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Frats are finding themselves under fire for bad behavior

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 15:20

This photo shows the Sigma Chi fraternity house after the University of Houston suspended the fraternity Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The University of Houston president suspended the university's Sigma Chi fraternity chapter in the wake of fraternity allegations at the chapter. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Gary Coronado) MANDATORY CREDITRacist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing.

Virginia to investigate bloody arrest of black college student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 15:05

Martese JohnsonBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday called for an investigation into the arrest of a black college student that left him bleeding from the head and sparked campus protests. Photographs circulated on social media showed Martese Johnson, 20, vice chairman of the University of Virginia's Honor Committee, with a bloodied face after an arrest by state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents early on Wednesday morning. "Governor McAuliffe is concerned by the reports of this incident and has asked the secretary of public safety to initiate an independent Virginia State Police investigation into the use of force," the Democratic governor's office said.

Seavey shrugs off talk of family Iditarod dynasty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:32

Dallas Seavey, the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog champion poses with his lead dogs Reef, left, and Hero in Nome, Alaska on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Seavey won his third Iditarod in the last four years, beating his father, Mitch, to the finish line after racing 1,000 miles across Alaska. (AP Photo/Alaska Dispatch News, Loren Holmes)NOME, Alaska (AP) — A father and his son have won the last four Iditarods, but the current champion isn't willing to call it a family dynasty.

Warrant: Handwriting analysis error delayed link to Durst

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:52

In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015, file photo, Robert Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans. The whispered words of Durst recorded in an unguarded moment in a bathroom could come back to haunt him - or help him - as he faces a murder charge. A possible move by prosecutors to introduce the incriminating material from a six-part documentary on his strange life and connection to three killings could back fire as interview footage did in the Michael Jackson molestation trial and the Robert Blake murder case. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A document examiner's erroneous handwriting analysis 14 years ago delayed authorities in linking millionaire Robert Durst to a friend's death until after he was accused of killing someone else, according to a search warrant.

Facts and figures on New York's yellow cabs vs. Uber cars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:37
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's 13,587 yellow cabs are in competition with smartphone-driven newcomers on city streets, especially the 14,088 registered Uber cars that now outnumber cabs. Here's a look at how the basic operations of the two compare.

Pregnant Colorado woman attacked, baby cut from womb: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:34
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A pregnant Colorado woman had her baby cut from her womb on Wednesday during an alleged attack by a stranger who later took the dead infant to a hospital claiming that she had suffered a miscarriage, police said. The episode began when police responded to a report of a stabbing at a home in the town of Longmont, 30 miles (48 km) north of Denver, Police Commander Jeff Satur said in a statement. The victim told officers that she was pregnant and an attacker had "removed" her baby, Satur said, adding that she was lured there by a Craigslist ad from a person purporting to have baby clothing for sale.  The woman underwent surgery at a local hospital where she is expected to recover, he added.

Yellow cabs now outnumbered by Uber cars on NYC streets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:28

 14,088 registered Uber cars compared with 13,587 yellow cabs. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's storied yellow cabs are taking a back seat to black cars.

One killed, five wounded in shooting spree in Phoenix suburb

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:15

Deadly shooting in Mesa, ArizonaBy David Schwartz MESA, Ariz. (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire inside a motel room in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa on Wednesday, killing a man and wounding two women before shooting three more people as he sought to elude an exhaustive manhunt that ended in his capture, police said. Officers using a stun gun subdued the suspected gunman, identified as Ryan Elliot Giroux, 41, at a vacant condominium where he had taken refuge, some four hours after the initial shooting, Mesa police spokesman Esteban Flores told reporters.

3 killed, 4 hurt in shooting at California convenience store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:07
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Three people were killed and four people were wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting at a Northern California convenience store that one official called one of the worst mass shootings in the city's recent history.

GOP defense hawks, fiscal conservatives battle over budget

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:06

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., center, holds-up a synopsis of the House Republican budget proposal as he announces the plan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The plan includes a boost in defense spending but cuts in the Medicaid program for the poor, food stamps and health care subsidies. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle between GOP defense hawks and fiscal conservatives prompted the GOP chairman of the House Budget Committee late Wednesday to delay a vote on his party's budget blueprint.

Woman accused of cutting baby from pregnant woman's womb

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:04
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A 34-year-old woman was accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in the stomach and removing her baby, while the expectant mother visited her home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist, Colorado authorities said.

Accused murderer Robert Durst deemed 'suicidal'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:47

Robert Durst sits in a police vehicle as he leaves a courthouse in New OrleansBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Robert Durst, the real estate scion charged with first-degree murder, is suicidal, according statements by Louisiana authorities released on Wednesday after they moved him to a facility for inmates suffering from acute mental illness. Awaiting extradition to California, the 71-year-old Durst was charged this week in Los Angeles County with killing longtime friend Susan Berman in 2000. Three of Durst's condominiums in Houston were searched on Tuesday, and there have also been investigations in northern California, where the disappearances of two teenagers in 1997 raised questions about his whereabouts at the time. The heir to a New York real estate dynasty was arrested in New Orleans on Saturday with a handgun, marijuana, a fake ID and over $42,000 in cash, records show, one day before the airing of the final installment of an HBO documentary, "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst." In it, Durst was presented with evidence of similar handwriting on two envelopes, one from himself and another that likely originated from Berman's killer.

Shark attacks Kansas man snorkeling in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:45
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A tiger shark attacked a Kansas man snorkeling in Hawaii Wednesday, sending him to the hospital with bites to his arm.

Two more U.S. healthcare workers repatriated for Ebola monitoring

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:29

Health workers put on protective gear before entering a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu(Reuters) - The last two members of a group of U.S. healthcare workers whose colleague is being treated for the Ebola virus returned on Wednesday from Sierra Leone to the United States, where they are being monitored for possible exposure to the deadly virus. Their repatriation brought the total number of Americans brought back from the West African nation to 18 since last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday night. "They were part of the same group that have been coming back slowly, said CDC spokeswoman Jennifer McQuiston. Neither of the two healthcare workers brought back Wednesday has tested positive for Ebola, but they are being monitored because they might have been exposed to a colleague who has contracted it.

Ohio woman with prosthetic leg fights back after 'rude' note

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:23
MIAMISBURG, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman with a prosthetic leg is fighting back after getting a "rude" note over a handicapped parking spot.

Fed redefines the unemployment range it considers acceptable

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:11

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference at the end of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Washington. The Federal Reserve forecasts that the U.S. unemployment rate can now fall further without spurring inflation, a sign that it may move slowly in raising interest rates. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve was in a tough spot: The February U.S. unemployment rate of 5.5 percent is right where the Fed had been saying inflation would likely start to accelerate. Yet inflation remains even lower than the Fed wants it to be.

AccuWeather: Tracking Friday Snow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:53

 Tracking Friday SnowMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says our last day of winter will be messy.

AccuWeather MAPS: Friday's snow, rain mix

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:50

 Friday's snow, rain mixAccuWeather is tracking the system that is bringing a mix of snow and rain to our area on Friday.

Family of fallen officer Robert Wilson III honored at 76ers game

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:32

Family of fallen officer Robert Wilson III honored at 76ers gameThe City of Philadelphia and the Sixers stepped up to make a special night for the family of fallen Philadelphia police officer - Sgt. Robert Wilson III.

Penn State president: Frat posting of nude pictures very sad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:26

 Frat posting of nude pictures very sadA now-suspended Pennsylvania State University fraternity's Facebook posting of photos of nude and partly nude women, some of them asleep or passed out, is sad and offensive and could lead to some students being expelled, the university's president said Wednesday.