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Rare 475-pound leatherback turtle released in SC

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:30

Yawkey, a rare leatherback sea turtle, moves off the beach at the Isle of Palms, S.C., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The turtle was being returned to the the Atlantic Ocean after it was treated for five days at the South Carolina Aquarium. Yawkey, who was found on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Georgetown County, S.C, is the first leatherback turtle known to have stranded alive in the state. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) — A rare 475-pound endangered leatherback sea turtle found stranded on a South Carolina beach was released into the ocean on Thursday following five days of treatment at the South Carolina Aquarium.


Man serves 900 days in jail, though he didn't commit a crime

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:29
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man waiting to testify in an Oregon murder case has been held in jail as a material witness for nearly 900 days, though he has committed no crime.

Harper Lee wants second novel published, Alabama official says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:27

Harper Lee's New Book Puts Hometown In A Spin(Reuters) - An Alabama agency has closed an investigation into whether Harper Lee, the 88-year-old author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," was manipulated into the publication of a second novel after she made clear she wanted it in print, a state official said on Thursday. The Alabama Securities Commission opened its investigation after an unspecified complaint of elder abuse, first reported by the New York Times, tied to the upcoming publication of "Go Set a Watchman." "We made a determination that Ms. Lee, based on our interview with her, was aware that her book was going to be published," said Joseph Borg, who heads the commission. She made it quite clear she did." Borg said the commission looked into the case at the request of the Alabama Department of Human Resources, which is charged with protecting against elder abuse.


Philadelphia leaders react to shooting of Ferguson officers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:22

Philadelphia leaders react to shooting of Ferguson officersPhiladelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey condemns the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri. He tells Action News he hasn't had much time to think about what's happened there, because he's been too busy getting ready to bury one of his own.


Man accidentally shoots self to death while riding bicycle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:16
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police in St. Petersburg, Florida, say a man died after accidentally shooting himself while riding a bicycle.

Oil field blast kills one worker, injures another in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:13
(Reuters) - An explosion at an oil field in southeastern New Mexico killed one worker and seriously injured another while the men were installing a drilling pipe on Wednesday afternoon, the Lea County undersheriff said on Thursday. The dead man was identified as James Rusty Harrison, who was in his early 40s. Co-worker Tyler Winter, in his mid-20s, suffered shrapnel wounds to his torso and right leg and was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, about 150 miles to the northeast, authorities said. The undersheriff, Tom Dunford, said no one else was hurt in the accident, which occurred while workers were loading oil field-related materials into perforated pipe that was being installed into the drilling line.

California faces test as it changes school performance measures

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:12
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will no longer rely solely on student test scores as a measure of how well a public school is performing, the latest effort to balance criticism of standardized testing with increased calls for accountability in public education. The change, approved unanimously on Wednesday by the Board of Education in the most populous U.S. state, coincides with implementation of a system for testing students as part of a switch to new national education standards known as Common Core. “This will give us a complete picture rather than a narrow view,” California Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson said. California's massive education system has been roiled by criticism from competing quarters, with school reformers calling for greater use of student performance measures to evaluate teachers.

2 alarm fire at Vineland gentlemen's club

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:11

2 alarm fire at Vineland gentlemen's clubFirefighters battled a two alarm blaze at a South Jersey gentlemen's club on Thursday.


Arias temporarily banned from jail calls, video chats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:08

FILE - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias, center, watches the jury enter the courtroom before hearing their verdict in this March 5, 2015 file photo taken in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. A court document released Tuesday March 10, 2015 by the judge in the case reveals the behind-the-scenes wrangling in the jury room as Arias' fate hung in the balance. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Convicted murderer Jodi Arias will have to go without phone calls and video chats in jail for now unless they have to do with legal matters, the Maricopa County sheriff said Thursday.


Bad weather keeps helicopter wreckage 25 feet under water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:08

A small memorial stands in the sand along Highway 98 in Navarre, Fla., Thursday, March 12, 2015. Divers have found the military helicopter that crashed in dense fog Tuesday night during a Florida training mission, killing seven elite Marines and four experienced soldiers. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Jennie McKeon)NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — Divers have found the wreckage of a military helicopter in just 25 feet of water after it crashed in dense fog during a Florida training mission, killing seven elite Marines and four experienced soldiers. But more bad weather Thursday delayed the recovery of bodies and the flight recorder.


6 cities chosen for project on curbing racial bias

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six cities will participate in a federal pilot program aimed at reducing racial bias and improving ties between law enforcement and communities, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.

