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Fire crews battle blaze at Houston hazardous materials warehouse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:42
Nearly 200 Houston firefighters were dispatched to fight a massive blaze on Thursday at a warehouse where hazardous materials are stored, fire officials said. No injuries have been reported, the Houston Fire Department said in a statement. Spring Branch Elementary School, which is nearby, has been evacuated as a precaution, school district officials said on Twitter.

Prosecutor: Officer justified in shooting man with BB gun

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:40
SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Virginia police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man armed with a BB gun that looked like a handgun.

Prosecutor removes herself from Chicago cop's murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:38

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke sits in the courtroom during a hearing in his shooting case of Laquan McDonald in Chicago IllinoisChicago's top prosecutor removed herself from the murder trial of police officer Jason Van Dyke on Thursday and asked the judge to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the politically sensitive case, which set off protests last year. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, who lost her re-election bid earlier this year in an uproar over her taking a year to charge Van Dyke, said a special prosecutor would mean fewer delays in the trial and ensure continuity after she leaves her job. Van Dyke, a white police officer, is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2014 death of black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times.


Striking union workers protest at Verizon shareholder meeting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:29

File photo of the entrance to a Verizon wireless store in New YorkBy Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of Verizon Communications Inc landline workers, on strike since mid-April after contract talks hit an impasse, marched on the company's annual shareholder meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Thursday. The Albuquerque Police Department said no arrests were made but 15 people were cited. The unions for the strikers said they also planned hundreds of protests across the United States against Verizon, the No. 1 U.S. wireless service provider.


Merck beats 1Q profit views with tight cost controls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:25

FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, file photo shows the Merck logo on a stained glass panel at a Merck company building in Kenilworth, N.J. Drugmaker Merck reports financial results Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)Merck posted an 18 percent jump in first-quarter income, beating Wall Street expectations, as reduced spending on marketing, administration and research easily offset lower medicine sales outside the U.S.


Student won't face felony charge in yearbook photo prank

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:24

This undated booking photo provided by the Mesa Police Department, in Mesa, Ariz., shows Hunter Osborn. The Arizona high school student is facing dozens of charges after police say he exposed himself in a football team picture that ended up in a yearbook handed out to some 3400 students. (Mesa Police Department via AP)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A Mesa high school student won't be prosecuted on a felony charge after police say he exposed himself in a football team picture that ended up in the school yearbook.


Prince had painkiller Percocet in his system : reports

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:22

Prince performs during the halftime show of the NFL's Super Bowl XLI football game in MiamiPrince also had a dangerously low red blood cell count, indicating he had been ill, Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP-TV said, citing two unnamed law enforcement officials. A spokeswoman for the local medical examiner’s office that conducted a post-mortem examination of Prince declined to confirm the reports. The cause of Prince’s death remained undetermined.


Correction: California Marijuana Legalization story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:17

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, speaks in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act ballot measure in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Backers of the marijuana legalization initiative said Wednesday they have collected enough signatures for the measure to qualify for the November ballot in California. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story May 4 about a campaign to legalize marijuana in California, The Associated Press misspelled the surname of the state's lieutenant governor in one reference. He is Gavin Newsom, not Newson.


Education cuts prompt revolt, despair in Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:13

In this Monday, April 4, 2016 photo, Torie Shoecraft, who teaches kindergarten at Nichols Hills Elementary in Oklahoma City, works with her students on a class room assignment. Oklahoma educators and parents say the latest round of proposed funding cuts to schools could have devastating consequences for students, as the state suffers its worst-ever budget crisis. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is accustomed to being at the back of the class in funding for public education: It ranks 48th among the 50 states plus the District of Columbia in teacher pay and 49th in spending per student.


Police: 1 dead, 1 collapsed near school bus after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:13
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say one person is dead and another collapsed in front of a stopped school bus after a shooting.

Tow truck driver leaves Bernie Sanders supporter stranded

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:07
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina tow truck driver certainly isn't "feeling the Bern."

Chemical leak contained at Bucks County water treatment plant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:06

Chemical leak contained at Bucks County water treatment plantA chemical leak at a water treatment plant in Levittown, Bucks County has been contained.


Massive 4-alarm fire erupts in Houston

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 01:05

Massive 4-alarm fire erupts in HoustonEmergency officials say hazardous materials have been released into the air from a warehouse complex fire in Houston that's generating towering plumes of black smoke.


Sanofi presses drugmaker Medivation to take $9.3B offer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:52
Sanofi is increasing pressure on U.S. drugmaker Medivation to discuss its acquisition offer, writing to its board of directors that the deal is a "priority" and that the Paris-based company will attempt to replace Medivation board members if they don't negotiate.

2-car crash cleared on NE Extension of Pa. Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:48

2-car crash cleared on NE Extension of Pa. TurnpikeA car crash that caused a traffic nightmare along the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is finally cleared.


AccuWeather: Cloudy and Cool Today, Rain Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:47

 Cloudy and Cool Today, Rain FridayMeteorologist David Murphy says Friday's rain will be steady at times. The weekend looks occasionally damp, but overall, milder and a lot better.


Pall of sex abuse investigations hangs over alumni weekends

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:45

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2016 photo a sign rests at an entrance to St. George's School in Middletown, R.I. Alumni weekend at St. George’s School will be different this year. It’ll involve discussions about what has unfolded at the elite Rhode Island boarding school since December, when school officials acknowledged dozens of students were sexually abused in the past. Many alumni have struggled with whether to attend the reunion, which runs Friday, May 6, 2016 through Sunday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Between cocktails, campus tours and squash games, alumni visiting St. George's School for their annual reunion weekend will find something different this year: discussions about what has unfolded at the elite boarding school since December, when leaders acknowledged dozens of students were sexually abused in the past.


Ford to invest $182M in software development company

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:42

FILE - This Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, shows a blue oval Ford sign above the entrance to Butler County Ford in Butler, Pa. Ford said on Thursday, May 5, 2016, it is investing $182 million in a San Francisco software development company called Pivotal. The automaker says the investment will sharpen its software expertise as it moves toward becoming a mobility company. Pivotal helped Ford develop FordPass, a system that gives customers remote access to vehicles through a smartphone app. The system also gives member customers access to parking and car-sharing services. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford says it is investing $182 million in a San Francisco software development company called Pivotal.


Search continues for escaped inmate in NJ; schools are open

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:39

Search continues for escaped inmate in NJ; schools are openAs police in Ocean County, New Jersey continue their search for an escaped inmate, they say schools will be open on Thursday, but are on alert.


'Modern Family' product placement takes ads to new level

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 00:21
NEW YORK (AP) — If Phil Dunphy's insistence that he's a Realtor and not a real estate agent on "Modern Family" this week seemed a little odd, be aware that ABC was paid to make that distinction.