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New claims of child sex abuse by UN peacekeepers in Africa

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 02:01
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Tuesday it has received allegations that U.N. peacekeepers sexually abused street children in Central African Republic, where French troops are also being investigated for alleged sex abuse against boys.

Death of NJ teen killed by 650-pound slab ruled an accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:59

Death of NJ teen killed by 650-pound slab ruled an accidentThe death of a teenager killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him at a southern New Jersey business last weekend has been ruled an accident.


New job for principal who nixed coming-out speech

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:51
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — The principal who pulled a graduation speech by a valedictorian who wanted to disclose his sexual orientation is resigning for a new job at another school.

Chicago to see new Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:50
Chicago will enjoy a new 196-foot-tall (60 m) Ferris wheel on its lakefront next year, almost 50 feet taller than its current wheel, the city announced on Tuesday. The wheel, privately financed with a loan from Fifth Third Bank, will be at Navy Pier, a popular, multi-use tourist attraction on Lake Michigan which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016. The country's third-largest city is the birthplace of the Ferris wheel, a feature of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair.

Death of teen killed by 650-pound slab ruled an accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:46
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The death of a teenager killed when a stone slab weighing about 650 pounds fell on him at a southern New Jersey business last weekend has been ruled an accident.

Burned puppy euthanized because of injuries

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:35
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a puppy set on fire earlier this month says the dog has been euthanized due to its extensive injuries.

Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:24

In this Monday, June 22, 2015, Tammy Baumann, curriculum director for East Lansing public schools, poses for a photo in East Lansing, Mich. Baumann literally took their textbooks apart, rearranging lessons, filling holes with outside material and put it all together in what will be the K-2 math curriculum at her school district in the fall. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not.


Baltimore police officers plead not guilty in Freddie Gray case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:20

Baltimore police officers plead not guilty in Freddie Gray caseProsecutors say all six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have pleaded not guilty.


Confederate statues at University of Texas hit by critics, vandals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:19
Statues of three Confederate leaders standing for decades at the University of Texas were vandalized with red paint amid fresh calls this week for their removal, university officials said. The statues at the often left-leaning university in Austin, a liberal city in conservative Texas, have gained new attention due to the debate in South Carolina about taking down the Confederate battle flag on the state's capitol grounds, a week after a white gunman allegedly shot dead nine black worshipers at a historic church.

Searchers comb resort after two tornados hit Illinois

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:17
Searchers with rescue dogs combed through a large lake resort west of Chicago on Tuesday, looking for people who might be trapped after a tornado toppled trailers and recreational vehicles, state officials said. On Monday night, a tornado tore through Woodhaven Lakes campground in Lee County, a two-hour drive from Chicago, Governor Bruce Rauner's office said in a statement. Another tornado then hit the village of Coal City 55 miles away, injuring a handful of people and damaging some 30 homes and businesses, officials said.

Mo'ne Davis 'Drafted' by Harlem Globetrotters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:16

Mo'ne Davis 'Drafted' by Harlem GlobetrottersThe Harlem Globetrotters selected Taney Dragons pitcher Mo'ne Davis as part of its 9th annual player draft.


Caterpillar to lay off 50 more workers at East Peoria plant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:13
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. says it will lay off 50 more workers at its East Peoria plant in addition to the 120 layoffs announced last week.

NY prison worker's husband breaks silence on 18th day of escapee hunt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:03

Prison inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat are seen in enhanced pictures released by the New York State policeA force of 1,000 law enforcement officers focused the search for murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat in eastern Franklin County, about 20 miles from Clinton Correctional Facility, said New York State Police spokesman Beau Duffy. Lyle Mitchell, whose wife, Joyce Mitchell, admitted she helped the convicts, said on NBC's "Today" show that the men gave her pills to knock him out so that she could slip away and drive their getaway car.


U.S. National Archives sees signs of computer 'compromise' at agency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:59
The National Archives, the agency that houses the U.S. Constitution and other important historical documents, has found signs of possible unauthorized computer activity, but there is no evidence of a threat to its systems, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The agency's systems and applications were not compromised but "indicators of compromise" were found on three computers that were then "cleaned and re-imaged," National Archives and Records Administration spokeswoman Laura Diachenko said in a statement. The disclosure of suspicious files on some National Archives computers follows the widespread hack disclosed this month of federal employment records at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that affected 4 million current and former federal workers.

Trial starts for man charged in crash that killed Neumann Univ. student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:56

Trial starts for man charged in crash that killed Neumann Univ. studentThe trial is underway for the man accused of striking and killing a Neumann University student in January 2014.


Navy Pier to debut new 196-foot Ferris wheel next summer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:49
CHICAGO (AP) — Navy Pier has announced plans to debut a new 196-foot Ferris wheel when the Chicago tourist attraction celebrates its centennial next summer.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:45

 Severe Thunderstorm Watch issuedMeteorologist David Murphy says we'll see highs in the 90s and heat indices around 100 and potentially strong afternoon thunderstorms.


Witness Claims to Have Seen Escaped Prisoners at Hunting Shack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:43
John Stockwell reported seeing a person running away from the cabin on Saturday.

New Jersey second-grade teacher accused of having sex with teen student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:42

New Jersey second-grade teacher accused of having sex with teen studentLauren Mitchell, 32, of Lyndhurst, is being held on 150,000 bail. She was arrested June 19.


Deputies: 90-year-old man pulled gun on post office employee

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:41
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A 90-year-old man is accused of threatening a U.S. Postal Service employee when he wasn't satisfied with the service at a post office near Boca Raton.