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Judge: Death shows need for training of Orleans jail guards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:18
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The apparent suicide of a New Orleans jail inmate this week demonstrates the need for more training of staff at the dangerous lockup where court-ordered reforms are progressing slowly, a federal judge said Thursday.

Firefighter dies in Cincinnati apartment building fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:12
(Reuters) - A firefighter with three decades of service with Cincinnati's fire department died on Thursday after falling five stories down an elevator shaft while fighting a multi-alarm apartment building blaze, officials said. Daryl Gordon, 54, was the first Cincinnati firefighter to die in the line of duty since 2003. "It takes a special breed of person to rush into a fire when the natural instinct is to flee," Mayor John Cranley said in a statement. Gordon, a fire apparatus officer, would have marked his 30th anniversary with the department in June.

American who contracted Ebola improves, in serious condition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:07
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Doctors say an American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has improved to serious condition at the National Institutes of Health.

Mental exam ordered for man accused in workplace beheading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:05
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma.

U.S. ad campaign points to dangers of dual cigarette/e-cig use

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:01

E-cigarettes are displayed in a shop in downtown Rome(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is launching an ad campaign warning consumers against the dual use of e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes. Nationally, about three in four adult e-cigarette users also smoke cigarettes, the CDC said. "If you only cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke by adding another tobacco product, like e-cigarettes, you still face serious health risks," the CDC said in a statement. "Smokers must quit smoking completely to fully protect their health - even a few cigarettes a day are dangerous." The ads, which will begin running in print publications and radio on Monday, feature a 35-year-old named Kristy who tried using e-cigarettes to quit smoking, but wound up using both products.

Indiana governor permits needle exchange to fight HIV outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 01:01
Indiana's governor on Thursday authorized the short-term use of a needle-exchange program in a rural county to combat the biggest outbreak of HIV infections in state history, all tied to intravenous prescription drug abuse. Republican Governor Mike Pence said he personally opposes needle-exchange programs but signed an emergency order allowing one recommended by federal health officials to be used in Scott County in southern Indiana near the Kentucky border. Scott County has recorded 80 HIV cases since December, all tied to injected drugs.

Two U.S. men arrested in plot to attack Illinois military base: Justice Dept

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:55

 Justice DeptA U.S. Army National Guard soldier and his cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State, the Department of Justice said on Thursday. The two Chicago area men, both U.S. citizens, spoke of using army uniforms, along with military knowledge and access, to attack an Illinois military installation, the department said in a statement. Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport while attempting to fly to Cairo, Egypt, the Justice Department said. Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his Aurora, Illinois, home.

Child fatally struck by public transit bus in Rhode Island

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:48
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities say a child has died after being struck by a public transit bus in Rhode Island less than half a mile from the Statehouse.

U.S. Ebola patient's condition improved to serious: NIH

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. patient being treated for the Ebola virus at a National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland has improved to serious condition from critical, the NIH said on Thursday. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

Judge: Death shows need for training of Orleans jail guards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:38
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says the apparent suicide of a New Orleans jail inmate this week demonstrates the need for more training of staff at the dangerous lockup.

National Guardsman and His Cousin Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:29
He was a member of the Illinois National Guard.

Detroit mom whose children were found in freezer to face murder charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:25
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Michigan magistrate judge set a bond of $1 million on Thursday for a mother of two children found dead in a freezer in a Detroit apartment, after a prosecutor said that murder charges will be filed. Mitchelle Angela Blair, 35, is being held on charges of felony child abuse while medical examiners try to determine whether the children were murdered. The two children were identified as Blair's daughter, Stoni Ann Blair, and son, Stephen Gage Berry, who were 13 and 9 years old when they died. Blair, who appeared at the hearing by video, appeared unemotional and did not speak as Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Carin Goldfarb asked Magistrate Renee McDuffee to set the high bond, since two murder charges were expected.

Police: 'Foul play' suspected in Upper Darby woman's disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:22

 'Foul play' suspected in Drexel Hill woman's disappearancePolice in Upper Darby are asking for the public's help in finding a mother of two who has been missing since last summer.

Police: Dead man's neck lodged between posts of iron fence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:19
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they're investigating the death of a man found with his neck lodged between posts of an iron fence around a shopping center.

Ohio mom pleads not guilty to decapitating her baby daughter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:18

FILE - This booking photo provided by the Hamilton County, Ohio Sheriff shows Deasia Watkins in Cincinnati. Accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter with a chef's knife, Watkins was indicted Wednesday, March 25, 2015 on a charge of aggravated murder. (AP Photo/Hamilton County Sheriff)CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman accused of decapitating her 3-month-old daughter pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of aggravated murder.

Grandma Cissy prays for Bobbi Kristina but 'not a great deal of hope'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:06

 On Our Own" in New YorkCissy Houston, the grandmother of Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January, is praying for her recovery but she admitted there was little hope. In an interview with WBLS radio in New York City, Houston, 81, said her granddaughter, the only child of the late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, had been transferred to a rehabilitative center and her condition remained "the same".

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:04

People watch the total solar eclipse from Svalbard, Norway on Friday March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Haakon Mosvold Larsen) NORWAY OUTHere's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

U.S. lawmaker to Homeland Security: 'clean up' Secret Service

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:51
A U.S. lawmaker on Thursday questioned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's choice of a veteran agent to lead the U.S. Secret Service and said the agency that protects the American president needs to be cleaned up. We all have the highest of regard and respect for the Secret Service. Rogers questioned the choice of Joseph Clancy, a 27-year veteran of the Secret Service, as its director, citing an independent panel's recommendation that the new director be picked from outside the agency, which it described as insular. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson stepped down in October after a Sept. 19 White House breach in which a man carrying a knife jumped the fence and ran into the executive mansion.

Correction: Financial Markets story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:49

FILE - This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. The stock market drifted lower, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, following a drop in durable goods orders and news of a big merger between Kraft and Heinz. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)In some versions of a March 25 story about financial markets, The Associated Press erroneously reported the current employer of one of the people quoted. Peter Cardillo works for Rockwell Global Capital, not Avalon Partners.

Maryland student leaves school after 'hateful' email to fraternity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:42
(Reuters) - A Maryland college student has left school after officials discovered he sent his fraternity brothers e-mail correspondence that contained racist and sexist language, officials said on Thursday.The student, who has not been identified publicly, will not return to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, said Linda Clement, the vice president for student affairs. The e-mail sent by a member of Kappa Sigma to several fraternity members was racist and used "language disparaging the importance of sexual consent," said university spokesman Brian Ullmann. "I know many of you feel hurt and angry."The national chapter of Kappa Sigma in a statement called the incident inexcusable and said the student submitted a letter of resignation from the fraternity.The school ordered mandatory diversity training for Kappa Sigma and said all members of its Greek system will undergo mandatory training in sexual assault prevention, multicultural competency, drug and alcohol education and hazing prevention.Discovery of the email came just days after University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers were caught on video chanting a racist song.