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W.Va. shooter held personal, professional grudges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:50

This undated photo provided by the West Virginia State Police shows Jody Hunt, who authorities said is a suspect in three shootings in West Virginia, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/West Virginia State Police)MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — An ex-convict who owned a towing company made good on his grudges, police said Tuesday, killing his partner, his business rival, his ex-girlfriend and the woman's new boyfriend before firing a bullet through his head in the cab of his pickup truck.

California rain brings mudslide fears, evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:49

Tom Smisek, who has lived in Silverado Canyon, Calif., since 1970, points out an area where the mountains were burned by a wildfire in September and now threaten the community with potential mudslides, as a powerful Pacific storm swept through California on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Smisek was concerned about the threat of mudslide. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Mindy Schauer) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT, MANDATORY CREDITLOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavy rain from a powerful Pacific storm swept through parched California on Tuesday, providing some relief from a three-year drought but prompting evacuations in wildfire-scarred communities threatened by mudslides and flooding.

Michael Brown's stepdad investigated for comments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:30
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police are investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for angry comments on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Fargo, ND, mayor known for flood fights dies at 73

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:29

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 10, 2014 file photo, Mayor Dennis Walaker smiles in Fargo, N.D. while he celebrated his re-election for a third term in the North Dakota primary election. Walaker, the man known as the "flood mayor" for leading the state’s largest city through several successful fights against the Red River, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at his home, city officials said. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo, North Dakota, Mayor Dennis Walaker, the man known as the "flood mayor" for leading the state's largest city through several successful fights against the Red River, died Tuesday at his home, city officials said. He was 73.

Family says little girl with autism turned away by mall Santa because of service dog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:21

Family says little girl with autism turned away by mall Santa because of service dogA Southern California shopping mall has apologized to the family of a young girl with autism after the family said she was turned away from visiting the shopping center's Santa Claus because the Santa was allegedly afraid of the girl's service animal.

American Indian groups argue over settlement money

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:59

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2009 file photo, George and Marilyn Keepseagle talk about the lawsuit, at their kitchen table, in Fort Yates, N.D. American Indian groups are fighting a plan to create a charitable foundation with almost $400 million in federal dollars left over fro a 2010 government discrimination settlement. A federal judge will review the matter Tuesday. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than $380 million in government dollars left over from a federal discrimination settlement with American Indians is in limbo amid disagreements over how the money should be spent.

U.S. House votes to end retirement benefits for suspected Nazis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:47
By Amanda Becker (Reuters) - As the U.S. Congress haggles over a budget deal, tax-break extensions and other thorny matters, lawmakers from both parties appear united on one thing: Nazis should not receive government retirement benefits. The No Social Security for Nazis Act sailed without opposition through the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. The Senate will vote on an identical bill at a later date. ...

About 100 brains missing from University of Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:46
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains — about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:35

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2006 file photo Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni speaks to firefighters as she visits the fire station in the town of Nahariyah, northern Israel. Israel’s divided government fell apart Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two Cabinet ministers Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid and called for a new election more than two years ahead of schedule. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Former Senate aide pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Democratic congressional aide has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two women who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

FBI seizes data from Los Angeles school district over iPad program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:25
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - FBI agents investigating the purchasing process for the Los Angeles school district's $1.3 billion effort to supply students with iPads have seized 20 boxes of documents, the district's superintendent said on Tuesday. The surprise involvement of the FBI in the controversial project follows the October resignation of Superintendent John Deasy, who drew criticism over the process used to select Apple Inc to provide iPads and Pearson Plc to provide built-in curriculum. He was replaced by Ramon Cortines. ...

Massachusetts hospital says treating possible Ebola patient

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:22
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts General Hospital admitted a patient possibly exposed to the Ebola virus on Tuesday, the hospital said in a statement. The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, is being treated in a "specially prepared area within the hospital," Mass General said, noted that the diagnosis has not yet been confirmed. The worst outbreak of Ebola on record has killed more than 6,000 people, with the vast majority of cases in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. U.S. ...

Relics from 'Wonder Years' given to Smithsonian

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

 "The Wonder Years," left, his mother Joanne Savage, right, and his children Lilly, bottom left, and Oliver, bottom right, pose with his character's letterman jacket after they donated show memorabilia to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The Wonder Years aired from 1988-1993 and depicted the everyday life of a boy growing up in an American suburb during the late 1960's and early 1970's. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin Arnold's green New York Jets jacket that he wore in "The Wonder Years" became a piece of history Tuesday along with other items from the popular TV show that were donated to the Smithsonian Institution.

2 charged with beating actor in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say two men have been charged with assaulting an actor who had told them to leave a Hollywood parking lot where they were driving wildly on Thanksgiving.

Three dead, two dozen hurt after Tennessee school buses collide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:09
(Reuters) - Three people were killed and more than two dozen injured on Tuesday afternoon after a school bus crossed a concrete median on a Tennessee highway and crashed into another school bus traveling in the opposite direction, police said. Two young girls from the Knox County Schools and a woman who worked as a teacher's aide died in the crash that happened just before 3 p.m., Knoxville police said. "It's a horrible tragedy," Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch told a news conference aired by WATE television news. "Our hearts go out to these families who have lost loved ones today ... ...

Reno gunman had depression when he killed doctor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:03
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A California man who fatally shot a doctor and critically injured two other people before killing himself in a Reno medical office a year ago was suffering from depression and kept a manifesto raging about the pain and suffering he blamed on what he believed was a botched vasectomy, a new police report said Tuesday.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby sued by Southern California woman claiming he abused her in 1970s when she was 15.

2 children, adult killed in Tenn. school bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:57

Authorities work the scene of an accident involving two school buses in Knoxville, Tenn., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Two school buses have collided on a Tennessee highway, injuring at least 20 people. Darrell DeBusk, a Knoxville police spokesman, says three people who were most seriously injured were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. At least 17 additional students were being transported to East Tennessee Children's Hospital with minor injuries. There was no immediate word on what caused the crash or the exact condition of those who were injured. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two buses bringing children home from school collided on a Tennessee highway Tuesday afternoon, killing two students and an adult and injuring another 27 people.

Cut scholarships but halt tuition hike at California universities: lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:44

Students walk towards dorm rooms as new UCLA students move into campus residence halls in preparation for the new school year, in Los AngelesBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A group of California lawmakers has proposed gutting a much-touted middle-class scholarship program for students at California's two public university systems, the latest salvo in tense negotiations over funding. Democrats in the state Senate on Tuesday proposed shutting down the scholarship program and using the money to avoid controversial tuition hikes approved for the prestigious University of California, increasing funding for that system as well as the California State University. ...

Michigan high court OKs drunken judge's suspension

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:41
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a 90-day suspension for a judge who towed a boat and a trailer at a public boat launch while highly drunk.