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Former Missouri school principal charged with dealing heroin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:34

This photo provided by Marion County Sheriff's Office via Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force shows Ryan Thompson. Joshua Foust, who resigned from his job as an elementary school principal this month, was arrested Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015, on charges alleging that he had been dealing heroin. Thompson was also arrested on drug charges as part of the same investigation. (AP Photo/Marion County Sheriff's Office via Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force)HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who resigned from his job as an elementary school principal this month was arrested Wednesday on charges alleging that he had been dealing heroin.


UC President Napolitano postpones proposed tuition increase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:26
LOS ANGELES (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday she is postponing a proposed tuition increase as a good-faith gesture stemming from her ongoing negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown to resolve their standoff over higher education funding.

U.S. preparing to sue Ferguson police over charges of racial bias: CNN

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:25

Police officers are reflected in a mirror held by a protestor during a demonstration at the Ferguson Police Department in FergusonThe U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to sue the Ferguson, Missouri, police department over allegations of racially discriminatory practices unless the police force agrees to make changes, CNN reported on Wednesday. The network, citing sources, said the Justice Department would not charge the white Ferguson police officer involved in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August but was expected to outline allegations of discriminatory Ferguson police tactics. The department would file suit if Ferguson police did not agree to review and change those tactics, CNN reported. The shooting of Brown last August by officer Darren Wilson led to months of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and galvanized critics of the treatment by police and the U.S. criminal justice system of blacks and other minority groups.


Blast devastates refinery, sends ash raining down on area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:23

A very large smokestack flare burns off flammable product after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility's flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Chuck Bennett)TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California.


APNewsBreak: Outgoing Gov. John Kitzhaber commutes sentence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:21

This undated photo provided by the Multnomah County Jail shows Sang Dao. As one of his final acts in office, Oregon’s outgoing governor, John Kitzhaber, commuted the prison sentence of Dao, who was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison when he was convicted of attempted murder. Dao earned a bachelor's degree from Portland State University while behind bars, and Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, spoke at his graduation ceremony last summer. Hayes was at the center of the ethics controversy that prompted Kitzhaber to step down. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Jail)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As one of his final acts in office, Oregon's outgoing governor, John Kitzhaber, commuted the prison sentence of a young inmate convicted of attempted murder.


Anti-pot group says lawsuit will challenge Colorado marijuana laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:14

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year's day in Northglenn, ColoradoBy Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Opponents of Colorado's marijuana legalization are expected to file a federal lawsuit on Thursday that will seek to shut down the state's new industry and which they say will accuse participants of violating racketeering laws. Voters in Colorado chose to legalize the use of recreational marijuana by adults in a landmark 2012 ballot, even as the drug remains federally outlawed. Washington state has also legalized recreational pot, while Alaska and Oregon are following suit.


Judge: Washington florist who refused gay wedding broke law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:12
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding violated state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law, a judge ruled Wednesday.

St. Louis police dash cam shows part of contested arrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:08
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A recently released video of an arrest in which St. Louis police are accused of using excessive force shows officers pulling a resisting suspect from a car, kicking him and shocking him with a stun gun before the camera is shut off abruptly.

Companies in West Coast port dispute make appeal to workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:05

Loaded container trucks line-up at a gate at the Port of Seattle Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Seaports in the U.S. West Coast that were all but shut over the weekend because of a contract dispute are reopening as the nation's top labor official tries to solve a stalemate between dockworkers and their employers that already has disrupted billions of dollars in U.S. international trade. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez plans to meet Tuesday in San Francisco with negotiators for both the dockworkers' union and the maritime association, which represents shipping lines that carry cargo and port terminal operators that handle it once the ships dock. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maritime companies locked in a contract dispute with West Coast dockworkers took their case directly to rank-and-file longshoremen on Wednesday, as negotiators struggled to reach a deal and break the cargo gridlock that has stalled billions of dollars of international trade.


No relief from winter: Cold lingers over much of country

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:02

Shawn Hash rides a snowmobile on a private farm near Pembroke Va. Tuesday, Feb. 17 2015. Hash, a snow sport enthusiast, and owner - operator of Tangent Outfitters river guides, took the machine out for a ride after a morning of cross country skiing, taking full advantage of a recent snowfall. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)Low temperatures gripped much of the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday, freezing and refreezing snow and ice and making roads hazardous for those who'd ventured out. In many areas, the cold was expected to stay for days.


