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4 people shot at strip mall barbershop in Reading

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:00

4 people shot at strip mall barbershop in ReadingPolice say four people were injured in a shooting at a strip mall barbershop in Reading, Berks County.


Police: Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:00

 Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feetNewark Police have arrested the suspect who they say dragged a 78-year-old woman 30 feet during a purse snatching.


78-year-old woman dragged 30 feet in Delaware purse snatching

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:58

 Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feetNewark Police have arrested the suspect who they say dragged a 78-year-old woman 30 feet during a purse snatching.


Illinois asks state's top court to revive pension overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:54
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Illinois, which is struggling to bolster a shaky public pension system weighed down by a $104.6 billion shortfall, has asked the state's highest court to reverse a lower court ruling that declared a planned overhaul unconstitutional. The expedited appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, which was expected, seeks to overturn a Nov. 21 ruling by Judge John Belz of the Sangamon County Circuit Court. ...

Police: 78-year-old woman 30 feet in Delaware purse snatching

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:52

 Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feetNewark Police have arrested the suspect who they say dragged a 78-year-old woman 30 feet during a purse snatching.


Thanksgiving Eve: Very busy, but not busiest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:45

Vehicles cruise under light snowfall, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The northern New Jersey region is expected to be hit by a snowstorm, which will cause problems for those traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is often called the nation's busiest travel day of the year, and it surely feels that way sometimes. But it's probably not entirely true.


Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:42

Scott Kurdilla, a medical research technologist at Carnegie Mellon University, waits for a volunteer for a brain scan experiment on campus in Pittsburgh on Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. The brain-scanning MRI machine at the center was used in a recent experiment where each word of a chapter of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was flashed for half a second onto a screen inside a brain-scanning MRI machine. Images showing combinations of data and graphics were collected. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)WASHINGTON (AP) — Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.


58 arrested in 2nd night of Ferguson-area protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:38
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have raised the arrest total from the second night of protests over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case to 58.

Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:35

FILE - This Nov. 17, 2014, file photo shows Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell talking ahead of the second open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace during a visit to Miami's Florida International University College of Law. The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at malls starting Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday, and they said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through HealthCare.gov. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.


In Ferguson, black residents stand guard at white-owned store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:35
By Emily Flitter FERGUSON, MO. (Reuters) - Since looting first erupted following the August police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, nearly all the businesses in a 2 square mile area of this St Louis suburb have had to board up. One exception - a Conoco gas station and convenience store. At least a dozen stores have been set ablaze and others looted in Ferguson in racially charged riots since a grand jury on Monday cleared white policeman Darren Wilson in the shooting, which has torn apart this predominantly black Missouri city. ...

Russia throws rights accusations back at U.S. with Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:34
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia pointed on Wednesday to rioting in Ferguson and protests across the United States as evidence that its detractors in Washington were hypocrites and in no position to lecture Moscow on human rights. Issuing two statements on the unrest in just one day, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the United States should "focus on large-scale domestic problems with safeguarding human rights" rather than preach to others. ...

Ferguson protesters storm St. Louis City Hall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:30

Protesters confront a law enforcement officer as they try to enter City Hall Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in St. Louis. Several people protesting the Ferguson grand jury decision stormed into City Hall in St. Louis on Wednesday, leading police to lock down the building and to call in more than a hundred additional officers. At least two people were arrested after the incident, in which the protesters shouted "Shame, shame" while rushing into the building. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities have arrested three people at a protest over the Ferguson grand jury decision and other police shootings in which several demonstrators stormed City Hall in St. Louis.


Boy shot by mom in murder-suicide dies from wounds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:25
TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — An 11-year-old New Jersey boy who was critically wounded last week when his mother killed herself and his two siblings died from his injuries Wednesday.

Pregnant woman shot, killed in NYC; baby dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:25
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 27-year-old pregnant woman has been shot and killed in New York City.

East Coast storm threatens Thanksgiving travel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:20
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast is threatening to snarl traffic and disrupt flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico is expected to bring rain to cities including New York and Boston, while higher elevations of New England will see about a foot of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Orrison said on Wednesday. "Either way, travel is not going to be in a good state," Orrison said. ...

US adult smoking rate dips just under 18 percent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:16
NEW YORK (AP) — A government report says the smoking rate for U.S. adults dipped below 18 percent for the first time last year.

Police probe man's death in area near Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:12
(Reuters) - St. Louis County police said on Wednesday they were investigating the death of a black man found shot and set on fire near an area where rioting erupted after a grand jury did not indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of a black teenager. The body of 20-year-old Deandre Joshua was discovered around 9 a.m. on Tuesday in a car parked near the Canfield Green apartment complex in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, police said. Ferguson, which has been the scene of protests since Michael Brown was shot on Aug. ...

Court tosses ruling that shielded Arias witness

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:12
PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court has thrown out a ruling that barred the public from watching the first witness called by Jodi Arias at the convicted murderer's sentencing retrial.

Memorial spanning 3 days set for Marion Barry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marion Barry will be remembered with three days of events befitting a man described by the District of Columbia's current mayor as the "most iconic figure" in the city's history, officials said Wednesday.

Turkey's great escape foils my Thanksgiving plans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:45

A turkey brought home by Associated Press reporter Gosia Wozniacka stands in its coop at Wozniacka's home in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Wozniacka had brought the live turkey in a burlap sack to her urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. Though intended to be Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey had other plans. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Sundays before Thanksgiving, my farming partner and I brought a live turkey in a burlap sack to our urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. The lanky brown-feathered bird quietly took her place in our chicken coop.