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Police officer indicted for using Taser on Texas city councilman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:21
A police officer has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge for using a Taser on a councilman in Prairie View, the city where a black woman died in custody in a case that raised questions about racial bias in policing, authorities said on Monday. Michael Kelley, an officer in Prairie View, was indicted by a grand jury last week on a charge of official oppression, which can bring up to a year in prison, the Waller County District Attorney's Office said. In the cellphone video, officers responding to a disturbance in October could be seen asking Councilman Jonathan Miller, who is black, numerous times to place his hands behind his back.

SEPTA updates system status; riders asked to be patient

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:20

SEPTA updates system status; riders asked to be patientSEPTA has restored much of its service following the Blizzard of 2016.


Plaintiffs' lawyers wary of taking on Flint water scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 06:07

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, MichiganThe water scandal in Flint, Michigan has many of the ingredients for a mass, class-action lawsuit: danger signs that may have been ignored, many thousands of potential victims, the possibility of lifelong health problems, and the alleged systemic failure of people in charge. What's holding them back, several lawyers said, is not the facts or the victims, but the prospective targets: The State of Michigan, the city of Flint, and officials at various levels of government. Special legal protections make it difficult to hold governments liable for damages, they said.


Iranian president Rouhani begins 4-day European visit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:56

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets Italian President Sergio Mattarella, right, upon his arrival at the Quirinale Presidential palace, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. On his four-day tour, in the wake of the implementation of Iran's landmark nuclear agreement, Rouhani is scheduled to meet with the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Pope Francis and the French President Francois Hollande. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME (AP) — Italy's premier said Monday that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, kicking off the first state visit to Europe by an Iranian president in nearly two decades, "can play a fundamental role in the stability" of the Middle East.


South Carolina college punishes 14 cadets in white hood incident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:52
Fourteen cadets at the Citadel military college in South Carolina have been disciplined after some were photographed wearing white pillowcases that resembled hoods worn by the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, the school said on Monday. Two photos of the costumed cadets were posted on social media last month, sparking an outcry from civil rights leaders. The college said its investigation found that freshmen cadets who dressed in all white with pillowcases over their heads to perform a "Ghosts of Christmas Past" skit and sing Christmas carols showed poor judgment but had no ill intent.

In coastal New Jersey, a flood of criticism for Christie follows storm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:51

A man walks on a flooded street at Fairmount and Arizona Avenues on his way to work at a casino after a powerful snowstorm struck the U.S. East Coast, in Atlantic City, New JerseyThe storm that walloped Washington and New York with about 2 feet (60 cm) of snow hit coastal Cape May County in New Jersey with tides higher than those measured during 2012's Superstorm Sandy, sending salt water into properties and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. Jim Hand voiced exasperation as he surveyed the damage at Fred's Tavern in Stone Harbor, a bar and liquor store about 35 miles (56 km) down the coast from Atlantic City. "We're doing the same thing today we did after Sandy," said Hand, 61.


Washington Metro to expand rail, bus service on Tuesday: manager

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:44
More rail and bus service in the Washington, D.C.-area Metro system will be restored on Tuesday after a blizzard forced severe cutbacks, the system's general manager said on Monday. All rail services except the Silver Line in Virginia will be running on a modified weekday schedule, while bus services will expanded to a "severe" schedule, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority General Manager Paul Wiedefeld told a news conference.

Body found in partially snow-covered car in Hackensack Burger King parking lot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:29

Body found in partially snow-covered car in Hackensack Burger King parking lotLieutenant Justin Derevyanik of the Hackensack Fire Department says an engine company was called to respond at 8:23 a.m. to assist police and paramedics at the Burger King parking lot on Hackensack Avenue.


Woman struck by falling ice at Hahnemann University Hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:27

Woman struck by falling ice at Hahnemann University HospitalOne person was struck by falling ice at Hahnemann University Hospital in Center City.


North Carolina motorist fatally shoots man trying to help him during storm: sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:23
At least five people came to the aid of Marvin Jacob Lee, 27, on Friday evening in Catawba County, North Carolina, during the storm that blanketed much of the U.S. East Coast, said Sheriff Coy Reid. The motorist appeared intoxicated, Reid said, so his would-be helpers decided to call law enforcement. Jefferson Heavner, 26, was lying by the side of the road when law enforcement arrived, the sheriff said.

6abc School Closings and Delays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:18

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


Eagles sign tight end Zach Ertz to 5-year extension

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:09

Eagles sign tight end Zach Ertz to 5-year extensionThe Philadelphia Eagles have signed tight end Zach Ertz to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season.


Former Wayne County prosecutor to lead probe of Flint water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:08

Michigan National Guard members help to distribute water to a line of residents in their cars in Flint, MichiganMichigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Monday named a special prosecutor and investigator to look into possible crimes in the city of Flint's water crisis. Todd Flood, a former prosecutor for Detroit's Wayne County, and retired Detroit FBI head Andrew Arena will conduct the independent investigation into the lead contamination in Flint after water supplies were switched to save money, Schuette said. Governor Rick Snyder apologized last week for the delay in addressing Flint's problems, which have become a national scandal.


Teen suspended for helping friend won't return to school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 05:02
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — A Texas teenager who was suspended from school after helping a classmate who was having an asthma attack won't return to the school, the teen's mother said Monday.

Treasury official calls Russia's Putin corrupt: BBC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:46
A U.S. Treasury official said the United States considers Russian President Vladimir Putin to be corrupt and that it has known this for "many, many years," the BBC reported on Monday. Adam Szubin, acting Treasury secretary for terrorism and financial crimes, said in an interview with BBC Panorama that the Russian president has been amassing secret wealth. Whether that's Russia's energy wealth, whether it's other state contracts, he directs those to whom he believes will serve him and excludes those who don't.

Route 309 in Hatfield shut down after crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:43

Route 309 in Hatfield shut down after crashBoth directions of Route 309 in Hatfield, Pa. are completely shut down following a crash.


SEPTA resumes many services, but some hurdles remain

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:35

SEPTA updates system status; riders asked to be patientSEPTA has restored much of its service following the Blizzard of 2016.


U.S. justices snub conservative lawyers over hefty legal fees

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:34
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by conservative lawyers to claim $2 million in legal fees from the government in a case in which they persuaded the justices in 2013 to strike down a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. By declining to hear the case, the court left in place a September ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that turned down the fee request made by the lawyers who represented Shelby County, Alabama. In the United States, each side in a lawsuit pays its own attorneys' fees.

Bird exhibit at Montco zoo collapses under snow

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:31

Bird exhibit at Montco zoo collapses under snowA bird exhibit at a zoo in Norristown, Pa. collapsed under the weight of snow during the weekend blizzard.


Mentally ill man's deadly shooting fits troubling pattern

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 04:24

CORRECTS TO CLARIFY THAT BARBARA NOEL WAS READING A COPY OF THE PROTECTIVE CUSTODY ORDER THAT SHE OBTAINED FOR HER SON, NOT A CORONER'S REPORT ON HER SON'S SHOOTING - In this Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 photo, Barbara Noel, mother of Michael Noel, reads the protective custody order that she obtained prior to the Dec. 21 fatal shooting of her son by a St. Martin Parish sheriff's deputy at their home in St. Martinville, La. Michael had paranoid schizophrenia. (AP Photo/Paul Kieu)ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) — On the day her son was killed, Barbara Noel saw familiar signs that the 32-year-old needed help: Michael Noel was guzzling coffee and growing agitated, kicking an ironing board and knocking over an ashtray.