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Slain US general buried with honors at Arlington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:37

Retired Col. Susan Myers, right, stands with her daughter Amelia Greene and salutes as the casket of her husband, Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, is carried by an honor guard during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery, on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Arlington, Va. Greene was killed when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on ISAF troops, wounding about 15 including a German general and two Afghan generals. He is the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in America's post-9/11 wars. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The highest-ranking U.S. military officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War was buried with full honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony attended by his family and platoons of fellow warriors.


Son of rancher Cliven Bundy is released from jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:33
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 34-year-old son of a Nevada rancher who hosted armed protesters against federal agents in a cattle-roundup dispute in April is being released from jail in a separate case stemming from his felony conviction on burglary and weapon charges.

Chemical-filled tea burns woman at Utah restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:25

Attorney Paxton Guymon holds a photograph of Jim and Jan Harding during a news conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Jan Harding, 67, is in critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital's burn unit, unable to talk and fighting for her life, Guymon said. She drank sweet tea containing a toxic cleaning chemical, severely burning her mouth and throat at a Utah restaurant after an employee mistook the substance for sugar and mixed it into a dispenser, Guymon said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station.


Missouri takes control of security away from Ferguson police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:24

An explosive device deployed by police flies in the air as police and protesters clash Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)By Nick Carey FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's governor moved on Thursday to calm days of racially charged protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, naming an African-American captain of the Highway Patrol to oversee security in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Captain Ron Johnson, who grew up in Ferguson, told reporters he would take a new approach after complaints that police have used heavy-handed tactics, arresting dozens of protesters and using teargas and pepper pellets to break up crowds. Ferguson, a mostly black town of 21,000 with a predominantly white police force that has been accused of racial profiling in the past, was bracing for a fifth straight night of protests on Thursday after a police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend. Since Sunday, there have been peaceful vigils and demonstrations - with hundreds of protesters holding their hands in the air and chanting "hands up, don't shoot" - as well as episodes of looting, vandalism and violence.


Fired Ohio State band director asks for job back

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:20

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State officials say there is no recent record of campus police attending an annual ritual where marching band members entered Ohio Stadium in their underwear. The Midnight Ramps were cited in an investigation into the band's "sexualized culture" that resulted in Waters’ July 24 firing. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fired director of Ohio State's marching band requested his job back on Thursday, citing what he called flaws in a university investigation and a positive performance review weeks before he was terminated.


Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:17

This undated family photo provided by the Brown Family and held by Michael Brown Sr., shows Michael Brown Sr., at right, his son, Michael Brown, top left, and a young child. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, the city north of downtown St. Louis has been the scene of violent protests. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that's followed:


Washington state school officials criticize federal 'failing' status

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:17
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Superintendents from 28 Washington state school districts have begun sending letters to parents that criticize the classification of many schools in the state as failing under federal standards, education officials said on Thursday. A large number of schools in Washington's 295 districts this year will receive a failing grade under the federal No Child Left Behind education law, which ties U.S. funding to students' performance on standardized tests and penalizes schools for low performance. In April, Washington became the first state to lose a waiver exempting it from some of the law's requirements after its state legislature declined to link student test scores to teacher evaluations. Though the list of schools to be classified as failing by the U.S. Department of Education will not be released until Aug. 27, superintendents in the Puget Sound area, which includes Seattle and Tacoma, this week began informing parents via mail of some schools' failing status.

'Warcraft' to memorialize Robin Williams in game

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:07

'Warcraft' to memorialize Robin Williams in gameLOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Williams' spirit will live on in the virtual world of Azeroth.


FBI agent accused of misconduct in California politics probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:07
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - One of the primary FBI agents investigating California state Senator Leland Yee was removed from the probe and reprimanded for financial misconduct, according to a court filing from one of the other defendants in the case. In the filing on Thursday, attorneys for Keith Jackson, a Yee campaign consultant, said the FBI persuaded a judge to approve a wiretap for Jackson and Yee's conversations, without revealing the full extent of an internal government investigation into the lead undercover agent. The agent was not named, and Jackson's attorneys said the exact nature of the agent's financial misconduct is unclear.

Police images fuel outrage in St. Louis and beyond

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:06

A man picks up a flaming bottle and prepares to throw it as a line of police advance in the distance Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with people lobbing molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The images were reminiscent of a war zone: Helmeted officers pointing weapons from armored trucks, flash grenades lighting the night sky and tear gas exploding in crowded streets.


Medics who left dying patient under investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:01
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Paramedics attended to a man who was bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, then left him to be taken to the morgue, saying his injuries were "not compatible with life," according to police documents.

UN chief urges meeting on nuclear-free Mideast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:54
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the failure to hold a conference on establishing a nuclear-weapons-free-zone in the Middle East this year could jeopardize the success of next year's review of the landmark 1970 agreement aimed at stopping the spread of nuclear arms.

Worst TB outbreak in 5 years hits Alabama prisons

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:51

Tuberculosis outbreak spreading through LA's homeless population, health officials sayAlabama's prison system, badly overcrowded and facing a lawsuit over medical treatment of inmates, is facing its worst outbreak of tuberculosis in five years, a health official said Thursday.


6 Democrats: Feds should look into chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Several members of New York's congressional delegation are urging the Department of Justice to investigate the death of a man put in a police chokehold, further complicating first-term Mayor Bill de Blasio's precarious political balancing act as the case has roiled the nation's largest city.

Missouri protests call attention to police 'militarization'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:41
By Nick Carey FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - A U.S. military program that sends armored cars, camouflage and other battlefield equipment to police departments is under fresh scrutiny as demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, get ready for a fifth straight night of protests over the death of an unarmed black teenager. The hundreds of people who have gathered each night since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by an unnamed police officer last Saturday have been met with police clad in body armor and using tear gas, smoke bombs and stun grenades. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it was clear the scenes playing out in the St. Louis suburb "cannot continue." And while he condemned acts of violence and looting by some protesters, he said it was the role of law enforcement to reduce tensions in the city, rather than exacerbate them. "At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message," Holder said.

Lawsuit challenges terror database listing process

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:38

Dawud Walid, left, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and staff attorney Lena Masri speak about a lawsuit in front of the federal courthouse in Detroit on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the placement of five Detroit-area Muslims on a national watch list of suspected terrorists and their associates. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Brandy Baker)DETROIT (AP) — A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the placement of five Detroit-area Muslims on a national watch list of suspected terrorists and their associates.


Police records hint at issues before Bali death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:29

Heather Mack, stands at the police district headquarters after she was brought in for questioning in relation to the death of her mother, in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, a 62-year-old American woman, was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said. The suitcase containing Mack's body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort in the island's upscale Nusa Dua area, said Col. Djoko Hari Utomo, the police chief in Bali's capital, Denpasar. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)CHICAGO (AP) — As Indonesian police question the 19-year-old daughter of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali, authorities in an upscale Chicago suburb examined records of 86 incidents in which police were called to the family's house.


Family asks Justice Dept. to oversee 2nd autopsy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:28
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The family of a Missouri teenager fatally shot by police is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee a second autopsy.

Missouri troopers to take over Ferguson security

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:25

Missouri troopers to take over Ferguson securityThe Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over supervising security in the St. Louis suburb that's been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, the governor announced Thursday.


VIDEO: Local reaction to Ferguson, Missouri protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:24

 Local reaction to Ferguson, Missouri protestsSeveral vigils are planned in cities across the country, including Philadelphia, in light of the fatal shooting of unharmed teenager Michael Brown.