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Ferguson fires city court clerk over racist emails

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:43
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The city of Ferguson has identified an employee fired for sending racist emails to co-workers as its former municipal court clerk.

AccuWeather: Frigid Today, Better Soon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:42

 Frigid Today, Better SoonMeteorologist Melissa Magee says milder air arrives as we move through the weekend and into next week.

Remembering Selma 50 years later

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:39

FILE - In this March 1965 file photo, Martin Luther King, center, leads a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. In early 1965, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference began a series of marches as part of a push for black voting rights. (AP Photo/File)It only lasted minutes, but images of sheriff's deputies lobbing tear gas and beating civil rights marchers with batons and whips on March 7, 1965 energized the nation into fighting against segregation in the South.

Official: Hypothermia killed naked woman, kid found in field

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:38
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas medical examiner says a dead mother and toddler whose naked bodies were found in a field about 200 yards from their wrecked car died of hypothermia.

BNSF says derailed crude oil train originated from North Dakota

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:30
NEW YORK (Reuters) - BNSF Railway Co said on Friday that the crude oil train derailed near Galena, Ill., a day earlier originated from North Dakota, according to a statement. It added it was running on BNSF's mainline track. (Reporting By Catherine Ngai)

West Virginia overrides veto, bans abortions after 20 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:28
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have overridden the governor's veto on a bill that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks.

Man soliciting for Islamic State charity reported at Harvard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:28
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University police are investigating reports that a man came to the university's Kennedy School of Government to solicit donations for a charity connected to the Islamic State.

Woman shot dead in Cheltenham Twp., Pa. home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:22

Woman shot dead in Cheltenham Twp., Pa. homePolice are searching for the suspect who allegedly shot and killed a woman in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania Thursday.

Grandma charged after toddler found wandering in only boots

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 01:20
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of her 2-year-old granddaughter after the girl was found outside in the cold naked, wearing only a pair of boots.

Truck driver in fatal Washington crash cited for collision last year

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:57
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state truck driver who apparently fell asleep at the wheel before swerving into oncoming traffic, killing a woman in a car and striking a school bus filled with children, was cited for causing a collision last year, officials said on Friday. Truck driver Kenneth Hahn, 54, of Yakima was cited just over a year ago for veering across the center of a roadway near the scene of Thursday's fatal crash, causing an injury collision, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Darren Wright. Hahn's box truck crossed the center lane into oncoming traffic, crashing into a car driven by Carmela Cuellar Morales, 22, of Orondo, who died at the scene.

Latest on Philadelphia officer's death: 'Fierce' gun battle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:47

This undated photo provided by Philadelphia Police Department, shows Robert Wilson III. Wilson, a Philadelphia police officer, was shot in the head and killed after he and his partner exchanged gunfire with two suspects trying to rob a video game store, city officials said Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 11:30 a.m.

Homeowners group relents, Oks playhouse for girl with cancer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:42
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A young girl with leukemia who asked for a playhouse in her backyard will get her wish, after a homeowners association that initially rejected the idea relented.

Five cars still on fire following BNSF oil train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:34
(Reuters) - An Illinois emergency management official said on Friday that 21 tank cars derailed, seven were damaged, and were five still on fire after a BNSF oil train accident on Thursday near the town of Galena. Some oil was leaking from the derailed cars, said a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, but there was no evidence that it had reached a nearby river. (Reporting by Edward McAllister in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Dead man elected in Vermont after death info withheld

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:34
UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who died the day before a town meeting vote was elected to serve on the select board after officials withheld information about the death citing state campaign laws.

Ohio home pelted by eggs for a year; police can't crack case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:23

A home that has been pelted with eggs several times a week for a year is shown Friday, March 6, 2015, in Euclid, Ohio. Police haven't been able to crack the unusual case despite doing stakeouts, questioning neighbors, installing a surveillance camera and even testing eggshells as evidence. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — An 85-year-old man says his suburban Cleveland home has been pelted with eggs several times a week for a year, and police haven't been able to crack the unusual case despite stakeouts, questioning neighbors, installing a surveillance camera and even testing eggshells as evidence.

Boston high school dean ran drug ring, tried to kill teen: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:21
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts high school dean charged with the attempted execution-style murder of a student he had inducted into an alleged drug ring had once worked with Boston police on efforts to combat drugs and gangs, a police spokesman said on Friday. Prosecutors contend that Reverend Shaun Harrison, the now-fired dean of The English High School, hired one of his students to sell marijuana and shot the 17-year-old boy in the back of the head on a Boston street Tuesday night after a disagreement. The victim, whose name was not released due to his youth, is expected to survive his injuries, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors say the incident was recorded on a surveillance camera at a nearby business.  Harrison was an advocate for struggling teenagers who had worked with police on a number of outreach efforts, including serving as a member of the Boston TenPoint Coalition, a group of Christian clergy members working with black and Latino youth, said Boston police spokesman Lieutenant Mike McCarthy.

Train carrying liquefied propane derails in Vermont, no danger posed: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:10
(Reuters) - A train carrying 15 tanker cars of liquefied propane derailed in Essex junction, Vermont, late on Thursday, but no flammable gas was leaked and there was no danger to the public, according to a local news website on Friday. All safety systems also operated as designed, reported, citing New England Railroad spokesman Mike Williams.

Montana man charged with using kids as shields from police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:05
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is accused of threatening police officers with a hammer and using his children as shields after officers drew their weapons.

Wisconsin Assembly OKs right-to-work bill, governor supports

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:05

Protesters demonstrate outside of the Wisconsin Assembly, where lawmakers are debating a right-to-work bill, in Madison, WisconsinBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Weary Wisconsin lawmakers on Friday approved a bill that stops private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment and sent it to Republican Governor Scott Walker, who is expected to sign it on Monday. The Republican-led state Assembly voted 62-35 on party lines to make Wisconsin the 25th "right-to-work" state, a measure supported by Walker, an early favorite in the battle for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. The final vote came after 24 hours of debate in the Assembly and two weeks after state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced plans to take up a "right-to-work" bill. It has everything to do with busting," said Representative Andy Jorgensen, a Democrat.

Cops: Student hurt in frat hazing stunt may not lose fingers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:04
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say the condition of a Syracuse University student's frostbitten fingers has improved since he was injured during a cold weather fraternity hazing stunt.