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Baltimore prosecutor learned life's lessons in Boston 'police house'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:58
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - In a gritty Boston neighborhood not long ago, where people were poor and crime was a problem, there was one three-story shingled residence widely known as "the police house," or the "House of Po'" for short. It was also where Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's 35-year-old African-American chief prosecutor, grew up as the daughter, granddaughter and niece of police officers. Mosby, who took office only in January, stole the spotlight on Friday with her surprisingly swift decision to criminally charge six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man. In her announcement at a news conference in Baltimore, Mosby cited her family's "five generations" in law enforcement and lauded her "beloved" grandfather, Prescott Thompson, a charter member of the first black police organization in Massachusetts, who died in February after a long illness.

Six Baltimore officers charged in death of Gray, one with murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:58

Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks on recent violence in BaltimoreBy Scott Malone and Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore's chief prosecutor charged one police officer with murder on Friday and five others with lesser crimes in the death of a young black man who suffered a critical neck injury in the back of a police van, a case that fueled new anger over police treatment of minorities. The swift decision by Marilyn Mosby, who has been in the position only since January, to charge the six officers in the death of Freddie Gray caught many by surprise in a city hit Monday night by its worst civil unrest in decades. Mosby made her announcement hours after the Maryland state medical examiner had ruled the death a homicide and a day after police handed her office the findings of its internal review of Gray's April 12 arrest. The officer who drove the police vehicle in which Gray was taken after his arrest was charged with second-degree murder.


Russia-called UN urgent meeting on Yemen ends without action

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:57

People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, May 1, 2015. Saudi Arabia leads a coalition of mostly Sunni Arab countries conducting airstrikes against the rebels who have overrun the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and forced the Western-backed president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to flee the country. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An emergency meeting on Yemen by the U.N. Security Council ended Friday with the 15 members unable to agree on an immediate statement on the growing crisis. The ambassador from Russia, which called the meeting, wondered why his colleagues talk about the need to help but can't take action.


California port truckers end strike after four days

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:52
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Southern California port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments. Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union, struck four trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and state labor enforcement decisions and a court ruling that the truckers were victims of wage theft through misclassification. The four companies - Pacific 9 Transportation, Intermodal Bridge Transport, Pacer Cartage, and Pacer sister firm Harbor Rail Transport - are among the largest drayage operators doing business in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Disorderly conduct charges dropped against Seattle city council member

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:47
Disorderly conduct charges were dropped on Friday against a Seattle City Council member arrested in November outside Alaska Airlines offices in the suburb of SeaTac while supporting a voter-backed $15 minimum wage, an aide said. Kshama Sawant, who championed "anti-corporate" causes during her 2013 campaign, was among several people arrested at the rally in suburban SeaTac against what they said was the carrier's opposition to the higher wage floor. Disorderly conduct charges against Sawant were thrown out by a SeaTac judge, said Philip Locker, Sawant's campaign spokesman. Nine days before Sawant joined about 100 protesters at the rally, Airlines for America, a trade group that represents major air carriers, including Alaska Air Group, sued the Port of Seattle to block planned pay increases for airport workers.

'Bridgegate' dogs Christie as indictments, guilty pleas unveiled

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:46

Christie Aide David Wildstein Returns To Court In Bridgegate ScandalBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the George Washington Bridge closure scandal, while two others were indicted - another blow to Christie's image at a time when he is trying to get his presidential campaign off the ground. David Wildstein, a former senior Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy at a U.S. district court in Newark. Prosecutors also unsealed a nine-count indictment against Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Bridget Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to Christie. Paul Fishman, who succeeded Christie as the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, said no one else was expected to be charged in the bridge scandal, based on current evidence.


Philadelphia University security worker faces child porn charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:44

Philadelphia University security worker faces child porn chargesA Philadelphia University security worker is under arrest for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.


Damascus reopens popular train route

BBC World News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:42
A popular narrow-gauge train service is relaunched in Damascus - in a reminder of better days in the war-torn Syrian capital.
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Damascus reopens popular train route

BBC World News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:42
A popular narrow-gauge train service is relaunched in Damascus - in a reminder of better days in the war-torn Syrian capital.
Categories: BBC World News

'Age of Ultron' on pace for record-setting weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:39

This photo provided by Disney/Marvel shows, Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers, in the new film, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 1, 2015. (Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has debuted with a Hulk-sized box office showing, and Disney says it's headed toward a possible record-breaking weekend.


Missing cargo trucks raise alarms amid weekend of city events

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:37

Missing cargo trucks raise alarms amid weekend of city eventsPolice are looking for not one, but two cargo trucks, stolen since Sunday in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section.


Q&A: Times Journalist Ellen Barry Answers Readers’ Questions on Nepal

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:37
Ms. Barry, the South Asia bureau chief for The Times, answers questions on Facebook about Nepal almost a week after an earthquake killed thousands.

Victim ID'd after apparent murder-suicide in Montgomery Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:34

Victim ID'd after apparent murder-suicide in Montgomery Twp.Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania.


'Drunk driving woo': Woman sends boyfriend ominous text moments before fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:34

 Woman sends boyfriend ominous text moments before fatal crashOne Florida woman in the midst of a breakup sent a cryptic text message to her boyfriend moments before crashing her car and killing her own passenger.


VIDEO: BBC flies to most remote Nepal region

BBC World News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:33
Justin Rowlatt travels with an Indian Air Force rescue mission taking aid supplies to one of the most remote areas of Nepal cut off by the earthquake.
Categories: BBC World News

Mariners win third straight game, Felix Hernandez is 4-0

Seattle Mariners - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:31
Now the Mariners take that win streak into Houston on Thursday to face the Astros, who sit atop the AL West standings.
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Cook hits first Test ton in two years

BBC World News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:29
Alastair Cook scores his first Test century since May 2013 as England reach 240-7 on day one of the third Test against West Indies.
Categories: BBC World News

Circa Now: The End of Gaydar

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:28
Context is everything. If you’re gay yourself, you may be looking for community, for connection. If you’re not gay, why is that information important?

New Jersey aide admits conspiracy

BBC World News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:26
An ex-aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pleads guilty to conspiracy over traffic chaos on the George Washington Bridge in 2013.
Categories: BBC World News

New Jersey aide admits conspiracy

BBC World News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:26
An ex-aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pleads guilty to conspiracy over traffic chaos on the George Washington Bridge in 2013.
Categories: BBC World News