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Texas judge rules state's school finance system unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:10
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge ruled on Thursday the state's school finance system was unconstitutional because it does not adequately or fairly provide money to public schools, a decision that could force an overhaul of how the state pays for education. The decision from State District Judge John Dietz next heads to the state's Supreme Court, legal experts said. "The court ... finds that the Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas school children," Dietz wrote. The legal action was brought on behalf of about 650 of the state's 1,000-plus school districts, accounting for some 3.7 million of Texas' 5 million school children.

Buckets similar to anchors on Schuylkill River bodies found

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:08

Buckets similar to anchors on Schuylkill River bodies foundHeavy buckets, similar to those used to anchor the bodies found in the Schuylkill River on Wednesday, were found in a house.

Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:06

Police walk through a cloud of smoke and tear gas as they clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The protests were sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. Named as defendants are the city of Ferguson, St. Louis County, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Delmar, Ferguson police officer Justin Cosmo, and other unnamed police officers from Ferguson and St. Louis County.

Man, woman accused of torturing 11-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:05
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man and his mother used plumber's tape to keep an 11-year-old boy restrained for several hours at a time at a southwestern Michigan home.

Boater charged after 2 friends drown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:02

Boater charged after 2 friends drownThe only survivor of a boating accident on the Susquehanna River is now being blamed for the tragedy.

No-pot city takes aim at Washington marijuana law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:01

 the argument that federal law prohibits the state from regulating marijuana. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)FIFE, Wash. (AP) — To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.

Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:42

Nexenta CEO Tarkan Maner, left, presents former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with a pair of his company's trademark orange sneakers during the Nexenta OpenSDx Summit Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community.

Gunmen rob University of the Sciences fraternity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:37

Gunmen rob University of the Sciences fraternityPolice are looking for two men that robbed members of a University of the Sciences fraternity in Philadelphia's University City section.

Fatal heroin overdoses on the rise in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:33
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of deaths from accidental overdoses of opioid drugs has steadily risen in New York City since 2010, in part because of an apparent resurgence in heroin use, according to data released on Thursday by the city's health department. Heroin overdoses killed 420 people in the city in 2013, the highest in a decade, the department said. It was the most common substance tied to overdose deaths, involved in 54 percent of them. The largest increase in heroin overdose rates was seen in the city's wealthiest neighborhoods, the department said, rising to 5.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013, from 1.9 in 2010.

Detroit says Barclays agrees to $275 million financing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:32
(Reuters) - Barclays Capital Inc has agreed to raise up to $275 million to fund Detroit's exit from municipal bankruptcy, the city announced on Thursday. The funding will involve financial recovery bonds issued through the Michigan Finance Authority then purchased by Barclays at a price equal to par, according to deal's term sheet. Barclays will be the exclusive underwriter and syndication agent for the so-called exit facility. The bonds, which include up to $200 million of tax-exempt debt, will be secured by a lien on Detroit's income tax revenue.

NYC ex-assistant principal to stay on payroll after altering son's grades

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:31
An assistant principal at a New York high school who admitted to secretly changing his son's grades to passing from failing will have to pay a $7,000 fine but will keep collecting his $104,437-a-year salary, school officials said on Thursday. Abdurrahim Ali admitted to hacking into the computer system at Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School in Harlem to boost his son's grades, according to the city's Department of Education and its Conflicts of Interest Board. "Mr. Ali abused his position, and has been disciplined for his inappropriate actions," Devora Kaye, the education department's spokeswoman, said in an email. Ali, a 25-year employee of the city's schools, started working as assistant principal at the school in 2006.

Phillies president David Montgomery takes leave of absence, Pat Gillick assumes role

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 04:20

Phillies president David Montgomery takes leave of absence, Pat Gillick assumes rolePhiladelphia Phillies President David Montgomery is taking a medical leave of absence, the team announced Thursday.

Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:48
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been discovered in a water system that serves more than 12,500 people in southeast Louisiana.

Four killed in New Mexico medical transport flight crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:36
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A small medical transport plane bound for Arizona crashed in New Mexico outside of Las Cruces late on Wednesday, killing a patient and three crew members aboard, a state police official said on Thursday. The plane, en route to Phoenix, crashed shortly after take-off from Las Cruces Airport, according to Lieutenant Emmanuel Gutierrez. "When officers arrived on scene, the twin engine plane was fully engulfed in flames about a mile south of Interstate 10," Gutierrez said in a statement. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Why was a 9-year-old allowed to use an Uzi?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:34

Why was a 9-year-old allowed to use an Uzi?A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun.

Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:26

This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows Augustine Goba, laboratory director at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. On Thursday, officials at the National Institutes of Health announced that they were launching safety trials on a preliminary vaccine for Ebola. Researchers have already checked that still-not-tested vaccine against some of the more than 350 mutations in this strain of Ebola to make sure the changes the disease is making won’t undercut science’s hurried efforts to fight it, said Pardis Sabeti, a scientist at Harvard University and its affiliated Broad Institute. She and Gire, also at Broad and Harvard, are two of the lead authors of a study published Thursday in the journal Science that maps the killer disease strain based on specimens collected from 78 patients. (AP Photo/Stephen Gire, Science)WASHINGTON (AP) — A single funeral caused many.

Governor: Utah should defend anti-polygamy law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:24

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013, file photo, Jonathan Turley, attorney for Kody Brown and his four wives, the stars of the reality show "Sister Wives," leaves the Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse after a hearing on whether Utah can prohibit plural marriage, in Salt Lake City. A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law, in a lawsuit filed by a family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives." The Brown family was overwhelmed and thankful for the ruling, said their attorney, Turley. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor says the state should appeal a court ruling that favors the family on the TV show "Sister Wives" and strikes down key parts of a law criminalizing polygamy.

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:23

In this undated photo provided by the Gilbert family shows Dylan Gilbert, 7, of Naperville, Ill., demonstrating how he helped collect samples of bacteria from his foot during a 2012 study. Dylan’s father, microbiologist Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory, led the Home Microbiome Project that analyzed bacteria in seven homes around the country, including his own, and found the microbes that normally live in people’s bodies quickly move onto their doorknobs, countertops and floors. (AP Photo/Gilbert Family)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too.

Santa Fe council votes to decriminalize pot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:14

Legal marijuanaThe cost of getting caught with a little weed in Santa Fe will drop to just $25 max, thanks to a City Council vote Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana.

Matt Stroud named AP reporter in Morgantown, W.Va.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:01

In this Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 photo Matt Stroud poses for a photo. Stroud, 32, a reporter covering criminal justice for technology website The Verge, is joining The Associated Press as a correspondent based in Morgantown, home of West Virginia University. (AP Photo/Matt Stroud)MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Matt Stroud, a reporter covering criminal justice for technology website The Verge, is joining The Associated Press as a correspondent based in Morgantown, home of West Virginia University.