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Prosecutors to rest against ex-coal CEO; defense to follow

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:34
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The prosecution is set to rest in the high-profile trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship after weeks of testimony asserting that he put dollars ahead of safety in the years before the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in decades.

Texas tries to stitch a safety net without Planned Parenthood

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:31

Ashley Sandoval sorts pills at the pharmacy at Nuestra Clinica de Valle women's clinic in San Juan, TexasFour years after cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood, the state of Texas says it has been able to rebuild its safety net, in what could be a model for Republicans in Congress who hope to defund the nation's largest family planning provider at the national level. Independent health experts dispute the claim, saying Texas still has a long way to go before it can provide the level of service it did when Planned Parenthood was an integral part of its family planning efforts. According to figures provided to Reuters by Texas health officials, the state's retooled family-planning programs reached 317,393 women in the 2014 fiscal year, nearly as many as the 320,044 the state served in fiscal 2010, before it cut off funding to Planned Parenthood.

The Latest: Interim diversity chief says job will take toll

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:29

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2015, file photo, students cheer while listening to members of the black student protest group Concerned Student 1950 speak following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign at the university in Columbia, Mo. In the ouster of the Missouri’s president, leaders of student groups on other campuses dealing with racial strife see an opening to press their own university administrators for better treatment of black students. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The latest on the protests and turmoil over racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri (all times local):

Australian leader visits Indonesia in bid to repair ties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:28

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, center, walks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, during their visit to Tanah Abang Market in Jakarta, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. (Darren Whiteside/Pool Photo via AP)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tried to mend fences with Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, in his first trip to Asia on Thursday since taking office two months ago.

Chicago schools commit to Thanksgiving StoryCorps project

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:25
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Public Schools system is joining an effort by the nonprofit, oral history project StoryCorps to have tens of thousands of students interview their elders over the Thanksgiving weekend and preserve the recordings in the Library of Congress.

Indianapolis pastor's wife died of gunshot wound to head

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:25
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The pregnant wife of an Indianapolis pastor slain during a home robbery died of a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said Thursday.

Final settlement on nuke violations has yet to be inked

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:24
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Disagreement over money and timing have stalled the signing of an agreement that would settle dozens of violations stemming from a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico, a state official told lawmakers Thursday.

North Dakota flour mill expansion will make it biggest in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:22
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's state-owned flour mill, which has stood for nearly a century as a symbol of the state's socialist past, is coming off a record year and is poised to become the largest wheat-grinding facility in the nation, its chief executive said Thursday.

Backlash over Mormon LGBT rule change spreads among faithful

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:20

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, file photo, Weston Clark speaks to a crowd during a rally to celebrate all families, sponsored by Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center, in Salt Lake City. A new Mormon church policy targeting gay members and their children has triggered a firestorm of backlash from church members of all political backgrounds. The new rules bar children living with gay parents from being baptized until they're 18. After that, they can be baptized only if they disavow same-sex relationships. The rules also make gay marriages a sin worthy of expulsion. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New Mormon church rules targeting gay members and their children have triggered a firestorm of backlash from church members of all political backgrounds.

Noah's Ark theme park in Kentucky to open July 2016: founder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:17
A controversial Noah's Ark-themed amusement park in Kentucky will open on July 7, 2016 and should attract 1.4 million people annually, the park's founder said on Thursday. Currently under construction in Williamstown, northern Kentucky, Ark Encounter will include a full-sized wooden replica of the ship from the Biblical story of Noah and the great flood. Ken Ham, president and chief executive of Answers in Genesis, the Christian organization behind the project, announced the opening date at a press conference and said the park will be able to accommodate 16,000 guests per day.

Law clerk in trading fraud involving chewed napkins pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:10
Steven Metro, a former managing clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and tender offer fraud, before U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton, New Jersey. James Froccaro, a lawyer for Metro, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Metro, 41, of Katonah, New York, was accused of having from 2009 to 2013 passed tips about mergers and other transactions involving Simpson Thacher clients to his friend and law school classmate Frank Tamayo, 42, a Brooklyn mortgage broker.

Authorities search for suspect who hit police car in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 05:57

Authorities search for suspect who hit police car in ChesterChester police are searching for a suspect that led officers on a pursuit after striking an undercover police car.

Motorhead drummer Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor dies at 61

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 05:53
LONDON (AP) — Heavy metal band Motorhead says former drummer Phil Taylor, an iconic metal thrasher nicknamed "Philthy Animal," has died. He was 61.

Student journalist files complaint against Missouri academic who called for 'muscle'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 05:51
Student Mark Schierbecker complained twice to campus police about Click, said Major Brian Weimer, a spokesman for the University of Missouri police department. "I thought about it up until last night when I actually made the call and told the officer that I wanted to go ahead and press charges," Schierbecker, 21, said in an interview with Reuters. Police and prosecutors would investigate the claim and decide whether to formally charge Click, Schierbecker said.

Students across U.S. march over debt, free public college

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 05:49

Graduating students listen to U.S. President Obama speak during commencement at the University of MichiganStudents held rallies on college campuses across the United States on Thursday to protest ballooning student loan debt for higher education and rally for tuition-free public colleges and a minimum wage hike for campus workers. The demonstrations, dubbed the Million Student March, were planned just two days after thousands of fast-food workers took to the streets in a nationwide day of action pushing for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights for the industry. About 50 students from Boston-area colleges gathered at Northeastern University carrying signs that read "Degrees not receipts" and "Is this a school or a corporation?" "The student debt crisis is awful.

New Jersey school allowing medical marijuana for students

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 05:49
BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — An autistic New Jersey teenager who suffers from potentially life-threatening epileptic seizures will now be allowed to legally consume edible medical marijuana at her school.

Million Student March reaches Philadelphia City Hall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 05:47

Million Student March reaches Philadelphia City HallProtesters from Philadelphia colleges are taking part in Thursday's "Million Student March."

Florida officer fired after fatal shooting of black musician

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 05:43

Protestors hold a peaceful rally in Palm Beach Gardens FloridaOfficer Nouman Raja, 38, had been on administrative leave from the Palm Beach Gardens police force following the shooting of Corey Jones on Oct. 18. Jones' death sparked outrage after law enforcement officials revealed the officer was in plainclothes and never showed a badge before shooting the 31-year-old. The city announced Raja's dismissal on Thursday.

2 protests blocking streets around Center City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 05:43

Million Student March reaches Philadelphia City HallTwo student protests are blocking streets around the Center City Philadelphia area.

Bridge of sunken cargo ship El Faro located by salvage team

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 05:43

Handout photo of the El Faro, the 735 foot cargo ship with 33 crew aboard reported to be caught in Hurricande JoaquinA salvage team looking for the voyage data recorder for the sunken freighter El Faro said on Thursday it had located the bridge deck that separated from the wreckage, but the ship's black box was still missing. National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the search continues for the recorder, which normally is affixed to the bridge but appeared to have detached when the ship sank in a hurricane last month, killing 33 mostly American crew onboard. The bridge was located about one mile from the main wreckage, said Eric Weiss, an NTSB spokesman.