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Suspected police slowdown cost NYC about $5M in lost fines

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 22:17
NEW YORK (AP) — A suspected work slowdown by New York City police at the start of the year has cost the city an estimated $5 million in lost fines.

Protesters of police killings snarl morning commute in DC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 21:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several dozen protesters hindered the morning commute for some Thursday as they marched in the streets of Washington.

Salman Rushdie, threatened over book, defends free speech

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 21:34
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, said the right to free speech is absolute or else it isn't free.

Water maIn break closes Brandywine H.S. in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 21:21

Water maIn break closes Brandywine H.S. in DelawareOfficials say a water main break has caused the Brandywine High School to close in Delaware Thursday morning.


Water man break closes Brandywine H.S. in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 21:13

Water maIn break closes Brandywine H.S. in DelawareOfficials say a water main break has caused the Brandywine High School to close in Delaware Thursday morning.


Pope says to canonize Junipero Serra during U.S. visit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 20:42

The bell tower dome is surrounded by scaffolding at the Carmel MissionPope Francis said on Thursday that during his trip to the United States in September he would canonize Junipero Serra, a missionary who brought Christianity to the west of the United States in the 1700s. "In September, God willing, I will canonize Junipero Serra in the United States, who was the evangelizer of the west of the United States," he told reporters aboard the plane taking him from Sri Lanka to Manila on the second leg of his Asian tour. Francis is due to visit Philadelphia for a world gathering of Catholic families. While Philadelphia is the only official stop on the tour so far, he is widely expected to visit New York to address the United Nations and Washington to meet President Barrack Obama.


Police raid home of missing Mt. Laurel woman's in-laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 20:36

Police raid home of missing Mt. Laurel woman's in-lawsPolice seized bags of evidence from Kyle Crosby's parents' home in Gloucester Township. And Child Protective Services removed the couple's 3-month-old daughter.


1 injured after mobile homes erupt in flames in West Deptford, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 20:32

1 injured after mobile homes erupt in flames in West Deptford, N.J.One person was injured after a blaze damaged three mobile homes in West Deptford, New Jersey Thursday morning.


Oklahoma and Florida plan to execute convicted murderers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 20:20

Death row inmate Charles Warner is seen in a picture from the Oklahoma Department of CorrectionsOklahoma plans on Thursday to conduct its first execution since a faulty lethal injection last April led to an overhaul of its death chamber protocols and prompted President Barack Obama to seek a re-examination of capital punishment in the United States. An hour before the execution in Oklahoma, Florida is expected to execute a man for murdering a Pensacola banker and sexually assaulting his wife in a 1993 home invasion. The Florida execution is planned for 6 p.m. Eastern Time and the one in Oklahoma for 6 p.m. Central Time. Oklahoma is set to execute child rapist and murderer Charles Warner after spending months revising how it implements the death penalty to prevent death chamber shortcomings.


One in three Americans believe police 'routinely lie': survey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 20:11

A protester confronts a police officer after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriWhile most Americans approve of the work being done by their local police, nearly a third feel that some officers "routinely lie to serve their own interests," a survey released on Thursday by Reuters and the IPSOS polling organization showed. The findings come as scrutiny on police has been heightened in recent months by the killing of unarmed blacks by white officers, which has raised questions about police treatment of racial minorities. While distrust is significant, nearly three-quarters of respondents approve the job done by their local police, the survey said. The survey showed that 56 percent of African-American respondents approved of their local police.


Efforts to shut off geyser fail after huge water main break in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 19:40

Geyser finally shut off hours after huge water main break in Northeast PhiladelphiaTens of thousands of gallons of water continued to shoot more than 100 feet into the air Thursday morning, nearly 12 hours after a 10-inch water main burst in Northeast Philadelphia.


New Hampshire man pleads guilty to putting toddler in dryer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 19:22
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire man who put his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a running clothes dryer at her home has pleaded guilty to assault.

NY union boss leading revolt against mayor faces own rebellion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:54

Patrick Lynch, president of the city's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, attends slain NYPD officer Wenjian Liu's wake in Brooklyn, New YorkBy Michelle Conlin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hours after two New York policemen were shot dead in their patrol car last month, police union boss Pat Lynch accused the mayor of having "blood on his hands." Lynch's attack was prompted by what many police officers saw as the mayor's failure to defend them against criticism that overly aggressive tactics had caused the death of a black suspect. In the weeks that followed, Lynch was the face of an extraordinary revolt by many officers against Mayor Bill de Blasio. Lynch’s union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), is in turmoil, beset by infighting, according to interviews with more than 40 police officers and union insiders. On Tuesday, a group of union insiders is set to announce a campaign to unseat him in the upcoming June election, several PBA trustees said.


Efforts to shut off geyser fail after water main break in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:53

Efforts to shut off geyser fail after huge water main break in Northeast PhiladelphiaTens of thousands of gallons of water continued to shoot more than 100 feet into the air Thursday morning, more than 10 hours after a large water main burst in Northeast Philadelphia.


1 dead after car slams into tractor trailer in Mercer Co., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:45

1 dead after car slams into tractor trailer in Mercer Co., N.J.One person is dead after a car slammed into the back of a tractor trailer in Hopewell Township, New Jersey early Thursday morning.


Why a Samsung takeover of Blackberry could make sense

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:38
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung and Blackberry have splashed frigid water on a report that Samsung wants to make a $7.5 billion takeover offer for the struggling Canadian device maker. That, however, did not stop tech industry watchers from dissecting all the possibilities.

Geyser spews into the air in Northeast Philadelphia water main break

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:25

Efforts to shut off geyser fail after huge water main break in Northeast PhiladelphiaCrews are on the scene of a large water main break in Northeast Philadelphia that's spewing gallons of water more than 100 feet into the air.


Family dog dies in house fire in South Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:13

Family dog dies in house fire in South JerseyA resident escaped smoke and flames inside a house in Winslow Township, New Jersey, but the family dog died in the blaze early Thursday morning.


FBI: Ohio Man Arrested for ISIS-Inspired Plot on US Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:39
The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Chief who shot sleeping wife has 4 divorces, no violent past

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:38

In this undated image released by the Peachtree City Police Department, Chief William McCollom poses for a photograph. McCollom who dialed 911 to report accidentally shooting his wife as she slept in their suburban Atlanta home early New Year’s Day waited nearly two minutes to mention where he worked. McCollom has been in law enforcement for 30 years, primarily in seaside communities in South Florida. (AP Photo/Peachtree City Police Department)ATLANTA (AP) — The man who dialed 911 to report accidentally shooting his wife as she slept in their suburban Atlanta home early New Year's Day waited nearly two minutes to mention where he worked.