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Florida professor resigns after offensive Facebook comments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:14
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - (Editor's note: Language in paragraphs 3 and 4 may be offensive to some readers.) A Florida State University professor said she has resigned after making racial and homosexual slurs in a heated Facebook exchange about recent police killings of unarmed blacks. Deborah O'Connor, an 18-year faculty member of the FSU College of Business, said on Tuesday she was stepping down after several comments she made on Facebook were published by Folio Weekly, a Jacksonville alternative newspaper that contacted FSU about them on Dec. 5. ...

Plane nearly stalled before crash that killed 6

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:14

A firefighter stands outside a smoldering house where a small private jet crashed in Gaithersburg, Md., Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. A woman and her two young sons inside the home and three people on the aircraft were killed, authorities said. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — A business jet that crashed in a neighborhood near an airport in suburban Washington, killing all three people on board and a mother and her two young sons on the ground, had slowed to the point where it nearly stalled in midair before impact, federal investigators said Tuesday.


Obama tells Latinos immigration policy shift won't hurt them later

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:10

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about immigration reforms during a visit to Casa Azafran in NashvilleBy Jeff Mason NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Latinos on Tuesday that signing up for deportation relief under his new immigration policy was safe and would not put them in jeopardy if his White House successor tried to overturn the action. Supported strongly by immigration activists and staunchly opposed by many Republicans, Obama's controversial executive action removed the threat of deportation for up to 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. ...


Prosecutor to seek death penalty for mutilator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:09

This undated photo provided by the Jeffersonville, Ind. Police Department shows Joseph Oberhansley. The 33-year-old is charged with murder and abuse of a corpse after he allegedly fatally stabbed his girlfriend, 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton, on Sept. 11, 2014, then mutilated her and ate parts of the Jeffersonville woman's body. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, a southern Indiana prosecutor intends to seek the death penalty against Oberhansley. (AP Photo/Jeffersonville, Ind. Police Department via The Courier-Journal)JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A prosecutor intends to seek the death penalty for a southern Indiana man who has confessed to fatally stabbing his girlfriend and mutilating her body, including cooking and eating some of her organs.


Viola valued at $9,000 stolen from Philadelphia musician

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:04

Viola worth thousands stolen from Philadelphia musicianA Philadelphia musician is also dealing with the loss of something irreplaceable today after someone stole a viola, that dates back centuries, from her Powelton home.


Big U.S. school districts plan switch to antibiotic-free chicken

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:01
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Six of the largest U.S. school districts are switching to antibiotic-free chicken, officials said on Tuesday, pressuring the world's top meat companies to adjust production practices in the latest push against drugs used on farms. The move by districts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami-Dade County and Orlando County is intended to protect children's health amid concerns about the rise of so-called "superbugs," bacteria that gain resistance to conventional medicines, school officials said. ...

Police name officer who killed unarmed black man in Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:01

Demonstrators hold protest rally week after unarmed man was shot dead by police in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Phoenix police on Tuesday released the name of the 30-year-old white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a struggle last week, after protests by activists who demanded his identity be made public. About 200 chanting demonstrators angered by the killing faced off with police in riot gear late on Monday in downtown Phoenix, the latest in a wave of demonstrations across the country over the killing of unarmed black men by police. ...


Mom: Man accused in teen's death needs mental help

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:39

In this Dec. 8, 2014 photo Hawo Abdullahi holds a picture of her son, Ahmed H. Aden, in her Minneapolis apartment. Abdullahi says her son, who is accused of deliberately running down a Muslim teenager in Kansas City, Mo., is mentally ill and didn’t commit a hate crime. Minnesota court records show Aden was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2012, was committed to a hospital for treatment, and has a history of stopping medication. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of fatally hitting a Muslim teenager with his car last week in what's being investigated as a possible hate crime had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, committed to a hospital and sometimes stopped taking his medications, according to court records and his family.


