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Hands-up gesture animates Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:59

Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms in awareness of the events in Ferguson, Mo., as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. The players said after the game, they raised their arms in a "hands up" gesture to acknowledge the events in Ferguson. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Five St. Louis Rams players entered the football field with their hands raised. A day later, people walked out of work or school showing the same gesture of solidarity with Ferguson protesters.

Four slain at three West Virginia locations, suspect found dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:57
(Reuters) - Four people were killed at three sites in northern West Virginia on Monday, police said, and local media reported the suspected gunman was later found dead. West Virginia State Police were investigating a site near Cheat Lake where Michael Frum, 28, of Maidsville, and Sharon Berkshire, 39, of Westover, were found slain, said Lieutenant Michael Baylous, a spokesman for the agency. Other victims were found at two other sites, Baylous said. Baylous identified the suspect as Jody Lee Hunt, 39, of Westover. ...

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:56

Demonstrators protest against the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown at the Department of Justice in Washington, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. A grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Brown, an unarmed black man. Protesters across the U.S. have walked off their jobs or away from classes in support of the Ferguson protesters. Monday's walkouts stretched from New York to San Francisco, and included Chicago and Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

Chase suspect flees on skateboard, stopped by pickup truck driver

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:43

Chase suspect flees on skateboard, stopped by pickup truck driverA stolen-car suspect led police on a chase, bailed out on foot and attempted to get away on a skateboard before he was arrested when a pickup-truck driver blocked him on a side street.

Once-lost letter of Beat era, found in California, to be sold at auction

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:42

An 18-page letter written by Beat-era icon Cassady is shown to reporters in San FranciscoBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An 18-page letter written by Beat-era icon Neal Cassady that transformed Jack Kerouac's writing style will be auctioned off this month as the highlight of a collection of work that could fetch about $500,000 (£317,863). The 16,000-word, stream-of-consciousness missive, which was shown to reporters on Monday for the first time, was missing for decades until it was found among several unopened boxes in a garage in Northern California a few years ago. It will be sold at auction Dec. 17, exactly 64 years after Cassady wrote it. ...

Obama vows to address 'simmering distrust' between police, minorities

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:23

Protesters stare at a line of police officers and National Guard soldiers during a protest to demand justice for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, MissouriBy Steve Holland and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a forceful pledge on Monday to use his last two years in office to address the "simmering distrust" between police and minority communities as he requested $263 million for the federal response to the civil rights upheaval triggered in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama said he would set up a task force to study how to improve community policing with an eye toward building trust between law enforcement and communities of color. ...

Fort Lauderdale websites down, apparently hacked

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:22
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — At least two of Fort Lauderdale's official websites were down temporarily after threats from the hacker group Anonymous over the city's ban on feeding the homeless.

1 injured after West Philadelphia fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:17

1 injured after West Philadelphia fireAt least one person is hospitalized after a fire in West Philadelphia.

Albuquerque policeman who shot woman fired over camera lapse

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:15
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - An Albuquerque police officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old woman in April was fired from the police force on Monday for failing to follow an order to turn on his uniform camera during all citizen contacts, police said. The officer, Jeremy Dear, had been under scrutiny because his uniform camera was not turned on during the April 21 incident in which he shot a woman who was stopped on suspicion of vehicle theft after he said she pointed a gun at him. ...

California braces for powerful Pacific storm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:09

Denis Carruth collects sand bags to protect his home from possible flooding in Glendora, Calif. on Monday, Dec.1, 2014. California is bracing for the arrival of a new, more powerful Pacific storm following a weekend of scattered rain, showers and snow. The National Weather Service says a low-pressure system off the coast will draw a plume of subtropical moisture northward into the state beginning on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pacific storm system fueled by a plume of subtropical moisture headed toward California on Monday, triggering warnings of widespread rain that could unleash mudflows even as it brings much-needed snow to the drought-stricken state.

Police find more than 10 dead horses on Mississippi ranch

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

Undated handout photo of the remains of a horse in Copiah County, MississippiBy Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Authorities found at least 10 dead horses on a Mississippi ranch after receiving a report that more than 170 of the animals, many of them malnourished, were on the property, officials said on Monday.  Some of the horses were missing eyes, others were walking on three legs and several had open wounds with pus coming out of them, said Alisha Armstrong, who made the discovery in Crystal Springs, about 25 miles south of Jackson, on Saturday together with her husband before notifying authorities. ...

Police say Austin shooter harbored extremist views

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:44
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who shot up downtown Austin buildings and tried to burn the Mexican Consulate before he was gunned down by police harbored extremist right-wing views and appeared to be planning a broader attack against churches and government facilities, law enforcement officials said Monday.

Video leads Houston-area police to teen vandals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:42
LEAGUE CITY, Texas (AP) — This Snapchat video didn't disappear in 10 seconds.

Trial begins in North Texas prosecutors' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:40
ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A former justice of the peace accused of killing a North Texas district attorney and his wife had a "treasure trove" of evidence in a storage shed, prosecutors said during opening statements Monday.

Jury selection begins in German student's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:35
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jury selection began Monday and will continue Tuesday in the trial of a Montana man charged with fatally shooting a German exchange student who broke into his garage.

U.S. officials asking Qatar to allow couple to leave country

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:26
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. officials have been in contact with Qatar's government to ask them to allow a Los Angeles couple to return home after an appeals court threw out convictions linked to the death of their African-born adopted daughter, a State Department spokeswoman said on Monday. A Qatari appeals court overturned the convictions of Matthew and Grace Huang on Sunday over the death of their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, after finding that a lower court had made errors in the high-profile case. But the U.S. ...

State police: Suspect in 4 West Virginia killings found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:15
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — State police: Suspect in 4 West Virginia killings found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Lawyers for Boston bomb suspect again seek trial out of state

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:10

Photograph of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect in Boston Marathon bombing, is seen on his page of Russian social networking site Vkontakte, as pictured in St. PetersburgBOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday requested, for the second time, that his trial be moved out of state because of the risk that intense local media coverage will bias a jury against him. The request comes one month before Tsarnaev is scheduled to face trial at a Boston courthouse a few miles from the location of the 2013 bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260 in the worst attack since Sept. 11, 2001. ...

Congress deals blow to plan to shut Guantanamo prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:07

The U.S. flag flies over Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo BayWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers dealt a blow to President Barack Obama's five-year-long effort to close the prison camp at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba by omitting a plan to shut the facility from an annual defense authorization bill. U.S. Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters on Monday that the final version of the massive bill will not allow the president to transfer inmates to the United States. "Our language (on Guantanamo) ... will not be in," Levin said. ...

Police chief's stolen mailbox exposes family feud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:01
HONOLULU (AP) — The theft of the Honolulu police chief's mailbox not only brought allegations of undue influence after a crack police squad made an arrest, but also exposed a messy family financial dispute.