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Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 05:03
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PHOTOS: Viewing for Officer Robert Wilson III

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:59

 Viewing for Officer Robert Wilson IIIFamily, friends, and fellow police officers gathered to pay a final tribute to slain Philadelphia Officer Robert Wilson III.

Oklahoma fraternity members receive death threats over racist video

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:53

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is seen at the University of Oklahoma in NormanBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A lawyer hired by the board of directors of a University of Oklahoma fraternity linked to a racist video said on Friday he has no current plans to sue the school but wants to ensure the safety of fraternity members after some received death threats. "The last thing I want to do is go to court," Stephen Jones, a high-profile attorney who represented convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, told a news conference. Jones said while he is not currently planning to sue the university for punishments it has imposed against the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, he is not ruling out legal action. The university shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house and expelled the two members who it said were the leaders in the video.

Wisconsin Slenderman case to proceed in adult court: judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:42
By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wis. (Reuters) - The case of two girls accused of stabbing their classmate 19 times to please a fictional Internet character known as Slenderman will move forward in adult court, a Wisconsin judge ruled on Friday. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, who were both 12 at the time, were charged as adults with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 attack on a classmate in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren, who found in December that the girls were competent to stand trial, ruled that there was probable cause to proceed with the case in adult court.

1 dead in medical helicopter crash in eastern Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:38
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The pilot of a medical helicopter died and a nurse and paramedic were injured when their aircraft crashed in remote woods near Eufaula in eastern Oklahoma, authorities said Friday.

American who contracted Ebola arrives at Maryland hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:34
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit is in serious condition after arriving at the National Institutes of Health's hospital near Washington, officials said Friday.

Wife's attorney accuses US Rep. Grayson of intimidation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:32
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A divorce lawyer for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's wife says the congressman is trying to intimidate him.

White House intruder pleads guilty to assault, illegal entry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:32

New River Regional Jail booking photo of Omar GonzalezBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iraq War veteran pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of running into the White House armed with a knife before being tackled, a security breach that helped lead to a shake-up in the U.S. Secret Service. Omar Gonzalez was charged with climbing over the White House fence on Sept. 19 and racing across the north lawn. He burst through the front door and reached as far as the executive mansion's East Room before Secret Service agents subdued him. "Are you guilty?" U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer asked Gonzalez, who was dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit.

Australian pleads guilty in U.S. for Silk Road drug site staff role

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:31
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Australian man pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges stemming from his role as a staff member of Silk Road, an underground website where people bought drugs and other illicit goods using bitcoin digital currency. Peter Nash, 42, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to commit narcotics trafficking and money laundering, a month after a U.S. jury convicted the suspected mastermind behind Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht. Nash, a former senior manager at a support service for adults with mental disabilities, said he became involved with Silk Road in 2013, initially to buy drugs and for "social connections." Nash said he never knew the real identity of Silk Road's operator, who he said asked him to moderate its chat forum. Silk Road operated from at least January 2011 until October 2013, when authorities seized the website and arrested Ulbricht at a public library in San Francisco.

Minor fire extinguished at Shell Martinez, Calif. refinery: local media

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:28
(Reuters) - A small fire was extinguished at Shell's 156,400 barrel-per-day refinery at Martinez, California on Friday, news website reported. The fire broke out at about 9 am (local time) and was quickly put out by the company employees. There were no injuries, the report said quoting Shell spokesman Steve Lesher. The fire did not impact refinery operations, the report added. (Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Final farewell begins for slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:23

Final farewell begins for slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson IIIA police procession through the streets is just the start of a weekend full of tributes to slain Philadelphia Officer Robert Wilson III.

Chicago mayor seeks to phase in higher pension payments

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:15

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media after a campaign stop on election day in ChicagoChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday called for phasing in higher, state-mandated payments to city pension funds to avoid a shock to the city's budget and a big property tax hike. Under an Illinois law, Chicago's contributions to its police and fire pension funds will increase by about $550 million next year. Another state law allowing cost-saving pension cuts to shore up Chicago's municipal and laborers' retirement funds is at risk of being voided as unconstitutional in state court.

Wife of man whose killing by police was caught on video sues

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:15
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The wife of a man whose fatal shooting by police during a traffic stop was caught on video has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing the city of condoning excessive force by its officers.

Wreckage of crashed U.S. Army chopper being pulled from Florida bay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:09

Military Helicopter Crash Florida Rescue crews search waters near Navarre BridgeA salvage crew including divers worked on Friday to extract the wreckage of a U.S. Army helicopter from the waters off the Florida Panhandle at a depth of about 25 feet (7.6 meters) three days after a crash during a training exercise killed 11 troops. The Marine Corps on Friday identified the seven Marines who were killed when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter plunged into the Santa Rosa Sound in foggy conditions on Tuesday night. Four Louisiana National Guard soldiers also died. Officials said they have not determined the cause of the crash, which occurred near Eglin Air Force Base.

Car plows into Colorado pizza shop with woman on hood

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:09

In this image from surveillance camera video, a female pedestrian is carried on the hood of a vehicle as it crashes through the glass front entrance of a Pudge Brothers Pizza shop in Aurora, Colo. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. After the vehicle came to a stop, she immediately hopped off the car amid debris and escaped serious injury. (AP Photo/Pudge Brothers Pizza)AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A woman walking past a Colorado pizza shop was hit by a car, landed on its hood and was pushed through a plate glass window into the store.

APNewsBreak: No citation over Maine elephant keeper's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:07

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, file photo, Jim Laurita, executive director of Hope Elephants, feeds a carrot to one of the two retired circus elephants at his not-for-profit rehabilitation and educational facility in Hope, Maine. Laurita was killed on Sept. 9, 2014 when one of the animals stepped on him. In a letter provided to The Associated Press, Friday, March 13, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the owners of the sanctuary will not be cited, but issued a cautionary warning for all businesses that work with large animals. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owners of an elephant sanctuary where a caretaker died after apparently being stepped on will not be cited by federal workplace safety regulators.

Giuliani blames Obama for Ferguson shootings, other unrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:04
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (joo-lee-AH'-nee) says President Barack Obama is to blame for the police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, and other disturbing events because he sets the tone for the nation.

NYC man says he, not arrested friend, aimed laser at copter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:03
NEW YORK (AP) — In a courtroom twist, a family friend of a man charged with pointing a laser at aircraft claimed responsibility for it Friday.

Idaho lawmakers approve limits on indoor tanning by teens

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:03
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Idaho lawmakers have passed a bill banning indoor tanning for children under 13 and requiring parental consent for those aged 14 to 18 to address the state's rising skin cancer rate. The bill, which must still be signed or vetoed by the governor, passed the Idaho legislature this week after emotional testimony from skin cancer survivors and pleas by groups such as the American Medical Association to address the nation's growing incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The legislation is similar to laws in place in states such as Delaware and New Hampshire, said Karmen Hanson, program manager for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Police: Man killed pastor, said he was possessed demons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 04:03

This image provided by the Montgomery County Police Department shows Roland Zinneh of Darby, Pa. Police in Maryland have charged Zinneh in the death of a Germantown pastor asked to pray over him to help stop voices he was hearing. Montgomery County Police said in a statement Friday, March 13, that Zinneh is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 57-year-old Connery Dagadu. (AP Photo/Montogomery County Police Department)GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who was hearing voices in his head killed a pastor because he thought the clergyman was possessed by demons, police said Friday.