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Michigan governor puts renewed emphasis on blue-collar jobs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:19

In a photo from Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Lansing, Mich., Lansing Community College adjunct instructor Marty Kroell looks over computer code as Travis Reglin works on a computer numerical control mill in the advance precision machining class. Gov. Rick Snyder wants to re-establish vocational and technical schooling as an “equally honorable, equally important and equally well-compensated” career track. To that end, his new budget proposes a $36 million, or 75 percent, increase in spending on trades training, technical education and career planning. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Only a few short years ago, Michigan leaders talked excitedly about diversifying the state's economy beyond the auto industry, envisioning a Silicon Valley-style workforce that would be less dependent on manufacturing and more invested in technology and green energy.


Nate Allen speaks to Action News about incident in Fort Myers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:13

Nate Allen speaks to Action News about incident in Fort MyersAction News spoke with Philadelphia Eagles safety Nate Allen about an incident involving accusations of a lewd act, which led to him being detained by police in Fort Myers, Florida Monday afternoon.


New York chief judge calls for grand jury reforms after chokehold case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:05
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters) - Responding to outrage over a grand jury's decision against indicting a New York City police officer for killing an unarmed black man with a chokehold, the state's top judge on Tuesday proposed giving courts unprecedented authority over grand jury proceedings involving police. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York Court of Appeals said in his annual address in Albany that the public's trust in the justice system had been shaken by the secretive proceedings that did not lead to indictments in the cases of the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner and an officer in Ferguson, Missouri, who shot and killed an unarmed black teen last year. Lippman said he would soon submit a bill to the state legislature that would require judges to preside over grand jury proceedings in cases involving allegations of homicide or felony assault against police officers. Such oversight, he said, would be a check on the outsized role of prosecutors in grand jury proceedings, giving the public greater confidence in the process.

Newtown families: Send suit against gun maker to state court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:05
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gun maker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding.

Lawmakers want Amtrak to allow small pets on trains

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:01

In this photo taken Feb. 11, 2015, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. poses with Lily, his 15-pound French bulldog in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with dark mahogany eyes, a wrinkly nose and a penchant for jumping on furniture and laps so that she can get closer to her many human visitors. She and her owner, Rep. Jeff Denham of California, take the occasional coast-to-coast plane ride together. But when he tried to take her on Amtrak a couple years back, he learned that only service dogs were allowed aboard. It's a policy he's been trying to change ever since, and he appears to be gaining momentum. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with the face of a tough guy and the personality of a princess.


Man killed in New Castle community center shooting ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:00

Man killed in New Castle community center shooting ID'dPolice say one person is dead after a shooting inside the Rose Hill Community Center in New Castle, Delaware.


AccuWeather: Morning Snow, Chilly Afternoon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:00

 Morning Snow, Chilly AfternoonMeteorologist David Murphy says another arctic blast is on the way on Thursday and Friday.


Doctor: Girl thought horror character would hurt her family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:57
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for one of two young Wisconsin girls accused of repeatedly stabbing their classmate to please a fictional horror character is trying to convince a judge the child acted in self-defense.

Drivers fight tough, snowy roads in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:52

Drivers fight tough, snowy roads in DelawareSnow plows were hard at work Tuesday morning in Delaware, but road conditions were far from safe.


Feds: Al-Qaida wanted recruits to pull off attack like 9/11

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:51

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2013 file image, Abid Naseer, second from left, is arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court where he pleaded not guilty through his attorney Steven Brounstein, center, to terrorism charges in an alleged al-Qaida plot against the New York City subways. Second from right is Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad. Naseer is expected to give an opening statement Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in federal court in New York City. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A terror suspect on trial in New York was among several young recruits under orders by al-Qaida to infiltrate Western society and pull off the biggest operation since the Sept. 11 attacks, a prosecutor said Tuesday in opening statements.


In Wildwood, snow fun among the beach balls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:45

In Wildwood, snow fun among the beach ballsAmong the beach balls near the iconic Wildwood sign at the Jersey shore, people were sledding on Tuesday.


Towel found by ex-NFL star's alleged victim seen in video: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:39

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits with his attorney Charles Rankin during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - A friend of Aaron Hernandez appeared in a surveillance video with a towel that was found near the body of a man the former New England Patriots star is accused of murdering in 2013, a defense attorney said on Tuesday. Defense attorney James Sultan asked North Attleborough police officer John Grim about footage taken at a gas station and convenience store hours before the body of semiprofessional soccer player Odin Lloyd was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts house.


Jury selection begins in Alabama girl's running death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:38
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Jury selection began Tuesday in the capital murder trial of an Alabama woman accused of making her granddaughter run until she collapsed and died.

Doctor: Girl thought horror character would hurt her family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:31
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for one of two young Wisconsin girls accused of repeatedly stabbing their classmate to please a fictional horror character is trying to convince a judge the child acted in self-defense.

Vape 'em if you got 'em: Jails sell e-cigarettes to inmates

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:30

This Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 photo shows CrossBar brand electronic cigarettes in Cleveland. Jamie Mosley, jail administrator of the Laurel County Correctional Center in London, Ky., developed the CrossBar brand of electronic cigarettes that is sold to many jails around the country. Mosley says the products are designed especially for jails and are made out of soft clear plastic to help prevent inmates from fashioning weapons out of them. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CINCINNATI (AP) — E-cigarettes keep popping up for sale at county jails around the country even as some government officials, schools and health experts urge tighter control over the devices, especially in public buildings.


Man arrested for making bomb threat at Islamic center in Texas capital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 01:03
A man in his 50s was arrested for making threats on Tuesday to bomb an Islamic center in Austin and a restaurant specializing in Middle Eastern food, Austin police said. "Our bomb squad responded and cleared both sites," said Jennifer Herber, a spokeswoman for the Austin police, adding the man may be mentally disturbed The Austin threat came about a week after a gunman shot dead three young Muslims near the University of North Carolina, riling Muslim activists who have demanded that U.S. state and federal authorities investigate the detained suspect for possible hate crimes.

Grandmother drops 2 kids out window to safety in Nevada fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 00:56
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada woman is credited with saving her two grandchildren from a fire by dropping them from a second-story window into the arms of a police officer and the children's grandfather below.

Correction: Visa-Travel Tracker story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 00:47

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2008 file photo, a cardholder poses with his Visa credit card, in Springfield, Ill. In an effort to combat credit card fraud, the payment processor Visa on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 said it will be rolling out a product next month that will track credit card users on their smart phones. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In a Feb. 13 story about Visa's new anti-fraud software, The Associated Press misspelled the name of one of the privacy experts quoted.


Police: Man dies chasing gunman who shot younger brother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 00:47
DELANO, Calif. (AP) — Central California authorities say a man was seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting and his older brother died in a car crash while trying to chase down the gunman.

Icy storm pummels eastern United States, more cold to come

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 00:44

Pedestrians walk along snow covered, MBTA subway rails on Commonwealth Avenue in BostonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A deadly winter storm paralyzed much of the eastern United States on Tuesday, snarling transit and shutting down federal offices in Washington, and forecasters warned of the worst cold in two decades from another arctic front this week. States of emergency were declared in North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and the District of Columbia. The federal government shut down after about 5 inches (13 cm) of snow fell in Washington, and schools were canceled throughout the area and in much of North Carolina. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory urged residents to stay off ice-covered roads.