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Former N.Y. lawmaker faces sex harassment suits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:17
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y.(Reuters) - Six women who worked for a former New York state lawmaker are suing him and the state for millions of dollars, claiming they were victims of pervasive sexual harassment, the latest in a spate of such claims against legislators. The women filed their suits Thursday in state court against Dennis Gabryszak, saying they were subjected to groping, sexual jokes and comments during their time in his office. The lawmaker also talked about and showed them pornography, according to the suits. ...

Jailed American in Cuba loses appeal in case vs. U.S. government

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:16

Judy Gross, wife of U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross, talks to Reuters during an interview in HavanaBy David Adams and Daniel Trotta (Reuters) - A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by an American contractor imprisoned in Cuba who says he was not warned about the risks of working on the communist-controlled island. Alan Gross and his wife Judy filed the $60 million lawsuit in November 2012 for gross negligence against the U.S. government and Development Alternatives Inc, a Bethesda, Maryland, contractor. Gross settled with DAI for undisclosed terms in 2013, and a U.S. district court rejected his claim against the government. ...

Vandal targets luxury cars for damage, police say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:13
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police are looking for a suspect who has targeted luxury cars for expensive vandalism.

Jury: $45M for decade-long Philadelphia captive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:13
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman held captive for more than a decade in an alleged disability-benefit scheme has won a $45 million civil judgment.

Petition filed to protect Yellowstone bison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:07
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates have filed a formal petition seeking federal protections for Yellowstone National Park's wild bison herds.

Cod restrictions will cost consumers who buy local

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:05
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New restrictions on commercial cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine will likely make local cod more expensive for New England consumers, but markets and fish-and-chip shops are unlikely to run low because of abundant foreign sources.

Man charged after discovery of body in Wilmington park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:04

Man charged after discovery of body in Wilmington parkWilmington police have made an arrest in the murder of a man found dead in Eden Park.

Probe finds San Francisco Zoo gorilla pen unsafe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:03
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An investigator probing the death of a baby gorilla crushed under an electric door at the San Francisco Zoo found the enclosure is outdated and unsafe and should to be replaced.

Churches prepare for possible Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:51

Michael Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump, right, speaks to media in front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Brown's stepfather, Louis Head, is at left. Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown are urging restraint by both protesters and police once a grand jury decides whether the suburban St. Louis officer who shot him should face charges. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — With a grand jury announcement in the Ferguson case drawing near, many churches plan to offer prayer, shelter, food and a sanctuary for protesters, residents, students and others affected by potential unrest.

Bystanders help man engulfed in flames in Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:47
PHOENIX (AP) — One of the bystanders who rushed to help a man found engulfed in flames outside some Phoenix businesses put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher and said the victim walked into a fast-food restaurant for some water afterward.

Ohio driver charged in fatal wedding-day crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:46
GALION, Ohio (AP) — The bride of an Ohio man who was killed in a double-fatal crash hours after their wedding doesn't want to see the friend who was driving go to prison.

U.S. court rejects religious objection to Obamacare contraception deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:46
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a win for the Obama administration on insurance coverage for contraception under Obamacare, a U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that Catholic non-profit groups' religious rights were not violated by a compromise already achieved on the volatile issue. Catholic groups had sued over the compromise, saying they should not have to pay for or facilitate access to contraception or abortion, but a judge wrote in the ruling that under the compromise, "the regulations do not compel them to do that. ...

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to retire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:30

In this photo taken Sept. 19, 2013, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Donahoe says he'll retire Feb. 1 after leading the struggling agency for four years. He made the announcement Friday at a meeting of the Board of Postal Governors. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced his retirement Friday amid annual Postal Services losses surpassing $5 billion and ongoing battles with Congress over cost-cutting moves, including ending Saturday delivery.

Correction: Security Clearance-Hacking story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 13 about former Department of Homeland Security official Christopher Cummiskey's remarks about a computer breach at U.S. Investigations Services LLC, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Cummiskey said a DHS contract with the firm specified rigorous computer security and data-management practices. Cummiskey said the contract did not specify those requirements.

Idaho teacher kills, skins rabbit in class

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:17
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho biology teacher is facing possible disciplinary action after killing and skinning a rabbit in class to show students where their food comes from.

Wal-Mart workers to protest on Black Friday: group

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:16

People walk past a Wal-Mart sign(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc workers plan to protest on Black Friday at about 1,600 stores in the United States to demand better wages and benefits, pressure group OUR Walmart said. The group, pushing for better wages at Wal-Mart, said workers will be on the street on Black Friday if demands for a $15 per hour wage and consistent full-time work were not met. (Reporting by Shailaja Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

New England Patriots apologize for offensive tweet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:15

New England Patriots apologize for offensive tweetThe New England Patriots are apologizing after sending out a tweet to thank a "fan" with a racist Twitter handle.

Kentucky drops 2-drug executions, reworking method

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:09
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is dropping its proposed use of a two-drug execution method after the prolonged deaths of inmates in two other states that used a similar means to carry out death sentences.

U.S. Postmaster General Donahoe to retire; Megan Brennan to succeed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:02

U.S. Postmaster General Donahoe speaks at a hearing on reforming the U.S. postal service, in WashingtonBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United States Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe, who has led the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service for four years, will retire in February, paving the way for the service's first female postmaster general. Megan Brennan, a 28-year veteran who is the agency's chief operating officer, will succeed Donahoe to become the 74th postmaster general and chief executive, the Postal Service Board of Governors said on Friday.   Donahoe has worked at the agency for 39 years, starting as a clerk in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...

Civil rights figure: US divided by race again

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 23:55

FILE - U.S. Deputy Marshals escort 6-year-old Ruby Bridges from William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, in this November 1960, file photo. On Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, 54 years later to the day when she first walked up the steps to the school, Bridges is scheduled to commemorate the event with the unveiling of a statue in her likeness on the campus. (AP Photo/File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ruby Bridges was 6 years old in 1960 when she became the first black student to attend a previously all-white elementary school in New Orleans, one of the iconic moments in the U.S. civil rights movement. Today, the civil rights pioneer says America looks a lot like it did then: A nation with segregated schools and racial tension.