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Correction: Obit-Jane Byrne story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:30

FILE - In this May 16, 2011 file photo, former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne appears at inaugural ceremonies for Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. Byrne, Chicago's first and only female mayor, has died at the age of 81. Byrne’s daughter, Kathy, says her mother died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at a hospice in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the death of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Harold Washington was a state senator when he was elected Chicago mayor. Washington had been a state senator, but he was a U.S. House member when he defeated Byrne and was elected mayor.


Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:28

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, various cuts of beef and pork are displayed for sale in the meat department at a discount market in Arlington, Va. The U.S. is running out of options to keep package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The World Trade Organization has ruled that those labels discriminate against Canada and Mexico. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico.


California firefighter arrested in love triangle murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:27
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California firefighter and his alleged mistress have been arrested in the murder of the woman's husband, who was shot to death at a rail yard in August, police say. Jonathan Michael Hearn, 24, and Sabrina Limon, 35, were taken into custody this week on suspicion of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said in a written release. ...

Combat aviation unit deactivated at Fort Campbell

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:26
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Army says a 2,400-soldier combat aviation unit that recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan will be deactivated at Fort Campbell and its members sent elsewhere, as overseas wars wind down and the military continues to reorganize and downsize.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:22
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Police have journal, videos indicating Florida State shooter believed government targeted him.

Tribes work to create sex-offender registries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:19
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — More than three-quarters of American Indian tribes that have the authority to develop sex-offender registries are well on their way to meeting the legal requirements meant to keep convicted criminals from hiding out on tribal lands, a new report shows.

Mother, 3 children identified in fatal Maine fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:16
CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — The fire marshal's office says a fire that ripped through a mobile home in northern Maine killed a 28-year-old woman and her three young children.

Girl questioned over Yik Yak threat that closed California school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:12
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in Southern California have questioned a girl in connection with at least one threatening post made on social media application Yik Yak that led to a two-day closure of a high school in an affluent oceanside community, officials said. The threats on the smartphone application were made on Monday against Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles, prompting officials to briefly place the campus on lockdown that day and close it on Tuesday and Wednesday. ...

Colombian admits importing tons of coke into US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:11
NEW YORK (AP) — A Colombian described by authorities as one of the biggest cocaine dealers in history pleaded guilty Thursday to a drug trafficking charge, admitting that he imported hundreds of tons of cocaine into the United States.

Obama to offer immigration relief to about 4.7 million: source

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:10

U.S. President Obama pauses during a ceremony honoring the National Medal of Technology and Innovation awardees at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is slated to announce on Thursday that he will offer relief from the threat of deportation to about 4.4 million undocumented people who are parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders, according to a source briefed by the administration. Obama also will announce an expansion of a program that allows children illegally brought to the United States by their parents to stay in the country - a move that could offer relief to an additional 270,000 people, the source said. ...


St. Louis region prepares for Ferguson decision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:42

In a Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 photo, Fatou Diaw, right, watches her friend Kapeli Wiggins spray paint an open sign on the boarded up windows at Mounas & Sisters African Hair Braiding in Ferguson, Mo. The owner of the strip mall located along the 9100 block of W Florissant Ave. boarded up several of businesses over the weekend before the anticipated Michael Brown grand jury announcement. "Business has been slow. Sometimes in a week, no one comes," said Diaw. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis region is on edge in anticipation of an announcement from the grand jury that is weighing whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The August shooting led to weeks of protests, some of them violent, and many people fear renewed violence after the decision, particularly if the panel does not issue an indictment. Some key things to know about the situation:


New Jersey loses jobs in October as it prepares for bond sale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:34
By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - New Jersey's economy showed more cracks on Thursday as the U.S. state with the second-lowest credit rating in the country reported 4,500 jobs lost in October and an upward tick in its unemployment rate. The latest bad news broke a streak of much-needed labor market improvement that had been slow but steady for the Garden State, and it came in advance of a planned $525 million state borrowing on Dec. 3. The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage point to 6.6 percent in October. ...

Murder charges in random California shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:09
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of going on a five-day shooting rampage that killed four people was charged with new counts Thursday that could bring him the death penalty.

Teamsters pull ballot petition for FedEx Freight Virginia facility

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:09
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Teamsters union on Thursday withdrew a petition asking for a secret ballot election for drivers at a Richmond, Virginia, facility of FedEx Corp's trucking unit. The Teamsters did not immediately respond to a query asking why the petition was withdrawn, but the decision comes a day after the union won a ballot at a FedEx facility in South Carolina and withdrew another petition in New Jersey. ...

Feds investigating drones spotted flying near JFK runways

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:08
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three commercial pilots reported seeing drones, some flying as high as 3,000 feet, near their landing approaches at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and federal authorities on Thursday were investigating. Both the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration said they were looking into the reports, the most recent of which came on Wednesday at 1:50 p.m. The pilot of JetBlue Flight 842 from Savannah, Georgia, noticed an unmanned craft about two miles from the runway, the FAA said in a statement. ...

Two California children die in fire as mother at hospital with labor pains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:04
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two children died and their father was badly burned on Thursday in a fire that tore through their Southern California duplex after their pregnant mother went to a hospital with labor pains, a fire official said. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze in San Bernardino at about 3 a.m. PST when a neighbor taking his dog out noticed smoke coming from the residence and called emergency 911, said Battalion Chief Michael Bilheimer of the San Bernardino Fire Department. ...

Ex-NY Islanders co-owner loses bid to cut 20-year prison term

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:03

Walsh exits following his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Manhattan, New YorkBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stephen Walsh, a former co-owner of the New York Islanders hockey team, has been ordered to begin a 20-year prison term over an estimated $554 million fraud, after a federal judge rejected his renewed bid for leniency after he pleaded guilty. In a brief order on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum in Manhattan ordered Walsh, 70, to report to prison on Jan. 5, 2015. The defendant had been surprised on Oct. 29 when Cedarbaum imposed the maximum 20-year sentence, and got her permission to consider withdrawing his guilty plea. ...


Obama plugs science, math education at ceremony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:55

President Barack Obama holds up a compact flash memory card as an example of technology innovations during his remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, before awarding the National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask questions."


University of California governing board adopts tuition increase

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:48
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California governing board adopts tuition increase.

Three charged with suspected $1.5 million oil theft from Texas fields

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:40
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Three people have been indicted for stealing shale oil over three years worth an estimated $1.5 million by driving it off in trucks that were supposed to be disposing waste water, according to court documents obtained on Thursday. Texas residents Victor Manuel Guerra, 37, Juan Martin Bernal, 49, and Carlos Samuel Pena, 25, have been charged with theft from an interstate shipment, wire fraud and money laundering, according to an indictment unsealed this week. No lawyers were listed for the three in documents filed in federal court in Texas. ...