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Trial lawyer gives $50M to Drexel law school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:21

In this Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 photo, attorney Thomas Kline speaks during a news conference at Drexel University, in Philadelphia. Drexel University’s law school is being named for Kline, who donated $50 million to the school. University officials announced Wednesday the school will now be known as the Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Kline has spent more than 35 years as an attorney focusing on personal injury, medical malpractice and whistleblower cases. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia trial lawyer Thomas R. Kline has amassed a fortune during a long career representing people harmed in unusual, and unusually tragic, ways.

Man struck by car in Mantua

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:10

Man struck by car in MantuaPolice say a man was struck by a car in Philadelphia's Mantua section.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:03

Scottish independence referendum ballot boxes are carried to be loaded onto vans to be delivered to Edinburgh's 145 polling places, at New Parliament House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday's referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record levels, supporters of separation feel they are within touching distance of victory — but wonder whether their surge in the polls will be enough. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

House votes to arm Syrian rebels

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:42

Mitc McConnell speaks to reporters at the Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants. ...

U.S. senators call for federal judge to resign over wife beating

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:33
(Reuters) - Three U.S. senators on Wednesday called for the resignation of a federal judge accused of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room last month. Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Republicans of Alabama, joined Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, in calling for the resignation of Alabama-based U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller. “Judge Fuller’s unacceptable personal conduct violates the trust that has been placed in him. He can no longer effectively serve in his position and should step down,” Sessions said in a statement. ...

Tulsa deputy resigns after sexual assault arrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:26

In this photo provided by the Tulsa County Jail is Tulsa County sheriff's deputy Gerald Nuckolls. Oklahoma authorities say Nuckolls, 26, was arrested Tuesday and resigned Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2104 after two women said he sexually assaulted them at a Tulsa County home while he was on duty. (AP Photo/Tulsa County Jail)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff's deputy resigned Wednesday after two women said he sexually assaulted them at a Tulsa County home while he was on duty, a case that comes on the heels of a state trooper and an Oklahoma City police officer being arrested on sexual assault complaints.

Journalists criticize White House for 'secrecy'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:24
CHICAGO (AP) — Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

Sheriff: Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:23

This Sept. 14, 2014 photo provided by the Ada County, Idaho, Sheriff's Office shows a Ford Bronco after it crashed with five teenagers aboard, after authorities say one of the passengers lit the driver’s armpit hair on fire with a lighter in rural Ada County outside of Bosie. All five were hurt in the crash Sunday and had to receive medical treatment. (AP Photo/Ada County Sheriff’s Office)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:18

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Lisa Ann Coleman. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Coleman is set for execution for the 9-year-old Davontae Williams' starvation death 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.

Texas executes woman convicted of starving nine-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:14

Texas Department of Criminal Justice photo of Lisa Ann ColemanBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A woman convicted of the 2004 starving death of a 9-year-old boy was executed on Wednesday by lethal injection at a Texas state prison, authorities said. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, said Robert Hurst, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Coleman was the second woman executed in the United States this year and the 15th since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. She was the 517th prisoner put to death in Texas, the most of any state, since 1976. ...

Man charged in vandalism at congressman's office

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:09
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man was charged Wednesday with throwing two Molotov cocktails at U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's office on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Prosecutor may release audio of Brown grand jury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:05

Protesters chant at a meeting of the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. Protesters, seeking the immediate arrest of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, disrupted a government meeting Tuesday, renewing calls to remove the county prosecutor investigating the case. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him.

Family of unarmed man shot by L.A. police files civil rights suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:53
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of an unarmed black man shot dead by Los Angeles police accused the officers of violating his civil rights in a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday and was seeking $75 million in damages from the city. Police have said two officers shot and killed 25-year-old Ezell Ford, described by a family lawyer as mentally challenged, in mostly poor South Los Angeles on Aug. 11 after he struggled with an officer and tried to grab his gun. ...

USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer.

Video of dairy cows being abused prompts probe in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:43
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Authorities in New Mexico are investigating a dairy farm in the state after an animal rights group secretly recorded video apparently showing workers punching and kicking cows and stabbing them with screwdrivers. Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals said the video was captured using a hidden camera in August and September by a member of the group who got a job at the Winchester Dairy, outside the city of Roswell. Winchester Dairy said it shut down operations at the farm and fired some employees after seeing the video. ...

Alabama woman pleads guilty over leaving baby in hot car: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:42
(Reuters) - An Alabama woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to criminally negligent homicide for leaving her 4-month old son in a hot car in 2013, according to local media reports. Katherine Papke, a U.S. Army sergeant first class, was charged last year with manslaughter after having left her son, Bennett Owen Smith, in his car seat for several hours as she went to work in Anniston, about 55 miles east of Birmingham, the Birmingham News newspaper reported. Papke had earlier dropped her other two children off at school, it reported. ...

Production of Lincoln Logs toy returning to US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:36
BURNHAM, Maine (AP) — Lincoln Logs, the popular toy created nearly a century ago by a son of Frank Lloyd Wright, is coming home to the U.S.A.

Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:33

Pennsylvania State Police Troopers stand in front of the Rotunda at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, for the viewing of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who is charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSchools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks.

Emanuel wants no more signs as large as Trump's

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:31

The Trump International Hotel and Tower is seen looking north on Wabash Ave. in Chicago's famed Loop Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Chicago will always have the TRUMP sign on one of its tallest buildings to remind everyone in big, bold letters how Mayor Rahm Emanuel got trumped by The Donald, but now the mayor is proposing an ordinance to make sure nobody else can do the same. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Months after the installation by Donald Trump of 20-foot-tall letters spelling out his last name on the side of one of the city's tallest skyscrapers, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing an ordinance that would make sure nobody else can do the same.

Principal resigns post after Wyoming hazing skit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:21
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A skit at a Wyoming high school in which new staff members were hazed with sexually suggestive words and actions has resulted in disciplinary action against some employees and the resignation of the principal.