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Texas State University building briefly evacuated over gun report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:39
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A university admissions building at Texas State University was briefly evacuated on Thursday after a student reported seeing an individual with a gun on campus, the university said. No one was injured in the event in the central Texas city of San Marcos amid concerns at colleges nationwide after a gunman shot and wounded three people at Florida State University early on Thursday. "The Texas State University Police are questioning two individuals following an evacuation of the Undergraduate Admissions Center on campus," the university said in a statement. ...

U.S. seeks ways to stop Americans from becoming 'foreign fighters'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:35

FBI Director James Comey takes a question from reporter during a news conference at the FBI office in Boston(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has set up a task force to identify ways to prevent Americans from traveling abroad to become "foreign fighters," a problem that the government has said is one of the nation's top security concerns. The task force, which was disclosed Tuesday in the Federal Register, will also examine whether current security policies are adequate to prevent the return of "foreign fighters" who have been trained overseas. ...

Sentencing delayed for terror supporter in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:34
MIAMI (AP) — A man seeking a more lenient prison sentence than federal prosecutors want for supporting overseas terrorism must first demonstrate he has renounced extremist views and show remorse, a federal judge said Thursday.

Nike nixes tribute shoe plan after Iverson protest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:32

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2009, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson calls out a play to teammates in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia. Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar demanded answers. Iverson says Nike used his identity, likeness and persona without permission for a sneaker out of the company's Zoom Flight ’96 collection. The ambiguously titled sneaker has the No. 3 _ Iverson’ number _ on each back heel and the red, white and blue colors of the Philadelphia 76ers. Nike spokesman KeJuan Wilkins said in a statement Thursday that the version of the shoe Iverson protested won’t hit stores. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok.

Mayor claims progress reforming troubled NYC jails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:31
NEW YORK (AP) — Acknowledging that not even he appreciated the depth of problems at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday told reporters "deep-seated" cultural change in city lockups was one of his administration's top priorities.

Dismissal sought of Jindal's anti-Common Core suit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:27
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge peppered attorneys with questions Thursday about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit accusing U.S. education officials of manipulating $4.3 billion in federal grant money and policy waivers to illegally pressure states to adopt Common Core standards and testing.

Journal indicates FSU shooter suspected government

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:26

Police investigate a shooting scene at Strozier Library on Florida State campus on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. At least two people are being treated for injuries Thursday after a shooting at Florida State University, and officials issued an alert for students to take shelter as officers converged on the campus library. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said.

Ex-coal exec pleads not guilty in W.Va. mine blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:24

FILE - In this Thursday, July 22, 2010, file photo, former Massey Energy Company Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. On Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, Blankenship pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges in a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 men. Blankenship faces up to 31 years in prison, if convicted. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Ex-coal company chief executive Don Blankenship pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiracy and other charges in the deadliest U.S. mine accident in four decades.

Matthew Shepard's parents head to Russia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:17

FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2008, file photo, Judy and Phillip Shepard, parents of the late Matthew Shepard, listen to University of Wyoming president Tom Buchanan during a dedication of the Matthew Shepard Memorial Bench in Laramie, Wyo. Matthew Shepard was a gay college student that was tortured and murdered in 1998. The two plan to travel to Russia on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance in a country where anti-gay policies and attitudes are widespread. (AP Photo/Laramie Daily Boomerang, Andy Carpenean, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student tortured and murdered in 1998, are traveling to Russia on Friday to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance in a country where anti-gay policies and attitudes are widespread.

New report on Newtown shooting out Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:17
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A report on the 20-year-old Connecticut man who killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School is being released Friday by a state agency that investigated whether anything about his mental health and educational history should lead to child-protection policy changes.

No ruling yet on prosecution in porn email scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:14
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not decided whether to prosecute anyone in a scandal over the email exchange of pornography by state government employees, a spokeswoman said Thursday, pulling back an earlier statement about whether anyone could be charged over child pornography.

Accused Colombian drug kingpin admits to U.S. cocaine scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:12
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the second time in two months, a Colombian accused of being a drug kingpin and pursued for years by U.S. authorities pleaded guilty to federal charges in a New York courtroom on Thursday. Daniel Barrera, 47, faces life in prison after pleading guilty in Manhattan federal court to a charge that he conspired to manufacture and import cocaine knowing it would be imported into the United States. ...

Ohio House votes to shield execution drugmaker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:37
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The names of companies providing lethal injection drugs to the state would be shielded for at least two decades under a bill that cleared the Ohio House on Thursday.

Researcher who found cause of Lyme disease dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:36

This 1954 photo provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows Willy Burgdorfer inoculating ticks at NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont. Burgdorfer, the Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, has died in western Montana. A spokesman at the Daly-Leach Chapel said Wilhelm “Willy” Burgdorfer died from complications of Parkinson’s disease Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 in Hamilton, Mont. He was 89. (AP Photo/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — The Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has died in western Montana.

Polls: Employers still prioritize health coverage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:35

Judy Solomon, vice president of Kinetic Systems Inc., poses for photos as 11-year employee, John Kelly, works inside the plant in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Solomon says she has to provide health insurance to attract and keep engineers when competing against bigger companies. Her business has 32 full-time workers and makes equipment that helps control vibrations for sensitive scientific instruments. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Employers squeezed by years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul are still making employee health insurance a priority, but that coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years.

PG&E fined over alleged secret dealings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:34
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State regulators Thursday fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and required its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a planned gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.

Correction: Obit-Jane Byrne story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:30

FILE - In this May 16, 2011 file photo, former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne appears at inaugural ceremonies for Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. Byrne, Chicago's first and only female mayor, has died at the age of 81. Byrne’s daughter, Kathy, says her mother died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at a hospice in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the death of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Harold Washington was a state senator when he was elected Chicago mayor. Washington had been a state senator, but he was a U.S. House member when he defeated Byrne and was elected mayor.

Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:28

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, various cuts of beef and pork are displayed for sale in the meat department at a discount market in Arlington, Va. The U.S. is running out of options to keep package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The World Trade Organization has ruled that those labels discriminate against Canada and Mexico. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico.

California firefighter arrested in love triangle murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:27
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California firefighter and his alleged mistress have been arrested in the murder of the woman's husband, who was shot to death at a rail yard in August, police say. Jonathan Michael Hearn, 24, and Sabrina Limon, 35, were taken into custody this week on suspicion of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said in a written release. ...

Combat aviation unit deactivated at Fort Campbell

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:26
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Army says a 2,400-soldier combat aviation unit that recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan will be deactivated at Fort Campbell and its members sent elsewhere, as overseas wars wind down and the military continues to reorganize and downsize.