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Casinos push back on Massachusetts gambling limits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:11
BOSTON (AP) — In a rarely used strategy to address gambling addiction, Massachusetts regulators may require casinos to reward their customers for voluntarily setting limits on how much time and money they spend at slot machines.

Factbox: Obama offers limited immigration changes for tech industry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:10
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce a series of executive fixes for the immigration system on Thursday, including several measures to help the technology sector deal with a web of complex rules for hiring foreign workers. The rule changes fall far short of what the industry says it needs, which would require action by Congress. The administration also rejected proposals made by tech companies that would speed up long wait lists for green cards, and recapture green cards that were issued but left unused for various technical reasons. Here are details about what will be proposed. ...

Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:10

FILE - Director Mike Nichols arrives at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Mike Nichols, presented at Sony Pictures Studios on in this June 10, 2010 file photo taken in Culver City, Calif. ABC News confirms director Mike Nichols and husband of Diane Sawyer died Wednesday evening Nov. 19, 2014. He was 83. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, FILE)NEW YORK (AP) — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence.


Democrats back Obama as he readies immigration plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:06

524281957CS009_OBAMA_PRESENBy Roberta Rampton and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama planned on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants, as leading Democrats lined up behind the U.S. leader in the face of Republican attacks. In a speech to be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET (0100 GMT), Obama will announce he will use his executive authority to allow these undocumented residents to legally apply for jobs and join American society, but without any guarantee of permanent residency or citizenship. ...


Ohio House approves bill to shield execution drug suppliers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:53
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio lawmakers advanced a measure on Thursday that would shield the names of pharmacies that supply drugs used in lethal injections for 20 years and allow the state to resume executing condemned inmates in 2015. Ohio representatives voted 62 to 27 to advance the bill, the House clerk's office said. The bill next goes to the Senate. It must be approved before lawmakers adjourn in December for the state to resume executions early next year as planned. ...

More charges for California man in drive-by shootings that killed four

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:44
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man linked to a spate of seemingly random drive-by shootings in the Los Angeles area over the summer that killed four people was charged on Thursday with several additional counts of murder stemming from the attacks, prosecutors said. The latest charges against Alexander Hernandez, 34, who has been in jail without bail since police arrested him in August, accuse him of three murders and five attempted murders, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. ...

Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:41

Jennifer Rose, a county government employee and Sara Meadows, a teacher, file a marriage license application in CharlestonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for South Carolina to become the 35th U.S. state where gay marriage is legal, denying a request to block same-same weddings from proceeding. The order was another victory for gay marriage advocates after a federal judge in Montana on Wednesday struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage. "We're really thrilled," said Jeff Ayers, board chairman of South Carolina Equality. "This proves that all the way to the highest court, these were our rights from the beginning. ...


NJ woman's journey from 400 pounds to marathon runner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:40

NJ woman's journey from 400 pounds to marathon runnerThe Philadelphia Marathon will mark the 7th marathon for a South Jersey woman featured in this month's issue of 'Runner's World.'


'Kissing disease' outbreak closes Oklahoma school district

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:39
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A small Oklahoma school district has ordered all of its students to stay away from classes until December due to an outbreak of mononucleosis, officials said on Thursday. Woodland Public Schools in Fairfax, about 100 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, said it made the decision so as not to put the nearly 200 students in the district at risk of the contagious disease. "The closure is due to a high infection frequency of mononucleosis in our community," the school board said. ...

Judge overturns death penalty for Wyoming inmate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:38

FILE -This undated file photo provided by the Wyoming Department of Corrections shows Wyoming's lone death row inmate Dale Wayne Easton. A federal judge has overturned the death penalty for Eaton. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 stated Wyoming has a choice of either granting a new sentencing proceeding for Eaton within 120 days in Natrona County or keeping him locked up for life without parole. (AP Photo/Wyoming Department of Corrections, File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday overturned the death sentence of the lone inmate on Wyoming's death row, saying his trial lawyers had failed to give jurors sufficient reason to spare his life.


President Obama's Immigration Reform speech to air on 6abc D2

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:37

President Obama's Immigration Reform speech to air on 6abc D2After years of wrangling with Congress over how to fix the country's immigration system, President Barack Obama is ready to announce his plan to take action alone.


Woman injured after scarf catches in conveyor belt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:35
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah student employee was critically injured when a scarf she was wearing became caught in a conveyor belt at the campus bookstore.

Victims ID'd in overturned car crash near Christiana Mall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:32

Victims ID'd in overturned car crash near Christiana MallDelaware State Police have released the names of the passengers injured in an overturned vehicle accident in Christiana, Delaware.


Passenger hurt in New York ferry crash to get $5M

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:31
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Three passengers injured when a commuter ferry crashed into a lower Manhattan pier in 2013 have recently settled lawsuits for a total of nearly $6 million, including $5 million for a passenger who suffered brain injuries.

Alumnus shot dead after wounding three at Florida State University

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:30

Crime scene tape is seen in front of the library at Florida State University, in TallahasseeBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Brandishing a semi-automatic handgun and carrying extra ammunition in his pockets, a Florida State University graduate opened fire early on Thursday at his alma mater's main library, wounding two students and an employee as hundreds were studying for exams. The shooter, identified by authorities as Myron May, 31, was fatally shot by police near the entrance to Florida State's Strozier Library, the latest in a string of shootings on U.S. campuses, which left one victim critically wounded. ...


Ruling on Illinois pension reform law due Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:29
By Karen Pierog SPRINGFIELD Illinois (Reuters) - A ruling on whether an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is constitutional will be issued on Friday, a judge overseeing the case said on Thursday. Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz, who heard oral arguments for and against the state's pension reform law on Thursday, said his written ruling will be issued at 2 p.m. CT. The state is contending that its so-called police powers, which can be invoked in an emergency, trump constitutional protections for public worker retirement benefits. ...

Trial scheduled in lawsuit alleging PLO bombings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:29
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge says a trial set for January can resolve decade-old $1 billion civil claims brought by U.S. terrorism victims against the Palestine Liberation Organization for attacks near Jerusalem.

Four members of New Jersey family shot, two of them fatally

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:25

Police vehicle is parked in front of the scene of a multiple shooting inside a home in TabernacleBy Daniel Kelley TABERNACLE N.J. (Reuters) - A shooting at a home near Philadelphia killed two members of a New Jersey family and critically wounded two others, according to state police, who said other relatives were in the house at the time but did not report hearing gunfire. A boy and a girl were killed, while a woman and an adolescent boy were critically wounded, State Police Captain Stephen Jones said on Thursday outside a house in Tabernacle, New Jersey, where the gunfire took place. ...


Mostly abandoned Kansas City building collapses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:21

A Kansas City firefighter looks over the scene where a building partially collapsed after a woman driving a white SUV ran into the structure while being chased by police, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The building contained about a dozen vintage cars and was unoccupied at the time. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A vehicle being chased by police slammed into a downtown Kansas City building where vintage cars were being stored Thursday, causing the structure to partially collapse and sending at least one vehicle plummeting to the ground from the second floor.


Seattle police may scrap body camera plan over costly record requests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:13
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The Seattle Police Department might cancel plans to outfit officers with body cameras because the ensuing public record requests for the videos might become too costly for the city, according to a report published Thursday. The Seattle Police Department was to begin a body camera pilot program in the coming weeks, with 1,000 officers to be outfitted with the technology by 2016 as part of an effort to document crime and protect officers' and suspects' rights. ...