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Man fatally shot in car in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:34

Man fatally shot in car in Tioga-NicetownAuthorities say a man was shot and killed while sitting in a car in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section.


Linguistic gap may have contributed to U.S. farmworker slaying, group says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:28
By Eric M. Johnson PASCO, Wash. (Reuters) - A Hispanic immigrant rights group said on Friday that cultural and linguistic differences may have inflamed tensions between police and a Mexican farm laborer shot dead in Washington state last week in a killing that raised questions about use of force. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an out-of-work orchard worker from Mexico's Michoacan state, was shot and killed in the city of Pasco in Washington's agricultural heartland after he pelted police with rocks and then fled, in a confrontation captured on video. His death sparked protests by demonstrators who accused police in Pasco of overly aggressive tactics in dealing with the Hispanic community and who likened the shooting to two high-profile police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City. "He suffered from mental illness," Felix Vargas, chairman of Consejo Latino, said of Zambrano Montes.

'Siberian Express' in eastern US continues into next week

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:16

A man walks past a sign recording the temperature at 3 degrees Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Cleveland. Ohioans bundled up for sub-zero wind chills on Thursday and braced for continued bitter cold temperatures and plummeting wind chills. Hundreds of schools and businesses across the state closed Thursday as wind chill temperatures dipped to 15 to 20 below zero. Several universities around Ohio also canceled classes. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)The deep freeze that broke records in hundreds of cities across the eastern half of the United States on Friday will last most of next week.


Relatives of man dead in police shooting seek 2nd autopsy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:42
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A prosecutor in Pasco, Washington, says the family of the man fatally shot Feb. 10 by Pasco police has requested a second independent autopsy.

Man in custody after stabbing death of Nicki Minaj's tour manager in East Mt. Airy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:37

Man in custody after stabbing death of Nicki Minaj's tour manager in East Mt. AiryPhiladelphia police say they have one man in custody and are searching for two others in connection with the stabbing death of a member of rapper Nicki Minaj's touring group earlier this week outside an East Mount Airy bar.


Alcohol, sex photos led to California firefighter discipline

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:34
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters at the state's fire academy drank on duty and displayed sexually explicit photographs on state cellphones, and a battalion chief slapped a female cadet on the buttocks, according to disciplinary records made public Friday.

Meningitis bacteria to blame for Oregon student's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:33
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A bacterial infection related to meningitis is to blame for the death of a University of Oregon student-athlete who was found unresponsive in her dorm room earlier this week, public health officials said on Friday. Freshman Lauren Jones, 18, was found unconscious on Tuesday and declared dead at a nearby hospital. An initial autopsy did not offer conclusive results, but tests completed on Friday confirmed that meningococcemia caused her death, Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said in a statement. Jones was the fourth student at the school confirmed to have been infected with meningococcemia, a bacterial precursor to meningitis, since an outbreak began earlier this year.

Drexel University student gets deal on Shark Tank

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:07

Drexel University student gets deal on Shark TankA Drexel University senior appeared on ABC's hit show "Shark Tank" Friday night and his product caused a first among the sharks.


Kitzhaber lawyer tries to prevent release of emails

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 10:42
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer for former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is trying to prevent the release of his personal emails to criminal investigators.

Justice Department reviewing Utah man's killing by police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 10:23
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the shooting of a young Utah man killed by police while wielding a samurai sword.

Northeast travel agents warm to winter as vacation booking surge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 10:14

A man takes pictures of ice floes along the Hudson River in New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The record-breaking winter weather that has put the U.S. Northeast in a deep freeze this month and brought mountains of snow is making most people miserable but travel agents are learning to love it. Travel brokers from New York, Massachusetts and surrounding states have enjoyed a surge in business from weary residents looking to get out of town. Business is brisk, they say, as people scramble to book last-minute winter holidays to toasty locales such as the Bahamas, Mexico and other places far away from the chill. "People are tired of it," said Sam Erenfeld, owner of Bler Travel in the Boston suburb of Brookline.


West Coast dockworkers reach tentative contract after labor strife snarled trade with Asia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 10:03
LOS ANGELES (AP) — West Coast dockworkers reach tentative contract after labor strife snarled trade with Asia.

Fox, NBC ready to wave the green flag in NASCAR coverage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:58

Jimmie Johnson, front, takes the checkered flag to win the second of two qualifying races for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/David Graham)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The loudest cheers for the Daytona 500 this weekend may not come from the speedway grandstands.


Mourners mark 3 months since police killed man in stairwell

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:52

Kimberly Ballinger, center, domestic partner of Akai Gurley, and Gurley's aunt Hertencia Petersen, right, prepare to release doves in his memory, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in New York. A vigil was held for Gurley at the New York public housing complex where he was shot and killed by police in a darkened stairwell, marking three months since his death. "We release the doves in remembrance of Akai, the loving gentle nephew that I know," said Petersen. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Friends and relatives of an unarmed man shot by police in a darkened stairwell at a public housing complex released two doves and two dozen balloons there Friday to mark three months since his death.


Heavy snow collapses suburban Boston barn, killing 2 horses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:49
WESTFORD, Mass. (AP) — A sheet metal barn collapsed under the weight of snow on Friday morning, killing two horses and sparking an hours-long rescue effort that saved five others.

Still unclear what caused blast at California refinery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:45

Damage caused by an explosion at the ExxonMobile refinery in Torrance, Calif. is visible on Wednesday, Feb.18, 2015, after an explosion in a gasoline processing unit. Two workers suffered minor injuries and a small fire at the unit was quickly put out. The incident triggered a safety flare to burn off flammable substances. The facility about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles covers 750 acres, employs over a thousand people, and processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day, according to the company. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — It's still unclear what caused an explosion at an oil refinery outside Los Angeles, and Exxon Mobil has no timetable for when gas production will resume.


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.