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President Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:35

President Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration ordersSpurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."


Key UN peacekeeping review will be done from afar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:23
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize winner who will lead the first major review of United Nations peacekeeping operations in 15 years said Thursday his panel likely will do its work from afar.

California tuition hike fight shifts to Sacramento

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:18

Amelia Itnyre, 23, and Sebastian Cano, 21, students at University of California Davis, react after the vote to raise tuition fees was announced during the UC Regents meeting in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The Regents approved raising tuition by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years unless the state devotes more money to the 10-campus system. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the system's governing board to authorize five years of tuition increases, a politically risky move likely to ignite months of debate to determine if the costs ultimately fall on students or taxpayers.


Colorado hunting guide gets two years in prison for illegal wild cat hunts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:10
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado hunting guide and outfitter who pleaded guilty to maiming bob cats and cougars to help clients more easily kill the animals was sentenced on Thursday to 27 months in prison, authorities said. Christopher Loncarich, 56, was sentenced in Denver federal court for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act, a federal law that prohibits the transport or sale of illegally obtained wildlife across state lines, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement. ...

Florida State shooter was well-liked but troubled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:54
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said.

Obama unveils U.S. immigration reform, setting up fight with Republicans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:51

U.S. President Obama announces executive actions on immigration during nationally televised address from the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his moves. In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican arguments that his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action was tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants. ...


Four members of New Jersey family shot, two fatally

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:19

Police vehicle is parked in front of the scene of a multiple shooting inside a home in TabernacleBy Daniel Kelley TABERNACLE N.J. (Reuters) - A shooting at a home near Philadelphia killed two members of a New Jersey family and critically wounded two others, according to police, who said other relatives were in the house but did not report hearing gunfire. A boy and a girl were killed, while a woman and an adolescent boy were critically wounded, State Police Captain Stephen Jones said on Thursday outside a house where the gunfire took place. The victims were likely a mother and her children, police said. The woman was later identified on the State Police Twitter feed as Jeaninne LePage, ...


Gunman shot dead after wounding three at Florida State University

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:16

Tallahassee Police Chief DeLeo speaks during a news conference with Mayor John Marks, FSU president Thrasher and campus police Chief Perry at FSU campus in Tallahassee,By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Brandishing a semi-automatic handgun and carrying extra ammunition in his pockets, a Florida State University graduate opened fire early on Thursday at the school's main library, wounding two students and an employee as hundreds were studying for exams. The shooter, identified by authorities as Myron May, 31, was fatally shot by police near the entrance to Florida State's Strozier Library, the latest in a string of shootings on U.S. campuses. One victim was critically wounded. ...


New York, Missouri patients test negative for Ebola virus

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

A view of Bellevue Hospital in the Manhattan borough of New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - Two travelers who returned recently from separate West Africa trips tested negative for Ebola on Thursday at hospitals in New York and Missouri and will stay under observation while awaiting additional confirmation of the results, health officials said. Preliminary test results showed a traveler who returned to the United States from a trip to Mali does not have the disease, but the patient remains in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center for further testing, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation said in a statement. ...


Gay couples exchange vows in Montana after ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:04

Angie Rolando, left, and her same-sex partner, Tonya, shop for wedding rings in Great Falls, Mont., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, after a federal judge overturned Montana's gay marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that Montana's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. (AP Photo/Great Falls Tribune, Larry Beckner)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As they stood linking arms and holding bouquets, Linda Gryczan and Constance Enzweiler of Helena married Thursday after waiting 31 years.


Union: Charges seem unlikely for Ferguson officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:47

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Wilson is not expecting to face criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the nationally watched case for the past several months, a police union official said Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Jeff Roorda, the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, said he met Thursday with Ferguson Police Officer Wilson, who has remained secluded from the public eye since the Aug. 9 shooting. Wilson remains confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown seems confident that he will not face criminal charges from a grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday.


More on the snow: snowbound band, football effects

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:44

A police barrier prevents vehicles from entering Route 400 on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm at a glance:


Roofs collapse as Buffalo clobbered by more snow

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:32

Ken Velie clears snow from his driveway on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Lancaster, N.Y. Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new blast of lake-effect snow roared through western New York with thunder and lightning on Thursday, raising to nearly 6 feet the three-day total in parts of the Buffalo area before pummeling already buried towns to the south with the threat of 1 to 3 feet more.


Senators get no clear answers on air bag safety

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:16

Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of global quality assurance at Japanese airbag maker Takata, apologizes for the failure of the defective devices, as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing about the airbags linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the US. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.


Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:14

This photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Ricky Jackson. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office has filed a motion dismissing aggravated murder cases against three men falsely accused of killing a businessman outside a corner store in Cleveland in 1975. Fifty-seven-year-old Jackson, 60-year-old Wiley Bridgeman and his brother, 57-year-old Ronnie Bridgeman, were sentenced to death during separate trials in 1975 for the slaying of Herman Franks. Their convictions were based solely on the testimony of a 13-year-old boy who in 2013 recanted and said he was coerced and threatened by Cleveland police detectives. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)CLEVELAND (AP) — A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that the three former death row inmates will soon walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:05

Annabella Hopkins peeks over a snowbank piled high at this intersection in Cheektowaga, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The corner of Borden Rd. and Woodside has been a staging ground for National News media outlets filing reports on storms that have dumped more than 5 feet of snow on western New York. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Where's the snow? Not in Alaska's largest city

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:01

Chantz Gaither, a supervisor for Be Happy Home Maintenance, hangs holiday lights for the Alaska Railroad in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. While many cities across the nation are digging out, Alaska's largest city is void of any snow on the ground. This time of year, Anchorage normally has nearly 17 inches of snowfall. Instead, it's seen less than 4 inches _ and that snow fell a month ago and melted in unseasonably warmer weather. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One week before Thanksgiving, much of the nation is digging out from snowstorms, but the ground is bare in Alaska's largest city.


Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:34

FILE - This June 14, 2011 file photo shows various prescription drugs on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions, in Willingboro, N.J. Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.


House of woman who took on Donald Trump demolished

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:22
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former Atlantic City boardinghouse at the center of a David and Goliath battle between its owner and Donald Trump has been demolished.

Arrest made after woman raped, burned in Kansas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:18
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the rape and severe burning of a woman who was found in park near the Wichita State University campus, police said Thursday.