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Sex assault, drinking push colleges to moment of reckoning

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 02:09

In this Feb. 24, 2015 photo, Vivek Shah, right, a sophomore resident advisor at Vanderbilt University, talks with friends Samara Lieberman, left, a senior from Detroit, and Tyler Shull, center, a sophomore from Chapel Hill, NC, by a fireplace in the great room in the Warren College and Moore College section of the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt is one of a small but growing number of U.S. colleges and universities that have embraced a "residential college" model where students become part of a close-knit but diverse community that enhances both their academic and social lives. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — On college campuses nationwide, the intertwined problems of sexual assault and alcohol are under intense scrutiny as students increasingly speak up and the federal government cracks down. Pushed to a collective moment of reckoning, colleges and universities are trying a slew of solutions focused on education, environment and enforcement.

Teen escapes car hanging off bridge over river

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 02:07

In this Saturday, March 21, 2015 photo provided by the Hudson, N.H. Fire Department, a Honda Accord rests on a guardrail on the Sagamore Bridge over the Merrimack River in Nashua, N.H. Colin Malone, 17, was driving eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a snowbank, sending the car airborne and onto the guardrail. Malone was issued a citation for failing to keep his vehicle within roadway markings, but escaped unscathed. (AP Photo/ Hudson, N.H. Fire Department, David S. Morin)NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire teen may have is lucky to have escaped uninjured from his vehicle after it landed atop a bridge over the Merrimack River.

Florida mother skips hearing on charges of murdering two children

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 01:56

Jessica Lacey McCarty is pictured in this undated booking photo(Reuters) - A Florida mother waived her right to attend a first court hearing on Sunday to face charges of murdering two of her young children and attempting to murder her five-month-old baby, an official at Brevard County Detention Center said. Jessica Lacey McCarty, 33, of Palm Bay was represented by a public defender, with a judge setting arraignment for April 21, the official said. McCarty was ordered held without bond and remains under medical watch at Brevard County Detention Center, the official said. The medical examiner's office on Sunday will perform autopsies on McCarty's two older children, ages 7 and 6, to determine how they died.

Developer who didn't repay loans gets New Jersey tax credits

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 01:35
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — State tax incentives to boost New Jersey's poorest city are being heralded as a major piece of a turnaround plan after decades of economic despair, corruption and crime. But after a string of revitalization efforts with dubious results, Camden is staking part of its future on a company that failed to deliver on past promises.

6 children, 2 adults displaced in Olney fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 01:00

6 children, 2 adults displaced in Olney fireFire displaced a man, a woman, and six children from a row home in Philadelphia.

Woman jumps from second floor to escape NJ fire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:58

Woman jumps from second floor to escape NJ fireA woman jumped from a second floor balcony to escape a fire at an apartment complex that has displaced over adults and children in Somers Point, New Jersey.

A look at the price of an affordable housing development

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:48
A deal to renovate 175 homes for low-income residents in Camden totals nearly $57 million, or $324,000 per home.

AccuWeather: Breezy And Cooler

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:40

 Breezy And CoolerMeteorologist Chris Sowers says spring will be put on hold for a few more days.

Mom charged with fatally stabbing kids skips court date

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:34
PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida woman charged with fatally stabbing her two children and seriously injuring her baby has waived her right to a court appearance.

Police: Man, 22, shot during West Philadelphia house party

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:28

 Man, 22, shot during West Philadelphia house partyPolice are investigating a shooting in West Philadelphia that left a man in critical condition.

Longtime Nebraska senator flexes a second skill: sketching

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:28

In this March 18, 2015 photo, Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha holds in his Lincoln, Neb., office a portrait and poem he made of Neb. Gov. Pete Ricketts. Between drawn-out committee hearings and floor debates, Chambers has built a sketch-art portfolio featuring everyone from Malcolm X to Gov. Pete Ricketts. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's longest-serving lawmaker drops to one knee and spreads more than five-dozen sheets of notepaper across the floor of his office.

A look at how residential colleges work at some schools

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:23
Colleges are confronting the related problems of sexual assault and drinking with a mix of solutions, some aimed at changing an ingrained culture that encourages irresponsible behavior. Dartmouth College appears to be the only school responding by completely overhauling its housing into a system of "residential colleges" — a concept that goes back centuries in England but exists at only about 30 U.S. schools.

