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Baby gorilla dies at Como Zoo in Minnesota

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:25
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota zoo says a baby gorilla has died just days after being born.

1 dead, several hurt in Feltonville fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:25

1 dead, several hurt in Feltonville fireOne person is dead and several people were injured during a fire on Monday in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.


University president quits amid rape remark furor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:24
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. (AP) — The embattled president of a historically black university in Philadelphia's suburbs quit Monday, ending a tumultuous semester of sharp criticism and administrative introspection following remarks in which upset parents said he appeared to be blaming women for rape.

Reports: Ferguson grand jury has reached decision

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:20

 Ferguson grand jury announcement MondayA grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, media outlets reported Monday, citing unidentified sources.


Quiet Atlantic hurricane season coming to end

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:13
MIAMI (AP) — This year's relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season is coming to an end.

Teen in crash that killed five enroute to Disney World avoids citation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:13
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A careless driving citation against a Texas teenager at the wheel during a car accident that killed five members of his family as they traveled to Florida's Disney World will be dismissed, prosecutors said on Monday. The teenager, who has not been identified, was cited after the single-car crash last week on a Louisiana highway that may have been due to him falling asleep at the wheel, police in northeastern Louisiana have said. But District Attorney Jerry Jones in Monroe, Louisiana, told the News-Star newspaper that the teen had already been punished enough. ...

Florida State student paralyzed in library shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:07
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - A 21-year-old Florida State University student is paralyzed from the waist down after being wounded in last week's library shooting, his sister said on Monday. Farhan "Ronny" Ahmed remains hospitalized and has been upgraded from critical to serious condition. He was shot three times in front of the library, where he had been studying for final exams, his sister, Farhana Ahmed, told a news conference at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital. ...

African-American prosecutor named to California Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:02
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown nominated a 38-year old U.S. Department of Justice attorney for the California Supreme Court on Monday, continuing his reshaping of the top court in the nation's most populous state. Leondra Kruger would replace Associate Justice Joyce Kennard, who retired earlier this year, the governor said in a statement. Kruger has been a deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel since 2013. Before that, she worked in the Solicitor General's office and in private practise. ...

Philadelphia 1 of 3 finalists to host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:52

Philadelphia 1 of 3 finalists to host 2016 Democratic National ConventionDemocrats narrowed the list of contenders for their 2016 national convention to three cities on Monday, announcing the party's next presidential candidate will be formally nominated in New York City, Philadelphia or Columbus, Ohio.


Democrats name 3 finalists to host 2016 convention

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:50

Philadelphia 1 of 3 finalists to host 2016 Democratic National ConventionDemocrats narrowed the list of contenders for their 2016 national convention to three cities on Monday, announcing the party's next presidential candidate will be formally nominated in New York City, Philadelphia or Columbus, Ohio.


Democrats name 3 finalists to host 2016 convention

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats narrowed the list of contenders for their 2016 national convention to three cities on Monday, announcing the party's next presidential candidate will be formally nominated in New York City, Philadelphia or Columbus, Ohio.

Obama urges peaceful protest in Ferguson after grand jury decision: White House

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday President Barack Obama urged any protests in Ferguson, Missouri, to be peaceful after a grand jury's decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. The grand jury in the St. Louis suburb has made its decision, according to media reports, but it has not yet been announced. (Reporting by Will Dunham)

U.S. housing finance regulator leaves loan limits mostly unchanged

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:30
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. housing finance regulator said on Monday it would leave unchanged next year the maximum loan size that government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can guarantee. The Federal Housing Finance Agency said in a statement it will allow the two mortgage finance giants to purchase loans of up to $417,000 for single-unit properties in all but 46 U.S. counties next year. Loan limits will rise in the 46 counties due to rising home values in those markets, the FHFA said. ...

Mural of officer killed by Abu-Jamal dedicated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:21

Maureen Faulkner, widow of slain Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, embraces Joe McGill who prosecuted Mumia Abu-Jamal for the murder of her husband, underneath a new mural of him, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. The mural is painted on the side of the police station Faulkner worked at in the Chinatown section of the city. Daniel Faulkner was shot to death by Mumia Abu-Jamal on a downtown street in 1981. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More than three decades after Officer Daniel Faulkner was gunned down on a city street by Mumia Abu-Jamal, officials on Monday unveiled a mural memorializing the officer at the police district headquarters to which he was assigned.


Man crawls from ravine days after fall broke legs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:02
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A man who broke both legs when he fell into a northwestern New Mexico ravine crawled out onto a highway nearly three days later and was helped by a driver, authorities said.

Detroit eyes bankruptcy exit in second week of December: attorney

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 02:51

A man walk past graffiti in DetroitDETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit is eying a date between Dec. 8 and 10 for its debt adjustment plan to take effect, allowing the city to exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy, an attorney said on Monday. Heather Lennox, Detroit's attorney with law firm Jones Day, told U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes that the city expects to complete a budget that incorporates the plan during the first week of December, clearing the way for the completion of financing to fund key creditor settlements. Rhodes, who confirmed the city's plan on Nov. 7, did not set an effective date at Monday's hearing. ...


Video of Cleveland police shooting released to family representatives

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 02:50
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland officials said on Monday they have released a video recording of the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy by police to representatives of the boy's family, and will eventually release it to the public. Tamir E. Rice was shot by police on Saturday after he brandished a pellet gun at a Cleveland recreation center. He died of his injuries on Sunday. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference that the Rice family had been invited to see the video, but had declined. ...

Missouri prosecutor to make statement on shooting of teen: CNN

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 02:49

Protesters, demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August, march through a suburb in St. Louis, MissouriFERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - A St. Louis Country prosecutor is expected to make an announcement later on Monday on the grand jury that has been reviewing whether to charge a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the August shooting of an unarmed black teen, CNN reported, citing an unnamed law enforcement source. The grand jury has been meeting for more than three months, considering the Aug. 9 incident in which white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Bloomberg News also reported that an announcement on the grand jury was forthcoming. ...


Oklahoma students protest bullying of suspected rape victims at school

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 02:35

Students at Norman High School walk out of classes in NormanBy Heide Brandes NORMAN, Okla. (Reuters) - Hundreds of students at an Oklahoma high school walked out of classes on Monday to protest what they said was a failure by school administrators to take care of three girls who have accused a male classmate of sexually assaulting them. The girls have all stopped attending Norman High School due to what they say is bullying by friends of the alleged assailant, who was suspended after he was suspected of posting a video of one of the sexual encounters online. "I hope it stops," said Rachel Capshaw, a ninth grader at the school. ...


University of Texas acquires archives of literary giant García Márquez

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 02:23
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A research library at the University of Texas has acquired the archives of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez, whose spellbinding stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers around the world. García Márquez, who died in April at 87, was best known for "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. ...