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Idaho authorities seek missing cows amid rise in cattle rustling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 08:36
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - More than 130 cows and calves have been reported missing in Idaho this week in what may be tied to a resurgence in cattle rustling amid a sharp increase in beef prices, state livestock officials said on Wednesday. A rancher whose cattle grazed east of Idaho Falls reported 25 cow-calf pairs missing this week after accounting for the rest of his stock, all of which were branded and had identifying ear tags, authorities said. ...

Idaho authorities seek missing cows amid rise in cattle rustling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 08:36
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - More than 130 cows and calves have been reported missing in Idaho this week in what may be tied to a resurgence in cattle rustling amid a sharp increase in beef prices, state livestock officials said on Wednesday. A rancher whose cattle grazed east of Idaho Falls reported 25 cow-calf pairs missing this week after accounting for the rest of his stock, all of which were branded and had identifying ear tags, authorities said. ...

Rain still falling in California after major storm breaks records

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 08:32

Residents walk past sandbags as rain begins to fall in Glendora, CaliforniaBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major Pacific storm that broke records across Southern California and delivered a small measure of relief to the drought-stricken state brought more rain on Wednesday but the danger of major mudslides in wildfire-scarred areas appeared to have passed, officials said. The sub-tropical storm, which originated in the Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii, was the strongest to hit Southern California since at least February and poured at least an inch (2. ...


Rain still falling in California after major storm breaks records

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 08:32

Residents walk past sandbags as rain begins to fall in Glendora, CaliforniaBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major Pacific storm that broke records across Southern California and delivered a small measure of relief to the drought-stricken state brought more rain on Wednesday but the danger of major mudslides in wildfire-scarred areas appeared to have passed, officials said. The sub-tropical storm, which originated in the Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii, was the strongest to hit Southern California since at least February and poured at least an inch (2. ...


Microsoft shareholders approve $84 million CEO pay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 08:20

Microsoft shareholders approve $84 million CEO paySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft shareholders gave a lukewarm vote of approval Wednesday for CEO Satya Nadella's $84 million pay package, after an investor advisory group said the company was paying him too much.


Microsoft shareholders approve $84 million CEO pay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 08:20

Microsoft shareholders approve $84 million CEO paySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft shareholders gave a lukewarm vote of approval Wednesday for CEO Satya Nadella's $84 million pay package, after an investor advisory group said the company was paying him too much.


Obama's pick to head Pentagon not always on same page as president

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 08:19

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter walks towards his seat at the start of a meeting with Japanese Senior Vice Defence Minister Shu Watanabe in TokyoBy Andrea Shalal and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ashton Carter, a veteran Washington insider President Barack Obama is expected to name as his new defense secretary, built a reputation as a behind-the-scenes team player during many years in senior Pentagon posts. But scrutiny of the 60-year-old former physicist's views on issues ranging from North Korea to Iraq to defense spending also show an independent thinker whose opinions have not always aligned fully with those of the president. ...


Hardliners push opposing Obama immigration actions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 08:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a defiant challenge to GOP leaders, immigration hardliners in Congress announced Wednesday they will oppose upcoming legislation to keep the government open. They demanded specific provisions to stop President Barack Obama's executive actions that granted a reprieve from deportation for millions.

Multistate coalition sues over immigration order

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 08:14

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announces that Texas is leading a 17-state coalition filing suit against President Obama’s immigration executive action, charging that the president is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws enacted by Congress, during a news conference in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The states’ case was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama's recently announced executive actions on immigration, arguing in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the move "tramples" key portions of the U.S. Constitution.


Official: Body pulled from Christina River near capsized barge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:56

 Crew member's body pulled from capsized barge in Christina RiverA Wilmington official says that a man's body has been recovered from a capsized barge in the Christina River.


Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in early January

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:53

Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate outside courthouse in MiamiBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Same-sex marriages could begin in Florida in early January after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Wednesday to further stay a lower court ruling that overturned the state's ban on gay weddings. The appellate court ruling would permit same-sex couples to tie the knot when the stay expires after Jan. 5. State officials can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. While gay marriage advocates have had the upper hand in the courts in the past year, a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court on Nov. ...


Critical report raises safety concerns for major California bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:52
By Michael Fleeman (Reuters) - A little over a year after a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reopened far behind schedule and over budget, new concerns are being raised about the integrity of steel rods securing the world’s largest self-anchored suspension span. An independent report released late Tuesday blasted an official California study finding the rods safe and durable against strain and saltwater, calling the state’s analysis erroneous, misleading and unscientific. ...

Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $450,000 sold in Somerton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:48

Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $450,000 sold in SomertonA Cash 5 lottery ticket worth $450,000 was sold in Philadelphia's Somerton section.


Texas school board member apologizes for Klan image in Facebook post

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:45
By Lisa Bose McDermott TEXARKANA, Texas (Reuters) - A member of an East Texas school board has apologized and intends to resign after posting on his Facebook page a picture of a person in Ku Klux Klan attire along with the caption "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas." The Hooks Independent School District will meet on Dec. 15 and decide whether to take additional action against member Chris Harris for the post, school officials have told local media. ...

House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:43

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, speaks with reporters following a closed-door policy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.


Elderly Texas couple die side-by-side in likely murder-suicide: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:41
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The bodies of a couple in their 90s were found with gunshot wounds to their heads in an apparent murder-suicide at a Fort Worth-area assisted living facility on Wednesday, police said. An employee at Whitley Place assisted living center in the suburb of Keller found the bodies of Joe and Georgianne Woolum lying side-by-side in a bed. Both had gunshot wounds to the head, police said. Joe Woolum's gunshot wound suggested that he put a pistol in his mouth and fired, said Lieutenant Brenda Slovak, spokeswoman for Keller Police. ...

Cheyenne, Arapahoe runners remember 1864 massacre

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:41

Sand Creek Run participants walk past the grave of U.S. Army Capt. Silas Soule during a sunrise gathering marking the 150th year since the Sand Creek Massacre, at Riverside Cemetery, in Denver, Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014. A hero to many Native Americans, Soule refused orders to fire on the Native American families killed in the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864, testified against his commanding officer in the attack, and was later shot dead. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — One by one, the runners walked by the simple marble gravestone of one of two U.S. Army officers who refused to fire on their ancestors in one of the worst atrocities in the settlement of the West.


Firefighters lose bid to sue bankrupt San Bernardino in state court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:41
By Tim Reid RIVERSIDE, Calif (Reuters) - Firefighters in bankrupt San Bernardino cannot sue the city in a California state court over lost wages and benefits, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge overseeing the case ruled on Wednesday. "Starting to allow parties to argue their claims in another forum isn't a precedent I want to set," U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said. The city's firefighters union had sought to escape the automatic block on suing a city under Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. ...

NYC grand jury to return no indictment in police choke hold case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:40
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City grand jury on Wednesday returned no indictment against a white police officer who used a choke hold on Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, while arresting him for illegally selling cigarettes, local media reported. They said the Staten Island panel decided against criminal charges for Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo. (Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Sandra Maler)

American possibly exposed to Ebola being transferred to Atlanta hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 07:33

A general view of Emory University Hospital in AtlantaNEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. healthcare worker who had been in West Africa and may have been exposed to the Ebola virus is being transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, a hospital spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The patient will be monitored and observed for signs of infection. The hospital said it did not have a time of arrival and was unable to share more details "out of respect for patient privacy and in accordance with the patient's wishes." It did not say where the patient is currently located or when he or she returned to the United States. ...