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US says transgender workers illegally fired

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:23
DETROIT (AP) — A federal agency on Thursday filed its first lawsuits to protect transgender people in the workplace, accusing a Michigan funeral home and a Florida eye clinic of illegally firing employees who were making a transition to female.

Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Alaska near Anchorage, no immediate damage reported

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:12
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska on Thursday near Anchorage, but the U.S. Geological Survey said there was little likelihood of casualties or severe damage from shaking generated by the deeply rooted tremor. The agency said the quake's epicenter was located 81 miles (130 km) northwest of Anchorage, Alaska's most populous city, and originated at a depth of 63.2 miles (101.7 km) below the surface, which would have lessened its impact. "It was the earth rolling. It looked like I had double vision going on. ...

Coast Guard plane lands safely after gear problem

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:09
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A Coast Guard plane has landed safely in Mobile, Alabama, after experiencing a problem with its landing gear.

Four Memphis cops suspended over porta-potty arrest: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:08
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Four Memphis police officers have been suspended with pay for tipping over a portable toilet where a suspect had tried to hide, after a video of the Sept. 19 arrest circulated widely on social media, the Commercial Appeal newspaper reported on Thursday. The video showed the officers closing in on the portable potty at a construction site where the suspect had hidden. The officers tipped the portable toilet over and then put it upright again. The police kicked the suspect and handcuffed him after he came out of the potty, the video showed. ...

Families want investigations into police deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 04:06

In this image from video the parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., speak at a news conference with civil rights leaders at the National Press Club Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in Washington. Brown's parents were joined by Eric Garner's mother in calling for full federal investigations into the death of their sons, two unarmed black men who died in police encounters. (AP Photo/AP Video)WASHINGTON (AP) — The parents of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men who died in encounters with white police officers, joined with civil rights leaders on Thursday to call for a full federal investigation and charges against those involved in their deaths.

Florida man on trial again in loud music killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:51

Michael Dunn, left, enters the courtroom for the start of his retrial on murder charges, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla. The retrial of Dunn on murder charges for the shooting death of 17-year old Jordan Davis in a dispute over loud music at at Jacksonville gas station in November of 2012 began Thursday afternoon. Dunn was convicted previously of attempted second-degree murder for firing the shots, but a jury deadlocked on first-degree murder. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self, Pool) (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self, Pool)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors Thursday described a white Florida man accused of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager during an argument over loud music as a cold killer who fired multiple times into an SUV. His defense countered during his retrial that the man felt threatened and fired in self-defense.

Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:50

In this Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014 photo, a customer reaches for the regular switch to fill her tank with the $2.92-a-gallon regular gas at a RaceWay gas station in Richland, Miss. The typical autumn decline in gasoline prices is getting a big push lower by falling global oil prices. By the end of the year, up to 30 states could have an average gasoline price of under $3 a gallon. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)NEW YORK (AP) — The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country.

Serial killer sentenced to life in prison for three Los Angeles stranglings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:41
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 74-year-old career criminal convicted in the strangling deaths of three women in Los Angeles was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the crimes committed in the 1980s, prosecutors said. Police used DNA matches in 2012 to tie Samuel Little to the three women, whose bodies were dumped in alleys near downtown Los Angeles and who prosecutors have described as easy targets because of their drug problems. ...

Report: Chopper pilot disoriented in Ky. crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:39
MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — The federal transportation board says the pilot of a medical helicopter became disoriented in patchy fog and that likely caused it to crash in southeastern Kentucky last year, killing three people.

Dashboard video shows shooting of unarmed driver

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:32

In this Sept. 20014 photo released by the South Carolina State Police, State trooper Sean Groubert poses for a booking photo. Groubert, 31, was charged Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Officials say a former South Carolina state trooper is charged with a felony in the shooting of an unarmed man during a traffic stop earlier this month. (AP Photo/South Carolina State Police)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina state trooper's dashboard video shows an unarmed driver being shot just seconds after he was stopped for a seatbelt offense — and the trooper, who was fired last week, has now been charged with assault.

