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Chicago police union stands by cop charged with murdering teen

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 04:37

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is seen in an undated picture released by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, IllinoisThe main Chicago police union is standing behind the white officer who was charged this week with first-degree murder for gunning down a black teenager. On its website, the Chicago lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), has posted a bail fund appeal for the officer, Jason Van Dyke, who is accused of shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times just six seconds after emerging from his patrol car on a street in Chicago on Oct. 20, 2014. An earlier link on the FOP's front page to a GoFundMe campaign was removed after the fundraising site said it violated a policy against its use by criminal defendants.

Chief resigns over slur before new police department opens

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 04:26
FARRELL, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police chief who used a racial slur in a fundraising email unrelated to his police job has stepped down— before his newly minted department even began operating.

Obama and daughters purchase prose and ice pops on Small Business Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 04:18

U.S. President Barack Obama pays for purchases at Pleasant Pops, as daughters Malia and Sasha enjoy a popsicle, in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama took his teenage daughters Malia and Sasha shopping on Saturday for books and a sweet treat to promote Small Business Saturday, an annual event designed to boost holiday shopping at mom-and-pop shops. In the tiny Upshur Street Books in northwest Washington, the casually dressed Obama and his daughters browsed for books with the help of the store manager, Anna Thorn. The Obamas bought nine books that spanned age brackets, including three young-adult novels by Cynthia Voigt, “Purity: A Novel” by Jonathan Franzen, “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel” by Salman Rushdie, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8” by Jeff Kinney, and “Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life” by Rachel Renée Russell.

Brazil to sue BHP, Vale for $ 5.2 billion for burst dam

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 04:16
SAO PAULO (AP) — Federal and state governments in Brazil say they will sue iron ore miner Samarco and its co-owners BHP Billiton and Vale for $ 5.2 billion for the damage caused when a dam burst earlier this month, creating an environmental disaster.

Police find spiked baseball bats throughout San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 03:51

This Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 photo provided by Pablo Diaz-Gutierrez shows a baseball bat with large lag screws embedded in it, chained to a pole in the Mission district San Francisco. Police are asking for help in finding who is chaining up these spiked bats to poles throughout the city. SFPD Sgt. Michael Andraychak says officers first received reports of spiked wooden or metal bats appearing on poles and parking meters in the city on Thanksgiving morning. At least 27 had been found by late Friday. (Pablo Diaz-Gutierrez via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Police are asking for help leading to those chaining up spiked baseball bats to poles throughout the city.

The Latest: Wintry storm blamed for 4 more Kansas deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 03:41

Krystal Wright scrapes ice from her car's windshield Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 in Wichita, Kan. The winter weather left a layer of ice on roads and cars early Friday morning after a heavy rain on Thanksgiving day that set a record with over 2 inches of rain. Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle via AP)The latest on a band of storms causing wintry conditions in the nation's midsection (all times local):

Black Friday store sales fall as Americans buy more online

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 03:38

A holiday shopper browses the electronics section against a backdrop of televisions at a Target store, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Newport, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Friday shopping is shifting from hours spent in line to more time online.

Colorado officer killed in shooting was church elder, retired figure skater

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 03:35
By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - A police officer killed by a gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was a retired champion figure skater and an elder at a Christian church where he taught, led worship teams and played guitar. Officer Garrett Swasey, 44, was on duty at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus on Friday afternoon and he rushed through billowing snow to support colleagues at the scene when first reports came in of a shooter at large. Two civilians were also killed and nine people, including five other police officers, were wounded in the attack.

In medical marijuana states, 'pot doctors' push boundaries

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 03:32
CHICAGO (AP) — Marijuana-friendly doctors in states with similar medical cannabis laws face starkly different treatment by government regulators. When it comes to oversight of doctors, enforcement practices vary in the 23 states allowing medical cannabis. How governments oversee pot doctors has become an issue, even in more tolerant states such as California and Colorado.

Iran lures foreign investors with new oil contracts

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 03:26

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, center, Managing Director of National Iranian Oil Company, Roknoddin Javadi, right, head of parliament's energy committee Ali Marvi, left, and participants listen to Iran's national anthem during opening ceremony of Iran Petroleum Contracts Conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Iran has unveiled a new model of oil contracts aimed at attracting foreign investment once sanctions are lifted under a landmark nuclear deal reached earlier this year. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran unveiled a new model of oil contracts Saturday aimed at attracting foreign investment once sanctions are lifted under a landmark nuclear deal reached earlier this year, and said U.S. companies would be welcome to participate.

Carson Calls on U.S. to Help Refugees Settle in Middle East

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 03:25
Says bringing 25,000 refugees to U.S. does "nothing" to solve crisis.

Hogs, residents compete for Kansas county's water supply

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 03:10

In this photo taken Nov. 11. 2015, a pig looks out of its pen at Seabord Foods' Ladder Creek hog feeding operation near Tribune, Kan. The operation is the nation's second largest confined hog feeding farm and the company is set to build another site nearby if granted a permit by the state. The company is pumping wells that had been idled for a decade. Environmentalists and some residents fear that instead of preserving the remaining water for residents, the county will be a desert once the hogs and the water are long gone. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)TRIBUNE, Kan. (AP) — Only 1,200 people live in Kansas' smallest county, where using irrigation to quench thirsty crops is no longer an option for many because the water source underneath this flat, arid prairie is nearly exhausted due to decades of overuse.

Philadelphia 76ers Struggling More Than Twitter Foe John Kasich

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 03:04
Team and candidate have been teasing one another on Twitter.

Pennsylvania boy, 12, home after surgery to reattach arm

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 02:44
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania boy has returned home less than three weeks since doctors reattached his arm after it was severed by a tractor mechanism.

Maine ski resort focuses on safety after chairlift accidents

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 02:30

FILE - In this March 26, 2015 file photo, workers repair the King Pine chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, following an accident that injured several people. Sugarloaf is working to finish the installation of a new lift and to make other improvements after the second chairlift accident in a couple of years. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — A Maine ski resort that's responsible two of three chairlift mechanical failures that led to injuries in the past five years is working to make sure it doesn't happen again.

National Zoo puts up ZooLights display

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 01:59
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo in Washington has begun its holiday lights display.

55 who skirted jury duty in Ohio murder trial to face judge

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 01:51
MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge is demanding that 55 people who shirked jury duty in a high-profile murder case explain themselves or face contempt charges.

AP PHOTOS: All aboard 'The Polar Express'

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 01:09

Steams shoots out from a 1913 steam locomotive as the Polar Express begins it's journey to the "North Pole" on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Portland, Maine. The popular train ride, based on the well-known children's book, has rides scheduled throughout the holiday season. Passengers ride about a mile and a half along Casco Bay on the Eastern Promenade to the “North Pole.” (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)For a trip to the North Pole, there's no finer way to travel than on board The Polar Express.

Friends reunite for 40-year hockey tradition on Black Friday

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 00:43

Friends reunite for 40-year hockey tradition on Black FridayHigh school friends reunite to carry on 40-year Black Friday tradition of playing hockey in Lansdale.

Political corruption museum could become Albany tourism draw

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 00:25

In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, Bruce Roter, founder and president of the Museum of Political Corruption, poses with a mug in Albany, N.Y. Roter envisions a museum that would not only detail Albany’s many political scandals but also offer some possible solutions to corruption. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A resident of New York's capital city has an unusual economic development plan to harness what he says is one of Albany's most abundant renewable resources: political corruption.