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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.

Arab Bank asks U.S. court to block thousands of terror-finance claims

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:33
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Arab Bank Plc, found liable in a U.S. civil court of providing material support for Hamas, urged an appeals court on Tuesday to block thousands of non-U.S. citizens from pursuing similar claims that it financed terrorism. A lawyer for the Jordan-based bank asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to uphold a lower court's dismissal last year of lawsuits by foreign victims of attacks attributed to the Islamist militant group in Israel and the Palestinian territories. ...

Police cite driver who slammed into townhomes, sparking fire in Mill Creek

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:28

Police cite driver who slammed into townhomes, sparking fire in Mill CreekA number of townhomes went up in flames on Monday after a car slammed into a building.

Driver who hit homes, sparking fire in Mill Creek, cited by police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:28

Police cite driver who slammed into townhomes, sparking fire in Mill CreekA number of townhomes went up in flames on Monday after a car slammed into a building.

Car hits townhomes, buildings catch fire in Mill Creek, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:25

Police cite driver who slammed into townhomes, sparking fire in Mill CreekA number of townhomes went up in flames on Monday after a car slammed into a building.

Last-ditch appeals made for mentally ill Texas death row inmate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:23
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti have launched last-minute appeals to prevent his execution set for Wednesday, arguing he suffers from schizophrenia and putting him to death would cross moral and constitutional lines. The case has drawn global attention, with the U.N. human rights experts on Tuesday calling on Texas to halt the execution. Major Texas newspapers including the Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News have said in editorials the execution of a person with severe mental illness would be inexcusable. ...

Chicago City Council votes to increase minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:18

Chicago Mayor Emanuel listens as U.S. President Obama talks about the economy, in Northwestern University in EvanstonBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago City Council voted on Tuesday to gradually increase the minimum wage in the nation's third largest city to $13 an hour by 2019, approving a proposal by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel's measure to boost the minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour follows similar actions by Seattle, San Francisco and other cities. "We want to make sure people can afford to live here," Emanuel said after the vote on the increase, which was opposed by business groups. ...

Huge Utah nativity scene breaks Guinness record

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

In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, more than 1,000 participants gather at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest recreation of a live Nativity scene. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUTPROVO, Utah (AP) — More than 1,000 people dressed as angels, wise men and religious royalty gathered at a park in Provo, Utah, and set a new Guinness record for the largest live nativity scene.

Jury trial planned for Rhode Island pension reform lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:06
(Reuters) - A Rhode Island judge on Tuesday agreed to send a union-backed lawsuit over the state's sweeping 2011 public pension reform to a jury trial, scheduled for April 20, a court spokesman confirmed. The pension changes were spearheaded by Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who will take office as Governor in January after winning at the polls in November, at least in part because of her pension efforts. Rhode Island's overhaul has been used by other state and local governments across the United States as a model to rein in ballooning costs of retirement benefits for public-sector workers. ...