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Officers surprised bushes didn't stop WH intruder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 19:10

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, a Secret Service agent gives directions during an evacuation from the White House minutes after President Barack Obama departed for Camp David aboard Marine One in Washington. According to a Homeland Security Department review of the incident released on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, lack of training, poor staffing decisions and communication problems contributed to the ability of an armed White House intruder to climb over a security fence and run into the executive mansion on Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service officers chasing a Texas Army veteran across the White House lawn in September figured they had him cornered when he encountered the thick bushes on the property.


10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 19:01

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, embraces and kisses Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a news conference at her home in Yangon, Myanmar Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Fired California Bar official files whistle-blower suit against group

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 18:50
(Reuters) - The fired executive director of the State Bar of California filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the organization on Thursday the same day that his termination was announced, according to a court document. Joseph Dunn, a former State Senator who represented Orange County, alleged in the suit that he was dismissed without cause shortly after filing an anonymous complaint to the bar's trustees on Nov. 3, according to the complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. ...

AccuWeather: Windy and Chilly Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 18:29

 Windy and Chilly TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says the weekend stays cool. Rain arrives Sunday night.


AccuWeather: First Flakes of the Season

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 18:10

 Windy and Chilly TodayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking the snow showers hitting the region and a windy, cold end to the week.


VIDEO: Katherine Scott reports on a taste of winter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 18:07

 Katherine Scott reports on a taste of winterThe Delaware Valley gets its first snowfall of the season.


Running death: Grandmother wants charge dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 18:03
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman accused of running her granddaughter to death has asked an appeals court to dismiss a capital murder charge against her, citing potential autopsy problems and legal delays.

A timeline of events in Upper Big Branch disaster

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 17:42
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on numerous counts of conspiracy, making him the highest-ranking executive charged in the April 2010 underground explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. Here is a timeline of major events in the Upper Big Branch disaster in southern West Virginia, beginning with the explosion:

Obama urges Asia free press, defends US approach

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:22

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, stands with Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her home in Yangon, Myanmar Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed for greater freedoms Friday for reporters in Myanmar and China while defending the balance he said the U.S. seeks to strike at home. Although he said he couldn't discuss the case of a U.S. journalist under pressure by prosecutors, he echoed comments from his attorney general that journalists won't be jailed for doing their job.


Plane makes emergency landing in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:14
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say an airplane bound for Seattle made an emergency landing in Pasco, Washington, on Thursday. No one was hurt.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:03
"This, of course, has an impact on our ... capabilities to conduct science for an extended period of time. Unfortunately this is not a situation that we were hoping for." — Koen Geurts of the Philae lander team as the historic spacecraft became lodged next to a cliff blocking sunlight from its solar panels, shortening the time it can transmit data from the comet to Earth.

Prosecutors: Utah trucker kept more sex slaves

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:26

In this photo released by the Davis County Jail shows Timothy Jay Vafeades. Prosecutors say they've found four more victims of Vafeades, a Utah truck driver accused of keeping women as sex slaves in his semitrailer as he traveled the county. Some of the new accusations against Vafeades date back 20 years. In two of the new cases detailed in court documents filed Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, Vafeades is accused of holding women as prisoners for months. (AP Photo/Davis County Jail)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Utah truck driver had four other victims in addition to the two women he is accused of keeping as sex slaves in his semi-trailer as he drove across the country.


Obama says will take action on immigration by year-end

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:19

Obama arrives in Yangon airportYANGON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking at a news conference in Myanmar, said on Friday he would take action to reform U.S. immigration policy before the end of the year. The New York Times reported Obama plans to announce an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy through executive action that would shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. (Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)


AP Sources: Executive order to affect millions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:16

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, people rally for comprehensive immigration reform outside the White House in Washington. According to advocates in touch with the White House, President Barack Obama is poised to act soon to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation. Timing of the announcement is unclear, though it's expected before the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is poised to act soon to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, according to advocates in touch with the White House.


Fugitive ex-policeman targeted Los Angeles police chief's father

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:14

LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck looks on during a news conference at the LAPD Headquarters in Los Angeles(Reuters) - A former Los Angeles police officer who eluded authorities for days after a grudge-driven killing spree last year had targeted the city police chief's father, police said on Thursday. Christopher Dorner, the 33-year-old former Los Angeles Police Department officer who took his own life after killing four people in a vendetta against the police force, targeted George Beck, the father of Police Chief Charlie Beck, LAPD spokeswoman Officer Sally Madera said. The news was first reported by local broadcaster NBC4, which published an interview with Charlie Beck on Thursday. ...


Oil and politics: A senator scraps for survival

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:11

Map shows the proposed Keystone pipeline route.; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress.


Text of suspect Eric Frein's letter to parents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:08
Authorities in Pennsylvania on Thursday released a letter they said was written by state police ambush suspect Eric Frein during his time on the run. The text, addressed to Mom and Dad, reads:

G-20 leaders to tackle corruption at summit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:08

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, protesters gather to denounce the G-20 Summit. Since 2010, the G-20 has issued two-year action plans on anti-corruption efforts, and a report on what has been achieved under the last plan is expected at this weekend's summit. The leaders will also issue a new plan for 2015-16, which is expected to include commitments on issues such as foreign bribery, stolen asset recovery and whistleblower protection, said A.J. Brown, a director with Transparency International Australia. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Corruption is a perennial topic for the G-20, with leaders dubbing it a threat to global growth, and activists arguing it hurts the poorest countries the most by siphoning away desperately needed money that could be used to improve health systems, schools and roads.


Two hurt as man pulls knife at Connecticut Navy base

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:59
(Reuters) - Two U.S. Navy civilian police officers were injured on Thursday outside a submarine base in Connecticut after a belligerent man pulled a knife near an entrance, military officials said. The suspect got into a scuffle with an officer and pulled the knife outside the New London naval submarine base in Groton around 7 p.m., base spokesman Chris Zendan said. Two other officers responded to the incident and one suffered a ricochet injury after a colleague fired his pistol, Zendan said, while another received a minor stab wound to the leg. ...

West Virginia University halts fraternity, sorority events over medical emergency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:58
(Reuters) - West Virginia University has suspended all activities by campus fraternities and sororities hours after a student was found at a fraternity house without a pulse, police and school officials said on Thursday. Nolan Burch, 18, was not breathing when he was found at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house around midnight on Tuesday, said Ed Preston, the police chief of Morgantown, where the school is located, 75 miles (121 km) south of Pittsburgh. ...