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Woman says New Orleans police closed rape case as consensual sex

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:32
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The lawyer for a woman who says her rape was dismissed by New Orleans police as consensual sex wants the case to be among the hundreds of mishandled sex crime and child abuse cases reopened by the department, she told a press conference on Friday. New Orleans officials announced plans earlier this week to re-examine at least 271 cases that were not properly investigated by five detectives and to launch an internal investigation to determine what went wrong. ...

Police: 3-year-old set fire that killed his family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:29

In this photo provided by the Maine State Police, the remains of a mobile home in which four people died are cordoned off by police tape, in Caribou, Maine. Police identified the victims on Thursday as Norma Skidgel, and her three children, 2-year-old twins Mason and Madison Delisle and 3-year-old Trenton Delisle. Firefighters found the four victims in a back bedroom of the mobile home in Caribou. (AP Photo/Maine State Police)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 3-year-old boy set a fire in the living room of his Maine mobile home this week, a blaze that would engulf the structure and kill himself, his mother and his twin siblings, police said Friday.


L.A. school district settles teacher sex abuse suits for nearly $140 million

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:29
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles school district has agreed to pay nearly $140 million to families of students subjected to sexual abuse by an elementary school teacher who infamously took bondage-style photos of some pupils, school officials said on Friday. The district and attorneys for the families settled all remaining litigation in the case involving the teacher as jury selection was underway for a trial in some of the cases. School officials had previously paid $30 million to settle dozens of related lawsuits. ...

Judge declares wrongly convicted woman innocent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:26

FILE-This Oct. 24, 2014 file photo shows Susan Mellen sits in Torrance Superior Court in Torrance, Calif. Mellen who spent 17 years in a California prison for a murder she didn't commit was declared factually innocent Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 clearing the way for her to collect about $600,000 in compensation from the state. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson,File) MAGS OUT; NO SALESTORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A woman who spent 17 years in a California prison for a murder she didn't commit was declared factually innocent Friday, clearing the way for her to collect about $600,000 in compensation from the state.


Police: New Jersey kids died in murder-suicide try

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:26

A woman speaks with investigators at the scene of a shooting Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tabernacle, N.J. A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and a woman and another child wounded, state police said Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mother shot all three of her children, killing two of them, before turning the gun on herself, state police said Friday.


2nd truck topples into expanding sinkhole

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:52

2nd truck topples into expanding sinkholeA second truck toppled into a sinkhole as it expands in Bethlehem Township, Pa.


Agency: Schools helped Lanza's mom 'appease' him

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:37

This undated identification file photo provided Wednesday, April 3, 2013, by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza, who carried out the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man, Lanza, who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, on his mental health and educational history. The Office of Child Advocate investigates all child deaths in the state for lessons on prevention. (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Adam Lanza's parents and educators contributed to his social isolation in the years before he carried out the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by accommodating — and not confronting — his difficulties engaging with the world, according to a state report issued Friday.


Democratic activist accused of abusing 15-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:37
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A prominent Oregon Democratic fundraiser and gay rights activist has been accused in a grand jury indictment of abusing a 15-year-old boy in a Eugene hotel in 2013.

VIDEO: Press conference on Tabernacle murders

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:36

 Press conference on Tabernacle murdersAuthorities provide an update on the investigation into the deaths of two children.


Maine risks losing funding over food stamp policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:35
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage's administration is facing a potential loss of federal funding to administer its food stamp program over concerns about the state's decision to put photos on cards used to access the benefits.

American University rejects divesting its fossil-fuel assets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:33
By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - Trustees at American University voted on Friday to keep the fossil fuel-related investments held in the school's $550 million endowment fund. The decision was a major disappointment for a student-led campaign to push U.S. universities to divest their fossil-fuel assets. Four percent of American University's endowment is invested in fossil fuel companies. The Washington, D.C.-based university said it "focused on the singular question of whether divestment would have a significant effect on investment returns," the board of trustees said in a statement. ...

Any new U.S. Internet rules must withstand lawsuits: FCC chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:31

Wheeler testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on oversight of the FCC on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators expect Internet service providers to sue the government over any changes in the way they are regulated and must reevaluate any proposals to make sure they stand up in court, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said at a meeting on Friday. Last week U.S. President Barack Obama said Internet service providers should be regulated more like public utilities to make sure they grant equal access to all content providers. ...


Lava flow steams through lush forests in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:31

This Nov. 20, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a 'breakout' near a ground crack system near an abandoned geothermal well site near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii County Civil Defense says there continues to be very little activity along the breakouts of the lava flow Tuesday and no advancement has been noted since the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, Volcano Helicopters)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A lava flow is steaming through lush forests as it creeps across Hawaii's Big Island.


NY highway opens as snow ends; flooding a concern

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:28

NY highway opens as snow ends; flooding a concernMore than 30 major roof collapses, most involving farm and flat-roof buildings, were reported overnight, officials said Friday, after snow Thursday brought the Buffalo area's three-day total to an epic 7 feet or more.


Ebola victim's fiancee moves into new Dallas home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:26
DALLAS (AP) — The fiancee of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola, is settling into a Dallas condominium a month after emerging from quarantine with most of her possessions destroyed and many places reluctant to rent to her.

Texas OKs most new history textbooks amid outcry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:24
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' school board approved new history textbooks Friday for use across the nation's second-largest state, but only after defeating six and seeing a top publisher withdraw a seventh — capping months of outcry over lessons some academics say exaggerate the influence of Moses in American democracy and negatively portray Muslims.

School district near Ferguson cancels classes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:23
JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) — A school district that includes some students from Ferguson, Missouri, is calling off classes Monday and Tuesday, citing potential unrest if a much-anticipated grand jury announcement occurs soon.

NYC pays former fast-food worker $437,000 to settle Big Mac glass case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:22
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former McDonald's Corp worker accused and later cleared of putting glass shards in a police officer's hamburger will be paid a $437,000 settlement by the city of New York, authorities said on Friday. Albert Garcia, who was working the grill at a McDonald's in the Bronx, was arrested in 2005 after New York Police Officer John Florio accused him of putting broken glass in his Big Mac, Garcia's attorney said. ...

Texas school board approves textbooks criticized for religious bent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:20
By Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. The Republican-controlled 15-member body voted along party lines to approve the use of the textbooks for all ages of students in the second-most populous U.S. state, with about 5 million children in the public school system. ...

Executives brave frigid Detroit night for charity

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:19

M. Roy Wilson, right, Wayne State University President, and his wife, Jacqueline, prepare their boxes, Thursday Nov. 20, 2014, during the Executive Sleep Out in Detroit. Forty executives slept outside Thursday, on a freezing Detroit night, to raise awareness about homeless youth . (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Some enveloped themselves in sleeping bags. Others relied largely on layering. All were cold and at least a little uncomfortable.