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US: War crimes case vs. Assad better than one for Milosevic

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:04

The sign warns of disturbing images as a man walks past a photo exhibit at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The graphic photo exhibit shows detainees who have died in Bashar Assad's prisons since the start of Syria's conflict. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The case against Syrian President Bashar Assad is much better than the one against Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia or Charles Taylor of Liberia, both of whom were indicted by international tribunals, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues said Tuesday.

City manager of Ferguson, Missouri, resigns after U.S. probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:58
The city manager of Ferguson, Missouri, has resigned in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department probe that found a range of systemic racially biased practices by the police and municipal court, the city said on Tuesday. Ferguson City Council voted unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday to accept the resignation of City Manager John Shaw effective immediately. The city manager is the highest-ranking, non-elected municipal official and oversees the police department. Shaw was among several individuals heavily criticized in the Justice Department report issued last Wednesday.

Union says talks to end U.S. refinery strike 'moving along'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:57

An oil refinery is seen in CarsonBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - The union representing striking U.S. refinery workers said on Tuesday that renewed talks with oil companies for a settlement to the 38-day work stoppage were "moving along." A meeting in Houston between negotiators for the United Steelworkers union (USW) and Shell Oil Co, representing U.S. refinery owners, ran into Tuesday night. While the USW's message about progress in the talks began on a positive note, it also carried a threat. "Industry needs to close the gaps and end the strike or see it expand." A spokesman for Shell, which is the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, declined to comment on the union's message. Analyst group Fitch Ratings warned on Tuesday that an extended strike could squeeze refiners with walkouts during peak summer demand for gasoline.

Police: Father left child in car for 3 hours outside casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:55

 Father left son in car for 3 hours outside casinoBensalem police have arrested a Philadelphia man for leaving his 7-year-old child alone in a vehicle outside Parx Casino.

2 injured in Kingsessing crash involving SEPTA bus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:53

2 injured in Kingsessing crash involving SEPTA busPhiladelphia police are investigating an accident involving a SEPTA bus that injured two people.

Woman says she didn't initially reject advances of colleague

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:46

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Ellen Pao, right, leaves the Civic Center Courthouse along with her attorney, Therese Lawless, left, during a lunch break in her trial in San Francisco. Plaintiff Pao testified Monday, March 9, 2015, that female employees were treated disrespectfully at the firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and some were not even invited, when the company held a series of events. Pao also told the jury at the civil trial that she complained to management about the atmosphere at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers after learning a female colleague had complained about alleged sexual harassment. The investigator hired by the firm to investigate Pao's complaint concluded there was no gender discrimination at the firm. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman suing a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm in a high-profile case alleging gender bias testified Tuesday that she did not reject the initial romantic advances of a male colleague and even discussed having children with him.

Utah to bring back firing squad if lethal injections unavailable

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:35
Lawmakers in Utah voted on Tuesday to bring back executions by firing squad if lethal injections are unavailable, which would make it the only state in the country to permit the practice. Utah used firing squads for decades before adopting lethal injections in 2004. The Republican-sponsored bill, which passed the state Senate by 18-10, was introduced amid national concerns about the efficacy of lethal injections. The measure, approved last month by the Utah House of Representatives, says a firing squad should be used if "the state is unable to lawfully obtain the substance or substances necessary to conduct an execution by lethal intravenous injection 30 or more days" before the date set for the procedure.

US, California modify area for renewable energy plants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:24
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The state and federal governments will move forward on less than half the California desert land initially designated for renewable energy plants, officials said Tuesday, leaving millions of acres in limbo as local governments decide how they want to handle large-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects.

It's not just right-to-work: Bills targeting unions multiply

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:12

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Palm Beach, Fla. Republicans lawmakers in statehouses nationwide are working to weaken organized labor, sometimes with efforts that directly shrink union membership. Walker's signing of right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin on Monday puts his defiance of organized labor even more at the center of his nascent presidential campaign. And the inability of unions to exact a price for the first round of legislation targeting them in 2011 is encouraging even more proposals to limit their power. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper, File)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It's not just Gov. Scott Walker.

Kushner, Spitz give up exec duties at Freedom Communications

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:10
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The co-owners of Freedom Communications Inc. and its flagship newspaper, the Orange County Register, resigned Tuesday from all executive duties, more than two years after buying the firm and pushing through sweeping — but whiplash — changes.

Official: Multistate crime rampage suspect kills self

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:07
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say one of two suspects arrested in a multistate crime rampage which included the deaths of a North Carolina couple has committed suicide in prison.

Clinton says used personal email account for convenience

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:05

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference at the United Nations in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton, under attack for using a personal email address to conduct U.S. State Department business, defended the practice on Tuesday as a matter of "convenience," but her comments failed to calm critics, who accused her of secrecy. Holding her first news conference since leaving her administration post two years ago, Clinton conceded she wished she had used a government email address as secretary of state but said she violated no rules and did not send classified material through the private account. Clinton, the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has come under fire for using an email server from her New York-area home and a personal account as the top U.S. diplomat. "I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two," a self-assured Clinton told more than 200 reporters crowded into a U.N. corridor.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:01

Members of an Iraqi Shiite militant group called Badr Brigades carry the coffin of Shiite fighter, Mohammed Fuad, and a poster with his picture, during his funeral procession in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 9, 2015. Fuad was killed in Tikrit fighting Islamic State militants, his comrades said. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Officials: Deputy US marshal killed in fugitive shootout

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 08:49
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A deputy U.S. marshal was killed Tuesday in a shootout on the outskirts of Baton Rouge while trying to arrest a fugitive wanted in the slayings of a brother and sister, officials said.

Government to drop charges in federal employee hacking case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 08:48
CINCINNATI (AP) — A National Weather Service employee accused of illegally accessing a restricted federal computer database containing information about the nation's dams, stealing information and lying to federal investigators will have charges against her dismissed if a judge approves the prosecution's request.

Christie calls $225M Exxon Mobil settlement 'really good'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 08:48

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question from Dr. Eugene Yuliano during a town hall meeting Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Somerville, N.J. Yuliano told Christie that military veterans groups who voluntarily provided security assistance and other help after the attacks of September 11, 2001, have not been allowed to volunteer since. Christie said veterans should be able to help. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday defended a settlement with Exxon Mobil on a decade-old lawsuit for a tiny fraction of the nearly $9 billion the state had sought for environmental damage, calling it "really good."

Duke Energy fined $25 million over coal ash pollution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 08:47
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina environmental officials said Tuesday that they are fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant.

Denver police cameras didn't record most use-of-force cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 08:41
DENVER (AP) — In a warning to law enforcement agencies rushing to equip officers with body cameras after killings by police nationwide, a new report says the devices used by Denver officers during a trial period didn't record most of the use-of-force incidents that occurred.

Swastikas ripped from California house, new sign goes up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 08:27
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man put up a new sign on his house Tuesday, a day after a protester tore down swastikas posters and a wooden statue that accompanied the display.

Windell Middlebrooks, Miller High Life commercial actor, dies at 36

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 08:10

Windell Middlebrooks, Miller High Life commercial actor, dies at 36Windell Middlebrooks, an actor who gained TV commercial stardom as a burly, no-nonsense Miller High Life beer delivery man who confiscated the brew from undeserving snobs, has died.