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Seattle school bus waiting to pick up kids hit by gunfire, no one hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:45
A school bus arriving outside a Seattle elementary school to pick up children at the end of the day on Thursday was struck by gunfire, prompting a lockdown of the school and a search for suspects, but no one was hurt, city police and school officials said. The bus driver heard loud noises, then saw that two windows in the vehicle had been shattered and realized that the bus was under fire before he took shelter inside the school, Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman Stacy Howard said. The shooting occurred shortly before 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, which has a student body of about 370 children in kindergarten through fifth grade, Howard said. As a precaution, students and staff at another elementary school and a middle school in the vicinity were also ordered to "shelter in place," she said.

Boy arrested for kidnapping involved in prior case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:28

FILE - In this still image taken from surveillance video on March 8, 2015, and provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, a man runs down a street, carrying a toddler in an apparent kidnapping attempt in Sprague, Wash. A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a 22-month-old toddler that was caught on surveillance video. The teenage boy, who lives in Sprague, was identified through the use of surveillance video, interviews and evidence collection, Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers said. The boy's identity was being withheld because he is a juvenile, Magers said. (AP Photo/Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The 15-year-old boy arrested in connection with an attempted kidnapping in Sprague had previously been investigated a year ago for allegedly trying to lure a minor, Lincoln County Prosecutor Jeff Barkdull said Thursday.

Authorities seize 6 tons of pot hidden in commercial truck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:26
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have found more than six tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that tried to cross into the United States from Mexico.

Ohio grandma sentenced to 4 life terms for abuse of kids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:25
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A southern Ohio woman was convicted Thursday of rape, kidnapping and other charges related to her grandchildren and was immediately sentenced to four life prison terms with no chance for parole.

Recent events in protests, policing in United States

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:24
(Reuters) - Two police officers were shot early Thursday during protests outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police headquarters, the latest incident in a tumultuous period for policing and race relations in the United States. July 17 - New York City police officers tackle Eric Garner, who they accuse of illegally selling cigarettes and resisting arrest.

Judge removes DA's office from California mass murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:18
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Thursday yanked the Orange County district attorney's office off the case of a convicted mass killer after finding sheriff's deputies lied or withheld information about the use of jailhouse snitches used to gather evidence for prosecutors.

Agency ends probe into publication of Harper Lee's new novel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:18
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama investigators looked into whether the recent deal to publish Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" sequel involved financial fraud, but they have closed the inquiry, a state official said Thursday.

Pakistani-born brothers plead guilty in Florida terror plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:18
MIAMI (AP) — Two Pakistani-born brothers pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of plotting a terrorist explosives attack against New York City landmarks and assaulting two deputy U.S. marshals while in custody.

DeMarco Murray, Eagles verbally agree to 5 year $42M deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:13

DeMarco Murray, Eagles agree to 5 year dealFree-agent running back DeMarco Murray and the Philadelphia Eagles have verbally agreed on a 5 year, $42 million deal, with $21 million guaranteed.

Feds: 'Human factors,' faulty drain cause deadly zinc blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:07
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a former Horsehead Corp. zinc oxide plant in western Pennsylvania was caused by recurring problems with a sump system that the company failed to address, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board reported.

Rats and rot: NYC report rips family homeless shelters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:06

Beonca Williams crosses the street with her 1-year-old son Joshua Felix outside the Regent Family Residence, left, Thursday, March 12, 2015 in New York. A report issued Thursday by the city's Department of Investigation found decrepit and dangerous conditions and lacking enforcement were rife in the city-paid, largely privately-run shelters that house nearly 12,000 homeless families with children. Williams, who has lived in the Regent Family Residence for two months said, "I can't complain at all. It's not bad. I haven't seen any roaches and the exterminator visits (our room) about every week." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — One family of six was living in a homeless-shelter apartment where a dead rat festered on the floor for days. Another family had no living-room furniture and had been without electricity for days.

