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Surveillance released of deadly shooting at SW Phila. laundromat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:31

Surveillance released of deadly shooting at SW Phila. laundromatPolice have released surveillance video of a deadly shooting inside a laundromat in Southwest Philadelphia last month.


No signs of a break-in where Kentucky bourbon was stolen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:30
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The mystery surrounding the theft of five barrels of Wild Turkey whiskey deepened Wednesday as company officials said there were no signs anyone broke into the warehouse where the aging bourbon was stolen.

Document details ex-Virginia first lady's would-be testimony

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:29
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If a judge had approved separate trials for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, the ex-first lady would have testified in her husband's defense that she hid many of the gifts she received from a wealthy vitamin executive, according to a newly released court document.

Ala. abortion law lets judges appoint lawyers for fetuses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:23
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block an Alabama law that allows a fetus to be represented in court when a minor is seeking judicial permission for an abortion.

Officer wounded in accidental discharge in Plymouth Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:20

Officer wounded in accidental discharge in Plymouth Twp.A police officer suffered a graze wound to the leg when his gun accidentally discharged in Plymouth Township.


Route 130 again named most dangerous road in New Jersey for pedestrians

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:17

Route 130 again named most dangerous road in New Jersey for pedestriansFor the fifth year in a row the nonprofit Tri-State Transportation Campaign has named Route 130 the most dangerous road in New Jersey for pedestrians.


SAE head outlines plan for improving fraternity's diversity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:15

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Executive Director Blane Ayers pauses as he takes questions from reporters after a news conference, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Chicago. The college fraternity that has been under scrutiny since members of its University of Oklahoma chapter were caught on video engaging in a racist chant says it will require all of its members nationwide to go through diversity training. Ayers said he was disgusted by the video and apologized for the pain it caused and outlined steps meant to ensure it never happens again. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — A fraternity that disbanded its University of Oklahoma chapter after members were caught on video engaging in a racist chant is taking steps to become more inclusive, including requiring all of its members, nationwide, to go through diversity training, a fraternity executive said Wednesday.


Penn State president: Frat posting of nude pictures very sad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:12

This Tuesday, March 17, 2015 photo shows The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at Penn State University in State College, Pa. The fraternity has been suspended as police investigate allegations that members used a private, invitation-only Facebook page to post photos of nude and partly nude women in sexual and other embarrassing positions, some apparently asleep or passed out. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Christopher Weddle) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUTSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A now-suspended Pennsylvania State University fraternity's Facebook posting of photos of nude and partly nude women, some of them asleep or passed out, is sad and offensive and could lead to some students being expelled, the university's president said Wednesday.


Chicago City Council passes Obama library ordinance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:04

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks up Chicago City Council chambers Wednesday, March 18, 2015, just before a vote to approve an ordinance that would allow park land on the city's South Side to be used as a site for Barack Obama's presidential library. The measure passed 47-0. The ordinance makes over 20 acres of land available for use from either Jackson Park or Washington Park. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Phil Velasquez) MANDATORY CREDIT, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT, DAILY HERALD OUT, NORTHWEST HERALD OUT, DAILY CHRONICLE OUT, THE HERALD-NEWS OUT, THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT, TV OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALESCHICAGO (AP) — With President Barack Obama saying he wants to build his library in Chicago but that "some entanglements" might stand in the way, the City Council voted to do away with the only entanglement many said they knew about — voting to give the city control of two pieces of park land so it can be used for the library if the president wants it.


Former Penn State president sues over scathing report into Sandusky scandal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:57
The former president of Pennsylvania State University filed suit on Wednesday against the author of a scathing report on the school's child sex abuse scandal, saying the investigation disregarded evidence and reached false and damaging conclusions. Graham Spanier, who faces criminal charges stemming from the molestation case involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, alleges in his complaint that the report's author, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, intentionally defamed him and harmed his reputation. The July 2012 report by Freeh accused Spanier and other Penn State officials of covering up Sandusky's sexual abuse of children for years in an effort to protect the university's multimillion-dollar football program.

