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Famed Chicago chef Homaro Cantu found dead from suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:04
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago avant garde chef Homaro Cantu, known for using science to create unique dining experiences at his Moto restaurant, committed suicide, officials said on Wednesday. Cantu, 38, was found to have hanged himself on Tuesday afternoon, police said, in a northwest side building where he had planned to open a brewery called Crooked Fork later this year. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the cause of death was asphyxiation/hanging, and that it was a suicide. Cantu had worked for acclaimed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter before becoming a chef himself.

Minnesota governor orders missing Lindström umlaut restored

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:03
Something has been a little off in Lindström, Minnesota, since the town named after a 19th century settler from Sweden got new city limits signs following the 2010 U.S. census. The umlaut, two dots over the "o" in Lindström that indicate a specific Swedish pronunciation, was missing, a casualty of federal rules, the state Transportation Department said. The umlauted version of the town's name had graced the road signs for two decades. Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday said he would sign an executive order requiring the Transportation Department to put the umlaut back in Lindström, whose motto is "America's Little Sweden." "Nonsensical rules like this are exactly why people get frustrated with government," Dayton said in a statement.

Church bells, kind acts mark 2 years since Boston bombings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:00

Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman, right, walks past one of two blast sites with Carlos Arredondo, who helped save his life, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Boston marked the second anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings with a subdued remembrance that includes a moment of silence, the pealing of church bells and a call for kindness. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — With a moment of silence, the tolling of church bells and a call for kindness, Boston marked the second anniversary of the marathon bombings Wednesday, the emotions clearly still raw from the devastating attack during one of this city's most cherished events.

Ex-FBI official: Agency is hiding evidence in anthrax case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:58
A former director of the FBI's anthrax investigation says the agency is concealing evidence that casts doubt on its conclusion that Army scientist Bruce Ivins sent the anthrax-filled letters that killed five people and sickened 17 others in 2001.

Audit finds wide mismanagement at Philadelphia VA

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unreasonable workloads and poor leadership at the Veterans Affairs facility in Philadelphia have led to mismanagement and delays in handling veterans' disability and pensions claims, according to a government audit released Wednesday.

Developments in tensions between police and communities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:53
The killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City last year touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that has continued with the recent deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcers in North Charleston, South Carolina, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. A police officer was injured by protesters in New York on Tuesday in one of several demonstrations targeting police brutality nationwide. Here are some recent developments amid the tension between police and communities.

Philadelphia police search for suspects in Northern Liberties shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:51

Philadelphia police search for suspects in Northern Liberties shootingWanted: Suspects for shooting in the 6th District

Mom receives frantic calls from missing daughter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:51

Mom receives frantic calls from missing daughterThe mother of a missing 14-year-old girl tells Action News she has received phone calls from her daughter that have been cut off.

Pedestrian bridge falls onto train tracks, no one hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:50
BERWYN HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) — Transportation and emergency officials say no one was hurt after a pedestrian bridge fell onto commuter rail tracks in Maryland, just outside of Washington.

U.S. court upholds racial profiling injunction on Arizona lawman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:50
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal court on Wednesday largely upheld an injunction blocking Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from the unconstitutional practice of stopping and detaining anyone solely on suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant. Arpaio, 82, who bills himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff," has been found by a federal judge in Phoenix to have racially profiled Latino drivers following a class action lawsuit. The complaint, filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by the American Civil Liberties Union, alleged Arpaio's department conducted racially discriminatory traffic stops while also launching "crime suppression sweeps," known as "saturation patrols," targeting Hispanics. In Wednesday's order, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a ruling by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow preventing traffic stops to verify drivers' immigration status was not over-broad and was aimed at remedying specific constitutional violations.

Hearing delayed for suspect in Nicki Minaj tour member death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:43

Hearing delayed for suspect in Nicki Minaj tour member deathA court appearance for a Philadelphia man accused of fatally stabbing a member of rapper Nicki Minaj's tour and severely wounding another has been postponed.

Police training drill near Independence Mall 5pm-9pm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:43

Police training drill near Independence Mall 5pm-9pmIf you see a large police presence on Independence Mall this evening, don't be alarmed: it's only a drill.

U.S. Navy officer pleads guilty to bribery in corruption probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:39
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy officer pleaded guilty to bribery in federal court on Wednesday in the latest development in a widening corruption scandal, admitting he gave classified information to a Malaysian businessman in exchange for prostitution services and other benefits. Lieutenant Commander Todd Malaki, 44, pleaded guilty in San Diego to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery in an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin of the Southern District of California, the U.S. Justice Department said. The case involved defense contractor executive Leonard Glenn Francis, dubbed "Fat Leonard," who was accused of bribing high-ranking U.S. naval officers to steer millions of dollars of contract services to his company. Malaki is the eighth person to plead guilty in the expanding probe into corruption and fraud in the Navy, the Justice Department said.

Video captures small copter landing on Capitol lawn

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:36

Video captures small copter landing on Capitol lawnPolice arrested a man who steered his tiny, one-person helicopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, astonishing spring tourists and prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor Center.

Small helicopter lands on U.S. Capitol grounds, one person detained: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:34

Man takes pictures of a gyro copter that was flown onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol as it is towed from the west front lawn in WashingtonA small helicopter landed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol with a single occupant aboard on Wednesday, but a bomb squad found nothing hazardous and normal operations have resumed, U.S. Capitol Police said. Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in a statement that one man was in custody with charges pending, but she declined to give further information. The Tampa Bay Times reported on Wednesday that the pilot was Doug Hughes, 61, a mailman from Ruskin, Florida. Streets near the Capitol were temporarily closed while police investigated, according to a police statement that called the craft a "gyro copter." Streets have since been reopened and the aircraft removed.

Vehicle recovered, child victim identified in Southwest Philadelphia hit-and-run crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:33

Vehicle recovered, child victim identified in Southwest Philadelphia hit-and-run crashAction News has learned the name of a little boy who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Southwest Philadelphia. In addition, police have located the vehicle suspected of being involved in the incident, and identified a person of interest.

EU alleges Google's abuses hurt consumers, innovation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:31

European Union's competition chief Margrethe Vestager listens to questions during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The European Union's executive hit Google with an official antitrust complaint on Wednesday that alleges the company abuses its dominance in Internet searches and also opened a probe into its Android mobile system. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer.

Madoff trustee seeks to release $1.2 billion to investors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:31
NEW YORK (AP) — A trustee recovering money for thousands of victims of Bernard Madoff's (MAY'-dawfs) epic Ponzi scheme has asked a New York court to let him distribute another $1.2 billion.

State Supreme Court assigns judge to hear South Carolina officer's murder case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:31

Police officer Michael Slager is seen in an undated photo released by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office in Charleston HeightsBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina's chief justice has assigned a judge from outside North Charleston to preside over the murder case of a white former police officer accused of shooting a black man in the back in that city. The order on Tuesday said Judge Clifton Newman would be in charge of deciding all legal matters in the case and would retain jurisdiction "regardless of where he may be assigned to hold court." Newman, who is based in Kingstree, a town about 75 miles from Charleston, is a former prosecutor who became a judge in 2000, according to the state's judicial department website. Lawyer Andy Savage, who is representing former police officer Michael Slager in the April 4 deadly shooting of 50-year-old Walter Scott, said the judge had an excellent reputation.

Rogue ex-drug officer admits 'thousands' of crimes, lies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:30
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A rogue ex-police officer testifying against drug squad colleagues in a federal corruption trial admitted Wednesday that he committed "thousands" of crimes during his career on the Philadelphia Police Department.