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Russia-called UN urgent meeting on Yemen ends without action

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:57

People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, May 1, 2015. Saudi Arabia leads a coalition of mostly Sunni Arab countries conducting airstrikes against the rebels who have overrun the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and forced the Western-backed president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to flee the country. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An emergency meeting on Yemen by the U.N. Security Council ended Friday with the 15 members unable to agree on an immediate statement on the growing crisis. The ambassador from Russia, which called the meeting, wondered why his colleagues talk about the need to help but can't take action.


California port truckers end strike after four days

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:52
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Southern California port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments. Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union, struck four trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and state labor enforcement decisions and a court ruling that the truckers were victims of wage theft through misclassification. The four companies - Pacific 9 Transportation, Intermodal Bridge Transport, Pacer Cartage, and Pacer sister firm Harbor Rail Transport - are among the largest drayage operators doing business in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Disorderly conduct charges dropped against Seattle city council member

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:47
Disorderly conduct charges were dropped on Friday against a Seattle City Council member arrested in November outside Alaska Airlines offices in the suburb of SeaTac while supporting a voter-backed $15 minimum wage, an aide said. Kshama Sawant, who championed "anti-corporate" causes during her 2013 campaign, was among several people arrested at the rally in suburban SeaTac against what they said was the carrier's opposition to the higher wage floor. Disorderly conduct charges against Sawant were thrown out by a SeaTac judge, said Philip Locker, Sawant's campaign spokesman. Nine days before Sawant joined about 100 protesters at the rally, Airlines for America, a trade group that represents major air carriers, including Alaska Air Group, sued the Port of Seattle to block planned pay increases for airport workers.

'Bridgegate' dogs Christie as indictments, guilty pleas unveiled

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:46

Christie Aide David Wildstein Returns To Court In Bridgegate ScandalBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the George Washington Bridge closure scandal, while two others were indicted - another blow to Christie's image at a time when he is trying to get his presidential campaign off the ground. David Wildstein, a former senior Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy at a U.S. district court in Newark. Prosecutors also unsealed a nine-count indictment against Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Bridget Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to Christie. Paul Fishman, who succeeded Christie as the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, said no one else was expected to be charged in the bridge scandal, based on current evidence.


Philadelphia University security worker faces child porn charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:44

Philadelphia University security worker faces child porn chargesA Philadelphia University security worker is under arrest for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.


'Age of Ultron' on pace for record-setting weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:39

This photo provided by Disney/Marvel shows, Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers, in the new film, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 1, 2015. (Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has debuted with a Hulk-sized box office showing, and Disney says it's headed toward a possible record-breaking weekend.


Missing cargo trucks raise alarms amid weekend of city events

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:37

Missing cargo trucks raise alarms amid weekend of city eventsPolice are looking for not one, but two cargo trucks, stolen since Sunday in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section.


Victim ID'd after apparent murder-suicide in Montgomery Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:34

Victim ID'd after apparent murder-suicide in Montgomery Twp.Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania.


'Drunk driving woo': Woman sends boyfriend ominous text moments before fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:34

 Woman sends boyfriend ominous text moments before fatal crashOne Florida woman in the midst of a breakup sent a cryptic text message to her boyfriend moments before crashing her car and killing her own passenger.


US, Canada unveil rules to boost oil train safety

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:20

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, crew members walk near the scene of a train derailment near Mount Carbon, W.Va. Rail tank cars that are used to transport most crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of catastrophic train crash and fire under a series of new rules unveiled Friday by U.S. and Canadian transportation officials. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rail tank cars used to transport crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of a catastrophic train crash and fire, under sweeping new safety rules unveiled Friday by U.S. and Canadian transportation officials.


Man fined for missing end of jury selection in bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:19
BOSTON (AP) — A man who skipped the final stages of jury selection in the Boston Marathon bombing trial has been fined $400 and sentenced to 40 hours of community service.

Missouri woman tells police a man locked her in box

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:09

This photo provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows James Barton Horn Jr., 47, of Sedalia, Mo. A Missouri woman told police she fled from a home she shared with Horn who'd been holding her captive since January, sometimes confined in a wooden box, authorities said Friday, May 1, 2015. Police and federal authorities are searching for Horn and expect he will face charges, possibly including felonious restraint, sexual assault and assault. (Missouri State Highway Patrol via AP)SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri woman fled from a home she shared with a man who'd been holding her captive since January, sometimes confined in a wooden box, authorities said Friday.


Reorganization credited for reducing crime in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:04

Reorganization credited for reducing crime in CamdenThe Camden County Police Department celebrated its second anniversary today.


1 in 4 US renters must use half their pay for housing costs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:03

This Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, photo shows a sign advertising a house for rent in Los Angeles. More than one-in-four renters must devote at least half of their family income to housing and utilities, according to a new analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.


Chemical watchdog team waiting for Syria approval for visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 05:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog says a team stands ready to visit Syria to investigate recent claims of chemical weapon attacks against civilians as soon as the government gives approval.

Bruce Jenner sued for wrongful death over highway crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:58

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, in New York. Jenner was sued in Los Angeles on Friday, May 1, 2015, by the stepchildren of Kim Howe, a woman who died after Jenner's sport utility vehicle pushed her car into oncoming traffic in a collision on Pacific Coast Highway in February 2015. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stepchildren of a woman killed in an automobile crash involving Bruce Jenner sued the Olympic gold medalist Friday for wrongful death, claiming they have suffered enormous damages.


Accused undercover narcotics cop denies stealing drug money

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:58
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One of six former drug squad members on trial in a police corruption case took the stand Friday to deny that the group stole more than $400,000 from drug dealers and roughed them up along the way.

In big test, Baltimore prosecutor moves swiftly on charges

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:56

In this Jan. 9, 2015 photo, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks at a news conference, in Baltimore. Baltimore’s chief prosecutor is 35 years old, has been on the job for less than four months, and is about to take on the biggest challenge of her career weighing the evidence against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray and deciding whether they deserve to be criminally charged. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's chief prosecutor, just 35 years old and on the job for less than four months, moved swiftly Friday to address the biggest challenge of her career when she announced charges including second-degree murder against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray.


Suspected member of Guatemalan family drug cartel extradited to U.S

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:55
Guatemala extradited to the United States a suspected drug trafficker wanted for alleged ties to Mexico's notorious Sinaloa cartel, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. Eliu Elixander Lorenzana-Cordon, 43, arrived in the United States on Thursday and was arraigned on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the department said. Lorenzana-Cordon was arrested in 2011 by Guatemalan authorities along with his father, Waldemar, on charges they trafficked Colombian cocaine to the United States through El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. Between 1996 and 2012, their drug trafficking operation is alleged to have received and stored tons of cocaine to import illegally into the United States, the department said.

Juice would be spilled: Imagining 2 Floridas, South & North

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 04:55

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2010, file photo, oranges ripen on a tree in a grove in Clermont, Fla. Original Florida would have to give up its state symbol, the orange, if South Florida seceded since the state would be left without most of its citrus groves. More than 90 percent of Florida’s citrus groves would go with South Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Some South Florida politicians say they've been ignored long enough by state leaders in North Florida. Now they want their own state.