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Huge New Jersey fire that burned for 20 hours is contained

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 07:23

John Adams, left, Tommy DeStefano, center, and Dave Ellmer converse as they stand on a hill overlooking a large warehouse fire a day after flames engulfed the facility, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Hillsborough, N.J. Firefighters have contained the massive fire and officials said the blaze didn't pose an imminent public health threat. Fire officials say plastic pellets were being stored in most of the complex, and environmental officials have been testing air quality. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters on Friday contained a massive warehouse fire that burned out of control for nearly 20 hours and generated so much smoke that it was detected by weather radar and forced some school closures.

Smoke trail from massive industrial park fire in North Jersey seen from Philly

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 07:19

Smoke trail from massive industrial park fire in North Jersey seen from PhillyIt's been more than 24 hours since firefighters began battling a raging warehouse fire in northern New Jersey that destroyed a half million square feet including two buildings, burning nonstop and in deep-freeze conditions.

Michigan warning on Flint Legionnaires' outbreak came late

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 07:15

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, MichiganState officials knew about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and its suspected link to water system issues in impoverished Flint, Michigan, at least 10 months before a public announcement was made, documents released on Friday showed. The state's disclosure of the documents, among thousands of pages of emails and other material released, comes as Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, faces pressure to resign over his administration's handling of the Flint water crisis. Michigan's Genesee County, which includes Flint, had 87 cases of Legionnaires' from June 2014 to November 2015.

The Latest: Email says shift to Flint River made too quickly

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 07:08
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on efforts being made amid the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 07:03

In this Feb. 2, 2016 file photo, Ferguson mayor James Knowles III, second from left, speaks during a city council meeting in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson city leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that approval of a settlement agreement was no sure thing, Knowles said Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of the city's police and courts, including allegations that the civil rights of black residents were routinely violated, Ferguson's mayor said Friday.

The Latest: Final 4 Oregon occupiers plead not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 07:01

Police and armored vehicles known as Bearcats block the road to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge at an FBI checkpoint outside of Burns, Ore., Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The FBI allowed a group of reporters to move nearer to the refuge Friday morning as part of a guided tour. The group was not allowed to enter the refuge, which is now considered a crime scene.(AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:54

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., center, walks to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, with Rep. Peter DeFazio, R-Ore., left, as the House votes to approve her bill to give supermarkets, fast-food chains and other businesses some relief from calorie labeling rules that go into effect at the end of the year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under legislation the House approved on Friday.

Activists say officer's shooting conviction no bellwether

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:53

Police officer Peter Liang reacts as the verdict is read during his trial on charges in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at Brooklyn Supreme court in New York in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — Police-reform activists, who have come to expect disappointment any time an officer is accused in a killing, expressed surprise Friday over the conviction of a patrolman who shot an unarmed man in a housing project stairwell but said they don't necessarily see the case as a turning point in the national debate over police accountability.

Partner of N.Y. police officer convicted in shooting is fired

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:50
A New York City police officer was fired on Friday less than 24 hours after his partner was found guilty at trial for the 2014 inadvertent fatal shooting of an unarmed black man. The terminated officer, Shaun Landau, had testified for the prosecution during the trial of his partner, Peter Liang, who was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct in Brooklyn on Thursday. Liang fired his gun in a darkened public housing stairwell on Nov. 20, 2014 as the two officers began a so-called "vertical patrol." The bullet ricocheted off a wall and struck Akai Gurley, 28, who had been walking one floor below with his girlfriend.

Man charged in deadly Chester hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:50

Man charged in deadly Chester hit-and-runDelaware County officials announced Friday a man has been arrested in connection with a deadly hit-and-run that happened earlier this week in Chester.

Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:36
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin's hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats' complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies.

Allen Iverson among 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:29

Allen Iverson among 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame finalistsFormer Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson has been named one of the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists.

The Latest: Judge wants to review Duke Energy pollution deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:27
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a judge reviewing a $7 million settlement over groundwater pollution at one coal-burning power plant that was expanded to end disputes at all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina (all times local):

Tour operators say Zika could be bad for Olympics business

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:24

FILE - In this June 11, 2015, file photo, the Arena Carioca 1 is seen in the background as officials visit the Olympic Park of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors are expected for the Olympics, which open Aug. 5. 2016. But there are growing concerns that some may stay away, frightened off by the mosquito-borne virus that is being linked to severe birth defects. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If the Zika virus — or fear of it — keeps spreading, the head of a sports travel agency handling tour packages for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fears for her business.

Water line break encases cars in ice in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:15

Water line break encases cars in ice in West PhiladelphiaThe below freezing temperatures we're experiencing right now are potentially dangerous. They're also causing problems across the region, especially in West Philadelphia where a water line break quickly froze over and left cars encased in ice.

Judge weighs bid to block Indiana's Syrian refugee order

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:11
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge considering a challenge to Republican Gov. Mike Pence's order barring state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana appeared skeptical Friday, peppering the state's lawyer with questions about whether the directive was achieving its stated goal of protecting the state's security.

Autopsy: Slain New Jersey sex worker possibly strangled

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:04

Attorney John Ray, seated, speaks at a press conference at his office in Miller Place, N.Y., on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Ray represents the family of Shannan Gilbert, a Jersey City, N.J., prostitute whose remains were found near where police discovered the bodies of 10 other slain people in the notorious "Long Island serial killer" case. Ray says a new autopsy suggests Gilbert may have been strangled. At Ray's right is Mari Gilbert, Shannan Gilbert's mother. Standing, from left, are Gilbert's sisters, Stevie Smith, Sarra Gilbert, and Sherre Gilbert. Retired police detective William Mahoney is at right. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)MILLER PLACE, N.Y. (AP) — A sex worker who disappeared near a remote stretch of Long Island beach highway that was later revealed to be a suspected serial killer's dumping ground for bodies might have been strangled, according to a new autopsy.

Veto override drawing vitriol from constituents in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 06:01
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Senate president is calling for civility after Democrats received what he called "the most vicious hate mail you can possibly imagine" in the aftermath of overriding the Republican governor's veto.

Obstacles abound in prosecution of Texas priest in cold case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 05:58

This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows John Feit. The former priest has been arrested Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Arizona in the 1960 slaying of a 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen, Irene Garza. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors face a tough road in their case against a former priest accused this week in the killing of a young Texas teacher and beauty queen nearly 56 years ago, according to legal experts.

AccuWeather: Cold Today, Frigid Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 05:52

 Cold Today, Frigid WeekendMeteorologist Adam Joseph says dangerous wind chills and record lows are part of the weekend package. The worst period will be from Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning.