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Ebola heightens need for aid for orphans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:15

In this Nov. 11, 2014 photo, Patricia Anglin speaks about the Ebola epidemic and its impact on West African children at the Francis W. Park School in Chicago. Anglin is the executive director and founder of Acres of Hope, an agency in Liberia that aids needy children and that houses some of them in orphanages. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)CHICAGO (AP) — The Ebola epidemic has put adoptions in impacted west African countries at a standstill for obvious reasons.

Police: Florida State University gunman shot dead by campus officers; 3 wounded

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:13
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Police: Florida State University gunman shot dead by campus officers; 3 wounded.

Man charged in wife's death planned fatal hike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:04
DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver man charged with pushing his wife to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park could not explain to investigators why he had a park map with an "X'' drawn at the spot where she fell.

Thanksgiving meal costs barely rise as price of turkey slips

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:09

A turkey looks around its enclosure at Seven Acres Farm in North Reading, MassachusettsBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small decline in turkey prices helped hold the increase in the cost of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 10 to less than 1 percent this year, the country's largest farm group said on Thursday. Ingredients for a typical holiday feast, with turkey and all the trimmings, averaged $49.41, up 37 cents from $49.04 in 2013, the American Farm Bureau Federation said in its 29th annual survey. Results were derived from 179 volunteer shoppers who checked prices at grocery stores in 35 states. This year's holiday will be celebrated on Nov. 27. ...

Hospital treating 2 people for injuries after shooting at Florida State University campus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:43
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Hospital treating 2 people for injuries after shooting at Florida State University campus.

Facebook shuttle drivers vote to unionize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:16
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook shuttle bus drivers voted Wednesday to unionize in an attempt to get better pay and working conditions, a move that experts say could lead other service workers in Silicon Valley to unionize.

Immigrants face major hurdles in signing up to new Obama plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:11
By Lawrence Hurley and Mica Rosenberg WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's televised address to the nation on Thursday may prove the easiest part of his controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy. Implementing it will be difficult and many people may never benefit, warn immigration lawyers. Sources close to the administration say Obama will announce that some parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are to be given a reprieve from deportation. Up to 5 million people could benefit from the move. ...

Obama's immigration move expected to leave out millions of childless adults

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:07

A sign is displayed in support of Angela Navarro, an undocumented Honduran-born immigrant with a deportation order, who moved into West Kensington Ministry Church with her family - her husband and two U.S. born children, in PhiladelphiaBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Friday nights, in the Denver suburb of Arvada, Ramon Madera invites his sister Angelica and her three children over to his home for dinner and games. It's a tradition that became all the more important after the children's father was deported back to Mexico about five years ago. Lately, conversations on game night have taken an anxious turn: Madera himself was apprehended by immigration enforcement agents in September and is due in court for a deportation hearing next June. ...

Minivan crash tests: Toyota good; Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan poor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:03

A new 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan is driven off the final production line in Windsor, OntarioDETROIT (Reuters) - In a front overlap crash safety tests of four minivans sold in the United States, only the latest model of the Toyota Motor Corp Sienna scored well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said on Thursday. The Chrysler Group LLC Dodge Grand Caravan, the Chrysler Town & Country, and the Nissan Motor Co Quest performed poorly, the IIHS said. A small front overlap test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or a utility pole. ...

NBC, Netflix cancel Bill Cosby's shows after sex assault claims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:00

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBC said on Wednesday it has canceled an upcoming project with veteran comedian Bill Cosby, his second show to be pulled after accusations that he sexually assaulted women resurfaced in recent weeks. The move by NBC comes a day after online streaming company Netflix Inc said it was postponing Cosby's stand-up comedy special "Bill Cosby 77," which was due to be released on Nov. 28. Cosby's lawyers have called the allegations of sexual assault "discredited" and "defamatory. ...

Two jailed in Puerto Rico over killing of military family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:34
SAN JUAN Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Two men were jailed in Puerto Rico on Wednesday on charges of killing a retired U.S. Army sergeant and three members of his family, as well as attempting to kill the victims' 13-year-old son by beating him and throwing him off a bridge. A Bayamon judge set the bail for Christopher Sanchez Asencio, 27, and Jose Bosch Mulero, 26, at $8 million after authorities charged each with first-degree murder in the attack at the victims' home on Monday night, police said. ...

U.S. states get more, spend more on Medicaid under Obamacare: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:16

Hazel Garcia chews a pamphlet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - One part of the Affordable Care Act is going according to plan, with U.S. states receiving and spending more money on the Medicaid health insurance program, a report released by the National Association of State Budget Officers on Thursday showed. States run Medicaid, which serves families who have low incomes, and receive partial reimbursements from the federal government. The healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare allowed more people to enroll in Medicaid and also gave states 90 percent to 100 percent reimbursements for new enrollees. ...

L.A. becomes stage for high-speed luxury cars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:07

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V coupe is unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)DETROIT (AP) — Few people need an SUV with 567 horsepower that can scream around a racetrack and go from zero to 60 in four seconds.

Missing New Mexico couple found dead after crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:52
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A New Mexico couple who took off from a small air strip west of Albuquerque last week before going missing were found dead on Wednesday, officials said. Archuleta County Sheriff Rich Valdez said the bodies of 55-year-old Howard Guthrie and 42-year-old Melissa Vatson were found dead in the crashed plane at 12:37 p.m. local time by a local search team. "It was real mountainous terrain with heavy tree cover," Valdez said. "Basically all we were doing was a recovery. ...

AccuWeather: Sunny and Milder Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:46

 Sunny and Milder ThursdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking another cold shot Friday and some weekend rain.

Man With Rifle in His Car Arrested Near the White House

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:39
Secret Service found the weapon and ammo in his car.

Special Report: How to get your child to sleep

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:34

 How to get your child to sleepIt's your child's bedtime - but you are tired. You know your child is tired, but sleep just isn't happening. So what do you do?

Hundreds of casino workers protest Taj Majal closure in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:31

Hundreds of casino workers protest Taj Majal closure in Atlantic CityHundreds of unionized casino workers protested the announced closing of the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City.

Good Samaritans rescue 5 adults, 1 child from pond near Christiana Mall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:30

Good Samaritans rescue 5 adults, 1 child from pond near Christiana MallTwo Good Samaritans jumped into action to rescue five adults and a child when their vehicle overturned and crashed into a pond near the Christiana Mall.

Seattle city council member arrested in wage-hike protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:18
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle City Council member was among four people arrested late on Wednesday outside Alaska Airlines offices in the suburb of SeaTac during a protest over what organizers say was the carrier's opposition to a voter-backed $15 minimum wage. Kshama Sawant, who championed what she said were "anti-corporate" causes during her campaign last November, was among about 100 airport workers and community members at the rally, labor group Working Washington said in a statement. The U.S. carrier has its primary hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac. ...