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Diplomats: Staffan de Mistura is new Syria envoy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:04

FILE - In this March 22, 2013, file photo, Staffan De Mistura, Italy's then-foreign ministry undersecretary, speaks during a news conference in New Delhi, India. Mistura has been chosen by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats said Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been chosen by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats said Wednesday.


Obama rejects criticism over border crisis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:01

Obama speaks after his meeting with Perry in DallasBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason DALLAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama rejected demands from Texas Governor Rick Perry and others that he visit the border where a child migrant crisis is unfolding and said his critics should get behind his request for $3.7 billion if they want to solve the problem. "Are folks more interested in politics or are they more interested in solving the problem," Obama said he told Perry. If the preference is for politics then it won’t be solved." Obama visited Texas for the first time since the influx of child migrants from Central America overwhelmed border resources. He had talks with Perry aboard his Marine One helicopter and in a group meeting with local officials that Obama called constructive.


5 dead, 2 kids wounded in suburban Houston shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:00

5 children,1 adult dead in suburban Houston shootingAuthorities say multiple fatalities have been reported from a shooting at a home in suburban Houston.


3 officers, male suspect burned in confrontation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:59
CEDAR HILL, Texas (AP) — A man armed with a bottle of flammable liquid set himself and a police officer ablaze Wednesday before another officer shot the suspect at a suburban Dallas shopping strip, police said.

5 dead, 2 wounded in suburban Houston shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:54

5 dead, 2 kids wounded in suburban Houston shootingAuthorities say multiple fatalities have been reported from a shooting at a home in suburban Houston.


5 killed, 2 wounded in suburban Houston shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:52

5 dead, 2 kids wounded in suburban Houston shootingAuthorities say multiple fatalities have been reported from a shooting at a home in suburban Houston.


New Orleans-area school district agrees to rules protecting Hispanics

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:44
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A New Orleans-area school district reached a deal with federal officials on Wednesday to make changes that address allegations of discrimination against Hispanic students and parents. The settlement, which ends a federal probe, stems from a formal complaint filed against the Jefferson Parish Public School System in 2012 alleging it required proof of U.S. citizenship or immigration status from Hispanic students, failed to provide interpreters for parents with limited English and overlooked racially charged bullying. The three-year agreement between the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education and the school district will require it to change any policies dissuading non-citizens from enrolling, provide interpreters for parents and mandate that it investigate and resolve allegations of discrimination. Roughly 21 percent of students in the school district are Hispanic and 11 percent are English-language learners, according to figures published by the district.

Woman found tied up, injured in Germantown barricade

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:35

 Woman sexually assaulted in Germantown barricadePolice responding the report of a barricade situation in Germantown, found a woman inside an apartment tied up and suffering from multiple injuries.


US students in middle of pack on financial knowhow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:30

Graphic shows country financial literacy scores; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — In an increasingly global economy, just 1 in 10 teenagers around the world is able to make some key — but complex — financial decisions, including choosing among various loans or analyzing invoices and pay slips.


Woman, 91,assaulted in Cobbs Creek home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:28

Woman, 91,assaulted in Cobbs Creek home invasionPolice are looking for two suspects after a 91-year-old woman was assaulted during a home invasion in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia.


'American Sniper' says punched ex-Minnesota governor Ventura

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:28

FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR VENTURA DURING TIMBERWOLVES NBA PLAYOFF GAME.By Todd Melby ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A Navy SEAL accused of defaming former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura and who died last year said in a videotaped deposition played Wednesday at a trial that he encountered a loud and belligerent Ventura at a bar in 2006 and punched him. Chris Kyle, who was killed in 2013 at a Texas shooting range by a troubled Iraq war veteran, said in the deposition recorded in November 2012 and played for jurors that he was not worried about Ventura's lawsuit.


Slain author says Ventura's name deleted from book

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:22

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, right, made his way back into Warren E. Burger Federal Building during the first day of jury selection in a defamation lawsuit, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Paul, Minn. Ventura filed the defamation lawsuit against the Chris Kyle estate, claiming that Kyle's account of a bar fight in a book he wrote was false. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A slain military sniper whose memoir sparked a lawsuit from former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura admitted before his death that he removed Ventura's name from the book because he was afraid of being sued, jurors in Ventura's defamation lawsuit heard Wednesday.


Nuclear site workers test thousands of air samples

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:11

Bob Wilkinson, right, an environmental safety manager for the contractor Washington River Protection Solutions, demonstrates protective and clothing and a scuba-type tank-and-mask breathing apparatus used by workers in areas with potential exposure to possibly harmful vapors during a media tour of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Wednesday, July 9, 2014 near Richland, Wash. Officials said Wednesday that 12,000 air samples taken at Hanford this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday.


Multiple fatalities in Houston-area shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:09

5 dead, 2 kids wounded in suburban Houston shootingAuthorities say multiple fatalities have been reported from a shooting at a home in suburban Houston.


UN chief calls Mideast leaders, urges restraint

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:09
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for restraint and an end to the new wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence in a blitz of phone calls Wednesday to their leaders and key players in the region, warning that the situation raises the risk of another full-blown war.

Groups: Immigrant minors need deportation lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:00
SEATTLE (AP) — A coalition of immigrant rights advocacy groups sued the federal government Wednesday, saying the vast majority of minors in deportation proceedings lack legal representation.

Female hostage found injured in Germantown barricade

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:57

Female hostage found injured in Germantown barricadePolice responding the report of a barricade situation in Germantown, found a woman inside an apartment tied up and suffering from multiple injuries.


Estimated 1M gallons of saltwater leaks in ND bay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:52
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Around 1 million gallons of saltwater spilled into a North Dakota bay, causing some environmental damage but sparing a nearby lake that provides drinking water for an American Indian reservation, company and tribe officials said Wednesday.

Washington state approves first producer of pot edibles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:50
By Bryan Cohen SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle-based company that makes marijuana-infused drinks and candies has become the first business in Washington approved to make edible pot products for the state's newly opened stores, officials said Wednesday. State officials said two other companies were awarded processing licenses, but did not yet have approved kitchens.  "This is a landmark day, not only for Db3 as a company, but also for the consumers facing a potential shortage of edible products at retail outlets," the firm's president, Michael Devlin, said in a statement. The state Liquor Control Board, which regulates the fledgling marijuana sector, is due to consider a proposal next week on packaging and labeling standards for edibles. The state's first recreational pot stores opened on Tuesday, making Washington only the second state to allow such sales after Colorado.

Judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban, stays ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:50

Two men, both wearing signs that read "he's the groom", hold hands shortly after midnight after getting a civil union when Colorado's civil union law went into effect in DenverBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A state judge struck down Colorado's gay marriage ban on Wednesday, saying the prohibition violated constitutional rights, but put his ruling on hold pending appeal. Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree said in his decision that Colorado's prohibition, approved by voters in 2006, conflicted with the fundamental right to marry. Several other same-sex marriage lawsuits are moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court. The attorney general of neighboring Utah said on Wednesday he would appeal directly to the Supreme Court a ruling by a federal appeals court last month that backed gay marriage in the conservative, largely Mormon state.