather Mack, 19, gave birth to the baby via cesarean section on Tuesday in an Indonesian hospital, said Anthony Scifo, who is Mack's civil attorney. Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer could face the death penalty if found guilty of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose battered body was found stuffed into a bloody suitcase outside a luxury hotel in August. Police in Indonesia said in September that Schaefer had confessed to killing Wiese-Mack in an argument.