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Woman found dead in restaurant food elevator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 05:02
FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in Wisconsin are investigating the death of a college student whose body was found in a dumbwaiter at a bar and grill.

Winner hasn't claimed $90 million Powerball ticket bought in Auburn

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 05:01
The state's first winning Powerball jackpot ticket was sold in Auburn on Saturday and state lottery officials are waiting for the winner to claim the whopping $90 million jackpot.

Burn bans lifted for King, Pierce, Snohomish counties

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 05:01
Burn bans affecting King, Pierce and Snohomish counties have been lifted.

Climate change impacts heat up UN talks in Lima

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 05:01
With 2014 on track to become the warmest year on record and time running short, more than 190 nations began talks on a new worldwide deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming from causing irreversible damage.

Tuesday Seahawks links and notes: Penalty disparity grows a little more

Seattle Seahawks - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 05:01
You've heard Seahawks coach Pete Carroll comment on a couple of difference occasions  in the last few weeks on Seattle's penalty situation, seeming to do so a bit more openly each time.
Categories: Sports Center

U.S. hospitals make fewer serious errors; 50,000 lives saved

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:58

A Registered Nurse poses for a photo in trauma center of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MississippiNEW YORK (Reuters) - About 50,000 people are alive today because U.S. hospitals committed 17 percent fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010, government health officials said on Tuesday. The lower rate of fatalities from poor care and mistakes was one of several "historic improvements" in hospital quality and safety measured by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They included a 9 percent decline in the rate of hospital-acquired conditions such as infections, bedsores and pneumonia from 2012 to 2013. ...

Attorneys: Condemned killer in Texas is delusional

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:57

 an issue the U.S. Supreme Court has previously considered. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is considering whether a condemned killer in Texas should be spared from execution Wednesday so he can undergo new mental competency examinations to support arguments he's too delusional to understand why he's being punished.

Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:51

File photo of U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Carter adjusting his glasses during his meeting with Japanese Senior Vice Defence Minister Watanabe during their meeting in TokyoBy Phil Stewart and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as U.S. defense secretary, sources familiar with the situation said. Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, would have the task of breaking into the tight-knit White House inner circle that President Barack Obama has leaned on to run national security policy. ...

Lawsuit possible after Georgia city blocks mosque from retail space

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:47
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suburban Atlanta city has rejected a request by Muslim residents to put a prayer center in a local shopping center, setting up a potential lawsuit over what the group says is a violation of religious freedom. The City Council in Kennesaw, Georgia, denied an application for the mosque on Monday night in a 4-1 vote because zoning regulations do not allow places of worship in that particular shopping center, city spokeswoman Pam Davis said on Tuesday. “It's a land use issue,” she said. ...

Virginia college puts frat proposal on hold, cites U-Va. rape allegations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:45
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A small Virginia state university has put a proposal to launch fraternities and sororities on hold, citing the uproar at the University of Virginia over an alleged gang rape in a fraternity house. Richard Hurley, president of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said the school was taking steps to foster a climate where sexual assault and misconduct were not tolerated. ...

Bid to reopen NI 'torture' case

BBC World News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:45
The Irish government will ask the European Court to revise its judgement in the case of a group of men who said they were tortured in Northern Ireland.
Categories: BBC World News

Corinne Quayle, mom of former vice president, dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:40
PHOENIX (AP) — Corinne Pulliam Quayle, the mother of former vice president Dan Quayle and a newspaper owner and publisher, has died. She was 92.

I can still compete, insists Woods

BBC World News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:33
Tiger Woods says he can still compete at golf's top level, despite admitting he can no longer drive as far.
Categories: BBC World News

ArtsBeat: Jennifer Lawrence Has a New Hit — A Song

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:30
“The Hanging Tree,” on which she is a featured vocalist, hit No. 2 on the iTunes chart on Tuesday.

SEPTA offering more bus routes for holiday shoppers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:29

SEPTA offering more bus routes for holiday shoppersSEPTA is offering more bus routes through December to accommodate the holiday shopping rush.

Missouri governor says national guard scaling back, monitoring unrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:26

Members of the National Guard stand guard outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri(Reuters) - The Missouri National Guard was starting to scale back its presence in the St. Louis area as angry protests over the lack of an indictment in the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager eased, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said on Tuesday. A little more than 1,200 troops remained stationed in the St. Louis area, and were to continue to support local law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, the governor said. The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead on Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson. A county prosecutor announced on Nov. ...

Cookfight: Christmas Cookie Recipe CookFight

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:26
Kim Severson argues for holiday-cookie tradition. Julia Moskin bends the rules. (Article plus video.)

Police, Guard presence in Ferguson scaled back

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:24

Police and Missouri National Guardsmen stand guard as protesters gather in front of Ferguson Police Department on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — With nighttime protests and arrests on the wane in Ferguson, Missouri, both police and National Guard presence are being scaled back in the area.

Five college students plead not guilty to gang rape on NJ campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:21
By Sascha Brodsky PATERSON, N.J. (Reuters) - Five college students accused of gang-raping a female fellow student in a New Jersey dorm room pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, in the latest in a series of sexual assaults and harassment incidents prompting colleges to reexamine conduct policies. The five men blocked a dorm room doorway at William Paterson University in Wayne, and restrained and demanded sex from the woman on Nov. 25, when the campus had largely emptied out for the Thanksgiving break, according to the criminal complaint. ...

U.S. top court to weigh UPS pregnancy discrimination claim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:19
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Delving into the sensitive subject of women's rights in the workplace, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Wednesday whether employers must provide accommodations for pregnant workers who may have a hard time doing their usual job duties. The case concerns whether package delivery company UPS Inc treated part-time truck driver Peggy Young unfairly in 2006 by denying her request for temporary changes in her work duties. With women making up almost half the U.S. workforce, the court's ruling in the case could have broad ramifications. ...