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Clarification: Obama-China story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:38

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, speak during a joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)BEIJING (AP) —

Betting halted against Chinese firm in Hong Kong

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hong Kong's stock market on Friday prohibited investors from making speculative bets about the stock of a Chinese chemical company backed by U.S. banking giant Morgan Stanley for at least 90 days. A day earlier, The Associated Press reported significant discrepancies between financial records and what the company told investors as part of its $654 million stock offering.

Men convicted in ricin plot to serve prison time

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:26
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A judge on Friday said the fact that two north Georgia men likely could never have carried out a plot to target the federal government does not make their words and actions any less serious and sentenced each of them to serve 10 years in prison.

IG: Improper disability claims cost taxpayers $2B

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — A small group of Social Security judges have improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn't qualify, costing taxpayers $2 billion over the past seven years, government investigators conclude in a report being released Monday.

Appeals court rules against imprisoned American

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against a government subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba who is seeking to sue the U.S. government for the destruction of his business.

Another top Ohio Republican speaks on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:24

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2005, file photo, Justice Paul Pfeifer listens to Attorney Donald Mooney present arguments in the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus, Ohio. Pfeifer says language on gay marriage, pro or con, doesn’t belong in the Ohio Constitution. He suggests Ohioans should repeal the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on gay marriage and leave the issue to state lawmakers to decide. (AP Photo/Will Shilling, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican justice on the Ohio Supreme Court says the legal obstacles facing his lesbian daughter, her partner and their two children have made him view the state's protections for same-sex couples and their families as inadequate.

Some functions won't work overnight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says some functions of will be temporarily shut down overnight as the website transitions to the start of sign-up season on Saturday.

Denver-area seniors protest new state tests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:21

Fairview High School, students including from left to right Charlie Kolbrener, Haley Schusterman, Diana Edelman, Emma Boelts, Kiki Garthwaite, and Tay Lotte protest the new state tests outside the school building on Thursday morning. The students said there was only single digit participation in taking the test this morning in Boulder, Colorado, on Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Paul Aiken)DENVER (AP) — Thousands of Denver-area high school seniors are refusing to take new state standardized tests, saying they're a distraction as they work to get into college and a waste of time and money.

Same-sex couples plan mass wedding in Kansas on Monday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:20
By Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - More than a dozen same-sex couples plan to be married in a mass wedding ceremony outside a courthouse in Wichita on Monday now that such marriages are legal in Kansas, a minister said on Friday. "This is a way to help bring everyone together," said Reverend Jackie Carter of the First Metropolitan Community Church in Wichita, who is organizing the event. Benjamin Breese, 58, and his partner have waited 12 years to tie the knot and will be among the couples marrying Monday evening on the steps of the Sedgwick County Courthouse, he said. ...

Florida equals state record with 19 panthers killed on roads

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:18
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida panther killed by a car this week became the 19th road fatality this year for the endangered big cat species - matching the most on record in the state - although officials said the toll reflects an uptick in the predator's population. State wildlife officers said on Friday that the 4-year-old panther died on Thursday near Immokalee, Florida, in the southwestern part of state. Officials said they believe the female had been living on ranch lands near a preserve. ...

Idaho teacher apologizes for killing, skinning rabbit in class

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:16
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An Idaho high school teacher under fire for killing and skinning a rabbit in front of his students to demonstrate how animals are processed for food has apologized to children disturbed by the incident, a school official said on Friday. The part-time teacher is a farmer who raises rabbits and other livestock for food and was asked to provide a lesson on animal slaughter and processing by students in a 10th-grade biology class he taught at a high school in the Nampa School District near Boise, said district spokeswoman Allison Westfall. ...

CEO's hands-on style key in deadly coal blast case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:01

FILE - In this May 20, 2010 photo, Massey Energy Company Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The former CEO who oversaw the West Virginia mine that exploded in 2010, killing 29 people, has been indicted on federal charges related to a mine safety investigation. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said a federal grand jury indicted Blankenship on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — To beat charges that he recklessly ignored safety standards before his coal mine blew up, killing 29 men in the industry's worst disaster in the U.S. in decades, coal executive Don Blankenship will have to overcome reams of evidence painting him as a micromanager.

Man pleads not guilty in Philadelphia kidnapping

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:01
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman kidnapped near a Philadelphia bus stop was bound and stuffed into the cold trunk of her captor's car during some of her three-day ordeal, prosecutors said in a detention memo Friday.

Princeton supper club vandalized amid investigation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 05:48

Princeton supper club vandalized amid investigationVandals have struck at a Princeton supper club where police are investigating the circumstances behind a sexually explicit photo.

West Virginia University student found at fraternity dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 05:44
(Reuters) - A West Virginia University student found without a pulse at a fraternity house that had lost its charter died on Friday, the school said, a day after it suspended activities by fraternities and sororities. Police said the student, Nolan Burch, 18, of Williamsville, New York, was not breathing when he was found around midnight on Wednesday at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house in Morgantown, about 75 miles south of Pittsburgh. ...

3 arrested in gunning down of SC councilman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 05:44
CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — Police say three suspected gang members have been arrested in the killing of a South Carolina city councilman who was gunned down earlier this month.

Pittsburgh police probe possible cyanide death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 05:43
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh investigators are working with the medical examiner to determine if a woman who recently died had cyanide in her system.

Georgia men get 10 years in ricin plot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 05:41
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced two Georgia militia group members to 10 years each in prison for conspiring to produce ricin, with prosecutors saying they plotted to release it from an airplane over Washington. Samuel Crump, 71, and Ray Adams, 58, were convicted in January by a jury in Gainesville, Georgia, of conspiring to produce the toxin for use as a weapon. Prosecutors said they were motivated by anti-government sentiments. Crump and Adams were two of four members of a north Georgia militia who were arrested in late 2011. ...

Window washers in 1 World Trade scaffold rescue speak out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 05:39

Window washers in 1 World Trade scaffold rescue speak outOne of the World Trade Center window washers left dangling for over an hour from the nation's highest building says he's willing to go back to the job, while the other says working on the ground might be better.

Incumbent wins drawing for school board seat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 05:39
WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — An incumbent candidate who tied for the final open board seat in a small western Michigan school district has won a drawing for the six-year position.