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Mayor vows social changes as murders spike in New Jersey's largest city

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 23:34

Ras Baraka makes the victory signal at the Baraka Election Night Party in Newark, New JerseyBy Daniel Kelley NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - At a time when murder rates in most U.S. cities are dropping, Newark's mayor has pledged to combat a spike in killings in New Jersey's largest city with a mix of tough enforcement and long-term social approaches. After 11 separate shootings during the Thanksgiving weekend, Mayor Ras Baraka at a town hall meeting on Wednesday night told residents his administration wanted to help solve the deadly problem by tackling wider issues such as poverty, unemployment and low levels of education. ...


NJ Transit bus hits, drags pedestrian for a mile

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 23:20

NJ Transit bus hits, drags pedestrian for a milePolice say a pedestrian survived after he was hit and dragged more than a mile by a New Jersey Transit bus.


Wisconsin boys dial 911 in search of Santa

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 23:14

Wisconsin boys dial 911 in search of SantaTwo young brothers from southeastern Wisconsin are likely hoping they haven't landed on Santa's naughty list after police showed up at their doorstep.


AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 23:13
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Police in Silicon Valley are clearing out what's likely the largest homeless encampment in US.

Sources: Bouncer saw Shane Montgomery hour after closing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 22:53

 Bouncer claims Shane Montgomery sighting hour after closingThere may have been a previously unknown sighting of missing college student Shane Montgomery.


Trial postponed for Marine who vanished in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 22:47
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A judge has delayed the trial of a U.S. Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq and later winding up in Lebanon.

New U.S. cybersecurity prosecutor unit to focus on prevention

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 22:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is creating a unit within the criminal division to advise on electronic surveillance in cyber investigations and work with the private sector to prevent online crime, an official said on Thursday. The new unit, housed within the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section, will work with law enforcement, the private sector, and Congress, said Leslie Caldwell, head of the department's criminal division. ...

Animal welfare group: Kennel froze dead animals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 22:24
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — The owner and operator of a suburban Buffalo kennel have been charged after authorities found dozens of animals living in deplorable conditions and nearly as many dead ones stored in freezers.

NASA ushers in new era with Orion launch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 22:22

NASA scrubs Orion launch; will try again FridayNASA stood poised to usher in a new era of exploration Thursday with the premier launch of its new Orion spacecraft.


Mother continues 40-year-long tradition of thanks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 22:17
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — In an annual tradition of thanks, the mother of a boy rescued in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has presented park headquarters with a poinsettia for the past 40 years.

Ford recalls about 20,000 cargo vans due to loose plastic panel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 22:10

A Ford logo is seen on a car during a press preview at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in New YorkDETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it is recalling almost 20,000 Transit Connect cargo vans in the United States and its territories because of a potential loose plastic panel. The No. 2 U.S. automaker is recalling 19,825 vans from model year 2014 because an exterior plastic panel on the sliding doors may not stick properly, resulting in noise, water leaks, a loose panel, or a separation while the vehicle is in motion. That could increase the risk of an accident or injury. ...


Vigil for missing West Chester student Shane Montgomery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:57

 Bouncer saw Shane Montgomery hour after closingWest Chester University held a vigil Wednesday night as the search continues for missing student Shane Montgomery.


PHOTOS: Vigil for Shane Montgomery at West Chester U.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:55

 Vigil for Shane Montgomery at West Chester U.West Chester University held a candlelight vigil for missing student Shane Montgomery on Wednesday night.


Afghan soldier who killed U.S. general acted independently: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:52

U.S. Army Brigadier General Harold J. Greene is pictured in handout imageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Afghan military policeman who fatally shot a U.S. general and wounded more than a dozen other people at a training center in Kabul apparently acted independently and had no links to the Taliban or other extremist groups, according to a report released on Thursday. An investigation by the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the insider attack was not premeditated and that the shooter, identified as Rafiqullah, may have been ill or a self-radicalized. On Aug. ...


American arrives at Atlanta hospital from West Africa for Ebola testing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:46

A general view of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta(Reuters) - A U.S. healthcare worker who may have been exposed to Ebola in West Africa arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta early on Thursday for testing and observation, the hospital said. The patient, who has not been identified, was flown from West Africa and will be monitored to see if he or she has been infected with the virus, the hospital said. U.S. health officials this week designated 35 hospitals nationwide, including Emory, as Ebola treatment centers. ...


Proposed fund for meningitis victims upped $35M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:37
BOSTON (AP) — A proposed fund to compensate victims of a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people has been increased by about $35 million.

Fire destroys home in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:22

Fire destroys police officer's home in Montgomery CountyA fire gutted a home in Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania early Thursday morning.


Patient who may have Ebola arrives in Atlanta

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:20
ATLANTA (AP) — An American health-care worker who may have been infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa has arrived at a hospital near Atlanta.

Surveillance video captures Berks Co. barbershop shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:19

Surveillance video captures Berks Co. barbershop shootingThe video shows the gunman opening fire at the All-Stars barbershop in Reading, the day before thanksgiving.


UAE police arrest woman on suspicion of killing U.S. teacher

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:17
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - United Arab Emirates (UAE) police have arrested a UAE woman suspected of killing of an American teacher found stabbed to death in a toilet at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall, police said on Thursday. The suspect later attempted to place a makeshift bomb outside the home of an American expatriate living in the UAE, Colonel Rashid Borshid of the Abu Dhabi police's Criminal Investigation Department told a news conference. The bomb was dismantled and no one was hurt, he said. ...