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Searchers comb Montana valley for missing college student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 04:00
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Dozens of law enforcement officials and volunteers scoured the winding canyons and trout streams of western Montana on Tuesday in a search for a University of Montana student who is the second to go missing in recent weeks. August Kramer, 21, who grew up in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, vanished over the weekend after telling another student on the campus in Missoula that he was going fly fishing, a recently acquired sport, authorities said. Outgoing and incoming calls on his cell phone appeared to end about 10 p.m. ...

Ray Rice breaks silence, "I have to be strong for my wife."

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:55

Ray Rice breaks silence, "I have to be strong for my wife."The embattled running back speaks out in phone interview with ESPN

Indiana asks Supreme Court to settle gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:55
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether gay marriage should be legal in all 50 states.

Remains of Tennessee student found three years after her disappearance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:53

Holly Bobo remains ID'd 3 years after she went missingThe partial remains of missing Tennessee student Holly Bobo, a cousin of country music singer Whitney Duncan, have been found in Tennessee more than three years after she disappeared, officials said. A human skull was discovered on Sunday by two men searching for ginseng in the woods in Decatur County, just miles from property owned by one of the men charged in her kidnapping and murder. Investigators said late on Monday the remains were identified as Bobo's through dental records. The University of Tennessee's forensic anthropology team was working on Tuesday at the site where the skull was found.

U.S. judge re-sentences Jose Padilla to 21 years on terrorism charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:46

A sketch of Jose Padilla appearing at a courthouse in MiamiPadilla, an al Qaeda recruit and the first U.S. Federal prosecutors agreed not to seek more than 30 years in prison for Padilla as long as his lawyers did not introduce records related to alleged harsh conditions he endured during the 3-1/2 years spent in a South Carolina military prison. District Judge Marcia Cooke said on Tuesday before handing down the stiffer sentence.

Reform candidate closes gap in race to be California schools chief: poll

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:34
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A former charter school executive aiming to unseat California's education chief is in a statistical tie in a race shaping up to be a proxy war between school reform advocates and the state's powerful teachers unions, a poll showed on Tuesday. The poll conducted last month by San Francisco-based Field Research Corp had challenger Marshall Tuck three percentage points ahead of incumbent Tom Torlakson - but was within the survey's margin of error and thus represented a dead heat in the contest.

Holly Bobo remains ID'd 3 years after she went missing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:33

Holly Bobo remains ID'd 3 years after she went missingHuman remains discovered in a rural Tennessee county are those of a missing nursing student who disappeared from her home in April 2011, investigators said late Monday.

Appeals court sets quick date on NC voting law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:31
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court is hurrying to hear arguments in a case challenging changes to North Carolina voting law.

Marathon suspect, feds battle over moving trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:27
BOSTON (AP) — A push by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to move his trial outside Massachusetts has led to a war of words — and paper — between his lawyers and federal prosecutors.

Arizona gets relief after deadly, record-breaking storm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:24

A driver tries to navigate a severely flooded street as heavy rains pour down Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during the Monday morning commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Parts of Utah and Colorado were placed under flash flood warnings on Tuesday, a day after the drought-stricken U.S. Drier weather brought some relief to the Phoenix area and southern Arizona, which was hard hit on Monday. In the city of Mesa, east of Phoenix, more than 100 homes were affected by floods, and images showed crews pumping water out of deluged streets and partially submerged children's playgrounds. Months of severe drought exacerbated the situation in many areas, with arid conditions stripping away vegetation that would normally trap or slow rain water.

New charges filed in suspected school attack plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:56

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2014 file photo, people walk past South Pasadena, Calif., High School after authorities announced the arrest of two high school students suspected of planning a massacre at the school after investigators monitored their Internet activities. The two teenage boys arrested in what police call a mass shooting plot at their Los Angeles-area high school were charged Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Two teenage boys arrested in what police said was a plan for a mass shooting at their Los Angeles-area high school have been charged with new counts of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Maine will not impose 'do not resuscitate' order on infant: governor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:49
By Dave Sherwood BANGOR Maine (Reuters) - The mother of a severely brain-damaged infant violently shaken by her father should be allowed to make life-and-death medical decisions for her child, who is now in the state's custody, Maine Governor Paul LePage said. The governor's statement on Tuesday reversed the state's previous position on the case, which prompted a lawsuit by Virginia Trask, the 18-year-old mother of the 1-year-old child, who said the state was imposing a "do-not-resuscitate" order on her child against her wishes. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services took custody of the child after she was rushed to a hospital on Dec. 21, showing symptoms of having been shaken. Doctors said the child is suffering and will never be able to walk, talk, see or hear, a finding that prompted a Maine judge to affirm the state's right to carry out a "do-not-resuscitate" order.

