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Lucy Coffey, oldest female US veteran, dies at 108

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:51
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The nation's oldest female military veteran is dead. She was 108.

DA: Philadelphia police-involved shooting tragedy, not crime

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:43

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams gestures during a news conference Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Philadelphia. Williams says the fatal December 2014 police shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown during an early morning traffic stop was a tragedy but not a crime. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The fatal shooting of a motorist by police during an overnight traffic stop in December was a tragedy but not a crime, Philadelphia's district attorney said Thursday.


Police: 5 high school students accused of murder plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:37
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Five students at a high school in Tucson are in custody for allegedly conspiring to kill another student on campus, and police say they could be charged as adults in the case.

1 dead, 2 injured in Feasterville crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:35

Deadly crash in Feasterville shuts down part of major roadwayOne person is dead and two people were injured in a crash that shut down parts of a major roadway in Feasterville, Bucks County.


Alabama postpones executions as Supreme Court reviews drug

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:26
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge says Alabama has agreed to put executions on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the humaneness of a drug that the state plans to use for its next lethal injection.

Ferguson municipal court resumes with new judge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:25
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson's municipal court held its first session Thursday night since a Department of Justice report found the city operated a profit-driven system that heightened tensions among black residents for years before the fatal shooting of a black, unarmed 18-year-old by a white police officer last summer led to widespread protests.

1 stabbed, 1 shot in Chinese restaurant in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:22

1 stabbed, 1 shot in Chinese restaurant in Southwest PhiladelphiaOne person was stabbed multiple times and a second person was shot inside a Chinese Restaurant in Southwest Philadelphia.


Judge: Sanctions possible in Obama immigration court case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:01

Various human rights organizations gathered outside the federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, Thursday, March 19, 2015. The Justice Department might face sanctions if a federal judge determines its attorneys misled him about whether part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented prior to it being put on hold by the judge. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen last month halted Obama's plan. The president's plan would spare from deportation up to 5 million people in the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Yvette Vela)BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal judge who has blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it misled him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures.


Villanova beats Lafayette 93-52 to continue in March Madness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:51

Villanova beats Lafayette 93-52 to continue in March MadnessNo. 1 seed Villanova will march on after a 93-52 win over No. 16 seed Lafayette in the NCAA March Madness tournament.


House Medicare deal hits Senate turbulence over abortion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — An emerging bipartisan House deal changing how Medicare reimburses doctors ran into turbulence in the Senate Thursday over abortion, spotlighting a rare public disagreement between Congress' two top Democrats.

'Brockovich' town to lose market, gas station, post office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:34

This March 4, 2015, photo shows the Post Office in Hinkley, Calif. The Mojave Desert community whose toxic chromium contamination was portrayed in the movie "Erin Brockovich" is set to lose its post office, plus its only gas station and convenience store. Hinkley's population has been dwindling for years as the community struggled with concerns over the cancer-causing chromium-6 in well water. (AP Photo/The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Jennifer Cappuccio Maher) MANDATORY CREDITHINKLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Mojave Desert community where toxic chromium contamination was portrayed in the movie "Erin Brockovich" is set to lose its post office and its only gas station and convenience store.


Navy identifies SEAL killed in training accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:28
CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — Navy officials say a SEAL killed when his parachute malfunctioned during training in Southern California was a 29-year-old Colorado man who completed basic training to become a SEAL last year.

China web freedom group faces online disruption

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S.-subsidized advocacy group that helps Internet users inside China bypass blockages on censored content says it is suffering a mysterious denial-of-service attack disrupting its operations.

AP Exclusive: Draft agreement cuts Iran's nuclear hardware

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:11

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Salehi talk outside with aides after a morning negotiation session with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in LausanneLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The United States and Iran are drafting elements of a nuclear deal that commits Tehran to a 40 percent cut in the number of machines it could use to make an atomic bomb, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. In return, the Iranians would get quick relief from some crippling economic sanctions and a partial lift of a U.N. embargo on conventional arms.


Records show troubled past for suspect in Arizona shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 07:59

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Ryan Giroux, 41, who Mesa police say committed a string of crimes that included a motel shooting, a carjacking and a home invasion that ended with the suspect's arrest on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Police said the motive for the initial shooting at the motel was unclear but the other three shootings appeared motivated by robbery and the suspect's attempt to flee. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)PHOENIX (AP) — An ex-convict accused of killing one person and wounding five others in a series of shootings in a Phoenix suburb has a history of substance abuse and criminal convictions dating back more than 20 years.


Rookie LAPD officer sought in murder likely fled to Texas: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 07:55

LAPD image of Los Angeles Police officer Henry SolisBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A rookie Los Angeles police officer accused of killing a man after a fight in the bar district of a Southern California community was driven to a Texas city on the Mexican border by his father last week and has not been seen since, according to court documents filed on Thursday. Henry Solis, a 27-year-old probationary officer, is accused of shooting Salome Rodriguez Jr. multiple times on March 13 near several nightclubs in downtown Pomona, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. An arrest warrant was issued for Solis this week, and the Los Angeles Police Department has started the process of firing him. In an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in support of a fugitive warrant, FBI agent Scott Garriola wrote that items left at the scene of the shooting and other evidence had identified Solis as the man who shot Rodriguez to death.


Tatar leader urges West to maintain sanctions over Crimea

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 07:45
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev on Thursday urged the West to maintain strong sanctions against Russia over last year's annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula to pressure the Russian "aggressors" to leave without using military force.

Exemption in 'Tennessee Whiskey' law raises legal flags

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 07:37

Bottles of spirits are on display at the Prichard's Distillery in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, March 19, 2015. A legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery is raising constitutional questions about an exemption for Prichard's from a law that defines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey." (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An exemption for Prichard's Distillery from new legal requirements for selling spirits as "Tennessee Whiskey" is raising constitutional concerns with state Attorney General Herbert Slatery.


FBI probing death of black man hanging from tree in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 07:35
The FBI is investigating the death of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi on Thursday in what may be either a crime or a suicide, the agency said. The man, who authorities did not name, was found more than two weeks after he had gone missing in a wooded area in Claiborne County in western Mississippi, about half a mile from his home, Jackson-based FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack said in a statement. State and local authorities are also probing the death, Pack said. The Mississippi chapter of the NAACP identified the dead man as Otis Byrd, 54, and called for a swift and thorough federal investigation into his death.

Police shootings of mentally ill reveal gaps in care

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 07:31

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2014 file photo, protesters yell at police outside the Bradley Center before an NBA basketball game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Hornets, in Milwaukee. The group was protesting an announcement that no charges against former police office Christopher Manney were filed in the fatal shooting of Dontre Hamilton a mentally ill man who was shot 14 times by police. As police face increased scrutiny for killings around the U.S., many of which involve people with mental illnesses, law enforcement and advocacy groups are pointing to how the nation treats the mentally ill. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)DALLAS (AP) — A fatal shooting last year by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, of a homeless man with a history of schizophrenia triggered large demonstrations. A month later, Milwaukee police shot a mentally ill man 14 times. In Dallas, a person with mental health problems that included bipolar disorder was killed by officers responding to a disturbance call, while another was seriously wounded in a separate shooting.