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1 dead, 1 critical in shooting outside North Philadelphia elementary school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:29

1 dead, 1 critical in shooting outside North Philadelphia elementary schoolPhiladelphia police are investigating a double shooting outside a North Philadelphia elementary school that left one person dead.

Train crashes into tractor-trailer; at least 55 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:23
HALIFAX, N.C. (AP) — An Amtrak train slammed into a tractor-trailer that got stuck on the tracks while trying to make a difficult left-hand turn Monday. One of the train's cars toppled and the conductor and at least 54 others were injured.

Memphis police: Backlogged rape kits tested, suspects ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:18
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Testing of thousands of rape evidence kits that sat ignored for years in Memphis has resulted in the identification of 16 people suspected of raping multiple victims, an investigator said Monday.

3-alarm fire at landscaping business in Lower Providence Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:17

3-alarm fire at landscaping business in Lower Providence Twp.Firefighters were called to battle a multi-alarm fire at a landscaping business in Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County.

Head-on collision on Maine highway kills 4 people, injures 1

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:09
CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — A woman in an SUV trying to pass a tractor-trailer on a northern Maine highway smashed head-on into a car Monday, killing herself and three people in the other car, including a 2-year-old girl, state police said Monday.

Obama levies sanctions on 7 Venezuelan officials

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

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials Monday, accusing them of perpetrating human rights violations and public corruption in the socialist-governed South American nation. “Corrupt actions by Venezuelan government officials deprive Venezuela of needed economic resources that could be invested in the Venezuelan people and used to spur economic growth,” Lew said in a statement. “These actions also undermine the public trust in democratic institutions and the human rights to which Venezuelan citizens are entitled.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials Monday, accusing them of perpetrating human rights violations and public corruption in the socialist-governed South American nation.

Person struck by car in Edgewater Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:59

Person struck by car in Edgewater ParkA person was struck by a vehicle in Edgewater Park, New Jersey.

Navy sees year delay in delivery of General Dynamics warships

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:57
General Dynamics Corp will deliver two Zumwalt-class destroyers a year later than planned, U.S. Navy officials said, blaming complications related to new technology. The Navy is adjusting its official baseline for the $22 billion DDG 1000 ship program to reflect the new delivery dates but the change will not trigger a mandatory review since the resulting cost increase will be under 15 percent, a defense official told Reuters, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. Navy spokeswoman Commander Thurraya Kent said the delays were mainly due to challenges with the integration, installation and testing of unique technology on the new class of warships. She said the Navy was working closely with General Dynamics to control cost increases and evaluate the impact on the schedule for other ships under construction at the company's shipyard in Bath, Maine, including DDG 51 Aegis destroyers.

Texas prison agency seeks to replenish execution drug supply

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:45
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas' prison agency is scrambling to find a supplier to replenish its inventory of execution drugs, which will be used up if the state goes forward with two lethal injections scheduled for this week and next.

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill limiting union heft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:41

Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des MoinesBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, considered a likely Republican presidential contender, signed a bill into law on Monday allowing private-sector employees to avoid joining unions or paying them dues even when covered by union-negotiated contracts. The measure, approved by the Republican-led state Senate and Assembly over the course of two weeks, takes effect immediately, making Wisconsin the 25th state to enact a so-called right-to-work statute following adoption of similar laws in Michigan and Indiana in 2012. The measures have been cast by supporters as designed to retain and attract businesses and jobs, while opponents brand them as thinly disguised assaults on organized labor that will drive down wages and leave workers vulnerable. Right-to-work laws like the one in Wisconsin bar private-sector workers covered by a collective-bargaining agreement from being required to join and financially support their union as a condition of their employment.

N.Y. man missing ahead of fraud trial over Facebook claim: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:28

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo AltoBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An upstate New York man, who was set to face trial in May for attempting to defraud Facebook Inc and founder Mark Zuckerberg, is missing, his lawyer said on Monday. Paul Ceglia, 41, had been required to wear an electronic bracelet before his trial. Representatives for Bharara's office and the Marshals Service did not respond to requests for comment. He claimed he was entitled to ownership of half of Facebook, based on a 2003 contract the two had signed, but prosecutors accused him of forging the contract with Zuckerberg, who would be expected to testify at trial.