Safety board finds multiple errors in UPS crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:47

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member Robert Sumwalt holds up a document during a hearing at the NTSB in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. The NTSB was meeting to discuss UPS Flight 1354 plane crash. The UPS plane, an Airbus A300-600F, crashed shortly before dawn on Aug. 14, 2013, as it was preparing to land in Birmingham. It hit trees and a utility pole before slamming into a hillside and bursting into flames. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — A fatal UPS cargo plane crash during a landing attempt last year was caused by pilots who made a series of errors and should have aborted the landing, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

Trump casinos file Chapter 11; seek concessions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:44

FILE - This April 8, 2013 file photo shows the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, in Atlantic City N.J. Trump Entertainment Resorts on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, filed for protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. saying it has liabilities of more than $100 million. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy Tuesday and threatened to shut down the Taj Mahal Casino Resort, which would make it the fifth Atlantic City casino to close this year.

Vermont to Washington: Your education policy is broken

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:35

Holcombe talks to elementary school students gathered for an announcement about community eligibility for free/reduced lunch for schoolchildren at the Barre City Elementary and Middle School in Barre, VermontA few weeks back, Diane Ravitch -- the highly regarded education critic, gadfly, born-again enemy of standardized testing and author -- called Holcombe a “hero” in her blog for refusing the federal government’s offer of a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act. Not Commissioner Holcombe," wrote Ravitch a former Bush administration official who once supported NCLB. "If our nation had more state commissioners like her, it would save our children from a mindless culture of test and punish." That’s one reason why Holcombe, 48, refused the waiver that more than 40 other states have, so far, accepted from the Obama administration as a way to buy time to comply with the core tenets of No Child Left Behind (including the one that requires 100 percent of the students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.) By rejecting the waiver, the former high school principal, all but guarantees that Vermont’s schools will be labeled "low performing" by the U.S.

Virginia marriage by couple in 90s may be illegal, judge says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:30
(Reuters) - The secret marriage this year of a 96-year-old Virginia woman and a 95-year-old man has drawn the scrutiny of a judge, who has ruled the marriage may be illegal, a lawyer said on Tuesday. Judge James Clark of the Alexandria Circuit Court ruled this month that the marriage between Eddie Harrison and Edith Hill may not be legally binding and ordered Hill's attorney, Jessica Niesen, to investigate it. The legality of the marriage surfaced during a custodial dispute over who should care for Hill, who was ruled legally incapacitated in 2011. Hill's granddaughter, Rebecca Wright, and daughter Patricia Barber have been the woman's legal custodians since early this year, Barber's attorney, Cary Cucinello, said.

Though facing deportation by U.S., kids learn to 'pledge allegiance'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:25
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama wants to promptly send them home to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, but until they are shipped out children caught entering the United States illegally are getting an old-fashioned dose of American patriotism. The surge of children making the treacherous journey in hopes of reuniting with relatives living in the United States has brought chaos to the border, stretched Washington's ability to cope with a humanitarian crisis and prompted an immigration backlash in some American communities.

Officials: Cause of deadly Chicago fire unclear

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:20
CHICAGO (AP) — Investigators were unable to pinpoint the cause of a Chicago apartment fire that killed four children, although it likely came from an open flame in an apartment on the second floor, fire officials said Tuesday.

American recovery drives the dollar sharply higher

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:15

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2014 file photo, a sheet of uncut $100 bills is inspected during the printing process at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. A strengthening U.S. economy, combined with a gloomy outlook for growth elsewhere in the world, is pushing the U.S. currency to its highest level in more than a year. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In the world of currencies, the dollar is starting to look like a safe home in a tough neighborhood.

Ray Rice's wife rips media as video puts NFL on defensive

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 02:15

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) warms up during the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New OrleansRay Rice's wife defended the former Baltimore Ravens running back on Tuesday after a video showed him knocking her out, and assailed the media for its handling of an incident that put the U.S. "I woke up this morning, feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend," Janay Rice wrote in an Instagram post. "But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare itself." Ray Rice, 27, who had been one of the top running backs in the National Football League, was released by the Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the league. The video shows him striking Janay, then his fiancée, in the elevator of a New Jersey casino in February.