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10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:02

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, surrounded by community leaders, speaks to reporters about the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case in the borough of Staten Island in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. A grand jury cleared the white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. A video shot by an onlooker and widely viewed on the Internet showed the 43-year-old Garner telling a group of police officers to leave him alone as they tried to arrest him. The city medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide and found that a chokehold contributed to it. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Star or asterisk? Nativity scene has disclaimer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:57
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A nativity scene at an Arkansas courthouse will feature an additional element this year: a disclaimer saying the county had nothing to do with it.

Sharpton calls for Washington march after Garner ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:55
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Al Sharpton on Wednesday called for a protest march in Washington following a New York grand jury decision not to indict a white policeman in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. "We have no confidence in local state prosecutions because state prosecutors work hand in hand with the local police," the veteran civil rights activist told a news conference in Harlem to announce the Dec. 13 march. ...

U.S. to launch civil rights probe into New York chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday the Justice Department was launching a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after New York police put him in a chokehold. Earlier on Wednesday, a New York grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer who applied the chokehold as police tried to arrest Garner in July in the New York borough of Staten Island on suspicion of illegally selling cigarettes. ...

U.S. military sex assault reports up 8 percent: officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:54

US army soldiers are seen marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New YorkBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sexual assaults reported by U.S. military troops rose 8 percent in 2014 amid signs that victims are increasingly confident about reporting the attacks, defense officials said on Wednesday ahead of the formal release of the annual figures. Defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said military personnel reported 5,983 sexual assaults in the 2014 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, compared with 5,518 the previous year. ...


Fire erupts inside apartment building in Levittown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:51

Residents displaced after apartment fire in LevittownFire crews responded to a blaze at an apartment building in Levittown, Bucks County.


Badillo, first Puerto Rico-born congressman, dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:46

FILE- In this March 27, 2001 file photo, City University of New York chairman Herman Badillo holds a news conference in New York. Badillo, the first person born in Puerto Rico to become a U.S. congressman has died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in New York. He was 85. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Herman Badillo, a Bronx politician who became the first person born in Puerto Rico to become a U.S. congressman, died Wednesday morning. He was 85.


In neighborhood, anger at chokehold death decision

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:44
NEW YORK (AP) — On the street where Eric Garner died after a police officer's chokehold, his stepfather stood stunned and hurt that the officer wouldn't face criminal charges.

Judge: Oklahoma rape suspect must avoid witnesses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:42

This Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 booking photo provided by the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office shows Tristen Kole Killman-Hardin, 18, in Norman, Okla. Police say they have arrested Killman-Hardin, a former Norman High School student and accused him of raping an unconscious girl, alleging he’s responsible for an attack that helped trigger protests by his former classmates. (AP Photo/Cleveland County Sheriff's Office)NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday ordered an 18-year-old man accused of raping a former high school classmate not to contact any potential witnesses.


Air bag maker balks at coast-to-coast recall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:35

Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of global quality assurance at Takata, center left, joined by Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, second right, and Craig Westbrook. vice president for aftersales for BMW of North America, right, testifies before the House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Takata Corp. defied the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's demand for a nationwide recall of driver's side air bags, setting the stage for possible legal action by the government and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.


Rite Aid settles whistleblower case for nearly $3M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:32
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal authorities say the Rite Aid pharmacy chain has paid nearly $3 million to settle allegations that it improperly used gift cards to lure new business.

Judge detains alleged Minnesota terror recruit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:29
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota teenager who was temporarily freed after he was accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group was taken back into custody Wednesday after a federal judge ruled that he posed a flight risk and a danger to the community but held out the possibility of freeing him later.

American teacher stabbed to death in restroom of Abu Dhabi mall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:24
DUBAI (Reuters) - An American teacher was stabbed to death in a ladies' toilet at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall police said, in a slaying apparently carried out by an assailant dressed head-to-toe in a traditional black robe and gloves. The suspect's entry and exit from the scene, while clad in a black abaya worn by many women in the Gulf Arab region, was caught on surveillance footage released by authorities, who left open the possibility the bulky figure could have been a man in disguise. "Investigations are still under way to identify the suspect's identity and gender. ...

American teacher stabbed to death in restroom of Abu Dhabi mall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:24
DUBAI (Reuters) - An American teacher was stabbed to death in a ladies' toilet at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall police said, in a slaying apparently carried out by an assailant dressed head-to-toe in a traditional black robe and gloves. The suspect's entry and exit from the scene, while clad in a black abaya worn by many women in the Gulf Arab region, was caught on surveillance footage released by authorities, who left open the possibility the bulky figure could have been a man in disguise. "Investigations are still under way to identify the suspect's identity and gender. ...

Six California teens charged in fatal beating of homeless man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:16
By Marty Graham EL CAJON, Calif. (Reuters) - Six teenagers accused of attacking two homeless men they encountered on a Southern California bike trail over the weekend and beating one of them to death pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murder and assault charges during their first court hearing. Bail was set at $1 million for each of the San Diego-area youths - three 19-year-old males: Danny Swan III, Tyler Dare and Brian Kish, and three females: Cassidy Rowin, 18; Sarah Baillee, 18; and Cheyenne Maloof, 16. ...

Six California teens charged in fatal beating of homeless man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:16
By Marty Graham EL CAJON, Calif. (Reuters) - Six teenagers accused of attacking two homeless men they encountered on a Southern California bike trail over the weekend and beating one of them to death pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murder and assault charges during their first court hearing. Bail was set at $1 million for each of the San Diego-area youths - three 19-year-old males: Danny Swan III, Tyler Dare and Brian Kish, and three females: Cassidy Rowin, 18; Sarah Baillee, 18; and Cheyenne Maloof, 16. ...

U.S. to launch civil rights probe into New York chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday the Justice Department was launching a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after New York police put him in a chokehold. Earlier on Wednesday, a New York grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer who applied the chokehold as police tried to arrest Garner in July in the New York borough of Staten Island on suspicion of illegally selling cigarettes. ...

Michael Brown's stepfather apologizes for comments

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:09

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo Louis Head, center front, Michael Brown's stepfather, and Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, wearing sunglasses, react as they listen to the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot Brown. St. Louis County Police said Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 that authorities want to talk to Head about his angry comments as part of a broader investigation into arson, vandalism and looting that followed the Nov. 24 grand jury announcement. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The stepfather of Michael Brown has apologized for angry comments he made after the grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who killed his stepson, but said his remarks had nothing to do with the arson and looting that ravaged Ferguson and the surrounding area.


US warns South Sudan minister about sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday warned South Sudan's foreign minister that United Nations sanctions could be the punishment for people who stand in the way of that country achieving peace after a year of conflict.

Florida parents in legal battle over dead son's ashes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:07
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Lawyers for a divorced Florida couple fought over the ashes of their dead son in court on Wednesday, after a ruling in May that the remains could not be split in half. A hearing on the case got underway in Delray Beach before Palm Beach County Judge Martin Colin, who has said he expects to appoint a third party to resolve the dispute, court records show. Scott Wilson, 23, was killed in 2010 in a drunk driving incident that resulted in a 16-year prison sentence for Palm Beach County polo magnate John Goodman. ...