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Minneapolis community fights recruiters for jihad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:09

In this Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 photo, Abdirizak Bihi, right, executive director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, spends time with kids playing soccer at Currie Park in Minneapolis, near a large Somali community in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. While Bihi strolls through the neighborhood parks, he is on the lookout for anyone who might be trying to recruit the city's young Somalis to join jihad in Syria. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Every evening after work, Abdirizak Bihi strolls through neighborhood parks where young Somalis shoot hoops and play soccer. He tells jokes, urges them to clean up their trash and even grabs the basketball to take a few shots.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:02
"That's how we're going to break the chain of transmission, and that's where our focus has to be." — Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on how federal health officials will monitor people who have come into contact with an airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. every day for the next three weeks, the incubation period for the virus.

Timeline for first case of Ebola diagnosed in US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:03

A man walks up the stairway leading to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. A patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States traveled from Liberia to Dallas, where he is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Key dates in the case:

Bail hearing postponed for suspect in Virginia student's disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:42
(Reuters) - A bail hearing for the suspect charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham was rescheduled for Dec. 4, his attorney said on Wednesday. Jesse Matthew, 32, was initially scheduled to appear before the Charlottesville General District Court on Thursday through a video link. His attorney, Jim Camblos, said he requested the postponement. Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, have charged Matthew in the disappearance of Graham, who was last seen with him on Sept. 13. ...

A look at changes in college prep history courses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:37

In this Sept. 29, 2014 photo, students protest against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, in front of their school, Jefferson High, in the Denver suburb of Edgewater, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Colorado students and teachers are protesting a school board's attempt to change the new way some history college prep classes are being taught and tested.

Q&A: What are students in Colorado protesting?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:31
DENVER (AP) — A fight in Colorado over how United States' history is taught has pitted the new conservative majority on a suburban Denver school board against students and teachers who accuse the board of censorship.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:19
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, who has been skewered by critics over the Sept. 19 White House security breach, has resigned, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Man, hostage dead after Southern Calif. standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:05
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a hostage standoff at a San Bernardino County home ended with the shooting deaths of a woman and a man who was holding her hostage. Two small children also held hostage came away safe.

Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:05

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with India's PM Narendra Modi at the White House in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way. Obama, who for the past two years missed the annual gala held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will return to the group and reiterate his ongoing commitment to immigration reform, according to a White House official. ...

U.S. report cites safety lapses at New Mexico nuclear lab

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:56
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Chronic lapses in safety procedures at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico may have led to a radiation leak that has forced a prolonged shutdown across the state of the only permanent U.S. nuclear waste repository, federal inspectors said on Wednesday. The inspectors, in a sharply critical report, sought to explain how a barrel of plutonium-tainted debris from the nuclear weapons lab near Santa Fe ended up improperly packaged before it was shipped off for burial 300 miles away at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. ...

14-year-old girl shot in Wissinoming

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:30

14-year-old girl shot in WissinomingAuthorities say a 14-year-old girl was shot in Philadelphia's Wissinoming section.

Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:03

General view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Patrick Rucker and Julie Steenhuysen WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday. Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears. ...

AccuWeather: Dry Start to October

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:55

 Dry Start to OctoberMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a rainy start to the weekend, followed by a cool down.

Officials: Fire that killed Cooper Health CEO, wife was intentionally set

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:51

 Fire that killed Cooper Health CEO, wife was intentionally setAuthorities say a house fire that killed the CEO of the Camden-based Cooper Health System and his wife was intentionally set.

Man killed, woman injured in apparent Kensington hammer attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:50

Man killed, woman injured in apparent Kensington hammer attackPhiladelphia police are investigating an apparent hammer attack in Kensington that left a man dead and a woman injured.

Teen arrested over string of Washington state arson fires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:42
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A teenager who said he was unhappy with his family's recent move to Washington state was charged Wednesday with setting nearly two dozen fires in vacant homes and parched grassland outside Spokane over the past three weeks, fire officials said. The 16-year-old male suspect, who was not identified because of his age, was charged with multiple counts of arson in connection with the 23 blazes set since Sept. 9 in suburbs south of Spokane, the second-largest city in Washington. ...

Tweet about Ferguson grand jury sparks probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:29

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, left, speaks before protesters in front of the Ferguson Police Department, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prosecutors are investigating a Twitter post claiming that grand jurors hearing evidence in the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old near St. Louis haven't seen enough evidence to justify prosecuting the officer.

Boy, 7, fatally struck by car in Tioga-Nicetown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:25

Boy, 7, fatally struck by car in Tioga-NicetownA child was killed after he was first struck by a car and then trapped underneath the vehicle in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section.

Hawaii lava flow stalls but expected to restart

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:19
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - A stream of volcanic lava menacing communities on the Big Island of Hawaii has stalled in its tracks after creeping toward populated areas for weeks but is expected to begin moving again fairly soon, scientists and local officials said on Wednesday. The June 27th flow, named for the date it first bubbled out of the Kilauea Volcano, had been headed toward the town of Pahoa and was threatening to cut off a major highway and another road, officials said during a briefing with reporters. ...

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:45

FILE- In this Oct. 11, 2009 file photo, Secret Service Agent Joseph Clancy, right, walks behind President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their, children Sasha, right, and Malia, second from left, walk back to the White House after attending St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday, a day after bitingly critical questioning by Congress about a White House security breach. There had been increasing calls for her departure during the day. Pierson will be replaced by Clancy, a former special agent in charge of the president's protective detail who retired in 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: