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AccuWeather: Sunny and Milder Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:46

 Sunny and Milder ThursdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking another cold shot Friday and some weekend rain.

Man With Rifle in His Car Arrested Near the White House

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:39
Secret Service found the weapon and ammo in his car.

Special Report: How to get your child to sleep

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:34

 How to get your child to sleepIt's your child's bedtime - but you are tired. You know your child is tired, but sleep just isn't happening. So what do you do?

Hundreds of casino workers protest Taj Majal closure in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:31

Hundreds of casino workers protest Taj Majal closure in Atlantic CityHundreds of unionized casino workers protested the announced closing of the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City.

Good Samaritans rescue 5 adults, 1 child from pond near Christiana Mall

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:30

Good Samaritans rescue 5 adults, 1 child from pond near Christiana MallTwo Good Samaritans jumped into action to rescue five adults and a child when their vehicle overturned and crashed into a pond near the Christiana Mall.

Seattle city council member arrested in wage-hike protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:18
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle City Council member was among four people arrested late on Wednesday outside Alaska Airlines offices in the suburb of SeaTac during a protest over what organizers say was the carrier's opposition to a voter-backed $15 minimum wage. Kshama Sawant, who championed what she said were "anti-corporate" causes during her campaign last November, was among about 100 airport workers and community members at the rally, labor group Working Washington said in a statement. The U.S. carrier has its primary hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac. ...

California school fights end with 6 arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:07
SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six students under arrest, authorities said.

Soldier convicted of murder in girlfriend's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:50
FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — A military jury convicted a Fort Carson soldier of premeditated murder and assault Wednesday in the slaying of his soldier-girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013.

5th death attributed to New York snow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:19
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a fifth death is being attributed to an unrelenting lake-effect snowstorm that has blanketed parts of western New York.

Tuition hikes tentatively approved in California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:17

Student protesters attempt to block an entrance outside a meeting of the University of California Board of Regents Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in San Francisco. A committee of the Regents approved Janet Napolitano's proposal to raise tuition by 5 percent in each of the next five years unless the system gets more money from Sacramento.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A committee of the University of California's governing board voted Wednesday for a tuition increase during each of the next five years over the protests of Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and students.

Library honoring Billy Joel with pop music prize

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:57

Billy Joel holds up the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the end of a concert in his honor at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday.

Firm cancels plan to buy closed Revel casino in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:56

Firm cancels plan to buy closed Revel casino in Atlantic CityA Toronto-based company is abandoning its plan to buy the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

Massachusetts town stubs out plan to ban tobacco sales

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:50
(Reuters) - A Massachusetts town on Wednesday stubbed out a proposal that apparently would have made it the first in the United States to ban tobacco sales, a newspaper reported. The proposal in Westminster, a town of about 7,300 people 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Boston, had generated strong opposition from store owners who contended the ban would cut into sales. The Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise newspaper reported that the Westminister Board of Health voted 2-1 to turn down the proposal. ...

California man convicted in 1978 murder may go free based on DNA

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:48
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man convicted of murder in the 1978 shooting death of a Southern California man should be freed after 36 years behind bars, based on DNA analysis and investigative reports withheld from his trial attorney, a prosecutor said on Wednesday after a judge overturned the conviction. The California Innocence Project, which worked to win the freedom of Michael Hanline, now 69, and pressed local prosecutors to re-examine the evidence, said his case represents the oldest conviction ever reversed in state history. The shooting death of truck driver J.T. ...

2-alarm fire at century-old house in Kennett Square

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:45

2-alarm fire at century-old house in Kennett SquareFire crews braved cold temperatures while battling a fire at a century-old house in Kennett Square, Chester County.

Billboard ranking to include streams, track sales

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:44

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2014 file photo, Taylor Swift performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Times Square in New York. The music industry tracker says it's transforming the Billboard 200 chart from a sales-based ranking to one that better measures music consumption. This move comes after music acts like Swift and Jason Aldean pulled their tunes from Spotify. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billboard's chart is getting a makeover.

Washington to sue over nuclear site's tank vapors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:44
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday.

Ice to close upper Mississippi from November 20, earliest on record

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:43
By Michael Hirtzer CHICAGO (Reuters) - The shipping season on the upper Mississippi River will end on Thursday as ice surrounding locks and dams near Minnesota's Twin Cities forced the earliest winter closure on records that date back to 1969, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. "There's so much ice through the whole system," said Bryan Peterson, navigation manager for the Army Corps' St. Paul district. "They're getting the barges they can out and not risking getting stuck there all winter." There were two tow boats waiting to pass lock and dam No. 2 near Hastings, Minnesota. ...

New York man arraigned on subway murder charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:41

Handout photo of Kevin DardenNEW YORK (Reuters) - A suspect charged with murder for allegedly pushing a man to his death in front of a New York subway train was arraigned on Wednesday and ordered returned to custody. Kevin Darden, 34, was arrested late on Tuesday in the Bronx borough and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Wai Kuen Kwok, 61, the New York Police Department said. Officers found the victim dead on the tracks with severe body trauma at a Bronx subway station. The initial investigation showed he was pushed in front of an incoming train on Sunday morning, police said. ...

Montana marriage ban overturned; licenses granted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:36

This undated photo from the Montana Supreme Court shows then-Montana Supreme Court Justice Brian Morris at an unknown city in Montana. Morris, now a U.S. District judge, ruled Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 that Montana’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that Idaho and Nevada’s bans are unconstitutional. Montana is part of the 9th Circuit, and Morris cited the Circuit Court’s opinion in his ruling. The move comes after four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in May challenging Montana's gay marriage ban. Morris wrote in his decision that Montana no longer can deprive plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves. He says his ruling is effective immediately. (AP Photo/Montana Supreme Court)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state gay marriage ban in Montana, one of the last states to continue defending its ban despite rulings in favor of same-sex marriage from appeals courts that oversee them.