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Trooper arrested after wedding brawl sues Pittsburgh cops

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:52
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A state trooper sued Pittsburgh police on Tuesday, saying they arrested him on false charges and used excessive force — including a kick to the groin — when he tried to calm a rowdy groomsman following a brawl after his brother's wedding.

Airspace expansion over northern Plains gets final approval

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:49

This July 24, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows a B-1 bomber rumbling down the flightline at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., as part of a training mission. On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration gave final approval for a plan to establish an enormous bomber training area over the northern Plains that advocates say will improve military training and save money. The plan would expand the Powder River Training Complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. The move quadruples the training airspace, making it the largest over the continental United States. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada)PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal to establish an enormous bomber training area over the northern Plains that advocates say will improve military training and save money got final approval Tuesday despite concerns about loud, low-flying aircraft disrupting civilian flights and damaging rural economies.


Multistate investigation announced into Premera cyberattack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:47
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's insurance commissioner announced Tuesday a multistate investigation into this winter's cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross.

Yemen leader asks UN to back military action against rebels

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:42
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Yemen's embattled president asked the U.N. Security Council to authorize a military intervention in support of his government to oust Houthi Shiite rebels who control much of the disintegrating country's north and are advancing south.

Jury clears Greyhound of negligence in California crash that killed six

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:33
A California civil court jury on Tuesday cleared the Greyhound bus company of negligence in a lawsuit brought by families of three of the six people killed when a motor coach plowed into an overturned SUV near Fresno, the Fresno Bee reported. The bus driver, two Greyhound passengers and the three occupants of the sport utility vehicle, including a woman who police said was drunk behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, were killed in the predawn July 22, 2010, wreck on Highway 99. The lawsuit contended that the Greyhound driver was at fault for the deaths of the three SUV victims because he was speeding and not wearing his eyeglasses when his bus slammed into the Trailblazer, which had crashed moments before and rolled over in traffic lanes, according to the Bee. The suit argued that dozens of other motorists on the highway had avoided hitting the overturned SUV and that the bus driver should also have managed to avoid it had he not been careless, the newspaper said.

Kennedy: Jesse Jackson Jr. leaving prison for halfway house

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:30

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2013, file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., leaves federal court in Washington after being sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson Jr. will be released from a federal prison on Thursday, March 26, 2015, and will serve out the remainder of his term in a Washington, D.C., halfway house, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press after visiting Jackson behind bars. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from a federal prison on Thursday and will serve out the remainder of his term in a Washington, D.C., halfway house, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press after visiting Jackson.


Human remains found in Frankford yard, 1 in custody

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:28

Human remains found in Frankford yard, 1 in custodyPolice say one person is in custody after human remains were found in the backyard of a home in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.


Indiana senator: 'Baby box' proposal needs further review

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:27

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2015 file photo shows a prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, outside the fire station in Woodburn, Ind. An Indiana proposal to allow fire stations and other public places to install "baby boxes" so mothers in crisis could anonymously surrender their newborns needs further review and is unlikely to advance this year, a key lawmaker said Tuesday, May 24, 2015. Sen. Patricia Miller, whose Senate health committee is scheduled to hear the bill Wednesday, May 25, said she expects the bill to be amended to send it to study committees for further evaluation. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana proposal to allow fire stations and other public places to install "baby boxes" so mothers in crisis could anonymously surrender their newborns needs further review and is unlikely to advance this year, a key lawmaker said Tuesday.


Trenton School District to cut 226 jobs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:25

Trenton School District to cut 226 jobsMuch like Philadelphia, the Trenton School District is facing a big budget deficit.


Ex-death row inmate blasts 'miscarriage of justice' in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:25
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A Phoenix woman who was cleared after spending more than two decades on death row for murdering her young son slammed the criminal justice system that stole half her life and said on Tuesday she was always confident she would be exonerated. In Debra Milke's first comments since a Maricopa County judge dismissed all charges against her this week, she stated again that she had "absolutely nothing" to do with the brutal killing of the 4-year-old boy in 1989. "I just didn't think it would have to take 25 years, 3 months and 14 days to rectify such a blatant miscarriage of justice." Milke was convicted in 1990 for killing her son Christopher, who was dressed in his best outfit after being told her roommate would take him to meet Santa Claus at a local mall shortly before Christmas. Instead, Milke's roommate, James Styers, and another man took the child to the desert where they shot him in the head and dumped his body in a secluded ravine.

