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Kroger in cross hairs as U.S. gun fight spills into its aisles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:02
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is petitioning Kroger to prohibit guns in its more than 2,600 U.S. "We spend a lot of time with our kids at the grocery store.

NTSB: Crash wiped out signal that could hold clues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:59

In this photo provided by the Lawrence County Sheriff, wreckage burns at the site of a railroad collision in Hoxie, Ark. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Arkansas State Police said two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others injured in the early morning accident. It's at least the second head-on collision involving the company's trains since 2012, when two collided in the Oklahoma Panhandle that June, which killed three crew members and injured a fourth. (AP Photo/Lawrence County Sheriff via The Jonesboro Sun)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal investigator said Tuesday that a signal that would have given a final instruction to the crew of a railroad train involved in a fatal head-on collision was damaged in the accident but could still hold clues as to what happened.

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:55

FILE - This March 13, 2012 file photo shows Superintendent John Deasy before the start of a public hearing at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District in downtown Los Angeles. Students in Los Angeles caught misbehaving will be sent to the principal’s office rather than the courthouse, part of a sweeping reforms to the discipline policy announced Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the nation’s second largest school district. Deasy says police officers won’t arrest or cite students for low-level offenses but will instead refer them to administrators or counselors. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the courthouse as part of sweeping disciplinary reforms announced Tuesday by Los Angeles schools.

Los Angeles schools to ease discipline policies to stem dropouts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:55
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles schools will take a more lenient approach to offenses such as alcohol possession and fighting to allow students a better chance to graduate, officials said on Tuesday. Under the plan, students caught with tobacco, alcohol or marijuana or who commit minor vandalism or get into fights that do not cause serious injury will be disciplined by school administrators and not be arrested or issued citations, which could send them to juvenile court. Community groups have found the Los Angeles Unified School District disproportionately disciplines young people of color, with black students nearly six times as likely as whites to be issued a violation ticket, according to a report last year by the Labor/Community Strategy Center. This follows years of calls by rights groups and some government officials to end what the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S.

Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:53

A structure burns along Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Officials say they have gained the upper hand on a central California blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park that forced more than 1,000 residents to flee their homes.

Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:42

This image provided by the Austin Police Department shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry while being booked at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas, for two felony indictments of abuse of power on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin Police Department)Texas Gov. Rick Perry was defiant as he was booked on abuse of power charges Tuesday, saying he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."

Arizona flooding creates several dramatic scenes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:36
PHOENIX (AP) — A series of storms dumped about more than 4.5 inches of rain on areas north of Phoenix on Tuesday, requiring several dramatic rescues and resulting in many visible examples of damage. Here are some examples of the destruction brought on by the floodwaters:

Teenager struck by lightning at football practice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:32
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a teenage boy is hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by lightning during football practice at a New Mexico middle school.

Death penalty sought in Indy officer's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:27
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor filed court papers Tuesday seeking the death penalty against a man charged with murder in the killing of an Indianapolis police officer during a shootout in an alley.

Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:25
PHOENIX (AP) — Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state.

California business tax breaks would have to prove effectiveness

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:13
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Tax credits aimed at persuading businesses to locate in California would be subject to detailed performance reviews to make sure they are boosting the state's economy under a bill passed on Tuesday by the Legislature. The bill, which will now go to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, aims to measure the effectiveness of tax credits. The issue is in the public eye at a time of controversy over proposals to grant nearly $1 billion in tax relief to entertainment and aerospace businesses. "Who among us in investing our personal dollars would not have a goal in mind and plan to review the investment to see if it’s meeting the goal?" said state Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco and the bill's author.

2 dead, 2 injured in Huntingdon Valley crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:02

1 dead, 2 injured in Huntingdon Valley crashTwo people are dead and two others are injured after an accident in Huntingdon Valley, Montgomery County.

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:56

This photo taken in 2011 shows Abe Mashal posing for a photo at his home in St. Charles, Ill. The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. One of the plaintiffs in the Portland lawsuit, Abe Mashal, was unable to print his boarding pass before a flight out of Chicago four years ago. A counter representative told him he was on the no-fly list and would not be allowed to board. Mashal was surrounded by about 30 law enforcement officials, he said. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT,WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.

Sheriff: Ex-Marine inquired about body disposal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:51

This undated photo released by the San Bernardino County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Erin Corwin. The body of the missing, pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine has been found deep in an abandoned mine shaft in Southern California, where her husband had been stationed. Sheriff John McMahon said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 that the remains of Corwin, 20, were found Saturday, Aug. 16, and were identified by dental records Sunday. Her alleged lover and former neighbor, Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was arrested at 9 p.m. Sunday at a traffic stop in Anchorage, Alaska, on an extradition warrant out of California. (AP Photo/San Bernardino County Sheriff)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.

In riot-hit Ferguson, traffic fines boost tension and budget

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:44

Demonstrators gesture and chant as they continue to react to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriBy Megan Davies and Dan Burns NEW YORK (Reuters) - When calm and order is finally restored to Ferguson, Missouri, the city's leaders may find little room to maneuver to resolve an issue that has long inflamed racial tensions: traffic tickets. On the surface it would seem an easy fix for the mainly white police force simply to adopt a less aggressive policy on traffic stops, which overwhelmingly and disproportionately snare black motorists. Traffic fines are the St. Louis suburb's second-largest source of revenue and just about the only one that is growing appreciably. Municipal court fines, most of which arise from motor vehicle violations, accounted for 21 percent of general fund revenue and at $2.63 million last year, were the equivalent of more than 81 percent of police salaries before overtime.

Florida pair sentenced in multimillion-dollar coin laundry bank fraud

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:37
The leaders of a multimillion-dollar bank fraud and real estate scheme run out of an abandoned Florida coin laundry store have been sentenced to decades in jail by a federal judge. District Judge James I. Cohn sentenced Darryl Burke to 30 years in prison and Vicki Garland to 15 years on Monday. They are from Delray Beach on Florida's east coast. They were convicted of bank fraud and wire fraud conspiracy in early February by a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale.

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:30

Members of the Missouri National Guard stand watch outside a command post near a protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard — and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri.

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:20

Mideast Syria JournalistBAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites.

Scientists warn Florida governor of threat from climate change

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:18
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Five climate scientists warned Florida Governor Rick Scott in a meeting on Tuesday that a steadily rising ocean was a major threat to the state's future, urging it to become a leader in developing solar energy and other clean power sources. The Republican governor, who disputed the human impact on climate change in his 2010 campaign, agreed recently to meet with the scientists after his main Democratic challenger for re-election this year, former Governor Charlie Crist, proclaimed himself a firm believer in global warming. “I’m inherently an optimist,” said David Hastings, a professor of marine science and chemistry at Eckerd College on Florida's west coast. I’m concerned he might not do anything.” The scientists said they hoped Scott would respond to the Obama administration's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 38 percent in Florida by 2030.

Mississippi man shot after cross burning in yard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:09

This Aug. 15, 2014, booking photo released by the Smith County Sheriff's Department shows Jeff Daniels, 37, who was arrested Friday, Aug. 15, in Raleigh, Miss., and booked with aggravated assault in connection with an alleged confrontation with his mother's boyfriend in a rural community outside of Raleigh, the county seat. Craig Wilson was allegedly beaten and shot two weeks after calling authorities to report a cross burning in his yard, and investigators are trying to determine whether the attack was prompted by people being upset that the man was visited by his mixed-race grandchildren. (AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff's Department)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff says a man was beaten and shot two weeks after calling authorities to report a cross burning in his yard, and investigators are trying to determine whether the attack was prompted by people being upset that the man was visited by his mixed-race grandchildren.