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Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:34

In this photo provided by the U.S. Marines, U.S. Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, center, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, salutes during his awards and retirement ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Herrera, who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan, fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces at the ceremony, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. (AP Photo/U.S. Marines, Sgt. Scott A. Achtemeier)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.


$139M deal reached in school sex abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:09

Plaintiffs' attorney John Manly, right, with co-counsel Luis Carrillo, left, talks to reporters outside Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, following the settlement of litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of lewd conduct against his students. The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139 million to end all remaining litigation in the deal involving 81 students, ending a legal saga that began when Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt was arrested in 2012 and accused of blindfolding students and feeding them his semen on cookies. Plaintiff’s lawyers had planned to present evidence suggesting the school district was aware of sexual misconduct by Berndt three decades ago but failed to act until a photo processor at a pharmacy contacted police about film Berndt dropped off that showed pictures of blindfolded children and being fed some substance. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay more than $139 million to end remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous lewd acts on his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.


San Francisco window washer falls onto moving car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:08

A Toyota Camry has a caved in roof after a window washer fell at least 11 stories onto the moving vehicle in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Police say the San Francisco window washer survived the falling on Friday. (AP Photo/Lisa Leff)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A worker fell screaming 11 stories from the roof of a bank building Friday morning onto a moving car, crushing its roof and sending shattered glass flying into the street, police and witnesses said.


5 Disturbing Things We Learned About Sandy Hook Shooter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:03
Connecticut's Office of the Child Advocate issued a report about Adam Lanza.

Unarmed man killed by police in NY housing complex

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:36

A man who identified himself as a detective with the district attorney's office inspects the area in a stairwell where a man was allegedly shot by a police officer the night before at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Brooklyn borough of New York. A rookie police officer with his gun drawn shot to death 28-year-old Akai Gurley, an unarmed, innocent man in the darkened stairwell of the crime-ridden public housing complex, New York City police officials said Friday. The shooting appeared to be an accident, Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie police officer walking with his gun drawn in a darkened stairwell of a crime-ridden public housing complex accidentally shot and killed a man who was leaving the building with his girlfriend, authorities said Friday.


$15,000 reward in shooting of Delaware State Trooper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:36

$15,000 reward in shooting of Delaware State TrooperThe reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot a Delaware state trooper is now up to $15,000.


Students protest school response to rape claims

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:16
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Administrators and faculty at an Oklahoma high school are preparing for a protest Monday by students upset with the handling of an alleged rape.

Judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:16

Judge denies sports betting in New JerseyA federal judge ruled Friday that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort boost the state's struggling horse racing and casino industries.


Judge denies sports betting in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:16

Judge denies sports betting in New JerseyA federal judge ruled Friday that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort boost the state's struggling horse racing and casino industries.


Seattle police body cameras plan revived by deal with anonymous programmer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:15
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle police plan to outfit officers with body cameras was back on for early December after the agency struck an unusual deal with an anonymous programmer whose massive public-records requests threatened to cripple the program, police said on Friday. The programmer, who operates a YouTube channel of 911 calls, surveillance and police footage, had bombarded the department with requests for video content from police cameras, which the department said it lacks the funds and staff to quickly fulfill. ...

Louisiana AG disagrees with ruling that would free 'Angola Three' inmate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 09:37
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Louisiana's attorney general disagreed on Friday with a federal court ruling overturning the conviction of the last of the prisoners known as the "Angola Three," who has spent 42 years in solitary confinement. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday affirmed a 2013 ruling that overturned the conviction of Albert Woodfox for the 1972 second-degree murder of a guard at the state prison at Angola. ...

Wolf travels hundreds of miles to northern Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 09:36
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A female gray wolf from the Northern Rockies traveled hundreds of miles into northern Arizona, marking the species' first appearance in the region in more than 70 years and the farthest journey south, wildlife officials confirmed Friday.

Obama touts immigration plan at Vegas high school

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 09:22

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he leaves the auditorium at Del Sol High School, in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, after speaking about immigration. The president unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation, setting off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dallamy Santos said she knows what it's like when immigration status tears a family apart. The Las Vegas casino worker experienced it when her husband had to go back to Mexico and wait indefinitely until he was cleared to return to the U.S.


Burglars break into home, steal husband's ashes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:43
GARDEN CITY, Idaho (AP) — Police in southwestern Idaho are investigating after burglars broke into a woman's home and stole her husband's ashes.

Woman: Rape at Mardi Gras ignored by detectives

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:35
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A woman says she was raped in New Orleans during Mardi Gras festivities in a case among scores that the city's police department failed to properly investigate.

VIDEO: Press conference on Tabernacle murders

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:33

 Press conference on Tabernacle murdersAuthorities provide an update on the investigation into the deaths of two children.


Official: Ferguson grand jury still meeting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:29
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision.

Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:28

This July, 26, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a Greater Sage Grouse at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. A government study recommends keeping oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects more than 3 miles away from the breeding grounds of a bird that ranges across much of the Western U.S. a finding that could carry significant impacts for the energy industry as the Obama administration weighs whether the greater sage grouse needs more protections after seeing its population plummet in recent decades. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,Tom Koerner)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.


Officer testifies about New York chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:26

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, demonstrators march to protest the death of Eric Garner in the Staten Island borough of New York. An attorney for Officer Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City police officer involved in the chokehold death of Garner, said he spent about two hours on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, giving his account of the videotaped death of Garner to a grand jury. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A grand jury heard testimony Friday from a police officer involved in the chokehold death of an unarmed man, a development signaling that it could be close to deciding whether he should face criminal charges in the volatile case.


Arrest in 2007 killing of mom who led double life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:11

This undated photo provided by the Mesa County Sheriff shows Paige Birgfeld, 34, of Grand Junction, Colo. Investigators say they have arrested a man in the killing of Birgfeld, who led a double life as a devoted mom and a paid escort before she disappeared in 2007. Police on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 arrested 63-year-old Lester Ralph Jones on charges of murder, kidnapping and arson in the death of Birgfeld. Birgfeld's remains were found in a dry creek bed in 2012. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff)DENVER (AP) — A man arrested Friday in the killing of a Colorado single mom who vanished more than seven years ago was one of the many unsavory clients she had while leading a double life as a paid escort, investigators say.