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5 children killed in South Texas house fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:34

Firefighters sift through the charred remains of a mobile home where five children perished in an early-morning fire Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Edna, Texas. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer) MANDATORY CREDITHOUSTON (AP) — Five children were killed after their South Texas mobile home caught on fire and its roof partially collapsed, making rescue attempts impossible, officials said Tuesday.


Sherman, Baldwin blast NFL over fine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:23
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and receiver Doug Baldwin did a parody in front of reporters Tuesday, making a point of criticizing the NFL over fining teammate Marshawn Lynch $100,000 for not talking to the media.

Obama deeply worried and 'disappointed' by Ferguson violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:23
By Steve Holland CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday anyone who destroys property in rioting against a Missouri grand jury's decision should be prosecuted, urging Americans upset by the court to work together to improve race relations. For the second day in a row, Obama weighed in on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the death of a black youth last summer. The grand jury's decision set off waves of violent protests in Ferguson. ...

Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson 'tussle'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:21

This undated photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, shows Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. According to a medical record released as part of the evidence presented to the grand jury that declined to indict Wilson in the fatal shooting, doctors diagnosed Wilson with a facial contusion. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office) FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun.


Obama heckled over immigration policies in Chicago appearance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:19

U.S. President Obama talks about immigration reform in ChicagoBy Steve Holland CHICAGO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama was interrupted several times by hecklers during a speech on his immigration policy on Tuesday, and their complaint was that his plan did not go far enough in protecting illegal immigrants from deportation. At least four hecklers, all of them women, yelled at the president at the Copernicus Center where he had gone to promote his go-it-alone immigration plan that will remove the threat of deportation for up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants. ...


New Jersey pension system funding plummets under new rule

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:12
By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - New Jersey's retirement system for public employees is in worse shape than previously reported, thanks to recent accounting changes that are starting to be rolled out across the country. In a document released on Tuesday after a bond sale, the state revealed that one of its five main pension funds will have insufficient assets to cover projected benefit payments within 10 years. ...

Ferguson officer: 'I know I did my job right'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:01

This undated photo released by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, shows Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. According to a medical record released as part of the evidence presented to the grand jury that declined to indict Wilson in the fatal shooting, doctors diagnosed Wilson with a facial contusion. (AP Photo/St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office) FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson says he couldn't have done anything differently in his confrontation with Michael Brown to have prevented the 18-year-old's shooting death.


Ferguson cop testified he feared for his life, shot to kill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:56
By Laila Kearney and Letitia Stein (Reuters) - The white police officer recalled that he felt like a powerless child sitting inside his patrol vehicle as the fist of a black teenager swung through his open window. Just moments later, 28-year-old Darren Wilson would shoot dead Michael Brown, 18, in an incident that has sharply divided the country amid conflicting accounts of what happened in the middle of a street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9. ...

Canadian pleads guilty in NY rhino horns case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:47
NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian antiques dealer swept up in a U.S. crackdown on illegal trafficking in rhinoceros horns pleaded guilty Tuesday to a wildlife smuggling charge.

HP earnings show continued struggle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:41

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2010, file photo, Hewlett-Packard inks are seen on display in Mountain View, Calif. Hewlett-Packard Co. reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead.


Florida police arrest students in alleged prostitution ring

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:41
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida prostitution ring allegedly run by high school students who tried to recruit classmates with the promise of $40 and liquor was broken up after a second teenager was arrested in the underage sex scheme, police said on Tuesday. One girl was sexually assaulted in the ploy, which came to light after four others told high school administrators that they were approached to join, according to police in Venice, on Florida's west coast. Police charged a 15-year-old boy at Venice High School with human trafficking on Tuesday. ...

Obama: No excuse for violent, destructive protest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:41

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about Ferguson, Mo., before speaking at the Copernicus Community Center in Chicago to discuss immigration reform, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager.


Longtime AP reporter Juan Carlos Llorca dies at 40

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:40

In this Oct. 25, 2010 photo, Juan Carlos Llorca smiles during a press conference in Guatemala City. Llorca, El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. He collapsed at his home in El Paso on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to his sister, Maria Jimena Llorca. A cause of death was pending. He was 40. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Juan Carlos Llorca, a veteran Associated Press journalist who covered immigration and the drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border, and whose reporting on illegal international adoptions helped prompt national reforms in Guatemala, has died at age 40.


Honeymoon interrupted as disorderly Brit hauled off plane in Bermuda

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:39
HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - A British man headed to his honeymoon on a Cuba-bound flight instead found himself grounded in Bermuda after drunkenly threatening the flight crew, with his wife continuing on to Cuba without him, authorities in Bermuda said on Tuesday. Mohammed Khelya, from Blackburn, Lancashire, had been drinking from a bottle of duty-free vodka before quarreling with his wife on Monday when he was taken in handcuffs to the rear of the aircraft and forced its unscheduled landing, prosecutors said. ...

Obama deeply worried and 'disappointed' by Ferguson violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:26
By Steve Holland CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is concerned and disappointed at the violence that broke out after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, a White House aide said on Tuesday. Obama, who was to make remarks in Chicago on immigration, was delayed leaving the White House for the trip to get a briefing about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, from Attorney General Eric Holder, according to White House spokesman Eric Schultz. ...

Obama urges 'constructive response' amid Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama asked Americans on Tuesday to be "constructive" by engaging in debate about racial tensions and law enforcement, after a white policeman was cleared in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama, responding to the rioting in the St. Louis suburb, said demonstrators who engage in criminal acts should be prosecuted. (Editing by Peter Cooney)

Buffalo area dodges major problems with snowmelt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:22

A resident of Bell Tower Condominium Apartments drives through water from a swollen Cayuga Creek as flooding from melting snow following last week's snowstorms are occurring on a minor scale, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Lancaster, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A wild nine-day stretch of weather that saw epic snow followed by springlike temperatures, high winds and flood fears came to a close Tuesday, and forecasters said the Buffalo area was in for an uneventful Thanksgiving.


Man gets 7 years for shooting man at yard sale

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:20
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for shooting and wounding a customer at a yard sale who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute.

U.S. judge rules Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:16
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge ruled on Tuesday that an Arkansas constitutional amendment that defines legal marriage as being only the union of one man and one woman was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker said the Arkansas amendment enacted about a decade ago denied U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law for same-sex couples. ...

Judge denies Boston bomb suspect request for triple murder evidence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 07:11
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for evidence in the ongoing investigation of a 2011 Massachusetts triple murder, saying the information wouldn't help their case. Tsarnaev's lawyers had asked the judge to force prosecutors to hand over information about the killings, which may have involved Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan and which they argued could help show Tamerlan was a bad influence. ...