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Body of missing NJ woman found in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:24

Body of missing NJ woman found in MarylandOfficials say GPS helped lead them to the body of a missing New Jersey woman whose husband has been charged with murder.

Authorities probe threats against Caroline Kennedy in Japan: reports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:23

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Kennedy looks on before a welcome dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Abe in TokyoBy Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American and Japanese authorities are working to ensure the safety of U.S. personnel in Japan after media reports of death threats against U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and another American diplomat, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. The threats also targeted the U.S. consul general in Okinawa, Alfred Magleby, according to Yomiuri and other Japanese and U.S. media reports. Okinawa island is known in Japan as host to the bulk of U.S. service personnel stationed in the country. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki did not confirm any specific threats to Kennedy and Magleby, but she said in a statement, "We take any threats to U.S. diplomats seriously." "We are working with the Japanese government to ensure the necessary measures are in place," she said.

Truck hauling 30,000 pounds of lobster overturns in Maine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:23
BENTON, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a tractor-trailer hauling 30,000 pounds of live Canadian lobster has overturned on an interstate in Maine.

Former Senate candidate pleads no contest in sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:14

FILE- In this file photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Eric Bodenweiser. Bodenweiser appeared at a hearing in Georgetown, DE., Wednesday, March 18, 2015, to plead no contest to two misdemeanor counts of unlawful sexual contact involving a young neighbor boy more than 25 years ago. (AP Photo/Delaware Department of Justice)GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A former candidate for Delaware's state Senate accused of molesting a young neighbor more than 25 years ago has pleaded no contest Wednesday to unlawful sexual contact.

Powerful opioid fentanyl blamed for spike in U.S. drug overdoses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:12
(Reuters) - Federal drug enforcement officials on Wednesday issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of fentanyl, a powerful opioid often used to increase the potency of heroin and blamed for an "alarming" spike in deadly overdoses. Fentanyl, a prescription drug used as an anesthetic and pain reliever for terminally ill patients, is being illegally produced in underground drug labs for street narcotics, said Barbara Carreno, spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. "It gives dealers a more potent product, since fentanyl is so strong," Carreno said. The flip side is that this more potent drug is killing people." Even a tiny amount of fentanyl can be lethal, since it is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine and as much as 50 times more powerful than heroin, the DEA said.

Chicago City Council votes to transfer parkland for Obama library

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:11
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago City Council, hoping to boost the chances of landing President Barack Obama's presidential library for his hometown, on Wednesday unanimously approved the use of land in two parks near the president's home. The land is near the University of Chicago and would be transferred if the school's bid for the presidential library is accepted. Obama was a law professor at the university before his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004. The Barack Obama Foundation also is considering proposals from New York's Columbia University and the University of Hawaii.

NYC sergeant who never took sick day in 42-year career dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:11

In this June 10, 2010, photo provided by the New York City Mayor’s Office, New York City Detective Sgt. Francis "Buddy" Murnane, left, receives a proclamation from the New York City Council acknowledging his 37 years of service to the department without taking a single sick day. Murnane, who hadn’t used a sick day in 42 years on the NYPD, was just weeks away from his 63rd birthday when he died Sunday, March 15, 2015, after an apparent heart attack at his home. (AP Photo/New York City Mayor’s Office, William Alatriste)NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Police Department sergeant who never took a sick day in his 42-year career has died weeks shy of his retirement.

Union: San Francisco police eye more officers in text probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:09
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A union official says the San Francisco Police Department is expanding its probe into whether offensive text messages were sent by officers.

In red light camera debate in U.S., opponents find legal technicalities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 02:08
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - As courts across the United States struggle to determine the legality of red-light cameras, drivers are slipping through a patchwork of often conflicting laws to avoid millions in fines. Two south Florida judges dismissed 24,000 red-light tickets worth an estimated $6.3 million earlier this week over concerns Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions Inc (ATS), which provides the cameras, was too involved in the outcome of cases. By Florida law "the police have certain powers they cannot delegate to private vendors," said Ted Hollander, who represented the Florida drivers. "What we found in testimony is that (the company) had discretion and employees were dismissing cases." In late 2014 a class action in Missouri over similar issues with ATS was settled with more than 100,000 Kansas City-area drivers eligible for part of a $16 million settlement.