Ebola cases in the United States

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:48
(Reuters) - The U.S. healthcare worker who is being transferred to a U.S. hospital on Friday after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone will be the 11th case of the disease treated in the United States since last August. Of the first 10, eight people recovered and two died. Following are details of cases seen in the United States: U.S. HEALTHCARE WORKER The U.S. National Institutes of Health will admit a U.S. healthcare worker to its hospital on Friday. The American, so far not identified, will be treated at the NIH Clinical Center's Special Clinical Studies Unit. ...

Worker at Louisiana primate facility possibly exposed to deadly bacterium

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:48
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A Louisiana primate research facility worker may have been exposed to a deadly bacterium stored at an on-site laboratory that earlier sickened three monkeys, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. ...

Skull found at Arkansas park belongs to man missing since 2008

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:46
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A skull discovered in the rugged terrain of an Arkansas state park belongs to a Little Rock construction executive who has been missing for seven years, his brother said on Thursday. The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory confirmed that the skull, discovered by hikers on Wednesday in a remote area of Petit Jean State Park about 70 miles northwest of Little Rock, was that of John Glasgow, who was 45 when he went missing, Roger Glasgow told a news conference. "We have always suspected foul play was involved and this discovery strengthens that belief," Roger Glasgow said. In 2011, an Arkansas judge, acting on a motion by John Glasgow's widow, Melinda, declared him legally dead.

Justice Department objects to white-collar sentencing reforms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:45
By Nate Raymond WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has come out broadly against a series of proposals from a federal panel that would cut prison time for white-collar criminals. The department's views, revealed on Thursday at a hearing of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, marked a potential setback for the proposals, which defense lawyers had already criticized for being too moderate. The Justice Department also objected to a proposal to shift the emphasis in calculating sentences for stock fraud cases to financial gains instead of investor losses, a change that could reduce the amount of prison time some executives would face. Over the last decade, average prison sentences for fraud have lengthened three-fold, the commission said.

Accused members of N.J. crime family of 'Sopranos' fame arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:44
Ten reputed members and associates of a New Jersey crime family thought to be the inspiration for the hit show "The Sopranos" were arrested on Thursday and charged with plotting to commit murder, sell drugs and run a high-end prostitution ring, officials said. The murder plot involved a reputed DeCavalcante organized crime family captain who sought permission from other members to hire an outlaw biker gang to kill a rival, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. Members of the DeCavalcante crime family also plotted to deal cocaine and operate a high-end escort service targeting businessmen and professionals in southern New Jersey, he said in a statement. “Though its ranks have been thinned by countless convictions and its own internal bloodletting, traditional organized crime remains a real problem,” Fishman said.

Source: DeMarco Murray, Eagles verbally agree to 5 year $42M deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:44

DeMarco Murray, Eagles agree to 5 year dealFree-agent running back DeMarco Murray and the Philadelphia Eagles have verbally agreed on a 5 year, $42 million deal, with $21 million guaranteed, a source confirms to Action News.

2 years in prison for soldier who formed prostitution ring

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:43
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge has sentenced an Army sergeant to two years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for organizing a prostitution ring at Fort Hood while leading a sexual abuse prevention program at the sprawling Central Texas post.

Parents hope to win Philadelphia charter school lottery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:42

Parents hope to win Philadelphia charter school lotteryThe group of approximately two dozen parents gathered inside the Russell Byers Charter School praying their child would win Thursday's annual lottery.

Union says tentative deal reached to end U.S. refinery strike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:39

Workers strike outside the Tesoro refinery in CarsonBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - The United Steelworkers union and oil companies have reached a tentative deal to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years, the labor group and people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday. "We salute the solidarity exhibited by our membership," said USW International President Leo Gerard. "There was no way we would have won vast improvements in safety and staffing without it." Tesoro Corp told employees in a letter seen by Reuters it was "supportive of the agreement" and would try to quickly settle local issues "to enable our employees return to work." Lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc did not comment.