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Churches prepare for possible Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:42

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014 file photo, people raise their hands during a rally at Greater Grace Church for Michael Brown, who was killed by police, last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. With a grand jury announcement in the Ferguson case drawing near, many churches plan to offer prayer, shelter, food and a sanctuary for protesters, residents, students and others affected by potential unrest. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — With a grand jury announcement in the Ferguson case drawing near, many churches plan to open their doors, offering prayer, shelter, food and a safe sanctuary for protesters, residents, schoolchildren and others who may be affected by potential unrest.


Man charged in confrontation at Groton Navy base

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:42
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man stabbed a police officer outside a gate of the Navy's submarine base in Connecticut because he was angry that he was denied entry to visit his brother, military investigators said Friday.

Kitten found freezing in Denver now perky, purring

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:36

Elsa, a kitten, recovers at the Denver Dumb Friends League animal shelter, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 in Denver, the day after she was found on a porch tangled in some electric wires in sub-zero weather. The staff, who used heating pads, blankets and hair dryers to save her life, named her Elsa after the character in the Disney movie “Frozen.” (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)DENVER (AP) — A kitten found in sub-zero weather in Denver is perky and purring after workers at an animal shelter used heating pads, blankets and hair dryers to save its life.


Reforms bring 'Fair Food' label to Florida-grown tomatoes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:36
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A new "Fair Food" label to help shoppers identify tomatoes grown under ethical working conditions is expected to debut as soon as this weekend at Whole Foods Market, a result of efforts to ensure Florida farmworkers' rights to water, shade and fair wages. The label, featuring a worker hoisting a brimming bucket, publicizes a campaign to reform an industry criticized by labor groups and prosecutors for unsafe and unfair working conditions. A dozen major buyers, including Wal-Mart, Yum Brands, and Subway restaurants, are participating. ...

Strippers win $10.9 million judgment for unpaid wages from New York club

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:26
By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Exotic dancers at a midtown Manhattan strip club were awarded nearly $10.9 million by a U.S. judge who found they were employees unfairly classified by the club as independent contractors. The damages cover unpaid wages and withheld gratuities dancers employed at Rick's Cabaret, U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan said. The action was brought on behalf of some 2,000 dancers employed at the club - owned by Peregrine Enterprises Inc, a unit of RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc - going back to 2005. The award is short of the $18. ...

Awaiting Ferguson grand jury, activists drill protest tactics

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:23

In this Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 photo, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, a pastor from the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass., tells those assembled, at a protest training session in in St. Louis, Mo., that it is harder for police to make an arrest when people link arms together. At least 600 potential Ferguson protesters have received training in the past week from a group of organizers who say they’re stressing non-violence. A grand jury is considering whether Ferguson officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)By Scott Malone ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - In a former union hall in downtown St. Louis, about 100 activists formed a rough circle and, at the instruction of organizer Michael McPhearson, crossed the room wading through a crowd of people going the opposite way. "How hard was that? How much harder will it be after the grand jury comes back?" McPhearson, executive director of activist group Veterans for Peace, asked the group, which ranged from young black college students to bearded white retirees. Police around the St. ...


Tear gas fired near school sickens kids, teacher

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:22
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say tear gas fired during a police training session drifted to a nearby school, sending a teacher to a hospital and 14 students home.

Parents of Sandy Hook massacre victims say they get scant help from state

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:17

Jeremy Richman, left, weeps as he watches a video of his daughter, Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting victim Avielle Richman as wife Jennifer Hensel, right, sits beside him during a presentation to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Newtown, Conn. The parents of two children killed made presentations on ways to better address mental health, school safety and gun violence prevention. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)By Richard Weizel NEWTOWN Connecticut (Reuters) - Parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut said on Friday that state officials had failed to provide them adequate mental health care in the wake of one of America's worst mass shootings. "We didn’t even know we had been assigned a case worker the day of the shootings until a few days ago," said Jeremy Richman, the father of a six-year-old girl killed in the attack. The girl's mother, Jennifer Hansel, said "to this day" it is unclear how and where to get counseling. ...


