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Awaiting Ferguson grand jury, activists drill protest tactics

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:23

In this Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 photo, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, a pastor from the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass., tells those assembled, at a protest training session in in St. Louis, Mo., that it is harder for police to make an arrest when people link arms together. At least 600 potential Ferguson protesters have received training in the past week from a group of organizers who say they’re stressing non-violence. A grand jury is considering whether Ferguson officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)By Scott Malone ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - In a former union hall in downtown St. Louis, about 100 activists formed a rough circle and, at the instruction of organizer Michael McPhearson, crossed the room wading through a crowd of people going the opposite way. "How hard was that? How much harder will it be after the grand jury comes back?" McPhearson, executive director of activist group Veterans for Peace, asked the group, which ranged from young black college students to bearded white retirees. Police around the St. ...


Tear gas fired near school sickens kids, teacher

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:22
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say tear gas fired during a police training session drifted to a nearby school, sending a teacher to a hospital and 14 students home.

Parents of Sandy Hook massacre victims say they get scant help from state

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:17

Jeremy Richman, left, weeps as he watches a video of his daughter, Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting victim Avielle Richman as wife Jennifer Hensel, right, sits beside him during a presentation to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Newtown, Conn. The parents of two children killed made presentations on ways to better address mental health, school safety and gun violence prevention. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)By Richard Weizel NEWTOWN Connecticut (Reuters) - Parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut said on Friday that state officials had failed to provide them adequate mental health care in the wake of one of America's worst mass shootings. "We didn’t even know we had been assigned a case worker the day of the shootings until a few days ago," said Jeremy Richman, the father of a six-year-old girl killed in the attack. The girl's mother, Jennifer Hansel, said "to this day" it is unclear how and where to get counseling. ...


Judge declares mistrial in base child abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:09
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge declared a mistrial Friday in the child abuse case of an Army officer and his wife, a day after a prosecutor mentioned the death of one of their children while questioning a witness.

Residents of town near Ferguson warned: Be ready

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 03:05
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County town that neighbors Ferguson, Missouri, is warning residents to prepare for potential unrest that may follow the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case.

Window washers describe 'panic' of dangling 69 floors above New York

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:56

Window washers Juan Lopez and Juan Lizama take part in a news conference to recount their rescue from a malfunctioning scaffold on the side of One World Trade Center a day before in New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two window washers who dangled from a broken scaffold 69 floors above the ground at One World Trade Center said on Friday their emotions ranged from terror to resolved calm while they awaited rescue and the rest of New York held its breath. Two days after the harrowing accident at the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Juan Lopez, 33, said the scare has convinced him to end his days of high-altitude work - at least for now. "There's a lot of options for window cleaning - a lot of ground floor jobs," he said. "I will probably do that. ...


U.S. seeks to ease influx of Central American child migrants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:53

Biden addresses a high-level summit during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkBy Anna Yukhananov and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington will allow some children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status from their home countries, Vice President Joe Biden announced on Friday, in a bid to stem an exodus of undocumented migrants to the U.S. border through Mexico. The program only applies to children whose parents are legal residents of the United States. But Biden said it should provide an alternative for children making the "harrowing" journey alone from Central America in order to join their parents. ...


Surgeon with Ebola trained through mission groups

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:52
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — An African surgeon who is coming to the U.S. for treatment after contracting the Ebola virus received much of his surgical training through Christian missionary groups.

Penn State: 115 tickets for Temple game stolen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:51

 115 tickets for Temple game stolenPenn State says about 115 tickets for Saturday's home game against Temple have been stolen.


NY Sikh student says Army rules bar him from ROTC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:47

This undated photo provided by the American Civil Liberties Union shows Iknoor Singh, a student at Hofstra University. Singh, 19, a Sikh, says the U.S. Army is barring him from the Reserve Officer Training Corps unless he violates his religious beliefs by removing his turban, shaving and cutting his hair. (AP Photo/ACLU)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Sikh college student has sued the Army, saying he cannot join the Reserve Officer Training Corps unless he violates his religious beliefs by removing his turban, shaving and cutting his hair.


1 dies in fiery multivehicle crash on LA freeway

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:41

Firefighters respond to a multi-vehicle pile-up as it burn on Interstate 405 in the North Hills area of Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Authorities say one person was killed in the collision which involved a total of 5 vehicles that snarled morning rush hour traffic. (AP Photo/Robert Angelo)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been killed in a fiery multivehicle collision on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles that scorched three vehicles and briefly shut down the freeway during rush hour.


Delays remain for some Hachette books on Amazon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:38

FILE - This Oct. 18, 2010 file photo shows an Amazon.com package on a UPS truck in Palo Alto, Calif. Amazon and Hachette announced a multiyear agreement Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, ending one of publishing's nastiest, most high-profile conflicts. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Amazon.com-Hachette Book Group conflict is over, but the restoration of normal service will take at least a few days.


Farmers would pay more for water from proposed California tunnel

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:24
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California farmers would pay more to irrigate their crops under a proposal to build tunnels under the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta to funnel water to the state's agricultural breadbasket, officials said on Friday. The analysis released by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer said regional water suppliers and the farmers who purchase water from them would be able to handle the increased costs, even though the price of water could more than double once the price of paying for the project is included. ...

Tractor-trailer overturns on NJ Turnpike in Gloucester County

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:11

Tractor-trailer overturns on NJ Turnpike in Gloucester CountyAn overturned tractor trailer slowed traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike in Gloucester County.


Suspect identified in carjacking, robbery in Germantown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:10

Suspect identified in carjacking, robbery in GermantownPhiladelphia Police have identified one of the three men wanted for a carjacking that ended in Germantown last week.


Police need your help finding missing man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:07

Police need your help finding missing manPolice are looking for a missing Southwest Philadelphia man.


Suspect in student kidnapping pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:02

Jesse Matthew, right, confers with an attorney while appearing in court on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Fairfax, Va. Matthew, accused of abducting Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student who was found dead last month, pleaded not guilty Friday on an unrelated sexual assault charge. Matthew, 32, is charged with attempted capital murder and other counts stemming from a September 2005 attack on a 26-year-old woman in Fairfax City. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, Pool)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The man accused of abducting a University of Virginia student who was found dead last month pleaded not guilty Friday in on an unrelated sexual assault charge.


Daughter says Jane Byrne, Chicago's 1st and only female mayor, has died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 02:00
CHICAGO (AP) — Daughter says Jane Byrne, Chicago's 1st and only female mayor, has died.

LAPD technology that tracks ex-cons stirs concerns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:58

This Oct. 4, 2010 photo provided by Jupiter Systems, the manufacturer of the display wall processors seen in the photo, shows the Los Angeles Police Department's downtown command center. Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to commit them. Police say the effort has already helped reduce crime in Newton Division, one of the city’s most notorious and historically gang-ridden neighborhoods, grimly nicknamed “Shootin’ Newton." The program - part data collection, part lightning-fast computer platform, part street-level intelligence-gathering - is expanding in Los Angeles with the help of a recent federal infusion of $400,000 and has drawn interest from departments across North America. (AP Photo/Jupiter Systems, Brad Howell)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to commit them.


What you need to know for health law's 2nd year

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:57

Supporters of Covered California hold signs during a promotional stop on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. California's health care exchange is targeting Latinos and others who missed last year's first enrollment season under the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the nation heads into the second year of the health care law, the federal government and states are preparing for open enrollment. Starting Saturday, consumers will be able to enroll for 2015 coverage through health insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges. The marketplaces in each state will allow you to shop for plans and apply for tax credits that can greatly reduce your premiums. You can also find out if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid.