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State police: Trooper dragged after motorcycle struck dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:38

Police investigate the scene where a Michigan State Police trooper on motorcycle patrol is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle early Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Springfield Township, Mich. Trooper Chad Wolf is in critical condition after being knocked from his motorcycle along a Michigan interstate and dragged several miles by a motorist pulling a trailer. (Charles V. Tines/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDETROIT (AP) — A state trooper on motorcycle patrol died from injuries suffered when he was dragged several miles by a car hauling a trailer which struck him along a Michigan highway.


Police chase, crash and carjacking in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:32

Police chase, crash and carjacking in South PhiladelphiaA suspect who may be a recently released inmate is still on the loose after a police chase and carjacking in South Philadelphia.


University defends mattress-carrying project against lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:27
NEW YORK (AP) — Citing the importance of the First Amendment, Columbia University asked a judge Friday to reject a student's lawsuit alleging the school failed to protect him after a onetime friend called him a "serial rapist" and carried a mattress around campus to protest sexual abuse.

Colorado death penalty debated as 2 mass killers get life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:25
DENVER (AP) — A Denver jury's refusal to give the death penalty to a man who stabbed five people to death in a bar, coming on the heels of theater shooter James Holmes' life sentence, has many wondering whether the ultimate penalty will ever again be applied in Colorado.

Officer's alleged killer hospitalized; may have faked issue

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:24
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The man accused of fatally shooting a Louisiana police officer in a domestic dispute was taken to the hospital after being unresponsive in jail.

An Olympic-sized question mark: Housing in plan for 2024

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:21

The Union Pacific Intermodal rail yard is viewed with the Los Angeles skyline on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. The vast extension of land could be repurposed as the centerpiece of the proposed $1 billion residential village for the 2024 Olympic Games bid. But with a deadline to submit a U.S. candidate for the 2024 Games just 18 days away, the plan remains a mystery in many ways. The sprawling Olympic Village, to be built with mostly private funds, is tethered to a series of financial assumptions and question marks. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The centerpiece of the proposed 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles would be a $1 billion village where thousands of athletes would eat, sleep and stroll on tree-lined walks and clipped lawns.


Columbia University seeks to end lawsuit by accused student in mattress case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:21
Columbia University on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a recent graduate who said it allowed a student who accused him of rape to harass him by carrying a mattress around campus in protest, even though the school had cleared him of the allegation. In a filing in Manhattan federal court, Columbia said the discrimination lawsuit by the plaintiff, Paul Nungesser, suggested that the school had an obligation to silence his accuser, Emma Sulkowicz, from speaking publicly about sexual assault on college campuses, an issue of national concern. Nungesser in April sued Columbia and visual arts professor Jon Kessler, who oversaw Sulkowicz' senior thesis "Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)," in which she drew national attention by carrying a mattress around the campus in Manhattan's Morningside Heights.

After TV slaying, reporter's dad finds voice on gun control

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:19

Andy and Barbara Parker, of Collinsville, Va. mourn the loss of their daughter, Alison Parker, a journalist for WDBJ, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Roanoke, Va. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former colleague during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta, Va. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT MBICOLLINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Andy Parker's resolve to fight for gun control formed in the hours after his daughter was shot and killed on live television. In his first interviews after the tragedy, he briefly mentioned the issue as he eulogized Alison. By Friday, he was pledging a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws on national TV.


Man who shot Virginia journalists identified with 9/11 attacks: sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:19

Alison Parker and Adam Ward are pictured in this handout photo from TV station WDBJ7The gunman who killed two Virginia television journalists on air carried out a well-planned assault and identified with mass murderers and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, authorities said on Friday. The shooter, Vester Flanagan, gave no sign of his destination or next move when he fled after gunning down the journalists from Roanoke station WDBJ7 on Wednesday, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "It is evident that Wednesday morning's attack was well-planned and premeditated" and Flanagan apparently acted alone, the statement on the shooting investigation said.


AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:18
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico attorney general levels theft, money-laundering charges against secretary of state.

APNewsBreak: 911 calls from fatal fire: 'Send somebody fast'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:15

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, file photo, Okanogan County Sheriff's deputies guard the entrance to Woods Canyon Road near Twisp, Wash. Three firefighters were killed after their engine rushed up a steep gravel road and crashed down a 40-foot embankment near the mountain town of Twisp. Before they could escape, they were overrun by flames. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)Homeowners frantically asked for help as a swiftly moving wildfire headed toward their houses, 911 audio calls show, and dispatchers tried to clear up confusion over injured firefighters from a blaze in Washington state that ultimately killed three firefighters.


George W. Bush visits disaster zone, 10 years after Katrina

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:15

In this Aug. 8, 2008, file photo, President George W. Bush is met by Deuce McAllister, left, and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints football team as he arrives at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on the way to events marking the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in Kenner, La. At far right is New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, second from right is Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. The 10-year anniversary of one of the most devastating hurricanes in U.S. history is a time of reflection for many connected to the Saints, whose return to New Orleans in 2006, following one season of displacement to San Antonio, became one of the ultimate feel-good stories in NFL history. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush enjoyed sympathetic audiences in New Orleans and Mississippi on Friday as he returned to the region where Hurricane Katrina sank his popularity 10 years ago.


3-year-old boy leaves daycare, walks home across busy street

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:11

3-year-old boy leaves daycare, walks home across busy streetA daycare in New Jersey is under investigation after a toddler wandered off without anyone noticing.


Lottery winners don't get largesse, but get left out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:04
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the largesse. They're getting left out.

Stunt plane crashes ahead of NY air show, killing pilot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:01

This image taken from video and provided by WABC/abc7NY.com, shows the wreckage of a stunt plane from the air of WABC TV’s NewsCopter7 as it flies near Stuart Air Force Base in New Windsor, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. A pilot was killed after his propeller-driven stunt plane crashed while he was practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York's Hudson Valley, state police said Friday. (WABC/abc7NY.com via AP)NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — A pilot died when his propeller-driven stunt plane crashed while he was practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York's Hudson Valley, state police said Friday.


Disciplinary Board trying to get Kathleen Kane's law license suspended

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 06:00

Disciplinary Board trying to get Kathleen Kane's law license suspendedAction News has learned that the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is trying to force Attorney General Kathleen Kane to abandon her job.


Montgomery Co. pushes for Nat'l Guard troops during papal visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 05:55

Montgomery Co. pushes for Nat'l Guard troops during papal visitOfficials in Montgomery County are pushing for more security when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia next month.


Firearms instructor who killed Pennsylvania trooper gets 2 weeks in jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 05:52

Firearms instructor who killed Pennsylvania trooper gets 2 weeks in jailA former Pennsylvania State Police firearms instructor will spend two weeks in jail for accidentally shooting and killing a colleague.


UN warns South Sudan of sanctions if peace deal isn't kept

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 05:41
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council warned South Sudan's feuding president and ex-vice president that it is ready to impose an arms embargo and sanctions if they don't immediately stop fighting and implement a new peace agreement.

The Latest: Tropical Storm Erica expected to be downgraded

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 05:32
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The latest on storm preparations for Erika (all times local):