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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.


Juveniles at Philadelphia Family Court no longer subject to strip searches

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:27

Juveniles at Philadelphia Family Court no longer subject to strip searchesPhiladelphia's Family Court issued a new order saying that juveniles appearing in court will no longer be subjected to strip searches, as they were early this week.


6 wounded in shooting near Pittsburgh

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:27
CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — A shooting early Friday at a building outside Pittsburgh that police described as a speakeasy left six people wounded, and investigators were searching for a shooter or shooters.

Security preps already underway for Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:24

Security preps already underway for Pope Francis' Philadelphia visitThe City of Philadelphia has hosted huge events on the Parkway - Welcome America, Made in America - but "the Pope in America" will dwarf them all.


Newtown massacre shooter indulged dark obsessions online, report says

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

Adam Lanza is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - By the time Adam Lanza massacred 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school two years ago, he was living in nearly complete isolation, communicating with no one except an online network of people obsessed with mass murder, a report released on Friday said. The 20-year-old's fascination with violence, which came to a head in the December 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was already evident when Lanza was himself in grade school, according to the state's Office of the Child Advocate. ...


Seagull with dart through neck spotted at park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:19
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A seagull with a dart through its neck is surviving at a park in the agricultural city of Wenatchee, in north central Washington state.

Transvaginal mesh trial losses put pressure on Boston Scientific

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:19
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp’s back-to-back losses in the first two federal trials over its transvaginal mesh devices could drive up the cost of resolving thousands of similar lawsuits, according to legal experts. On Thursday, a jury in West Virginia awarded four women $18.5 million for injuries they said were caused by the Massachusetts-based company’s Obtryx device for stress urinary incontinence, including $4 million for “gross negligence.” The verdict came one week after a Miami jury awarded $26. ...