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Man shot dead at close range in North Philadelphia car ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:43

Man shot dead at close range in North Philadelphia car ID'dThe 39-year-old man who was fatally shot at close range inside a car in North Philadelphia has been identified.


Navajo court rejects new primary presidential election

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:42
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Supreme Court struck down legislation Friday that would have allowed a do-over of last year's presidential primary election for the nation's largest American Indian reservation.

Man smashes glass door with head to steal lottery tickets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:36
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a man used only his head to smash through the glass of a convenience store door and steal more than $10,000 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets.

LA schools: Can't give tech device to every student

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District says there isn't enough money to provide every student with an iPad or other computer device.

Mistrial declared for Michigan officer in robbery case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:23
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit jury could not reach a verdict in the case of an off-duty suburban police sergeant accused of robbing three men suspected in the theft of a cellphone belonging to his daughter.

Deadly shooting of Mexican man throwing rocks stirs protests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:17

In this Feb. 18, 2015 photo, a protest sign is displayed in front of City Hall in Pasco, Wash., the city where Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed man who was running away from police at a crowded intersection, was fatally shot by police on Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The rallying cry in Ferguson, Missouri, was "Hands up, don't shoot!" In New York, it was "I can't breathe!" In Pasco these days, the protest signs say things like "It was just a rock!!!"


Missouri police officer charged with assault after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:14
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri police officer was arraigned Friday after a grand jury indicted him in the shooting of a man who was wounded during an arrest last summer.

Student brings mercury, spills it at school; no one hurt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:13
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmental cleanup crews planned to continue work through the weekend at a rural northern Nevada school after a student who brought mercury to his junior high spilled the hazardous substance in hallways and on a bus carrying children to three other schools.

Suspect in Vegas road rage killing confessed to friends: police report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:08

A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department photo shows a suspect in the fatal shooting February 12, 2015 of Tammy Meyers in Las Vegas being taken into custody in Las VegasThe 19-year-old man charged with killing a mother of four following a confrontation on the streets of Las Vegas excitedly told friends hours later that he had shot some "kids" who had been after him, arrest warrants made public on Friday show. According to the documents, Erich Milton Nowsch told the two friends he fired 22 times at a green car after a cat-and-mouse car chase through his neighborhood just a few miles from the famed Las Vegas strip, and knew that he had shot someone when it was over. Tammy Meyers, 44, was struck by a single bullet to the head on the night of Feb. 12 while in her green Buick Park Avenue outside her home.


Wyoming panel moves bill to ban sexual-orientation bias

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:04

Sen. Drew Perkins, R-Casper, second from left, addresses the House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee in Cheyenne, Wyo. on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Sitting on the left is Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie. Both senators spoke in favor of a bill that cleared the committee that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. (AP Photo/Ben Neary)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity cleared a critical committee hearing on Friday and now heads for a vote next week in the full Wyoming House of Representatives.


Los Angeles schools chief to seek halt to computers-for-all program

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:02
Los Angeles schools chief Ramon Cortines on Friday signaled he is ready to abandon a troubled plan to provide a computer to every student in the second-largest U.S. public school district, a reversal of a policy championed by his predecessor. “We are committed to providing technology to our children -whether it be desktop computer labs, laptops or tablets - to help prepare them for the 21st century,” Cortines said. “However, as we are reviewing our lessons learned, there must be a balanced approach to spending bond dollars to buy technology when there are so many brick and mortar and other critical facility needs that must be met." Cortines made his remarks amid tense labor negotiations between the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles.

UN food agency facing worst challenge since World War II

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:51
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The World Food Program is confronting its worst challenge since World War II in trying to tackle five top-level humanitarian crises at the same time, the head of the U.N. agency said Friday.

Pa. high court nominee in hot seat over 'Christmas' email

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:46
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A white county judge nominated for Pennsylvania's highest court apparently forwarded a racially insensitive email showing a black couple talking through glass via a jailhouse phone under the heading, "Merry Christmas from the Johnsons."

Three NFL teams in Los Angeles? Not viable, experts say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:44

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 file photo,The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers face off against each other during the second half of an NFL football game in San Diego. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns. The teams announced plans for the $1.7 billion stadium in Carson in a joint statement Thursday night, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles is the hottest market for new stadiums in the country — and the NFL teams that could come with them — but the possibility that three teams will kick off in the region is a football fantasy, experts say.


Guard troops staying on border, but some question mission

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:43

FILE - In this April 19, 2011 file photo, a member of the National Guard checks on his colleague inside a Border Patrol Skybox near the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas. If lawmakers in Austin have their way, the Texas National Guard will be staying at the border at a cost of $12 million. But is it worth it to have the guardsmen at the border? And what can they do, other than watch the brush, as the number of illegal immigrants crossing from Mexico continues to dwindle.(AP Photo/Delcia Lopez, File)McALLEN, Texas (AP) — On U.S. 83, the highway that hugs the southern stretch of the Texas-Mexico border, law enforcement is everywhere.


New Sri Lanka gov't ends US lobbying contracts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sign of improving relations with the U.S., Sri Lanka has terminated lobbying contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars a month that the previous government had signed to help it win friends in Washington amid war crimes allegations, the nation's ambassador says.

Wisconsin cheese-maker to release 20-year-old cheddar in May

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:31
MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) — Cheese lovers are already lining up to lock in a nibble when a Wisconsin cheese-maker releases a 20-year-old cheddar this summer.

Measles infections in California grow to 123

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:30
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of measles cases in California has reached 123 in the wake of a December outbreak at Disneyland.

US charges Duke with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:28
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

Grand jury indicts Kansas City officer for shooting man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 08:21
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A grand jury indicted a Kansas City police officer on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the non-fatal shooting of a 37-year-old man last June, officials said on Friday. Jacob Ramsey, 31, was arraigned on Friday and a judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf, the Jackson County prosecutor's office said in a news release. His indictment comes during a period of heightened attention toward officer-involved shootings that has following a grand jury's decision in November not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. The Kansas City indictment does not identify the man the officer shot or provide details about the shooting.