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Michigan considers ban on student-athlete unions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 06:43

In this Nov. 8, 2014 file photo Michigan running back De'Veon Smith (4) runs against Northwestern during an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill. A Republican lawmaker in Michigan introduced a bill Dec. 2, 2014 to block collective bargaining for athletes that is on the fast track through this lame-duck legislative session, though there are no reports of such efforts at any of Michigan's public or private universities and opponents say it's a non-issue in their state. Athletes at Northwestern, a private school, voted in April to form the nation's first union for student athletes, a case the National Labor Relations Board has not yet ruled on. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)DETROIT (AP) — College sports may be a multibillion-dollar business, but the athletes are students, not public employees, and shouldn't have the right to unionize, according to a Republican lawmaker in Michigan.


UN: climate change costs to poor underestimated

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 06:40

Fausta Ortiz, 38, Pastoruri's glacier guardian, stands guard while carrying her daughter Lisoyun, 2, in Huaraz, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. According to Alejo Cochachin, coordinator of the glaciology unit, the Pastoruri glacier retreated 576 meters between 1980 and 2014. Peru's glaciers have lost more one-fifth of their mass in just three decades, and the 70 percent Peru’s 30 million people who inhabit the country’s Pacific coastal desert, depend on glacial runoff for hydropower and to irrigate crops, meaning their electricity and long-term food security could also be in peril. Higher alpine temperatures are killing off plant and animal species in cloud forests and scientists predict Pacific fisheries will suffer. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)LIMA, Peru (AP) — The cost to poor countries of adjusting to ever-hotter temperatures will be two or even three times higher than previously thought, the U.N.'s environment agency said Friday — and that assumes a best-case scenario in which greenhouse gas emissions are dramatically reduced.


No charges for Seattle officer who punched woman during arrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 06:33
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle police officer who punched an intoxicated 23-year-old woman in the head as he arrested her in June over allegations that she threatened a family member will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said on Friday. The decision not to charge Seattle police officer Adley Shepherd with felony second-degree assault comes amid a wave of demonstrations nationally over police use of force, especially against black people. In this case, both the officer and the woman are black. ...

Lawyer for family of unarmed black man killed in Phoenix seeks probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 06:31
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An attorney for the family of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer called on Friday for an independent probe of the incident amid a national wave of protests over the policing of black communities. Police say Rumain Brisbon, 34, was killed on Tuesday as he struggled with a policeman who suspected he was selling drugs and erroneously believed he felt the handle of a gun in the man's pocket. ...

New York protests stoke national outrage on police violence

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 06:27

Demonstrator protests recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, at Boston Common in Boston, MassachusettsBy Sebastien Malo and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters were expected to take to the streets of New York on Friday in a third day of demonstrations against police violence, even as prosecutors said they would consider charges against an officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in November. The shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, in a dimly lit stairwell in Brooklyn added to a string of police actions involving unarmed black men that have inflamed racial tensions throughout the United States. ...


Couple charged after teen found weighing 40 pounds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 06:26
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A man and his wife have been charged with neglect after his 15-year-old granddaughter was found weighing less than 40 pounds, with authorities saying both adults used belts to strike the girl, the man dragged her down the stairs by her hair and his wife fed her feces and urine as punishment.

Chicago, NY, Hawaii compete to host Obama library

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 06:21

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2013 file photo, one possible location in the Kakaako district of Honolulu to be considered for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Four universities in Chicago, New York and Honolulu are trying to outdo one another as they compete to host Barack Obama's future presidential library. Each is offering primo real estate, major financial backing and a grand vision for what the library should look like, and next week, a handful of Obama's oldest friends will start picking the winner. A look at what each school is proposing. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)WASHINGTON (AP) — Three U.S. cities that President Barack Obama once called home are trying to outdo one another as the competition to host his future presidential library comes to a close.


FBI-Caesars search case to narrow to father, son

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 06:18

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, Wei Seng Phua walks into federal court in Las Vegas. Phua, his son Darren Wai Kit Phua, and four others were arrested in July after federal agents raided three high-roller villas at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Five defendants are poised to take plea deals. That'll leave Phua and his son, to face trial on charges including operating an illegal gambling business during the World Cup soccer tournament. (AP Photo/John Locher,File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Five defendants are poised to take plea deals in a federal illegal Internet gambling case in Nevada that stemmed from a disputed FBI raid last summer at high-roller suites in Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip, defense attorneys said Friday.


