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1 officer, 2 suspects shot outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:46

 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contestA provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a Dallas suburb is on lockdown after authorities reported a shooting outside the building.


Justice Department to boost disclosure of cellphone tracking programs: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:42
The U.S. Justice Department will begin disclosing more information about how law enforcement officials use secret cellphone tracking devices and is reviewing how the technology is deployed, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The newspaper, quoting Justice Department officials, said senior officials had determined they must be more open about the way the devices are used and why, although there was no agreement about how much to disclose or how quickly. Asked about the report, Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said: “With regard to this particular technology, the Department of Justice is in the process of examining its policies to ensure they reflect the department’s continuing commitment to conducting its vital missions while according appropriate respect for privacy and civil liberties.” The Journal said the FBI had begun getting search warrants to use the technology that traces criminal suspects through their cellphones.

Cops hail man who fatally shoots suspect outside Utah store

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:38
Police are hailing a man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store, saying he did the right thing by coming to the aid of the vehicle's owner.

Slain Pa. trooper's parents say they forgive Eric Frein

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:32

Slain Pa. trooper's parents say they forgive Eric FreinThe parents of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Sunday they have forgiven his alleged killer Eric Frein and are relying on their deep faith to get them through the loss.


1 officer, 2 suspects shot at Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:30

 2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contestA provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a Dallas suburb is on lockdown after authorities reported a shooting outside the building.


Slain trooper's parents say they forgive suspected ambusher

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:27

FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file photo, Eric Frein is led away by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers at the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing in Milford, Pa. Frein is charged with fatally shooting Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding another during an ambush at their barracks in September. The parents of Cpl. Dickson II said Sunday, May 3, 2015 during an interview that they have forgiven Frein in the death of their son. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys, File) MANDATORY CREDITTOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) — The parents of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Sunday they have forgiven his alleged killer and are relying on their deep faith to get them through the loss.


Officer: Shooting at Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:22

Man critical in Port Richmond shootingA provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a Dallas suburb is on lockdown after authorities reported a shooting outside the building.


10 Things to Know for Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:22

James Carter calls out to a friend crossing the street as he stands in front of the remains of a senior center that burned during the riots following Freddie Gray's funeral Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Baltimore. Gov. Larry Hogan has called for a statewide "Day Of Prayer And Peace" on Sunday after civil unrest rocked Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:


Waves along California force cruise ship to change course

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:15
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Big waves along the Southern California coast on Sunday forced a cruise ship to change course and led to at least 16 rescues, authorities said.

Police: Mother threw baby off bridge into river, then jumped

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:01
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a mother and baby were rescued after witnesses reported seeing her throw the 1-year-old boy into an eastern Pennsylvania river and then jump from a bridge.

Texans, put down your guns and pick up guitars: rally organizer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 08:53
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - By the hundreds, guitar-toting Texans came to a bridge in downtown Dallas on Sunday to deliver a simple message that the streets would be a lot safer if people packed musical instruments instead of firearms. The event called Open Carry Guitar Rally was aimed at trying to curtail the desire of gun owners to carry handguns openly in public, mocking rallies held in support of such firearms measures. They just think that the open carry thing is crazy," said organizer Kyle Reynolds, 46. Reynolds put the event together after groups in favor of allowing the open carry of handguns brandished weapons at rallies for expanded gun rights in city streets, area stores and the capitol.

Quakes hit California, but no damage or injuries reported

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 08:46
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two separate quakes at or near magnitude-4.0 hit Northern and Southern California on Sunday, with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Minor earthquake rattles greater Los Angeles area

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 08:18
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A mild, magnitude 3.8 earthquake rattled the greater Los Angeles area early on Sunday morning, jolting many residents from sleep before dawn, but authorities said no damage or injuries were reported. The relatively shallow quake struck shortly after 4 a.m. local time and was centered in the Baldwin Hills area about 7 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Shaking described by the USGS as light or weak could be felt as far away as Maricopa, California, about 100 miles to the northwest, the agency said. The Los Angeles Fire Department declared the region safe after its 106 neighborhood fire stations completed a survey spanning more than 470 square miles of the metropolitan area, noting in a Twitter posting that "no damage has been reported." Most people relating their experiences on social media described feeling a sudden jolt, followed by a rolling or rocking sensation, Southern California's City News Service reported.

With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 08:06

With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to deathEven with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom.


NYPD officer 'fighting for his life'; suspect denied bail

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 07:57
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who officials say boasted of being a street "hellraiser" and who served prison time for attempted murder was arraigned on charges that he shot a New York City police officer in the head.

Parents of slain Pennsylvania trooper forgive accused killer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 07:52

Eric Matthew Frein exits the Pike County Courthouse with police officers after an arraignment in Milford, Pennsylvania, October 31, 2014.Bryon and Darla Dickson spoke about the death of their son, police Corporal Bryon Dickson, and the healing power of forgiveness during three "Blue Sunday" services honoring law enforcement at the Community Church in Mount Pocono, about 110 miles north of Philadelphia. Following the services, Dickson's father told Reuters in the church lobby that he and his wife had spoken with the congregation about their's death, "how we dealt with it," and why they embraced forgiveness for his killer. “The only alternative is bitterness," the church pastor, David Crosby Jr., added. We don’t know why.” Corporal Dickson, 38, and fellow trooper Alex Douglass, 31, were gunned down on Sept. 12, 2014, during a late-night shift change outside the Blooming Grove barracks in the thick woods of eastern Pennsylvania.


Carson tells TV station he'll seek Republican presidential nomination

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 07:46

Carson speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in MarylandRetired neurosurgeon Ben Carson told a Florida television station on Sunday that he is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. "I'm willing to be part of the equation and, therefore, I'm announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America," Carson said in an interview with CBS affiliate WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida. He would be the first African-American to enter the growing Republican field for the party's presidential nomination next year. The first doctor to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head, Carson developed a conservative following in 2013 after he advocated a flat tax, private medical savings accounts and other conservative policies at a National Prayer Breakfast speech that was attended by President Barack Obama.


New York City man charged in shooting of police officer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 07:15
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man sought for illegal gun possession was charged on Sunday with the attempted murder of a New York City plainclothes police officer who was shot in the head while in an unmarked car, authorities said. Officer Brian Moore, 25, was in critical but stable condition at Jamaica Hospital, a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department said. Arrested in Saturday's shooting in the New York borough of Queens was Demetrius Blackwell, 35, of Queens. Blackwell was charged on Sunday with two counts of first-degree attempted murder as well as aggravated assault on a police officer, first degree assault and weapon possession.

All-female Smith College to accept transgender applicants

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 06:02
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Smith College, the largest of the all-female Seven Sisters schools, is changing its policy to accept transgender women.

Baltimore lifts curfew imposed after unrest, relieving many

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 05:48

Members of the community pray during Sunday morning worship at New Shiloh Baptist Church, where Freddie Gray's April 27 funeral service was held in BaltimoreBy Scott Malone and Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The mayor of Baltimore on Sunday lifted a night curfew imposed on the city last week to stem a spate of looting and arson that followed the funeral of a young black man who died from injuries suffered while in police custody. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she believed sufficient calm had returned to allow her to end the 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew, which took effect last Tuesday after protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray turned violent on Monday. "I believe we have reached that point today." The mayor said the Maryland National Guard would begin withdrawing from the streets over the next week. The surprise announcement on Friday by the city's chief prosecutor that she was bringing criminal charges against the six police officers involved in Gray's arrest has helped to defuse outrage over his death.