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911 tapes of Washington state school shooting rampage released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 18:39

Two girls hug at Shoultes Gospel Hall church where families are reuniting after an active shooter situation at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington(Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday released emergency-911 calls of the shooting rampage at a Washington state high school last month, providing details on the scene of carnage and confusion. Five teens, including 15-year-old shooter Jaylen Fryberg, were killed as a result of the Oct. 24 shooting inside a cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, an hour's drive north of Seattle. "I am in the cafeteria. I have the shooter, one shooter. Blood is everywhere... I need help. ...


New Jersey young woman sues estranged parents for college tuition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 18:03

New Jersey young woman sues estranged parents for college tuitionShould parents be required to pay for their children's college education? A 21-year-old in New Jersey sued her parents for that right and the judge ruled in her favor.


AccuWeather: Tumbling Temperatures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:59

 Chilly Today, Evening Rain, Wet SnowMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a prolonged stretch of colder weather moving in.


GOP used car salesman tops senior W.Va. senator

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:35

This October 2014 photo shows West Virginia state Sen.-elect, Mark Maynard, during an interview at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in Bluefield, W.Va. Maynard rode a Republican wave in West Virginia and nationwide to defeat Democratic Sen. Truman Chafin. (AP Photo/Bluefield Daily Telegaph, Eric DiNovo)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mark Maynard owns a used car lot, runs a towing business and spends his spare time on a professional drag racing pit crew. And despite not raising a dime for his Republican campaign and agreeing with his Democratic opponent on almost all the issues, he defeated West Virginia's longest-sitting state senator.


4 Americans: How health care law affected them

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:28

Steve Duchesne, 49, of Redondo Beach poses for a photo at his office in in El Segundo, Calif. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Duchesne carefully purchased health insurance covering what he believed his family of five needed, protection against catastrophic illness and injury, and omitting what it didn’t, such as full vision care services and treatment for drug abuse. Now, under the new system, he has more insurance than he’s ever had, but at higher cost, and he’s not happy about it. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)CHICAGO (AP) — More than 7 million people have signed up for private health insurance under the system introduced last year for those who were uninsured or had policies considered substandard.


Arkansas Governor to pardon son's drug conviction: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:15

Arkansas governor Mike Beebe looks on during a Martin Luther King Jr. service in this January 15, 2013 Governor's office handout photo(Reuters) - Outgoing Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe said on Wednesday that he will pardon his son for a felony drug conviction, local media reported. Beebe, who is set to leave office in January due to term limits, said he would pardon his son Kyle, now 34, for his 2003 felony conviction of marijuana possession with intent to deliver, local broadcaster KATV said. "Kids, when they're young, do stupid stuff. He was no different," Beebe told KATV in an interview published online. "If they've straightened up, to get their life back on track and have a second chance, so this is no different. ...


4 Americans: How health care law affected them

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:59

In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, Vince and Patty Mastracco display some of the paperwork they have received from their health insurance company in their home in Folsom, Calif. The pair are both self-employed and purchased their own health policies before the Affordable Care Act and never had difficulty getting care. Last year, they chose a similarly priced “bronze” policy on California’s version of the health marketplace. The couple have been unable to find a bone specialist who would accept their insurance to care for a mysterious lump on Patty's knee.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)CHICAGO (AP) — More than 7 million people have signed up for private health insurance under the system introduced last year for those who were uninsured or had policies considered substandard.


Earthquake shakes parts of Kansas, Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:40

This Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 photo shows the old post office in Milan, Kansas which suffered structural damage after a nearby 4.8 earthquake struck the area. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle - Kansas.com, Fernando Salazar)CONWAY SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 shook parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, the largest since a series of temblors began rattling Kansas a little more than a year ago.


How prepaid cards work and why Feds are watching

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:33

FILE - This Feb. 15, 2010 file photo shows Visa prepaid cards at a Duane Reade drug store in New York. New rules unveiled Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would protect prepaid card users against unauthorized charges and provide them with monthly billing statements. (AP Photo/Candice Choi, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Prepaid cards allow users to store and spend their money without tying themselves to a traditional bank. Now regulators want many of the protections that cover bank accounts expanded to this product.


AP Exclusive: Drones patrol half of Mexico border

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:39

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol drone aircraft is prepped prior to it's flight, Wednesday, Sept 24, 2014 at Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz. The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border. It represents a significant departure from a decades-old approach that emphasizes boots on the ground and fences. (AP Photo/Matt York)SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.


New consumer protections for prepaid cards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:32

FILE - This Feb. 15, 2010 file photo shows Visa prepaid cards at a Duane Reade drug store in New York. New rules unveiled Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would protect prepaid card users against unauthorized charges and provide them with monthly billing statements. (AP Photo/Candice Choi, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is extending many of the financial protections of bank accounts to prepaid cards.


New Orleans detectives faulted for ignoring sex crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:52
(Reuters) - Hundreds of sex crime complaints to the New Orleans Police Department over a three-year period went virtually uninvestigated, city watchdog and police officials said on Wednesday. Roughly 1,300 sexual assault calls were assigned to five detectives between 2011 and 2013, and in 65 percent of those cases officers filed no follow-up reports, the office of the city's inspector-general said in a report. ...

California leads by example on climate change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:53

In this photo taken Nov. 12, 2014, Lydia Holland fills up at a gas station in Sacramento, Calif. The United States and China can look to California as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming, since the state has imposed some of the world’s toughest air quality standards as it moves to lower emissions. The state has opted to impose extra costs on businesses that emit pollutants, with projections that a spike in fuel prices will hit consumers next year as fuels including gasoline are included under California’s cap-and-trade program.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the U.S. and China — the world's top two polluting nations — turn to implementing new rules aimed at curbing climate change, the countries can look to the most populous U.S. state as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming.


Carmakers unite around privacy protections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers than many motorists realize.

Shots fired at police during standoff in Upper Darby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:28

Shots fired at police during standoff in Upper DarbyShots were fired during a brief standoff that ensued when officers were called to the report of a distraught man in Upper Darby.


South Philadelphia residents protest proposed casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:12

South Philadelphia residents protest proposed casinoResidents came out by the hundreds to protest against the site of a proposed casino at 9th Street and Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia.


Teen spreads memoir to classrooms with free guide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:12

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Malala Yousafza speaks about her fight for girls' education on the International Day of the Girl, at the World Bank in Washington. Malala, a Nobel Prize winner and global icon for girls’ education, is spreading her philosophies of human rights and youth empowerment to college and high school classrooms across the world. George Washington University, The Malala Fund and publisher of the memoir by Malala Yousafzai are launching a free, online resource guide for college and university classrooms to use while teaching her book, “I Am Malala.” A high school version of the online guide will be available next year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Prize winner and global icon for girls' education, is spreading her philosophies of human rights and youth empowerment to college and high school classrooms across the world.


Hong Kong stock regulators struggle to spot fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — Few American investors have ever visited Hong Kong's stock exchange, a cavernous trading hall at the base of a skyscraper in the city's central district. Their money, however, is far more likely to be acquainted with the Hong Kong Market.

1 dead, innocent bystander wounded in South Philly shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:47

1 dead, innocent bystander wounded in South Philly shootingOne person is dead and an innocent bystander was wounded when gunfire broke out in South Philadelphia.