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Ford recalls over 220,000 vehicles in North America for three issues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:10

Ford Motor Co unveils the new 2011 Ford Explorer outside the Ford Motor World Headquarters in DearbornFord Motor Co said on Wednesday it is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it is recalling 212,911 Ford Explorer SUVs and Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013 because a spring that controls the interior door handle may become loose and cause the door to become unlatched in a side-impact crash, increasing the risk of injury. Affected are 194,484 vehicles in the United States and its territories, 12,392 in Canada and 6,035 in Mexico, the company said. Dealers will inspect all four interior door handle assemblies and repair or replace at no cost as needed.


'Stand by Me' among 25 records being preserved at US library

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:03

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2011 file photo, American soul singer Ben E. King speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead.


Over 40 students suspended in grade-changing scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:48
ARNAUDVILLE, La. (AP) — A high school in southern Louisiana has suspended at least 45 students as part of an investigation into a student who changed grades through a web-based computer program.

Crowd-funding campaign launched for 'Super Troopers' sequel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:42
NEW YORK (AP) — The comedy troupe behind the cult hit "Super Troopers" has launched a crowd-funding campaign to help bankroll a sequel.

Colorado pot campaigner seeks 'sanctuary' status for mountain town

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:07

Kathleen Chippi poses in her shop in Nederland, ColoradoBy Daniel Wallis NEDERLAND, Colo. (Reuters) - Surrounded by tie-dyed T-shirts and marijuana pipes at her gift shop in the Colorado mountain town of Nederland, veteran pot activist Kathleen Chippi seems an unlikely candidate to have voted no when the state legalized recreational weed in 2012. In more recent decades it became a draw for hippies and those attracted to its quirky, easy-going ambience.


UPDATE: Two Americans on board Germanwings crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:07

 Two Americans on board Germanwings crashA Germanwings passenger plane crashed in the French Alps Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board.


Business group ranks U.S. near last in welcoming skilled immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:04
The United States ranks near the bottom among major economies in terms of policies to allow hiring highly skilled immigrant workers, according to a study by a business lobbying group that supports relaxing immigration controls. A 62-page report, expected to be issued Wednesday by the Business Roundtable, found that the United States ranked ninth out of 10 countries including Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, France and Canada. U.S. restrictions on immigrants for jobs in science, technology and other specialized fields have long been an issue for business leaders who say they are unable to fill highly skilled positions. Opponents of more liberal immigration policies contend that there are plenty of skilled U.S. citizens and that immigration suppresses wages.

Search Resumes At Germanwings Plane Crash Site

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:48
An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed in southern France with 150 people aboard, the airline confirmed.

'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:11

'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addictionA spokeswoman for "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm says the actor recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction.


Ex-U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. to be released from prison: USA Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:00

Jackson Jr. leaves his sentencing hearing in Washington(Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is set to be released from prison on Thursday to a halfway house in Washington, D.C., after spending roughly half of his 30-month sentence behind bars, USA Today reported. Former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy told the newspaper he spoke with Jackson at an Alabama prison on Monday. Jackson, the son of civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., had pleaded guilty to misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds on luxuries such as fur capes, celebrity memorabilia, mounted elk heads and a Rolex watch. The judge ordered Sandi Jackson to report to prison 30 days after Jesse Jackson Jr. was released to reduce the impact on their two children.


California police officer shot dead responding to suicide call

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:59
A police officer was shot and killed in the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Jose on Tuesday night while responding to a call about a suicidal man armed with a gun, officials said. Officers were fired upon as they approached the apartment around 6:48 p.m. local time, San Jose Police Department spokesman Albert Morales said in a statement. San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel told a late-night news conference that the gunman, identified as Scott Dunham, was likely still in his home. He said the slain officer, identified by the San Jose Mercury News as Michael Johnson, was a 12-year veteran of the force.

Police: Wisconsin state trooper shot and killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:55

 Wisconsin state trooper shot and killedAuthorities say a Wisconsin state trooper was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a person who matched the description of a bank robbery suspect. Police said the suspect also was killed.


Northern California police officer killed in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:54

Northern California police officer killed in shootingA Northern California police officer was shot to death Tuesday night after responding to a call about a man threatening to commit suicide.


Teaching in Cherokee - kindergarten means words and pictures

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:40

In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 photo, Cherokee tribe member Haley Smith, 11, works on an English assignment at New Kituwah Academy in Cherokee, N.C. On this particular day, Haley and her classmates were learning about idioms related to Valentine’s Day. With fewer than 300 native Cherokee speakers remaining in North Carolina, tribe members hope to preserve their language and culture through the small school where their children are immersed in their people’s native tongue. (AP Photo/Martha Waggoner)CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) — Certified teacher Rainy Brake learned Cherokee as a second language after she began teaching elementary classes at New Kituwah Academy six years ago. She works alongside Louise Brown, who is fluent in Cherokee. In the beginning, Brake interacted very little with students. She took the student quizzes and did projects alongside them to become more fluent.


Hopes of preserving Cherokee language rest with children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:35

In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 photo, Rainy Brake leads an early childhood development class at New Kituwah Academy in Cherokee, N.C. Although not a native speaker or enrolled member of the tribe, Brake is helping to ensure that the Cherokee language remains a living one. With fewer than 300 native Cherokee speakers remaining in North Carolina, tribe members hope to preserve their language and culture through this small school where their children are immersed in their people’s native tongue. (AP Photo/Martha Waggoner)CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Tafoya grew up hearing Cherokee all around him — his mother, a grandmother and grandfather, aunts and an uncle all spoke the language that now is teetering on the edge of extinction.


Police: Wisconsin state trooper shot and killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 14:39
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Wisconsin state trooper was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a person who matched the description of a bank robbery suspect. Police said the suspect also was killed.

Atlanta-area police shoot dead wanted man driving Maserati

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 14:08
The man, who authorities have not named, started driving off before heading toward the officers and forcing them to take "defensive actions," Cobb County Police Department spokesman Sergeant Dana Pierce said. The man was shot outside a shopping center where officers with the Smyrna Police Department, assisted by officers from the Cobb County Police Department, had come to arrest him, said Pierce. None of the Cobb County officers fired at the man, Pierce said. The man was identified by his parents as 25-year-old Nicholas Thomas, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper reported.

Elephant hauler gets stuck; pachyderms keep truck upright

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:57

In this photo provided by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office, elephants hold up tractor-trailer stuck on the muddy shoulder of a highway near Powhatan, La., Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office says the truck was carrying three elephants from New Orleans to Dallas but got stuck Tuesday when it pulled over onto the soft shoulder of Interstate 49 about halfway through its trip. (AP Photo/Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)POWHATAN, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities responding to a tractor-trailer stuck on the muddy shoulder of a highway were astounded to see what was keeping it from overturning: elephants.


Germanwings Plane's Black Box Sent for Analysis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:11
An Airbus operated by Germanwings crashed in southern France with 150 people aboard, the airline confirmed.

Ferguson City Council appoints interim city manager

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:02
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The city of Ferguson, Missouri, has officially named an interim city manager to succeed the executive who resigned after a Justice Department report that found widespread racial bias in the police department.