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Parents, students upset at dress-code enforcement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:56

In this undated photo provided by Chad Pehrson shows his daughter, Tayler Gillespie, 17, wearing her homecoming dance dress that failed to pass the school’s dress code. Parents, and students at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, say they’re angry at the way school administrators enforced a dress code at a homecoming dance. The dress code said hemlines should go no higher than mid-thigh when seated. The code also says dresses should cover the chest and back at the top of the armpit and should be secured.. (AP Photo/Chad Pehrson)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Parents and students at a Utah high school say they're angry at the way school administrators enforced a dress code at a homecoming dance.

Harvard picks insider Blyth to helm $36 billion endowment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:55
By Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard University on Wednesday named an insider, Stephen Blyth, to run its $36.4 billion endowment, the world's largest. Blyth, who heads public markets at Harvard Management Co, the school's investment arm, will replace President Jane Mendillo after she retires in December. Mendillo has run the endowment for six years, steadily rebuilding it following heavy losses during the financial crisis. The choice of Blyth, 46, signals continuity for the Ivy League university. ...

2 killed in Alabama UPS shooting were supervisors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:54

A UPS warehouse has police cars and tape surrounding it on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. A UPS employee opened fire Tuesday morning inside one of the company's warehouses in Alabama, killing two people before taking his own life, police said.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The fiancee of one of two UPS supervisors who police say were slain by a fired employee said Wednesday her boyfriend had expressed sympathy for the man over the dismissal but didn't fear him.

Man charged with abducting UVa. student apprehended

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:52

Suspect captured in case of missing UVa studentPolice say they have captured the man charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student.

Charges tossed in death of disabled New York girl

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:52

FILE - This June 2014, file photo, provided by the Westchester County Department of Correction, shows Nicole Diggs. A Westchester County judge ruled this week that a detective's testimony to the grand jury that indicted Nicole Diggs and Oscar Thomas was inaccurate in several respects. The judge also said the detective improperly suggested that the girl's $2 million trust fund was a motive in her death. Diggs, 32, a special education teacher, and Thomas, 29, who married after the girl's death, had pleaded not guilty after being charged with negligent homicide and child endangerment in the 2012 death in Yonkers of 8-year-old Alayah Savarese. (AP Photo/Westchester County Department of Correction, File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Homicide charges have been dismissed — at least temporarily — against a couple accused of killing the woman's severely disabled daughter by withholding food and medical care.

Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:52

Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah cavernsA proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: ...

Oil-patch killing suspect called fit for trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:51
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the Montana Department of Justice asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject a Colorado man's petition to be declared unfit to stand trial in the oil-patch murder of a high school math teacher.

GM compensation fund makes first offers to victims, gets more claims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:51

The U.S. flag flies at the Burt GM auto dealer in DenverDETROIT (Reuters) - The fund to compensate for deaths or injuries linked to General Motors Co vehicles with faulty ignition switches this week made its first cash offers to about 15 people, the office of the lawyer overseeing the program said on Wednesday. The fund will pay at least $1 million for each death claim or more if they had dependants. GM has set aside $400 million to cover the compensation costs. The total number of claims filed by Wednesday was up to 850 from the 675 claims through last Friday, including 150 death claims, said an official with the office of lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. ...

Appeals court clears way for early voting in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:47
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday cleared the way for voters in Ohio to begin casting in-person ballots as early as Tuesday, 35 days before the November midterm election. A three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus earlier this month that reinstated early in-person voting hours on multiple Sundays and weekday evenings. ...

Kentucky man charged with making threats against Representatives

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:46
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - A Kentucky man was charged by a federal grand jury on Wednesday with threatening to kill Republican Representative Andy Barr and his predecessor, former Representative Ben Chandler, a Democrat, prosecutors said. Russell Little, 40, of Richmond, Kentucky, left a series of threatening voice mails at Barr's Lexington office between April and August of this year, threatening to "bust (Barr's) brains out" and "bust (Chandler) in the head with a bullet," prosecutors said in a complaint. ...

Central America plan foresees infrastructure, energy projects: draft

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:46
By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - A plan by Central American governments to boost economic growth in the region and cut illegal immigration to the United States foresees major spending on infrastructure and energy projects, a draft of the proposal showed on Wednesday. The "Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle" aims to renovate highways, city bypasses and border crossings in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as carry out improvements to other infrastructure in the region. ...

Turkish leader says world not doing enough

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:45

President Recep Tayyib Erdogan of Turkey addresses a meeting of the United Nations Security Council regarding the threat of foreign terrorist fighters during the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of Turkey on Wednesday accused the international community of doing too little to stem the flow of foreign fighters to Syria and slammed the U.N. Security Council's inaction on some of the world's most pressing issues.

Vietnam eyes US arms sales, downplays China impact

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:45
NEW YORK (AP) — Vietnam said Wednesday it wants to be able to buy weapons from the United States and that regional powerhouse China should not be alarmed.

Judge denies bid to move Boston Marathon bombing trial out of city

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:45
BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday denied a bid by the accused Boston Marathon bomber to move his trial out of the city that was the site of the worst mass-casualty attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. U.S. District Judge George O'Toole agreed to delay the start of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by two months to January, pushing it back after the U.S. holiday season. ...

Appeals court upholds Ohio ruling on early voting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:41

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2012, file photo, voters wait in line outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland on the final day of early voting. A federal appeals court on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, upheld an order from an Ohio judge that expands the swing state's voting schedule this fall. The ruling moved the start of early voting to Sept. 30 instead of Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal appeals court panel Wednesday upheld an order from an Ohio judge that expands the swing state's voting schedule this fall and allows early ballots to be cast next week, although Secretary of State Jon Husted wasted little time in announcing he would appeal the decision.

Suburban Denver student education protest grows

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:38

Pamona High School students engage with passing motorists in a busy intersection near their school, during a multi-school protest against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, in Arvada, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Students from several high schools walked out of class Tuesday in the second straight day of protests in Jefferson County. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Around 1,000 young people across several high schools in suburban Denver participated Wednesday in the largest of a series of student demonstrations opposing a new set of high school history standards proposed by a conservative-led school board.

Man charged with abducting Va. student apprehended

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:35
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police say they have captured the man charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student.

Police: Man charged with abducting missing University of Virginia student in custody in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:34
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police: Man charged with abducting missing University of Virginia student in custody in Texas.

How imminent is an 'imminent' attack threat?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:33

Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Jr., Director of Operations J3, speaks about the operations in Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during a news conference at the Pentagon. In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say. Mayville, the Pentagon’s operations chief, said that the Khorasan Group was nearing “the execution phase of an attack either in Europe or the homeland." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Smart people in the administration have spent the last two days telling the American people that U.S. strikes against the Khorasan Group were necessary to disrupt "imminent attack plotting" against U.S. and Western interests.

University launches beer-making program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:27

This photo released by Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., shows James Holton, owner of Mountain Town Station Brewing Co. & Restaurant. The university announced Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, that it will begin offering a certificate program in “fermentation science” to train undergraduates in the science and practicalities of making beer. The school that Holton’s company will help provide students with hand-on experience in brewing. The program aims at training people to work in Michigan’s fast-growing microbrewing industry. (AP Photo/Steve Jessmore, Central Michigan University).DETROIT (AP) — Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in "fermentation science."