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Deep in coal country, pondering future without it

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:50

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a mural of a coal miner stands in an empty storefront as signs advertising vacant apartments and stores hang in the windows along the main business street in Cumberland, Ky. Harlan County's population has shrunk along with the coal industry, to around 28,000, its lowest since 1920. (AP Photo/David Goldman)HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. It's midmorning, but the sun has yet to crest the ridge above, where mist clings like clouds that couldn't quite make it over.

NYC jail guard faces trial over death of inmate who ate 'soap ball'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:01
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former guard at New York City's Rikers Island faces trial Monday on a federal charge that he deliberately ignored the medical needs of a mentally ill inmate who died after swallowing a corrosive disinfectant. The trial of Terrence Pendergrass, who prosecutors say was the captain on duty when Jason Echevarria swallowed a so-called soap ball in 2012, comes amid growing calls for reform at Rikers, one of the world's largest jail complexes. The case was brought by Manhattan U.S. ...

3 dead in crash after vehicle strikes, kills bear

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 13:48
MIAMI (AP) — A motorist's vehicle struck and killed a black bear on a road in the Florida Everglades and three others from another vehicle who had gotten out to help the woman where then struck and killed by a third vehicle, police said. Several others were reported injured in the three-vehicle accident.

Connecticut woman celebrates 110th birthday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:58

In this Dec. 6, 2014 photo provided by Mary-Kate Mele, Emily Tremonti sits in front of her cake on her 110th birthday in Fairfield, Conn. Tremonti grew up with four sisters in Mount Vernon, N.Y. One also lived to 100. (AP Photo/Mary-Kate Mele)FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman is celebrating a big milestone — her 110th birthday.

Seahawks beat Eagles 24-14

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:40

Seahawks beat Eagles 24-14The Seattle Seahawks stifled Philadelphia's high-powered offense in a 24-14 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

New Jersey house fire kills five, including infant: report

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:30
(Reuters) - An infant was among five people killed when a fire tore through three houses in New Jersey on Sunday, a newspaper reported, citing the county prosecutor's office. The fire, fanned by strong winds, engulfed the first house in East Orange, which borders Newark, early on Sunday morning and spread to two other residences, badly damaging all three, New Jersey's Star-Ledger newspaper reported. All five people were killed in the house where the fire originated, from where one woman was also rescued, the newspaper reported, citing an East Orange city spokeswoman. ...

Demonstrators hold protest and 'die-in' after Eagles game

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:15

Demonstrators hold protest and 'die-in' after Eagles gameLocal demonstrators once again called for justice for Michael Brown and Eric Garner by holding a protest and 'die in' outside the Linc after the Eagles game.

Tom Hanks, Sting among 5 Kennedy Center honorees

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:05

President Barack Obama, right and first lady Michelle Obama, and 2014 Kennedy Center Honors recipients comedienne Lily Tomlin, from left, and actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, applaud during the Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Standing at the back left is Hanks' wife Rita Wilson. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — An actor hailed as America's "favorite son" and a musical genius who rose from a British shipyard town to make his mark won this nation's highest honors Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts.

'Charlie Brown' Christmas tree in Pennsylvania gets lone red bulb

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:40

A lone red ball dangles from a 50-foot Norwegian pine, which has been described as Charlie Brown-esque, in Reading, PennsylvaniaBy Daniel Kelley READING, Pa. (Reuters) - A scraggly Christmas tree in downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, was adorned on Sunday with a single red bulb, in a ceremony reminiscent of events in the animated holiday classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas."  The decoration marked the latest turn in a lemons-to-lemonade tale involving the tree, derided as ugly by some who plotted its demise but seen by others as a reflection of the hardscrabble, U.S. rust belt city itself. ...

Alabama, Oregon, FSU, Ohio State are in College Football Playoff

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 11:26

Alabama, Oregon, FSU, Ohio State are in College Football PlayoffAlabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have been selected to play in the first College Football Playoff.

Military appeals court to hear Kansas HIV case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:59

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2011 file photo is Air Force Sgt. David Gutierrez, right, at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan. The nation’s highest military court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 9, 2014 in the case of Gutierrez, the Kansas airman who was convicted of assault for exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle, File)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas airman accused of aggravated assault for exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita will have his appeal heard this week before the nation's highest military court.

Rolling Stone clarifies its apology on UVA story

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:54

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, University of Virginia students walk to campus past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Rolling Stone is casting doubt on the account it published of a young woman who says she was gang-raped at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party at the school, saying there now appear to be discrepancies in the student's account. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rolling Stone has clarified its apology over a story that had reported a female student was gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity, telling readers the mistakes were the magazine's fault, not the alleged victim's.

Fatal police encounters provoke emotion, thought

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:43

People participate in a die-in demonstration, Sunday Dec. 7, 2014, in Philadelphia, protesting the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of police. Demonstrators blocked traffic and conducted a die-in on the streets surrounding the sports stadium complex in South Philadelphia following an NFL game. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)NEW YORK (AP) — The deaths of two unarmed black men — Eric Garner and Michael Brown — during encounters with white police officers continued Sunday to stir emotions and prompt calls for reflection and action to improve race relations after recent grand jury decisions not to indict white officers in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, over the deaths.

10 Things to Know for Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:22

A Navy sailor escorts Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor John Chapman during a ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack launched the U.S. into World War II. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

Local veterans remember 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:56

Local veterans remember 73rd anniversary of Pearl HarborSunday marked the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and many local veterans took this as a day to remember.

Happy ending for man who lost memory, became homeless

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:54

Happy ending for man who lost memory, became homelessA homeless man in North Carolina was reunited with his family after 10 years - thanks to caring social worker.

Chlorine gas sickens 19 at furries convention

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:52

Frederic Cesbron, right and Maxim Durand, walk on the street outside the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Rosemont, Ill. Thousands of people were evacuated after a chlorine gas leak at the hotel hosting the 2014 Midwest FurFest convention, where attendees dress as animals to celebrate art, literature and performance, in suburban Rosemont early Sunday morning. Investigators believe the leak at the hotel in Rosemont was caused intentionally and are treating it as a criminal matter. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Chlorine gas sickened several people and forced the evacuation of thousands of guests from a suburban Chicago hotel early Sunday, including many dressed in cartoonish animal costumes for an annual furries convention who were ushered across the street to a convention center hosting a dog show.

Health law impacts primary care doc shortage

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:51

In this Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 photo, Raymond Paultre, the organizing director of Enroll America in Florida, explains how to use the Get Covered Connector tool during a training session for navigators in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Navigators will be signing up people for insurance coverage when the second enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 15. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — When Olivia Papa signed up for a new health plan last year, her insurance company assigned her to a primary care doctor. The relatively healthy 61-year-old didn't try to see the doctor until last month, when she and her husband both needed authorization to see separate specialists.

Survivors gather to remember Pearl Harbor attack

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:32

Survivors gather to remember Pearl Harbor attackVeterans who survived the Pearl Harbor attack gathered for the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese bombing that launched the United States into World War II.

Detectives speak with suspect in Amtrak stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:23
DETROIT (AP) — Detectives will be looking into the mental state of a Michigan man charged with attempted murder in the stabbings of three other passengers and a conductor on an Amtrak train, a police chief said Sunday.