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Penn St. president endorses policies against sex misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:01
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's president on Tuesday threw his support behind a set of policy changes that will remake how the university addresses sexual misconduct matters on campus.

NJ teacher indicted, accused of sex with 6 students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:57

NJ teacher indicted, accused of sex with 6 studentsA northern New Jersey high school teacher accused of having sex with several male students is now facing a 40-count indictment.


Police: Suspect in family's killings tried to steal $20,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:54
EL RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a couple and their adult son nearly four years ago tried to steal $20,000 from the family who had previously let him stay in their home, according to court documents.

Authorities work to free humpback whale tangled near Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:52
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Poor weather and dangerous seas have hampered authorities in their efforts to free a humpback whale tangled in a strong synthetic line.

Arizona campus police who scuffled with professor resigns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:40
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona State University police officer who faced termination proceedings after scuffling with a professor he had stopped for jaywalking last year has resigned, citing the impact of the saga on his family, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Stewart Ferrin had been on administrative leave since July following the May 20 struggle with ASU assistant English professor Ersula Ore, which was captured by a dashboard camera in Ferrin's car. "The lack of support, cooperation, and downright bias, coupled with an agenda to ruin my career, has become unbearable and I will not subject my family to this any longer," Ferrin told police chief Mike Thompson in his resignation letter. A preliminary probe by university police found claims by Ore and civil rights activists of excessive force or racial profiling as unfounded and asked the FBI to determine whether any civil rights were violated.

9-month-old found home alone in Crescentville

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:37

9-month-old found home alone in CrescentvillePhiladelphia police had to call in the fire department to help them rescue a baby left home alone Tuesday.


Ex-Pennsylvania treasurer pleads guilty to campaign extortion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:25

Former Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord speaks on stage during the final debate among the democratic gubernatorial candidates in PhiladelphiaBy David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Former Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion on Tuesday in charges relating to his failed run to become the Democratic candidate for state governor last year. McCord, 55, admitted to repeatedly trying to extort upwards of $25,000 from an unnamed Philadelphia law firm and $100,000 from a property management firm in western Pennsylvania that both did considerable business with the state. He threatened to hurt their businesses through his position as state treasurer if they did not contribute the money to his campaign for governor in the spring of 2014, according to the federal prosecutors' account. Judge John Jones III released McCord, who lives in suburban Philadelphia, on his own recognizance.


Party ends with drunken teen in hospital, woman charged

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:24
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mom was charged with child endangerment and suspended from her job as a first-grade teacher after an underage drinking party at her home last weekend ended with a drunken teenager being hospitalized.

Mississippi student improves after getting gored by bull in Spain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:17
(Reuters) - A University of Mississippi student gored during the bull running at a festival in Spain has been transferred out of intensive care and is continuing to recover from his injuries, a hospital spokesman said on Tuesday. Benjamin Milley, a 20-year-old sophomore who is studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain, was badly injured by a bull on Saturday at a festival in Ciudad Rodrigo. "(Milley) had been gored in various places and had lost a lot of blood." The bull’s horns did not damage Milley's vital internal organs as initially feared, the spokesman said.

Toy museum announces hall of fame for video games

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:16
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The museum that houses the National Toy Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the creation of the World Video Game Hall of Fame to recognize the impact games like "Pong" and "Grand Theft Auto" have on culture and society.

Prosecutors to appeals court: Don't move Boston bombing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:15
BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have urged a federal appeals court to reject a bid to move the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) out of Massachusetts.

Feds halting preparations for challenged immigration program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:00

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Homeland Security Department is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. That decision comes as a result of Monday's federal court ruling temporarily halting it. Johnson says his agency will stop working on the program to protect parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents until further notice. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department will cease preparations for a program intended to protect millions of immigrants from deportation in the wake of a federal court ruling halting it, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday.


2 climbers injured in 800-foot slide down Washington peak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:58
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say two climbers slid 800 feet or more down Mount Stuart in Washington state when one slipped and the anchor points for both came loose as they tried to reach the top of the 9,415-foot peak.

False gunman warning panics Los Angeles airport passengers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokeswoman for Los Angeles airport police says they do not know who incorrectly said an armed man was on the loose in a terminal, spurring a panic.

Authorities search for missing man in San Francisco Bay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:35
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are searching Tuesday morning for a missing man who was canoeing with two others in the bay.

4-year-old crashes car into New Jersey building; dad charged

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:35
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy took the wheel of the family car and crashed into a New Jersey building after his father left him and his younger sister alone.

Man sets himself on fire at Los Angeles coffee shop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:33
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a man has been hospitalized in extremely critical condition after setting himself on fire in the restroom of a Los Angeles coffee shop.

Court upholds Ohio's power to regulate oil and gas drilling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:26

FILE - This Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, shows a gas drilling rig at the Detweiler well in Salesville, Ohio. Certain local zoning laws can’t be used to supersede Ohio’s state-level system for regulating oil and gas drilling, a fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. In a 4-3 decision with three written dissents, the high court said that the home rule clause of Ohio’s constitution doesn’t allow a municipality to block drilling activities otherwise permitted by the state. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Certain local zoning laws aimed at limiting fracking can't be used to circumvent the state's authority over oil and gas drilling, a fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.


Judge in 'American Sniper' denies request for mistrial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:22

Eddie Ray Routh enters the courtroom following a break in his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Routh, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A judge has denied a defense request for a mistrial in the case of a former Marine accused of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend.


Michigan governor puts renewed emphasis on blue-collar jobs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 02:19

In a photo from Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Lansing, Mich., Lansing Community College adjunct instructor Marty Kroell looks over computer code as Travis Reglin works on a computer numerical control mill in the advance precision machining class. Gov. Rick Snyder wants to re-establish vocational and technical schooling as an “equally honorable, equally important and equally well-compensated” career track. To that end, his new budget proposes a $36 million, or 75 percent, increase in spending on trades training, technical education and career planning. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Only a few short years ago, Michigan leaders talked excitedly about diversifying the state's economy beyond the auto industry, envisioning a Silicon Valley-style workforce that would be less dependent on manufacturing and more invested in technology and green energy.