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Video launches assault investigation of officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:46
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police are investigating whether an off-duty officer assaulted his former girlfriend outside a restaurant after surveillance video surfaced showing an altercation.

Feds end Ohio State inquiry, applaud band inquiry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:46
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Just weeks after Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band for failing to address a "sexualized culture" within the group, the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday announced it was closing a four-year investigation into the university's handling of sexual abuse allegations.

Yoga studio feels heat after Sept. 11 promotion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:43
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Less than five miles from the Pentagon, the owners of the Bikram Arlington yoga studio thought they had come up with a clever way to run a promotion in conjunction with the Sept. 11 attacks.

AP PHOTOS: US marks anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:31

From left, President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey participate in a ceremony at the Pentagon, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The United States marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks against a troubling backdrop. The ceremonies came just hours after President Barack Obama told the country he is authorizing stepped-up airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State extremists.


FEMA wants at least $5.8M in Sandy aid repaid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:30

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, Gary Silberman stands for a picture as he guides reporters on a tour of his parent's home that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, in Lindenhurst, N.Y. After Silberman received nearly $17,000 in assistance from FEMA, the agency is demanding a return on the funds. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane's victims.


Police: South Philadelphia teacher stabbing a possible suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:29

 South Philadelphia teacher stabbing a possible suicidePolice say they are investigating the fatal stabbing of a school teacher in South Philadelphia as a possible suicide.


Vehicle slams into Palmyra bedroom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:26

Vehicle slams into Palmyra bedroomAn early morning crash in Burlington County ended with a car in one woman's bedroom.


Police: Stratosphere casino crash was intentional

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:22

This Sept. 11, 2014 booking photo provided by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Ryan Brown, 40, following his arrest on Sept. 10, 2014 at the Stratosphere on the Las Vegas Strip. Police say Brown faces felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor driving under the influence and reckless driving charges after crashing his pickup truck through glass entry doors at the Las Vegas Strip casino. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 40-year-old driver who police said seemed proud and excited about his actions is accused of intentionally driving a pickup truck through the glass doors of the Stratosphere casino on the Las Vegas Strip, according to an arrest report made public Thursday.


Teacher's 'kissing game' leads to review of New Hampshire school district

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:19
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A school district in southern New Hampshire is overhauling its sexual harassment policies after U.S. The Portsmouth school district had been due this week to unveil a new, more rigorous sexual harassment policy but delayed it while officials respond to requests to modify it by the U.S. "We've conducted training of staff on how to investigate claims of sexual harassment, and we've done training for the incoming freshman class," said Kathleen Dwyer, attorney for the affluent coastal city. The teacher also "made regular jokes about pornography" and "joked about being a sex offender to keep trick-or-treaters away on Halloween," according to the Department of Education.

As Venezuela economy worsens, fears of default

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:12

FILE - In this April 19, 2013 file photo, daughter of the late Hugo Chavez, Maria Gabriela Chavez and Venezuela's newly sworn-in President Nicolas Maduro, join in the singing of their national anthem in the National Assembly, in Caracas, Venezuela. In a July 23, 2014 closed-door meeting July at U.N. headquarters in New York, Venezuela quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Maria Gabriela Chavez is Venezuela’s alternate ambassador to the U.N. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro is reassuring foreign creditors that Venezuela's government will make good on a $4.5 billion foreign debt payment due next month.


2 others allege abuse by retired Michigan sergeant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:12

This undated photo provided by the Genesee County Sheriff shows retired Flint, Mich. Police Sgt. Lawrence Woods. Two more people have come forward to say they were assaulted as children by Woods, who is charged with sexual misconduct when he worked at the Flint Police Department in the 1990s, police said. (AP Photo/Genesee County Sheriff)FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Two more people have come forward to say they were assaulted as children by a retired Michigan police sergeant charged with sexual misconduct when he worked at the Flint Police Department in the 1990s, police said.


