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Sharpen the pencils: Tennessee revives cursive teaching

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:06
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Children in Tennessee will have to get used to holding a pencil again next year when new cursive handwriting standards go into effect in schools throughout the state. The trend around the United States is to emphasize keyboarding - a skill that is included in the Common Core education standards adopted by most states. "I am surprised we have stopped teaching it in some places," said Gary Nixon, executive director of the Tennessee School Board. If you can do it, great, but if not, it doesn't matter," said Cory Woodroof, 21, a student at Lipscomb University in Nashville who felt grade school handwriting classes were wasted time.

Getting your child the needed vaccinations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:01

Getting your child the needed vaccinationsThe CDC wants to make sure all parents know what vaccinations their children will need as they prepare for another school year.


Obama urges renewal of US Export-Import Bank

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:02

President Barack Obama, center, speaks with people on the porch while visiting with Valerie Jarrett and friends in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Obama is vacationing for about two weeks on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs.


Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 16:32

Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformedLAS VEGAS (AP) — The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles seemed a lost cause in 2011, when its owners declared the 59-year-old property unprofitable and shut it down with little more than a vague promise to return.


3 Japanese freshmen killed in California crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 15:35

Debris and a newly-installed utility pole sit at the site of a fatal crash Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Oceanside, Calif. Three Japanese college students were killed and five other foreign students were injured late Thursday, when a car carrying them veered off a California freeway and struck a utility pole, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Eight incoming freshman college students from Japan were riding in a small car that ran off a California freeway and hit a power pole, leaving three of them dead and five of them injured, officials said.


Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:25

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2011 file photo, the state ferry MV Wenatchee sails across Elliott Bay out of Seattle and past the Space Needle as the Cascade Mountains are seen behind. Officials have warned for years about the chronic shortchanging of the ferries, and they’re wondering now whether a recent series of mishaps is just coincidence, or a more troubling sign of how deeply the state has cut into a transportation system that is a major economic driver and a lifeline for many communities. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — The green-and-white ferry pulled away from the docks and churned across Puget Sound, leaving behind Seattle's waterfront. Passengers stood in the breeze on the deck or gazed out of the windows at the distant, snow-covered bulk of Mount Rainier.


Officer charged in hot-car death of police dog

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:23
MILLS, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal-cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left it in a hot patrol car for several hours.

Wash. flash flooding damages estimated 10 homes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:06

This image made from a video provided by KOMO News shows damage in north central Washington after rain created mudslides on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The land, which was left bare by wildfires, washed down hillsides, damaged homes and closed highways. (AP Photo/KOMO News) SEATTLE OUTTWISP, Wash. (AP) — Heavy rains that unleashed mud slides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires damaged or destroyed an estimated 10 homes and blocked highways, officials said Friday.


University of New Mexico suspends soccer coach over hazing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:29
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - The University of New Mexico women's soccer coach and 22 players on the team were ordered suspended on Friday over a hazing incident that landed one extremely intoxicated freshman athlete in the hospital last weekend, the athletic department said. The university athletic director, Paul Krebs, announced the disciplinary action as the school forfeited the team's season-opening match against Texas Tech University, resulting in a $5,000 fine against UNM. Kit Vela, entering her 14th season as coach of women's soccer at the university, will be placed on suspension for one week without pay, starting on Monday, forcing her to miss one scrimmage but no official games.

Heroes honored for saving driver who suffered heart attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:26

Heroes honored for saving driver who suffered heart attackA woman suffered a heart attack behind the wheel and her car went plunging into Cobbs Creek earlier this week and on Friday three Good Samaritans were honored for helping to save her life.


Bensalem teen found guilty of sexually assaulting 10 girls

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:11

Bensalem teen found guilty of sexually assaulting 10 girlsA Bensalem teen could spend more than 80 years in prison after being convicted late Friday in the rapes and sexual assaults of 10 young girls.


St. Louis officer suspended after video comments

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:58
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis County Police chief says an officer who had been assigned to patrols in Ferguson has been suspended while the department reviews a 2012 video in which the officer calls himself "a killer" and makes incendiary comments about religion and U.S. political leaders.

VIDEO: Philly police commissioner takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:45

 Philly police commissioner takes Ice Bucket ChallengePhiladelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey made a splash in his debut on Twitter by doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.


Man who ate pot candy must stand trial in killing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:35

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Denver Police Department shows Richard Kirk, 48. On Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Kirk, who is charged with first-degree murder in the April 14 killing of his 44-year-old wife, Kristine Kirk, in their Denver home. Police officers arrived just after Kristine Kirk was shot in the head, about 15 minutes after she called 911. Police are investigating whether marijuana played a role in the killing. (AP Photo/Denver Police Department, File)DENVER (AP) — A judge ordered a Denver man on Friday to stand trial in the killing of his wife, who told dispatchers moments before her death that he was paranoid and hallucinating after eating marijuana-infused candy.


Goldman in deal worth $1.2B over US bond claims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — Goldman Sachs has agreed to a settlement worth $1.2 billion to resolve claims that it misled U.S. mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about risky mortgage securities it sold them before the housing market collapsed in 2007.

Action News TroubleShooters: Couples seek missing wedding videos

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:32

 Couples seek missing wedding videosA number of area newlyweds contacted Action News Troubleshooters with claims that their wedding videographer was paid in full and disappeared with their videos.


New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:30

In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, Theo Murphy, left, of Florissant, Mo., and his brother Jordan Marshall, 11, light candles at a memorial on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Mo., where where unarmed Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. A small group of people, who preferred to remain anonymous,laid roses along the middle of the road that stretched about 60 yards. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?


Man shot in the head, killed in Juniata Park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:19

Man shot in the head, killed in Juniata ParkAuthorities say a man has died after he was found shot in the head in Philadelphia's Juniata park section.


Man shot in Germantown home, woman in custody

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:55

 Mother shoots son inside Germantown homeA woman has been taken into custody after a shooting inside a Germantown house that sent a man to the hospital in critical condition.


Police: Woman with fake baby cited for trespassing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:15
MERCED, Calif. (AP) — A California woman is under investigation after trying to enter a hospital maternity ward carrying a doll that looked like a living baby, police said Friday, but the woman says the dolls are meant to be therapeutic for patients.