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Lawyer: No more expulsions for Oklahoma fraternity members

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:21
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawyer for a now-disbanded fraternity at the University of Oklahoma whose members were caught engaging in a racist chant says an agreement has been reached that calls for no further student expulsions.

Legislator looks to cap scallop harvest as fishery grows

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:19
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A state legislator wants to put a cap on the amount of Maine scallops that fisherman can harvest, even as the rebounding fishery is growing in volume and value a decade after crashing.

Pressure cooker parts, BBs, found in Tsarnaev family home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:19
BOSTON (AP) — Nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other potential bomb components were found inside Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's family apartment in Cambridge, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.

HJ Heinz buys Kraft to build $28 billion food giant

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

FILE - This Wednesday, March 2, 2011, file photo, shows containers of Heinz ketchup on the shelf of a market, in Barre, Vt. H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods Group Inc., creating what the companies say will be the third-largest food and beverage company in North America, the companies announced Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.


American in United Arab Emirates Facebook case returns to US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:13
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida helicopter mechanic whose Facebook post complaining about his employer in the United Arab Emirates got him arrested has returned home to the United States.

Justices revive ex-UPS worker's pregnancy bias lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:10

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, Peggy Young, a Virginia woman who lost her UPS job because she became pregnant, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court is giving the former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant. The justices on Wednesday sided with former driver Peggy Young in throwing out lower court rulings that rejected Young’s lawsuit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court gave a former UPS driver another chance Wednesday to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.


7 sailors charged after videos surfaced of females on board

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:09
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Navy has charged seven sailors in connection with the illicit videotaping of female officers and student trainees aboard a submarine.

Caesars bets big on Atlantic City meeting market with center

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

Michael Massari, senior vice president of Caesars Entertainment, inspects ongoing construction of a 100,000 square-foot conference center the company is building in Atlantic City, N.J. on Wednesday March 25, 2015. The center is part of an effort to expand the business meetings market in Atlantic City, which currently accounts for only 1 percent of all visitors to the gambling resort. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City has a 1 percent problem, and it has nothing to do with the richest of the rich.


Audio File Recovered From Germanwings Black Box

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:58
The black box voice recorder from the Germanwings Airbus that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday was damaged, according to the French minister of the interior.

Animal shelters let kids cozy up to pets at summer camps

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:56

In this Monday, March 16, 2015 photo, Ashley Carter, 14, looks at a red-tailed boa constrictor during the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA spring kids camp in Phoenix. Thousands of youngsters from 6 to 17 will attend similar summer camps this year at hundreds of animal shelters across the country. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Children who love to dance, act or play sports have summer camps specialized just for them. But many parents don't realize that kids who are passionate about pets can have the same immersive experience.


Oklahoma student who led racist chant to meet black leaders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:51

FILE - In this March 10, 2015 file photo, University of Oklahoma students gather outside the now closed University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house during a rally in reaction to members of the fraternity captured on video chanting a racial slur, in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma state Sen. Anastasia Pittman said former University of Oklahoma student Levi Pettit, who was shown in the video leading the racist chant, has reached out to her and plans to meet with black civic leaders to personally apologize for his role in the incident. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former University of Oklahoma student who led a racist chant apologized personally to the leader of Oklahoma's Legislative Black Caucus and plans to meet with more civic leaders before speaking publicly about the incident for the first time, a state senator said Wednesday.


Feel-good tale: Man gets $7M lottery ticket in get-well card

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:38
NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man recovering from surgery has won $7 million off a lottery ticket tucked into his get-well card.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Lawyer Says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:37
American soldier held by Taliban for five years, freed in controversial swap.

StoryCorps to launch global expansion with $1M TED Prize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:35

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay demonstrates how to record a story using a smartphone app Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Isay recently won the 2015 TED Prize of $1 million to help carry out his wish for a worldwide expansion of the StoryCorps project. After amassing a huge collection of recorded voices in the United States and creating a popular fixture on public radio, the national oral history project StoryCorps is going global. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)WASHINGTON (AP) — After amassing a huge collection of recorded voices in the United States and creating a popular fixture on public radio, the national oral history project StoryCorps is going global.


Parole board changes mind, won't free cop killer amid outcry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:34

Inmate Gary Castonguay listens to victim impact statements during a hearing inside MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Suffield, Conn. Castonguay, is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for the shooting of Plainville police Officer Robert Holcomb during a burglary. A parole board that ruled Castonguay, who killed Holcomb in 1977 could go free, rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim's family and prosecutors. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A parole board panel that had earlier approved the release of a convicted cop killer without any input from the officer's family rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim's relatives, prosecutors and police officers.


Cops: Obsessed teacher spoke of running away with pupil, 11

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:32
PITTSBURGH (AP) — An elementary school teacher who resigned this month was obsessed with one of her 11-year-old students, encrypting her phone number on the girl's math homework, exchanging thousands of text messages with her and even talking of running away with her, authorities said Wednesday.

Lawsuit: Boy, 11, died of allergic reaction to Publix cookie

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:25
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of an 11-year-old boy is suing the Publix grocery chain, saying the child was allergic to nuts and died from a severe reaction after eating a cookie despite a worker's assurance it was safe.

Virginia governor orders retraining for alcohol police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:20
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's governor is ordering Alcoholic Beverage Control agents to be retrained following a high-profile arrest that left a University of Virginia student bloodied and shouting allegations of racism.

Philadelphia needs 10,000 volunteers for Pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:18

Philadelphia needs 10,000 volunteers for Pope visitThe Archdiocese of Philadelphia says it needs 10,000 volunteers or more for Pope Francis' visit there in September.


Disgraced Oklahoma student to meet rights leaders over racist song

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:04

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is seen at the University of Oklahoma in NormanBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The former University of Oklahoma student seen in a video leading a racist song at a fraternity outing plans to meet civil rights leaders on Wednesday and offer an apology for his actions, a state senator said. The student, Levi Pettit, has asked for the meeting that will be attended by groups including the local chapter of the NAACP, according to Senator Anastasia Pittman, head of Oklahoma's Legislative Black Caucus.