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U.S. Coast Guard calls off search for crashed U.S. plane

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:05

A U.S. Coast Guard boat participates in the search for the small plane belonging to real estate executive Larry GlazerBy Horace Helps KINGSTON Jamaica (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday it abandoned its search for a small, private American plane that strayed into the Caribbean on a flight to Florida before apparently crashing near Jamaica, with the pilot and at least one passenger presumed dead. The plane, whose pilot became unresponsive during the flight, went down northeast of Jamaica on Friday after veering off course and triggering a U.S. Coast Guard had deployed a cutter, search helicopter and other crews to assist in looking for wreckage and possible survivors, but those units returned to base on Sunday, said Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque.

9/11 museum shows SEAL's shirt from bin Laden raid

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 05:42

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo provided by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, a detail of the fatigue shirt showing an American flag emblem which worn by the U.S. Navy SEAL during the mission to capture Osama bin Laden, is seen in a case at the museum in New York. The shirt and other items from the raid will be introduced to the public on Sunday, Sept. 7.(AP Photo/National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Jin Lee)NEW YORK (AP) — The shirt a Navy SEAL wore in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and a special coin given to a CIA officer who played a key role in finding him are being displayed at the Sept. 11 museum, adding potent symbols of the terrorist attacks' aftermath days before their anniversary.

Father hears son dying in Ohio Wal-Mart shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 04:41
CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a man fatally shot by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart says a cellphone call in which he said he heard his son's dying breaths keeps replaying in his head.

Lesbian teacher says fired by Detroit Catholic school over pregnancy

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 04:34

Lesbian coupleBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit-area teacher says she was fired from her post at a private Catholic all-girls high school after she and her lesbian partner announced they were expecting a child through non-traditional means. Hundreds of supporters for Barb Webb, a teacher at Marian High School in suburban Bloomfield Hills, rallied on Sunday at the school after she posted on Facebook that she had been forced from her job after she become pregnant “outside the Catholic way." Webb said she was asked late last month to choose between resigning or being fired, but decided against leaving voluntarily although she said the school had offered healthcare for the remainder of the school year had she chosen to resign. “I feel sickened for my colleagues who are disgusted with this decision but are forced into silence for fear for their own jobs,” Webb wrote on her Facebook page in which she detailed her firing, the latest in a string of such actions involving gay and lesbian employees at U.S.

Eaglesr bounce back in 34-17 win over Jaguars

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 04:32

Eagles bounce back in 34-17 win over JaguarsThe Philadelphia Eagles rallied from a 17-0 second-half deficit to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-17 on Sunday.

Pa. mom gets jail time for giving abortion pills to teen

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:38

Pa. mom gets jail time for giving abortion pills to teenA Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to prison for helping to end her teen daughter's pregnancy by giving her pills purchased online

Obama to set out plan to go on offensive against Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:38

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference on the second and final day of the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near NewportBy Roberta Rampton and Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will deliver a speech to Americans and consult with lawmakers this week to sell his plan to go on the offensive against Islamic State militants, but is trying to head off public concern about another big military escapade. Obama said that in his remarks on Wednesday he would "describe what our game plan's going to be." He will meet congressional leaders on Tuesday to seek their support for his strategy to halt the militant Islamist group. Obama indicated he did not believe he needed additional authorization from Congress to carry out the plan, although he intends to consult with lawmakers and might seek approval for additional funds. "I'm confident that I have the authorization that I need to protect the American people," Obama said.

Border Patrol: Leave law enforcement to the pros

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:30

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent pears out of the open door of a helicopter during a patrol flight near the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. Since illegal immigration spiked in the Rio Grande Valley this summer, the Border Patrol has dispatched more agents, the Texas Department of Public Safety has sent more troopers and Texas Gov. Rick Perry deployed as many as 1,000 guardsmen to the area. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) — Not long ago, the U.S. Border Patrol was the only law enforcement agency monitoring the mesquite thickets and sugarcane fields along the Rio Grande, and an agent's challenge was to distinguish between an exhausted immigrant and a threat.

Wilmington man shot by teen who knocked on door

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:28

Wilmington man shot by teen who knocked on doorWilmington police say a 59-year-old man was shot in the leg by a teenager who knocked on the door of his home.

