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Woman found dead in restaurant food elevator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 05:02
FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in Wisconsin are investigating the death of a college student whose body was found in a dumbwaiter at a bar and grill.

U.S. hospitals make fewer serious errors; 50,000 lives saved

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:58

A Registered Nurse poses for a photo in trauma center of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MississippiNEW YORK (Reuters) - About 50,000 people are alive today because U.S. hospitals committed 17 percent fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010, government health officials said on Tuesday. The lower rate of fatalities from poor care and mistakes was one of several "historic improvements" in hospital quality and safety measured by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They included a 9 percent decline in the rate of hospital-acquired conditions such as infections, bedsores and pneumonia from 2012 to 2013. ...

Attorneys: Condemned killer in Texas is delusional

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:57

 an issue the U.S. Supreme Court has previously considered. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is considering whether a condemned killer in Texas should be spared from execution Wednesday so he can undergo new mental competency examinations to support arguments he's too delusional to understand why he's being punished.

Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:51

File photo of U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Carter adjusting his glasses during his meeting with Japanese Senior Vice Defence Minister Watanabe during their meeting in TokyoBy Phil Stewart and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as U.S. defense secretary, sources familiar with the situation said. Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, would have the task of breaking into the tight-knit White House inner circle that President Barack Obama has leaned on to run national security policy. ...

Lawsuit possible after Georgia city blocks mosque from retail space

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:47
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A suburban Atlanta city has rejected a request by Muslim residents to put a prayer center in a local shopping center, setting up a potential lawsuit over what the group says is a violation of religious freedom. The City Council in Kennesaw, Georgia, denied an application for the mosque on Monday night in a 4-1 vote because zoning regulations do not allow places of worship in that particular shopping center, city spokeswoman Pam Davis said on Tuesday. “It's a land use issue,” she said. ...

Virginia college puts frat proposal on hold, cites U-Va. rape allegations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:45
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A small Virginia state university has put a proposal to launch fraternities and sororities on hold, citing the uproar at the University of Virginia over an alleged gang rape in a fraternity house. Richard Hurley, president of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said the school was taking steps to foster a climate where sexual assault and misconduct were not tolerated. ...

Corinne Quayle, mom of former vice president, dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:40
PHOENIX (AP) — Corinne Pulliam Quayle, the mother of former vice president Dan Quayle and a newspaper owner and publisher, has died. She was 92.

SEPTA offering more bus routes for holiday shoppers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:29

SEPTA offering more bus routes for holiday shoppersSEPTA is offering more bus routes through December to accommodate the holiday shopping rush.

Missouri governor says national guard scaling back, monitoring unrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:26

Members of the National Guard stand guard outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri(Reuters) - The Missouri National Guard was starting to scale back its presence in the St. Louis area as angry protests over the lack of an indictment in the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager eased, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said on Tuesday. A little more than 1,200 troops remained stationed in the St. Louis area, and were to continue to support local law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, the governor said. The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead on Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson. A county prosecutor announced on Nov. ...

Police, Guard presence in Ferguson scaled back

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:24

Police and Missouri National Guardsmen stand guard as protesters gather in front of Ferguson Police Department on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — With nighttime protests and arrests on the wane in Ferguson, Missouri, both police and National Guard presence are being scaled back in the area.

Five college students plead not guilty to gang rape on NJ campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:21
By Sascha Brodsky PATERSON, N.J. (Reuters) - Five college students accused of gang-raping a female fellow student in a New Jersey dorm room pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, in the latest in a series of sexual assaults and harassment incidents prompting colleges to reexamine conduct policies. The five men blocked a dorm room doorway at William Paterson University in Wayne, and restrained and demanded sex from the woman on Nov. 25, when the campus had largely emptied out for the Thanksgiving break, according to the criminal complaint. ...

U.S. top court to weigh UPS pregnancy discrimination claim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:19
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Delving into the sensitive subject of women's rights in the workplace, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Wednesday whether employers must provide accommodations for pregnant workers who may have a hard time doing their usual job duties. The case concerns whether package delivery company UPS Inc treated part-time truck driver Peggy Young unfairly in 2006 by denying her request for temporary changes in her work duties. With women making up almost half the U.S. workforce, the court's ruling in the case could have broad ramifications. ...

Mayor: Crime in New York City continues to fall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:16
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton on Tuesday touted the continued reduction of crime in New York City and their reforms to its Police Department as the city braces for a grand jury's decision on whether to indict an officer in a chokehold death.

Search for Shane Montgomery limited Tuesday because of weather

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:12

Search for Shane Montgomery limited Tuesday because of weatherThe 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.

Despite Obama promises, Ferguson protesters say more change needed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:11

A protester's raised arms are pictured during a march, following the Monday grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in Los AngelesBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - A pledge by President Barack Obama to address race-related problems between police and minorities falls far short of what is needed, and nationwide demonstrations tied to the police shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown will continue to grow, several protest leaders said on Tuesday. "We're going to continue to take to the streets, we're going to continue to disrupt the daily order ... ...

Nation's classrooms reflect on Ferguson decision

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:06

 How did they feel? (AP Photo/Jim Mone)LOS ANGELES (AP) — When his high school English students came to class, Tom Rademacher knew there would be one thing on their mind: a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

U.S. couple stuck in Qatar in child death case can leave

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 04:04

U.S. ambassador to Qatar Shell Smith talks with Grace and Matthew Huang, a U.S. couple who were sentenced to three years in jail in Qatar in April for causing the death of their adopted daughter Gloria, as they arrive for a meeting in DohaBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Qatar will soon lift a travel ban that has kept a U.S. couple from leaving the Gulf Arab state even after their convictions in the death of their African-born adopted daughter were overturned, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. Matthew and Grace Huang should be able to leave the country at the start of business on Wednesday when the travel ban is lifted, and the Qatari attorney general's office plans no further prosecution appeals in the case, Kerry said in a statement. ...

Fracking ban starts in Texas city near where technique pioneered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:50
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The first ban on new hydraulic fracturing in Texas went into effect on Tuesday in the city of Denton, a month after voters deemed the oil and gas extraction method behind the U.S. energy boom a community nuisance. The Texas Oil & Gas Association, an industry group, and the Texas General Land Office filed a lawsuit shortly after voters in the city of 123,000 approved the ban on Nov. 4. The lawsuit aims to allow the technique known as fracking, widely used in the top crude and natural gas producing state in the country. ...

Suspended North Miami mayor duped by partner in mortgage scheme: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:41
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A suspended Miami-area mayor and prominent Haitian activist was duped by her business partner into recruiting straw buyers to lend their names to fraudulent mortgage applications that netted at least $8 million in loans, her attorneys told a jury on Tuesday. Marie Lucie Tondreau, who became the first female Haitian-American mayor of North Miami when she was elected in 2013, is standing trial in federal court in Miami after being indicted in May on six counts of wire fraud. ...

Bill would aid Atlantic City, casinos on taxes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:39

This July 11, 2014 aerial photo shows the Atlantic City N.J. beachfront with many of its Boardwalk casinos. A rescue plan unveiled on Dec. 2, 2014 by two New Jersey state senators would let the city's eight casinos make reduced payments in lieu of taxes for two years, and help Atlantic City make up for lost revenue and pay down its debt. The plan is designed to help prevent any more casino closures in a city where four have already gone out of business this year. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's eight surviving casinos would get a break on taxes and the city would get help making up for lost revenue under a rescue plan unveiled by two New Jersey state senators.