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Funeral held for Cleveland boy with pellet gun shot by police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:21

Samaria Rice leaves the funeral services of her son Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OhioBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The teacher of a 12-year-old boy shot dead by a Cleveland police officer while carrying a replica pellet gun said at his funeral on Wednesday he was a child who loved to sing to his classmates. "There's a hole now in the class," Carletta Goodwin, Tamir Rice's 5th grade teacher said at the service. "I'm going to carry him in my heart. He will always be missed." A police officer responding to a 911 call of a man pointing a gun at people shot Rice twice in the abdomen on Nov. 22 within two seconds of arriving at a park. Rice died the following day. ...


Mom devastated after son's murder by online gaming partner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:11

Mom devastated after son's murder by online gaming partnerOne mother is overwhelmed with grief after her son was murdered by his online gaming partner.


New York mayor urges 'peaceful' reaction to Garner grand jury decision

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:03
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to react in "peaceful" ways to the Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. "We all agree that demonstrations and free speech are valuable contributions to debate, and that violence and disorder are not only wrong – but hurt the critically important goals we are trying to achieve together," de Blasio said. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Pregnant women to get better info from drug labels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pregnant and worried about your medication? The Food and Drug Administration is revamping confusing labels on prescription drugs to make it easier to understand which are safe to use.

Hepatitis A clinic to be held for restaurant customers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:02

Hepatitis A clinic to be held for restaurant customersHealth officials in Hamilton Township, Mercer County will be holding a Hepatitis A vaccination clinic on Thursday for restaurant customers after a worker was hospitalized with the virus.


Obama says will make strong push for fast-track trade authority

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 05:00
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday committed to urge lawmakers to back a bill giving trade deals a fast track through Congress, an effort some think could break a logjam on the issue and help secure major agreements under negotiation. Speaking to business leaders, he acknowledged differences within his own Democratic Party on free trade agreements that he supports and said he would also make the case to unions that trade brought benefits for workers. ...

Aide, 7-year-old girls killed in Tenn. bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:59

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) — An aspiring teacher with two children of her own and a little girl who loved to read were among those killed when two Tennessee school buses carrying children home for the day crashed on Tuesday.


GOP senators to hold up Social Security nominee

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Republican senators say they will try to block President Barack Obama's pick to head the Social Security Administration until an investigation of a troubled computer contract is concluded.

Defense bill hits snag over land swaps, wilderness

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — Quick passage of a sweeping defense policy bill hit a snag on Wednesday over public lands, dividing Senate Republicans.

Incoming Pennsylvania governor faces $2 billion budget gap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:47
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Incoming Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf will face a $2 billion budget deficit in fiscal 2016, partly caused by one-time fixes this year, the state's budget secretary said on Wednesday. Wolf, a Democrat, will present his first spending plan in March after ousting Republican Governor Tom Corbett, who had to close a $1.2 billion shortfall to balance the $29 billion budget in fiscal 2015, which ends June 30. "It's going to be a challenge," Pennsylvania budget secretary Charles Zogby said. ...

California surgeon disciplined for removing wrong kidney from inmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:43
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California surgeon who accidentally removed the wrong kidney from a prison inmate and left the patient's tumorous kidney in place has been put on probation for three years by a state medical board, records from the agency show. The board also prohibited Dr. Charles Coonan Streit, who performed the 2012 surgery at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, southeast of Los Angeles, from supervising physician assistants during his probation. ...

Ex-NY Islanders co-owner gets 10 years prison for securities fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:31
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former money manager who once co-owned the New York Islanders hockey team was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in prison for participating in a fraud valued at roughly $554 million that lasted more than a decade. Paul Greenwood, a former executive at WG Trading Co in Greenwich, Connecticut, had sought less than five years in prison during his sentencing in New York federal court, citing his cooperation with authorities. But U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum instead imposed the lengthier term, citing "devastating" losses to investors. ...

Teen critical after being hit by truck on Roosevelt Blvd.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:29

Teen critical after being hit by truck on Roosevelt Blvd.A high school student is in critical condition after being hit by a pickup truck in Northeast Philadelphia.


Stepfather apologizes for remarks during Missouri protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:26

Lesley McSpadden (R), the mother of slain teenager Michael Brown, is greeted by her husband Louis Head as she returns from a hearing of the Committee against Torture at the United Nations in Geneva, at the airport in St. LouisBy Karen Brooks (Reuters) - The stepfather of a black teenager who was gunned down by a Missouri police officer apologized on Wednesday for his emotional comments during fiery protests last week, but said he did not cause the rioting. Louis Head said his emotions "got the best of me" during protests against a grand jury's decision not to indict white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb. Head was caught on video comforting Brown's mother after the Nov. ...


Vet says he confronted soldier impersonator at mall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:24

Vet says he confronted soldier impersonator at mallA local veteran says he confronted a soldier impersonator at a mall on Black Friday, and video of the confrontation is going viral.


Police: Pa. coach Ronald McDonald sent students sexual texts

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

 Pa. coach Ronald McDonald sent students sexual textsPennsylvania police say they've arrested a high school basketball coach named Ronald McDonald for allegedly sending sexual text messages to two female students.


Lawyer: No indictment for officer in NYC chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 04:03

 No indictment for officer in NYC chokehold deathA lawyer says a grand jury in New York City has declined to indict a white police officer on criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man in July.


Honda to expand air bag recall nationwide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 03:56

Honda to expand air bag recall nationwideUnder pressure from federal regulators, Honda is expanding a recall of driver's side air bags to all 50 states.


Justices weigh bias claim of pregnant UPS driver

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 03:54

Peggy Young, a Virginia woman who lost her UPS job because she became pregnant, carries a bouquet of flowers as she leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The Supreme Court is weighing how much employers must do to accommodate pregnant workers under a federal law aimed at combating discrimination against them. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the three women on the Supreme Court vigorously questioned a UPS lawyer Wednesday over the company's refusal to give lighter duty to a pregnant worker, a closely watched case with potentially broad impact for female workers and their employers.


NYC police launch body-camera pilot in wake of choke hold case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 03:53

A police body camera is seen on officer during news conference on pilot program involving 60 NYPD officers dubbed 'Big Brother' at NYPD police academy in the Queens borough of New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police launched a pilot program to equip officers with body cameras on Wednesday, hours before media reports that a grand jury decided against bringing charges against a white policeman in the choke hold death of a black Staten Island man. The video camera program was ordered by a federal court judge who ruled last year that police had unfairly stopped and frisked black and Latino New Yorkers. It aims to make officers more careful and accountable about using force, Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters, while reducing complaints and lawsuits. ...