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UN diplomats put hold on Libya's request for jets, tanks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 20:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say eight member countries of the U.N. Security Council have put a hold on Libya's request for dozens of fighter jets, tanks and other weapons the country says it urgently seeks to defend itself against the rising threat of the Islamic State.

Amtrak train headed to Philadelphia hits tractor-trailer, derails in North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 19:35

Amtrak train headed to Philadelphia hits tractor-trailer, derails in North CarolinaAn 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.


Jury awards $491M in damages in prearranged funerals case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 19:13
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis federal jury has awarded $491 million in damages in a 6-year-old lawsuit linked to the collapse years ago of a company that sold prepaid funerals but that federal investigators described as nothing more than an elaborate Ponzi scheme.

Philly DA to announce charges against state lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 19:04

Philly DA to announce charges against state lawmakersAction News has confirmed that those facing charges are: State Representative Louise Bishop, State Representative Michelle Brownlee and former State Representative Harold James.


Atlanta-area police shoot dead unarmed, naked African-American man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 18:38
(Reuters) - A white, Atlanta-area police officer shot dead a naked and unarmed African-American man acting erratically in his apartment complex and who was possibly suffering from a mental illness, the county police chief said. A Dekalb County police officer responded to a caller who said a man was "acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around on the ground naked," on Monday around 1 p.m. local time, county police chief Cedric Alexander told reporters. The officer encountered the man, who was not wearing any clothes, in the parking lot, Alexander said at a conference published online by local broadcaster Fox5. Alexander said the man ran at the officer, who backed up and ordered the person to stop before shooting him twice.

Local passengers aboard derailed Amtrak train tell their story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 18:27

Truck hit by Amtrak train in North Carolina was trying to turn, police saySeveral local passengers who were aboard the Amtrak train that derailed Monday in North Carolina after slamming into a tractor-trailer finally arrived at Philadelphia's 30th Street early Tuesday morning.


Police: Officer fatally shoots naked man in Atlanta suburb

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:48

 Officer fatally shoots naked man in Atlanta suburbAuthorities say a police officer fatally shot a naked man on Monday afternoon outside a suburban Atlanta apartment complex who doesn't appear to have been armed.


American held in Thailand linked to Detroit housing telemarketing scam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:24
Thai police have arrested an American suspected of being part of a group charged with operating a fraudulent Detroit housing telemarketing scheme that caused losses of over $20 million to nearly 300 people, a senior officer said on Tuesday. New York resident Joseph Simon Arsenault was arrested in Bangkok on Monday after police acted on a request from the U.S. embassy in Bangkok, said Police Major General Warawut Thaweechaiyagarn, investigative commander of Thailand's Immigration Bureau. Arsenault was one of 16 people charged in 2014 with a range of offences including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. "We are waiting to send him back to the United States which should happen in the very near future." Arsenault was not available for comment.

Trash in basement ignites blaze inside Frankford house

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:05

Trash in basement ignites blaze inside Frankford houseOfficials say trash found in a basement caused a house fire in Philadelphia's Frankford section early Tuesday morning.


Blaze damages house in Mantua

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:01

Blaze damages house in MantuaA fire damaged a house in the Mantua section of Philadelphia early Tuesday morning.


Nurse who balked at Ebola quarantine is leaving Maine

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 13:56
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The nurse who refused to be quarantined after treating Ebola patients in West Africa is leaving Maine.

Ferrets' fateful day: NYC officials to vote on lifting ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 13:38

In this file photo taken on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in New York, Candace Lucas poses for photos with her pet ferret Tink. The New York City Board of Health is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to lift a longstanding ban on keeping the animals as pets, which is legal across much of the country. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — After years of slinking around, ferrets and their fans may get to go aboveground in the nation's biggest city.