AP: Bill would bar incentives for those who don't pay up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:21
A New Jersey lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would ban people or companies from getting state incentives if they are behind on payments to the state government.

Atlanta-area police shoot dead wanted man driving Maserati

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:20
(Reuters) - A man who hopped into a Maserati on Tuesday to flee from police seeking to arrest him at his Atlanta-area workplace for a probation violation was shot dead when officers fired at him, authorities said. The man, who authorities have not named, was shot outside a shopping center where officers with the Smyrna Police Department, assisted by officers from the Cobb County Police Department, had come to arrest him, Cobb County Police Department spokesman Sergeant Dana Pierce said. A spokesman for the Smyrna Police Department did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment. Television images showed police officers surrounding a white car with a shattered rear window and what appeared to be several bullet holes in the side windows.

Penn State president panned for anti-war activist's visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:17
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State University's president got a raft of criticism on Tuesday at a hearing on the university's budget — not over fiscal issues but from lawmakers angry about on-campus appearances by a co-founder of the violent anti-war group the Weather Underground.

Large stick found in DC subway tunnel where officer shot man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for the public transit system in Washington, D.C. says a large wooden stick was found in a subway tunnel where a police officer fatally shot a man.

Philadelphia VA office investigated over disability claims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an investigation into allegations of widespread mismanagement of disability claims at its Philadelphia office as it braces for a report from its inspector general.

Oil price fall forces North Dakota to consider austerity

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:06

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, oil pump jacks work in unison, in Williston, N.D. The number of drill rigs in western North Dakota's oil patch has slipped to a five-year low with the falling price of oil. On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 100 rigs were drilling in the state's oil patch. That's down from 197 on the same day a year ago and the lowest since March 2010. Lawmakers said Tuesday they do not know if the quicker-than-expected drop will immediately influence the final shape of the state's upcoming budget. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two years ago, North Dakota was so flush with money from the energy boom that lawmakers spent over $1 million to spruce up the cafe at the state Capitol. Now, the fall in oil prices has tightened the revenue tap and the nation's fastest-growing state is contemplating a dose of austerity.


Montana agency: Real estate mogul owes $73.8M in back taxes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:05

FILE - In this April 29, 2009, file photo, Tim Blixseth arrives at the federal courthouse in Missoula, Mont. Montana revenue officials say the one-time billionaire and Yellowstone Club founder owes almost $74 million in back taxes, penalties and interest, primarily on a $375 million loan to the luxury resort near Big Sky that he diverted for personal use. Department of Revenue officials announced Tuesday, March 24, 2015, that a tax board had sided against the real estate mogul in a series of recent rulings after Blixseth challenged the state’s tax claims. Blixseth says he will appeal the tax board decisions in state court. (AP Photo/Mike Albans, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One-time billionaire and Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth owes almost $74 million in back taxes, penalties and interest in Montana, state revenue officials said Tuesday, after a tax board ruled that the real estate mogul diverted huge sums from the luxury resort for personal use.


Florida Senate passes bill to let gun owners carry weapons in emergency evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:05
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons when they evacuate during hurricanes or other emergencies. The legislation, supported by the National Rifle Association, would give gun owners a 48-hour exemption from needing a license to carry a concealed weapon during an evacuation. Supporters pointed to the looting seen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a reason to approve the exception for law-abiding gun owners. “It’s preventative and most likely will save lives,” said state Senator Joseph Abruzzo, a Democrat from Palm Beach County, noting that guns left unattended in homes could be stolen.

Tsarnaev blamed bad grades on loss of loved ones in Chechnya

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:04
BOSTON (AP) — Three months before he bombed the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told college officials he had been unable to concentrate on his studies because he had "lost too many" loved ones in Chechnya during the previous year, a school administrator testified Tuesday.

Man gets life without parole in revenge killing of girl, 2

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:54

Raymone Jackson stands during his sentencing in the courtroom of Judge Ulysses Boykin at the Frank Murphy Hall Of Justice, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Detroit, Mich. The ex-convict who authorities say killed a 2-year-old girl in front of her father in a suburban Detroit revenge attack has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Jose Juarez) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT, HUFFINGTON POST OUT, NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, MANDATORY CREDITDETROIT (AP) — Kenneth French glared Tuesday at the man awaiting his sentence for fatally shooting French's 2-year-old daughter in what authorities said was a revenge attack.