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Organizers using social media, networks to plan New York protests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 17:29
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Protests in New York over the police chokehold case and fueled by a new probe into the shooting death of an unarmed black man, will stretch into days ahead with the aid of social media and established networks, activists said on Friday. The demonstrations are loosely organized, held together with quick communication, and often planned just hours in advance, the activists said. "Due to social media, it's not very difficult," said Soraya Soi Free, 45, a nurse and activist. "All you have to do is to create an event, and then it catches fire. ...

NYC officer cleared in chokehold death was sued by other black men

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 17:29
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The white New York City police officer who put unarmed black Staten Island resident Eric Garner in a chokehold moments before his death has been accused by other black men of violating their civil rights while he was on patrol. A grand jury's decision on Wednesday not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in the videotaped confrontation that left 43-year-old Garner dead has sparked days of protests by groups claiming U.S. law enforcement unfairly targets African-Americans and other minorities. ...

De Blasio says NYC police complaints down since he became mayor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 17:29
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Complaints about police misconduct made to a civilian review board have declined since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, with a historic drop in the last five months, the mayor said on Friday. Amid ongoing protests over the police killings of unarmed black men in New York, de Blasio released data from the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) showing that from July 1 through Nov. 30 compared to the same period in 2013 excessive force allegations fell by 29 percent, discourtesy allegations dropped by 24 percent and offensive language allegations dipped by 20 percent. ...

New York chokehold death brings attack on 'broken windows' doctrine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 17:29
By Emily Stephenson and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The "broken windows" law enforcement strategy of aggressively pursuing petty criminals is coming under attack, after a grand jury this week decided not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. Eric Garner died in July after a confrontation with police. Officers tried to arrest Garner based on complaints that he was illegally selling cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk. ...

New Jersey tree-lighting event canceled under threat of protest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 17:29
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A holiday tree-lighting ceremony in New Brunswick, New Jersey, was canceled on Friday hours before it was scheduled to begin as a protest against police violence threatened to bring thousands of demonstrators to a downtown square during the annual event. It was the first time in the event's 22-year history that organizers decided to cancel the ceremony, which typically draws about 200 people. The city is best known as the home of Rutgers University. ...

Congress takes another crack at war memorial cross

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 16:45

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2011 file photo, a man photographs in front of the war memorial cross on Mount Soledad in San Diego. Could one of the nation’s longest-running church-state conflicts be nearing a conclusion? As part of a bill setting defense policy, Congress is set to authorize the secretary of Defense to transfer a scenic parcel of federal land in La Jolla, Calif., to a private group. The parcel contains a memorial to the nation’s veterans and a 43-foot-high cross that federal courts have determined is an unconstitutional effort by the government to endorse a religion. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Could one of the nation's longest-running church-state conflicts be nearing a conclusion?


Congress takes another crack at war memorial cross

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 16:45

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2011 file photo, a man photographs in front of the war memorial cross on Mount Soledad in San Diego. Could one of the nation’s longest-running church-state conflicts be nearing a conclusion? As part of a bill setting defense policy, Congress is set to authorize the secretary of Defense to transfer a scenic parcel of federal land in La Jolla, Calif., to a private group. The parcel contains a memorial to the nation’s veterans and a 43-foot-high cross that federal courts have determined is an unconstitutional effort by the government to endorse a religion. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Could one of the nation's longest-running church-state conflicts be nearing a conclusion?


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 16:02
"Everyone is just demonizing the police. But police follow orders and laws. Nobody talks about the responsibility of the politicians to explain to the community why quality-of-life enforcement is necessary." — Maki Haberfeld, a professor of police studies at John Jay College of criminal justice, on the public reaction to the death of Eric Garner, which has led to nationwide protests.

