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Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:41

In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 photo, Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit behind bars inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Officer behind wheel in fatal wrong-way crash had DUI in '13

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:41

In this undated photo provided by the Linden, N.J. Police Department, Police Officer Pedro Abad is shown. Abad, 27, is in critical condition after the car he was driving struck a truck head-on, while travelling in the wrong direction on a Staten Island N.Y., highway, Friday, March 20, 2015. The crash critically injured a fellow officer and killed another. A civilian travelling in the vehicle also died. (AP Photo/Linden N.J. Police Department)The off-duty New Jersey police officer who was behind the wheel during a wrong-way crash that killed another officer and a friend last week in New York City had previously had his driver's license suspended for driving under the influence, an official said Tuesday.


'Mad Men' star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:38

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, Jon Hamm, left, and Jennifer Westfeldt arrive at The People Magazine Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A spokeswoman for the "Mad Men" star Hamm says the actor recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction. Hamm had the support of his longtime partner, actress-filmmaker Westfeldt, in his struggle, publicist Annett Wolf said in a statement Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said.


Police open fire on shooting suspect in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:32

Philadelphia police responding to shooting scene fire at gunmanPolice fired at a shooting suspect in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia Tuesday night.


'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:30

'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addictionA spokeswoman for "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm says the actor recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction.


Common-sense, low-cost fix for truck-train crashes rejected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:25

FILE - In this file frame grab from video provided by WTVD-11, on March 9, 2015, authorities respond to a collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a truck in Halifax County, N.C. An AP review of news coverage shows there were at least 20 collisions between trains and tractor trailers in 2013 and 2014 after truck drivers drove into the path of oncoming trains or got stuck. The nation’s railroads want Congress to give them five more years to implement a more than $15 billion high-tech solution for train wrecks. (AP Photo/WTVD-11, File)RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — America's railroads want five more years to stop train wrecks using a high-tech system costing more than $9 billion.


Teen convicted of setting destructive San Diego County fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:18

FILE - In this May 15, 2014 file photo, a mountaintop home burns in the Cocos wildfire in San Marcos, Calif. A judge has found a 14-year-old girl guilty of arson for igniting a branch that caused last year's devastating wildfire in San Diego County. Spokesman Steve Walker of the San Diego County District Attorney's office says the girl was found guilty Tuesday, March 24, 2015 of multiple felony counts of arson and one misdemeanor count of unlawfully allowing a fire to escape one's control. Prosecutors say the girl ignited branches amid a spate of wildfires in the county and laughed about it when she told her sister. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge on Tuesday found a 14-year-old girl guilty of arson for igniting a branch in her backyard that caused last year's devastating wildfire in San Diego County.


California woman killed by gravel dumped on her car in driveway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:12
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A San Francisco-area woman was crushed to death in her driveway by a load of gravel that spilled accidentally from a dump truck onto her car as she was about to move the vehicle at the request of construction workers, authorities said on Tuesday. The tragedy occurred on Monday afternoon while sidewalk construction was under way along a half-mile stretch of the woman's street in the East Bay town of Martinez, according to an initial report gathered by workplace safety inspectors. “Someone knocked on her door, the lady came out, then actually the chain of events that happened from there are under investigation as to how the gravel load came down onto the woman’s car, pinning her and killing her inside,” said Julia Bernstein, a spokeswoman for California's Occupational Safety and Health Division.

Oklahoma student in racist fraternity video to speak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 09:02
DALLAS (AP) — A former University of Oklahoma student seen participating in a racist chant in a video made aboard a fraternity party bus is scheduled to speak at an event sponsored by a leading black Oklahoma state legislator.

Mom, stepmom arrested for assaulting son's bullies at school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:59
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two women have been arrested for allegedly going onto a school campus and assaulting a pair of teenage girls, including one who the women say had been bullying their son, police said Tuesday.

NYC jails boss: Extra $28M in budget for hiring, facilities

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:52
NEW YORK (AP) — The city's jails commissioner told lawmakers at a budget hearing Tuesday that an additional $28 million allocated to the fiscal year 2016 budget would go toward facility repairs, new hires and beefing up application screening and recruitment units to attract better talent to the troubled Department of Correction.

Police open fire on shooting suspect in Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:49

Philadelphia police responding to shooting scene fire at gunmanPolice fired at a shooting suspect in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia Tuesday night.


Government report finds U.S. Homeland Security deputy intervened in visa cases

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:37
The No. 2 official at the U.S. Homeland Security Department exerted improper influence while at another agency on behalf of politically connected Democrats seeking visas for foreign investors, the department's inspector general said in a report released on Tuesday. Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, when he was head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, gave special treatment in three cases, including to a company run by now-Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, the report found, but it also determined that Mayorkas had broken no laws. The Washington Post reported that McAuliffe's company, from which he resigned before running for Virginia governor, was working with Gulf Coast Funds Management, a firm specializing in obtaining EB-5 visas and run by Anthony Rodham, brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement he had full confidence in Mayorkas, who became the department's No. 2 in 2013.

Taraji P. Henson says her son was racially profiled at USC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:37

FILE - In this Thursday, March 12, 2015 file photo, Taraji P. Henson attends the LA Academy Screening of "Empire" at the Theater at the Ace Hotel, in Los Angeles. Henson says her 20-year-old son is transferring to Howard University after being racially profiled by police at the University of Southern California. The “Empire” star made the comments in the latest issue of Uptown magazine, which features her on the cover. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Taraji P. Henson says her 20-year-old son is transferring to Howard University after being racially profiled by police at the University of Southern California.


Colorado carjacker pleads guilty to crime spree caught on live TV

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:36
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A felon whose two-hour carjacking and armed crime spree in Colorado last year played out on live television filmed from a news helicopter pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 46 charges stemming from the rampage, prosecutors said.

Clarification: Utah-Firing Squad story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:33

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Herbert signed a law approving the controversial method's use when no lethal-injection drugs are available. Herbert has said he finds the firing squad "a little bit gruesome," but Utah is a capital punishment state and needs a backup execution method in case a shortage of the drugs persists. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In a story March 23, The Associated Press reported that Utah became the only U.S. state to allow firing squads for executions. The story should have specified that it became the only state to allow firing squads if no lethal injection drugs are available. Oklahoma law also allows the use of firing squads, but only if courts ever declare lethal injections and electrocutions unconstitutional.


Wrights' descendant testifies in Ohio on 1st-in-flight flap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:27
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of the Wright Brothers, including one of their descendants, on Tuesday applauded state legislation defending the famous aviators' place in history as the first in flight.

New Jersey's Christie: Liberty comes from God not government

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:19

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, shakes hands with an audience member after a town hall meeting at the Hanover Township Community Center, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Whippany, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent much of a town hall-style meeting Tuesday in his state talking up what he believes makes a winning candidate and espousing the principle that rights and liberties come from God, not government.


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

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:13

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) — Sen. Ted Cruz could soon be buying his family's health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House.


Trespassing blamed in fatal Gregg Allman biopic train crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 08:12
(Reuters) - A train crash that left one member of a film crew dead and six others injured in Georgia was the result of the crew trespassing on an active railroad bridge, according to a final report on the incident released on Tuesday by federal safety investigators. The director of the film, "Midnight Rider," about rock singer Gregg Allman, pleaded guilty earlier this month to involuntary manslaughter and trespassing charges stemming from the February 2014 crash in rural Wayne County, about 70 miles (113 km) southwest of Savannah. Randall Miller, the director, was sentenced to two years in a county jail and eight years' probation. Camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, of Atlanta, was killed when an oncoming train tore through the set while she and other crew members installed equipment to film on active train tracks and a trestle bridge.