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Correction: Ferguson officers shot story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:46

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, left, speaks during a news conference as St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar listens Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Clayton, Mo. McCulloch said 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault in the shooting of two St. Louis-area officers. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — In early versions of a March 15 story about a man being charged in the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, The Associated Press erroneously reported that St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said the defendant used a 40 mm gun in the attack. He said it was a .40-caliber gun.


Ohio River to stay above flood stage for most of the week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:39

James Fancher, Jr., of New Richmond, walks in a park Saturday, March, 14, 2015, on Front Street in New Richmond, Ohio, where a gauge measures the Ohio River level. Flood stage is 52 feet. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Patrick Reddy)CINCINNATI (AP) — The Ohio River was very slowly receding Monday after reaching its highest level in two decades, and forecasters expect it to stay above flood stage for most of the week.


Thirty percent of U.S. adults try to shield cyber info: poll

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:34
Thirty percent of adults in the United States have taken steps to hide their information from government surveillance programs monitoring phone and electronic communications, a Pew Research Center survey said on Monday. About a quarter, or 22 percent, said they had changed use of various technology platforms “a great deal” or “somewhat” since Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, disclosed the surveillance programs in mid-2013, the Pew survey showed. "We find that a portion of the population is adjusting some activity at least in some simple ways like changing their privacy settings and being a bit more discreet in the things they say and search for,” said Lee Rainie, director of Internet, science, and technology research at the Pew Research Center. Among that group, 17 percent said they had changed privacy settings on social media to shield information from the government.

Plane lands in Fargo after woman suffers medical emergency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:31
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A United Airlines jet flying from Anchorage, Alaska, to Chicago made an unscheduled landing at Fargo's Hector International Airport early Monday after a passenger suffered a medical emergency.

Ferguson flooded with record requests after Brown shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:23

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014 file photo, Duane Merrells walks with an upside down American flag during a protest for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson officials were inundated with thousands of open-records requests from media outlets and the public following the shooting. In response, the St. Louis suburb sought payments of thousands of dollars before they would even begin to fulfill some of those requests, a decision defended by Ferguson’s city attorney. The Missouri attorney general's office received several complaints from media outlets, including The Associated Press, that Ferguson was charging excessive fees. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson officials were inundated with thousands of open-records requests from media outlets and the public following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer.


American who contracted Ebola in Africa now in critical condition at Maryland hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:20
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — American who contracted Ebola in Africa now in critical condition at Maryland hospital.

Young adults want news every day, survey shows

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:55

Travis Morgan stands on the corner of a street in Grants Pass, Ore. on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Morgan, 33, a pilot, says he still likes reading a printed newspaper, watching the news on his television, and using a search engine to dig more deeply if he wants to know more. He is among the majority of young adults in a survey who say they consult sources of news regularly. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)CHICAGO (AP) — Young adults have a reputation for being connected to one another and disconnected from the news. But a survey has found that mobile devices and social networking are keeping them more engaged with the broader world than previously thought.


Man, 20, accused of shooting officers at Ferguson protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:49

Man, 20, accused of shooting officers at Ferguson protestA man charged in the shooting of two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson told investigators he was not targeting law enforcement and had been aiming for someone with whom he was in dispute.


Basketball player killed by blood cell disorder, not by gum

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:48

Basketball player killed by blood cell disorder, not by gumA coroner says a women's basketball player found dead in her Pennsylvania dorm room in January died from a blood cell disorder, not from inhaling chewing gum, as police first believed.


Man survives being shot 11 times in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:44

Man survives being shot 11 times in South PhiladelphiaAn investigation is underway after a man was shot 11 times while walking down the street in South Philadelphia.


Family photos restored after 3 boys, grandma die in fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:42
CINCINNATI (AP) — Family members of three boys and their grandmother killed in a house fire the morning after Christmas now have hundreds of photos salvaged from the blaze to help preserve memories of their loved ones.

Sotheby's nicks CEO from Madison Square Garden

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:36

Sotheby's employees pose with "Le Grand Canal", painted by Claude Monet, at Sotheby's preview in LondonAuction house Sotheby's appointed Madison Square Garden Co Chief Executive Tad Smith its CEO, a surprise development that could delay the plans of the owner of the New York Knicks to spin off its live entertainment business. Sotheby's said on Monday that Smith, who has led Madison Square Garden for just a year, would replace William Ruprecht on March 31. Madison Square Garden's shares fell 1.4 pct in morning trading, while Sotheby's shares rose 1 percent.


UN investigator: Pressure North Korea on abductions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:11
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea said Monday the closed-off country must be held to account for the hundreds of people it's accused of abducting from Japan, South Korea and elsewhere in recent decades.

Feds give up on collecting $4M fine in Connecticut scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:10
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have given up on collecting a $4 million fine from a defunct Boston investment firm that was convicted in a late 1990s Connecticut treasurer's bribery and kickback scandal.

2 Philadelphia firefighters hurt after ladder hits power lines

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:06

2 Philadelphia firefighters hurt after ladder hits power lineA source tells Action News that two firefighters were injured in North Philadelphia on Monday morning after their ladder came in contact with power lines.


Millionaire Durst waives extradition, will return to California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:05

Millionaire Durst waives extradition, will return to CaliforniaWealthy eccentric Robert Durst waived extradition Monday and will return to Los Angeles to face a murder charge in the 15-year-old death of a writer and friend who acted as his spokeswoman.


U.S. refinery deal hits roadblocks at 8 striking plants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:04

Workers strike outside the Tesoro refinery in CarsonBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - A tentative national agreement to end a six-week strike at twelve U.S. refineries has struggled to win ratification at eight plants as workers and companies struggle to settle local issues, according to union officials. The deal reached on Thursday by the United Steelworkers (USW) and lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc to end the biggest walkout of its kind in 35 years is showing signs of quick passage at just four plants. The four sites where the deal is finding support and progress is being made on local issues are at facilities owned or co-owned by Shell. Workers at these plants, which include three Motiva Enterprises refineries, have scheduled or are expected to hold votes this week to ratify the agreement.


Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst arrested; says he 'killed them all' in HBO finale

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:51

Millionaire Durst waives extradition, will return to CaliforniaRobert Durst muttered that he "killed them all, of course" in the finale of a six-part documentary that authorities hope will finally lead to a conviction.


Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst waives extradition, will face murder charge in Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:36
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst waives extradition, will face murder charge in Los Angeles.

OU hires former federal judge amid fraternity racism probe

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 23:33
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma announced Monday the hiring of a prominent Oklahoma attorney and former U.S. district judge to assist school officials with an investigation into a racist chant by some fraternity members.