New profiling guidelines won't affect border stops

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 14:47

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, file photo, U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference before a roundtable meeting in Cleveland. New racial profiling guidelines are being announced by the Obama administration that would exempt agents from the Homeland Security Department who do border checks and screen passengers at airports. An official said Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, that the new guidelines exempt the Transportation Security Administration in entirety and also do not cover inspections at port of entry and interdictions at border crossings. The official was not authorized to discuss the guidelines by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Holder had said Monday night that he expected the new guidelines, which apply to federal law enforcement but not local police officers, would be announced in coming days. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)WASHINGTON (AP) — New racial profiling guidelines being announced by the Obama administration would restrict the ability of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to take into account religion, national origin and other characteristics during investigations. But they would exempt agents from the Department of Homeland Security who do border checks and screen passengers at airports, according to a U.S. official familiar with the plans.


Several thousand cattle quarantined near Yellowstone

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 14:23
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Several thousand head of cattle have been quarantined in Montana after a cow near Yellowstone National Park tested positive for brucellosis, the livestock disease much feared by ranchers and also carried by elk and bison, state livestock officials said on Friday.   The disruption comes at a crucial moment for the region's beef producers, who are in the midst of readying the bulk of their herds for sale at a time of record high prices for the cattle they bring to auction. ...

Protesters of chokehold death rally around nation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 14:23

Protesters participate in a "die-in" at Bryant Park during a march against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Demonstrators around the country staged die-ins, blocked roadways and marched into stores to protest a New York grand jury's decision to not indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.


Advocates fear impact of Rolling Stone apology

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 14:12

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, University of Virginia students walk to campus past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Rolling Stone is casting doubt on the account it published of a young woman who says she was gang-raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party at the school, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the student's account. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Advocates for sexual-assault victims say Rolling Stone's backpedaling from an explosive account of a gang rape at the University of Virginia doesn't change the fact that rape is a problem on college campuses and must be confronted — even as some expressed concern that the magazine's apology could discourage victims from coming forward.


Sister, father of Yemen hostage plead for his life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 13:03

This image made from video posted online by militants on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain and held hostage by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen. The Pentagon says a hostage rescue mission last month in Yemen failed to liberate American Somers because he was not present at the targeted location. (AP Photo/Militant Video)LONDON (AP) — The sister and father of an American photojournalist taken hostage by al-Qaida in Yemen have added their public pleas for his captors to spare his life.


Protesters of chokehold death rally for 3rd day

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 13:03

Protesters rallying against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner gather in Columbus Circle, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)Protesters around the country rallied for a third day Friday over a New York grand jury's decision to not indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.


U.S. declines to upgrade protections for grizzly bears in Idaho, Montana

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 13:02

A grizzly bear roams through the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park in WyomingBy Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Federal wildlife managers on Friday declined to upgrade protections for a population of grizzly bears in the remote reaches of Idaho and northwest Montana that numbers fewer than 50, and which conservationists say are going extinct. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the outsized, hump-shouldered bears that roam the Cabinet Mountains and Yaak River drainage in the Northern Rockies are likely to reach a recovery goal of 100 without changing their status to endangered from threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. ...


Los Angeles police investigating Cosby abuse claim

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 12:45

Judy Huth, left, appears at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred outside the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division station Friday Dec. 5, 2014. Allred announced that they have met with Los Angeles police detectives to open a formal investigation into claims Bill Cosby molested Huth when she was 15 years old in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion. (AP Photo/Anthony McCartney)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police opened an investigation on Friday into a woman's claims that Bill Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old, a department spokeswoman said.


New push in search effort for Shane Montgomery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 12:28

New push in search effort for Shane MontgomeryVolunteers targeted bar patrons across Philadelphia during happy hour on Friday night, hoping to find someone who saw something early Thanksgiving morning when Shane Montgomery went missing.


Theater-shooting defense lawyers seek trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 12:22
DENVER (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case have requested another delay in James Holmes' trial, saying they don't have enough time to prepare for the Jan. 20 start date.

Neighbor charged with setting fire that destroyed police officer's home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 12:19

Neighbor charged with setting fire that destroyed police officer's homeThe home of Limerick Police Detective Ernie Morris went up in flames, and investigators say his neighbor, Donna Krupp, intentionally set the house on fire.


Man in car shot 14 times in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 12:15

Man in car shot 14 times in South PhiladelphiaPolice say a man was found shot more than a dozen times in a crashed car in South Philadelphia but investigators are puzzled by what they didn't find at the scene.