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Workers call for stores to close on Thanksgiving

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 07:04

Workers call for stores to close on ThanksgivingRetail workers across the nation are calling for their employers to close on Thanksgiving Day.

Russia, Egypt dismiss suggestions a bomb caused crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 07:02

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, holds a news conference with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at 10 Downing Street in London, following their meeting. The Egyptian president is on a three day visit to the country. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP)LONDON (AP) — Five days after a Russian jetliner broke apart high above the Sinai, Russia and Egypt on Thursday dismissed Western suggestions that a terrorist bomb may have caused the crash that killed 224 people, saying the speculation was a rush to judgment.

Motorist testifies about beating during police traffic stop

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 07:02

Former Inkster police officer William Melendez sits in court at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Opening statements were heard Wednesday in the case of Melendez, charged with beating African-American motorist Floyd Dent during a January traffic stop that's on video. Melendez, who was fired, is charged with assault. (David Coates, The Detroit News via AP)DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man has described to a jury how he was beaten and strangled by a police officer during a traffic stop that was recorded by a patrol car's dashcam.

Kidnapped Arizona baby goat reunited with his mother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:55

A weeks-old goat named GusGus is seen in an undated handout pictureA weeks-old pygmy baby goat that was believed stolen from a petting zoo at the Arizona State Fair was found safe and sound on Thursday and has been reunited with his crying mother, officials said. GusGus, who had been missing for some 20 hours, was reunited with his mom at the state fairgrounds in Phoenix after an unidentified man dropped him off at a pet store in the west of the city, officials said. "GusGus is fine.

Police: Searchers find baby's body in South Carolina creek

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:50
SOCASTEE, S.C. (AP) — Searchers found the body of a baby in a swollen, murky South Carolina creek on Thursday, two days after a mother said she put the 5-month-old girl into the water, according to police.

Black motorist beaten by Michigan ex-policeman says feared for his life

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:49
A black motorist shown in a videotape being beaten by a former suburban Detroit policeman in January during a traffic stop said on Thursday that he thought Officer William Melendez was trying to kill him. During his hour-long testimony on the second day of Melendez's criminal trial, Floyd Dent, 58, struggled to answer questions because he said his injuries have made it difficult for him to process information. Melendez, 47, has pleaded not guilty to charges of misconduct in office, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, and strangulation during the Jan. 28 incident in Inkster, Michigan.

Slain California university stabbing suspect studied engineering

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:47
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke named the suspect as 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad, and told a news conference that while it was not clear what motivated the Wednesday attack that started in a classroom, all the evidence suggested it was personal. Mohammad was a dormitory resident at UC Merced, according to officials at the campus of some 6,600 students in the heart of California's Central Valley, and he came from Santa Clara, 45 miles (70 km) southeast of San Francisco.

U.S. House slashes proposed spending increases for auto safety

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:46

Deployed Takata manufactured airbags are seen on the driver and passenger sides of a 2007 Dodge Charger vehicle at a recycled auto parts lot in DetroitBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite public outrage over deadly auto defects including faulty ignition switches and air bags inflators, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to slash proposed spending increases for vehicle safety including defect investigations. In a Republican amendment to the House transportation funding bill, lawmakers scaled back spending for the fiscally embattled National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by one-fifth to one-third from funding levels sought by the Obama administration and approved by the Senate last July. The lawmakers voted by an overwhelming margin to adopt the measure, which will now be subject to negotiations between lawmakers from both chambers.

US Naval Academy professor sues Navy over free speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:46
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A civilian professor at the U.S. Naval Academy is suing the Navy, accusing it of violating his First Amendment right to free speech and chilling academic freedom.

