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Maryland teen was too drunk to carry out school attack plan: police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:00

Sash Nemphos is pictured in this handout booking photoBy John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 16-year-old Maryland boy who police allege planned a school shooting was too intoxicated to carry off the attack, according to charging documents released on Wednesday. Sash Nemphos, who told police he had been bullied for years, had planned to kill his parents, and then kill students and teachers at his school in a Baltimore suburb with a gun and bombs before committing suicide, according to documents filed with the District Court of Maryland. ...


GOP Congress to weigh legal pot in DC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:56

A sample of medical marijuana is displayed at Shango Premium Cannabis dispensary in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Oregon voters have made their state the third to legalize recreational pot, but it will be more than a year before the first shops open. But dispensaries that already sell medical marijuana are expected to start taking steps to get their applications in to sell recreational weed as well. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)WASHINGTON (AP) — The national marijuana legalization debate is moving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing and sharing small amounts of pot.


Father, son charged in Collingdale police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:51

Father, son charged in Collingdale police shootingA father and son in Delaware County are facing serious charges in connection with a shootout outside their Collingdale home that wounded two police officers.


Survey finds people text and drive knowing dangers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:50

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, a man uses his cell phone as he drives through traffic in Dallas. In a new survey, 98 percent of motorists who own cellphones and text regularly were aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them admit to texting while driving, despite laws against it in some states. Two-thirds said they have read text messages while stopped at a red light or stop sign, while more than a quarter said they have sent texts while driving. (AP Photo/LM Otero)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Many people do it anyway.


Sheriff: Many witnesses too high to help search

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:44
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Investigators have interviewed more than 100 witnesses about a Michigan woman's disappearance from an outdoor Halloween party, but many were too high or drunk to offer much help, a sheriff said Wednesday.

Charge: Man killed English man with mailed cyanide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:44
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A man who mailed cyanide to a suicidal English man, resulting in his death, was arrested on Wednesday, court documents said.

Man pleads not guilty to killing boy amid playtime

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:41
POLSON, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to fatally shooting a 3-year-old boy with a gun he didn't think was loaded as the two played together.

Obama says wants 'right-sized' authorization to fight Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that the purpose of seeking new authorization from Congress to use military force against Islamic State militants would be to "right-size" that authority to address the current threats in the region. Obama also said the U.S. focus in Syria was not to solve the entire conflict there but isolate the areas where the Islamic State operates. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Obama says still unclear whether Iran nuclear deal possible

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that it is still unclear whether the West can successfully conclude a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, saying the prognosis for an agreement should become clear in the next three to four weeks. "There's a long tradition of mistrust between the two countries," Obama said, referring to the relationship between the United States and Iran. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Jim Loney)

Obama to seek authority from Congress for Islamic State fight

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:36

US President Obama answers questions at news conference at White House after mid term electionsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would seek fresh authorization from Congress in the next few weeks for the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants, taking a new approach to congressional backing for the fight. Obama made the announcement at a news conference after his Democratic Party suffered big losses in Tuesday's congressional elections, which left Republicans in charge of the U.S. Senate. "The world needs to know we are united behind this effort and the men and women of our military deserve our clear and unified support," Obama said. ...


Election News Guide: A new order in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:25

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky holds a news conference on the day after the GOP gained enough seats to control the Senate in next year's Congress and make McConnell majority leader, in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at the postelection political order and how it came to be:


Firefighters battle Frankford house fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:23

Firefighters battle Frankford house firePhiladelphia firefighters battled a house fire in the Frankford section of the city.


No charges for man who toted gun at Arizona airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:16

Peter Steinmetz is seen in an undated picture released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix, ArizonaBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - No criminal charges will be filed against a medical researcher who was arrested in July for openly carrying a loaded assault rifle in a Phoenix airport and terrifying a woman and her 17-year-old daughter, a prosecutors' spokesman said on Wednesday. Under a deal with county prosecutors, Peter Nathan Steinmetz, 54, has until March to complete a firearms training course in order to avoid any further action stemming from the July 25 incident at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. ...


After Republican rout, Obama tells voters: 'I hear you'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:08

Republican Thom Tillis reacts after the results of the U.S. midterm elections in Charlotte, North CarolinaBy Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged on Wednesday that "Republicans had a good night" with sweeping election victories in Congress and said he got a message from voters that it was his responsibility to break a Washington gridlock. Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's election and captured their biggest majority in the House of Representatives in more than 60 years. The party also won more than half of the 36 governors' races. ...


Family plans to mark Billy Graham's 96th birthday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:06

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2010, file photo, Rev. Billy Graham is interviewed at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Graham plans to celebrate his 96th birthday, on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, with family and friends. Last year, 900 people attended a two-hour party for Graham at an Asheville hotel. His son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, said Wednesday that his father is in good spirits, he's eating well, and his mind is still sharp. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Forget about another big birthday blowout for the Rev. Billy Graham.


US officials unveil plan to test Ebola drugs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:03
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The quest for an Ebola treatment is picking up speed. Federal officials have unveiled a plan to test multiple drugs at once, in an umbrella study with a single comparison group to give fast answers on what works.

Falling gun fractures skull of Del. police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 06:01

Falling gun fractures skull of Del. police officerWilmington Police say an officer's skull was fractured when a gun thrown by a man he was chasing slid off a roof and hit the officer in the head.


Sex act at Princeton Univ. private eating club under investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:54

Sex act at Princeton Univ. private eating club under investigationPrinceton University is under the microscope for how they handle sexual violence cases.


Police seek boyfriend in woman's slaying after online photos appeared to show her body

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:51
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Police seek boyfriend in woman's slaying after online photos appeared to show her body.

Florida man sentenced to 40 years for role in foiled bomb plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 05:45

Booking photo of Sami Osmakac supplied by the Hillsborough Country Sheriff's OfficeTAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison on Wednesday after being convicted of taking part in a foiled bomb plot that targeted a popular Tampa bar and a hotel-casino. Sami Osmakac, 27, plans to appeal his June conviction on charges of attempting to use weapons of mass destruction and possessing an unregistered automatic firearm, said defense attorney George Tragos. During the trial, federal prosecutors presented evidence that in 2012, Osmakac, a U.S. ...