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Police investigate car for possible connection to deadly West Kensington hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:28

Police investigate car for possible connection to deadly West Kensington hit-and-runThe Action Cam was there Friday morning as accident investigators inspected a white sedan in the 6000 block of Thompson Street in West Philadelphia.


Officer who rammed Arizona man accused of misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 20:05

This undated photo provided by the Marana, Ariz., Police Department shows Marana police officer Michael Rapiejko. Dramatic dash cam videos of an arrest in Arizona put the public in the driver's seat as Rapiejko plowed his cruiser into a rifle-toting robbery suspect at high speed. Policing experts on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, called Rapiejko's tactics unconventional and even outrageous, but justified, given the circumstances. Prosecutors cleared Rapiejko of any wrongdoing after he swerved around another officer who had been cautiously tailing the robbery suspect, then accelerated and rammed into the man's back on Feb. 19. (Marana Police Department via AP)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona police officer who used his cruiser to ram into an armed suspect has been accused of using excessive force in the past, resulting in a $20,000 settlement for a man who said the officer pointed a gun at him and choked him.


Dog flu outbreak gained foothold at urban doggie day cares

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:31

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Beverley Petrunich, co-owner of DoGone Fun, a day care and boarding facility, visits with some of her clients in Chicago. Experts say doggie day care contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest. Petrunich says when the virus emerged in Chicago, her canine clients were hit hard. She consulted with vets, then closed for five days in late March to control the outbreak. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.


Aaron Hernandez's mom: I shared bond with victim's mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:19
BOSTON (AP) — The mother of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez says she shared a special bond with the mother of the man her son was convicted of killing.

Immigration fight heads to federal appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 19:04
In a key test of President Barack Obama's efforts to overhaul immigration law without congressional action, administration lawyers will on Friday ask a federal appeals court to lift an injunction blocking his executive action meant to help undocumented immigrants. Issued in February by Texas-based U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen, the injunction halted programs unveiled in November intended to shield 4.7 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Hundreds of pro-immigrant advocates are expected to rally in front of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in New Orleans where arguments in the case are set to be heard. On April 7, the Fifth Circuit ruled that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and the state of Mississippi lacked standing to sue over a separate immigration action issued by Obama in 2012 allowing immigrants brought to the United States as children to stay.

Ohio man wanted to kill US soldiers, feds say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:46

Ohio man wanted to kill US soldiers, feds sayAn Ohio man is expected to enter not guilty pleas to charges that he traveled to Syria and trained alongside terrorists, then returned to the U.S. with plans to attack a military base or a prison.


Smoke and flames damage stores in Camden County

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:25

Smoke and flames damage stores in Camden CountyA fire damaged several stores in a shopping strip mall in Lindenwold, New Jersey late Thursday night.


Officer struck by fleeing suspect in Lower Pottsgrove

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:19

Officer struck by fleeing suspect in Lower PottsgroveA Lower Pottsgrove Township police officer is home from the hospital after being struck by a suspect's vehicle.


Suspect shot and wounded by police in Frankford section of Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:59

Suspect shot and wounded by police in Frankford section of PhiladelphiaPolice say a man approached them carrying two guns, one in his hand and the other tucked in his waistband.


AccuWeather: Clouds and Showers On the Way

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:08

 Early ShowersMeteorologist Karen Rogers says the wettest part of Friday will be the morning.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:02
"I think that there's absolutely a gap, and it's a very dangerous gap, with regard to our airspace. I don't want people to get a message that they can just land anywhere. Suppose there was a bomb or an explosive device on that air vehicle? That could have been a major catastrophe." — Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., after confirmation that gyrocopter pilot Doug Hughes was interviewed in 2013 by the U.S. Secret Service.

Dispatcher puzzled by 911 call from trapped baggage worker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:41

FILE - In this April 13, 2015, file photo, workers walk with a Menzies Aviation cargo worker after the worker was removed from the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines passenger airplane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in Seattle. The airport worker who fell asleep and found himself trapped inside a plane's cargo hold called 911 to say he couldn't get out and needed someone to stop the plane. The 911 dispatcher seemed confused about what he was trying to communicate, and asked at least three times for the airport worker to clarify his location. (KIRO 7 via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; LOCAL TV OUTSEATTLE (AP) — A 911 dispatcher seemed understandably confused by the call from a baggage handler who fell asleep inside the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines jet bound for Los Angeles and said he needed someone to stop the plane.