Oil magnate's ex-wife slams $1 billion divorce ruling in appeal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 06:17

Sue Ann Hamm stands in the courthouse hall before divorce proceedings with Harold Hamm, founder and CEO of Continental Resources, in Oklahoma CityBy Joshua Schneyer (Reuters) - The ex-wife of Oklahoma oil magnate Harold Hamm has appealed a November divorce ruling that awarded her $1 billion, citing 78 alleged errors and missteps that caused a judge to grossly undervalue her stake in one of America's greatest oil fortunes. Sue Ann Arnall's appeal assails as "inappropriate" Judge Howard Haralson's decision to allow lawyers for both her ex-husband and his oil company, Continental Resources, to "double team" her during an epic divorce trial. ...


New Jersey casino's closing pushed back 8 days

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:58

This Oct. 24, 2014 photo shows the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City N.J. Its parent company, Trump Entertainment Resorts, announced on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 that the casino's closing date is being pushed back until Dec. 20, eight days later than planned, while talks continue on a plan to save it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The owner of the Trump Taj Mahal casino has pushed back the date it's scheduled to close and become the fifth of the city's casinos to fail this year.


Drunken driver who killed teens: 'I am a monster'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:54
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) — A drunken driver who was texting when he struck and killed two teenage cousins in New Jersey called himself a monster when he was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison.

Missouri hunter feels heat for killing albino deer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:51
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A hunter in southeast Missouri who killed a rare albino deer says he's received online threats but that he doesn't regret his actions.

Sea level rise threatening Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:49

The Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Orion spacecraft lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape CanaveralBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Rising seas and pounding waves driven by climate change are chipping away at the coast near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, threatening launch pads and future operations, scientists said on Friday. "There's reason to be nervous now because the problem is so obvious," Peter Adams, a geology professor at the University of Florida, told Reuters. ...


Bill Cosby's Walk of Fame star vandalized with word 'rapist'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:46

A worker cleans graffiti on actor Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized on Friday with the word "rapist" written over it, after numerous women came forward in recent weeks alleging Cosby had sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Cosby's star, which was defaced with a marker pen, was being cleaned up. The organization filed a police report citing vandalism of a registered California state landmark. ...


Family of boy shot dead by Cleveland officer sues

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:46
CLEVELAND (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old who had a pellet gun when he was shot by a Cleveland police officer filed a wrongful death lawsuit Friday, saying two officers acted recklessly when they confronted the boy in a terrifying manner and fired within seconds.

Teen shot in Willingboro, dropped off in Burlington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:46

Teen shot in Willingboro, dropped off in BurlingtonPolice say a teenage boy was shot in Willingboro then dropped off in Burlington, New Jersey.


A look at police killings cited by protesters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:41

A protester sits in the road while rallying against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, as a line of police officers make their way west on 42nd Street near Times Square, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)Several recent killings of black men or boys by police officers across the nation and grand juries' decisions not to indict some of the officers have angered many people, especially in minority communities, and have spurred sometimes violent demonstrations.


St. Louis County cops apologize for Facebook post

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:41
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police chief in St. Louis County is limiting his officers' social media use after a precinct's Facebook page linked the dangers of toy guns to the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old Ohio boy.

Ga. judge OKs prosecution in infant starvation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:39
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge has ruled that a man and his 23-year-old daughter can be prosecuted in the starvation death an infant.

University rehires former SLA radical Kilgore

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 05:36

FILE - This Feb. 5, 2014 file photo shows James Kilgore, a faculty member at the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Ill. The university has rehired Kilgore, a 1970s-era radical, to teach a course next semester. Thomas Bassett, the director of Global Studies at the Urbana-Champaign campus, said Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, that Kilgore's proposal to teach the course "Sweatshops or Flat World Opportunities?” Exploring the new World of Work" was approved this week. Earlier this year the university told Kilgore it would no longer hire him. That followed news-media stories about part-time university work he’d done since his 2009 prison release. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has hired 1970s-era radical James Kilgore to teach a course next semester.