Roar of bombers replaced by drone buzz in North Dakota

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 00:11

This 2011 photo provided by Northrop Grumman shows a RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft landing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The nation’s first unmanned aircraft business park, called Grand Sky located on Grand Forks AFB, is still several weeks away from the start of construction, but backers of the project say many companies are showing interest. The 1.2 million-square-foot park will have space for hangars, offices, shops, laboratories and data centers. Defense technology giant Northrop Grumman, based in Falls Church, Va., has already signed a letter of intent to anchor the park, which is expected to create thousands of jobs. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Northrop Grumman)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The roar of mammoth Air Force bombers and tanker planes has long been silenced at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but backers of the nation's first unmanned aircraft business park say the drones are creating a buzz.

US Rep's son says he's 'collateral damage' in bid to get dad

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 23:59

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2014 file photo Chaka Fattah Jr., walks from the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. Fattah Jr., representing himself in a sweeping federal bank fraud case, believes he is "collateral damage" in the Justice Department's long-running pursuit of his father, 10-term Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A veteran congressman's son awaiting trial over $200,000 in bank loans that fueled his image as a self-proclaimed "entrepreneur, socialite (and) lifestyle mogul" calls himself collateral damage in the Justice Department's long-running probe of his father.

Sheriff: Airport attacker had machete, Molotov cocktails

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 23:59

The ramp to departures is seen blocked off by emergency vehicles at the New Orleans International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Kenner, La. Richard White sprayed a TSA agent in the face with wasp killer then slashed a second guard with a machete before a third agent shot him three times at a security checkpoint in the New Orleans international airport Friday. (AP Photos/Jonathan Bachman)KENNER, La. (AP) — A machete-wielding attacker who died hours after being shot by a sheriff's deputy who stopped his rampage at New Orleans' international airport had a bag loaded with Molotov cocktails, authorities say.

Boston Yeti selling swag to benefit MSPCA's animals in need

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 23:36

FILE - In this March 6, 2015 file photo provided by Eric Gulliver, an anonymous creature known as The Boston Yeti poses in front of the Boston logo at City Hall in Boston. The abominable snowman gained a huge following on social media during Boston’s epic winter by running around the city in costume and stopping to help dig out stranded drivers. Now the unidentified prankster is selling Yeti swag to raise money for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (AP Photo/Eric Gulliver, File)BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Yeti is using its newfound notoriety to help some fellow furry friends.

Despite deep rivalry, Connecticut tribes plan new casinos

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 21:45

Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, left, and Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation leave a hearing at the Legislative Office Building, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. The chairmen of Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes testified, warning lawmakers that a new casino in neighboring Springfield, Massachusetts, could cost the state as many as 18,000 jobs unless steps are taken to address the competition. Brown and Butler said in an interview with The Associated Press that the tribes are rallying around the threat of new competition from Massachusetts casinos. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For the leaders of two Connecticut tribes proposing to build new casinos together, some of the toughest crowds to win over have been their own tribes, business rivals with a history of conflict that dates to a massacre nearly 400 years ago.

Confederate flag license plate battle reaches U.S. Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 21:03

Handout of the design of a proposed "Sons of the Confederacy" Texas state license plateBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday takes up a free speech case on whether Texas was wrong in rejecting a specialty vehicle license plate displaying the Confederate flag - to some an emblem of Southern pride and to others a symbol of racism. The nine justices will hear a one-hour oral argument in a case that raises the issue of how states can allow or reject politically divisive messages on license plates without violating free speech rights. States can generate revenue by allowing outside groups to propose specialty license plates that people then pay a fee to put on their vehicle. The group Sons of Confederate Veterans says its aim is to preserve the "history and legacy" of soldiers who fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War.

Search for Motive in Machete-Wielding Airport Attack

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 20:35
Passengers described a terrifying scene.

On 5th anniversary of health care law, no end to debate

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 20:25

FILE - In this March 23, 2010. file photo, President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act five years ago, he visualized a time when the political hyperbole would be silenced and ordinary people would see that the health care law improved their lives. The White House signing ceremony on Mar. 23, 2010 was an applause-filled celebration. “When I sign this bill,” Obama said, “all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act five years ago, he visualized a time when the political hyperbole would be silenced and ordinary people would see that the health care law improved their lives.