Analysis: Politics trump promises on immigration

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 02:54

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2014 file photo shows demonstrators being arrested in front of the White House during a protest on immigration reform. For years, President Barack Obama berated Republicans for putting their own political interests ahead of good policy on immigration. Now that he is delaying his own immigration plan until after Election Day, he has opened himself to charges from Democrats and Republicans that he's just as guilty of playing politics. The president’s about-face, has left him with few allies going forward on an issue he had hoped would become a core component of his legacy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, President Barack Obama berated Republicans for putting their own political interests ahead of good policy on immigration. In two successive presidential campaigns, he held up Washington's failure to act on immigration as a prime example of the cynical decision-making he said must end in Washington.

Congress coming back, must act to avoid shutdown

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 02:28

 first, do no harm. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are streaming back to Capitol Hill after their summer vacation for an abbreviated September session in which feuding Democratic and Republican leaders promise action to prevent a government shutdown while holding votes aimed at defining the parties for the fall campaign.

Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii gay marriage cases in court

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 02:26

Map shows states with cases to be argued before federal appeals courts.; 2c x 3 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 88 mm;SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal appeals court in San Francisco has already issued two significant gay rights rulings: In 2012, it struck down California's same-sex wedding ban and this year it extended protections against discrimination to gay and lesbians.

Year after lanes closed, Christie back to normal

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 02:19

FILE- In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, traffic passes through the toll booths at the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to have largely moved past the lane-closing scandal. What happens next will depend largely on the outcome of the investigation by the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey into the lane realignments that started a year ago Tuesday, Sept. 9, on the George Washington Bridge. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to have largely moved past the lane-closing scandal that rocked his administration and threatened to derail his political career one year later. But many outside his tight inner circle are still waiting for investigations to conclude before making up their minds.

Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada gay couples in legal cases

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 02:00

FILE - This undated file image provided by Lambda Legal shows plaintiffs and same-sex couple Beverly Sevcik, right, and Mary Baranovich. The same-sex marriage debate returns Monday Sept. 8, 2014, to the same San Francisco federal appeals court that has already issued two significant rulings in support of gay weddings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider separate lawsuits stemming from gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. So far, 19 states and Washington D.C. now allow gay marriages even though the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to directly rule on whether states can impose bans. (AP Photo/Lambda Legal, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments Monday on gay marriage cases from Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada.

NYC immigrant public defender system breaks ground

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 01:55
NEW YORK (AP) — When Curtis Edmund first heard that a government official had come by his Bronx home looking for him, he couldn't figure out why. But he agreed to a meeting early this year, and when he arrived, he was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Where investigations stand in traffic jam scandal

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 01:44
The closures of lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a year ago touched off multiple investigations — all funded by taxpayers — into whether they were done for political retribution and, if so, who was involved.

Police identify man shot and killed in Cobbs Creek

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 01:30

Police identify man shot and killed in Cobbs CreekAction News was in Cobbs Creek as narcotics officers removed marijuana plants from the scene of a deadly shooting.

Chuck Todd debuts as 'Meet the Press' moderator

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 01:21

FILE - This Sept. 1, 2013 file photo provided by NBC , NBC Political Director Chuck Todd sits in the studio of "Meet the Press" in Washington. Todd replaces David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” beginning Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/NBC, William B. Plowman, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Todd debuted Sunday as moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," bringing a low-key style and surrounding himself with fellow pundits as NBC turns to him to erase a slide that has taken the long-running Sunday morning political affairs program from first to third in the ratings.

AP Exclusive: Few options for female sex offender

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 01:16

In this July 16, 2014 photo, Rhonda Bailey, 48, talks about a picture that she drew as part of her art therapy at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in St. Peter, Minn. Bailey is the only female who has been civilly committed to the program that houses the state’s most dangerous sexual predators. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti)ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — The sexual abuse started early for Rhonda Bailey, her father constantly visiting her bedroom when she was as young as 5. She gave birth to her first child at age 14, unsure whether the father was her dad or another relative, court documents say.

After Toledo water scare, states ask EPA for help

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 01:00

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2014 file photo, a sample glass of Lake Erie water is photographed near the City of Toledo water intake crib on Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. Spurred by the water emergency that saw thousands lining up for water for two days in Toledo, there is a growing chorus calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create a U.S. health standard for allowable amounts of algae-produced toxins in drinking water. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Algae that turned Lake Erie green and produced toxins that fouled the tap water for 400,000 people in the Toledo area are becoming a big headache for those who keep drinking water safe even far beyond the Great Lakes.