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Animal shelters let kids cozy up to pets at summer camps

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:56

In this Monday, March 16, 2015 photo, Ashley Carter, 14, looks at a red-tailed boa constrictor during the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA spring kids camp in Phoenix. Thousands of youngsters from 6 to 17 will attend similar summer camps this year at hundreds of animal shelters across the country. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Children who love to dance, act or play sports have summer camps specialized just for them. But many parents don't realize that kids who are passionate about pets can have the same immersive experience.


Oklahoma student who led racist chant to meet black leaders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:51

FILE - In this March 10, 2015 file photo, University of Oklahoma students gather outside the now closed University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house during a rally in reaction to members of the fraternity captured on video chanting a racial slur, in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma state Sen. Anastasia Pittman said former University of Oklahoma student Levi Pettit, who was shown in the video leading the racist chant, has reached out to her and plans to meet with black civic leaders to personally apologize for his role in the incident. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former University of Oklahoma student who led a racist chant apologized personally to the leader of Oklahoma's Legislative Black Caucus and plans to meet with more civic leaders before speaking publicly about the incident for the first time, a state senator said Wednesday.


Feel-good tale: Man gets $7M lottery ticket in get-well card

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:38
NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man recovering from surgery has won $7 million off a lottery ticket tucked into his get-well card.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Lawyer Says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:37
American soldier held by Taliban for five years, freed in controversial swap.

StoryCorps to launch global expansion with $1M TED Prize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:35

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay demonstrates how to record a story using a smartphone app Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Isay recently won the 2015 TED Prize of $1 million to help carry out his wish for a worldwide expansion of the StoryCorps project. After amassing a huge collection of recorded voices in the United States and creating a popular fixture on public radio, the national oral history project StoryCorps is going global. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)WASHINGTON (AP) — After amassing a huge collection of recorded voices in the United States and creating a popular fixture on public radio, the national oral history project StoryCorps is going global.


Parole board changes mind, won't free cop killer amid outcry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:34

Inmate Gary Castonguay listens to victim impact statements during a hearing inside MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Suffield, Conn. Castonguay, is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for the shooting of Plainville police Officer Robert Holcomb during a burglary. A parole board that ruled Castonguay, who killed Holcomb in 1977 could go free, rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim's family and prosecutors. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A parole board panel that had earlier approved the release of a convicted cop killer without any input from the officer's family rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim's relatives, prosecutors and police officers.


Cops: Obsessed teacher spoke of running away with pupil, 11

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:32
PITTSBURGH (AP) — An elementary school teacher who resigned this month was obsessed with one of her 11-year-old students, encrypting her phone number on the girl's math homework, exchanging thousands of text messages with her and even talking of running away with her, authorities said Wednesday.

Lawsuit: Boy, 11, died of allergic reaction to Publix cookie

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:25
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of an 11-year-old boy is suing the Publix grocery chain, saying the child was allergic to nuts and died from a severe reaction after eating a cookie despite a worker's assurance it was safe.

Virginia governor orders retraining for alcohol police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:20
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's governor is ordering Alcoholic Beverage Control agents to be retrained following a high-profile arrest that left a University of Virginia student bloodied and shouting allegations of racism.

Philadelphia needs 10,000 volunteers for Pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:18

Philadelphia needs 10,000 volunteers for Pope visitThe Archdiocese of Philadelphia says it needs 10,000 volunteers or more for Pope Francis' visit there in September.


Disgraced Oklahoma student to meet rights leaders over racist song

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:04

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is seen at the University of Oklahoma in NormanBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The former University of Oklahoma student seen in a video leading a racist song at a fraternity outing plans to meet civil rights leaders on Wednesday and offer an apology for his actions, a state senator said. The student, Levi Pettit, has asked for the meeting that will be attended by groups including the local chapter of the NAACP, according to Senator Anastasia Pittman, head of Oklahoma's Legislative Black Caucus.


Don Tollefson awaits sentencing in fraud trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:03

Don Tollefson sentenced to 2-4 years in prisonFormer Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson faces his fate in court Wednesday after he was convicted for fraud back in January.


Police: Man shot driver, fled to Florida for spring break

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:01
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Carolina man fatally shot another man in the head, stole his car and then drove to Florida for spring break, Daytona Beach police said.

U.S. Army to give update on case of former war prisoner Bergdahl

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:57

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg in North Carolina said it will provide an update on Wednesday in the case of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan who was released last summer. The Army has been reviewing the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's capture amid accusations that was captured after walking away from his post. An independent Army review was looking at whether any charge or disciplinary action was merited in the case. U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg said it would provide a statement on the case at 3:30 p.m. EDT. ...


Report: Racial disparities in arrests persist with legal pot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:57

FILE - In this March 6, 2014 file photo, Colorado State Troopers train in a several week long Drug Recognition Expert class, at the Colorado State Patrol Training Academy, in Golden, Colo. Legalizing marijuana reduces drug arrests but doesn't solve one of the central goals of drug-policy reformers, ending racial disparities in marijuana enforcement. That's according to a new review of Colorado's criminal justice system before and after pot was made legal. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)DENVER (AP) — The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn't solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than whites to be charged with pot-related crimes, a new report says.


Mistrial motion denied in trial over girl's running death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:56
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A sentencing hearing was set to continue Wednesday afternoon for an Alabama woman convicted in her granddaughter's running death, after the judge denied a defense motion for a mistrial over allegations of juror misconduct.

Cruz eyes insurance via Obamacare, a law he vows to scrap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:50

Sen. Ted Cruz, second from right, R-Texas, his wife Heidi, and their two daughters Catherine, left, 4, and Caroline, 6, wave on stage after he announced his campaign for president, Monday, March 23, 2015, at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz could soon be buying his family's health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act he has vowed to dismantle.


A tale of 2 Ferguson deaths: 1 well known, 1 anonymous

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:40

In this Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 photo, Maria Joshua, mother of DeAndre Joshua, poses for a photo at her home in University City, Mo. Her 20-year old son was killed in the hours after the Nov. 24, 2014 announcement that a white police officer would not be indicted in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. "What I'm afraid of is the unknown, seriously, the unknown. I don't know who did this, and why. But I do want some justice," she says. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Along a short stretch of winding road through a nondescript apartment complex, two memorials of stuffed animals mark the spots where young men died. The sites are separated by roughly 1,000 feet, but in a sense are worlds apart.


Bucks County teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:39

Bucks County teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with studentA Bucks County teacher is out on bond after being charged with having an inappropriate romantic relationship with a student.


Man in Maserati shot by officers; police investigating

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:38
VININGS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Atlanta are investigating after police said a man drove a Maserati toward officers who then opened fire on the car, killing the suspect.