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US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:16

In this July 6, 2013 still frame from a video produced by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers fire on a woman posing as a terrorist in a drill simulating a terrorist attack in downtown Los Angeles. After spending a decade sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the United States, Washington is reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Mo., amid images of heavily-armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes. One night after the violence that accompanied the presence of military-style equipment in Ferguson, the crowd calmed considerably when a police captain walked through the crowd, unprotected, in a gesture of reconciliation. The contrast added to the perception that the tanks and tear gas had done more harm than good. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)WASHINGTON (AP) — After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.


AP PHOTOS: A look at the pope's visit to S. Korea

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:06

Pope Francis is greeted by the faithful upon Pope's arrival for the beatification mass of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and his 123 martyr companions held on August 16 in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Paul Yun Ji-Chung, born in 1759, was among the earliest Catholics on the Korean Peninsula. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)Pope Francis held an outdoor Mass on Saturday for huge crowds in Seoul as part of his five-day trip to South Korea. The Vatican estimated some 800,000 people turned out for the service.


No charges to be filed against fake TSA agent

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:06
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say no criminal charges will be filed against a man accused of posing as a Transportation Security Administration agent and privately screening two women at the San Francisco International Airport.

Everything We Know About the Officer Who Police Say Killed Michael Brown

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:51
Darren Wilson was identified Friday as the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown but only a few personal details have been released.

Marine denied entry into Six Flags in NJ because of T-shirt

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:47

Marine denied entry into Six Flags in NJ because of T-shirtA marine was denied entrance to a New Jersey amusement park last weekend - all because of his T-shirt.


Female driver killed in crash at Wall Speedway in NJ

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:46

Female driver killed in crash at Wall Speedway in NJA driver has been killed in a crash at Wall Stadium Speedway.


Governor declares emergency, sets Ferguson curfew

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:17

Police deploy tear gas to impose Ferguson curfewMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Saturday in a St. Louis suburb where police and protesters have clashed in the week since a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer.


Taypayers hit with $6.5M bill from Christie's Bridgegate scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:15

Taypayers hit with $6.5M bill from Christie's Bridgegate scandalNew Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for more than $6.5 million to the law firm Gov. Chris Christie hired to represent his office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.


Chemical-filled iced tea burns woman at Utah restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:14

Woman burned after drinking lye-filled tea at restaurant is improvingJan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station.


1 dead when car, armored truck collide on Route 30

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:07

1 dead when car, armored truck collide on Route 30A crash involving an armored truck claimed the life of one person in West Sadsbury Township, Chester County.


California officer hurt in Missouri shooting march

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:04
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An officer was briefly hospitalized after being assaulted during a mostly peaceful protest in Northern California over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said Saturday.

APNewsBreak: Teen gunman deemed not a high threat

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 08:33

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, Arapahoe High School students hug at a tribute site for fatally-wounded student Claire Davis, who was shot by classmate Karl Pierson during a school attack six days earlier at Arapahoe High School, in Centennial, Colo. School disciplinary documents obtained by The Associated Press show that less than a week after Pierson shouted a death threat against his debate coach in a school parking lot, school officials determined that he was “not a high-level of threat” and allowed him to return to his classes. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A teen who fatally shot another student at his suburban Denver high school last year had been deemed "not a high-level of threat" after shouting a death threat against his debate coach three months earlier, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.


3 arrested in deadly stabbing in Reading

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 08:29

3 arrested in deadly stabbing in ReadingThree people have been arrested in connection to a fatal stabbing in Reading.


Man dies in dive after raising $100K for ALS

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 08:12
BOSTON (AP) — A 27-year-old man died in a Nantucket diving accident, hours after he raised $100,000 for a Lou Gehrig's disease charity in honor of his friend who inspired the ice-bucket challenge sensation.

4 take plea deals tied to German tourist's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 08:07

FILE - This May 5, 2011, file photo shows German Consul General Peter Rothen, left, talking with a San Francisco County Sheriff, outside a courtroom in San Francisco. Four men charged with murder in the killing of a German tourist visiting San Francisco four years ago pleaded guilty to lesser charges in a case officials said Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, was difficult to prosecute. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four men charged with murder in the killing of a German tourist visiting San Francisco four years ago pleaded guilty to lesser charges in a case officials said Saturday was difficult to prosecute.


Sheriff: NY couple in Amish kidnapping were on the prowl

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 08:05

 Amish girls sexually abused in abductionA couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters were prowling for easy targets and may have also planned to abduct other children, a sheriff said Saturday.


2 stabbed aboard tanker; man jumps to death

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 07:45
BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a crew member jumped from a tanker to his death off the coast of Delaware after a stabbing that left a man dead and another person injured.

Ferguson-area native tasked with keeping peace

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 07:29

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2014 file photo, Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, left, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon take part in a news conference in Ferguson, Mo. Nixon assigned protest oversight to Johnson after violent protests in Ferguson erupted in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — In the days since Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson took charge of a volatile situation that threatened to turn ugly, tragic or both, his calm-yet-commanding presence has captured international attention. But when it comes to keeping the peace in the St. Louis suburb where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen, Johnson knows his neighbors' opinions are what matter most.


Missouri governor declares emergency, sets curfew in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 07:04

Demonstrators weep on each others shoulders as masked individuals break into a store, during on-going demonstrations to protest against the shooting of Michael Brown, in FergusonBy Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in Ferguson on Saturday, trying to restore order after a week of racially charged protests and looting over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Johnson was named by the governor this week to oversee security in the suburban St. Louis community that has been roiled by the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Some in the crowd reacted angrily to the news and several said the police officer who killed Brown must be prosecuted for murder if peace is to return to the community. The unrest erupted after police officer Darren Wilson, 28, shot and killed Brown shortly after noon a week ago as Brown and a friend walked down a street that runs through an apartment complex where Brown's grandmother lives.


Woman hurt drinking iced tea with lye improves

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 07:03

Attorney Paxton Guymon holds a photograph of Jim and Jan Harding during a news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Jan Harding, 67, is in critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital's burn unit, unable to talk and fighting for her life, Guymon said. She drank sweet tea containing a toxic cleaning chemical, severely burning her mouth and throat at a Utah restaurant after an employee mistook the substance for sugar and mixed it into a dispenser, Guymon said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who unknowingly drank iced tea laced with an industrial cleaning solution at a Utah restaurant has whispered and gotten out of bed, her lawyer said Saturday.