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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.

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.

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.

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. ...

Woman says New Orleans police closed rape case as consensual sex

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:32
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The lawyer for a woman who says her rape was dismissed by New Orleans police as consensual sex wants the case to be among the hundreds of mishandled sex crime and child abuse cases reopened by the department, she told a press conference on Friday. New Orleans officials announced plans earlier this week to re-examine at least 271 cases that were not properly investigated by five detectives and to launch an internal investigation to determine what went wrong. ...

Police: 3-year-old set fire that killed his family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:29

In this photo provided by the Maine State Police, the remains of a mobile home in which four people died are cordoned off by police tape, in Caribou, Maine. Police identified the victims on Thursday as Norma Skidgel, and her three children, 2-year-old twins Mason and Madison Delisle and 3-year-old Trenton Delisle. Firefighters found the four victims in a back bedroom of the mobile home in Caribou. (AP Photo/Maine State Police)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 3-year-old boy set a fire in the living room of his Maine mobile home this week, a blaze that would engulf the structure and kill himself, his mother and his twin siblings, police said Friday.

L.A. school district settles teacher sex abuse suits for nearly $140 million

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:29
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles school district has agreed to pay nearly $140 million to families of students subjected to sexual abuse by an elementary school teacher who infamously took bondage-style photos of some pupils, school officials said on Friday. The district and attorneys for the families settled all remaining litigation in the case involving the teacher as jury selection was underway for a trial in some of the cases. School officials had previously paid $30 million to settle dozens of related lawsuits. ...

Judge declares wrongly convicted woman innocent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:26

FILE-This Oct. 24, 2014 file photo shows Susan Mellen sits in Torrance Superior Court in Torrance, Calif. Mellen who spent 17 years in a California prison for a murder she didn't commit was declared factually innocent Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 clearing the way for her to collect about $600,000 in compensation from the state. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson,File) MAGS OUT; NO SALESTORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A woman who spent 17 years in a California prison for a murder she didn't commit was declared factually innocent Friday, clearing the way for her to collect about $600,000 in compensation from the state.

Police: New Jersey kids died in murder-suicide try

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 06:26

A woman speaks with investigators at the scene of a shooting Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Tabernacle, N.J. A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and a woman and another child wounded, state police said Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mother shot all three of her children, killing two of them, before turning the gun on herself, state police said Friday.

2nd truck topples into expanding sinkhole

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:52

2nd truck topples into expanding sinkholeA second truck toppled into a sinkhole as it expands in Bethlehem Township, Pa.

Agency: Schools helped Lanza's mom 'appease' him

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:37

This undated identification file photo provided Wednesday, April 3, 2013, by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza, who carried out the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man, Lanza, who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, on his mental health and educational history. The Office of Child Advocate investigates all child deaths in the state for lessons on prevention. (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Adam Lanza's parents and educators contributed to his social isolation in the years before he carried out the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by accommodating — and not confronting — his difficulties engaging with the world, according to a state report issued Friday.

Democratic activist accused of abusing 15-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:37
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A prominent Oregon Democratic fundraiser and gay rights activist has been accused in a grand jury indictment of abusing a 15-year-old boy in a Eugene hotel in 2013.

VIDEO: Press conference on Tabernacle murders

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:36

 Press conference on Tabernacle murdersAuthorities provide an update on the investigation into the deaths of two children.