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UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:22

Samantha Power, the United State’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during an U.N. Security Council emergency meeting called at Russia's request Sunday, April 13, 2014, at United Nations headquarters, to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. The meeting comes as the new Ukrainian government declared it would deploy armed forces to quash an increasingly bold pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern region. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

Court overturns suspension of W.Va. doc's license

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:21
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge reinstated a doctor's license Thursday, a month after it was suspended when health officials accused his clinic of unsanitary conditions and reusing needles.

State seeks 17 years for Michigan porch shooter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:14
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Prosecutors are seeking a minimum of 17 years in prison for a white homeowner in a Detroit suburb convicted of murdering a black teenager after shooting her on his front porch last November, a source told Reuters on Thursday. Theodore Wafer, 55, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, was convicted on Aug. 7 of second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearms charges in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. It was not clear whether they would seek a prison sentence for the manslaughter conviction.

Police: 'Frustrated' mother throws baby against wall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:11

 'Frustrated' mother throws baby against wallA Schuylkill County teenage mother is accused of critically injuring her newborn son by throwing the baby against a wall.

Obama touts revised economic growth numbers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:11

President Barack Obama smiles in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — New evidence of economic growth is heartening and underscores that companies are investing and consumers are spending, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Florida school district sets precedent by opting out of state testing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:11
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida school district is opting out of all state-required testing, a move that experts said on Thursday sets a national precedent amid a growing controversy over the use of high-stakes standardized assessments in public education. The Lee County School Board voted 3-2 on Wednesday to reject state-mandated testing in a district of some 90,000 students, saying it was acting on behalf "of administrators, teachers and most importantly students, whose educational growth has not been enhanced as a result of such testing." Lee ranks as the 33rd largest school district in the nation, according to school officials based in Fort Myers in the southwestern part of Florida. "We can sit here and roar like little kitty cats in the future and nothing is going to happen," said school board chairman Thomas Scott, who voted to reject the testing. "We have to make an impact on what is going on." District Superintendent Nancy Graham raised concerns about the move.

Texas judge rules state's school finance system unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:10
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge ruled on Thursday the state's school finance system was unconstitutional because it does not adequately or fairly provide money to public schools, a decision that could force an overhaul of how the state pays for education. The decision from State District Judge John Dietz next heads to the state's Supreme Court, legal experts said. "The court ... finds that the Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas school children," Dietz wrote. The legal action was brought on behalf of about 650 of the state's 1,000-plus school districts, accounting for some 3.7 million of Texas' 5 million school children.

Buckets similar to anchors on Schuylkill River bodies found

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:08

Buckets similar to anchors on Schuylkill River bodies foundHeavy buckets, similar to those used to anchor the bodies found in the Schuylkill River on Wednesday, were found in a house.

Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:06

Police walk through a cloud of smoke and tear gas as they clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The protests were sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. Named as defendants are the city of Ferguson, St. Louis County, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Delmar, Ferguson police officer Justin Cosmo, and other unnamed police officers from Ferguson and St. Louis County.

Man, woman accused of torturing 11-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:05
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man and his mother used plumber's tape to keep an 11-year-old boy restrained for several hours at a time at a southwestern Michigan home.

Boater charged after 2 friends drown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:02

Boater charged after 2 friends drownThe only survivor of a boating accident on the Susquehanna River is now being blamed for the tragedy.

No-pot city takes aim at Washington marijuana law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:01

 the argument that federal law prohibits the state from regulating marijuana. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)FIFE, Wash. (AP) — To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.

Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:42

Nexenta CEO Tarkan Maner, left, presents former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with a pair of his company's trademark orange sneakers during the Nexenta OpenSDx Summit Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community.

Gunmen rob University of the Sciences fraternity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:37

Gunmen rob University of the Sciences fraternityPolice are looking for two men that robbed members of a University of the Sciences fraternity in Philadelphia's University City section.

Fatal heroin overdoses on the rise in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:33
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of deaths from accidental overdoses of opioid drugs has steadily risen in New York City since 2010, in part because of an apparent resurgence in heroin use, according to data released on Thursday by the city's health department. Heroin overdoses killed 420 people in the city in 2013, the highest in a decade, the department said. It was the most common substance tied to overdose deaths, involved in 54 percent of them. The largest increase in heroin overdose rates was seen in the city's wealthiest neighborhoods, the department said, rising to 5.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013, from 1.9 in 2010.

Detroit says Barclays agrees to $275 million financing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:32
(Reuters) - Barclays Capital Inc has agreed to raise up to $275 million to fund Detroit's exit from municipal bankruptcy, the city announced on Thursday. The funding will involve financial recovery bonds issued through the Michigan Finance Authority then purchased by Barclays at a price equal to par, according to deal's term sheet. Barclays will be the exclusive underwriter and syndication agent for the so-called exit facility. The bonds, which include up to $200 million of tax-exempt debt, will be secured by a lien on Detroit's income tax revenue.

NYC ex-assistant principal to stay on payroll after altering son's grades

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:31
An assistant principal at a New York high school who admitted to secretly changing his son's grades to passing from failing will have to pay a $7,000 fine but will keep collecting his $104,437-a-year salary, school officials said on Thursday. Abdurrahim Ali admitted to hacking into the computer system at Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School in Harlem to boost his son's grades, according to the city's Department of Education and its Conflicts of Interest Board. "Mr. Ali abused his position, and has been disciplined for his inappropriate actions," Devora Kaye, the education department's spokeswoman, said in an email. Ali, a 25-year employee of the city's schools, started working as assistant principal at the school in 2006.

Phillies president David Montgomery takes leave of absence, Pat Gillick assumes role

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:20

Phillies president David Montgomery takes leave of absence, Pat Gillick assumes rolePhiladelphia Phillies President David Montgomery is taking a medical leave of absence, the team announced Thursday.

Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:48
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been discovered in a water system that serves more than 12,500 people in southeast Louisiana.

Four killed in New Mexico medical transport flight crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:36
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A small medical transport plane bound for Arizona crashed in New Mexico outside of Las Cruces late on Wednesday, killing a patient and three crew members aboard, a state police official said on Thursday. The plane, en route to Phoenix, crashed shortly after take-off from Las Cruces Airport, according to Lieutenant Emmanuel Gutierrez. "When officers arrived on scene, the twin engine plane was fully engulfed in flames about a mile south of Interstate 10," Gutierrez said in a statement. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.