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Police altering tactics after killings, protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:12

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo, New York Police Department Officer Joshua Jones wears a VieVu body camera on his chest during a news conference in New York. Police departments across the country are altering policies and procedures to assuage concerns about police conduct and to protect their own officers. In New York, they'll make greater use of stun guns; and body cameras are becoming more common in all departments. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With tensions running high over the killings of blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation.


Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hours

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:03

Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hoursA swarm of heavily armed police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege by an Iranian-born gunman who had held an unknown number of hostages for more than 16 hours.


FedEx truck overturns on highway, spills packages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:00
MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — A FedEx truck has overturned in northern New Jersey, spilling dozens of packages on what is typically the delivery company's busiest day of the year.

Armed man shot, killed by officer in Mayfair, police say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:47

Family identifies man who was shot, killed by officer in MayfairAn armed man was shot by Philadelphia Police early Monday morning.


Arias trial testimony resumes after weeklong break

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:44

Jodi Arias looks back during an evidentiary hearing regarding allegations of child porn on Travis Alexander's computer in the middle of the sentencing phase of her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Arias was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of former boyfriend Travis Alexander, but the jury was hung on the penalty phase, life in prison or the death sentence. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESPHOENIX (AP) — Testimony has resumed in the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias after a weeklong break.


VIDEO: Walter Perez reports on shooting Lansdale, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:44

 Walter Perez reports on shooting Lansdale, Pa.Action News reporter Walter Perez reports from the shooting scene in Lansdale, Pa., where two victims were found.


No November global heat record, but hottest fall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal meteorologists say last month was only the globe's seventh warmest November on record. That's the first time since July that a month hasn't broken the record for heat.

UAW chief backs labor board decisions on email, organizing votes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:40
By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers "the right thing to do." "It made all the sense in the world," Dennis Williams told reporters at the union's headquarters in Detroit. "Whether or not it will stand depends on who wins the next elections, who's going to be the next president, who's going to (control) Congress. ...

Boston Marathon bomber suspect to appear in court this week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:37

Handout photo of suspects in Boston Marathon shootingBOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to appear in court in Boston this week for the first time in more than a year, at a final hearing before his trial begins next month, one of his attorneys said on Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring more than 260 with two homemade pressure-cooker bombs left at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. Three days later as Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, attempted to flee the city, federal prosecutors contend that they shot and killed a university police officer. ...


Teen told police he shot dad after skipping school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:34
HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — Court records show that a Delaware teenager told police he killed his father with a crossbow because he had skipped school and feared his dad would be angry.

Rare northern white rhino dies at California zoo

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:32
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A northern white rhinoceros that was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zoo officials said.

NY commuter rail takes step toward apnea screening

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:31
NEW YORK (AP) — A year after a deadly derailment that was blamed on an engineer's sleepiness, the nation's second-largest commuter rail line has chosen a contractor to test for sleep apnea.

Montco killings: Person taken by ambulance from Souderton standoff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:29

 Teen injured at Souderton scene; gunman looseAn ambulance was seen leaving the location of a barricade situation in Souderton, Pa. amid a killing spree in Montgomery County.


Police capture last of three Alabama jail escapees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:13
(Reuters) - The final of three inmates who broke out of an Alabama county jail after overpowering a guard in a weekend escape has been captured, authorities said on Monday. Demarcus Woodard, 23, who is charged with capital murder, was caught late Sunday or early Monday in Tuscaloosa, said Choctaw County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Kenneth Thomas. Authorities had earlier caught Gemayel Culbert, 32, also charged with capital murder, and Justin Gordon, 23, charged with robbery. The three escaped from the Choctaw County jail early on Saturday, authorities have said. ...

Montco killings: Person take by ambulance from Souderton standoff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:13

 Person taken by ambulance from Souderton standoffAn ambulance was seen leaving the location of a barricade situation in Souderton, Pa. amid a killing spree in Montgomery County.


Montco killings: Ambulance leaves scene of Souderton standoff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:10

 Person taken by ambulance from Souderton standoffAn ambulance was seen leaving the location of a barricade situation in Souderton, Pa. amid a killing spree in Montgomery County.


Puerto Rico to present power-authority overhaul ideas to creditors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:06
By Edward Krudy NEW YORK/SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Restructuring experts will present different scenarios to overhaul Puerto Rico's troubled electric power authority (PREPA) to creditors on Monday, but will stop short of recommending job cuts, the president of PREPA's board said in a statement. The proposals, which will not be made public, were prepared by Chief Restructuring Officer Lisa Donahue of Alix Partners as part of an agreement with creditors. Creditors have agreed not to accelerate claims on around $9 billion of debt while PREPA tries to turn around its struggling operations. ...

Marathon bombing survivors prepare for charity's closing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:05

2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott speaks during an interview at her home in Newport, R.I., Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. For Abbott, who lost her left leg, One Fund Boston helped cover the costly prosthetics that allowed her to reclaim some degree of normalcy. Twenty months and $80 million later, the charity set up to help victims of the bombings is closing down. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Heather Abbott says One Fund Boston — the charity set up in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings — helped her reclaim a degree of normalcy after losing part of her left leg.


Envoy: UN action can't replace Mideast talks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 01:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy warned Monday that Security Council resolutions addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be a substitute for peace negotiations between the two sides.

Montco killings: Loud boom heard near Souderton standoff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 00:56

 Ambulance leaves scene of Souderton standoffLaw enforcement sources tell Action News that the death toll in the Montgomery County killing spree is likely to rise.