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Human remains ID'd as missing Pemberton Twp. woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 06:09

Human remains found ID'd as missing Pemberton Twp. womanNew Jersey State Police say human remains found earlier this week have been identified as a woman reported missing in 2006.

Fire hits part of GE's Louisville facility, no injuries reported

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:44

Nearly 200 firefighters battle a massive six-alarm fire at GE Appliance Park in LouisvilleBy Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A huge fire ripped through a section of General Electric's Louisville, Kentucky facility used for warehousing and offices on Friday, forcing the giant industrial park to shut down for at least the coming week, the company and union officials said. "The fire at GE Appliance Park has been contained," said Kim Freeman, a GE spokeswoman. Building six – a non-production building which warehouses production parts and contains offices – suffered extensive damage, according to the company spokeswoman. Smoke from the fire at GE’s Appliance Park could be seen more than 10 miles (16 km) away, and debris was found more than a half-mile away.

AP PHOTOS: Christians celebrate Holy Week

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:41

Brendan Paul, right, plays the part of Jesus as supporters follow during a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ in Sydney, Friday, April 3, 2015. Members of the Wesley Mission use a modern interpretation of the recreation of Jesus' journey to the cross before a Good Friday service is held. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)As Holy Week nears an end, Christians around the world are observing Good Friday, which recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion.

Duke, Virginia agree to $2.5 million coal ash settlement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:41
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Duke Energy has agreed to a $2.5 million settlement with Virginia over a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge, state environmental officials announced Friday.

Amanda Knox vows to work on behalf of the wrongly convicted

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:39
SEATTLE (AP) — Finally cleared of involvement in her roommate's 2007 murder in Italy, Amanda Knox says she will work on behalf of the wrongly convicted.

Auto body shop worker suspended over threatening voicemail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:36

Ella May Rudd points to a leaky spot on her Hummer H2, parked in her Hagerstown, Md., driveway, Friday, April 3, 2015, that led to a dispute and suspension of a local Maaco body shop worker. The Maaco auto body chain says a Maryland franchise is suspending a worker who left a threatening message telling a customer's husband to control her after she posted a scathing review on social media. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maaco body shop worker will be suspended for leaving a profane, threatening message telling a customer's husband to "get her in check" after her she posted a scathing review on Facebook, the company said Friday.

Federal appeals court upholds 2 Somali pirates' convictions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:35
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two Somali pirates convicted in the shooting deaths of four Americans aboard a yacht off the coast of Africa got a fair trial, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Texas faces deadline to relocate sex offenders after prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:33
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas agency is scrambling to relocate more than 100 sex offenders after two companies backed out of a contract to provide post-prison housing, but officials say inquiries about shuttered jails, holding facilities and numerous other options have left them no closer to a solution.

Hazing investigation at St. Joseph's University

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:28

Hazing investigation at St. Joseph's UniversityAction News has learned that St. Joseph's University is conducting an internal investigation into allegations of hazing involving the women's softball team.

Chicago-area cousins indicted in alleged terrorist plot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:26
CHICAGO (AP) — Two suburban Chicago cousins have been indicted on charges of conspiring to help the Islamic State, with one allegedly planning to attack an Illinois military facility and the other allegedly planning to go overseas, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

Religious freedom fight over gay marriage will persist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:22

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs a reworked religious freedom bill into law after it passed in the House at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, April 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Brian Chilson)NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative faith leaders have made religious liberty a rallying cry as gay marriage has spread throughout the states. And though stunned by Indiana's retreat from a religious freedom law after an uproar over same-sex marriage, they vow not to give up.

Dockworkers union leaders back West Coast ports labor deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:15

Freighters and cargo containers sit idle at the Port of Los Angeles as a back-log of over 30 container ships sit anchored outside the Port in Los Angeles(Reuters) - A union caucus representing dockworkers at West Coast ports voted to recommend to its members a labor contract deal reached over months of negotiations that led to major disruptions to trans-Pacific trade, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Friday. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative five-year agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association, representing a group of shippers, on Feb. 20 with the help of a federal mediator and intervention by U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. "With their vote to recommend ratification of the contract between shippers and dockworkers at the West Coast ports, leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have taken an important step toward finalizing the agreement," Perez said in a statement on Friday. During nine months of talks between dockworkers and shippers, tensions arose and played out in chronic cargo backups that increasingly slowed freight traffic at the ports.

