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Fiery crash kills 4, closes highway in Jacksonville, Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:55
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A tractor-trailer slammed into an SUV from behind, causing a fiery crash that killed four people and shut down southbound lanes of an Interstate highway perimeter around Jacksonville, Florida.

Gov. Wolf confirms Bill Green replaced as SRC chair

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:52

Gov. Wolf confirms Bill Green replaced as SRC chairPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has replaced Bill Green as the chair of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.


Southern California man charged with raping teen over 5 days

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:51
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities have arrested a man they allege kidnapped a 16-year-old New York girl and raped her over five days in a recreational vehicle.

Lockheed sees shift in focus on infrastructure cyber security

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:48
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier, said it has seen a "sea change" in demand for cyber security services in critical infrastructure areas such as energy, oil and gas, and financial institutions over the past 18 months. Increased media coverage, more sharing of data about cyber attacks, tighter government regulations, and growing concerns about the fiduciary duties of corporate boards and chief executives have stoked that demand over the past 18 months, said Chandra McMahon, vice president of commercial markets for Lockheed's Information Systems security services. McMahon told Reuters in a telephone interview that Lockheed's commercial cyber division had doubled its clients over the past year alone, and the company expected to generate double digit growth over the next five years. She welcomed the increased engagement of corporate boards and C-suites, but said it was critical to remain vigilant and also to hire more skilled cyber experts.

AP EXPLAINS: Supreme Court case against Obama's health law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:38

FILE - This Jan. 25, 2012, file photo, shows the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court, during the week of March 2, 2015, hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama's prized domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care. The Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote in favor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama's prized domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care. The Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote in favor. An explanation of the legal case:


3 alarm fire burning through sheet metal plant in Upper Moreland

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:35

4 alarm fire burning through sheet metal plant in Upper MorelandFirefighters are on the scene of a fire at a steel plant in Upper Moreland, Montgomery County.


3 Attica guards plead guilty as assault trial about to begin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:30
WARSAW, N.Y. (AP) — Three Attica prison guards charged with beating a jewelry thief until bones in his face and legs broke pleaded guilty Monday in an agreement that will spare them jail time.

WIRELESS SHOW PHOTO GALLERY: On the ground in Barcelona

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:28

Visitors look at the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge during the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Couldn't be in Barcelona this week?


Somali-American on FBI watch list detained in Somalia: source

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:23
A former Washington-area taxi driver who was on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list has been detained and is in the custody of the Somali government, a U.S. government source said on Monday. The FBI in said in January it added Somali-born U.S. citizen Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, to its watch list because he allegedly provided support to the Somalia-based Islamist militant group al Shabaab. Mohamed lived in the northern Virginia suburbs near Washington and drove a taxi. He was said at the time to be an associate of Zachary Chesser, an American who pleaded guilty in 2010 to threatening the writers of the television show "South Park." (Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Emily Stephenson.

'Black Madam' falls ill after 2 days of colorful testimony

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:23

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. Windslowe, an aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for underground "body sculpting," has one last chance to impress a jury before the panel weighs murder charges against her in a dancer's death. Windslowe has been testifying since Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, and faces more cross-examination this week. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An underground "body sculptor" charged in the death of a London dancer has tangled with a prosecutor who believes her ever-changing names, addresses and business ventures are the work of a classic con.


Nurse who survived Ebola sues Dallas hospital system

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:20

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014 file photo, nurse Nina Pham poses for a photo at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. Pham, who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease, filed a lawsuit Monday March 2, 2015, against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas hospital that treated the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola lied to Congress when it said its staff was trained to handle the deadly virus, a nurse who contracted the disease contends in a lawsuit filed Monday.


Teen suspect charged as adult in fatal Wisconsin stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:19
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 15-year-old as an adult in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old boy in central Wisconsin.

Teacher found hanged in Southern California high school classroom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:19
A teacher was found hanged to death in a Southern California high school classroom when students arrived on Monday, police and fire officials said, in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide. Jillian Jacobson, a 31-year-old photography teacher, was found by students in a classroom at El Dorado High School in Placentia, about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Los Angeles, said Lieutenant Eric Point of the Placentia Police Department. He said that Jacobson, who was married, did not leave a suicide note in the classroom. Jacobson was found hanging in the classroom when students who arrived for Monday morning classes found the door locked and asked a teacher to let them in, according to police and fire officials.

Cleveland mayor apologizes for city response to Tamir Rice lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:18
(Reuters) - Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson apologized on Monday to the family of a 12-year-old boy who city lawyers blamed in part for his own fatal shooting by police responding to a report of an armed person in a park last November. The language used in the city's response to a lawsuit brought by the family of Tamir Rice was "very insensitive" and an amended court document will be filed within 20 days that preserves the city's rights, Jackson told a news conference. The court filing asserted as a defense for the city that Rice's "injuries, losses, and damages complained of, were directly and proximately caused by the failure of plaintiffs' decedent to exercise due care to avoid injury." Jackson said he was apologizing to Rice's family and to the city's residents for what he said was a poor choice of words in the city's response filed on Friday to the family's lawsuit. An attorney for the Rice family, Benjamin Crump, on Monday criticized the city's response to the federal lawsuit.

Google, Facebook update contrasting plans to connect world

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:17

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for a press conference at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sci-fi solutions or making friends one at a time? Google and Facebook want more people online, searching around and clicking on ads. And they are finding new ways to make it happen — from selling smartphone data plans, to using solar-powered drone aircraft as floating cell towers to partnering with telecom providers in the developing world to get people hooked on apps.


PHOTOS: Steel plant fire in Upper Moreland

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:16

 Steel plant fire in Upper MorelandA massive fire erupted at a steel plant in Upper Moreland, Pa. on Monday.


Ex-superintendent charged in Atlanta cheating scandal dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:15

FILE - In this Friday, May 3, 2013, file photo, former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall stands as her attorney presents a motion at the Fulton County Superior Court hearing for several dozen Atlanta Public Schools educators facing charges alleging a conspiracy of cheating on the CRCT standardized tests in Atlanta. Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools charged in what prosecutors had called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died, her attorney said Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent charged in what prosecutors called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died without being tried in the case that shocked the school system and reverberated nationwide.


Parole board: No clemency for Ga. woman nearing execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:12

FILE -In this Tuesday, July 6, 2004, file photo, Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia's death row, peers through the slot in her cell door as a guard brings her a cup of ice at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Gissendaner's lawyers, on Monday, March 2, 2015, asked the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison. Gissendaner, 46, is set for execution at 7 p.m. (0200 GMT) at the state prison. Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 stabbing death of her husband. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bita Honarvar, File)JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles says it is standing by its decision to deny clemency to a woman set to be executed Monday evening.


Watchdog: 2 Syrian chemical weapons facilities destroyed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:12
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog said in a new report that it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities and expects the destruction of all 12 facilities to be completed this summer.

Amish jailed in beard-cutting attacks win lower sentences

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 07:10

In this Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, Sam Mullet Sr. stands in the front yard of his home in Bergholz, Ohio. Sixteen members of a breakaway Amish community from eastern Ohio are scheduled to be resentenced in Cleveland after a federal appellate court overturned their hate crime convictions. The resentencing Monday, March, 2, 2015, is needed because the original sentences for the 16 didn’t distinguish between their hate crimes convictions and convictions on other charges related to the forced cutting of beards and hair of seven people. All were members of other Ohio Amish communities. Eight of the 16 already have served their sentences and can’t be returned to prison. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge reduced the prison sentences Monday for the leader of a breakaway Amish group and seven followers after their hate-crime convictions were thrown out in their hair- and beard-chopping attacks against fellow members of the faith.