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Teamsters Union announces agreement to end US oversight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Teamsters Union and the Justice Department announced Wednesday they have reached an agreement to end the government's 25-year anti-corruption oversight of the 1.4-million member union.

Suspicious activity has local military base on heightened alert

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:37

Suspicious activity has local military base on heightened alertThe security level was raised at the Delaware Air National Guard today after several odd incidents at the front gate.


Mystery surrounds murder of woman 'targeted' while waiting for bus in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:27

Mystery surrounds murder of woman 'targeted' while waiting for bus in North PhiladelphiaPolice are still trying to figure out why a woman was targeted when she was fatally shot in the head while waiting for the bus in North Philadelphia.


AccuWeather: Cold Today, Touch of Snow South

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:23

 Cold Today, Touch of Snow SouthMeteorologist David Murphy says Thursday won't be quite as cold.


NRA suing Pennsylvania cities on gun laws; mayors vow fight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:21
Armed with a new state law that opponents denounce as a gift to the gun lobby, pro-gun groups are rapidly scaling up their attack on municipal firearms ordinances throughout Pennsylvania, with the National Rifle Association filing suit over gun-control measures in three cities.

Florida man gets 20 years for terrorism charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:21
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 21-year-old Florida man accused of conspiring to aid al-Qaida and traveling to the Middle East to join terrorist groups has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

U.S. Secret Service dumping senior officials after security lapses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:19
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service will remove four senior officials while another has opted to retire, the latest shake-up after a series of security lapses at the agency charged with protecting the president, an agency official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmedActing Director Joseph Clancy had told the four assistant directors who oversee the agency's missions of protection, investigations, technology and public affairs that they must leave their jobs. The departures represent a house-cleaning within top management. ...

Florida teenager honored for saving cop who arrested him

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:18

Fort Lauderdale Police Department photo of Jamal Rutledge being honored for saving the life of an officer who was booking himBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A handcuffed Florida teenager kicked and yelled for help when the police officer who was booking him into jail in September collapsed on the floor. Jamal Rutledge, 17, is now credited with helping to save the life of the Fort Lauderdale police officer, who was revived after three other officers responded and rendered first aid. City officials plan to honor Rutledge next Wednesday. Police, however, stopped short of calling the teenager with a history of felony arrests a hero. ...


Obama to announce push for paid leave, sick time for workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:05

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he talks about access to high-speed broadband for Americans after he views a fiber optics splicing demonstration at Cedar Falls Utilities in IowaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce on Thursday a handful of initiatives to boost paid leave and sick time, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said in a statement. "President Obama will call on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow millions of working Americans to earn up to seven days a year of paid sick time — and call on states and cities to pass similar laws," she wrote in a post on LinkedIn. ...


Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:02
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

Group: Officers who beat black suspect should be charged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:58

Dawud Walid, director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, Michigan Chapter, says a prayer during a rally in front of the Grosse Pointe Park city offices in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. The protesters want the prosecution of two officers videotaped during the beating of a suspected carjacker in a Detroit neighborhood. A video, taken by a Detroit resident and posted on Facebook, shows what appears to be two white officers taking turns Monday putting their knees in the man’s back as he is face down in the snow. The man also is kicked. The Michigan State Police will investigate the officers’ actions. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Protesters on Wednesday called for criminal charges to be brought against two police officers who appear to be white who were caught on video beating and kicking a black carjacking suspect during an arrest.


Wilmington teen charged with stabbing 17-year-old friend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:57

Wilmington teen charged with stabbing 17-year-old friendA Wilmington teenager has been charged with assault and other counts in the stabbing of a 17-year-old boy during a robbery.


Ohio Man Arrested for ISIS-Inspired Plot on US Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:51
The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Model who says Cosby sexually abused her meets with police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:51

Chloe Goins, a model who claims entertainer Bill Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, appears before reporters outside Los Angeles police headquarters after meeting police investigators Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Her attorney, Spencer Kuvin, said she came forward after hearing about other women describing abuse by Cosby and realizing she might have a valid criminal case against the comedian. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A model who claims Bill Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion met with Los Angeles police on Wednesday to pursue criminal charges against the comedian over the 2008 incident.


Three rearrested hours after mass inmate release from Ohio jail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:50
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Three men released from an Akron, Ohio-area jail over the weekend after budget cuts and staffing shortages closed two units were rearrested within hours for petty crimes, officials said on Wednesday. Michael Coon, Robert Edwards and Rodney Yates II were part of a group of 72 inmates released from the Summit County jail on Sunday, a Summit County sheriff department records representative confirmed. “I’m not surprised,” sheriff's office spokesman Bill Holland said of the three arrests. "Some of them said they did not want to leave. ...

New York City mayor says he would veto police chokehold ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:37

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at the Queens Library in the Queens Borough of New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday he would veto a bill by city lawmakers that would make it illegal for a police officer to put a person in a chokehold during an arrest. The maneuver, which has come under intense scrutiny since an unarmed New Yorker died last July after a policeman gripped him around the neck, already is banned under the police department's internal rules. De Blasio said ensuring officers follow those rules was sufficient, while still allowing for "exceptional" instances where the hold could be justified. ...


UN chiefs support renewed dialogue between the two Koreas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:35
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s chiefs told North Korea that "renewed engagement and dialogue" is the only way to promote better relations with South Korea, a U.N. spokesman said Wednesday.

Houses passes bill easing rules regulating Wall Street

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:28

Houses passes bill easing rules regulating Wall StreetWASHINGTON (AP) — Propelled by its enlarged Republican majority, the House has moved to ease a landmark law reining in banks and Wall Street, more than six years after a financial crisis brought on the Great Recession.


Imprisoned member of Philadelphia radical group MOVE dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:27

Imprisoned member of Philadelphia radical group MOVE diesA high-ranking member of the Philadelphia radical group MOVE serving a decades-long sentence for the 1978 killing of a police officer has died in prison, corrections officials said Wednesday.


In win for critics, PG&E ordered to release more emails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:27
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge ordered Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to release 65,000 emails that critics say could contain additional evidence of backroom dealings between the utility and state regulators.