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How do we find each other? Lots of ways _ friends can help

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 16:37

In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 photo, Michelle and Robert Philippi laugh as they stand together for a photograph in Boise, Idaho. One day, her mother came home from community college and said, "That guy in that class, he’s so obnoxious, he’s so loud _ and here’s his phone number. I think you’d be perfect together." So Michelle called "that guy" _ Robert _ and he invited her to go fishing. (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)Smitten by Nancy, Charlie chased her down at a charity walk. Lisa, landlocked in Florida, fell for Thomas as his ship crossed the Mediterranean, and agreed to marry him before meeting face-to-face. Ready to give up, Penny gave online dating one last try — and there was Ray "with a twinkle in his eye."


Police in Washington state fatally shoot man who threw rocks at them

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 14:47
(Reuters) - Police in Washington state shot a man to death who threw rocks at them, officials said on Wednesday, as a video published online appearing to show the incident drew criticism of the officers' actions. The police shooting in Pasco, Washington comes amid heightened tension across the country in the wake of high-profile police killings of unarmed minorities, particularly in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Officers Ryan Flanagan, Adam Wright, and Adrian Alaniz arrived at the parking lot of a Fiesta Foods grocery store around 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday, where suspect Antonio Zambrano-Montes threw rocks at them, Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger said in a statement. A video of the incident posted on YouTube and cited by local media showed the man running away from the three officers before he was killed.

Some groups say 'Fifty Shades' endorses sexual violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 14:35

In this image released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, Dakota Johnson, left, and Jamie Dornan appear in a scene from "Fifty Shades of Grey." The film is getting a big thumbs-down from religious and other groups who say it’s degrading to women and endorses sexual violence. One social media campaign is encouraging movie-goers to instead give their ticket and popcorn money to women’s shelters. Author EL James, who wrote the erotic trilogy that launched the film, has heard the backlash and says the critics have it all wrong. She says no woman wants to read about abuse, and that everything that happens is safe and consensual. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures and Focus Features)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — "Fifty Shades of Grey" hasn't even opened in theaters yet but already it is getting a big thumbs-down from religious and other groups who say it is degrading to women and endorses sexual violence.


How cases involving 2 NYC cops and 2 unarmed men measure up

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 14:13

New York City rookie police officer Peter Liang, center, leaves the courtroom after he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at Brooklyn Superior court, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in New York. Liang, who fired into a darkened stairwell last November at a Brooklyn public housing complex, accidentally killing 28-year-old Akai Gurley, has been charged with manslaughter, official misconduct and other charges. He was released without bail. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The indictment of New York Police Department Officer Peter Liang Wednesday on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the stairwell shooting of Akai Gurley comes two months after a grand jury declined to charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Both were unarmed black men who died at the hands of police, and the officers became the subject of criminal investigations.


Man convicted of strangling, robbing pharmacist, girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 13:30

Hugo Selenski is led from the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, after being convicted of first degree murder and other charges in the deaths of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett. (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Mark Moran) MANDATORY CREDITWILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A jury on Wednesday convicted a man of strangling a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend, whose bodies were found in his yard, as part of a plot to rob the pharmacist of the proceeds of an illegal drug ring.


San Francisco commuters possibly exposed to measles on train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 13:27

Measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesBy Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of commuters on San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system may have been exposed to measles after an infectious Bay Area resident rode a train to and from work for three days last week, public health officials said on Wednesday. The rider represents the first case of measles confirmed by Contra Costa County health officials during an outbreak of the disease that began in late December. "Although the risk of contracting measles by being exposed on BART is low, Bay Area residents should be aware of the situation," the county public health department said in a statement. The California Department of Public Health said on Wednesday that 110 cases of measles had been confirmed in California, many of them linked to the outbreak that authorities believe began when an infected person from out of the country visited Disneyland in late December.


CBS '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon dies in car crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 13:21

FILE - In this Feb, 1, 2010 file photo, journalist Bob Simon attends the premiere screening of "Faces of America With Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr." at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. CBS says Simon was killed in a car crash on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Manhattan. Police say a town car in which he was a passenger hit another car. He was 73. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon, who covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago, died in a car crash on Wednesday. He was 73.


