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Rhodes scholars for class of 2015 announced

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 34 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rhodes Trust says 32 U.S. men and women have been named Rhodes scholars and will enter Oxford University next October.

More than 30 horses die in stable fire outside Chicago: reports

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 44 min ago
CHICAGO (Reuters) - As many as 32 horses died in a fire at a stable and boarding facility in a town outside Chicago, local media reported on Sunday. Five horses survived the fire at the Valley View Acres stable in Woodstock, about 45 miles northwest of Chicago, Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Chief Paul Deraedt told the Sun Times and other local media. Deraedt and Valley View Acres could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday. Firefighters responded to the fire at the two-story barn about 11 p.m. on Saturday, the reports said. ...

Mother who shot children dies from her injuries

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 52 min ago

Investigators worn the scene of a shooting Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tabernacle, N.J. New Jersey State Police say two people are dead and two were found wounded in a shooting in the southern New Jersey home. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who authorities say shot all three of her children, killing two of them, before turning the gun on herself died Sunday from her injuries, state police said.

New York City baby shot as father cleaned illegal weapon, police say

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 53 min ago
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - A nine-month-old baby was shot and severely wounded on Sunday by her father, who told New York City police his gun accidentally discharged while he was cleaning it. Police in Brooklyn responded to a 911 call on Saturday afternoon and found the baby girl with a gunshot wound to her lower left abdomen, a spokeswoman from the New York City Police Department said. The baby was struck by a bullet from a .45 caliber handgun that had been obtained illegally, the spokeswoman said. The baby was rushed to a nearby hospital for surgery, she said. ...

New York lawmakers meet to address police shooting of unarmed man

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 55 min ago

A protester holds a poster outside the National Action Network as reverend Al Sharpton speaks about the death of Akai Gurley, in HarlemBy Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - New York City elected officials were meeting on Sunday to discuss community concerns following the shooting death of an unarmed man in Brooklyn by a police officer who said his weapon discharged accidentally, officials said. A spokeswoman for Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said he was meeting with city leaders, including U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Nydia Velazquez, to discuss calls for a full investigation and the officer's arrest. ...

Anxious Ferguson waits for grand jury's decision

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 1 min ago

Barricades block the entrance to the St. Louis County Police Headquarters in ClaytonBy Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - After a fourth straight night of low-level protests in Ferguson, Missouri, anxious residents still did not know on Sunday when a grand jury would return a decision on whether to charge a white policeman who shot an unarmed black teen to death this summer. It appeared that the St. Louis suburb, which has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations since Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, would have to wait until at least Monday and perhaps longer for an announcement. ...

Yale student from Philadelphia a Rhodes Scholar

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 36 min ago

Yale student from Philadelphia a Rhodes ScholarA Philadelphia man pursuing a degree in African American Studies and Political Science at Yale has been named one of 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars.

Small quake shakes Dallas area, stirring fracking critics

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 50 min ago
By Jim Forsyth (Reuters) - A light earthquake shook the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of North Texas on Saturday night, leaving no known damage or casualties but stirring concern about the potential of the area's oil and gas fracking industry to generate seismic activity. The magnitude 3.3 earthquake struck about 9:15 p.m. Central time on Saturday, said Dale Grant, an geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was near the border of the cities of Dallas and Irving, near the site of the former Texas Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys football team played for nearly 40 years. ...

New Jersey mother dies days after shooting her children, police say

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 1 min ago
(Reuters) - A New Jersey mother who shot and killed two of her children and critically wounded a third before turning the gun on herself died on Sunday, three days after the shootings, state police said. Jeaninne LePage, 44, had been hospitalized in critical condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey since the Thursday morning shootings at a home in Tabernacle, New Jersey. State police said Sunday she had died, but gave no further details. Her 11-year-old son, Alexander Harriman, remains in treatment at the same hospital, officials said. ...

Hunter dies after accidentally shooting himself

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 29 min ago
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey goose hunter who was out with his father died after he accidentally shot himself in the head and neck.

2 Children Being Tested for Possible Ebola in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 37 min ago
Ohio public health officials are investigating possible cases of Ebola after two children were admitted to a hospital with feverish symptoms.

AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 57 min ago

This image provided by the Profiles in History auction house shows the cover of an auction catalog, featuring several pages of what has become known as "The Joan Anderson Letter," some 16,000 Benzedrine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. The letter, Kerouac said shortly before his death, would have transformed his counterculture muse Cassady into a towering literary figure, if only it hadn't been lost. As it turns out, the letter wasn't lost, just misplaced, and it's scheduled to go on sale Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Profiles in History)LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.

Boy Carrying Replica Gun Dies After Shot by Police

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 2 min ago
A 12-year-old boy who was shot by Cleveland police officers while carrying a replica gun in a park playground has died, hospital officials said.

UVa suspends fraternal activities after sex assault report

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 8 min ago

UVa suspends fraternal activities after sex assault reportThe University of Virginia on Saturday suspended activities at all campus fraternal organizations amid an investigation into a published report in which a student described being sexually assaulted by seven men at a fraternity in 2012.

Relatives question honor for civil rights workers

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 17 min ago

In this June 15, 2014 photo, Rita Schwerner Bender speaks outside the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Miss., following a commemorative service for her late husband, Michael Schwerner, and the two other civil rights workers killed in the “Mississippi Burning” case. Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are going to be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, but the honor is not sitting well with some of their relatives. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three civil rights workers who were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in 1964 are going to be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but the honor makes some of their relatives uneasy.

Man struck and killed in Burlington City

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 20 min ago

Man struck and killed in Burlington CityNew Jersey State Police are investing a fatal accident in Burlington City.

Philadelphia Marathon winners cross finish line, check detours

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 21 min ago

Philadelphia Marathon winners cross finish line, check detoursThe winners of the Philadelphia Marathon have crossed the finish line.

Scandal-plagued former Washington mayor Marion Barry dies

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 23 min ago

Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78. Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation's most promising black politicians. Years later, many Washingtonians would consider him a scoundrel but he remained a hero to many others in impoverished parts of the city, even as his continuing battles with substance abuse went public. ...

Flooding could follow heavy snow in western New York

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 33 min ago

Sgt. Marshall Cashman with the 105th Military Police Company helps remove snow in South BuffaloBy Mark Blinch BUFFALO (Reuters) - Emergency workers filled thousands of sandbags on Sunday as the area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to seven feet (2 meters) of snow. Hundreds of members of the New York National Guard were in Erie County and Buffalo to help with flood prevention after days of work to clear roads and dig homes and cars out of the record snow from a storm that killed 13 people. ...

Fort Drum powered by wood in renewable energy push

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 49 min ago

This Nov. 12, 2014 photo shows a view from the roof of the ReEnergy biomass power plant, overlooking wood chip piles and conveyors, at Fort Drum, N.Y. The biomass power plant is part of a military-wide initiative to put green energy systems on installations nationwide. The ReEnergy plant supplies 100 percent of Fort Drum’s electricity by burning waste wood from logging operations mixed with shredded tires. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.