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Resigning Ferguson police chief to get severance payment: city

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:12
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned on Wednesday, effective March 19, and will receive a severance payment and one year of health insurance, the city said on Wednesday in a statement. The city statement said it planned to launch a nationwide search for a new police chief. (Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Ferguson police chief resigns after scathing Justice Dept. report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:12

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2014 file photo, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson releases the name of the the officer accused of fatally shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. On Friday, March 6, 2015, Jackson is still on the job, two days after a government report criticized his department for years of racial profiling. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, resigned on Wednesday, following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found widespread racially biased abuses in the city's police department and municipal court. The resignation of Chief Thomas Jackson, which the city announced in a brief statement, is the latest in a string of departures since the Justice Department announced on March 4 that a months-long probe had uncovered a range of unlawful and unconstitutional practices. Protesters had called for Jackson's removal since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. Jackson's departure follows those of Ferguson City Manager John Shaw and Municipal Judge Ronald Brockmeyer earlier this week.


Alabama child dies after drinking laced grape soda

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:12
BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama police say a toddler has died after drinking from a bottle of grape soda believed to be laced with methadone.

APNewsBreak: 5 inmates stabbed, slashed after jail lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:07
NEW YORK (AP) — In the week since New York City jail officials took the rare step of locking down four of Rikers Island's largest facilities for 34 hours to stop gang violence, four inmates have been slashed and a fifth stabbed, according to jail statistics obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Noncombat crashes involving the Blackhawk helicopter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:06
Here is a list of some of the noncombat crashes of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, the model that crashed during a nighttime training mission off the Florida coast, killing seven Marines and four soldiers.

UN report: War plunged 80 percent of Syrians into poverty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:01
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The war in Syria has plunged 80 percent of its people into poverty, reduced life expectancy by 20 years, and led to massive economic losses estimated at over $200 billion since the conflict began in 2010, according to a U.N.-backed report circulated Wednesday.

Unsealed Blankenship docs seek to move case, dismiss judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:57
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hundreds of pages of court documents were unsealed last week in the criminal case against ex-Massey Energy coal boss Don Blankenship.

Boston-area transit board approves snow compensation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:57

A woman sketches in her art book while sitting on a bench in the Boston Gardens in downtown Boston, Monday, March 9, 2015. Temperatures in Boston on Monday returned to seasonal averages in the low to mid 40s and are expected to stay that way over the next two weeks. For Boston area residents, it’s a welcome change after February’s frigid temperatures, relentless snows and nightmare commutes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — The board overseeing the Boston area's beleaguered public transit system voted Wednesday to offer free fares for one day and discounts for monthly pass holders as a goodwill gesture to commuters who endured massive breakdowns during a brutal stretch of winter weather.


AG Kane's lawyer, special prosecutor spar before high court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:55

AG Kane's lawyer, special prosecutor spar before high courtA special prosecutor investigating an alleged grand jury leak by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane argued to the state's highest court Wednesday that Kane is challenging his appointment late in the game only to avoid criminal charges.


Hung jury in sex assault re-trial of Phila. priest Andrew McCormick

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:52

Hung jury in sex assault re-trial of Phila. priest Andrew McCormickAction News has learned that the child sex assault re-trial against accused Philadelphia priest Andrew McCormick has ended in a hung jury.


Yacht washes ashore at Navy base near San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:51
CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — The Navy says negotiations are underway to decide what to do with a 50-foot yacht that washed ashore at a base near San Diego.

1 Black Hawk crashed in fog, killing 11; Another turned back

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:50
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Searchers struggled Wednesday to find the seven Marines and four soldiers killed when a helicopter crashed, hampered by the same fog that plagued a nighttime training mission.

Email controversy may overshadow Clinton presidential launch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:49

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New YorkBy Susan Heavey and Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Controversy over emails could overshadow the launch of Hillary Clinton's expected presidential campaign after an influential Republican on Wednesday raised the prospect of congressional hearings into her use of personal email for work when she was America's top diplomat. Representative Trey Gowdy said he would like Clinton to testify in Congress by April about using a personal email address instead of a government one while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Clinton defended the practise on Tuesday, saying it was a "convenience" so that she wouldn't have to carry two mobile devices. Republicans likened Clinton's email habits to the secretive practices they say characterized President Bill Clinton's years in office.