Suspect in Virginia student abduction held without bond in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:29
By Amanda Orr GALVESTON Texas (Reuters) - A man suspected of abducting a University of Virginia student will be held without bond in Texas pending his extradition to Virginia, a Texas county judge ruled on Thursday. Jesse Matthew, 32, was arrested in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday, about 1,100 miles away from the University of Virginia campus. The arrest came a day after a warrant was issued accusing him of abduction with the intent to defile. Hannah Graham, 18, a sophomore at the school, was seen with Matthew leaving a bar in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the early hours of Sept. 13. ...

For flu shots, there's more than one choice

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:27

For flu shots, there's more than one choiceFlu season is right around the corner, and that means now is the time to get a flu shot.

Apple's response to iPhone glitches is key

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:23

FILE - In this June 2, 2014 photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about iOS 8 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Apple has stopped providing an update to its new iOS 8 mobile operating software, following complaints by some users who said Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, that the update interferes with their ability to make phone calls. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself.

2 more sets of remains from reform school ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:18

Lead researcher and University of South Florida Associate Professor Erin Kimmerle speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., regarding the unmarked graves found at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna Fla. University researchers have positively identified the remains of two more boys recovered from the graves. Thomas Varnadoe and Earl Wilson were positively identified through a DNA matches from family members. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Researchers have identified two more sets of remains buried on the grounds of a former Florida Panhandle reform school for over a half-century, the team announced Thursday.

Corvette driver taught a lesson for taking up two parking spots

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:14

Corvette driver taught a lesson for taking up two parking spotsA New Jersey man pulled into a nearly full parking lot and spotted a corvette purposely taking two parking spaces up front.

Family attorney says Traficant 'very critical'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:12

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2010, file photo, former U.S. Rep. James Traficant talks about politics at a diner in Boardman, Ohio. Traficant, who spent time in prison on corruption and racketeering charges, has been critically injured in a tractor accident at his northeast Ohio home. Traficant's wife, Tish, told The (Youngstown) Vindicator that the 73-year-old former congressman was in "very critical condition" on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, following the Tuesday night accident on his family farm in Greenford, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney for the family of former U.S. Rep. James Traficant said Thursday that the ex-congressman remains in "very critical" condition after being injured in an accident on his farm outside of Youngstown in northeast Ohio.

Corvette driver takes 2 parking spots, gets taught a lesson in NJ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:11

Corvette driver taught a lesson for taking up two parking spotsA New Jersey man pulled into a nearly full parking lot and spotted a corvette purposely taking two parking spaces up front.

Collector auctions rifle purportedly used in 1966 Texas tower killings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:52
DALLAS (Reuters) - A Dallas gun collector is selling what he said is a rifle used in the sniper attack by ex-Marine Charles Whitman, who perched himself atop the University of Texas clock tower in a 1966 shooting spree that killed 16 people and wounded dozens. Donald Weiss is advertising the Remington 700 as the "UT Austin Sniper Rifle" at a starting bid of $25,000 on behalf of an unidentified owner on the Texas Gun Trader website. The posting has been viewed over 4,300 times in the last week, according to the site. ...

LA woman evades intruder by climbing onto roof

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:47

In this Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 photo, Laura Rivera, who fled her house through an attic window to escape an intruder, seen on the roof behind her, waits for help after an early-morning break in at her house in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. The intruder, later identified as Christian Hicks, was arrested by Los Angeles police officers and is being held for investigation of burglary. (AP Photo/, Alex Thompson) MANDATORY CREDITLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police have arrested a man who broke into a woman's house and followed her onto the roof after she fled out of a second-story window.

U.S. government unaware of purported subway attack plot, U.S. official says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:44
NEW YORK (Reuters) - No one in the U.S. government is aware of a purported plot to attack the U.S. and French subway systems that was revealed on Thursday to journalists by Iraqi's prime minister, a senior U.S. administration official said. Earlier, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Iraq had received "credible" intelligence on Thursday morning of such a plot by Islamic State militants. The administration official added that the purported plot was not raised by Iraq during meetings with U.S. officials in New York this week during the United Nations General Assembly. ...