Coast Guard ship returns to U.S. with 14 tons of seized cocaine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:08
(Reuters) - A U.S. Coast Guard cutter carrying more than 14 tons of seized cocaine returned to a California naval base on Thursday after a two-and-a-half month operation off the coast of Central and South America, officials said. The drugs, valued at more than $424 million, arrived at Naval Base San Diego after they were seized during a 79-day operation involving the U.S. Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy, Coast Guard Vice Admiral Charles Michel said in a statement.

California city fails to discipline problem police: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:07
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California city of Oakland has failed to discipline problem police officers "time and again," an investigator appointed by a U.S. federal judge said on Thursday in a court filing, as police tactics draw greater scrutiny across the United States. The Oakland investigation started after an arbitrator reinstated a police officer criticized for firing tear gas during Occupy protests in 2011. In a report on Thursday, investigator Edward Swanson said Oakland's city attorney frequently lost such arbitrations because the office handled cases "haphazardly, often waiting until the last minute to prepare for hearings or to assign cases to outside counsel." Swanson interviewed several witnesses who expressed concerns that Oakland's city attorney may have chosen outside lawyers, based on campaign contributions.

AP PHOTOS: Images of Oklahoma City bombing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:26

FILE - In this April 19, 1995 file photo, rescue personnel converge on the bombed Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people _ including 19 children _ injured hundreds more and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to structures and vehicles in the downtown area. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A cargo truck laden with more than two tons of explosives was detonated in front of Oklahoma City's nine-story federal building on April 19, 1995 — an act of terrorism that at the time was the worst such attack ever committed on U.S. soil.


Police: 5 adults found dead inside Phoenix home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:08

Phoenix Police Department officers stand out in front of a home where authorities say five people were killed inside after a shooting Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Phoenix. The names and ages of the three men and two women weren't immediately released, but police said they all were adults. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Five adults were found dead inside a north Phoenix home after a shooting Thursday in a suspected dispute about the family's business, police said.


Death of former NFL player's cellmate ruled homicide: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:36
(Reuters) - A California coroner has ruled that the death of a former NFL player's prison cellmate was a homicide by strangulation, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. Lawrence Phillips, 39, was suspected in the death of 37-year-old Damion Soward, who was found unresponsive in their cell on Saturday and died at a local hospital the next day, officials at the Kern Valley State Prison said on Monday. The Times reported on Wednesday that the Kern County coroner's office said Soward died of neck compression asphyxia, and that his death was a homicide. Representatives for the coroner's office could not be immediately reached.

Coast Guard cutter arrives in US with 14 tons of cocaine

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:14

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a crewman from the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell guards some of more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine, seized at sea and offloaded at Naval Base San Diego, Thursday, April 16, 2015. The vessel arrived with more than 14 tons of cocaine, part of what authorities described as a surge of seizures near Central and South America. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell via AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Coast Guard cutter arrived Thursday in San Diego with more than 14 tons of cocaine, part of what authorities described as a surge of seizures near Central and South America.


Professor says she was intimidated by defendant to ID victim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:49

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, Norma Esparza watches during a news conference in Santa Ana, Calif. Trial is set to start in Southern California for a man charged with the 1995 murder of another man after his then-girlfriend, Esparza, pointed him out as her rapist. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2015,in the Orange County trial of 45-year-old Gianni Van. His former girlfriend Esparza, 40, a psychology professor who now lives and teaches in France, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in an agreement with prosecutors last year. She’s expected to testify at the trial. (Bruce Chambers/The Orange County Register via AP) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT MBISANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A professor testifying in a cold-case trial in Southern California said Thursday that she was intimidated into identifying her rapist to the man now charged with killing him in 1995.


Vigil held for toddler killed in West Kensington hit-and-run, reward up to $20,000

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:38

Vigil held for toddler killed in West Kensington hit-and-run, reward up to $20,000A vigil was held in memory of a 2-year-old who died from the injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run crash in West Kensington.