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Correction: American Indian Nicknames-DC story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 22:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about American Indian nicknames at District of Columbia public schools, The Associated Press, relying on information from the D.C. Council and public school officials, reported erroneously that five schools would be forced to change their nicknames if the council approved a bill banning racially based nicknames and mascots. Two schools would be forced to change their names, not five.

Teacher who talked of killer robots resigned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 22:04
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego County teacher resigned after being investigated for talking in class about programming robots to shoot and kill students.

Woman gets jail in tattoo of girl who spent night

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:53
CENTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to four months to two years in jail for helping the man she lived with tattoo a smiley face and a derogatory word on a 12-year-old girl who spent the night at their home.

Ex-convict seeking comeback leads race for Providence mayor: poll

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:45

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, former mayor and current mayoral candidate of Providence, answers a question during an interview in ProvidenceBOSTON (Reuters) - Former Providence, Rhode Island, mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, who served five years in prison after being convicted of racketeering, is leading in his bid to reclaim the job he held for 22 of the past 50 years, a poll released on Wednesday found. The 73-year-old candidate, running as an independent, has a narrow lead in a three-way race, though many voters said they remain undecided with six weeks to go until Election Day, according to the Providence Journal/WPRI-12 poll. Some 38 percent of 503 registered voters polled Sept. ...


California man sentenced in Russian roulette death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:25
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Central California man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for killing his friend while playing a version of Russian roulette.

Shelter volunteers take on play time, poop detail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:24

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, Jourdan Giron, of Lawndale, Calif., a shelter volunteer at the Los Angeles SPCA adoption center, plays with a kitten at the center. Giron, who turns 21 this month, is new to the volunteer corps. She signed up in February for eight hours a month, said services manager Elise Thompson. But she's put in more than 325 volunteer hours _ well over the 64 promised. "I'm just happy being here and I don't want to leave," Giron said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Help Wanted: No pay, hours can be lousy, and sometimes it stinks.


2 wounded in mall shooting; 2 dead in car crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:21

Law enforcement officers from the Kissimmee Police Department and the Osceola Sheriff's Office work a crime scene outside a shopping mall where a shooting took place, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. Authorities are trying to determine if two men found dead a short time later in a crashed vehicle were connected. (AP Photo/John Raoux)KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Police say two people were wounded in a shooting at Florida mall, and two men in a car matching the suspects' vehicle description were killed in a crash as they fled.


Exclusive: Oil company rewrites its history, may aid founder's divorce case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:19

CEO of Continental Resources Hamm enters the courthouse for divorce proceedings in Oklahoma CityBy Joshua Schneyer and Brian Grow OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oil driller Continental Resources Inc has been revising its corporate history in ways that diminish the publicly traded company’s accomplishments under CEO Harold Hamm, part of a legal strategy that might help Hamm avoid the largest divorce award in U.S. history. Downplaying his role in Continental’s success is central to Hamm’s chances of minimizing the financial blow from his divorce, lawyers say. ...


Wal-Mart launching mobile checking account

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:16

FILE - This May 28, 2013, file photo, shows a sign outside a Wal-mart store in Duarte, Calif. Wal-Mart on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 said it is launching a mobile checking account for its customers that will eliminate some of the fees charged by banks. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Wal-Mart is introducing a mobile checking account for its customers that will eliminate the overdraft and bounced-check fees traditionally charged by banks.


Massachusetts house of horrors ordered torn down

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:14
BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) — The squalid Massachusetts home where the remains of three infants were found has been ordered torn down.

Judge allows class action in Mamtek lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:03
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed against investment banker Morgan Keegan after the collapse of a proposed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly will be considered a class action.

Driver charged in fatal Delaware tour bus crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:53
By Karen Brooks (Reuters) - A New York tour bus driver faces charges after his bus crashed on a Delaware highway, killing two women and injuring several other people, authorities said late Tuesday. Jinli Zhao, 56, of New York City is charged with two counts of operation of a vehicle causing death of another person in the Sunday crash, according to a statement from the Delaware State Police. Hua'y Chen, 54, of New York City and Idil Bahsi, 30, of Istanbul, Turkey, died after the bus carrying 49 passengers flipped on a highway in New Castle, about 7 miles (11 km) south of Wilmington. ...

2 of 3 charged in attack on gay couple in Center City Philadelphia surrender to police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:32

2 of 3 charged in attack on gay couple in Center City Philadelphia surrender to policeTwo of the three people charged in an attack on a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia, including 24-year-old Katherine Knott, surrendered to police early Wednesday.


India's top court cancels coal allocations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 20:07
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court said Wednesday that private companies will have to return most of the coal fields allocated to them by the government since 1993 under a corruption prone bidding system.

South Korea to buy 40 F-35A fighter jets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 19:29
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7 billion in the country's biggest-ever weapons purchase aimed at coping with North Korea's military threats, officials said Wednesday.

Driver critically injured in head-on crash in Hockessin

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 19:25

Driver critically injured in head-on crash in HockessinOne driver is hospitalized in critical condition and another is being questioned following a violent, head-on crash in Delaware.


3 to surrender in attack on gay couple in Center City Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:55

2 of 3 charged in attack on gay couple in Center City Philadelphia surrender to police24-year-old Katherine Knott and two other suspects in an attack on a gay couple in Center City Philadelphia are expected to surrender on Wednesday.


Japan steps up Russia sanctions over Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:45
TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Wednesday that it has stepped up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine to be in line with other Group of Seven nations before their upcoming meeting in New York.

Portuguese nurses strike over pay, working hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:45
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Nurses in Portugal have begun a 48-hour strike over pay, working hours and what they say is an acute shortage of staff in the public health service.

Ex-Chinese planning official admits taking bribes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:09

FILE - In this April 29, 2009 file photo, Liu Tienan, then the vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, speaks during a press conference in Shanghai, China. The former deputy chief of the agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy went on trial Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, accused of taking bribes, China's official news agency said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)BEIJING (AP) — The former deputy chief of the Chinese agency in charge of steering the world's second-largest economy pleaded guilty to taking bribes at the conclusion of his one-day trial Wednesday, as China intensified its campaign against corruption.