Grandmother charged with murder after baby killed with power saw

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:48

Grandmother charged with murder after baby killed with power sawManuela Rodriguez, 52, is charged with first degree murder in the death of 7-month-old Rose Herrera in Chicago.


Demonstrators protest police shooting in Madison, Wisconsin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:40

Candles are piled in the snow outside the home of Tony Robinson Jr. during a candlelight vigil on Williamson StreetBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - About 1,500 people, some banging plastic pails or blowing whistles, marched on Wednesday afternoon to the Wisconsin corrections department in Madison to protest the fatal police shooting last week of an unarmed biracial young man. The shooting of Tony Robinson, 19, in Wisconsin's capital by a veteran white Madison police officer on Friday was the latest in a string of officer-involved deaths around the country that have heightened concerns about racial bias in U.S. law enforcement. Activists are questioning the use of force against Anthony Hill, a 27-year-old black man, who was naked and unarmed when he was shot and killed by a white police officer in an Atlanta suburb on Monday. The mostly young Wisconsin protesters carried signs calling for "Justice for Tony." Robinson's mother, Andrea Irwin, said her "wonderful" son would be in awe of the crowd's support, and that she wanted no violence done in his name.


Boston bombing jury hears 'officer down' police radio call

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:25

A blood-stained message that prosecutors say Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote is shown to jurors in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer who found a colleague in his squad car covered in blood three nights after the Boston Marathon bombing frantically repeated two words into his radio "officer down, officer down." A recording of that radio call was played to jurors hearing the trial of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, on Wednesday, as prosecutors turned to the charge that the defendant and his older brother murdered MIT police officer Sean Collier on April 18, 2013, in an unsuccessful attempt to steal his gun. Collier's death marked the start of a chaotic 24 hours that saw the brothers carjack a man and hurl explosives at police during a shootout that ended when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev roared off in a car, running over and killing 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev before disappearing into a drydocked boat in the Boston suburb of Watertown. Police found him the next evening, after a day-long lockdown of much of the Boston area when hundreds of thousands of people hid in their homes.


FTC sues DirecTV, alleges hidden fees and deceptive ads

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:25

FILE - In this May 6, 2010 file photo, a DirecTV satellite dish is attached to a roof at a home in Palo Alto, Calif. The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that its complaint charges DirecTV Inc. with deceptively advertising a discounted 12-month programming package. Consumers weren't clearly told that the package requires a two-year contract, the commission said. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming.


U.S. Army: $500 million spent on empty buildings as troops cut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:24
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is spending half a billion dollars a year to maintain empty or unused facilities, even as it faces budget cuts that could force it to slash 60,000 more troops, top Army officials told lawmakers on Wednesday. Army Secretary John McHugh said the Army faced a "dark and dangerous future" unless Congress took action this year to end the "ill-conceived and inflexible budget cuts" it approved in 2011. McHugh and General Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, appealed for lawmakers to support the president's request for a $534 billion 2016 Pentagon base budget that would exceed federal spending caps by some $35 billion. McHugh said the Army's share of the request would be $126.5 billion, which is $5.4 billion above what Congress approved for 2015 and $6 billion above the 2016 spending limits.

New Hampshire lawmakers vote for bill decriminalizing marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:23

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year's day in Northglenn, ColoradoState representatives in New Hampshire on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, although the measure is likely to face resistance from the senate and the governor. The measure would bring New Hampshire in line with other New England states that have relaxed marijuana possession laws in recent years. The House has passed several decriminalization bills in past years, but they have failed to make it out of the Senate. Governor Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, has said she would veto a decriminalization bill.


Childcare center instructors in California pricked kids with pins, suit says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:22
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Parents who say their toddler children had thumb tacks pricked into their legs as a form a discipline at a California daycare center have sued the facility's former operators over abuse they said was perpetrated by two teachers. The civil suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, says the teachers involved in the abuse, which occurred between 2013 and 2014 at a Tutor Time franchise, were fired after their actions came to the attention of management, but that the daycare center concealed their actions from parents. The suit follows an investigation by state authorities who cited the center in Agoura Hills, west of Los Angeles, after finding at least one instructor "used tactics to intimate and scare children," according to documents from the state Department of Social Services.