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Fired South Carolina officer in fatal shooting has ties to Mt. Laurel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:55

Fired South Carolina officer in fatal shooting has ties to Mt. LaurelMichael Slager, a now-fired police officer in South Carolina, charged with fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back, has ties to Mt Laurel, New Jersey.


Attack on sisters in Trenton park caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:52

Attack on sisters in Trenton park caught on cameraPolice say they have identified two of the suspects in an attack on teenage sisters in a Trenton park.


Samsung hopes to reverse dimming fortunes with Galaxy S6

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:22

A model poses with a Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S6, right, and Galaxy S6 Edge, left, smartphones during its launch event at company's headquarter in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 9, 2015. When Samsung dubbed development of its latest smartphones “Project Zero,” it was sounding a note of desperation as sales tumbled and it lost pole position in the crucial Chinese market to rivals Xiaomi and Apple .(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When Samsung dubbed development of its latest smartphones "Project Zero," it was sounding a note of desperation as sales tumbled and it lost pole position in the crucial Chinese market to rivals Xiaomi and Apple.


Surge in voter turnout gives blacks new voice in Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:10

File photo of a man walking past a painted and boarded up exterior of a business in FergusonA surge in voter turnout helped elect two new black city council members in Ferguson, a Missouri city found by the U.S. Justice Department to be rife with racial abuses in its police and court systems. After months of street protests, turnout in Tuesday's vote was 30 percent, or more than double recent municipal elections in the St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black but has had only two African-American council members in its 120 year history. Mayor James Knowles on Wednesday called the election a "milestone" for the city. The six-member city council will be split with three African-American and three white members.


Driver loses control, crashes into pole in Bensalem, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:08

Driver loses control, crashes into pole in Bensalem, Pa.A driver lost control and crashed a vehicle into a utility pole in Bensalem, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


Baltimore police used secret cell phone surveillance tech: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:07
(Reuters) - Baltimore police used secret cell phone surveillance technology more than 4,000 times in recent years under directions from the FBI not to tell courts about its use, an officer testified on Wednesday according to media reports. Baltimore police detective Emmanuel Cabreja testified that the FBI told prosecutors to drop cases involving the "stingray" technology if they were pressed too hard about the device, the Baltimore Sun reported. Cabreja also said the police department was instructed to contact the FBI if judges or lawmakers began to ask questions, according to the Sun. He said the department had used the latest version of the stingray -- dubbed Hailstorm -- about 4,300 times since 2007, the newspaper reported. The FBI and Baltimore Police Department were not immediately available for comment.

2 women to be sentenced in slaying of Mississippi black man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:33
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two young white women, part of a group who repeatedly searched Mississippi's capital city for black people to attack, are scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

Scientists seek source of giant methane mass over Southwest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:24

FILE - This undated handout image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan, shows The Four Corners area, in red, left, is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher. Satellite data spotted a surprising hot spot of the potent heat-trapping gas methane over part of the American southwest. Those measurements hint that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considerably underestimates leaks of natural gas, also called methane. In a new look at methane from space, the four corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah jump out in glowing red with about 1.3 million pounds of methane a year. That’s about 80 percent more than the EPA figured and traps more heat than all the carbon dioxide produced yearly in Sweden. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL-Caltech, University of Michigan)DENVER (AP) — Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.


SC police shooting case rekindles body camera debate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:22

A man holds a sign during a protest for the shooting death of Walter Scott at city hall in North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer after a traffic stop on Saturday. The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been charged with murder. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)NEW YORK (AP) — A bystander's video proved pivotal in the filing of a murder charge against a South Carolina police officer, and also rekindled a fervent national discussion about the use of body cameras by police officers.


Settlement OK'd in botched rape probe by Arizona sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:16
PHOENIX (AP) — A botched investigation into the rape of a 13-year-old girl has led to a $3.5 million settlement between the victim and county officials, the latest in a string of high-priced legal payouts brought on by the actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

An explanation of AP's analysis of VA wait time data

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 16:02
Everyone agrees on the problem: Many patients at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics are waiting too long to see the doctor. But what's the best way to measure that problem?

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:02
"Mr. Scott was trying just to get away from the Taser. He was just looking for a way to get away from the police." — Feidin Santana, who spoke to NBC News after he filmed a video that resulted in a white South Carolina police officer being jailed on a murder charge. The video showed the officer firing eight times at the back of Walter Lamer Scott, who is black, and can be seen running away before he falls to the ground.

California regulator: State's utility "too big" for safety?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 15:02
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Repeated natural-gas accidents — including a pipeline explosion that killed eight people — suggest that Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California's largest power utility, may be too big to operate safely, the state's top utility regulator says.

Sabra Dipping Co recalls 30,000 cases of hummus over Listeria fears

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 14:32
(Reuters) - Sabra Dipping Company voluntarily recalled 30,000 cases of its classic hummus nationwide over possible Listeria contamination, federal health officials and the company said on Wednesday. The recall follows warnings from U.S. health officials over the weekend against eating any products from a Blue Bell Creameries' Oklahoma ice cream plant, which has temporarily closed because of possible Listeria contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday that a routine sample of Sabra hummus collected from a store last month tested positive for the Listeria monocytogenes.

Witness: Officer didn't warn man before he shot him 8 times

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 14:31

Walter Scott killed by South Carolina police officer Michael Thomas SlagerNORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An eyewitness whose cellphone video put a South Carolina police officer in jail on a murder charge said Wednesday that he did not hear the white officer give any warning before he fired eight times at the back of a black man who can be seen in the footage running away before he falls to the ground.


After bomber's conviction, jury to decide life or death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 13:52

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, is depicted standing with his defense attorneys William Fick, left, Judy Clarke, second from right, and David Bruck, right, as the jury presents its verdict in his federal death penalty trial Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev was convicted on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — Now that a jury has convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on all charges, even more is at stake in the next phase of the federal trial: The same 12 people must decide whether the 21-year-old lives or dies.


Suit claims AIDS foundation scammed Medicare for $20M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 13:42
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — One of the nation's largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care is accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid in an elaborate $20 million dollar scam that spanned 12 states, according to a lawsuit filed in South Florida federal court.

NYC officials: asbestos discovered in Gracie Mansion roof

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 13:04

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2013 file photo, the exterior of Gracie Mansion in New York City is shown. Workers repairing Gracie Mansion’s roof found asbestos, which will need to be removed, adding $250 thousand to the $3.4 million needed to fix the roof. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Asbestos has been discovered in the roof at Gracie Mansion and work to remove the potentially cancer-causing materials from New York City's mayoral residence will begin this month, city officials told The Associated Press.


Veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer to retire this summer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:52
NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran CBS News "Face the Nation" moderator Bob Schieffer announced Wednesday at the Texas journalism school named for him that he'll be retiring this summer.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev convicted in Boston Marathon bombing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:28

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev convicted in Boston Marathon bombingDzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed.