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A tale of 2 Ferguson deaths: 1 well known, 1 anonymous

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:40

In this Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 photo, Maria Joshua, mother of DeAndre Joshua, poses for a photo at her home in University City, Mo. Her 20-year old son was killed in the hours after the Nov. 24, 2014 announcement that a white police officer would not be indicted in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. "What I'm afraid of is the unknown, seriously, the unknown. I don't know who did this, and why. But I do want some justice," she says. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Along a short stretch of winding road through a nondescript apartment complex, two memorials of stuffed animals mark the spots where young men died. The sites are separated by roughly 1,000 feet, but in a sense are worlds apart.

Bucks County teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:39

Bucks County teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with studentA Bucks County teacher is out on bond after being charged with having an inappropriate romantic relationship with a student.

Man in Maserati shot by officers; police investigating

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:38
VININGS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Atlanta are investigating after police said a man drove a Maserati toward officers who then opened fire on the car, killing the suspect.

Police: 2 charged in shooting at Frederick high school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:25
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police say they've charged two men in a shooting at Frederick High School that injured two teenage boys last month.

Heave, ho: Elephants rescue 18-wheeler stranded on Louisiana road

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:22

Two elephants support a stranded eighteen-wheel truck in danger of tipping over in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana in this handout photoWhen an 18-wheeler truck became stranded by the side of a Louisiana road, two elephants inside came to the rescue. Sheriff's deputies in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday morning received a call about a stuck truck. The truck's driver, also an elephant trainer, walked the elephants out of the cargo compartment and directed them to help prop up the vehicle, sheriff's Captain Tony Moran said in an interview. The truck had pulled over on an interstate shoulder near Powhatan, Louisiana, about an hour south of Shreveport.

Obama says he's ready to sign Medicare doctor payment fix

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:19

President Barack Obama speaks on the fifth anniversary of his healthcare law, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's ready to sign good bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare's doctor payment problem, without endorsing any specific legislation.

Conservative justices press Obama administration on mercury pollution rule

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:16

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday signaled hostility toward the Obama administration’s refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, based on questions he asked during a 90-minute oral argument, could be a possible swing vote on the nine-justice court, with its four liberals appearing to back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rationale for the regulation. The case marks the latest legal test to President Barack Obama's environmental agenda to reach the high court. Under the section of the Clean Air Act in question, the agency can regulate power plants for mercury and other toxic pollutants if it deems it "appropriate and necessary." The provision does not explicitly state whether the EPA was required to include costs in making its decision, and the administration decided it did not have to.

FBI needs better intelligence, information sharing: U.S. report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:16

Commissioner Roemer speaks during a news conference on the release of the 9/11 Review Commission report in WashingtonBy Doina Chiacu and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI needs to strengthen its intelligence programs and information sharing to counter the diverse and fast-moving national threats that have evolved since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a congressional commission said on Wednesday. The 9/11 Review Commission report also said the bureau's progress in developing key intelligence programs, analysis and human intelligence collection lags its law enforcement capabilities. In a review of five recent threats and attacks, including the Boston Marathon bombing and attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the crucial tip for three cases did not originate within the FBI, Timothy Roemer, a former U.S. ambassador to India who worked on the report, told reporters.

Science, patients driving rare disease drug research surge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:14

In this Feb. 21, 2015 photo, Cara O'Neill, left, gives a kiss to her daughter, Eliza, 5, at their home in Columbia, S.C. Glenn and Cara O'Neill started the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation in hopes of saving Eliza, who suffers from the rare disease and is beginning to lose her ability to speak. The disease kills brain cells, causing hyperactivity and autistic-like behavior, then seizures, loss of ability to walk and usually death by the mid-teens. "The next six or seven years will be horrible for her, and then she'll die," her father said. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The global pharmaceutical industry is pouring billions of dollars into developing treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers but now point the way toward a new era of innovative therapies and big profits.

AccuWeather: Some Showers Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:08

 Some Showers TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says we'll be very mild on Thursday with more showers.

Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — A seemingly divided Supreme Court weighed the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

Union vote set next month at Boeing's South Carolina plants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:51
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — About 3,000 production workers at Boeing plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want representation by the Machinists union.

Union vote set at Boeing's South Carolina plants, stokes labor rift

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:45

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoBy Harriet McLeod NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Boeing Co faces a union authorization vote next month by thousands of workers at its jetliner facilities in South Carolina, setting up a showdown in their long-running battle in the strongly anti-union state. The U.S. National Labor Relations Board scheduled the vote for April 22 after Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) agreed to waive a hearing on the matter on Tuesday. A yes vote would authorize the IAM to bargain for workers at the $750 million plant that Boeing opened in 2011. The NLRB had previously alleged that Boeing built the plant in part to retaliate against the IAM for past strikes in Washington state, where Boeing builds most of its jetliners.

Woman who had baby cut from belly released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:44

This undated booking photo provided by the Longmont Police Department shows Dynel Lane, 34, who is accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in the stomach and removing her baby, while the expectant mother visited her home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist authorities said. The 26-year-old expectant mother was found beaten and stabbed at the suspect's home, has undergone surgery, and on Thursday was alert, police said. The baby did not survive. (AP Photo/ Longmont Police Department)LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman whose unborn baby was cut from her womb by a stranger with a kitchen knife has been released from a hospital.

Oklahoma civil rights pioneer Nancy Davis dies at 88

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:39
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Nancy Randolph Davis, a prominent Oklahoma civil rights activist who in 1949 became the first African-American to enroll at then segregated Oklahoma State University, has died at the age of 88, officials said on Wednesday. Davis, who helped open the door for other black students to attend segregated schools in Oklahoma, was an advocate of quality education for all, without racial barriers. "She was a soldier and a pioneer for civil rights. She worked to make the world a better place for everyone," said Garland Pruitt, president of the Oklahoma City chapter of the NAACP, or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Critics worry firing squad law will tarnish Utah's image

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:39

FILE - This June 18, 2010, file photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Utah's governor has signed a law that makes his state the only one to allow firing squads for carrying out executions if no lethal injection drugs are available. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill Monday, March 23, 2015. He has said he finds the method "a little bit gruesome," but that it gives the state a fallback execution method. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of execution if lethal-injection drugs aren't available.

Drexel graduate among Germanwings plane crash victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:38

Drexel University graduate, mom among Germanwings plane crash victimsAction News has learned one of the people on board a plane that crashed Tuesday in the southern French Alps was a graduate of Drexel University.

Disgraced Virginia lawmaker leaving House to run for Senate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:36
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A disgraced Virginia lawmaker who was jailed for a sex scandal involving a teenager has vacated his seat in the House of Delegates to run for the state Senate.

Girl, 12, missing from Oxford Circle

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:28

Girl, 12, missing from Oxford CircleThe Philadelphia police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 12-year-old girl from the Oxford Circle section.

Sick leave advocates rally in Philly ahead of Christie talk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 00:08
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Protesters upset with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's opposition to mandatory paid sick leave are gathering in Philadelphia, where he's scheduled to raise money for his political action committee.