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Michigan fraternity shut down after vandalizing resort

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:28
(Reuters) - A University of Michigan fraternity at the center of complaints of extensive vandalism at a ski resort in January has been permanently suspended and will be closed, its parent organization said. The Sigma Alpha Mu board said the action was necessary because those who did the damage did not come forward, chapter officers refused to identify members who damaged hotel property, and other members not directly involved did not act to stop the vandalism. "Sigma Alpha Mu's values and standards of conduct were violated by the actions of those members whose behavior was abhorrent," the board said in a statement on Tuesday. The incident comes amid increased attention on fraternities in the United States after the University of Oklahoma this month shut the chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the school for a video where its members were seen singing a racist song.

Judge rejects bid by franchises to block new Seattle minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:24
A U.S. judge has denied a business group's bid to block part of a law that will raise Seattle's minimum hourly wage to $15, rejecting claims that it favors independent businesses over franchises. U.S. District Judge Richard Jones in Seattle on Tuesday said the International Franchise Association had failed to back up its claims that the wage law is discriminatory because it requires franchises like McDonald's and Burger King to phase in the new wage more quickly.

Man denies hit-and-run despite part of victim's body in car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:22
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man denied striking a woman with his car even though part of her severed body was found on the passenger-side floor of his crumpled vehicle.

UN seeks to endorse military action against Boko Haram

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:18
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chad has circulated a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council that would endorse military action by a five-nation African force against Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

Kansas City-area principal resigns after bullying case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:18
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The principal of a suburban Kansas City middle school has resigned nearly a month after a student with Asperger's syndrome was seriously hurt in a bullying incident.

Man jailed in casino slaying pleads guilty in 2nd murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:13

Man jailed in casino slaying pleads guilty in 2nd murderA Camden man already serving 47 years in prison for killing a man during a carjacking inside an Atlantic City casino parking garage has pleaded guilty in a separate double murder case.


Fraternity pledges to root out discrimination after racist chant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:08

File photo of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is seen at the University of Oklahoma in NormanBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - The fraternity whose members were videotaped singing a racist chant pledged on Wednesday to root out discrimination and try to diversify membership in its hundreds of chapters across the country. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which has 15,000 undergraduate members in 237 chapters, will appoint a diversity director and establish a hotline for members and non-members to report unacceptable behavior. All members will go through diversity training developed by an outside consultant, as well, Executive Blaine Ayers said at a news conference in Chicago. The national fraternity is investigating all of its chapters after the release of a 10-second video showing members at the University of Oklahoma on a date night chanting in unison, using offensive language referring to black people and vowing never to admit them to the fraternity.


Details of actions taken since Navy shooting in Va.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:05
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy has taken a series of steps to improve security at its installation after a civilian truck driver shot and killed a sailor aboard a ship at Naval Station Norfolk in 2014. Here's a look at some of what the Navy has done in response to the shooting and what it is considering.

AccuWeather MAPS: Friday's wintry mix

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:59

 Friday's wintry mixAccuWeather is tracking the system that is bringing snow to our area on Friday.


Air Force vet pleads not guilty to federal terrorism charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:59
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Air Force veteran and former airplane mechanic charged with attempting to join the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded not guilty Wednesday to terrorism charges.

Airline world's tiny secret: infatuation with model planes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:57

In this Feb. 5, 2015 photo, Diocelina Barajas applies decals to a model plane at Pacific Miniatures in Fullerton, Calif. When airlines open new routes, make deals with other carriers or finance new jets, there is a gifting of high-quality models. They are used to break the ice at difficult meetings, are tremendous marketing tools and a favored way of saying thank you. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)NEW YORK (AP) — In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes.


Classes resume for students of fire-ravaged Wyncote Academy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:57

Classes resume for students of fire-ravaged Wyncote AcademyIt felt like the first day of school at Wyncote Academy's new temporary location of Gratz College.


Supporters of higher minimum wage hail judge's ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:56

FILE - Assembling at Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia Luke Bridges, who works for the Iron Rabbit restaurant and is an Evergreen student joined a group of around 50 supporters, in this March 12, 2015 file photo, who marched up to City Hall in Olympia,Wash. in support of raising the minimum wage locally to $15 an hour. A federal judge on Tuesday March 17, 2015 cleared the way for Seattle's new minimum wage law to take effect as planned next month, rejecting claims by franchises of big national chains that it discriminates against them. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Supporters of higher pay for minimum wage workers hailed a federal judge's decision clearing the way for Seattle's new minimum wage law to take effect as planned next month.


Anti-Israel ad can be barred from Seattle buses, appeals court rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:43
County officials in Seattle can prohibit an advertisement criticizing Israeli policies toward Palestinians from appearing on local buses without violating constitutional protections on free speech, a U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco found that Kings County acted reasonably when it barred the ad, which sparked threats of vandalism and violence that could have endangered passengers. Neither a Kings County spokesman nor a representative for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation, which challenged the ban, was immediately available for comment. In 2010, a non-profit group opposed to U.S. support for Israel proposed a bus ad that read: "ISRAELI WAR CRIMES YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK," along with a website address.

AccuWeather: Snow possible later this week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:42

 Snow possible later this weekMeteorologist David Murphy says a wintry mix is possible on Friday.


Exclusive: U.S. to roll back 'lost pleasure' approach on health rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:42

Various e-cigarette products for sale are seen at the Henley Vaporium in New York CityThe U.S. government is preparing to roll back a widely criticized approach to public health, in which the "lost pleasure" people might suffer if they quit smoking or chose to eat healthier foods was used to reduce the projected benefits of new regulations, government officials told Reuters. The agency said the analysis provided a more accurate picture of the estimated benefits of a regulation.     A broad array of public health advocates, lawmakers, and economists criticized the agency's use of the analysis, saying it was applied incorrectly and sharply undercut the projected benefits of regulations meant to improve public health. Some feared it would weaken the government's ability to defend such rules in court.     Officials at the FDA and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have now intervened to curtail such analysis, according to officials involved.


Navy: Gate security lapse led to fatal shooting aboard ship

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:38
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Security lapses at the main gate to the world's largest naval base allowed a civilian to come on base in 2014 and fatally shoot a sailor aboard a destroyer, according to a Navy investigation.

U.S. reports bird flu outbreak in California: OIE

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:31
The United States has reported a mild form of bird flu on a turkey farm in California, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of outbreaks to hit the U.S. poultry industry in recent months. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report posted on the OIE website that a commercial turkey flock in Merced County, near San Francisco, had been coughing with a slight increase in mortality last week. Follow-up surveillance and testing on 10 associated farms showed negative results for bird flu. The strain discovered differed from the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu which has been found recently in other states, notably Arkansas, the heart of America's poultry producing region.

Cleanup underway after Northeast Philadelphia fire destroys 116 apartments

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:26

Cleanup underway after Northeast Philadelphia fire destroys 116 apartmentsThe cleanup, the recovery and the investigation are now underway after a massive, 4-alarm fire tore through a Northeast Philadelphia apartment complex.


North Carolina man gets 6 to 10 years in prison for handcuffing boy with dead chicken on neck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 00:21
MONROE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina man gets 6 to 10 years in prison for handcuffing boy with dead chicken on neck.