19 Dead in Terror Attack at Tunisia Museum

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:56
Dead include 17 foreign nationals, government official says.

4 shot in Phoenix suburb shooting spree; suspect at large

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:49

4 shot in Phoenix suburb shooting spree; suspect at largeA gunman wounded at least four people across multiple locations in a Phoenix suburb Wednesday, and police warned residents to stay indoors as they hunt for the suspect.

Florida beach town tries to tame spring break without killing the party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:47

Spring breakers gather at a pool party at a hotel in CancunBy Letitia Stein PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - A tradition of around-the-clock spring break partying has drawn Lance Granata to this small Florida Gulf Coast town three times. The Michigan student ran afoul of a new community effort to tamp down on the debauchery that comes with being a leading collegiate spring break destination, without breaking up a lucrative party. He was arrested for smashing a window at a Subway store and for underage drinking, which he considered "beyond ridiculous." Like previous Florida spring break hot spots Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach, this Panhandle town is facing a crisis of conscience over the trade-offs involved in hosting a binge for some 300,000 students who arrive through mid-April with coolers, beer funnels and credit cards. Unwilling to evict spring break, a crucial season in a community where tourism brings in more than $1 billion annually, the city has passed new rules to counter the worst excesses.

U.S. military veteran unemployment easing, but still high

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:31
Unemployment rates for U.S. military veterans fell last year, but joblessness among their ranks remains higher than the civilian population, a government report showed on Wednesday. The unemployment rate among veterans who joined the military after Sept. 11, 2001, fell to an average of 7.2 percent last year from 9 percent in 2013, the Labor Department said in the report. While the jobless rate has declined from a post-recession peak of 12 percent in 2011, it remains about 1 percentage point above the rate for the civilian population. "Even as we celebrate the good news in this report, we will continue to deploy this system with every ounce of urgency to make sure all veterans have the opportunity to secure a job that helps them support their families," Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in a statement.

Students, teachers sickened at Paulsboro High School

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:31

Students, teachers sickened at Paulsboro High SchoolA number of students and teachers at Paulsboro High School were taken to the hospital after a chemical leak at nearby refinery.

Michigan fraternity shut down after vandalizing resort

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:28
(Reuters) - A University of Michigan fraternity at the center of complaints of extensive vandalism at a ski resort in January has been permanently suspended and will be closed, its parent organization said. The Sigma Alpha Mu board said the action was necessary because those who did the damage did not come forward, chapter officers refused to identify members who damaged hotel property, and other members not directly involved did not act to stop the vandalism. "Sigma Alpha Mu's values and standards of conduct were violated by the actions of those members whose behavior was abhorrent," the board said in a statement on Tuesday. The incident comes amid increased attention on fraternities in the United States after the University of Oklahoma this month shut the chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the school for a video where its members were seen singing a racist song.

Judge rejects bid by franchises to block new Seattle minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:24
A U.S. judge has denied a business group's bid to block part of a law that will raise Seattle's minimum hourly wage to $15, rejecting claims that it favors independent businesses over franchises. U.S. District Judge Richard Jones in Seattle on Tuesday said the International Franchise Association had failed to back up its claims that the wage law is discriminatory because it requires franchises like McDonald's and Burger King to phase in the new wage more quickly.

Man denies hit-and-run despite part of victim's body in car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:22
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man denied striking a woman with his car even though part of her severed body was found on the passenger-side floor of his crumpled vehicle.

UN seeks to endorse military action against Boko Haram

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:18
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chad has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council that would endorse military action by a five-nation African force against Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

Kansas City-area principal resigns after bullying case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:18
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The principal of a suburban Kansas City middle school has resigned nearly a month after a student with Asperger's syndrome was seriously hurt in a bullying incident.

Man jailed in casino slaying pleads guilty in 2nd murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:13

Man jailed in casino slaying pleads guilty in 2nd murderA Camden man already serving 47 years in prison for killing a man during a carjacking inside an Atlantic City casino parking garage has pleaded guilty in a separate double murder case.