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Dig uncovers remnants of U.S. wharf where 100,000 slaves arrived

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:50
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Archaeologists in Charleston, South Carolina, believe they have found the wooden remnants of an 18th century wharf where an estimated 100,000 enslaved Africans arrived in America during the peak of the international slave trade. Traces of Gadsden's Wharf were located during an exploratory dig this fall at the waterfront site of the city's planned $75 million International African American Museum, said Eric Poplin, senior archaeologist at Brockington and Associates. ...

Meek Mill leaving jail after 5 months on violation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:50

Meek Mill leaving jail after 5 months on violationThe rapper known as Meek Mill is being released from a Philadelphia jail after serving five months for violating parole in a 2009 drug case.

Mindfulness helps teens cope with stress, anxiety

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:46

In this Oct. 1, 2014 photo, students meditate during Mindful Studies class at Wilson High School in Portland, Ore. The year-long course is one of a growing number of programs that are incorporating mindfulness, yoga and meditation into school curriculums to bring socio-emotional benefits to students. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As the morning school bell rings and students rush through crowded corridors, teenagers in one Portland classroom settle onto mats and meditation pillows. They fall silent after the teacher taps a Tibetan "singing bowl."

West Virginia tow truck owner killed ex, 2 men she had trysts with, police tell radio station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:37
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia tow truck owner killed ex, 2 men she had trysts with, police tell radio station.

Martin Litton, pioneering wildland guardian, dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:30

In this June 21, 2012 photo provided courtesy of Sequoia ForestKeeper, shows its president, Martin Litton. Litton, a legendary Colorado River guide and fierce wilderness advocate involved in some of the 20th century's biggest conservation battles, has died. He was 97. Litton died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, evening of age-related causes at his home in Portola Valley, Calif., said his son Donald. (AP Photo/Sequoia ForestKeeper, John Blaustein)PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Martin Litton, a bold whitewater navigator and even bolder advocate for preserving the wildlands of the American West, has died at age 97.

3 crime scenes, 4 victims in W.Va. shooting spree

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:22

3 crime scenes, 4 victims in W.Va. shooting spreePolice say towing business owner Jody Lee Hunt fatally shot four people - one who owned a competing company and another who filed a domestic violence case against him - and then himself Monday, but officials have yet to piece together clues as to why he went on the spree.

Mystery man in critical condition after West Philadelphia hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:18

Mystery man in critical condition after West Philadelphia hit-and-runPolice are searching for a Volvo that struck a 25-year-old man in West Philadelphia.

Phillips 66 shuts FCC at Borger, texas refinery for work

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 01:14
(Reuters) - Phillips 66 reported the shutdown of the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) Unit 40 starting Monday at its 146,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) Borger, Texas refinery, according to a filing with the state pollution regulator. The unit was expected to be started up on Dec.23, the filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said. The heavy oil catalytic cracking Unit 40 has a capacity of 30,000 bpd, as per IIR Energy data available via Eikon. ...

U.S. diplomat to visit Asia over North Korea policy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. diplomat handling North Korea will travel to South Korea, Japan and China later this week to meet with officials and discuss policy toward the isolated country, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. Ambassador Sung Kim, the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, will be in Seoul on Thursday to meet with senior government officials, including South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Hwang Joon-kook. Kim will then visit Japan to meet with officials in Tokyo on Monday, the State Department said. On Dec. ...

Police: Road rage driver attacks man with bayonet

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:51
WEST SENECA, N.Y. (AP) — A man has been charged with assault after state police say he sliced another motorist's face with a bayonet during a road rage encounter along a suburban Buffalo highway.

More details emerge about the night Shane Montgomery went missing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:46

More details emerge about the night Shane Montgomery went missingThe reward now stands at $25,000 for information about the disappearance of student Shane Montgomery. But despite the plea for help, there's still no sign of him.

U.S. lawmaker sees easier road to Ex-Im shutdown in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican majority in the U.S. Congress next year will make it easier to shut down the Export-Import Bank when its charter comes up for renewal in June, a senior Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday. Paul Ryan, the next head of the House Ways and Means Committee, said he backed fellow Republican Jeb Hensarling's push to close the export lender, which provides help to U.S. exporters and overseas buyers of U.S. products, such as Boeing planes. "We should reform welfare for businesses," he told reporters. "With the new majority coming in, I think we’ll have more people ...

Boehner: no decisions on government funding, limited immigration options

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said that no decisions have been made on a government funding bill but that consultations with fellow Republicans will continue. Boehner also told reporters Republicans have "limited options" to deal directly with Obama's recent immigration order. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, speaking at the same event, said the House of Representatives will pass legislation this week to renew "tax extender" tax breaks. (Reporting by David Lawder; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Missing boy's stepmom again tries to change name

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:08
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The stepmother of an Oregon boy who vanished four years ago has gone to court again to change her name.

Suspect's hearing in Virginia student's disappearance delayed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:03
(Reuters) - A pretrial hearing scheduled for Thursday for a man charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student has been rescheduled for March, court records showed. The suspect, Jesse Matthew Jr. of Charlottesville, Virginia, is charged with abduction with intent to defile in the disappearance of sophomore Hannah Graham, 18. Prosecutors said more charges could be filed later. Graham was last seen with Matthew on Sept. 13 and her remains were found near Charlottesville in October. ...

U.N. experts urge Texas to halt execution of mentally ill inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 00:02
GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators called on the state of Texas and U.S. federal authorities to halt the execution of a man with a history of mental illness, scheduled for Wednesday. Scott Panetti is due to be executed for killing his parents-in-law in Gillespie County, Texas, in September 1992. The U.N. experts said he had "proven psychosocial disabilities" and killing him would breach international norms on the death penalty, as well as a global ban on torture and cruel and inhuman punishment. ...

Homeland Security chief: Cannot fund dept with short-term bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 23:58
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday that he could not run his department with only a short-term spending bill. Johnson told the Homeland Security Committee he needed a long-term bill to hire new Secret Service agents before the next presidential election and fund a new facility for detained immigrants. ...

U.S. Homeland Security chief defends Obama's immigration plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 23:58

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the U.S. government response to the Ebola outbreak in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday defended the Obama administration's decision to allow millions of undocumented immigrants relief from deportation even as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said the move would encourage others to come. Johnson spoke at a hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security that marked the first public airing of Republican resistance toward U.S. President Barack Obama's executive action, which is expected to allow 4. ...

Congressional aide resigns after slamming Obama daughters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 23:57

US President Obama and daughters pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey at White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - An aide to a Republican congressman has resigned after her online criticism of President Barack Obama's teenage daughters drew a critical spotlight to herself. Elizabeth Lauten, who was communications director for U.S. Representative Stephen Fincher, had apologized for her "hurtful words" in her Facebook post about the Obama girls, Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13. A staffer in Fincher's office confirmed on Tuesday that Lauten no longer worked there. ...

House Speaker Boehner seeks to fund U.S. government through September 30: aide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 23:09

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) denounces the executive order on immigration made by U.S. President Barack ObamaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner will seek to fund most of the U.S. government through Sept. 30, 2015, a senior Republican aide said on Tuesday. During a closed meeting of House Republicans, Boehner proposed short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security to reconsider President Barack Obama's immigration move early next year, the House aide said. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Susan Heavey)