Washington state mulls steep tax, other restrictions on e-cigarettes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:55

A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York CityBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state lawmakers are considering imposing a steep tax and other restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, legislation the bill's sponsor said on Wednesday would be the toughest in the nation. The bill is the latest effort by lawmakers across the country to address concerns over the health impacts of e-cigarettes, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, which are not lit like regular cigarettes, but do generally release nicotine in a heated liquid. "Many people, particularly teenagers, are being misled into believing these items are safe," said state Representative Gerry Pollet, sponsor of the Washington bill. At least 41 states have passed laws prohibiting sales of electronic cigarettes to minors, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.


Residents forced to start over after devastating fire in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:53

Residents forced to start over after devastating fire in Northeast PhiladelphiaIt will be a long road to recovery for dozens of people who lost everything when a wall of fire swept through their apartment complex.


Frats are finding themselves under fire for bad behavior

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:51

This photo shows the Sigma Chi fraternity house after the University of Houston suspended the fraternity Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The University of Houston president suspended the university's Sigma Chi fraternity chapter in the wake of fraternity allegations at the chapter. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Gary Coronado) MANDATORY CREDITRacist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of "Animal House."


NTSB: Gas leak before NYC blast may have come from new pipe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:50

FILE- In this March 12, 2014 file photo, firefighters work the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings killing eight people and injuring about 50, in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. A new report indicates that a gas main that leaked before the explosion had not been pressure-tested to federal specifications because of a New York state exemption. The report by the National Transportation Safety Board made public Wednesday, March 18, 2015, does not say the lack of a pressure test had anything to do with the explosion. (AP Photo/Jeremy Sailing, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A gas leak that was reported just before a deadly explosion in East Harlem last year may have come from a relatively new section of plastic pipe, not the cast-iron segment that was installed in 1887, according to a report released Wednesday.


New York charges Narco Freedom executives in alleged Medicaid fraud scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:48
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Leaders of a Bronx nonprofit that provides drug and alcohol treatment to tens of thousands of New Yorkers have been indicted over an alleged scheme to plunder the charity and defraud Medicaid of more than $27 million, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. The indictment announced Wednesday expands Schneiderman's criminal case announced last October against Narco Freedom Inc, its founder Alan Brand and his son Jason Brand. It also adds new criminal charges against the nonprofit's chief executive, Gerald Bethea, Controller Richard Gross, Alan Brand's son Jonathan Brand and employee John Cornachio.

Vermont bill would crack down on 'revenge porn'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:47
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House passed a bill Wednesday cracking down on "revenge porn" — posting explicit photos or videos of an ex-partner on the Internet without permission.

Prince Charles, Camilla get royal tour of Washington, DC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:46

Britain's Prince Charles with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, center, stand on the spot that Rev. Martin Luther King gave his 'I have a Dream' speech during his tour of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall during their visit to Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. With them are from left to right, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, historian, and political commentator, Michael Richard Beschloss an American historian, and Karen Cucurullo, left, of the National Park Service. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince Charles learned something new on his tour of the nation's capital Wednesday: His uncle built a better polo stick.


Chemical regulation overhaul bill faces opposition in Senate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:46

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2014 file photo, a local resident fills jugs with water at a distribution center in Charleston, W.Va., after a chemical spill in the Elk River contaminated the public water supply in nine counties. A bipartisan bill to update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups. They say it’s a step backward in protecting health and the environment. (AP Photo/Michael Switzer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups, who charged on Wednesday that the measure is a step backward in protecting health and the environment.


As Explorer loses ground, Microsoft readies new web browser

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:45

This June 4, 2012 photo shows the Microsoft Internet Explorer logo projected on a screen during the Microsoft Xbox E3 media briefing in Los Angeles. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is close to launching its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.


Police: Woman followed mother, infant before shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:43

This artist's sketch provided by the Long Beach, Calif., Police Department on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, shows one of two people being sought in connection with the Jan. 3 shooting of three adults and the abduction of a 3-week-old infant from a Long Beach home. Police now believe a woman driving a Range Rover SUV followed a young mother and her 3-week-old daughter as they rode a bus through Long Beach less than two hours before a man burst into the mother's home, snatched the child and shot the baby's parents and uncle, critically wounding all three. The infant girl, Eliza, was later found dead in a trashbin miles away in San Diego County. (AP Photo/Long Beach Police Department)LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Surveillance video released Wednesday deepened the mystery surrounding the kidnapping and killing of a 3-week-old California girl earlier this year.