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'Yes Means Yes' becoming norm on NY campuses

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:11

Buffalo State College senior Katherine Middleton, sits on a boardwalk near her home as she talks about the "Yes Means Yes" standard during winter-break, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York. A universal “affirmative consent” standard is now part of a sexual assault prevention policy adopted across the state’s public university system, spelling out for students that only “yes” not silence or a lack of resistance,is the cue for sexual activity. Middleton says the “Yes Means Yes” standard that is now part of a sexual assault prevention policy adopted across the state’s public university system SUNY, “makes it almost seem more like a business deal than an act that happens.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Administrative policy may be the new pillow talk on college campuses across New York.


Final farewell begins for fallen firefighter Joyce Craig

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:03

Final farewell for fallen firefighter Joyce CraigHundreds of family, friends, fellow firefighters and first responders from across the country are gathering to pay respect to fallen Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig.


Farmworker children uprooted by California rules

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:02

 state law requires the families to move at least 50 miles away when the camps close for the winter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A lifetime of moving has taught Claudia Morales to start packing early, because like many 13-year-olds, her room "is always a mess."


U.S. Senate delays vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 23:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders in the U.S. Senate postponed an anticipated vote on a $1.1 trillion spending bill late on Friday and will instead aim to pass the must-do legislation on Monday, a Senate Democratic leadership aide said. In order to keep federal agencies operating beyond midnight Saturday, when existing funds expire, the Senate is expected to pass sometime on Saturday a stop-gap bill to temporarily extend government funding through next Wednesday. ...

Senate aims to vote Monday on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 23:50

McCain speaks to reporters as he arrives for votes on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday struggled to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would avert a looming federal government shutdown, postponing a vote until Monday when procedural hurdles begin to evaporate. Negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to speed the process along collapsed during late-night talks in the nearly abandoned U.S. Capitol. Barring any agreement to act in a more streamlined way, the Senate is on track to hold a procedural vote at 1 a.m. eastern time Sunday aimed at clearing the way for passage on Monday. ...


Fish farming finds its way to land-locked Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 23:26

Scott Garwood of Cardinal Farms displays an Asian sea bass called barramundi, which he grows in Dakota City, Neb., Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Farmers in the Midwest are increasingly turning to land-based, indoor fish farms to grow everything from freshwater trout to Atlantic salmon and sea bass, effectively bringing the surf to the turf. The reasons for the advent of indoor fish farming include overfishing of the world's waters and soaring consumption of fish, especially in the U.S., outstripping supply. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle — it's fish.


2 hurt after Mercedes crashes into car in Camden, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 21:56

2 hurt after Mercedes crashes into car in Camden, N.J.Two people were hurt after a Mercedes vehicle crashed into their car in Camden, New Jersey early Saturday morning.


Flames force 5 people from Delaware County home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 21:06

Flames force 5 people from Delaware County homeFive people were forced to leave their home after flames erupted in Darby, Pennsylvania early Saturday morning.


Dozen people homeless after blaze in New Castle Co.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 20:52

Dozen people homeless after blaze in New Castle Co.A dozen people are homeless after a fire destroyed their home in Mill Creek, Delaware early Saturday morning.


Firefighter injured in Strawberry Mansion house blaze

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 20:51

Firefighter injured in Strawberry Mansion house blazeA firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor injuries after battling a house blaze in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section early Saturday morning.


Teen accidentally shoots self while on FaceTime with friend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 20:35

Teen accidentally shoots self while on FaceTime with friendBlake Hannett, 15, is dead after he accidentally shot himself while on FaceTime with a friend.


Community rallies behind police officer, family after devastating fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 20:28

Community rallies behind police officer, family after devastating fireAn entire community is banding together to support a police detective and his family who lost everything when their neighbor allegedly set a fire at their home.


TroubleShooters: Wilmington woman's $11,000 water bill gets resolved

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 20:27

 Wilmington woman's $11,000 water bill gets resolvedCould you imagine getting a water bill for more than $11,000? That's what happened to Conceleta Patterson-Berbick of Wilmington.


NYC police union wants mayor banned from funerals

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 20:25

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo provided by the New York City Mayoral Photography Office, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, is seated between New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, during a round table discussion convened to ease tensions over the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died from a police chokehold while being arrested. After a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, police investigators started their work to determine whether Pantaleo and at least six other officers will be disciplined for their roles in Garner's July 17 arrest and death on Staten Island. (AP Photo/New York City Mayoral Photography Office, Bob Bennett, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's rank-and-file police union is urging its members to ban Mayor Bill de Blasio from their funerals.


Ho, ho, holdup! Bank robbers get busy during holidays

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 20:07
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - End-of-year holidays mean a lot of things - Santa, carols, parties, cards and gifts. They also mean more bank robberies. The number of holdups at U.S. banks tends to rise in December as crooks, some of them spurred by holiday consumerism, turn to robbery in the weeks leading up to Christmas, according to the FBI and security experts. The trend is so pronounced that the FBI's regional office in Washington, D.C., told banks last month to be on their guard. It also warned would-be robbers that police were focused on thwarting bank stickups. ...

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 19:24
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police arrest suspect in shooting outside alternative high school.

Weddings, winning as easy as 12-13-14 for some

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 18:30

FILE - The Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel marquee advertises wedding specials on in this Nov. 11, 2011 file photo taken in Las Vegas. The Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel plans to marry 120 couples Saturday Dec. 13, 2014 starting with Egyptian-themed nuptials followed by weddings with a touch of Tom Jones, gangsters, Liberace and, of course, Elvis, said general manager Brian Mills. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's rare. It's orderly. And when it comes to remembering an anniversary date, it's as easy as 12/13/14.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 16:58
"These doctors were co-opted when they knew better." — Dr. Stephen Xenakis, retired brigadier general with the U.S. Army's medical corps, who accused the CIA's medical service of institutional failure in the interrogation techniques used against terror detainees.

The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 16:46

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, as the Senate considers a spending bill. The House has passed an additional stopgap spending to make certain the government doesn't shut down at midnight Saturday when current funding authority runs out. The move would give the Senate additional time to process a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — School kids, truckers, marijuana smokers and fans of old-fashioned light bulbs are among millions of Americans with something extra riding on passage of a giant spending bill needed to keep the government running.


New York man pleads guilty to fake anthrax, ricin attacks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 13:24
By Matthew Liptak SYRACUSE, N.Y (Reuters) - A New York man pleaded guilty to mailing more than 20 death-threat letters he claimed were laced with anthrax or ricin to schools and U.S. officials and lawmakers, including Senator John McCain, between 1997 and 2012, a U.S. attorney's office said on Friday. Brian Daniel Norton, 59, of Cicero, pleaded guilty in U.S, District Court in Utica to two felony counts of conveying false information and hoaxes, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York. ...