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Medical examiner: 19-year-old killed by Madison police shot in head, torso, upper body

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 00:59
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Medical examiner: 19-year-old killed by Madison police shot in head, torso, upper body.

Final farewell begins for slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 00:52

Final farewell begins for slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson IIIThe City of Philadelphia is preparing to say goodbye to a fallen hero.

Calm prevails in Ferguson after shooting of police officers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 00:48

Calm prevails in Ferguson after shooting of police officersProtesters called for calm but vowed to keep pushing for change in Ferguson a day after the shooting of two officers in front of the city's police department heightened tensions in the St. Louis suburb.

Man whose pills caused NYC concert goer's death is spared prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 00:29
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell the drug "Molly" to concert goers, including a 23-year-old man who died from an overdose at a 2013 electronic music festival in New York City, was sentenced on Friday to probation and community service. Patrick Morgan, 24, of Buffalo, New York, was accused of selling about 80 of the pills, sometimes known as ecstasy, to three people who intended to consume and distribute them at Electric Zoo, an outdoor three-day concert on New York City's Randall's Island. One, Jeffrey Russ, 23, collapsed from a seizure after using them at the event on Aug. 30, 2013, and died the next morning. Another concert goer, a 20-year-old woman, also died at the event, and the final day of performances was canceled.

Seattle fraternity accused of hurling slurs at protesters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 00:19
SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington is investigating allegations that fraternity members made racial slurs and obscene gestures to black students as they marched past the fraternity house during a protest.

Police find Illinois sexual assault convict in hidden room

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 00:14
NEWARK, Ill. (AP) — A convicted sex offender who had been on the run for two months was found in a hidden room that he apparently built at his wife's home in northern Illinois.

Judge denies Revel casino sale for $82M to Florida developer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 00:05
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A bankruptcy judge on Friday denied the sale of Atlantic City's former Revel casino to a Florida developer for $82 million.

East Texas city seeks answers after spate of killings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:58
Detectives in the East Texas town of Longview found the body of a 21-year-old man riddled with gunshots along a residential street pockmarked by forlorn homes.

Judge does not rule on grand jury testimony in shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:58

In this Dec. 17, 2014 photo, suspended Cleveland Police patrolman Michael Brelo, center, watches during a court hearing in Cleveland. A motion filed Tuesday, March 10, 2015, asks a Cuyahoga County judge in Cleveland to dismiss two voluntary manslaughter charges against 30-year-old Brelo. The attorneys argue that Brelo is immune from prosecution because he believed his life was in danger when he jumped on the hood of the suspects’ car and fired as many as 15 rounds through the windshield following a high-speed chase in November 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge did not rule Friday whether grand jury testimony used to indict a Cleveland police officer in the deaths of two unarmed suspects was protected and should not have been presented.

Woman, 23, missing after night out in Manayunk

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:55

Woman, 23, missing after night out in ManayunkPhiladelphia police are looking for a woman who's gone missing after a night out with friends in Manayunk.

Texas' famed Alamo to be under new management after a century

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:48
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The private heritage group that has operated the Alamo in San Antonio for more than a century will be removed from that role as the state tries to expand the scope of its most visited tourist site. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a group of women who trace their ancestry to those who lived in Texas when it was an independent nation in the mid-19th century, have managed the day-to-day operations of the Alamo since 1891. The Texas Land Office will conduct a nationwide search for a firm to manage the landmark, which was the site of an 1836 battle in Texas' war for independence from Mexico. The Alamo's vastly outnumbered defenders were routed by Mexican forces in a 13-day siege but the battle became a rallying point for the Texans, who defeated the Mexican Army a few weeks later.

Marine who was held in Mexican jail is charged with DUI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:46
TWIN CITY, Ga. (AP) — Georgia authorities say a former Marine who spent eight months in a Mexican jail for crossing the border with loaded guns was arrested during a traffic stop on misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence.

Louisiana germ release likely due to lax use of lab garments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:40
NEW YORK (AP) — The accidental release of dangerous bacteria at a Louisiana research center probably occurred because workers were lax about how they wore protective garments in the lab where the germ was kept, federal officials said Friday.

University of Maryland, fraternity investigate racist email

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:26
BALTIMORE (AP) — A University of Maryland student and member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity is under investigation after an email he sent filled with racist and sexist language was shared with school authorities.

Obama's solution to seizing of US knives, high border costs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:16

In this March 5, 2015 photo, Mike Drury retrieves a pallet at the Hardware Sales Inc. warehouse in Ferndale, Wash. Hardware Sales Inc. officials say the company's e-commerce division could benefit from streamlined customs regulations if 12 Pacific Rim countries agree to a massive trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Critics say the deal doesn’t do enough to protect American jobs. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hardware Sales Inc. of Bellingham, Washington, does about 25 percent of its online business outside the United States. But going global can be frustrating. Overzealous Australian customs inspectors sometimes confiscate perfectly legal knives. Canada imposes duties that can double the cost of a hammer.

Michigan man sentenced to eight to 15 years for soccer referee's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:03
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A soccer player was sentenced to eight to 15 years in prison on Friday for fatally injuring a referee he punched during a recreational league game in a Detroit suburb last summer. Bassel Saad, 37, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in February for causing the death of referee John Bieniewicz. "You have through a childish senseless act destroyed two families," said Wayne Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cameron. Cameron heard testimony from several of Bieniewicz's family members about their loss, including his sisters, mother and wife, Kristen Bieniewicz.

U.S. auto safety chief says Takata more forthcoming on air bags

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 22:57

Takata Corp's company plate is seen at an entrance of the building where Takata Corp headquarters is located at in TokyoBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Takata Corp, under pressure from a $14,000 daily fine from U.S. regulators, has started to become more cooperative about documents involving a deadly default in its air bag inflators, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Friday. “They’re starting to become forthcoming,” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind told an audience of consumer advocates. NHTSA slapped the $14,000-per-day fine on Takata last month for failing to cooperate fully with its probe of air bag inflators linked to at least six deaths and dozens of injuries. The government accused Takata of dumping more than 2.4 million pages of documents on the NHTSA without any guide to or explanation of the content.

Iditarod mushers share lessons they learned the hard way

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 22:34

FILE - In this photo taken Sunday, March 1, 2015 file photo, musher Scott Janssen poses in Anchorage, Alaska. Jansen was knocked unconscious and removed from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race last year when he broke an ankle. Iditarod officials says because of warm weather and barren trails south of the Alaska Range, the conditions are worse this year, and they have moved the official start of the race from the greater Anchorage area to Fairbanks, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One musher bonked his head and will never again race without a helmet. Another found out it's hard to stop when you strip the brakes off your sled to go faster.

White House fence jumper suspect faces plea hearing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 22:22

The White House seen from outside the north lawn fence in WashingtonThe suspect, Omar Gonzalez, 42, has pleaded not guilty to charges in the Sept. 19 incident. He is alleged to have climbed over the White House fence and burst through the front door before being stopped in the executive mansion's East Room. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in October ordered Gonzalez to undergo a mental health evaluation. Gonzalez, who was carrying a folding knife, told a Secret Service agent that he needed to tell President Barack Obama the atmosphere was collapsing, according to an affidavit.