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Official: Ferguson grand jury still meeting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:29
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision.

Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:28

This July, 26, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a Greater Sage Grouse at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. A government study recommends keeping oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects more than 3 miles away from the breeding grounds of a bird that ranges across much of the Western U.S. a finding that could carry significant impacts for the energy industry as the Obama administration weighs whether the greater sage grouse needs more protections after seeing its population plummet in recent decades. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,Tom Koerner)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.


Officer testifies about New York chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:26

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, demonstrators march to protest the death of Eric Garner in the Staten Island borough of New York. An attorney for Officer Daniel Pantaleo, a New York City police officer involved in the chokehold death of Garner, said he spent about two hours on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, giving his account of the videotaped death of Garner to a grand jury. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A grand jury heard testimony Friday from a police officer involved in the chokehold death of an unarmed man, a development signaling that it could be close to deciding whether he should face criminal charges in the volatile case.


Arrest in 2007 killing of mom who led double life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:11

This undated photo provided by the Mesa County Sheriff shows Paige Birgfeld, 34, of Grand Junction, Colo. Investigators say they have arrested a man in the killing of Birgfeld, who led a double life as a devoted mom and a paid escort before she disappeared in 2007. Police on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 arrested 63-year-old Lester Ralph Jones on charges of murder, kidnapping and arson in the death of Birgfeld. Birgfeld's remains were found in a dry creek bed in 2012. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff)DENVER (AP) — A man arrested Friday in the killing of a Colorado single mom who vanished more than seven years ago was one of the many unsavory clients she had while leading a double life as a paid escort, investigators say.


2 women rescued from 2-alarm Gloucester City fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:07

2 women rescued from 2-alarm Gloucester City fireTwo women were rescued from a two alarm house fire in Gloucester City, New Jersey.


Audit: Ill NYC inmates leaving jail need more care

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:04
NEW YORK (AP) — An audit has found officials could do a better job of following up with seriously mentally ill inmates leaving New York City jails.

Letters detail thoughts of gunman killed at Florida university

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:01

Crime scene tape is seen in front of the library at Florida State University, in TallahasseeBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating mailed packages linked to a gunman who shot three people before he was killed by officers at Florida State University, the FBI said on Friday. Officials said the packages were part of their investigation into why the gunman opened fire in a crowded library. Thought to have been mailed by suspected shooter Myron May before his rampage, the packages were not considered a threat to the public, said U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials. ...


Obama's immigration speech gets most viewers on Univision

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:00
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the lead-in to the Latin Grammys, U.S. President Barack Obama's speech announcing his sweeping immigration reforms reached its largest audience on Spanish-language network Univision, according to figures released on Friday. Obama's 15-minute speech, which began at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday (0100 GMT), was watched by an average of 4.8 million viewers on Univision, according to Nielsen data. Univision, the largest Spanish-language U.S. broadcaster, chose to delay the start of the Latin Grammys, one of its most-watched events, for the presidential address. ...

Review set for University of Virginia policy after campus rape report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:56
(Reuters) - An independent counsel will review the University of Virginia's sexual violence policies after a Rolling Stone story on an alleged gang rape at a fraternity, state Attorney General Mark Herring said on Friday. The magazine on Wednesday carried a female student's description of an assault by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi house in September 2012. Police in Charlottesville, site of the school, are investigating the reported incident. ...

Letters detail thoughts of gunman killed at Florida university

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:53

Crime scene tape is seen in front of the library at Florida State University, in TallahasseeBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating mailed packages linked to a gunman who shot three people before he was killed by officers at Florida State University, the FBI said on Friday. Officials said the packages were part of their investigation into why the gunman opened fire in a crowded library. Thought to have been mailed by suspected shooter Myron May before his rampage, the packages were not considered a threat to the public, said U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials. ...


Connecticut man pleads not guilty in son's death in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:47
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of his 15-month-old son, who died on a hot summer day after the father left him in the back seat of his car and went into work. The cause of the boy's death on July 7 was "hyperthermia due to environmental exposure," the chief state medical examiner's office said, ruling the death as a homicide in August. Kyle Seitz, who faces up to a year in jail if convicted, has said he forgot he had the toddler in the back seat when he arrived at his ...

UN committee urges Myanmar action on Rohingya

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:46
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee on Friday approved a resolution urging Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority "access to full citizenship on an equal basis."

Police: Mother shot 3 children in Tabernacle home, using pillow to muffle shots

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:37

 Mother shot 3 children in Tabernacle home, using pillow to muffle shotsNew Jersey State Police have released the names of the three children who were shot in what appears to have been an attempted murder-suicide in Tabernacle, New Jersey.


One man's drive to compete in the Philadelphia Marathon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:37

One man's drive to compete in the Philadelphia MarathonWith the Philadelphia Marathon only two days away there is at least one competitor, who is facing the event with a new drive and a more positive spirit.


Feds vows to publicize vaccine injury help program

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:37
Leaders of the nation's system for helping people hurt by a routine vaccination have vowed to better publicize the little-known program, while the judge who oversees the special vaccine court that handles injury claims worries that if more are filed, they will take even longer to handle than they already do.

Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:36
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday.

Lawyers descend on Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:34
By Tim Reid FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - Hundreds of civil rights lawyers from across America are descending on Ferguson, Missouri as police and protesters prepare for a grand jury decision on whether to charge the officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in August. The attorneys are arriving in Ferguson as talks between protest groups and police have stalled over a refusal by officials to rule out the use of riot gear, tear gas and militarized equipment if demonstrations turn violent should a grand jury decide not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, protest leaders say. ...

Obama's immigration plan to reach far fewer than 4.7 million: lawyers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:33
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's executive action easing the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants is unlikely to cover many of those eligible because of practical hurdles, immigration lawyers said. High application costs, extensive documentation requirements and lengthy waiting periods for approval sharply reduced participation in a 2012 executive action aimed at undocumented immigrants brought to the United States by their parents as children, and the process is expected to be even more arduous this time around, the lawyers said. ...

New Jersey home shooting appears to be murder-suicide gone awry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:30

Police and investigators gather in front of the scene of a multiple shooting inside a home in TabernacleBy Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A day after a shooting in New Jersey that left two children dead and their mother and brother in critical condition, police said on Friday it appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt gone awry. Jeaninne LePage, 44, used a pillow to conceal the sounds of gunshots as she shot her three children before turning the gun on herself at their home in Tabernacle, New Jersey, state police said. ...


Suspect indicted in videotaped attack on New Jersey mom

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:30

Suspect indicted in videotaped attack on New Jersey momThe South Jersey woman, who police say was caught on video brutally attacking a young mother, has been indicted.