Missouri appeals judge appointed to take over Ferguson court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:28

Gina Gowdy joins protesters on the street outside a Ferguson, Mo., fire station, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Ferguson. The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court judge was appointed Monday to take over Ferguson's municipal court and make "needed reforms" after a highly critical U.S. Department of Justice report that was prompted by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

APPLE EVENT LIVE: The watch, a gold MacBook, HBO on iPhone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:25

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the new Apple Watch during an Apple event on Monday, March 9, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Make calls, read email, control music, manage Instagram photos, keep up with your workout, pay for groceries, open your hotel room door. CEO Tim Cook says you can do it all from your wrist with Apple Watch — for 18 hours a day. That's how long the battery will last on an average day.

Univ. of Oklahoma severs ties with frat after racist chant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:23

University of Oklahoma President David Boren, left, speaks with students as they protest a campus fraternity's racist comments on March 9, 2015 in Norman, Okla. Boren lambasted members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity on Monday who participated in a racist chant caught on video, calling them disgraceful and their behavior reprehensible, and ordered that their house be vacated by midnight Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The president of the University of Oklahoma severed the school's ties with a national fraternity on Monday and ordered that its on-campus house be shuttered after several members took part in a racist chant caught on video.

New Yorkers pay respects to Cardinal Egan at public viewing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:21

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current archbishop of New York, center, sprinkles holy water on a casket containing the body of Cardinal Edward Egan at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, Monday, March 9, 2015. Egan played a prominent role in New York City after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and now New Yorkers are preparing to pay respects to the former archbishop after his death last week. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan, who anointed the dead, distributed rosaries and performed funerals after the World Trade Center attacks, lay in repose Monday in the vast stone cathedral where his voice once rang out from the altar.

Vigil tonight as community mourns Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson

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

Vigil remembers Philadelphia Police Officer Robert WilsonCommunity members are holding a candlelight vigil Monday night to remember slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III.

Democratic donors unfazed by Hillary Clinton's use of private email

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:51

 A Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality study" in New YorkTop Democratic donors say they are unfazed by the disclosure that Hillary Clinton conducted State Department business on a personal email account, although several said she could fend off Republican criticism by addressing the issue head-on and announcing her candidacy for president. The presumed front-runner for the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination had generally avoided controversy until the email issue emerged. She’s still the person to beat.” Lena Kennedy, a Pasadena donor and bundler, added: “I just think Hillary needs to address the questions, and then we need to move on.” Clinton is expected to address the issue publicly this week. Last week, as the tempest over the emails grew, the former Secretary of State announced on Twitter that she had asked the State Department to release the 55,000 emails she had previously turned over as a part of the Department’s request for records from all former secretaries of state.

Mushers embark on new route across Alaska as Iditarod begins

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:42

Graphic shows the route of the Iditarod race; 3c x 3 inches; 146 mm x 76 mm;FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Iditarod mushers began their 1,000-mile trek across Alaska along a new route Monday after poor trail conditions forced organizers to push the race's start north, bypassing a mountain range.

Wisconsin governor signs bill ending mandatory union dues

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:32
BROWN DEER, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed into law a measure that prohibits requiring a worker to pay union dues, striking another blow against organized labor four years after the state effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector employees.

New judge to hear Ferguson court cases after federal probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:26
(Reuters) - A Missouri state appeals court judge will take over all current and future cases assigned to Ferguson's municipal courts following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found systemic abuses, the Missouri Supreme Court said on Monday. The court said the transfer of Judge Roy Richter would take effect on March 16 and was aimed at helping restore public trust and confidence in the courts. "Extraordinary action is warranted in Ferguson, but the court also is examining reforms that are needed on a statewide basis," Chief Justice Mary Russell said in a statement. Ferguson municipal judge Ronald Brockmeyer, criticized in the Justice Department report, resigned on Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported.