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Philly cop arrested for allegedly assaulting wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:06

Philly cop arrested for allegedly assaulting wifeA Philadelphia police officer has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.


Retrial to proceed for Florida man who shot teens over loud music

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:03
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Despite prior widespread media coverage, a retrial can go ahead later this month for a white, middle-aged man charged with killing an unarmed black teenager during a dispute about loud rap music, a north Florida judge ruled on Thursday. The defense wanted a change of venue after a Jacksonville jury previously deadlocked on a charge of first-degree murder for Michael Dunn, 47, who claimed to be acting in self-defense in the shooting death. Dunn, a software engineer, fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four teens listening to music in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The jury convicted Dunn in February on three lesser counts of attempted murder for firing at the three other black teens in the vehicle, which was parked next to Dunn’s. The trial received international attention over its racial overtones and Dunn's claims of self-defense, drawing comparisons to the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in Florida last year in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed, black 17-year-old.

European states struggle with Draghi's challenge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:58

French President François Hollande, left, poses Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron following the presentation of the "34 plans for the new industrial France" Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (AP Photo/Patrick Kovarik, Pool)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. Now it's over to the governments of the 18 countries that use the euro.


House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:51

In this Sept. 10, 2014, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, sits with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Congress honored victims of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, during a "Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Gold Medal Ceremony." The House and Senate are controlled by different political parties, but both are spending time these days on similar paths: debating measures that everyone knows are going nowhere. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. And in the logic that prevails during the weeks before crucial congressional elections, they want everyone to know about that futility.


Popular Yosemite trail to reopen despite wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:49
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Park rangers say they'll soon reopen a popular trail in Yosemite National Park that had to be closed because of a wildfire.

Russian accused of hacking seeks new detention

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:45
SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for the Russian man charged with hacking into the computer systems of businesses throughout the U.S. have asked a federal judge in Seattle to hold a hearing as soon as possible so they can make their case for moving Roman Seleznev out of a Special Housing Unit.

Professor who lost job over Gaza tweets rebuffed by Illinois university trustees

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:35
University of Illinois trustees voted overwhelmingly on Thursday not to reinstate Steven Salaita, whose Twitter postings about Israel caused him to lose a promised faculty job, sparking debate about academic freedom and the use of social media. Salaita, a former tenured professor of English at Virginia Tech, accepted a tenured professorship in October 2013 to teach at University of Illinois' American Indian Studies program but it was revoked in early August after Salaita posted tweets denouncing Israel's military strikes in Gaza. Many of the Twitter messages were inflammatory and in justifying its decision not to give him a job, the university said they were demeaning and uncivil.

Dozens of children at N.J. day care center accidentally drink bleach

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:34

A woman walks past The Growing Tree Learning Center II in Jersey City, New JerseyTwenty-eight preschoolers and two adults mistakenly drank bleach at snack time at a New Jersey day care center on Thursday and were taken to a hospital after some complained their stomachs were burning. The children, aged 3 and 4, and adult staff members of the Growing Tree Learning Center in downtown Jersey City were transported in five ambulances to the Jersey City Medical Center after a late-morning call to 911, said Mark Rabson, a hospital spokesman. "There was a poisoning and many children were injured," he said, adding the children were walking on their own or were being carried out by their parents and "have smiles on their faces." Keith Kearney, executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County, which runs the day care center that is open to all community members and serves 65 children from infants to age 4, said he had heard no reports of injuries and that the hospital visits were a precaution.


Groups sue over oil shipments in older tank cars

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:33
SEATTLE (AP) — Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Department of Transportation over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars.

No ethics inquiry in lawmaker's fast-food protest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Wisconsin congresswoman arrested during a protest of wages paid to workers at McDonald's and other fast-food chains will not face an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

Venezuela's oldest newspaper avoids shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:18
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's oldest newspaper says it has staved off closure by reaching a deal with a state company guaranteeing it newsprint for at least two more weeks.

Multi-vehicle accident on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:17

Multi-vehicle accident on Pennsylvania TurnpikeOfficials say there are injuries after a multi-vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


Police: Children sexually abused at in-home daycare

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:15

 Children sexually abused at in-home daycareAuthorities say a Willingboro, New Jersey man sexually abused two children attending daycare in his home.


Catholic League quits New York City's St. Patrick parade after gay decision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:11
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A conservative Roman Catholic group severed its 20-year ties with the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on Thursday, a week after event organizers took the unprecedented step of allowing a gay group to march under its own banner in the procession. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said it pulled out of the March 2015 event because the parade committee denied an anti-abortion group from marching with banners while bending its rules to allow the gay group to do so, League President Bill Donohue said in a statement. City officials and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, welcomed the policy change, announced last week, as a change of tone after years of conflict over the issue. Donohue said the Catholic League is not withdrawing because of any opposition to the gay group's participation.

Mountain lion linked to boy's attack slain

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:03
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wildlife officials say it could take up to two days of testing to determine if they shot and killed the right mountain lion that attacked a 6-year-old boy on a Northern California hiking trail.

Segway seeks import ban on similar products from China

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:03
Segway Inc is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to stop a "widespread pattern of infringement" and block several Chinese companies from importing and selling their own similar two-wheeled transporters in the United States. The products, which carry the brand names Freego, Windrunner, Ninebot, Inmotion and Robstep, infringe four of its patents and "intend ... to largely if not completely mimic Segway's personal transporters in operation," Segway said its filing Tuesday. The self-balancing "personal transporters," as they are known in the industry, still occupy a niche market in the United States.

Catholic League bowing out of St. Patrick's parade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:59
NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic League said Thursday that it will sit out next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York because event organizers aren't letting an anti-abortion group march.

South Carolina father accused of killing kids was investigated for abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:48
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina child protection workers visited the family of a man accused of killing his five children at least a dozen times since 2011 in response to reports of abuse and neglect, state records released on Thursday show. The children, aged 1 to 8, said father Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, spanked them and made them do push-ups for punishment, but they did not appear afraid of him, according to workers, who did not remove the children from his care. Police say the children were already dead by the time South Carolina authorities learned on Monday that the children's grandmother in Mississippi had reported them missing after they did not show up for a planned visit. Following his arrest on unrelated charges in Mississippi on Saturday, police said Jones confessed to the slayings and led them to his children's decomposing bodies, which he had wrapped in garbage bags and dumped near a rural logging road in Alabama. Authorities have not said how the kids were killed.

FBI believes 1 shooter involved in grid attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:40
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An FBI official says an attack last year on Silicon Valley's power grid appears to have involved only one shooter.

Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:27

Abortion rights activists hold signs inside the Missouri Capitol WednesdayJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's longest waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72-hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or incest.