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U.S. House votes to end retirement benefits for suspected Nazis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:47
By Amanda Becker (Reuters) - As the U.S. Congress haggles over a budget deal, tax-break extensions and other thorny matters, lawmakers from both parties appear united on one thing: Nazis should not receive government retirement benefits. The No Social Security for Nazis Act sailed without opposition through the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. The Senate will vote on an identical bill at a later date. ...

About 100 brains missing from University of Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:46
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains — about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:35

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2006 file photo Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni speaks to firefighters as she visits the fire station in the town of Nahariyah, northern Israel. Israel’s divided government fell apart Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two Cabinet ministers Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid and called for a new election more than two years ahead of schedule. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Former Senate aide pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Democratic congressional aide has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two women who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

FBI seizes data from Los Angeles school district over iPad program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:25
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - FBI agents investigating the purchasing process for the Los Angeles school district's $1.3 billion effort to supply students with iPads have seized 20 boxes of documents, the district's superintendent said on Tuesday. The surprise involvement of the FBI in the controversial project follows the October resignation of Superintendent John Deasy, who drew criticism over the process used to select Apple Inc to provide iPads and Pearson Plc to provide built-in curriculum. He was replaced by Ramon Cortines. ...

Massachusetts hospital says treating possible Ebola patient

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:22
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts General Hospital admitted a patient possibly exposed to the Ebola virus on Tuesday, the hospital said in a statement. The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, is being treated in a "specially prepared area within the hospital," Mass General said, noted that the diagnosis has not yet been confirmed. The worst outbreak of Ebola on record has killed more than 6,000 people, with the vast majority of cases in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. U.S. ...

Relics from 'Wonder Years' given to Smithsonian

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:12

 "The Wonder Years," left, his mother Joanne Savage, right, and his children Lilly, bottom left, and Oliver, bottom right, pose with his character's letterman jacket after they donated show memorabilia to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The Wonder Years aired from 1988-1993 and depicted the everyday life of a boy growing up in an American suburb during the late 1960's and early 1970's. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin Arnold's green New York Jets jacket that he wore in "The Wonder Years" became a piece of history Tuesday along with other items from the popular TV show that were donated to the Smithsonian Institution.

2 charged with beating actor in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say two men have been charged with assaulting an actor who had told them to leave a Hollywood parking lot where they were driving wildly on Thanksgiving.

Three dead, two dozen hurt after Tennessee school buses collide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:09
(Reuters) - Three people were killed and more than two dozen injured on Tuesday afternoon after a school bus crossed a concrete median on a Tennessee highway and crashed into another school bus traveling in the opposite direction, police said. Two young girls from the Knox County Schools and a woman who worked as a teacher's aide died in the crash that happened just before 3 p.m., Knoxville police said. "It's a horrible tragedy," Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch told a news conference aired by WATE television news. "Our hearts go out to these families who have lost loved ones today ... ...

Reno gunman had depression when he killed doctor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:03
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A California man who fatally shot a doctor and critically injured two other people before killing himself in a Reno medical office a year ago was suffering from depression and kept a manifesto raging about the pain and suffering he blamed on what he believed was a botched vasectomy, a new police report said Tuesday.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby sued by Southern California woman claiming he abused her in 1970s when she was 15.

2 children, adult killed in Tenn. school bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:57

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) — Two buses bringing children home from school collided on a Tennessee highway Tuesday afternoon, killing two students and an adult and injuring another 27 people.

Cut scholarships but halt tuition hike at California universities: lawmakers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:44

Students walk towards dorm rooms as new UCLA students move into campus residence halls in preparation for the new school year, in Los AngelesBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A group of California lawmakers has proposed gutting a much-touted middle-class scholarship program for students at California's two public university systems, the latest salvo in tense negotiations over funding. Democrats in the state Senate on Tuesday proposed shutting down the scholarship program and using the money to avoid controversial tuition hikes approved for the prestigious University of California, increasing funding for that system as well as the California State University. ...

Michigan high court OKs drunken judge's suspension

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:41
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a 90-day suspension for a judge who towed a boat and a trailer at a public boat launch while highly drunk.

Vegas Strip slaying victim was Pennsylvania ex-con

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:35

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2014, photo released by the Clark County Detention Center shows suspect Calvin Boyden III. Boyden, 22, made an initial court appearance Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, on felony murder and robbery charges in the stabbing death of Rip Alan Swartz, 46, on a Las Vegas Strip foot bridge near the multi-hotel CityCenter complex. (AP Photo/Clark County Detention Center)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man stabbed to death last week on a Las Vegas Strip pedestrian walkway was identified Tuesday as a homeless ex-convict from Pennsylvania dubbed the "pantyhose prankster" and sentenced to prison for making lurid telephone calls to women in several Eastern states.

Sheriff: Man crashed car into store to steal guns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:34

This photo provided by the King County Sheriff's Office shows a car which crashed through the locked doors of a sporting goods store in Burien, Wash. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Sheriff's deputies took one person into custody after the crash, which officials said appeared to be a burglary attempt targeting the store's firearms. (AP Photo/King County Sherriff's Office)BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a driver crashed into a Washington sporting goods store on purpose so he could steal guns, and then he tried to hide in the ceiling.

Things to know on Chicago's new $13 minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:34

Sam Toia, center, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association, leads Aldermen, merchants, and business leaders in a news conference voicing opposition to a proposed increase of Chicago's minimum wage to $13 an hour Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Chicago. Chicago is set to become the latest U.S. city to raise its minimum wage, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel fast-tracks a politically popular plan to reach $13 per hour amid his bid for a second term and criticism that he's out-of-touch with working people. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's minimum-wage workers will earn $13 an hour by 2019 under a plan the City Council approved overwhelmingly on Tuesday. Pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the change makes the nation's third-largest city the latest to raise its rate. Still, opponents worry about the impact on business.

Family of Mexican boy fighting tumor to stay in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:27
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The parents of an 11-year-old Mexican boy who recently had portions of a massive tumor removed will be allowed to stay in the U.S. while he receives treatment, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office said Tuesday.

Man missing after barge capsizes in Delaware River

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:24

Man missing after barge capsizes in Delaware RiverThe US Coast Guard is searching for a missing man in New Castle County after a barge capsized in the Delaware River.

UN resolution: Israel must renounce nuclear arms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved an Arab-backed resolution Tuesday calling on Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons and put its nuclear facilities under international oversight.