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New York City, U.S. agree to reforms for Rikers jail complex

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:47

Jail cells are seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New YorkNew York City has agreed to carry out reforms at its Rikers Island jail complex to resolve U.S. Justice Department claims that guards regularly used unnecessary force against inmates, U.S. officials said on Monday. In a letter filed in federal court in New York, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office said the deal included appointing a federal monitor to oversee the reforms at Rikers, one of the largest jail complexes in the country. Under the agreement, the city will install 7,800 surveillance cameras throughout Rikers and, as part of pilot program, have some guards wear body cameras.


AccuWeather: Hot, Humid,& Stormy Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:46

 Hot, Humid,& Stormy TuesdayMeteorologist Adam Joseph says a Heat Advisory will go into effect Tuesday for some. Expect it to feel like 95-100 degrees.


Police, daughter turn to YouTube for clues in woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:43

Police, daughter turn to YouTube for clues in woman's deathPolice in Gloucester Township, New Jersey produced their own YouTube video as the search continues for clues in a woman's mysterious death.


Second case against Maryland 'free-range' parents dropped

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:40
Maryland officials have dropped the second of two cases against the so-called "free-range" parents who were charged with child neglect for letting their children walk home alone from a park, a state agency spokeswoman said on Monday. Officials investigated the couple, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, of Silver Spring, Maryland, for incidents in December and April. The child protective services agency first found the Meitivs responsible for "unsubstantiated child neglect" after police stopped their 6-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son while walking home from a park in their Washington suburb.

Verizon offers hikes to 38,000 employees after starting union negotiations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:26

People pass by a Verizon store at 100 Wall St. in New York's financial district(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said it offered salary hikes to 38,000 employee in its East wireline business after its first negotiating session with representatives of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The proposal for a three-year period included wage increases, cost controls for healtcare plans and pension-related benefits, the company said on Monday. The wage increases were subject to an agreement between the company and the unions.


Senate overwhelmingly confirms new TSA administrator

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:26

FILE - In this June 10, 2015, file photo, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Peter Neffenger testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on his nomination to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted on Monday to confirm a new leader for the Transportation Security Administration in the wake of reports of startling security gaps at U.S. airports.


Police: Shotgun fire injures 5 in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:24

 Shotgun fire injures 5 in KensingtonFive people were injured after a shooting on Monday afternoon in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, including an 11-year-old girl.


Feds, NYC reach deal to curb violence in Rikers Island jails

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:23
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors and lawyers for injured inmates have reached an agreement with the city to curb widespread violence and other problems that have plagued the Rikers Island jail system for years, according to court papers filed Monday.

At U.S. top court, when justices take the bench, it's story hour

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:22

The Supreme Court stands in WashingtonIn these final days of the U.S. Supreme Court's annual session, people can get the justices' decisions through the court's website, its paper handouts, or, if in the courtroom itself, with a suspenseful tale. The recitations usually last about five minutes apiece but, as evidenced on Monday, can reveal a justice's personality, sense of humor, or, in a dissenting opinion, temper. Adding to the suspense, the justices have yet to issue their most anticipated rulings, including disputes over President Barack Obama's healthcare law and a test of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.


Child hospitalized when SUV slams into home in Rhawnhurst

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:20

Child hospitalized when SUV slams into home in RhawnhurstAn SUV slammed into a home in Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst section Monday afternoon.


Takata profit push may have harmed safety: Senate report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:13

Billboard advertisement of Takata Corp is pictured in TokyoBy Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Air bag maker Takata Corp may have put profits before safety in a way that contributed to one of the biggest and most complex auto recalls ever, Democrats on a U.S. Senate committee said in a report released on Monday. The report by the minority on the Senate Commerce Committee was released the day before a Washington hearing on Takata's defective inflators. "Internal emails obtained by the committee suggest that Takata may have prioritized profit over safety by halting global safety audits for financial reasons," the Democrats said in their report.


Republicans return donations from white supremacist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:10

This undated image that appeared on Lastrhodesian.com, a website being investigated by the FBI in connection with Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Roof, shows Roof posing for a photo while holding a Confederate flag. The website surfaced online Saturday, June 20, 2015, and also contained a hate-filled 2,500-word essay that talks about white supremacy and concludes by saying the author alone will need to take action. (Lastrhodesian.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidates, GOP lawmakers and the lone black Republican in the House are returning donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof or giving the money to charity.


Victim describes severity of his high school stabbing wound

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:06
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — One of 20 students stabbed by a high school classmate testified that the wound to his torso was so severe teachers couldn't apply pressure to stop the bleeding — because his liver was protruding from it.

Friends: Woman allegedly killed by cop husband was forgiving

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 06:02
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Calling her a beautiful person who always practiced forgiveness, friends and family bid farewell Monday to a woman who authorities say was fatally shot by her recently divorced husband, a police officer at the Jersey Shore.

Judge orders Jodi Arias to pay back victim's family

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 05:55
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge ordered convicted murderer Jodi Arias on Monday to pay about $30,000 in restitution to her slain lover's family to cover their travel expenses to attend the lengthy trial.

Obama, in podcast, uses N-word to make point on racism

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 05:52

Obama speaks at Mayors Conference in San FranciscoBy Julia Edwards and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday ignited a storm of social media debate when he used a racial epithet in an interview posted online that discussed race relations following the recent killings of nine black churchgoers. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination," Obama, the first black U.S. president, told Mark Maron, host of the "WTF" podcast, in an hour-long chat. The word has a long U.S. history and is almost never used in public remarks, particularly by politicians, and Obama's use of it comes amid a fresh round of soul-searching by many Americans over the country's long struggle with racism.


Pa. bottling company recalls bottled water due to possible E. coli contamination

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 05:52

Pa. bottling company recalls bottled water due to possible E. coli contaminationAuthorities say water bottled by a Pennsylvania bottling company may be contaminated with E. coli.


Martha Stewart Living acquired for $353 million

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 05:51

FILE - In this March 5, 2013 file photo, Martha Stewart arrives to court in New York. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. has signed a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands Group Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $353 million, according to a statement released Monday, June 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Martha Stewart single-handedly changed the game for home decorating and cooking in the late 1990s, becoming the "it" designer for all things domestic.


Former 'Star Wars' child actor arrested after high-speed chase

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 05:44

Booking photo of Jake Lloyd in Walterboro, South CarolinaThe former child actor who played a young Anakin Skywalker in 1999's "Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace," was arrested in South Carolina after leading police on a high-speed chase. Jake Lloyd, now known as Jake Broadbent, was charged last week with resisting arrest and failing to stop for a police car's blue flashing light, the Colleton County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Monday. The sheriff's office spokesman, Sgt. Kyle Strickland, said the former actor had legally changed his last name to Broadbent from Lloyd.


Three men convicted in parachute jump from New York's 1 World Trade Center

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 05:42

Rossig, Markovich, Brady and Hartwell appear on charges for base jumping off 1 World Trade Center, in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkThree men who jumped with parachutes from the top of One World Trade Center were convicted of criminal charges on Monday in their plunge from America's tallest building. A jury in state Supreme Court in Manhattan deliberated over the course of four days before reaching a verdict in the trial of James Brady, 33, Andrew Rossig, 34, and Marko Markovich, 28, who live in the New York City suburbs.