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Transgender ex-cop sues Connecticut city, claims wrongful firing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:19
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A former police officer has sued Middletown, Connecticut, accusing the city of wrongfully firing her from its police force last year because she had transitioned to female from male using hormone therapy. Middletown has denied the charge. Francesca Quaranta filed the lawsuit late on Thursday in Hartford Superior Court, naming the city, its mayor, and senior police officials as defendants. "Her civil rights were violated," Quaranta’s attorney, Emanuele Cicchiello, said Friday. ...

6 dead in terror clashes in Paris; several hostages freed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:17

French police kill 3 terrorists in twin raidsThree terrorists who seized hostages at separate locations and ignited fear across Paris were killed Friday along with three of their hostages.


Ringleader in FAMU hazing death sentenced to 6 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:17
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison for manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of a drum major, making him the first to receive prison time in the case.

Police: Texas officer stole suspects' cash, drugs, rifle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:12

This photo provided by the San Antonio Police Department shows San Antonio Police Officer Konrad Chatys. Chatys has been arrested on allegations he stole thousands of dollars, marijuana and a rifle from a couple during a disturbance call. Police on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, announced Chatys, 32, was charged with felony theft by a public servant. (AP Photo/ San Antonio Police Department)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio police officer is accused of stealing marijuana, thousands of dollars and a rifle from a couple during a disturbance call.


Maryland charges Episcopal bishop in cyclist's hit-and-run death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:12
By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Vehicular manslaughter charges are being filed against a Maryland Episcopal bishop, accused of texting and drunken driving in a hit-and-run accident that killed a cyclist, a Maryland prosecutor said on Friday. Police said Heather Cook, the first female bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, veered into a bike lane in suburban Baltimore and crashed her sports utility vehicle into Tom Palermo, 41, on Dec. 27, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. ...

Charges being filed in crime spree that killed NC couple

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:12
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Murder charges are being filed against a father and son accused of killing a North Carolina couple as part of a multistate crime spree that ended in a police shootout in West Virginia, authorities said Friday.

Fire extinguished at Amazon data center under construction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:07
(Reuters) - A fire on Friday at an Amazon.com Inc data center under construction in Virginia was quickly extinguished and all workers at the site left safely, the company and county officials said. The data center was in the early phases of construction by a third-party contractor when roofing materials ignited. "It was a fire on the roof, involving the roof, roofing materials and construction materials. Workers who were on the roof when the fire broke out were able to extricate themselves safely," said Mary Maguire, a Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management spokeswoman. ...

Chicago-area teen indicted for seeking to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:04
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a 19-year-old suburban Chicago man on a terrorist charge for allegedly seeking to join Islamic State group militants in Syria.

Flight from Sacramento makes emergency landing after striking birds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:02
(Reuters) - A United Airlines flight that took off from the Sacramento, California, airport was forced to turn back to the runway after it struck birds that became lodged in one of its engines and sparked flames, an airport spokeswoman said. United flight 1596 from Sacramento to Denver had 129 passengers on board and six crew members, the airline said in a statement. No one on board was injured but one person was taken to a hospital for an unspecified medical reason, said Sacramento International Airport spokeswoman Lori Slothower. ...

Police: 2 hostages held in France jewelry store; connection not known

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:02

 2 hostages held in France jewelry store; connection not knownA police officer says two hostages are being held by a gunman in a jewelry store in the southern French city of Montpellier.


Golden Gate Bridge closing for safety upgrade this weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:51

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 file photo, Golden Gate Bridge workers shift traffic lanes during the end of the morning commute in San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge will close to vehicles for 52 hours starting early Saturday morning, Jan. 10, 2014 to install a steel and concrete moveable median barrier that will help make the iconic bridge safer to commuters. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden Gate Bridge will shut down to private vehicles for 52 hours starting at midnight Friday so workers can install a moveable median barrier designed to prevent head-on collisions, part of an effort to increase safety along the iconic structure.


Pregnant woman taken to hospital after carbon monoxide leak in West Philly

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:46

Pregnant woman taken to hospital after carbon monoxide leak in West PhillyOfficials say it was carbon monoxide fumes that forced residents out of their West Philadelphia apartment building early Friday morning.


Arizona court to release convicted killer Jodi Arias’ secret testimony

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:38
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge ordered the release of testimony made behind closed doors by convicted murderer Jodi Arias as she seeks to avoid the death penalty, following a ruling by the state’s supreme court, court documents showed on Friday. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens ruled that transcripts for Oct. 30 and Nov. 3 be unsealed after the Arizona Supreme Court denied a bid by defense lawyers to block the move, claiming it would hurt Arias' right to a fair trial. ...

Man who said Satan possessed him gets prison for dad's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:37
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who said he was possessed by Satan when he killed and dismembered his 90-year-old father has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Abu Hamza gets life in prison on U.S. terrorism conviction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:23

File photograph shows Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri leading prayers outside the North London Central Mosque, in north LondonBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Radical imam Abu Hamza al-Masri was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, eight months after he was convicted of federal terrorism charges in New York. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan imposed the sentence on the one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza, whom jurors had found guilty of providing a satellite phone and advice to Yemeni militants who kidnapped Western tourists in 1998, leading to the deaths of four hostages. ...


2014 was best hiring year since '99; jobless rate 5.6 pct.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:07

2014 was best hiring year since '99; jobless rate 5.6 pct.The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will ...


3 hostages dead in Paris market; Chalie Hebdo and market terrorists also dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:06

3 hostages dead in Paris market; Chalie Hebdo and market terrorists also deadThree terrorists who seized hostages at separate locations and ignited fear across Paris were killed Friday along with three of their hostages.


Husband missing after Mt. Laurel mom disappears

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:05

Husband missing after Mt. Laurel mom disappearsPolice and family members are pleading for help finding a young mother of two who has been missing since December - and now it appears her husband is missing, too.


Shane Montgomery laid to rest today

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:03

Shane Montgomery laid to rest todayShane Montgomery is being laid to rest today - one week after his body was discovered in the Schuylkill River.


Police officials say 4 dead in Paris market; Charlie Hebdo suspects also dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 01:51

3 hostages dead in Paris market; Chalie Hebdo and market terrorists also deadThree terrorists who seized hostages at separate locations and ignited fear across Paris were killed Friday along with three of their hostages.