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School police feared for safety before Vegas park shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:34

30 p.m. Friday incident in a parking lot at Desert Bloom Park. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Las Vegas school district police officers feared for themselves and people in a busy park around them when they fired 14 shots into a vehicle, killing a 55-year-old former New York City jail guard who appeared to have deliberately steered toward them, a Clark County schools police captain said Tuesday.

Atlantic City mayor hopeful about bills to revive city finances

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:26
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian told Reuters on Tuesday that he is hopeful a package of legislation aimed at revitalizing the city's finances and tax base will be completed by the end of the year. The city budget for fiscal 2015, which ends on Dec. 31, relies on at least $33.5 million that would be redirected from marketing to the city's coffers under the legislation. On Monday, Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed three of the five bills passed in June, sending them back to lawmakers with suggested modifications.

Family says police used excessive force in Idaho rancher's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:20
Relatives of an Idaho rancher who was fatally shot during a confrontation with sheriff's deputies after one of his bulls was hit by a motorist last week are alleging excessive use of force by the officers involved, the family's lawyer said on Tuesday. Authorities say local sheriff's office dispatchers informed Jack Yantis on Nov. 1 that the bull had been struck and injured by a car on a highway near his ranch in the small western Idaho farming community of Council. What happened next is under investigation by state police, but authorities said Adams County sheriff's deputies were also intending to put the injured bull down when he arrived.

Texas grand jury issues 106 indictments for deadly biker fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:18
A Texas grand jury issued indictments on Tuesday to 106 people for engaging in organized crime in connection with the May shootout among rival bikers that left nine dead and led to mass arrests. Out of the 177 people arrested at the May 17 battle at Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in Waco, 71 cases were not presented to the grand jury on Tuesday and will be heard at a later date, said McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna. The grand jury proceedings were not open to the public.

Russia calls for a new Syrian constitution in 18 months

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:17
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia has circulated a document on ending the nearly five-year-old Syrian conflict that calls for drafting a new constitution in up to 18 months that would be put to a popular referendum and be followed by an early presidential election.

Half of California's undocumented immigrants are impoverished: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:17
About half of California's undocumented immigrants are poor enough to qualify for Medi-Cal, the state's insurance program for its poorest residents, according to a new report. The study by the Public Policy Institute of California comes amid ongoing discussion in the most populous U.S. state over how to pay for healthcare for the estimated 60 percent of undocumented immigrants who do not have insurance. The report estimates that as many as three million undocumented immigrants live in California, of whom 51 percent are impoverished.

N.Y. AG declares DFS, Fan Duel illegal gambling sites, not fantasy games

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:10
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman declared that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in his state and sent cease-and-desist notices to game operators DraftKings and FanDuel.

Lockheed wins $969 million contract for 17 C-130J aircraft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:09

Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin, participates in a panel discussion at the 2015 Fortune Global Forum in San FranciscoLockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a contract worth nearly $969 million to build 17 C-130J military transport aircraft, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The work is expected to be completed by April 2020, the Department of Defense said in its daily digest of major contract awards. Last month, Lockheed announced that it had reached a verbal agreement with the U.S. Air Force for a five-year contract to build up to 83 C-130 J Super Hercules transport planes for the Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps through 2020.

U.S. regulators accuse two Chinese citizens of insider trading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:03

To match Special Report SEC/INVESTIGATIONSIn a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court that was made public Tuesday, the SEC said Zhichen Zhou, a web administrator at, engaged in "highly suspicious" trading in the stocks of MedAssets Inc and Chindex International Inc. Both companies later announced private equity takeovers in deals where one of the bidders had been TPG Capital LP[TPG.UL], where CEO Yannan Liu, Zhou's cousin, had previously worked, the SEC said. The SEC said trading Zhou engaged in before those deals were publicly announced enabled him to make $306,930 in net profits.

Nine killed as business jet hits buildings in Ohio: reports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:53

Plane crashes in AkronNine people were killed on Tuesday when a small business jet crashed into two residential buildings while approaching an Akron airport, local media reported, citing police sources. Ohio State Highway Patrol officially confirmed that the pilot and co-pilot as well as an unknown number of passengers were killed in the fiery crash. Ohio State Highway patrol spokesman Lieutenant Bill Haymaker said the 10-passenger plane was "intact but burnt." Summit County medical examiner Lisa Kohler told reporters she was implementing a "mass casualty plan" for the morning, when it is light.

China says UN Security Council 'is not about human rights'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China's ambassador to the United Nations is opposing further discussion of North Korea's human rights situation by the U.N. Security Council, telling reporters that "the Security Council is not about human rights."

Bill Clinton visits big wind farm in western Panama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:48

Bill Clinton visits big wind farm in western PanamaPENONOME, Panama (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is talking up the potential of renewable energy to shield developing countries from the effects of climate change.

2 charged in alleged plot to attack synagogues, churches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:46
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two men described by authorities as white supremacists have been charged in Virginia with trying to illegally buy weapons and explosives to use in attacks on synagogues and black churches.

New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, 77, dies in Spain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:46

File photo of inductee Allen Toussaint performing during the Songwriters Hall of Fame awards in New YorkAllen Toussaint, one of the legendary names of New Orleans music, has died in Madrid at the age of 77. The piano master, known for jazz, R&B and blues and who wrote hits such as "Working in a Coalmine" and produced Patti LaBelle's famous cover of "Lady Marmalade", died of a heart attack on Monday evening after giving a concert at the Spanish capital's Teatro Lara, hospital officials said. Fans posted videos of Toussaint's final performance on YouTube, while the English singer and songwriter Billy Bragg said on Twitter: "The man was a genius." Toussaint, who began performing in his teens, collaborated with a wide range of artists, including John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Lee Dorsey, Paul McCartney and The Band.

Kansas white supremacist sentenced to death for three murders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:43

Frazier Glenn Cross a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan talks during his sentencing hearing in Johnson County District Court in Olathe in Olathe KansasA judge on Tuesday issued the death penalty for the white supremacist convicted of shooting to death three people at two Jewish centers in Kansas last year. Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan sentenced Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, to die by lethal injection. A jury in early September convicted Cross, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan, of the murders and recommended that he be put to death.

8 charged in workers' compensation kickback scheme

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:40
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eight people are facing federal charges in San Diego in what prosecutors call a kickback scheme that involved tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and $25 million in improper workers' compensation claims.

Ex-LA man pleads guilty to smuggling giant freshwater fish

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles man who was on the run for four years has pleaded guilty to smuggling the world's largest freshwater fish.

Report questions railroad bridge safety, inspection system

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:30

A train travels over a railroad bridge between Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. A new report from environmental groups is raising questions about the safety of railroad bridges because many appear worn and inspection reports aren’t generally available to the public. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two environmental groups say they are worried about the safety of railroad bridges because inspection reports generally aren't public, and railroads take care of their own bridges.

MLB's Atlanta Braves say pitcher Tommy Hanson dead at 29

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:29

File photo of Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson throwing in the first inning during their MLB National League baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field in AtlantaFormer Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson, once considered among baseball's most promising young talents before being beset by shoulder injuries, has died in Atlanta at age 29, the team said on Tuesday. The Braves said Hanson died Monday night at a local hospital. Atlanta television station WSB said he suffered "catastrophic organ failure." The station said Hanson was hospitalized on Sunday after suffering breathing difficulty and falling into a coma.

World War II veteran from Louisiana turning 110 years old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 08:26
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A World War II veteran in Louisiana turns 110 on Friday.