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2 Mark Rothko paintings highlight New York auction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:25

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Sotheby's shows a 1955 painting by Mark Rothko, "Untitled (Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange)," from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a noted horticulturist, philanthropist and Listerine fortune heir. The painting could sell for $20 to $30 million when it is auctioned by Sotheby's in New York Monday evening Nov. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Sotheby's, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Two Mark Rothko paintings owned by Listerine fortune heir Rachel "Bunny" Mellon fetched more than $76 million at a Sotheby's auction of post-war and contemporary art on Monday.


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:08

In this Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, photo, Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, speaks to the Associated Press at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington, Va. A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyber attacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


Obama rejects notion of breakthrough with N. Korea

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:08

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at the International Convention Center in Yanqi Lake, Beijing, China Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama is squelching speculation that the release of two Americans held in North Korea might pave the way for a new round of nuclear talks, saying the U.S. needs more than "small gestures" before reopening a high level of dialogue with Pyongyang.


Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder get Medal of Freedom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:08

In this combination of Associated Press file photos, Tom Brokaw, left, speaks at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry annual dinner Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa., Meryl Streep, center, appears at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, on a Feb. 24, 2013, and Stevie Wonder performs during the "In Performance at the White House" in the East Room of the White House in Washington on May 9, 2012. Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/File)BEIJING (AP) — Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday.


Attorney: Police refused access to ambush suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:08
Police refused to tell the ambush suspect who eluded capture in the Pennsylvania woods for 48 days that his family hired an attorney for him the night he was captured, the lawyer said Monday.

Ex-hero officer acquitted of aggravated assault

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:05
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former police officer honored by the White House before being accused of criminal offenses has been acquitted of aggravated assault on a longtime girlfriend but convicted of a lesser offense.

PHOTOS: Toddlers transformed into elderly versions of themselves

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

 Toddlers transformed into elderly versions of themselvesPhotographer Zachary Scott recently transformed six adorable toddlers into elderly versions of themselves.


Nevada poachers face trial charged as 'serial wildlife killers'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:59
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Three men convicted of state hunting violations in Nevada now face trial on federal charges stemming from a poaching ring that saw untold numbers of deer, antelope, birds and other wildlife killed illegally across Nevada, game officials said on Monday.   Authorities uncovered the poaching ring after one of the defendants posted a photograph on Facebook of two deer he shot and killed out of season last June, said Cameron Waithman, who led the Nevada Wildlife Department investigation of the case. ...

NY doctor to be released after Ebola recovery

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:46
NEW YORK (AP) — An emergency room doctor who was the first Ebola patient in the nation's biggest city has recovered and is scheduled to be released from the hospital on Tuesday, health officials said.

Nevada poachers face trial charged as 'serial wildlife killers'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:42
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Three men convicted of state hunting violations in Nevada now face trial on federal charges stemming from a poaching ring that saw untold numbers of deer, antelope, birds and other wildlife killed illegally across Nevada, game officials said on Monday. Authorities uncovered the poaching ring after one of the defendants posted a photograph on Facebook of two deer he shot and killed out of season last June, said Cameron Waithman, who led the Nevada Wildlife Department investigation of the case. ...

NY agency notes clinic errors in Rivers' treatment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:31

FILE - This Oct. 5, 2009 file photo shows Joan Rivers posing as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers " during the 25th MIPCOM (International Film and Programme Market for TV, Video, Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France. State health investigators say the Manhattan clinic where Rivers suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure made several errors, including failing to keep proper medication records and snapping cell phone photos of her while she was unconscious. The comedian, who was 81, died Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure made several errors, including failing to keep proper medication records and snapping cellphone photos of her while she was unconscious, state health investigators said Monday.


Colorado high school sued over ban on student prayer group

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:30
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A conservative group that successfully pushed an Arizona school district to tamp down its sexual education curriculum has now filed suit in Colorado, accusing a high school of unlawfully blocking student efforts to gather together for prayer. The group, the Alliance Defending Freedom, said school officials cited the separation of church and state when they banned religious speech during recess and other "open periods" at Pine Creek High School, north of Colorado Springs. ...

Google signs 60-year, $1 billion NASA lease

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:26
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.

Briton serving life for Florida murders makes bid for freedom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:24

Maharaj gestures in Circuit Court during a legal hearing in MiamiBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A British man, who has served 27 years in jail for a grisly double-homicide in Florida, was given a last chance on Monday to convince a U.S. judge that the murders were carried out by Colombian drug traffickers. Krishna Maharaj, 75, spent a decade on death row for the crime he says he did not commit, before his sentence was appealed and commuted to two life sentences in 1997. ...


NAACP seeks federal review of Utah police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:20

Jeanetta Williams of the Salt Lake branch of NAACP, left, holds a press conference in Salt Lake City Monday Nov. 10, 2014, with attorney Robert Sykes to ask the U.S. Justice Department to review whether police violated the civil rights of a young Utah man who was wielding a samurai sword when he was fatally shot by officers. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The NAACP has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review whether police violated the civil rights of a young Utah man who was wielding a samurai sword when he was fatally shot by officers.


Ferguson, Missouri, braces for grand jury decision, new protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:12

A sign is seen in the front yard of a home in Ferguson, MissouriBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Tensions were building in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday as the community girded for a decision by a grand jury over whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August. The shooting sparked weeks of unrest and ongoing demonstrations, and some groups have threatened widespread protests if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is not charged with a crime in the death of Michael Brown, 18. St. ...


Palestinian activist guilty in US immigration case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:57

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, right, addresses her supporters outside federal court in Detroit, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, after the Palestinian immigrant was found guilty of immigration fraud for failing to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people. Odeh was charged for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969. She served 10 years before being released in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Odeh is associate director of Chicago's Arab American Action Network. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — A federal jury on Monday found a Chicago activist guilty of immigration fraud for failing to disclose her conviction in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people.


McDonald's recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:50

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal toy for choking riskMcDonald's is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that ...


Colorado high school sued over ban on student prayer group

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:35
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A conservative group that successfully pushed an Arizona school district to tamp down its sexual education curriculum has now filed suit in Colorado, accusing a high school of unlawfully blocking student efforts to gather together for prayer. The group, the Alliance Defending Freedom, said school officials cited the separation of church and state when they banned religious speech during recess and other "open periods" at Pine Creek High School, north of Colorado Springs. ...

Slain U.S. civil rights workers among Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three civil rights workers slain in Mississippi in 1964 will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, joining actress Meryl Streep and singer Stevie Wonder among the 19 recipients of America's highest civilian honor this year, the White House said on Monday. The posthumous honorees include James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were killed as they participated in the "Freedom Summer" drive to register black voters in Mississippi. Their deaths helped galvanize support for civil rights legislation and inspired the film "Mississippi Burning. ...