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Murder charge for child care worker in boy's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:22
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City child care worker was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the death of a 20-month-old boy in her care. Prosecutors said she admitted throwing him down and stepping on him.

Pa. State Police: Nearly half of school buses failing inspection

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:10

 Nearly half of school buses failing inspectionPennsylvania State Police are making sure the ride back to school is a safe one.

Surveillance released in Fishtown food distribution center robbery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:09

Surveillance released in Fishtown food distribution center robberyPhiladelphia police have released new surveillance video of two fake police officers robbing a Fishtown warehouse early Wednesday morning.

High-ranking Chicago cop charged with putting gun in suspect's mouth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:08

Chicago Police Department Commander Glenn Evans at a Harrison District resident at a National Night Out event, in Harrison ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago police commander who had been praised for his crime fighting in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods appeared in court on Thursday to face charges he put a gun in a suspect's mouth, officials said. Commander Glenn Evans, who headed a busy district on the city's west side, has been relieved of his duties pending the case's outcome, according to Chicago police. "The alleged actions, if true, are unacceptable to both the residents we serve and to the men and women of this department," Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement. At Thursday's hearing Evans was released on his own recognizance, said Laura Morask, one of his defense attorneys.

Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:07
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday.

Israel police find body of missing U.S. student

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:02

Forensic team members work near the place where a body was found next to Ein KaremIsraeli police said on Thursday they had found the body of a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week near a forest in Jerusalem and that they did not suspect a criminal motive. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished last Friday while walking in woods not far from the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. His body was found earlier on Thursday. "Following a forensic examination, the body ... was identified as that of missing person Aaron Sofer.

UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions.

Trash pours from hoarding home in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:57

Trash pours from hoarding home in North PhiladelphiaThe Department of License and Inspections was called to one home in North Philadelphia, and once inside they found nothing but trash.

PHOTOS: Backhoe used to clear trash from house

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:50

 Backhoe used to clear trash from houseOfficials had to bring in a backhoe to clear the trash from a house in North Philadelphia on Thursday.

Wyoming woman hit by bus, dies at Burning Man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:46

A pirate ship cruises the PlayaBLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) — A 29-year-old Wyoming woman attending the Burning Man counterculture festival in Nevada died early Thursday after she was struck by a bus carrying passengers around the playa in the Black Rock Desert.

Wyoming sheriff says pastor actually shot himself

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:42
CENTENNIAL, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming law enforcement officials say a pastor who reported being shot and wounded in a struggle with a burglar at his church actually shot himself.

After the riots, Ferguson businesses long for normal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:28

A local resident stands with his arm up over a makeshift memorial at the site where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead in FergusonBy Edward McAllister FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - When Ferguson business owner Chantelle Nickson-Clark spoke at a St. Louis County council meeting this week, her voice shook with anger. The Swiish Bar and Grill she owns in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson was forced to shut for 17 days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teen on Aug. 9 sparked violent clashes between police and protesters and led law enforcement to close the area in front of her building. "We are hurting and it's unfair." Clark's concerns are echoed by small independent business owners along the half-mile (0.8-km) stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the four-lane street that became the epicenter of protests after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. While the protests have died down in recent days and many businesses are trying to return to normal, store owners whose properties were looted during the unrest or who have lost trade because of it fear they will not survive.

Syrian accused of making detonators in Iraq charged in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:26
A Syrian man accused of supplying electronic parts for roadside bombs used in attacks on U.S. Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Ahmad, 36, was arrested in Turkey in 2011 on terrorism-related charges under an Interpol warrant and detained there until his extradition on Wednesday to the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. A superseding federal indictment returned earlier this month charged Al-Ahmad with various conspiracy offenses as well as possession of a destructive device and providing material support to terrorists.

Foley, other hostages held by Islamic State were waterboarded: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:24

U.S. journalist James Foley arrives, after being released by the Libyan government, at Rixos hotel in TripoliAt least four hostages held in Syria by Islamic State militants, including U.S. The Islamic State captors appeared to model the technique on that of the CIA, which waterboarded three terrorism suspects captured after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Washington and New York, the Post said.

UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:22

Samantha Power, the United State’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during an U.N. Security Council emergency meeting called at Russia's request Sunday, April 13, 2014, at United Nations headquarters, to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. The meeting comes as the new Ukrainian government declared it would deploy armed forces to quash an increasingly bold pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern region. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

Court overturns suspension of W.Va. doc's license

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:21
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge reinstated a doctor's license Thursday, a month after it was suspended when health officials accused his clinic of unsanitary conditions and reusing needles.

State seeks 17 years for Michigan porch shooter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:14
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Prosecutors are seeking a minimum of 17 years in prison for a white homeowner in a Detroit suburb convicted of murdering a black teenager after shooting her on his front porch last November, a source told Reuters on Thursday. Theodore Wafer, 55, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, was convicted on Aug. 7 of second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearms charges in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. It was not clear whether they would seek a prison sentence for the manslaughter conviction.

Police: 'Frustrated' mother throws baby against wall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:11

 'Frustrated' mother throws baby against wallA Schuylkill County teenage mother is accused of critically injuring her newborn son by throwing the baby against a wall.

Obama touts revised economic growth numbers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:11

President Barack Obama smiles in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — New evidence of economic growth is heartening and underscores that companies are investing and consumers are spending, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Florida school district sets precedent by opting out of state testing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:11
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida school district is opting out of all state-required testing, a move that experts said on Thursday sets a national precedent amid a growing controversy over the use of high-stakes standardized assessments in public education. The Lee County School Board voted 3-2 on Wednesday to reject state-mandated testing in a district of some 90,000 students, saying it was acting on behalf "of administrators, teachers and most importantly students, whose educational growth has not been enhanced as a result of such testing." Lee ranks as the 33rd largest school district in the nation, according to school officials based in Fort Myers in the southwestern part of Florida. "We can sit here and roar like little kitty cats in the future and nothing is going to happen," said school board chairman Thomas Scott, who voted to reject the testing. "We have to make an impact on what is going on." District Superintendent Nancy Graham raised concerns about the move.