Texas federal judge leaves block on Obama immigration plan in place

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 13:24

The border crossing into Mexico is seen through the border fence at the United States-Mexico border along the Rio Grande river in Brownsville, Texas(Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas on Monday declined to lift a block of the White House's immigration plan for at least 10 more days, court records show. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, issued a preliminary injunction last month halting President Barack Obama's plans that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. On Monday, Hanen said in a one-page order that the court will not rule on any pending motions at least until a court hearing set for March 19, where government attorneys will have to explain a filing that said some 100,000 people had been given three-year periods of deferred action prior to the judge's injunction. He also cited ways that Texas would be harmed by the action but used no other states as examples.


Atlanta-area police officer fatally shoots naked African-American

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 13:23
(Reuters) - An Atlanta-area police officer fatally shot a naked and apparently unarmed African-American who was reportedly acting erratically at his apartment complex, authorities said. Monday's shooting follows a string of incidents, including the slayings of unarmed black men by police in Missouri and New York City, that have put law enforcement across the country under heightened scrutiny over the use of lethal force, especially against minorities, the poor and the mentally ill. An officer with the Dekalb County police responded to a caller who said a man was "acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around on the ground naked," around 1 p.m. local time, county police chief Cedric Alexander told reporters. The officer, who was white, encountered the man in the parking lot of the complex without any clothes on, Alexander said according to a recording of the conference published online by local broadcaster Fox5.

US military hopes to learn from victim of chimp attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 13:21

In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 photograph, Charla Nash sits in her favorite chair at her second-story apartment in Boston. The Department of Defense is following Nash's progress, after funding her full-face transplant surgery in 2011. Nash lost her face, eyes and hands after being mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009. The military is hoping the information they learn from Nash's rehabilitation can help young, seriously disfigured soldiers returning from war. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — Charla Nash never served in the military. She was horribly disfigured, not in combat, but in a 2009 attack by a rampaging chimpanzee. The Pentagon, though, is watching her recovery closely.


Police shooting forces discussion of Madison's racial divide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 13:21

Demonstrators hold photos of Tony Robinson outside of the state Capitol Monday, March 9, 2015, in Madison, Wis. Robinson, 19, was fatally shot Friday night by a police officer who forced his way into an apartment after hearing a disturbance while responding to a call. Police say Robinson had attacked the officer. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison takes pride in being named one of the nation's best places to live, raise a family and retire.


Immigration officials: laws limiting detainers risk officers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 13:06

In this March 2, 2015 photo, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer "tacs up" in the garage of a New York federal building, as he prepares for series of early-morning arrests. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement say an increasing number of cities and counties across the United States are limiting cooperation with the agency and putting its officers in dangerous situations as they track down foreign-born criminals. Instead, more of its force is out on the streets, eating up resources and conducting investigations because cities like New York and states like California have passed legislation that limits many of the detention requests issued by immigration authorities. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Diminished local cooperation is putting federal immigration officers in dangerous situations as they track down foreign-born criminals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say.


Authorities: Likely cyberattack hits Madison websites, email

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:46
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in Wisconsin say a likely cyberattack has affected the city of Madison's website and email system, as well as computers used by law enforcement countywide.

Banned Indian rape documentary debuts in US; Streep attends

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:44

Actress Freida Pinto speaks as she arrives for the premiere for the film "India's Daughter" at Baruch College in New York, Monday, March 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — A rape documentary banned from airing in India received its U.S. premiere at a star-studded event on Monday that included actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto.


Oklahoma University shuts 'disgraceful' fraternity for racist video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:27

People load goods into moving trucks at the back of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma in NormanBy Heide Brandes NORMAN, Okla. (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma closed a fraternity linked to a video of students singing racial epithets, ordered its members to move out of the house and labeled the actions of those involved "disgraceful." "Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between the university and the local SAE (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) chapter are hereby severed," University President David Boren said on Monday. Over the weekend, ceremonies in Selma, Alabama, marked the 50th anniversary of a crackdown on a civil rights march there known as "Bloody Sunday." In the 10-second video posted online on Sunday and replayed by media outlets, students on a bus chanted in unison, using offensive language referring to blacks and vowing to never admit them into the fraternity. It was not immediately clear when the video of students on a bus chartered for a date night was taped.