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Hundreds honor Indiana aid worker slain in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:43

Ed and Paula Kassig, parents of Peter Kassig, reflect as a funeral prayers were held for their son in the mosque at Al-Huda Foundation in Fishers, Ind., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Peter Kassig was captured Oct. 1, 2013, while delivering aid in Syria through a relief organization he founded. The White House confirmed Peter Kassig's death Sunday, Nov. 16 after the Islamic State group released a video showing that Kassig had been beheaded. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — The death of an Indiana aid worker at the hands of Islamic State militants is "barbaric" and is not a true reflection of Islam, a cleric told hundreds of people who gathered Friday for the first of three memorial services honoring the slain man.

White House: Immigration steps would boost wages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:39

President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families." (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period.

Florida polo magnate gets 16 years for deadly drunken driving crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:29
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida polo club founder was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday after a jury for a second time found him guilty of killing a recent college graduate in a collision while driving drunk late one night in Palm Beach County. John Goodman, a 51-year-old from a Texas family that made a fortune in the air conditioning business, was convicted last month of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide. ...

Virginia high court rejects lacrosse-case appeal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:19
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend.

Redistribution of homes begins in polygamous sect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:06
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Katie Cox has lived in her 13-bedroom home in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border for more than four decades — but she's never had a deed.

Key figures in the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:58

This undated file photo provided by the Brown family is Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014. Police departments across the country are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict officer Darren Wilson, who killed the unarmed black teenager. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A look at some of the key figures in the case of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in August — a death that stirred weeks of violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb.

Hawaii and Alaska pay more for Thanksgiving feasts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:53
HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of Hawaii pay the highest prices in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving, and Alaska feasts are almost as expensive.

AP PHOTOS: Buffalo area digs out after epic storm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:50

FILE - A man digs out his driveway in Depew, N.Y.,Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another lake-effect storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; BATAVIA DAILY NEWS OUT; DUNKIRK OBSERVER OUT; JAMESTOWN POST-JOURNAL OUT; LOCKPORT UNION-SUN JOURNAL OUT; NIAGARA GAZETTE OUT; OLEAN TIMES-HERALD OUT; SALAMANCA PRESS OUT; TONAWANDA NEWS OUTThe Buffalo area began the backbreaking work of digging itself out Friday after a historic 7-foot wallop of snow and braced for possible flooding ahead of what is expected to be a much warmer weekend.

2 men freed after judge dismisses 1975 Ohio case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:42

This photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Wiley Bridgeman. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office has filed a motion dismissing aggravated murder cases against three men falsely accused of killing a businessman outside a corner store in Cleveland in 1975. Fifty-seven-year-old Ricky Jackson, 60-year-old Bridgeman and his brother, 57-year-old Ronnie Bridgeman, were sentenced to death during separate trials in 1975 for the slaying of Herman Franks. Their convictions were based solely on the testimony of a 13-year-old boy who in 2013 recanted and said he was coerced and threatened by Cleveland police detectives.(AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)CLEVELAND (AP) — Two men imprisoned for nearly four decades walked free on Friday after being exonerated in a 1975 murder because the key witness against them — a then-13-year-old boy — recanted his testimony.

Ferguson schools announce closure in advance of Darren Wilson ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:40

Ferguson schools announce closure in advance of Darren Wilson rulingSchools in Ferguson will close on Monday and Tuesday in advance of potential Darren Wilson ruling.

Des Moines struggling with nitrates in water

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:40

FILE-- In this May 16, 2013, file photo, Des Moines Water Works CEO and general manager Bill Stowe stands in the Nitrate Removal Facility at the Water Works treatment plant in Des Moines, Iowa. Nitrate levels in the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers are exceeding federal limits again and may be nearing the point at which the Des Moines Water Works again turns on its nitrate removal system, which costs about $7,000 a day to run. Nitrate levels on the two rivers used as sources for Des Moines’ drinking water often peak in the spring when rain washes unused fertilizer from farm fields but it’s unheard of to have spikes so high in November, said Stowe. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two rivers that supply water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate levels spiking to levels that make it unsafe for some to drink, a concentration experts haven't before seen in the fall that likely stems from especially wet weather in recent months.

Colorado charters credit union for pot industry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:39
DENVER (AP) — Colorado has granted a charter for the first financial institution to serve its cash-only marijuana industry.

Former Oregon beauty pageant winner arrested in drug bust

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:33
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A former Oregon beauty pageant winner is facing drug charges after she was arrested in a drug bust at a Salem hotel where police found cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and records of drug sales, authorities said on Friday.  Former Miss Teen Oregon-World Jamie Lynn France, now 23, was charged with possession of meth, heroin and suboxene in connection with Wednesday's bust, and police said they expect more charges and arrests to come in the case. ...

Mudslide strikes home in California area that saw wildfire this year

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:30
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A mudslide slammed into a house in a Southern California suburb on Friday where wildfires had left hilly terrain barren of trees and brush, prompting authorities to warn residents that more such landslides were likely in the near future. The mudslide in Glendora occurred before dawn, overtopping a retaining wall the owners of the house built in their backyard and leaving a 4-foot-tall pile of mud resting against the back of the house and its garage, Los Angeles County Fire Department inspector Rick Flores said. ...

NYC officer's gun may have discharged accidentally in man's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:29
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City officer shot and killed an unarmed man in a dimly lit stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project, in what may have been an accidental discharge of his weapon, the police commissioner said on Friday. Akai Gurley, 28, was shot once in the chest and killed at about 11:00 p.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Thursday, Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a news conference. "What happened last night was a very unfortunate tragedy," Bratton said, adding that the deceased appeared to be "a total innocent," based on a preliminary investigation. ...

More extensive drills follow USS Miami fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:26
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Firefighters at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard train regularly for industrial blazes, but mandates after a huge submarine fire call for an annual drill that's more extensive than anything done before.

Walmart workers announce Black Friday protest locations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:20

Walmart workers and their supporters in Miami protest during Global Day for Decent Work at Walmart outside the Walmart Latin American Headquarters in Doral(Reuters) - A pressure group pushing for higher wages at Walmart stores said employees would stage protests at 1,600 U.S. stores on Black Friday, including 60 in Washington.

Brooklyn man sentenced for role in cybercrime ring

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:10
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man has been sentenced to about 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in an international cybercrime ring that hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service.

U.S. threatens to cut food stamp funding to Maine in photo ID row

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:06
By Dave Sherwood BRUNSWICK Maine (Reuters) - The federal government has threatened to cut funding for Maine’s food stamp program, saying the state may be violating recipients' civil rights by requiring welfare cards to bear their photograph. Maine began printing photos on electronic benefit (EBT) cards in July in an effort that Republican Governor Paul LePage said was designed to combat fraud. The U.S. ...

Grand jury on Ferguson shooting still in session: prosecutor's office

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 02:47
(Reuters) - The grand jury weighing whether to charge a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, was still in session on Friday, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said. Although no date or time for the announcement of its decision was known, the prosecutor's office said it had started to organize a news conference. (Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Dina Kyriakidou)