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Man shoots co-worker at Indiana body shop, then kills self

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:29
PAOLI, Ind. (AP) — A dispute between co-workers at a southern Indiana auto body shop Wednesday escalated into a shooting that left one employee dead from a self-inflicted injury and the other wounded, police said.

AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:27

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, speaks with the Associated Press in Miami, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, that George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer will not face federal charges in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of second-degree murder. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)MIAMI (AP) — The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago.

Businessman: Mississippi's ex-prison chief sought bribes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:21

Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Jackson, Miss., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, after pleading guilty to two federal charges. (AP Photo/Joe Ellis, The Clarion-Ledger)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A businessman says a former Mississippi prison official solicited the first in a series of bribes that eventually mounted to $1.5 million.

Christie and Walker take different paths on union issues

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:15

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, left, D-Secaucus, N.J. and New Jersey Senate President Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, right, D-West Deptford, N.J., listen as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center at podium, pauses as he delivers his budget address, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. Christie, who is considering a run for president in 2016, announced that the New Jersey Education Association — the state's largest teachers union and long one of his main political foils — has signed onto a "road map" for further reforms. He'll call on state lawmakers to join with him. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker are getting ready to run for president. But they've still got their day jobs as governors, making for another round in the ring with organized labor.

Life or death for convicted killer Jodi Arias? Jury deliberates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:11

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The jury in the case of convicted killer Jodi Arias began deliberations on Wednesday to determine whether she will be executed for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008, court officials said. The jury of eight women and four men began weighing the former waitress's fate after final instructions from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens at the end of a five-month sentencing phase retrial in Phoenix. Arias, 34, was convicted in 2013 of killing Travis Alexander, 30, in his Phoenix-area home in the original trial, which was broadcast live. In closing arguments on Tuesday, defense attorney Kirk Nurmi pleaded for Arias's life, saying the woman was remorseful and fragile, suffers from mental illness and was physically and emotionally abused as a child.

Garcia says 'working class' to power bid for Chicago mayor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:05

Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia talks to a reporter, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his campaign headquarters in Chicago. After failing to persuade a majority of Chicago voters to back his re-election bid, Mayor Rahm Emanuel could face an even stiffer challenge in April against Garcia, a Cook County commissioner who claims the backing of teachers, unions and neighborhood residents disillusioned with Emanuel. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)CHICAGO (AP) — If Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is going to have a shot at upsetting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an April runoff, he'll need to quickly solidify a coalition of minorities, union members and progressives reminiscent of one that buoyed his mentor, Harold Washington, the city's first black mayor.

Obama says he would veto stand-alone immigration repeal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:00

President Barack Obama, right, waves after posing for photographs with MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart after a town hall meeting on immigration at Florida International University, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama says he would veto a stand-alone measure in the Senate repealing his executive actions on immigration.

3 sentenced in racial beatings that led to black man's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:59
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three more young white men, all part of a group that repeatedly searched Mississippi's capital city for black people to attack, have been sentenced to federal prison.

United Airlines warns pilots after four safety incidents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:59
(Reuters) - United Continental Holdings Inc warned its pilots last month to double down on safety procedures after one flight was in danger of crashing and another landed with fewer fuel reserves than regulations require, the airline confirmed Wednesday. The Chicago-based carrier cited four recent "safety events and near-misses" in a Jan. 9 bulletin to pilots, including an emergency in which pilots had to perform a pull-up maneuver to avoid smashing into the ground, United spokesman Charlie Hobart confirmed.

Diversity champ Dori J. Maynard changed American journalism

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:58
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Dori J. Maynard was asked what her middle initial "J'' stood for, she didn't miss a beat in answering.

SC Senate passes gun ban for domestic violence offenders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:57
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a state where gun rights tend to be fiercely guarded, the South Carolina Senate on Wednesday agreed to take firearms away from many people convicted of criminal domestic violence.

Building facade partially collapses in midtown Manhattan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:54

Firefighters try to shore up the outer shell of a midtown Manhattan building that was in the process of being demolished when it partially collapsed, injuring at least one person Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in New York, according to construction workers. Rubble from the building damaged a yellow school bus parked on the street. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Firefighters are using drilling equipment to examine the wreckage.NEW YORK (AP) — The outer shell of a New York City building that was under demolition has partially collapsed, injuring a construction worker.

Jury gets case, will decide punishment for Jodi Arias

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:54

Jodi Arias looks toward family members during the sentencing phase of her retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — The case of convicted murderer Jodi Arias went to a jury Wednesday that will decide if she is sentenced to death or life in prison for killing her boyfriend.

AccuWeather: Tracking Thursday Morning Commute Snow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:51
Meteorologist Cecily Tynan says the steadiest snow will fall to the south.

Wisconsin Senate takes up right-to-work legislation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:47

Hundreds of union members rally outside the State Capitol building in Madison, WisconsinBy Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Wisconsin state senators on Wednesday were debating a proposal to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state in a tense session marked by periodic shouts from the Senate gallery from demonstrators opposed to the measure. The Republican-led state Senate is expected to approve the bill, which would prohibit requiring private sector workers to join or financially support unions, and send it to the state Assembly where Republicans also hold a majority. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a possible Republican presidential hopeful, will sign a bill if it gets to his desk, his spokeswoman has said. Walker drew accolades from conservatives across the nation in 2011 when he ushered through legislation limiting the powers of most public sector unions in Wisconsin amid large protests at the Capitol.

North Carolina Senate passes opt-out measure for officials opposed to gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:43
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - The North Carolina state Senate voted on Wednesday to allow government officials to refuse to marry same-sex couples without fear of being fired, adding a new twist to the gay marriage debate in a region where such unions have faced strong opposition. North Carolina, which began allowing gay marriages last year to comply with a federal court order, had banned same-sex matrimony in a 2012 referendum. It is among 37 states where gay marriage is legal. The U.S. Supreme Court last month agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage in a ruling that will determine whether 13 remaining state bans will be struck down.

Ruling could have impact on cases against Tsarnaev friends

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:42
BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an unrelated case involving a Florida fisherman could have an impact on criminal cases brought against friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, defense lawyers said Wednesday.

Engineer pleads guilty in U.S. to trying to take jet materials to Iran

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:42
A former engineer for Pratt & Whitney and other defense contractors pleaded guilty on Wednesday to trying to export sensitive information about U.S. military jets to his native Iran, where he hoped to find a job, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Mozaffar Khazaee, 60, admitted to violating the federal Arms Export Control Act, after being accused of trying between 2009 and 2013 to send stolen materials that related to engines used in the U.S. Air Force's F35 Joint Strike Fighter program and the F-22 Raptor program. Khazaee, a dual U.S. and Iranian citizen, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford, Connecticut. "The illegal export of our military technology compromises U.S. national security and reduces the advantages our armed forces currently possess," U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly in Connecticut said.

State Dept. official charged with soliciting minor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. State Department official will be headed to Virginia to face a charge of soliciting a minor following his arrest in Washington, D.C.

Trial begins for man accused of shooting Philly cop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 07:33
Philadelphia Police Officer Edward Davies spent more than a month in the hospital after being shot during a traffic stop in August of 2013.