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:00

Ukrainian troops ride on vehicles outside Artemivsk, Ukraine, while pulling out of Debaltseve, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Official: Video shows Jenner rear-ended cars in fatal wreck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:55
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video shows Bruce Jenner started a chain-reaction crash that resulted in a woman's death on a Malibu highway, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

California confirms 119 cases of measles in state

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:54

Measles poster is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesBy Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Public health officials said on Wednesday that six more cases of measles had been confirmed in California, bringing to 119 the total number of people infected by a strain of the virus that has also been linked to a large outbreak in the Philippines. More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many of them linked to the wave of illness that authorities believe began when an infected person from out of the country visited Disneyland in late December. California Department of Public Health researchers, in a report to federal officials released on Friday, said that specimens from 30 of the state's measles patients had been genotyped and that all were of the same strain that has caused an outbreak in the Philippines.


Ferris wheel, zip line, inlet eateries OK'd in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:49

In this June 27, 2013 photo beach goers sunbathe near the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, N.J. Making good on its vow to seek new, non-gambling attractions, Atlantic City has redevelopment plans that include a giant Ferris wheel and zip line on the beachfront next to the Steel Pier, and restaurants, a rebuilt Boardwalk and an elevated walkway in its Inlet neighborhood. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The city, making good on its vow to seek new non-gambling attractions, has approved redevelopment plans including a giant Ferris wheel and a zip line on the beachfront next to the Steel Pier and restaurants, a rebuilt Boardwalk and an elevated walkway in its Inlet neighborhood.


Police charge childhood friend in 1974 death of boy on bike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:48
DUNBAR, Pa. (AP) — New forensic tests conducted on an old blue coat have led police to arrest a childhood friend in the 1974 death of a Pennsylvania boy.

Panel backs bill to ease gender switch on birth certificates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:42

Mika Inoue, of Kahala, poses outside a hearing room at the Hawaii Legislature on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Honolulu. Inoue supports a bill that would lift a surgical requirement for those who want to switch the gender designation on their birth certificates. The bill moving through the Hawaii House would enable transgender people to switch the gender identification on their birth certificates without having a sex change operation. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)HONOLULU (AP) — Mika Inoue was in college when she faced some of the scariest threats against her life as a transgender woman.


Victim ID'd in fatal stabbing at meat processing plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:41

Victim ID'd in fatal stabbing at meat processing plantMontgomery County authorities have identified the victim in a fatal stabbing incident at a meat processing plant in Franconia Township.


Indian workers win $14 million in U.S. labor trafficking case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:17
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A New Orleans jury on Wednesday awarded $14 million to five Indian men who were lured to the United States and forced to work under inhumane conditions after Hurricane Katrina by a U.S. ship repair firm and its codefendants. After a four-week trial, the U.S. District Court jury ruled that Alabama-based Signal International was guilty of labor trafficking, fraud, racketeering and discrimination and ordered it to pay $12 million. Signal recruited about 500 Indian men as guest workers to repair oil rigs and facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to plaintiffs.

Oklahoma House panel OKs bill to punish licensing of gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:11
By By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma bill to punish any local or state employee who issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples will be heading to a vote in the state House of Representatives after a committee approved the legislation this week. It also says that those who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples can be subject to removal from office. The bill's author, Representative Sally Kern, a Republican, said the measure is a response to U.S. courts overstepping their authority by forcing Oklahoma to recognize gay marriage. Representative Emily Virgin, a Democrat who voted against the measure in committee on Tuesday, said: "No other state in the union has seen more anti-LGBT legislation introduced during this legislative session.

Vegas police, family defend mom killed in road-rage shootout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:10

In this Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, photo, people participate in a candlelight vigil for Tammy Meyers, who was taken off life support on Saturday after a shooting in Las Vegas. What police first described as a road rage-inspired shooting of an innocent mother of four has morphed into a more complex scenario, prompting a backlash Wednesday against the Las Vegas family and the way the case is being handled. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, L.E. Baskow) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUTLAS VEGAS (AP) — What police first described as the road rage-inspired killing of an innocent mother of four has morphed into a more complex scenario, prompting tough questions and a backlash against her family.