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Army looks into allegations of racial slurs at Alaska base

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:00
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Army says it has launched an informal investigation into allegations that an Alaska-based unit was allowing racial slurs among its members.

House panel adopts budget; Senate panel approaches vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:54

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., center, holds-up a synopsis of the House Republican budget proposal as he announces the plan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The plan includes a boost in defense spending but cuts in the Medicaid program for the poor, food stamps and health care subsidies. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress advanced balanced-budget plans bristling with cuts in Medicaid and other benefit programs Thursday, determined to make a down payment on last fall's campaign promise to erase deficits by the end of the decade.


6-year-old heart patient's shooting death rattles St. Louis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:51

This image provided by Marcus Johnson Sr. shows Marcus Johnson Jr.'s funeral pamphlet. Marcus Johnson Jr.’s parents figured a sunny day at a city park was just what the 6-year-old kindergartner needed while recovering from heart surgery the previous week and a doctor’s visit that same day. Instead, his family will bury Marcus on Thursday, March 19, 2015, after the child was shot in the chest and killed in an attack his mother and father said stemmed from a traffic dispute. (AP Photo/Marcus Johnson Sr.)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Marcus Johnson Jr.'s parents figured a sunny day at the park was just what their son needed while recovering from heart surgery.


Tag Heuer to make smartwatches with Google and Intel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Watch out Apple: Swiss company Tag Heuer is developing its own smartwatch with tech rivals Google and Intel.

Alaska fishermen's vote highlights rift in marketing group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:48

FILE - This May 18, 2012 file photo shows a sign for Anchorage, Alaska-based Copper River Seafoods as the annual first air shipment of the prized salmon arrived from Alaska in Seattle. A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska’s Copper River sockeye salmon by name. But the marketing effort that popularized the firm, red fish could be in jeopardy as the commercial fishermen who provide much of its funding decide whether to pull their support. In 2005, the fleet of Prince William Sound fishermen who hang curtain-like nets from their boats to catch salmon voted to assess itself a 1 percent tax to fund Alaska’s first regional seafood development association. The fishermen who let out nets from shore joined in 2009. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska's Copper River sockeye salmon by name.


NY judge will not release grand jury transcripts in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:47

A child reads posters at the makeshift memorial where Eric Garner died during an arrest in July, at the Staten Island borough of New YorkBy Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state judge on Thursday refused to release the transcripts of secret grand jury proceedings into the killing of an unarmed black man last July by a white police officer who put him in a chokehold. Acting Supreme Court Justice William Garnett said that civil liberty groups, the news media, public defenders and New York's elected public advocate had not shown a "compelling and particularized need" for the records, and that making them public would undermine the grand jury process. "Most important to the integrity and thoroughness of the criminal justice system is the assurance to witnesses that their testimony and cooperation are not the subject of public comment or criticism," the judge wrote. Eric Garner's death, along with the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri, last August by a white police officer sparked protests around the country by people outraged by police treatment of African Americans.


Movers find cannonball in box at northwest Georgia home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:45
DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a moving company found a possible Civil War-era relic while removing boxes from a northwest Georgia home.

Some California winemakers accused of letting arsenic into products

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:40
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - About 30 makers of low-priced California wines including popular brands Charles Shaw and Sutter Home allow unacceptable levels of arsenic in their products, private attorneys said in a proposed class action filed in Los Angeles on Thursday. The legal action represents a challenge to a segment of the industry that produces wines that consumers can buy for less than $10 a bottle, or in the case of Charles Shaw the so-called Two-Buck Chuck product that retailer Trader Joe's has popularized at $2. The attorneys who brought the lawsuit said the majority of wineries in the state's $23 billion wine industry, the nation's largest, produce a safe product. "There is more regulation in the caramel corn industry in the United States than in the wine industry, as surprising as that is," attorney Brian Kabateck told a news conference.

Coroner: Rat raised to feed family's snakes fatally bit baby

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:38
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — A rat being raised to feed a family's pet snakes ended up biting a 6-month-old boy and transmitting diseases that killed him, authorities said Thursday.

Ga. man sentenced to life in 12-hour rape, torture

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:37
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia prosecutors say a metro Atlanta man convicted of raping a woman, shaving her head and giving her a bag of her hair has been sentenced to life in prison.

Man stabbed inside a Chinese restaurant in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:36

Man stabbed inside a Chinese restaurant in Southwest PhiladelphiaA 20-year-old man was stabbed multiple times inside a Chinese Restaurant in Southwest Philadelphia on Thursday.


Solar-powered plane lands in Myanmar on latest leg

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:26

Swiss-made Solar Impulse-2 takes off from Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The solar powered aircraft is Wednesday headed to the northern Indian city of Varanasi on the third leg of its’ historic round-the-world trip. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUTYANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the latest leg of a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy.


DA: Philadelphia police-involved shooting tragedy, not crime

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:26

 Philadelphia police-involved shooting tragedy, not crimeThe 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.


Murder charges filed against two 15-year-old boys in Overbrook shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:25

Murder charges filed against two 15-year-old boys in Overbrook shootingPolice have announced charges against two 15-year-old boys in the murder of James Stuhlman, who was shot and killed while walking his dog in Philadelphia's Overbrook section last week.


New York City sees record number of children in homeless shelters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:23
The city on average has more than 60,000 homeless people each night staying at shelters, most of which comprise families with children under 18, the Coalition for the Homeless said in an annual report. "Homelessness has a devastating impact on children," said Coalition spokesman Patrick Markee, who wrote the report. Over the year 2014, the number of families staying in New York City shelters rose by 14 percent, and they are the fastest-growing demographic of the city's homeless population, the report said.

In trial over girl's running death, jurors have options

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:22
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A woman facing a potential death penalty in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter could be convicted of lesser charges even if jurors believe she was to blame for the girl's death.

Obama to sign order cutting U.S. government greenhouse gas emissions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:21

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the City Club of Cleveland about middle class economics in OhioBy Eric Walsh and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that sets a goal for the U.S. government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025, the White House said. Although the federal government accounts for only 0.7 percent of net U.S. emissions, it is the single largest energy consumer in the United States, according to the White House. Meeting the goal would cut 21 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 levels, it said.


U.S. Secret Service director pledges to get tough on possible hush-ups

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:58

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies before a Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the proposed FY2016 budget estimates for the U.S. Secret Service.By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy pledged on Thursday to get tough on his agency for keeping quiet about officers allegedly driving drunk on White House grounds, but he also knocked down reports that the incident involved a collision or that agents purposely deleted surveillance video of it. President Barack Obama chose Clancy, who took office last month, to clean up the security service's problems. On March 4, two Secret Service officers drove past barricades at the White House and into an area locked down because of a suspicious package. On Tuesday, a House of Representatives subcommittee grilled him for not firing agents suspected of being involved and blasted him for not conducting his own investigation.


Obama welcomes Prince Charles, Camilla to Oval Office

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:52

President Barack Obama meets with Britain's Prince Charles in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the American people are "quite fond" of the British royal family and like them more than their own politicians.


Judge won't release grand jury testimony in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:50

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, state Supreme Court Judge William Garnett prepares to hear arguments regarding the release of the Eric Garner grand jury records, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Garnett has refused to release secret testimony heard by a grand jury that declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Garner, saying the parties who brought the suit didn't make a good enough argument for releasing the minutes. (AP Photo/The Advance, Jan Somma-Hammel, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Thursday refused to release testimony heard by a grand jury that declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, arguing there wasn't a good enough reason to make the secret information public.