FBI probes vandalism at congressman's office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:10

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2008 file photo Missouri Democratic U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver speaks at a rally in Kansas City, Mo. Federal investigators are looking into what appears to have been an early morning attempt Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 to firebomb Cleaver's Missouri office. Police say two bottles, with paper towels sticking out of the necks extinguished during flight, were found shattered inside the office below a broken window. There were no staff members in the building at the time. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)Federal investigators are looking into what appears to have been an attempt to firebomb a U.S. congressman's office in Missouri.


Virgin Galactic pushes back first flight _ again

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:10

Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo performs a touch-and-go maneuver on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at Spaceport America, in Upham, N.M. The aircraft has a wingspan of 140-feet, a length of 78-feet, and a tail height of 25-feet – it is currently the largest 100-percent carbon composite aircraft in the world. (AP PHOTO/Robin Zielinski)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic has again pushed back its timeline for launching space-tourism flights from southern New Mexico's Spaceport America.


US force sent to Central African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has dispatched 20 U.S. military personnel to the Central African Republic to help reopen the American Embassy there.

Jury deliberates in Philadelphia child kidnap, sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:04

Jury deliberates in Philadelphia child kidnap, sex assault caseThe jury now has the case in the kidnapping and sexual assault trial against Christina Regusters.


Kidde recalls 1.3 million smoke alarms because of alarm failure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:59
Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc is recalling about 1.3 million smoke alarms and combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms because they can fail following a power outage, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. The recall by the Mebane, North Carolina, company involves about 1.2 million alarms in the United States and about 112,000 in Canada, the commission said in a statement.

Lynx protections expanded, but new habitat denied

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:58

FILE - In this April 19, 2005 file photo, a Canada lynx heads into the Rio Grande National Forest after being released near Creede, Colo. Canada lynx gained federal protections in New Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, but U.S. wildlife officials again declined to designate critical habitat for the elusive wild cats in the Southern Rockies, parts of New England and other areas not considered essential to their survival. The two-part finding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service means the forest-dwlling lynx will be protected as threatened throughout the lower 48 states. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Canada lynx gained federal protections in New Mexico on Thursday, but U.S. wildlife officials again declined to designate critical habitat for the elusive animal in the Southern Rockies, parts of New England and other areas considered non-essential to their survival.


Seattle court orders HIV-positive man to stop spreading the virus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:58
An HIV-positive man in Seattle could face jail time if he fails to comply with a court order seeking to prevent him from spreading the disease to his sexual partners, King County officials said Thursday. Public health officials took the rare step of seeking a cease-and-desist order against the man, identified only as "AO," who became aware of his HIV-positive status in 2008 but has since infected at least eight people, court documents said. Health officials in Seattle said the move was not criminalizing sexual behavior or infringing on personal liberty, but was instead aimed at protecting public health. In this case, the man must show up for counseling sessions and adopt behaviors that will protect future sexual partners, according to the court order.

13 vets' unclaimed remains finally laid to rest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:57

Amelia Dukes-Hutton holds a rose and the flag from the casket of her brother, Roland Burke Dukes, during a memorial service and burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township, Mich., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)HOLLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Thirteen military veterans whose remains went unclaimed at a Detroit morgue were finally laid to rest Thursday in side-by-side plots after a 60-mile procession in which state troopers on motorcycle accompanied the 13 hearses to the cemetery.


Police cite 120 under Baltimore's youth curfew law, mayor says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:55
(Reuters) - Police enforcing Baltimore's tough youth curfew law gave out 120 citations in the measure's first month, the mayor said on Thursday, and officials were divided on its effectiveness. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who backed the law as a way to keep children safe, said in a statement that 23 offenders were taken to youth centers and 97 were escorted home by police. The data shows that "the expanded curfew and Youth Connections Centers can be an effective tool in connecting vulnerable youth and their families to much-needed resources,” Rawlings-Blake said. Councilman Carl Stokes said the number of citations was about what he expected because he did not think the curfew would be enforced.