Judge declares mistrial in base child abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:09
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge declared a mistrial Friday in the child abuse case of an Army officer and his wife, a day after a prosecutor mentioned the death of one of their children while questioning a witness.

Residents of town near Ferguson warned: Be ready

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:05
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County town that neighbors Ferguson, Missouri, is warning residents to prepare for potential unrest that may follow the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case.

Window washers describe 'panic' of dangling 69 floors above New York

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:56

Window washers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama take part in a news conference to recount their rescue from a malfunctioning scaffold on the side of One World Trade Center a day before in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two window washers who dangled from a broken scaffold 69 floors above the ground at One World Trade Center said on Friday their emotions ranged from terror to resolved calm while they awaited rescue and the rest of New York held its breath. Two days after the harrowing accident at the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Juan Lopez, 33, said the scare has convinced him to end his days of high-altitude work - at least for now. "There's a lot of options for window cleaning - a lot of ground floor jobs," he said. "I will probably do that. ...


U.S. seeks to ease influx of Central American child migrants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:53

Biden addresses a high-level summit during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkBy Anna Yukhananov and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington will allow some children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status from their home countries, Vice President Joe Biden announced on Friday, in a bid to stem an exodus of undocumented migrants to the U.S. border through Mexico. The program only applies to children whose parents are legal residents of the United States. But Biden said it should provide an alternative for children making the "harrowing" journey alone from Central America in order to join their parents. ...


Surgeon with Ebola trained through mission groups

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:52
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — An African surgeon who is coming to the U.S. for treatment after contracting the Ebola virus received much of his surgical training through Christian missionary groups.

Penn State: 115 tickets for Temple game stolen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:51

 115 tickets for Temple game stolenPenn State says about 115 tickets for Saturday's home game against Temple have been stolen.


NY Sikh student says Army rules bar him from ROTC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:47

This undated photo provided by the American Civil Liberties Union shows Iknoor Singh, a student at Hofstra University. Singh, 19, a Sikh, says the U.S. Army is barring him from the Reserve Officer Training Corps unless he violates his religious beliefs by removing his turban, shaving and cutting his hair. (AP Photo/ACLU)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Sikh college student has sued the Army, saying he cannot join the Reserve Officer Training Corps unless he violates his religious beliefs by removing his turban, shaving and cutting his hair.


1 dies in fiery multivehicle crash on LA freeway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:41

Firefighters respond to a multi-vehicle pile-up as it burn on Interstate 405 in the North Hills area of Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Authorities say one person was killed in the collision which involved a total of 5 vehicles that snarled morning rush hour traffic. (AP Photo/Robert Angelo)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been killed in a fiery multivehicle collision on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles that scorched three vehicles and briefly shut down the freeway during rush hour.


Delays remain for some Hachette books on Amazon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:38

FILE - This Oct. 18, 2010 file photo shows an Amazon.com package on a UPS truck in Palo Alto, Calif. Amazon and Hachette announced a multiyear agreement Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, ending one of publishing's nastiest, most high-profile conflicts. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Amazon.com-Hachette Book Group conflict is over, but the restoration of normal service will take at least a few days.


Farmers would pay more for water from proposed California tunnel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:24
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California farmers would pay more to irrigate their crops under a proposal to build tunnels under the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta to funnel water to the state's agricultural breadbasket, officials said on Friday. The analysis released by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer said regional water suppliers and the farmers who purchase water from them would be able to handle the increased costs, even though the price of water could more than double once the price of paying for the project is included. ...

Tractor-trailer overturns on NJ Turnpike in Gloucester County

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:11

Tractor-trailer overturns on NJ Turnpike in Gloucester CountyAn overturned tractor trailer slowed traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike in Gloucester County.


Suspect identified in carjacking, robbery in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:10

Suspect identified in carjacking, robbery in GermantownPhiladelphia Police have identified one of the three men wanted for a carjacking that ended in Germantown last week.