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African Americans disproportionately cited for public pot use in Seattle -police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:28
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - African Americans in Seattle were ticketed disproportionately to their population for unlawfully using marijuana in public places during the first half of 2014, according to a report released on Wednesday by the city's police department. Between January and June, Seattle police wrote 82 tickets for public consumption of pot in a state that voted in 2012 to legalize the sale of cannabis to adults for recreational use but does not allow it to be used in public places. Of those 82 tickets, 36 percent were issued to African-Americans, who make up just eight percent of Seattle's population, according to the police report and census data. Most of the African Americans ticketed were men, the report found.

AP PHOTOS: Church a haven for Muslims in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:22

A Palestinians boy sleeps on a mattress on the floor of the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Greek Orthodox church had opened its doors to hundreds of displaced Palestinians as tens of thousands have fled their homes in fear of Israeli strikes. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church.


San Francisco approves soda tax for November ballot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:18

Cans of soda are displayed at Kwik Stops Liquor in San DiegoBy Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco city leaders have approved a measure for the November ballot that would place a two-cents-per-ounce municipal tax on sodas and other sugary beverages, hoping to become the first major city to successfully impose such a levy. Among them have been Richmond, California, across the bay from San Francisco, where a penny-an-ounce tax was defeated after a multimillion-dollar campaign by the American Beverage Association. San Francisco's plan, which was approved on Tuesday night by a 6-4 vote of the board of supervisors, would be applied to any nonalcoholic, sweetened drink with more than 25 calories per 12 ounces. "I think the nation is watching what happens here," said John Maa, a surgeon on the board of directors at two organizations that support the measure, San Francisco Medical Society and American Heart Association.


Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:17

David Perdue waves to supporters after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Perdue defeated Rep. Jack Kingston. (AP Photo)ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.


Testimony ends in trial over $2B Clippers sale

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:15

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. The future of the Clippers is closer to decision as testimony resumes Monday, July 21, 2014, in a probate trial over whether a deal negotiated by Donald Sterling's estranged wife to sell the team for $2 billion is authorized under a Sterling family trust. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.


Arizona governor wants review of execution process

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:12

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Wood, who is seeking a reprieve from execution. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is ordering a review of the state's execution process after a condemned inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half before he died.


Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:02

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in the capital, Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Ban is in the Middle East to meet regional leaders and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to make the highest-level push to end the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Khalil Mazraawi, Pool)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now "have gone missing," and he demanded a full review of such incidents.


Conviction upheld for chef in boiled-body case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:52
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a Southern California chef who claimed he cooked his wife's body in boiling water.

Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:49

FILE - This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, shows the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.


AP reporter witnesses condemned inmate's gasping

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:44

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Wood, who is seeking a reprieve from execution. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Associated Press reporter who witnessed an Arizona murderer's execution watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour and a half before he finally took his last breath.


Seattle police: Homeless ticketed most for pot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:43
SEATTLE (AP) — An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African-American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.

Lack of immigration reform slows U.S.-Mexico economic growth: Mexican official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:32

Mexico's Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade speaks during a news conference with local media in ManaguaBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The growing network of cross-border ties with Mexico, including trade equaling $1 million every minute, is threatened by the lack of progress toward immigration reform in the United States, Mexico's foreign secretary said on Wednesday. The remarks by Jose Antonio Meade before members of the California Chamber of Commerce came in advance of a trade mission to Mexico next week by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. "We are looking ahead to a time when Mexico and the U.S. will benefit not just from allegiances but from an increased network of cross-border ties between our societies," Meade said. "Lack of immigration reform is holding all of these prospects back." Meade spoke against a backdrop of growing economic relations between the United States and Mexico, and rising tensions from the flow of thousands of undocumented children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras into the United States from Mexico along the Texas border.


Rockets found at UN Gaza school have gone missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:14

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in the capital, Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Ban is in the Middle East to meet regional leaders and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to make the highest-level push to end the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Khalil Mazraawi, Pool)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now "have gone missing," and he demanded a full review of such incidents.


Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:13

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.


U.S. says Chinese man pleads guilty in military technology sting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:04
A 28-year-old Chinese man pleaded guilty on Wednesday of attempting to smuggle military technology obtained from undercover U.S. agents out of the United States to China, the U.S. Justice Department said. Bo Cai, an employee of a Chinese technology firm, was accused along with his cousin Wentong Cai, 29, of trying to illegally export sensors primarily manufactured for sale to the U.S. Department of Defense. Wentong Cai, who was in the United States on a student visa, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The U.S. Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations prohibit the export of defense-related materials from the United States without a license or written approval from the U.S. Department of State.

Navajo leader, mayor to meet on homeless killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:54

Bedding, clothing and broken glass litter a homeless encampment in Albuquerque, Monday, July 21, 2014, where three teenagers are accused of fatally beating two homeless men. The teens, aged 15, 16 and 18, have been charged with open counts of murder in the Friday night killings. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mayor Richard Berry will meet with top Navajo officials on Thursday about the killing of two homeless Native Americans who were found beaten beyond recognition in a vacant lot, his office said.


Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:32

This combination made with Nov. 21, 2013 Massachusetts Bay Transit Police booking photos released Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by the Dorchester District Court in Boston shows Stephen Sergio Silva, after he was arrested and charged with selling marijuana at a Boston train station. Silva was arrested Monday, July 21, 2014 on federal charges of heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. The same gun was used to kill MIT police Officer Sean Collier during a manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, according to two people with knowledge of the case who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Massachusetts Bay Transit Police)BOSTON (AP) — Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill a university policeman during a manhunt for Tsarnaev and his brother.


Lockdown lifted at Little Rock Air Force Base

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:32

U.S. Air Force personell arrange traffic cones near the front gate of Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The base was locked down since late Wednesday morning amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials offered few details about the incident. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Military officials locked down an Arkansas air force base for several hours Wednesday after reporting that a suspicious individual was on the sprawling complex near Little Rock, then reopened the base and said the threat was "no longer credible."


Meat supplier in China scandal has global reach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:30

In this July 20, 2014 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, an electronic screen shows the safety record at Husi Food Co. in Shanghai, China, a meat supplier for McDonald's and KFC owned by OSI Group, a privately-held company that’s based in Aurora, Ill. OSI was thrust into the spotlight this weekend when a Chinese TV station reported the Husi plant repackaged old beef and chicken and slapped new expiration dates on them. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Pei Xin) NO SALESNEW YORK (AP) — It isn't a household name, but the company at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world's most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at McDonald's locations.


Navajo Nation head to meet with mayor on violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:30
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mayor Richard Berry will meet with top Navajo officials on Thursday about the killing of two homeless Native Americans who were found beaten beyond recognition in a vacant lot, his office said.