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Emanuel wants no more signs as large as Trump's

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:31

The Trump International Hotel and Tower is seen looking north on Wabash Ave. in Chicago's famed Loop Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Chicago will always have the TRUMP sign on one of its tallest buildings to remind everyone in big, bold letters how Mayor Rahm Emanuel got trumped by The Donald, but now the mayor is proposing an ordinance to make sure nobody else can do the same. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Months after the installation by Donald Trump of 20-foot-tall letters spelling out his last name on the side of one of the city's tallest skyscrapers, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing an ordinance that would make sure nobody else can do the same.

Principal resigns post after Wyoming hazing skit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:21
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A skit at a Wyoming high school in which new staff members were hazed with sexually suggestive words and actions has resulted in disciplinary action against some employees and the resignation of the principal.

Two new Facebook scams could steal your personal information

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:16

Two new Facebook scams could steal your personal informationTwo scams, one offering a free iPhone and one showing a disturbing video, both could steal your personal information and even install malware or a virus on your computer

U.S. panel puts off decision on designs for troubled Eisenhower Memorial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:15
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A decision on the design of Washington's troubled Eisenhower Memorial was delayed on Wednesday as the panel overseeing its construction failed to muster a quorum in its first meeting in 15 months. The meeting of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission had been seen as a chance to find a way forward for the monument to the 34th president and World War Two general after years of delays. The panel was to choose between alternatives to a contentious design by celebrity architect Frank Gehry. ...

Videos, written pledges suggested to curb California campus rape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:13
By Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A University of California task force seeking to reduce campus sexual violence recommended on Wednesday that new students, staff and faculty sign a pledge or watch a video about such violence as part of a package of measures to confront sexual misconduct. The measure is part of seven recommendations presented to UC President Janet Napolitano to improve the way the 10-campus system addresses sexual violence, and follows mounting pressure to curb such crimes on U.S. campuses. ...

Eisenhower Memorial panel considers Gehry's design

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal commission planning a memorial near the National Mall honoring the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower considered whether to move forward Wednesday with a famed architect's design after years of controversy surrounding the project.

Contractor gets 7 years in military secrets case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:01
HONOLULU (AP) — A former civilian defense contractor working at the U.S. military's Pacific headquarters was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison on Wednesday for divulging military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and keeping classified documents at his Honolulu home.

Several suspects in Philadelphia attack on gay men expected to surrender

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:57

Several suspects in Philadelphia attack on gay men expected to surrenderPhiladelphia police say several suspects involved in the attack on two gay men in Center City are expected to surrender on Wednesday.

Prosecutors unite nationwide to fight gun violence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Top prosecutors in the nation's two largest cities are rallying their colleagues across the country in a unique coalition to curb gun violence.

Five face federal charges over ride through protected Utah canyon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:55
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors in Utah filed criminal charges on Wednesday against five men who allegedly organized and led an all-terrain vehicle protest ride into a red-rock desert canyon closed to motorized use by federal land managers. About 300 protesters participated in the May ride through Recapture Canyon, where officials are trying to protect numerous Native American archaeological sites including ancient rock art, dwellings and other artifacts. ...

Pennsylvania ambush suspect belongs to war role-play group: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:52
By Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - A survivalist suspected of an ambush attack last week that killed a Pennsylvania trooper and seriously wounded another is a member of a Cold War re-enactment group, state police said on Wednesday. The suspect, Eric Matthew Frein of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, belongs to a group that assumes the roles of soldiers from Eastern European countries, said Lieutenant Colonel George Bivens, deputy commissioner for operations. He declined to identify the group. ...

Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 1,600 homes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:51

Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh PondBy Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe. The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major wildfires across the drought-parched state, has scorched at least 18,500 acres (7,490 hectares) of the El Dorado National Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said. ...

Texas woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:39

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Lisa Ann Coleman. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Coleman is set for execution for the 9-year-old Davontae Williams' starvation death 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-day appeal from a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago, clearing the way for her execution.

Police chiefs pledge more transparency after Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:39

Police officers keep watch while demonstrators protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown in FergusonBy Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Dozens of police chiefs meeting in Chicago this week said a notorious fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in August had been a defining moment for law enforcement and pledged greater transparency over such incidents. Speaking to Reuters in a group interview, the heads of police of Dallas, Chicago, Austin, Houston, Elk Grove, California, Boston, and Toronto, Canada said that every police shooting since Ferguson has been followed by protests. ...

U.S. House backs plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his campaign to "degrade and destroy" the Sunni militants. The House approved the measure authorizing the training plan until Dec. 11 by a vote of 273-156. While it was passed with bipartisan support, it was opposed by significant numbers of Democrats and Republicans. The measure is attached to a stopgap spending spill also expected to pass the House on Wednesday. ...

U.S. House votes to arm Syrian rebels, but questions remain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:36

Mitc McConnell speaks to reporters at the Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants. ...

Suspect shot by Delaware State Trooper

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:35

Suspect shot by Delaware State TrooperState police say a male suspect was shot by one of their troopers in Hartly, Delaware.

Missing Virginia woman's parents fear 'foul play'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:32

20 a.m. Saturday when she texted a friend. According to U.Va. officials, Graham is 5-foot-11 with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. Anyone with information on Graham's whereabouts is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280. (AP Photo/Charlottesville, Va., Police Department)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The parents of a missing University of Virginia student said Wednesday they fear she is the victim of "foul play," and police released two new surveillance videos showing the 18-year-old walking past a pub and, minutes later, running past a service station.

Jury picked for Detroit officer who shot girl

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:31

FILE -- In this May 18, 2010 file photo, Dominika Stanley and Charles Jones hold a photo of their 7-year-old daughter Aiyana Jones in an attorney's office in Southfield, Mich. Aiyana was killed while she slept on a couch by a Detroit police officer accused of handling his gun recklessly during a frantic search for a murder suspect in 2010. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — A jury has been seated in the trial of a Detroit police officer who unintentionally killed a 7-year-old girl during a hunt for a murder suspect in 2010.

Police: Video shows man used banana to rob store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:28
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.