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Four people injured in accident at Chicago Macy's

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:57
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four Macy's employees were injured, one seriously, in a cooking accident after an aerosol can of butane got hot and ruptured at the Macy's store in downtown Chicago on Friday morning, according to fire and store officials. The accident happened during the preparation of an employee breakfast in the store's lower-level kitchen, before the store was open, said Andrea Schwartz, Macy's spokeswoman. One female employee suffered "severe facial burns," but they were not life-threatening, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. ...

More signs of Florida shooter's troubled life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:56

Tallahassee police chief Michael DeLeo, right, and Florida State police chief David Perry speak at a news conference concerning the on-campus shooting on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man who shot three people at a Florida State University library complained to police and property managers in New Mexico that cameras were watching him in his apartment and that he heard voices talking about and laughing at him, according to police reports released Friday.


Illinois pension reform law tossed by state judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:54
By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Friday that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law and an initial defeat to the state's efforts to fix its sagging finances. The judge's sweeping ruling will send the case to the Illinois Supreme Court for a final determination on the law's constitutionality. The Illinois Attorney General's Office, which is defending the law, said it will ask the high court for an expedited appeal. ...

Indiana man beheaded in Syria remembered in Muslim prayer service

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:53

Paula and Ed Kassig attend a prayer service in memory of their son Abdul-Rahman Kassig, whose name was Peter before his conversion to Islam, in FishersBy Susan Guyett FISHERS Ind. (Reuters) - Muslims in Indiana held a funeral service on Friday for Abdul- Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria after being held captive for a year. Kassig adopted Islam while he was a hostage. His family said he made a sincere conversion in a process that began before he was captured by Islamic State, which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria and is the target of U.S. bombings. ...


House GOP sues Obama administration on health law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the Obama administration of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Barack Obama's prized health care law, giving legal voice to conservatives who have long protested that he has abused his office's authority.

Police: Officer shot own patrol car in Winslow Township

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:49

 Officer shot own patrol car in Winslow TownshipInvestigators say a police officer shot his own patrol car last month in Winslow Township, Camden County.


Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:46

 state Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside; Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington; Senate GOP leader Sen. Christine Radogno; Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville; Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs and House Speaker Michael Madigan. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge tossed out a landmark law Friday intended to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, ruling that the plan lawmakers adopted less than a year ago violates the state constitution's ban on reducing retirement benefits once they're promised.


Private security: The ‘Pakistanization’ of the United States

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:46
Danny Westneat has, with a local story, shone a light on a much bigger issue facing our country and I commend him for it [“A tale of 2 cities: Wealthy Seattle areas buy their own cops,” Local News, Nov. 18]. I have a feeling that the folks in the wealthy enclaves of Laurelhurst and Winde

Man gets 18 months for Subway cash register hacks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:44
BOSTON (AP) — A man who hacked into computerized cash registers at Subway sandwich shops and stole more than $40,000 in gift cards has been sentenced in Boston to 18 months in prison.

VIDEO: Ukraine uprising: One year on

BBC World News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:40
Services have been held in Ukraine to mark the anniversary of the mass protests which sparked the downfall of former president Viktor Yanukovych.
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News: What We’re Reading

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:40
Get recommendations from New York Times reporters and editors, highlighting great stories from around the web. Today, great reads from Anne Barnard, Richard Sandomir and others.

2 charged in infant starvation on suicide watch

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:39
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man and his 23-year-old daughter charged in the starvation death of an infant are under a suicide watch in jail, which has prevented them from preparing for court, their attorneys said Friday.

Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40

BBC World News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:38
An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected dozens of others, the World Health Organization says.
Categories: BBC World News

Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:38
A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.

T Magazine: In a New Performance Piece, Tilda Swinton Turns Fashion Into Art

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:37
The actress interacts with audience members’ jackets in “Cloakroom,” a new show opening tomorrow as part of Paris’s Festival d’Automne.

Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:34

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks on his use of executive authority to relax U.S. immigration policy during a speech at Del Sol High School in Las VegasBy Steve Holland LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration overhaul unilaterally, Obama attempted to rally support for his move in a speech at a Las Vegas high school, saying illegal immigrants need a chance to come out of the shadows. ...


Mexico, Central America hail Obama's immigration reform

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:34
MEXICO CITY/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American leaders hailed U.S. President Barack Obama's sweeping immigration reforms on Friday, with the Mexican leader calling them the "most important measures taken in several decades." Obama's plan, unveiled on Thursday, eases the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million immigrants who are in the United States without legal documents. "This is an act of justice which recognizes the great contribution of millions of Mexicans to the development of our neighbor," Pena Nieto told a conference in Mexico. ...

AccuWeather: Sunny, Windy and Cold Today

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:33

 Gradual Warming This WeekendMeteorologist David Murphy says the weekend becomes gradually milder.


Holder urges restraint ahead of decision on Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:33
By Julia Edwards and Daniel Wallis WASHINGTON/FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday urged police restraint in protests that may follow a grand jury's imminent decision on whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. As tensions simmered in the St. Louis suburb over a case that has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations, police in riot gear arrested three people in overnight protests that led to scuffles, St. Louis County police said. ...

US stocks boosted by China rate cut

BBC World News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:32
US stocks close at yet another record high after China announced a surprise rate cut and the head of the European Central Bank hinted at further stimulus action.
Categories: BBC World News