Son of indicted U.S. congressman convicted of fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:45
The son of U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia was found guilty on Thursday of defrauding banks to obtain business loans he used for personal expenses, including buying jewelry and paying casino gambling debts. Chaka Fattah Jr., 33, whose father is charged with corruption in an unrelated case, was convicted at trial in Philadelphia federal court of securing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent loans from several banks to fund a lavish lifestyle, federal prosecutors said. The elder Fattah, an 11-term Democratic congressman, was indicted in July in connection with alleged bribery and misuse of federal, charitable and campaign funds.

Teen discovers his real identity when applying to college

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:37

This undated photo provided by Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office shows Bobby Hernandez. Hernandez is charged with tampering with records in Ohio to get a driver's license and that police say he'll face abduction charges in Alabama. Authorities say Julian Hernandez was 5 when his mother reported him missing, and he's now 18. They say he had apparently been living in Ohio under an assumed name with his father, Bobby Hernandez. (Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office via AP)VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — An Ohio teenager applying to college discovered some startling things about himself because of a discrepancy involving his Social Security number: His real name. And that he was allegedly snatched from his mother in Alabama by his father when he was 5.

PHOTOS: Most Wanted in Chester Co.: 1 arrested, 14 sought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:25

 1 arrested, 14 soughtOne of Chester County's most wanted fugitives is behind bars, but 14 more remain on the loose.

Kansas teen eleventh U.S. high school football fatality since July

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:22
(Reuters) - A high school football player from western Kansas who collapsed on the sidelines during a playoff game has died, becoming the 11th confirmed U.S. high school football fatality since July, his family and researchers said. Luke Schemm, 17, who played eight-man football for Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, Kansas, collapsed during the team's game on Tuesday night and was flown to a Denver hospital. Schemm's father, David Schemm, said in a posting on Facebook that he was removed from life support on Wednesday afternoon surrounded by family and friends.

New raptor found in South Dakota by team with Kansas ties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:21
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A dinosaur fossil found in South Dakota's Hell Creek Formation has led to the discovery of a new giant raptor.

Police ID victims in Norristown double homicide, 1 in custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:21

Police ID victims in Norristown double homicide, 1 in custodyPolice say two men were shot and killed during an apparent domestic dispute inside a Norristown apartment complex.

Both sides rest in Texas trial over South By Southwest crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:17
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Both sides rested their cases Thursday as the trial of a driver accused in a deadly crash at last year's South By Southwest festival in Austin moved closer to going to the jury.

Law closes loophole allowing harassment in labor disputes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:17
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Newly signed legislation spurred by federal racketeering and arson charges against Philadelphia Ironworkers removes exceptions that allowed stalking and harassment during union disputes.

Number of confirmed E. coli cases linked to Chipotle rises to 40

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:16

Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in San Francisco, CaliforniaThe number of confirmed E. coli food poisoning cases linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurants in Washington state and Oregon rose to 40 on Thursday, as health safety officials continued searching for the source of the contamination. Washington lowered its count to 28 after additional testing ruled out one case that was suspected to be linked to the outbreak. Eight Chipotle restaurants in the greater Seattle and Portland areas are linked to the outbreak.

Michigan women central to US gay marriage case adopt kids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:16

April DeBoer, left, wipes away tears before Judge Karen McDonald, right, and DeBoer's spouse Jayne Rowse, center, after an adoption ceremony at the Oakland County Circuit Court, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Pontiac, Mich. DeBoer and Rowse, the same-sex couple from Michigan has jointly adopted five children, closing a case that started when they challenged the state's restrictions on adoption and helped pave the way for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage. The couple are raising the children at their Hazel Park home. They sued the state in 2012, initially challenging Michigan's restrictions on joint adoption and later the ban on gay marriage at the suggestion of the judge in the case. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Two Detroit-area nurses jointly adopted five children on Thursday, closing a case that started when they challenged Michigan's restrictions on adoption and helped pave the way for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage.

3rd soldier pleads guilty to money crimes at Afghan base

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 06:15
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army captain has become at least the third soldier stationed at a bustling Afghan air base to plead guilty to financial crimes in a North Carolina court.