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Temple student punched in the face on move-in day

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:30

Temple University student assaulted on move-in dayOfficials say a Temple University student was assaulted on move-in day Wednesday in North Philadelphia.


UK's Cameron resumes holiday after crisis meetings on beheading video

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:59
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday resumed his holiday in Cornwall, a day after he rushed back to London to chair emergency meetings in response to a video purported to show a man with a British accent beheading a U.S. On Wednesday Cameron returned to London from his family holiday in the southern English county of Cornwall to discuss Britain's response to an Islamic State video which appeared to show the killing of James Foley, an American reporter captured in Syria in 2012. He said it was "deeply shocking" that a British national was likely to have been involved but ruled out a knee-jerk response to the video or sending British troops into combat in Iraq.

Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:55

Protesters run when the police shoot tear gas in Ferguson, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer have entered their second week. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters have gathered daily, with some crowds turning violent, since a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Here's a look at key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:


Key events following the death of Michael Brown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:37

Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol hugs Angela Whitman, of Berkeley, Mo., on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The Missouri Highway Patrol took control of the St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.


BofA's $17B settlement not as large as it appears

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:12

FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 file photo shows a Bank of America sign in Philadelphia. Officials familiar with the deal say Bank of America on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 has reached a record $17 billion settlement with federal and state authorities over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but not by a full $17 billion.


Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:09
SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor to reinstate a worker who the department says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials announced Wednesday.

Regional water authority envisaged in latest Detroit bankruptcy plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:33

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of Detroit(Reuters) - Detroit has once again raised the possibility of having a regional water and sewer system authority in the latest version of a debt adjustment plan the city filed in the U.S. The new draft of the plan -- the last one expected ahead of a financial feasibility trial scheduled to open in early September -- also includes the city's current effort to repurchase $5.2 billion of outstanding water and sewer system revenue bonds. Nearly 25.7 percent of the bonds were tendered by late Wednesday, according to tender agent Bondholder Communications Group. Bondholders have until 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday to take up the city's tender offer.


Policeman suspended for pointing rifle at protester in Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:53
By Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - (Please note: there is strong language used by the police officer in paragraph seven) A St. Louis-area police officer was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at a peaceful demonstrator as tensions flared during protests over the Aug. 9 police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. The incident just before midnight on Tuesday punctuated the 11th straight night of racially charged demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, since Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was slain by a white police officer. According to an official account from the St. Louis County Police Department, an unnamed policeman from the neighboring community of St. Ann leveled his weapon at a Ferguson protester "after a verbal exchange," and that a superior county officer, a sergeant, quickly intervened.

Palestinian banner unfurled on NYC bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:17

Demonstrators gather in Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza Park as they prepare to march across the Brooklyn Bridge during a pro-Palestinian rally, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge were surprised when a giant flag in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge.


Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:11
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

California students charged after plotting school shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:09
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two teenagers who conspired to kill three members of staff and many students at a high school in a Los Angeles suburb were charged on Wednesday with one count each of making criminal threats, prosecutors said. Rebecca Lewis, deputy district attorney at Los Angeles County, said in a statement the teens talked about carrying out a mass shooting at their high school and they allegedly shared their plans with another teen who they threatened to kill. The boys, ages 16 and 17, denied the charges in Pasadena Juvenile Court, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said on Twitter. Detectives learned of the plot last Thursday from school administrators and investigators worked to unravel the plan, which involved borrowing a gun belonging to one boy's relatives and a possible gunfight with officers, South Pasadena police said on Tuesday.

Man critical in Tioga-Nicetown shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:50

Man critical in Tioga-Nicetown shootingPolice say a shooting in Philadelphia's Tioga-Nicetown section sent one man to the hospital in critical condition.


Judge: Girl, 13, is fit for trial for Calif. fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:40
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ruled that a 13-year-old girl is competent to stand trial on allegations that she deliberately started a wildfire that destroyed three dozen homes north of San Diego in May.

Car crashes into Northeast Philadelphia deli

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:36

Car crashes into Northeast Philadelphia deliA car crashed into the front of a Northeast Philadelphia deli and authorities say this isn't the first time this has happened at the same location.


Growth in China manufacturing weakens in August

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:33
HONG KONG (AP) — Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.

Atlantic City casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:30

Atlantic City casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobsEmployees have turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon


Taney Dragons lose to Las Vegas 8-1 in 3rd Little League World Series game

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:27

Taney Dragons lose to Las Vegas 8-1 in 3rd Little League World Series gamePhiladelphia's Taney Dragons took an 8-1 loss against Las Vegas on Wednesday in their third Little League World Series Game. Despite the loss, the Dragons are not eliminated yet.


California Wildfire destroys 8 homes, 10 buildings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:57

Firefighters extinguish a fire burning in a downed tree on the approach to Taylor Mountain a day after the Junction fire swept across Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening.


Teens deny threatening boy in school shooting plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:49

South Pasadena, Calif., police chief Arthur Miller, right, and South Pasadena Unified School District superintendent Dr. Geoff Yanz announce at a City Hall news conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, that the police has arrested two South Pasadena High School high school students suspected of planning a massacre at the school after investigators monitored their Internet activities. Miller said that school officials had heard about the plot and informed police, who determined the threat was credible. Police say the boys, ages 16 and 17, didn't have weapons but were researching automatic weapons and explosives, especially propane. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Two teenagers suspected of plotting a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school denied charges Wednesday that they made criminal threats against another boy.


Marijuana supplier named Pot Playboy gets 27 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:19
NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said.