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More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 19 min ago
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager. There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday's grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. ...

Company to give back wages to disabled workers

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 35 min ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An employment program agreed to give $300,000 in back wages to around 100 disabled workers for allegedly failing to pay overtime and the minimum wage, as part of a settlement announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

FBI arrests man in Texas suspected of being gang hit man

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 36 min ago
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The FBI arrested a 36-year-old San Antonio man on Wednesday accused of being a mob hit man who is suspected in at least three murders and believed to have given the order to have a Texas police officer killed, the FBI said. Ruben Reyes is accused of fatally shooting three high-ranking members of his own Texas Mexican Mafia on the same day earlier this year, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent working on the case. ...

Police make arrest in $50,000 fur coat heist in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 39 min ago
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Police have arrested one of two men suspected of grabbing $50,000 worth of fur coats on Wednesday from a high-end clothing shop in Greenwich, Connecticut, and then speeding off in a getaway car to New York. State troopers pulled over the pair on a highway near New York City and arrested the driver before the passenger slipped behind the wheel and took off, crashing into a police cruiser during the ensuing chase and escaping on foot, police said. Police are searching for the second suspect. ...

Last of three New Jersey siblings shot by mother dies of wounds

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 40 min ago
(Reuters) - An 11-year-old New Jersey boy, one of three siblings shot by their mother last week before she turned the gun on herself, has died of his wounds, becoming the fourth fatality in the shootings, state police said on Wednesday. Alexander Harriman had been hospitalized in critical condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden since the shootings Thursday morning at a home in Tabernacle. ...

Colorado mastodon bones show ancient warmer Earth

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 45 min ago

In this Nov. 25, 2014 photo, paleontology student Hillary McLean pieces back together the tusk of an ancient mastodon, part of an extensive discovery unearthed from Snowmass, Colo., inside a workroom at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains provides a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today, scientists say. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains is providing scientists with a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today.


DA: Missing woman Jessica Padgett dead; stepfather charged

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 47 min ago

 Missing woman Jessica Padgett dead; stepfather chargedA 33-year-old mother of three who had been missing since Friday has been found dead.


US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 48 min ago

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2014, file photo shows EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaking to the Center for American Progress’ Second Annual Policy Conference in Washington. The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.


Convicted Texas murderer featured in 'Bernie' film gets sentencing hearing

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 57 min ago
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A former mortician serving a life sentence for murdering an elderly East Texas woman in a case that inspired the 2011 film "Bernie" will receive a new punishment hearing, a state appeals court ruled on Wednesday. Bernie Tiede, 56, was ordered released from prison on a $10,000 personal bond in May pending a ruling by a state criminal court of appeals on whether his punishment was too harsh. ...

AccuWeather: Rain, Wet Snow Today

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 1 min ago

 Storm Moving Out, Icy Spots OvernightMeteorologist David Murphy says the NW suburbs will be the hardest hit with slippery roads and heavy wet snow.


Connecticut to offer driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 3 min ago
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut said on Wednesday that it will provide special driver's licenses for illegal immigrants starting next week to help stop them from driving the state's roads unregistered and uninsured. The move comes days after President Barack Obama issued an executive order protecting millions of undocumented immigrants across the country from deportation, which state officials said could boost participation in their drivers' license program. ...

Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 10 min ago
Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

Tom Hanks, wife to host Christmas tree lighting

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 12 min ago

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2014 file photo, U.S actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson arrive for the British Academy Film Awards 2014 After Party at the Grosvenor Hotel, in central London. Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, will host this year’s National Christmas Tree lighting in President’s Park near the White House. The National Park Service announced Wednesday that Hanks and Wilson will host the ceremony Dec. 4, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, will host this year's National Christmas Tree lighting in President's Park near the White House.


3rd child dies after Tabernacle murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 12 min ago

3rd child dies after Tabernacle murder-suicideState Police say the mother believed to have shot three children in an attempted murder-suicide in Tabernacle, New Jersey has died.


4 people shot at strip mall barbershop in Reading

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 14 min ago

4 people shot at strip mall barbershop in ReadingPolice say four people were injured in a shooting at a strip mall barbershop in Reading, Berks County.


Police: Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feet

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 14 min ago

 Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feetNewark Police have arrested the suspect who they say dragged a 78-year-old woman 30 feet during a purse snatching.


78-year-old woman dragged 30 feet in Delaware purse snatching

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 16 min ago

 Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feetNewark Police have arrested the suspect who they say dragged a 78-year-old woman 30 feet during a purse snatching.


Illinois asks state's top court to revive pension overhaul

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 20 min ago
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Illinois, which is struggling to bolster a shaky public pension system weighed down by a $104.6 billion shortfall, has asked the state's highest court to reverse a lower court ruling that declared a planned overhaul unconstitutional. The expedited appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, which was expected, seeks to overturn a Nov. 21 ruling by Judge John Belz of the Sangamon County Circuit Court. ...

Police: 78-year-old woman 30 feet in Delaware purse snatching

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 22 min ago

 Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feetNewark Police have arrested the suspect who they say dragged a 78-year-old woman 30 feet during a purse snatching.


Thanksgiving Eve: Very busy, but not busiest

Yahoo! National News - 7 hours 29 min ago

Vehicles cruise under light snowfall, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The northern New Jersey region is expected to be hit by a snowstorm, which will cause problems for those traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is often called the nation's busiest travel day of the year, and it surely feels that way sometimes. But it's probably not entirely true.