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Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 11:59

U.S. President Obama speaks as Secretary of Defense Hagel listens before the start of a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in WashingtonBy Phil Stewart and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the militant group Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday. Obama's decision greatly expands the scope of the U.S. campaign and the geographic distribution of American forces, some of whom will head into Iraq's fiercely contested western Anbar province for the first time to act as advisers. ...

SEPTA union members vote in favor of new contract

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 11:56

SEPTA union members vote in favor of new contractMembers of SEPTA's largest union voted in favor of ratifying a new two year contract deal.

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium cares for orphaned otter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 11:15
CHICAGO (AP) — The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has acquired a sea otter pup that was found alone on a California beach.

Pittsburgh researcher found guilty in wife's cyanide poisoning death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 11:13

Allegheny County District Attorney's Office photo of Robert FerrantePITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A jury found a University of Pittsburgh neurological surgery professor guilty of first degree murder on Friday for the cyanide poisoning death of his physician wife, in what prosecutors described as a crime of jealousy. The jury of eight men and four women rendered its verdict in the trial of Dr. Robert Ferrante, 66, after 15 hours of deliberations, said Mike Manko, a spokesman for the Alleghany County District Attorney's Office. Ferrante was accused of killing his wife, Dr. ...

Vigil honors and remembers Scotty McMillan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 11:05

Vigil remembers Scotty McMillanA vigil was held in memory of a 3-year-old boy who was beaten to death allegedly at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend in Chester County.

Spokeswoman: Mayor not flashing gang sign

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 10:59

In this image made from a video released by Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change employee Navell Gordon gesture while they knock on doors to get out the vote in north Minneapolis last Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. A spokeswoman for Mayor Hodges says the mayor and a community activist are pointing at each other, not flashing a gang sign. (AP Photo/Neighborhoods Organizing for Change)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis isn't flashing a gang sign in a photo quickly gaining traction online, but rather pointing at a man helping in a voting campaign, her spokeswoman and community groups said Friday in response to allegations made in a television report and by a police union.

Mother of boys found in squalid Denver home jailed for 90 days

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 10:28
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The mother of four small boys found inside a squalid Denver home malnourished and unable to speak except by grunts was sentenced on Friday to 90 days in jail and five years of probation, prosecutors said. Lorinda Bailey, 36, and her common-law husband, Wayne Sperling, 67, were charged last year with multiple counts of child abuse after police found the boys aged 2, 4, 5, and 6 living in an apartment littered with cat waste and swarming with flies. Bailey pleaded guilty in August to one count of felony child abuse. ...

Jury: Pittsburgh researcher poisoned his wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 10:28

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Allegheny County District Attorney shows University of Pittsburgh medical researcher Dr. Robert Ferrante. Fernante was convicted on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, of first-degree murder and faces a mandatory life sentence in the April 2013 death of 41-year-old neurologist Dr. Autumn Klein. (AP Photo/Allegheny County District Attorney, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A University of Pittsburgh researcher charged in the cyanide poisoning death of his wife last year was convicted on Friday of first-degree murder.

USDA approves GMO potato designed by Simplot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:33
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals.

US regulators close small California bank

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators closed a small lender in California on Friday, marking the 17th U.S. bank failure this year after 24 closures in 2013.

Vigil to honor and remember Scotty McMillan

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:26

Vigil remembers Scotty McMillanSeveral vigils are being held tonight for the 3-year-old boy who was beaten to death in Chester County.

Associate charged in slaying of California family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:16

FILE - This undated file image provided by the San Diego Police Department shows members of the McStay family whose abandoned SUV was found near the Mexico border near San Diego. Authorities say they will release new information Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 in the murder investigation of the family of four whose bodies were found in shallow graves late last year. (AP Photo/San Diego Police Department, File)SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A business associate of a Southern California man who vanished with his wife and two young sons in 2010 was charged with four counts of murder, and authorities said Friday they believe the family was bludgeoned to death before their bodies were buried in the desert.

California man arrested with live calf in the back of his car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:13
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in a Southern California city found an unusual stolen item this week in the back of a compact car with tinted windows - a live, three-day-old calf, an animal welfare official said on Friday. Police saw two people standing next to the car early on Wednesday morning in Riverside, a city about 50 miles (80 km) east of Los Angeles, and approached them because it was odd for them to be behind a closed auto shop at that hour, said Riverside County Animal Services spokesman John Welsh. ...

Woman killed in national park had $4.5M insurance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:12
DENVER (AP) — For their 12th wedding anniversary, Harold Henthorn took his wife, Toni, for a hike to enjoy the resplendent autumn color and snowy peaks of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park.

Man in Washington homicide held on $2 million bail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:09
SEATTLE (AP) — An alleged handwritten confession prompted prosecutors to increase the charges against the man they say killed his girlfriend and posted grisly photos of her body online.

Kentucky lawmaker accused of bribery may ask for trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:02
(Reuters) - A Kentucky state lawmaker who pleaded not guilty to a bribery charge this week is considering asking for a postponement of his January trial date, his lawyer said on Friday. Representative W. Keith Hall, a Democrat from eastern Kentucky who is also a coal mine owner, entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Pikeville to charges that he paid a state government inspector more than $46,000 to keep him from reporting violations at the mines. ...

Mother doesn't believe her son beat boy to death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:59

This undated photo provided by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, in Pennsylvania, shows 3-year-old Scott McMillan. Gary Lee Fellenbaum and Jillian Tait were charged Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, with murder in the death of Scott, who was Tait's son. (AP Photo/Chester County District Attorney's Office)ATGLEN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a man accused of striking his girlfriend's 3-year-old with a frying pan, hanging him upside down and hitting him, and whipping him with a metal rod said Friday that her son is a good kid and she doesn't believe he beat the boy to death.

Man charged with killing California couple, young sons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:54

San Bernardino Sheriff Deputy escorts Charles "Chase" Merritt into the courtroom for arraignment proceedings for the murder of the McStay family in Victorville, CaliforniaBy Pat Maio VICTORVILLE Calif. (Reuters) - An ex-convict was charged on Friday with four counts of murder in the slayings of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were found buried last year in the California desert, police and prosecutors said. The suspect, Charles "Chase" Merritt, 57, was described by police as a former business associate of the father, Joseph McStay, who was reported missing with his wife and two boys in February 2010 from the family's Southern California home. ...

Exclusive: FAA approves move by Atlanta-area airport opposed by Delta

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:53

Delta planes line up at their gates while on the tarmac of Salt Lake City International Airport in UtahBy Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - A decision by the U.S. aviation regulator has moved forward plans by a small Georgia airport to begin commercial airline service, despite strong opposition by Delta Air Lines and the city of Atlanta, the local county authority said on Friday. ...

Missouri governor briefs Obama on Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:53
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The White House on Friday emphasized its commitment to defusing continued tensions over the Ferguson police shooting.