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Four killed after 18-wheeler hits halted Mississippi highway traffic

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 10:25
(Reuters) - Four people were killed early on Saturday after an 18-wheel truck smashed into a row of vehicles that had stopped on a Mississippi Interstate highway to avoid hitting debris spilled by an overturned pickup truck trailer, state police said. A father and his daughter in one car and two young men in another car died in the nearly dozen-car wreck on Interstate 10 in coastal Hancock County, near the Louisiana border, just after midnight, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Johnny Poulos said. "It's a tragic situation," Poulos said. ...

Thousands March Against Police Killings Across the Country

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 10:20
Thousands of protesters walked down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. to march alongside the families of African-Americans killed in recent months by police.

In U.S. spending bill, a tall tale for fishermen

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 10:17

With the fall colors reflected in a lake, a man fishes for bass as it rains in Jeffersonville, New YorkBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The fine print of a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill before the United States Congress includes a passage considered a "high priority" by lawmakers that could resolve a burning issue among the country's 40 million anglers: does the federal government need to regulate fishing tackle? The unexpected provision buried in the 1,603-page bill tracks back - as so much legislation does in Washington - to an influential lobbying group, the National Rifle Association. The NRA, which represents American gun owners and sportsmen, wants to stop the U.S. ...


Smoke inhalation blamed for Dallas skyscraper fire deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 09:55
DALLAS (AP) — Investigators have determined that smoke inhalation killed three construction workers in a fire in the basement of a Dallas skyscraper.

Man arrested after Portland shooting, 2 sought

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 09:47
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a shooting outside an alternative high school in Portland had ties to a gang, as did two of the victims, police said Saturday.

North Carolina protesters call for fresh probe in teen's hanging

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 09:35
By Marti Maguire BLADENBORO, N.C. (Reuters) - Several hundred people marched through a small North Carolina town on Saturday to call for a fresh investigation into the August hanging death of a black teenager that was ruled a suicide by local authorities. Lennon Lacy, 17, was found hanging from a swing set by two belts at a mobile home park in Bladenboro, a town of 1,700 people some 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Charlotte. Local police said there was no sign of foul play, and his death was ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner. ...

Mississippi crash kills 4, closes road for hours

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:57

Hancock County, Miss., Coroner Jim Faulk searches through documents in an attempt to identify two victims from a Ford Explorer, background, who died in an accident on Saturday Dec. 13, 2014, on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, in Kilm, Miss. Four people were killed in the 11-vehicle accident. (AP Photo/The Sun Herald, Justin Mitchell ) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT: MISSISSIPPI PRESS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT WLOX, LOCAL ONLINE OUT; GULFLIVE.COM OUTA tractor-trailer plowed into 11 cars stopped on an interstate highway in coastal Mississippi early Saturday, killing a father and daughter and two young men in a horrendous crash that also closed the highway for more than six hours.


About 6,000 still without power in Vermont

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:47

Gov. Peter Shumlin flies over Hinesburg Vt. in a helicopter as he surveys damage from this week's snow storm on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Shumlin and the head of the Vermont Electric Cooperative surveyed power lines by air to check the progress restoring service to those still in the dark from outages that, at their peak, affected some 100,000 customers. Restoring power to everyone could take at least the weekend, officials said. (AP Photo/The Burlington Free Press, Glenn Russell, Pool)BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — About 6,000 customers were still without power in Vermont on Saturday evening, three days after a brutal storm pounded the state with heavy, wet snow and caused the worst outages in years.


Three prisoners, two accused of murder, escape from Alabama jail

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:40
(Reuters) - Two men jailed on capital murder charges and another for armed robbery escaped an Alabama jail early on Saturday after tackling and choking a guard, a county sheriff said. The three escaped from the jail in the rural southwestern town of Butler after jumping the guard, who came into a shared cell to check on an inmate who was vomiting, Choctaw County Sheriff Tom Abate said. They stole the jailer's keys and mobile phone, then fled on foot. "They are considered extremely dangerous. They really don't have anything to lose," Abate said. ...

Protests don't derail Will's commencement speech

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:29
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Protests have taken place at Michigan State University's commencement over comments graduation speaker George Will had previously made about sexual assault reporting at colleges.

Officer doesn't arrest woman caught stealing eggs; buys her food instead

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:28

Officer doesn't arrest woman caught stealing eggs; buys her food insteadAn Alabama woman thought she was going jail after she was caught stealing eggs to help feed her children and grandchildren, but the police officer who came to the scene surprised her.


India questions man over pro-Islamic State tweets

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:00
BANGALORE, India (AP) — Police in southern India questioned a man who they say acknowledged to running a popular pro-Islamic State group Twitter account but appears to have no direct links to the militant group.

Prosecutor releases more Ferguson documents

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 07:34

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Brown family shows Michael Brown. The St. Louis County prosecutor has released more documents related to the investigation of the shooting of Brown by a Ferguson police officer, including a transcript of a police interview with the friend who was with Brown when he was killed. Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he inadvertently didn't include the records made public Saturday, Dec. 13, when he released many of the documents related to the case last month after the grand jury decided not to charge Officer Darren Wilson for killing Brown. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)A prosecutor released hundreds of pages of additional documents Saturday from the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown, including an interview transcript of a friend who initially asserted that he had seen Brown get shot in the back.


Grandmother killed, father and kids injured in Chichester fire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 07:25

Grandmother killed, father and kids injured in raging house fireA grandmother was killed and a father and his children were injured after a raging fire destroyed a home in Chichester, Delaware County.


Officer struck while investigating crash in Cheltenham Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 07:16

Officer struck while investigating crash in Cheltenham Twp.A Cheltenham Township police officer is hospitalized after being struck by a car while investigating an earlier crash.


Grandmother killed, father and 3 kids injured in Chichester fire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 07:10

Grandmother killed, father and 3 kids injured in Chichester fireA grandmother was killed, and a father and three children were injured after a raging fire destroyed a home in Chichester, Delaware County.


Safety agency announces recall of firetrucks

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:58
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. safety regulators say firetruck-maker Sutphen has issued a recall to fix a problem with its aerial ladders.

California cleans up as storm hits Southwest

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:48

An RV sits underwater from the flooded Russian River Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Guerneville, Calif. While the sun rose Friday in a dry San Francisco sky, the storm's affects lingered in Northern California. In Sonoma County, the Russian River was approaching flood stage and was expected to crest several feet above it by early afternoon. Officials advised residents of about 300 homes to evacuate low-lying areas. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Californians cleaned up Saturday from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.


Alabama cop doesn't arrest woman caught stealing eggs; buys her food instead

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:46

Officer doesn't arrest woman caught stealing eggs; buys her food insteadAn Alabama woman thought she was going jail after she was caught stealing eggs to help feed her children and grandchildren, but the police officer who came to the scene surprised her.


Effigies of blacks found hanging by nooses at UC Berkeley

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 06:42
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Three cardboard cutouts of black people were found hanging by nooses Saturday on the Berkeley campus of the University of California.