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How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:50
Stocks wobbled on Wednesday and finished little changed before the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. The market was positive for most of the day, but its gains dissipated in the final minutes of trading.

Ohio State moves to end annual lake jump after student dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:45
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio State University announced Wednesday that it will move to end an annual lake jump after a student experienced a fatal medical emergency while participating in the campus tradition.

Patrol at homeless encampment turns up machine guns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:43

This Nov. 2015 photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, shows five firearms, including two operable World War II-era machine guns, confiscated after an arrest was made as deputies were on foot patrol at a homeless encampment near Harbor City, Calif. Police found Richard Cunningham with the machine guns and three pistols. Sheriff's Detective Dennis Elmore said the homeless man was also in possession of high-capacity magazines and ammunition for the M3 machine guns, which are also known as "grease guns." (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities have arrested a homeless man who had five firearms, including two operable World War II-era machine guns.

Inmate kicks out police window, gets onto Arizona freeway

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:40
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A handcuffed and shackled inmate was seriously injured after he kicked out the passenger's side window of a police transport van on a freeway and jumped out of the moving vehicle, authorities in suburban Phoenix said.

Ill waterpark owner fails to find investors, descends tower

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:30

In this Nov. 12, 2015 photo provided by Kevin Dumont, he is seen chained to the top of a water park in Candia, N.H. Dumont had been chained to the top of the waterslide, sleeping in a tent and staving off the northern New England cold and crushing boredom in his quest to save the family-oriented waterpark he opened seven years ago. But he said Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 on Facebook that he had ended his quest because of failing health and the lack of a financial savior. (Kevin Dumont via AP)CANDIA, N.H. (AP) — The owner of a New Hampshire waterpark who chained himself to a slide tower 17 days ago to try to prevent the park's auction has ended his quest because of failing health and the lack of a financial savior.

Sumner Redstone's lawyer denies claims challenging his competence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:28

Redstone, executive chairman of CBS Corp. and Viacom, arrives at premiere of "The Guilt Trip" starring Streisand and Rogen in Los AngelesThe Los Angeles Times earlier reported that Manuela Herzer, one of the billionaire media mogul's former girlfriends, filed a probate lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, demanding that Redstone receive a mental examination to determine whether he could still make decisions for himself. The lawsuit, which asks for the 92-year-old Redstone to be submitted to a brain scan, described him as mentally vacant, "listless" and prone to uncontrollable crying spells, according to the newspaper. "Herzer's claim that she filed this lawsuit out of concern for Mr. Redstone is preposterous," Redstone's attorney Gabrielle Vidal told Reuters.

New Hampshire prep grad to appeal sex assault conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:27

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, Owen Labrie listens to testimony in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., while on trial for raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of the "Senior Salute" at the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. Labrie, who was cleared of rape but convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault and other offenses, filed a notice of appeal Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool, File)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers for the graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate said Wednesday they will appeal to the state's highest court, arguing the trial judge should not have allowed a felony count of using a computer to lure the girl, among other things.

Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:19

Police officers secure the area at Union Station in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Kylie Gumpert WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe as millions of people traveled on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, with security heightened at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues after the Paris attacks. "Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland," Obama told reporters at the White House, flanked by his FBI director and other top security officials. Nearly 46.9 million Americans will travel over the Thanksgiving long weekend - the busiest U.S. travel holiday of the year - with 3.6 million going by plane, according to the AAA, a motorist advocacy group.

French lawmakers vote to extend airstrikes against IS

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:19

From left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo pay their respects to the victims of the attacks of the 13th November on the Place de la Republique prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Merkel's visit to Paris is part of president Hollande's diplomatic offensive to get the international community to bolster the campaign against the Islamic State militants. (Etienne Laurent, Pool Photo via AP)PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers voted Wednesday to continue airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State group that claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, while Germany's chancellor said her country would do more in the international fight against the group.

Remains of Texas girl missing since 1990 may have been found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:19
A quarter century after her disappearance in southeastern Texas, authorities said on Wednesday they have unearthed what they believe are the remains of a 15-year-old girl in a shallow grave a few miles from the rural store where she was last seen alive. The Wharton County sheriff's office and others are working to confirm that the remains are those of Rosemary Diaz, last seen in 1990 working at Dane's Country Store in the small town of Danevang, about 125 miles southeast of Austin, authorities said. A man identified as a suspect in Diaz's disappearance died a few months ago and her remains were found on property belonging to the suspect's family, Sergeant Scott Grosser of the sheriff's office said at a news conference.

Bankrupt grocer Haggen receives court approval to sell 47 stores

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:15
Bellingham, Washington-based Haggen ran into debt trouble this year after a costly and ambitious expansion drive that included the purchase of 146 supermarkets from the much-larger Albertsons chain. Now 30 stores are being sold back to Albertsons, which has been preparing for an initial public offering. The sales are subject to certain conditions, Haggen said in a statement.

News Guide: Protests of Chicago teen's shooting continue

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:08

Chicago police officers line up outside the District 1 central headquarters at 17th and State streets, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, during a protest for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot and killed in October 2014 in Chicago. Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the killing. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO (AP) — Protest groups returned to the streets of Chicago on Wednesday, one day after the city released a squad-car video showing a white police officer fatally shoot a black teenager.

Report: Mechanical failure caused Maine ski lift accident

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:08
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — A Maine state report confirms that mechanical failure caused a chairlift accident that injured seven people at the Sugarloaf ski area last winter.

Student sues Ga. Tech after expulsion for sexual misconduct

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:06
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia Tech student expelled in April after a sexual misconduct investigation has filed a lawsuit alleging that the review was unfair and violated his rights.

Florida 'Facebook killer' found guilty of second-degree murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 04:54
A jury on Wednesday found a Florida man guilty of second-degree murder after he killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered body on Facebook. Jurors rejected the argument that Derek Medina, 33, acted in self-defense when he shot 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso eight times in August 2013 at their Miami-area residence, according to a circuit court spokeswoman in Miami-Dade County. "No family should ever have to see their daughter killed and then exhibited world-wide on the internet like some macabre trophy to a husband’s anger as was Jennifer Alfonso," State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.

Key figure in keeping gay groups out of Boston parade dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 04:51
BOSTON (AP) — John "Wacko" Hurley, the longtime leader of the Boston St. Patrick's Day parade and the plaintiff in a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court case that allowed organizers to bar gay groups, has died. He was 85.

Not guilty pleas in fatal New York church beating

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 04:48
Several members of an insular church in upstate New York pleaded not guilty Wednesday to being part of a group that beat a young man to death and injured his younger brother.

Native Americans in Louisiana swamps seek tribal recognition

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 04:35
LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Giovanni R. Santini has done just about all he could to prove he's an American Indian over the decades he's lived in his Louisiana bayou town — even fighting with his fists to defend his bloodline with the Houma tribe.

Former Subway spokesman Fogle, now ex-wife finalize divorce

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 04:35
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle and his wife finalized their divorce days before the disgraced pitchman was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for trading in child pornography and paying for sex with underage girls, court records show.

EPA nixes approval of new weed killer for engineered crops

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 04:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to withdraw approval of a controversial new weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.