Man suffers serious burns in W. Phila. rowhome fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 13:05

Man suffers serious burns in W. Phila. rowhome fireOne person was injured in a rowhome fire in West Philadelphia.


Oregon governor planned to quit but changed his mind

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 13:02

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2014, file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks during a gubernatorial debate in Portland, Ore. As an ethics controversy heats up around Kitzhaber, the person who would be next in line if he resigns is abruptly returning from a conference in Washington, D.C. It was not clear whether the unscheduled return Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown has anything to do with influence-peddling allegations surrounding Kitzhaber’s fiancee, Cylvia Hayes. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Embattled Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber had reached a decision to resign because of an ethics scandal surrounding him and his fiancée, but he changed his mind, three people with direct knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.


AccuWeather: 40s Thursday, Then A Drastic Drop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:50

 40s Thursday, Then A Drastic DropMeteorologist Adam Joseph is tracking dangerous wind chills for Friday morning.


Hawaii police arrest man in golfer Robert Allenby case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:43

 Waste Management Phoenix Open-Practice RoundBy Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - Honolulu police said they arrested a man on Wednesday on theft charges connected to Australian golfer Robert Allenby, who reported being abducted, robbed and dumped from a car last month. Police said they identified numerous charges to Allenby's credit cards at stores around Oahu, and added that the suspect was arrested at the Oahu Community Correctional Center where he was being held on a contempt warrant for a separate incident. Allenby, 43, has said that he went out for drinks after failing to qualify for the Sony Open in Honolulu last month. He told Reuters then that the next thing he recalled was waking up groggy in a park miles away from the bar to find he had been beaten and robbed of his wallet, cell phone, cash and credit cards.


INVESTIGATION: Jewelry shopping? How to spot fool's gold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:41

 Jewelry shopping? How to spot fool's goldAll that glitters isn't gold, and that could also be true inside a jewelry store.


Obama proposes war authorization against Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:38

Obama proposes war authorization against Islamic StatePresident Barack Obama is asking Congress to formally authorize war against Islamic State militants, offering a draft resolution that says the Islamic State "poses a grave threat."


3 found guilty in killing of Rite Aid manager

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:36

3 found guilty in killing of Rite Aid managerThree people have been found guilty for the murder of a Rite Aid manager in Chester, Delaware County.


Ferguson mayor says he tried in vain to get Guard to town

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:33
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of Ferguson said Wednesday that he had tried in vain to urge Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard in his town as people burned and looted buildings in protest of a grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case.

Police: Man killed after he hit 2 officers with rocks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:18
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A homeless man who was shot and killed by officers at a busy intersection had thrown multiple rocks, hitting two officers, and had refused to put down other stones, authorities said Wednesday.

Man shot multiple times in Pottstown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:07

Man shot multiple times in PottstownAuthorities say a man was shot multiple times in Pottstown.


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:05

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left, and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., walk through a corridor at the Capitol after a closed-door meeting on President Barack Obama's request to Congress to authorize military action against terrorists who are cutting a swath across the Middle East, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. At the heart of the debate, the struggle to define any role for American ground forces is likely to determine the outcome of the administration's request for legislation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Celebrated Little League team stripped of championship title

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:54

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team participate in a rally in Chicago celebrating the team's U.S. Little League Championship. Little League International has stripped Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team of its national title after finding the team falsified its boundary map. The league made the announcement Wednesday morning, Feb. 11, 2015, saying the Chicago team violated regulations by placing players on the team who didn’t qualify because they lived outside the team’s boundaries. Little League International also suspended Jackie Robinson West manager Darold Butler from league activity.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A Little League team that captured the attention of the nation and the hearts of its hometown was stripped of its national title Wednesday after an investigation revealed that team officials had falsified boundaries so they could add ineligible players to the roster.


CBS: '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon killed in crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:41

CBS '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon dies in car crashCBS says longtime '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon has been killed in New York City car crash. He was 73 years old. The crash happened Wednesday in Manhattan. Police say a town car in which he was ...