Yemen’s embattled president fled his home in the city of Aden on Wednesday as Shiite rebels neared his last refuge, officials told the Associated Press, as authorities said rebels had arrested the country's defense minister. Wednesday, witnesses told the AP that they saw a convoy of presidential vehicles leaving President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s palace — but chief of national security denied to Reuters that the president had fled, saying they were both in the palace just then. Reports of Hadi’s flight came just hours after the rebels’ own TV station reported that they had seized an air base where the U.S. and Europe had advised Yemen as it battled al-Qaida militants — just 35 miles away from Aden, the port city where Hadi had temporarily shifted the country’s capital.
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San Jose’s police chief held a somber news conference Wednesday morning, hours after a veteran police officer was killed by a drunk, suicidal man during a welfare call – the first officer death in the city in 14 years. “It’s unfortunate for any of our officers to lose their life,” Police Chief Larry Esquivel said during a news conference. “It’s something we are aware of, and that we need to address.” Officer Michael Johnson was killed while responding to a call about a man who seemed to want to harm himself or others, police said. As Johnson and other officers approached the building, they were fired upon with a high-powered rifle from the balcony, police said. Johnson died at the scene. The suspect in the shooting was found dead from a gunshot wound.
A controversial bill heading to the desk of the Arizona governor would prevent the release of the names of any police officers involved in deadly shootings for two months after the shootings. The state's legislature signed off on the bill Tuesday, after the state House last week dropped the waiting period from 90 to 60 days. The bill would prevent the release of identifying information about officers "involved in a use of deadly physical force incident that results in death or serious physical injury" for 60 days, though it would allow the officers' disciplinary histories to be released. Supporters say the bill would protect officers from threats and harassments, but critics call it an attack on government transparency.
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A New Jersey school district is hoping to resume standardized testing after delays because its computer network was shut down in an online attack.
Officials say the computers in the Swedesboro-Woolwich district in southern New Jersey were held hostage for days by someone who was seeking 500 bitcoins, or about $125,000 in digital currency.
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A brand-new baby hippopotamus was born at the San Diego Zoo, officials announced Tuesday.
The hippo was born around 6:30 a.m. Monday and is doing well, Jenny Mehlow of San Diego Zoo Global said. Keepers have been observing the newborn and its mother, Funani, and the calf has already nursed several times, Mehlow said.
For now, the calf will be staying very close to its mother since baby hippos typically nurse for about eight months.
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A Dartmouth College fraternity that had already been suspended is now facing stiffer punishment, after being accused of branding new members. The Alpha Delta fraternity, which partly inspired the 1978 movie "Animal House," has a history of disciplinary violations including hazing. Now the fraternity is accused of branding members. "Because of the serious nature of the charges, and the evidence gathered to date, Dartmouth is strengthening and extending the terms of AD's current suspension pending the outcome of the disciplinary process," the college said in a statement.
French and German leaders are visiting the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps, as investigators hope to glean clues from the voice recorder in the plane's damaged black box. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were arriving in the area Wednesday to meet with search and recovery crews. Attention has turned, meanwhile, to the black box recovered from the plane — it's damaged but could help investigators determine what caused Flight 4u9525 to descend for eight minutes before crashing, likely killing all 150 people aboard, an official said. "The scene is not like a normal crash," a rescue helicopter co-ordinator said. "We normally find big pieces; there are lots of little pieces. There are no wings; no cockpit. Nothing." Meanwhile, Germanwings said there were "occasional flight disruptions"
within its network due to "crew members who decided not to operate aircraft" following the crash.
Italy's highest court is reviewing Wednesday the murder conviction of Amanda Knox, a process that could set up an extradition battle between Italy and the United States. In 2007, while Knox was living in Italy as an exchange student, her 21-year-old roommate Meredith Kercher was found dead, bearing signs of sexual assault and her throat slashed. An Italian court found Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, guilty, and they served four years in prison before they were acquitted by an appeals court in 2011. They were retried, and in January 2014 a second appellate court upheld the original conviction, sentencing Ms. Knox to 28½ years in prison and Mr. Sollecito to 25.
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Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz on Wednesday announced that they will merge to create The Kraft Heinz Co. Heinz, of Pittsburgh, is buying Illinois-based Kraft, creating what the companies said in a statement will be the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. The deal was engineered by Heinz's owner, the Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, and billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. The combined company's brands will include Kraft, Heinz, Oscar Mayer and others. Both companies' boards have unanimously approved the deal, which is targeted to close in the second half of the year. It still needs approval from Kraft shareholders.
A Northern California police officer was shot and killed late Tuesday after responding to a report of a man threatening to commit suicide, San Jose Police said. Officers responding to a call of an armed suspect threatening to kill himself were met with gunfire when they arrived at the scene. A veteran San Jose police officer was struck and pronounced dead at the scene. Police have launched a manhunt in search of the suspect and nearby homes have been evacuated.
In Pope Francis' latest gesture for Rome's homeless, the Vatican said on Tuesday homeless people will get a special private tour of its museums and the Sistine Chapel. About 150 homeless people who frequent the Vatican area — where Pope Francis has already set up facilities for them to have showers — will make the visit on Thursday afternoon, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said. Francis, who was known as the "slum bishop" in his native Buenos Aires because of his frequent visits to shantytowns, has made concern for the poor a major plank of his papacy.
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A fraternity has been shut down at Rutgers University because of an underage drinking incident.
University officials say they have been told that Sigma Phi Epsilon's national headquarters has suspended the Rutgers chapter and has no plans to reinstate it.
The university tells NJ.com that without the backing of the national group, the fraternity is done at Rutgers.
A former stripper at an embattled Dallas all-nude club admitted in federal court on Tuesday that she and others plotted a year ago to steal $3,000 from a woman by shooting her up with heroin to “incapacitate” her.The woman died hours later. Cierra Allyn Rounds, 27, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs. She faces up to 20 years in prison.
An MTA bus driver who had hot coffee thrown in his face by an angry rider in Manhattan last week says he still doesn't know what set her off. Nouemane Baddarelli was behind the wheel of an M23 westbound at West 23rd street and Broadway in Chelsea on March 17th when he saw a woman approaching the bus as it pulled away from the curb.
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Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday he is signing up his family for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House. Cruz formally launched his presidential campaign on Monday, and his wife, Heidi Cruz, began an unpaid leave of absence from her job as a managing director in the Houston office of Goldman Sachs. That meant the family would soon lose access to health insurance through Mrs. Cruz's job, triggering a need for the Cruz family to find a new policy.