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Wisconsin Assembly OKs right-to-work bill, governor supports

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:05

Protesters demonstrate outside of the Wisconsin Assembly, where lawmakers are debating a right-to-work bill, in Madison, WisconsinBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Weary Wisconsin lawmakers on Friday approved a bill that stops private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment and sent it to Republican Governor Scott Walker, who is expected to sign it on Monday. The Republican-led state Assembly voted 62-35 on party lines to make Wisconsin the 25th "right-to-work" state, a measure supported by Walker, an early favorite in the battle for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. The final vote came after 24 hours of debate in the Assembly and two weeks after state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced plans to take up a "right-to-work" bill. It has everything to do with busting," said Representative Andy Jorgensen, a Democrat.


Cops: Student hurt in frat hazing stunt may not lose fingers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:04
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Police say the condition of a Syracuse University student's frostbitten fingers has improved since he was injured during a cold weather fraternity hazing stunt.

Lift evacuation at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:58
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — About 90 skiers and snowboarders had to be evacuated from a disabled ski lift at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Authorities: Retired University of Florida professor killed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:52
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police have apprehended a suspect in the death of a retired University of Florida professor who was initially believed to have died in a house fire.

Florida man sentenced for helping baseball star Puig flee Cuba

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:49

 Los Angeles Dodgers-WorkoutBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida man who pleaded guilty to helping smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig out of Cuba was sentenced to one month in prison followed by five months of house arrest, a federal judge ruled on Friday. Gilberto Suarez received $2.5 million sometime after Puig, now 24, arrived in the United States in 2012 and signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers. Court records said the money came from a Dodgers player but did not say it was Puig. The sentencing took place in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami.


In open letter, victim calls marathon bomber 'a nobody'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:39

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory, right, and an unidentified woman arrive outside federal court, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston, during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and injured 260 people in April 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Rebekah Gregory isn't scared anymore.


Weather-battered U.S. consumers skip mall, order in and head south

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:37

A pedestrian crosses the street during a snowstorm in New YorkBy Jilian Mincer NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumers battered by the wretched winter weather still afflicting much of the eastern half of the country have responded by ordering in rather than eating out, flying more frequently to Florida and cutting out trips to the mall, according to a Reuters review of company data. Cities ranging from Chicago to Bangor, Maine, set all time records for the lowest February temperatures. Boston got more than 100 inches of snow, crippling mass transit and prompting the system's head to quit. In Miami, it was 83 under sunny skies on Thursday.


UN says it has not received any Ukraine peacekeeping request

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:32
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. political chief says Ukraine still hasn't submitted a formal request for a U.N. peacekeeping force to be stationed in eastern regions where government forces are battling Russian-backed separatists.

Warm weather forces Iditarod sled dog race farther north

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:26

In this photo taken Thursday, March 5, 2015, are bare patches of grass and mud on sled dog trails in Anchorage, Alaska. Warm weather and barren trails south of the Alaska Range prompted race officials to move the official start of the race from the greater Anchorage area to Fairbanks, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start farther north where there is snow and ice.


Connecticut governor to get report on stopping school shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:16
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The Connecticut panel charged by Governor Dannel Malloy with finding ways to reduce school violence after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is set to present its final recommendations to the governor on Friday. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Report includes calls for tougher gun laws, changes to school designs and improved mental health screening and care for troubled students. The commission was established after Adam Lanza, 20, killed 26 children and educators at the elementary school in one of the most horrific school shootings in U.S. history. It will be up to Malloy and the state legislature whether to act on any of the recommendations.

Suspects facing murder charges in death of Philadelphia police officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 23:03

Suspects ID'd, charged in murder of Philadelphia police officerAction News has learned that two suspects have been charged in the death of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III, who was gunned down Thursday inside a North Philadelphia Game Stop store.


Daylight saving time: Set clocks ahead 1 hour

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 22:58
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spring is closer than you think, and here's a sure sign: daylight saving time arrives this weekend.

Junk mail: Former carrier accused of dumping mail in ravine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 21:47
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Officials say a former letter carrier dumped undelivered mail into a ravine in Virginia four times this year.

Suspects charged with murder in death of Philadelphia police officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 21:43

Suspects facing murder charges in death of Philadelphia police officerAction News has learned that two suspects have been charged in the death of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III, who was gunned down Thursday inside a North Philadelphia Game Stop store.


One person injured in multi-vehicle crash on A.C. Expressway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 21:42

One person injured in multi-vehicle crash on A.C. ExpresswayOne person was injured after a multi-vehicle crash on the Atlantic City Expressway in Winslow Township, New Jersey Friday morning.


Prosecutors: Businessman funded lavish lifestyle with scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 21:40
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a North Carolina man who ran a payroll services company has pleaded guilty to laundering money in a $15 million scheme and used the cash to pay for strippers, jewelry, a Mercedes-Benz and a lavish home.

Man arrested after calling 911 to say wife stole his cocaine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 21:07
ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a northeast Ohio man called 911 to report that his wife stole his cocaine and was then arrested himself.

Weather stalls Boston-bound Amtrak passengers in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 21:05
MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — Amtrak says 299 passengers headed for Boston were stuck on a cold, dark train for more than three hours after it lost power in Connecticut.

Officer killed in North Philly, Police search Brewerytown house

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 20:58

Suspects facing murder charges in death of Philadelphia police officerPolice searched a house in the city's Brewerytown section early Friday morning that may be connected to the killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III.