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Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson shooting, 9pm press conference

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:30

No indictment for Ferguson police officer, Michael Brown's family releases statementA grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.


4 women victims in serial killing case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:15
Two convicted sex offenders have been indicted by a grand jury on murder and rape charges in the killing of four women in Orange County, California, in late 2013 and early 2014. The victims had a history of prostitution.

VA ousts hospital chief in Phoenix scandal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:13

This undated handout photo provided by The Veterans Affairs Department, shows Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System. Helman was fired Monday, nearly seven months after she and two high-ranking officials were placed on administrative leave amid allegations that 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment at the hospital. Helman had led the Phoenix facility since February 2012. Best quality available. (AP Photo/Veterans Affairs Department)WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans' hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays.


GOP wisdom shifts on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 08:05

FILE - In a Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives a thumbs up as he speaks at his campaign party, in West Allis, Wis. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP "must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform." It was critical for the party's survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount to the nation's surging Hispanic population. But as President Obama issued a sweeping immigration order last week, some of the Republican Party's most prominent governors — likely presidential candidates among them — described immigration reform as little more than an afterthought. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing.


Ferguson grand jury announcement at 9pm Monday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:56

No indictment for Ferguson police officer, Michael Brown's family releases statementAction News has learned the grand jury announcement on whether to indict a Ferguson police officer on Michael Brown's will made at 9 p.m. tonight.


Missouri governor calls for peace in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:53
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for "peace, respect and restraint" when a grand jury announcement is made on whether a white police officer will be charged with fatally shooting a black 18-year-old.

Missouri governor urges restraint after grand jury decision on Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:50
(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urged tolerance, respect and restraint after a grand jury decision is announced later on Monday on the August shooting in Ferguson of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Nixon told a news conference the National Guard would be deployed in support roles for police, who are preparing for possible protests in the St. Louis suburb in the wake of the decision, which is to be announced at 8 p.m. CST. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Police: Video of officer shooting boy is 'clear'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:46
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday.

Reading's 'ugly' Christmas tree to remain after all

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:42

Reading's 'ugly' Christmas tree to remain after allA Christmas tree that some residents of a Pennsylvania city had maligned as ugly will remain in its prominent downtown location after all.


Contrasting views persist on Marion Barry's legacy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:39

Kaneisha Tiller, far left, and Crystal Hamilton, hold candles during a vigil to honor former mayor and current DC City Council member Marion Barry, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Washington. Barry, who staged a comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two divergent views of Washington's "mayor for life" stand in stark contrast in the complicated legacy that Marion Barry leaves behind.


Mexican drug trafficker sentenced in Chicago to 22 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:35
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Mexican drug trafficker to 22 years in prison for shipping 276 kg of cocaine to Chicago hidden in railway cars, in a case highlighting the city's role as a hub for distributing cocaine across the United States. Judge Ruben Castillo said there was no proof Alfredo Vazquez Hernandez, 59, was a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa cartel, as prosecutors alleged. But in handing down a long sentence for a first-time offender who had pleaded guilty, he said he had trouble believing Vazquez had never dealt drugs previously. ...

Correction: Bogus Bonus story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:28

Oracle's Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison gestures while giving a demonstration during his keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld in San FranciscoHONOLULU (AP) — In a story Nov. 22 about Island Air taking back bonuses paid to pilots, The Associated Press reported erroneously the reason for the bonuses. They were from an agreement to pay bonuses 30 days before the arrival of new planes, not for Christmas.


College student released after Texas military post lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:24
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A male college student was released on Monday after being taken into custody for driving an unauthorized vehicle onto San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston military base on Sunday night, sparking a lockdown and a full security alert, officials said. The San Antonio-area man, who has not been identified, posed no security risk, military officials said without offering further details. The suspect was alone in his car when military police pulled him over after a brief pursuit. ...

Missouri officials to reveal grand jury's decision on teen's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:23

Protesters, demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August, stop traffic during a march through a suburb in St. Louis, MissouriBy Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst CLAYTON, Mo./FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri officials plan to announce a grand jury's decision on whether to criminally charge a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson at 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Monday, authorities said. The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a resident of a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb and has become a flashpoint for strained U.S. race relations. ...


Ferguson protests small but growing amid din of car horns, drum

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:21
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Honking horns and banging a metal bucket, a small but growing group of protesters awaited Monday's grand jury decision, swarming the Ferguson Police Department and meeting briefly with the father of slain black teen Michael Brown. Mike Brown Sr., whose unarmed son was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, slowed down in a car to chat with demonstrators after hearing that the secret panel had reached a decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting. ...

Prosecutor: Ferguson announcement coming at 8 p.m.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:19
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis County prosecutor's office has announced plans for an 8 p.m. news conference to announce whether a grand jury has indicted a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Missouri grand jury decision on Ferguson shooting to come at 8 p.m. CST: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:17
(Reuters) - The Missouri grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August will be announced at 8 p.m. CST on Monday, prosecutors said. The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a resident of a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, has become a flashpoint for strained U.S. race relations. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Grandparents hope for return of beloved dog

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:13

Grandparents hope for return of beloved dogA Montgomery County family has launched an all-out search for their beloved dog.


Oklahoma's education waiver reinstated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:12
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government has restored Oklahoma's flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding, state officials said Monday.

Hundreds of University of California students walk out over proposed tuition hike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:09
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - Hundreds of University of California students walked out of classes on Monday to protest a planned 25 percent tuition increase they say will make the cost of education across the 10-campus system too expensive. The proposed tuition hike of 5 percent over each of the next five years kicked off angry student protests last week and set the stage for a potentially rancorous fight between the system's governing board of regents and state lawmakers who oppose the increase. Tuition is currently about $12,000 a year. ...