Police: Pair held officers at gunpoint before deadly scuffle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:05

In this March 10, 2015 photo, members of the Judicial District's critical incident team investigate an officer-involved shooting east of Dinosaur, Colo. A Colorado sheriff's deputy and a state wildlife officer were held hostage by a man and a woman before a struggle erupted and the man was fatally shot, authorities said. Neither the deputy nor the wildlife officer was injured in the confrontation Monday. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Geoff Liesik)DENVER (AP) — Husband-and-wife meth users disarmed a Colorado wildlife officer and a sheriff's deputy then forced them to their knees along a desolate mountain highway before the husband was killed in a struggle, police reports released Thursday show.


Dr. Nancy Snyderman leaves NBC News after breaking Ebola quarantine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:03
(Reuters) - NBC News said on Thursday that its chief medical correspondent, Nancy Snyderman, is leaving the network months after the doctor made a controversial decision to break an Ebola quarantine to get take-out soup from a restaurant. Snyderman, who has been with NBC for 9 years, said in a statement that she will return to academic medicine. "Covering the Ebola epidemic last fall in Liberia, and then becoming part of the story upon my return to the U.S., contributed to my decision," she said. Snyderman went to Africa to report on Ebola with a news team.

U.S. Army sergeant sentenced to two years for running sex ring

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:01
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. Army soldier who ran a prostitution ring at Fort Hood, one of the largest Army bases in the country, was sentenced by a military judge in Texas on Thursday to two years in prison and given a dishonorable discharge, officials said. Sergeant 1st Class Gregory McQueen pleaded guilty a day earlier to charges including conspiracy to solicit prostitution, adultery and dereliction of duty, the base, located in central Texas, said in a statement.

Fraternity probe broadens amid more claims of racism

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:01

The University of Oklahoma football team stands arm in arm on Owen Field on the campus in Norman, Okla., Thursday, March 12, 2015, in response to the recent racist video from a now-closed campus fraternity. In the front row, from left, are Sterling Shepard, Ty Darlington, Zack Sanchez, head coach Bob Stoops, Charles Tapper, Trevor Knight and Eric Striker. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Investigations into racism at Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapters have extended to college campuses in Louisiana and Texas, the organization said Thursday, after its national office received word that members in those places had direct knowledge of a racist chant caught on video in Oklahoma last weekend.


Carjack victim describes harrowing ride with Boston bombers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:00

In this courtroom sketch, Dun Meng, far right, testifies with a translator at his side during the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, Thursday, March 12, 2015. Meng described his harrowing ride at gunpoint with the Boston Marathon bombers and the moment he made "the most difficult decision" of his life to bolt from the car. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring more than 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — A carjacking victim on Thursday described his harrowing ride at gunpoint with the Boston Marathon bombers three days after the attack and the moment he made the terrifying decision to bolt from the car.


White House budget director: Obama won't lock in spending cuts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 05:55
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will not accept action by Congress that "locks in" spending caps enacted in 2011, White House budget director Shaun Donovan said on Thursday as Republicans hashed out final details on their own budget plans. Lawmakers from both parties have said they want to ease the "sequester" spending constraints, but Republican budget proposals to be unveiled next week are largely expected to adhere to them, keeping military and domestic discretionary spending at 2006 levels, about $1.016 trillion. "The president has been very clear. ...

FEMA to review every Sandy flood insurance claim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 05:54

FEMA to review every Sandy flood insurance claimFederal Emergency Management Agency officials have agreed to reopen and review every flood insurance claim filed by Superstorm Sandy victims.


Police seek suspects in Ferguson police 'ambush'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 05:51

Police seek suspects in Ferguson, Missouri, police 'ambush'By Kate Munsch FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, were shot and wounded in what officials called an ambush early on Thursday, in the latest spasm of violence arising from months of tension between African-Americans and the city's mostly white police force. An intense manhunt was under way for a suspect or suspects in the shootings of the officers, who were treated and released from hospital, St Louis County Police said. A 41-year-old St. Louis County Police officer was struck in the shoulder and a 32-year-old officer from nearby Webster Groves Police Department had a bullet lodged near his ear after it passed through his cheek, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. You don't understand that it's going to happen." The shots rang out as a rally in front of the city's police headquarters was dispersing hours after the local police chief resigned.


NIH center to admit U.S. healthcare worker with Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 05:49
(Reuters) - The U.S. National Institutes of Health will admit to its hospital on Friday a U.S. healthcare worker who tested positive for the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone. The NIH said the patient will be transported in isolation by chartered aircraft to its high-security containment facility on its Maryland campus. Earlier on Thursday, a British military healthcare worker infected with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone was flown to London for treatment, and health officials said four more workers were being assessed for possible infection. The unidentified American will be admitted and treated at the NIH Clinical Center's Special Clinical Studies Unit.