Tennessee couple get 35 years in prison in girl's soda death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:39
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - An eastern Tennessee father and stepmother of a 5-year-old girl who died after being forced to drink large amounts of grape soda and water as a form of punishment have been sentenced to 35 years in prison, authorities said. Randall Vaughn, 42, and Mary Vaughn, 59, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child neglect and were sentenced on Monday in Rogersville, Tennessee, District Attorney General Dan Armstrong said on Tuesday. ...

North Dakota regulators impose oil shipment rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:36

FILE - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows a warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil near a loading terminal in Trenton, N.D. North Dakota's Industrial Commission is slated to vote on rules Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, that could require oil companies to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators set new rules Tuesday that will require oil companies that are sending out millions of gallons of crude a week by rail to reduce the oil's volatility before it's loaded onto train cars.


Female Philadelphia firefighter killed in blaze identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:35

Female Philadelphia firefighter killed in blaze identifiedPhiladelphia city officials have identified the female firefighter killed in a fire early Tuesday morning in West Oak Lane.


Mom accused of leaving baby in trash allowed visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:33

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff shows Alicia Englert. A judge is letting Englert have a goodbye visit with her infant daughter, who authorities say survived after the woman left her in a trashcan to die. Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills decided Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 that Englert will have one supervised 90-minute visit with the now 3-month-old child Dec. 15. The girl is being adopted by another family after Englert waived her parental rights. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge is allowing a goodbye visit for a Utah woman accused of dumping her newborn in a trash can to die.


Kevyn Orr: Detroit's financial emergency over

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:24

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr, right, leaves U.S. District Court in Detroit. Orr, in a letter to Monday, Dec. 8 to Gov. Rick Snyder, says the city no longer will be in a financial emergency when it officially exits bankruptcy. That means Orr’s job will be done once the bankruptcy court approves the exit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDETROIT (AP) — Kevyn Orr has agreed to step down as Detroit's emergency manager, saying in a letter released Tuesday that the city will no longer be in a financial emergency once it exits bankruptcy.


Mother killed in Maryland crash had huddled with children: police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:24

Handout photo of smoke is seen after a small plane crashed in to a home and damaged others in GaithersburgBy John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Maryland mother of three killed when a small jet crashed into her house in a Washington suburb on Monday, died huddled in a bathroom trying to shield her two youngest children from the smoke and fire caused by the crash, officials said on Tuesday. A police spokeswoman in Montgomery County identified the victims in the house as Marie Gemmell, 36, and her two young sons, 3-year-old Cole and Devin, just six weeks old. ...


Court to weigh challenge in suit on Israel attacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:21
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court said Tuesday it will consider the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization's pretrial challenge of a $1 billion lawsuit filed by U.S. terrorism victims.

Lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:20
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two California consumers sued one of Kentucky's best-known distilleries, saying Maker's Mark tries to spike demand and sticker prices by falsely promoting its bourbon as being handmade.

Female lawmakers in Montana told to check skirt lengths, necklines

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:13
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A new dress code for the Montana House of Representatives that bans jeans and warns women to watch skirt lengths and necklines has drawn the ire of female lawmakers, who say it suggests they cannot independently decide what attire is appropriate. The wardrobe code was enacted by male leaders of the Republican-controlled House in advance of a legislative session that begins on Jan. 5. Most members of the chamber's Democratic minority are women, who say they were not consulted about new rules that target them for apparel infractions. ...

Governors are urged to sign Port Authority reform

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:07
NEW YORK (AP) — Legislation to overhaul the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey remains unsigned by both states' governors even after a second report was released on the politically connected lane closures at the George Washington Bridge and despite renewed calls from legislators.

Locals becoming host families for World Meeting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:04

Locals becoming host families for World MeetingMillions of people are expected to visit Philadelphia to see the Pope during next year's World Meeting of Families they will all need somewhere to stay.


Man charged with trying to take U.S. military documents to China

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Connecticut resident and Chinese citizen who allegedly worked on the F135 engine was charged with trying to take sensitive documents about military technology to China, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday. Yu Long was en route to China in November via Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey where customs officers found proprietary documents in his luggage that included equations and test results used to develop titanium for U.S. military aircraft, prosecutors said. Yu Long was arrested two days later in Ithaca, New York. U.S. ...