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Erin O'Hearn reports on snow in Milford Township, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:26

Erin O'Hearn reports on snow in Milford Township, Pa.Action News reporter Erin O'Hearn reports on the snow conditions from Milford Township, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


New Jersey Governor Christie's office drove favorable Exxon settlement: NYT

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:26
(Reuters) - New Jersey's long legal battle to recover $8.9 billion from Exxon Mobil Corp for environmental damage ended when Governor Chris Christie's chief counsel, Christopher Porrino, cut a deal to settle for $250 million, the New York Times reported, citing two people familiar with the negotiation. The Times reported last week that the settlement, which has not been made public, had been reached after 11 years of legal battle over New Jersey's claim for damages from Exxon Mobil for the contamination of more than 1,500 acres of wetlands and waters. On Thursday, the newspaper quoted Bradley Campbell, commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection when the case was filed in 2004, as saying the favorable deal was reached when Porrino became involved. Porrino "inserted himself into the case, elbowed aside the attorney general and career employees who had developed and prosecuted the litigation, and cut the deal favorable to Exxon," the Times quoted Bradley as saying.

IPhone 6's popularity drives Apple's China share to record

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:25
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple's market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground.

Gov. Christie declares State of Emergency in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:20

State of Emergency in New Jersey; state offices closedGovernor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency in New Jersey.


Strange circumstances surround gold heist on Interstate 95

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:18

This image released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Wilson County, N.C. Sheriff's Office, shows a composite sketch by investigators of one of the suspects in a heist of millions of dollars in gold bars from a truck on a North Carolina interstate highway on Sunday, March 1. Authorities have said that three armed robbers drove up while the truck was having mechanical problems and stole 275 pounds of gold bars worth $4.8 million. (AP Photo/Wilson County Sheriff's Office)WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Details emerging from the theft of nearly $5 million in gold bars on an interstate highway indicate the heist was carefully planned and raise questions about who was involved other than the three armed robbers.


Alabama justices: Until high court rules, we're in charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 17:59

The Birmingham Probate Court sign shows a ribbon welcoming couples to get a marriage license, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state's highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has made itself an outlier in the judicial march legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, drawing rebukes from gay rights advocates and evoking comparisons to Alabama's defiance of federal authorities during the civil rights movement.


AccuWeather: Winter Storm Warning

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 17:54

 Winter Storm WarningMeteorologist Karen Rogers says the rain changes to snow over the next few hours.


Federal offices in DC area close ahead of winter weather

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 17:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government says its offices in the Washington area will be closed Thursday because of a new round of winter weather expected in the region.

AccuWeather: Rain Changes to Sleet & Snow Overnight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 17:12

 Winter Storm WarningMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking snow for Thursday, the heaviest across our southern areas.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 16:02
"It is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg." — Attorney General Eric Holder after the Justice Department issued a report calling for changes in the suburban St. Louis city's law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Veterinarian detained in East Timor returns to Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 15:19
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A globe-trotting veterinarian held for six months in a Southeast Asian country has returned to Oregon, landing Wednesday night at Portland International Airport.

Oregon woman arrives in U.S. after stuck in East Timor for six months

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 14:56

Dr. Stacy Addison arrives at Portland International Airport after being detained for six months in East TimorBy Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon woman arrested on a drug charge while traveling in East Timor arrived home in Portland on Wednesday to a swarm of national and local media after six months of diplomatic negotiations. Stacey Addison, who said she was never in possession of drugs, was imprisoned for two months and then released without travel documents in December, leaving her unable to leave the Southeast Asian country. Really strange, but really good," said Addison, a 41-year-old veterinarian who was initially detained when a man with whom she shared a cab was arrested on drug charges last September. Prison conditions were basic, but she was treated well, Addison said at Portland International Airport.


On the wild slide: Lake Placid site offers skeleton rides

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 14:29

This undated photo provided by the Olympic Regional Development Authority shows a person taking a skeleton ride at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y. For $75, visitors on winter Saturdays can take a sled ride belly down, head first on a sled the size of a throw rug. While racers take running jumps onto their sleds and can exceed 80 mph, visitors are pushed off about halfway down the run and can hit 30 to 40 mph. (AP Photo/Olympic Regional Development Authority)LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Sledding can be pleasant and pastoral, with big toboggans, snowy hills and rosy cheeks. And then there's skeleton sledding: belly down, head first on a sled the size of a throw rug, hard ice whooshing by your face.


Hillary Clinton's focus on women's pay may resonate broadly: poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 14:14

 Security Through Inclusive Leadership" at Georgetown University in WashingtonBy Amanda Becker and Jonathan Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that about two-thirds of Americans believe men are generally paid more than women, a finding that suggests that Democrat Hillary Clinton's message on pay inequality could resonate broadly with Americans should she run for president in 2016. Fifty-one percent of respondents said the U.S. government should be doing more to encourage equal pay, the online poll of 2,348 adults from Feb. 27 to March 3 showed. Broken down by political party, 67 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of Republicans said the federal government should be playing a more active role, according to the poll. The broad interest in pay equality may indicate why Clinton, the presumed Democratic presidential front-runner, has chosen to highlight gender during recent appearances.


House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 14:00

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya. Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address, potentially hampering efforts to archive official government documents required by law. Clinton's office said nothing was illegal or improper about her use of the non-government account and that she believed her business emails to State Department and other .gov accounts would be archived in accordance with government rules. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — and also used a computer email server now traced back to her family's New York home.


At least two protesters arrested in Ferguson hours after U.S. report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 13:49
(Reuters) - At least two protesters were arrested outside police headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday, according to police and online video, just hours after the release of a U.S. probe that found racial bias in the department. The footage, shared by protesters, a local lawmaker and reporters on Twitter late on Wednesday, showed police take into custody at least two of the few dozen demonstrators. When contacted, Ferguson police were not able to provide exact arrest totals or specify the charges, but a dispatcher said protesters had been asked to move out of the street "many, many times." The arrests come just hours after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled a report that found systemic racial bias created a "toxic environment" in the St. Louis suburb, but cleared white officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown there last August. Brown's killing touched off a national debate on race, led to months of street protests and amplified long-standing complaints in Ferguson and across the country of police harassment and mistreatment of minorities.

Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 13:35

This February 2000 photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows Charley Saturmin Robinet after his arrest for robbery. Robinet was killed Sunday, March 1, 2015, after a confrontation with police. Authorities say he tried to grab a probationary officer's gun and three officers fatally shot him. The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the Skid Row beat who had special training to deal with mentally ill and other people in the downtrodden area, police leaders said. (AP Photo/Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.


US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 13:26

In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. The full report, to be publicly released on March 4, says the investigation found Ferguson officers disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and too often charged them with petty offenses. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.


Group wants special prosecutor for Washington state slain Mexican case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:48
A Hispanic advocacy group has called for a special prosecutor to be brought in to handle the fatal police shooting in Washington state of a Mexican farmworker who pelted officers with rocks before trying to flee. The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old unemployed apple picker from Mexico's Michoacan state, sparked protests accusing police in the city of Pasco of overly aggressive tactics in dealing with Hispanic residents. Consejo Latino said in a statement that Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant's working relationship with the investigating unit could affect any decision to press charges. The group asked Sant to request state Attorney General Robert Ferguson to appoint an out-of-area special prosecutor to take over.

Man found dead inside Hatboro home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:37

Man found dead inside Hatboro homeOfficials are investigating the discovery of a man found dead inside a home in Hatboro, Montgomery County.