Seven officers suspended from San Francisco force over racist texts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:13
(Reuters) - Seven San Francisco police officers linked to a scandal over racist and homophobic text messages were suspended with the recommendation they be fired, Chief Greg Suhr said on Friday. “There is also no place in the SFPD for any officer capable of the thinking expressed in these hateful text messages," Suhr said in a statement. "The officers responsible for the reprehensible texts should be separated from the SFPD as soon as practical. The fine, right-minded men and women of the SFPD that are of the impeccable character required of a Guardian (police officer) expect no less,” he said.

US woman accused of trying to join, martyr self for IS group

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:07

members of the Islamic State group parading in a street in the Syrian city of RaqaPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman was arrested Friday on charges she tried to join and martyr herself for the Islamic State group, a day after two women in New York were charged with plotting to wage jihad by building a bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack.

College senior gives new meaning to 'off-campus' with hut

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 04:58

In this March 23, 2015 photo, Dylan Miller, a senior at Juniata College, poses in front of his shelter in the woods near campus in Huntingdon, Pa. For his senior research project on simple living, Miller decided to emulate Thoreau instead of just reading his work. So, deep in the woods about a half-hour's walk from campus, he built a hut out of fallen trees, leaves and a tarp - unheated, no plumbing - and has been living there since the beginning of the school year, studying by lantern and chasing away the occasional bear. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — You'd think Dylan Miller would have looked forward to spring, considering he spent his senior year of college living off-campus — WAY off campus — in a sturdy but rudimentary shelter he built in the woods.

Justice Dept.: Inmate's gender condition should be treated

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 04:58
ATLANTA (AP) — Prison officials must treat an inmate's gender identity condition just as they would treat any other medical or mental health condition, the Justice Department said in a court filing Friday.

Correction: Seattle Minimum Wage story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 04:55

In this photo taken Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Rubin Sanchez sends flames upward as he cooks lunch for a customer at the Skillet Diner in Seattle.Seattle’s new minimum wage law went into effect Wednesday, April 1, 2015, that will eventually raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. Starting Wednesday, large businesses and national chains must raise their minimum pay to at least $11 an hour. Smaller businesses must pay at least $10 an hour. Seattle's current minimum wage is $9.47, the same as the Washington state minimum wage. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — In a story April 1 about Seattle's minimum wage law, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount the small restaurant chain Skillet had raised wages. Skillet is phasing in a wage increase, as the law allows, not immediately increasing pay to $15 an hour.

March in support of Michigan motorist beaten by police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 04:50

Floyd Dent, stands behind his attorney as she addresses hundreds of protesters after a march on Michigan Ave. on Friday, April 3, 2015 in Inkster, Mich. Dent was pulled from his car in January, repeatedly punched in the head by a white police officer and subdued with a stun gun in suburban Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — Ministers, civil rights proponents, union workers and others have marched in support of a black motorist who was pulled from his car and repeatedly punched in the head by a white police officer during a traffic stop in suburban Detroit.

Clinton campaign headquarters expected in Brooklyn

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 04:49

A woman enters One Pierrepont Plaza, Friday, April 3, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed a lease for two floors in the Brooklyn Heights building for what is expected to be her presidential campaign headquarters. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed a lease in a Brooklyn, New York, building for what is expected to house her presidential campaign headquarters.

Rocky Mountain snow offers scant encouragement to California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 04:42

A pedestrian moves along a sidewalk while framed by branches covered with snow from a spring storm, Friday, April 3, 2015, in Denver. The dry month of March in Colorado, which is normally one of the state's snowiest months of the year, has raised concerns about water supply across the West for the summer ahead. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Drought-weary Californians can't expect much encouragement from mountains elsewhere in the West: Snow that fills the Colorado River is lagging, too, officials said Friday.