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Oklahoma's education waiver reinstated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:12
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government has restored Oklahoma's flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding, state officials said Monday.

Hundreds of University of California students walk out over proposed tuition hike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:09
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - Hundreds of University of California students walked out of classes on Monday to protest a planned 25 percent tuition increase they say will make the cost of education across the 10-campus system too expensive. The proposed tuition hike of 5 percent over each of the next five years kicked off angry student protests last week and set the stage for a potentially rancorous fight between the system's governing board of regents and state lawmakers who oppose the increase. Tuition is currently about $12,000 a year. ...

Wish granted: Same day delivery for the holidays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:07

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, Ricardo Sandoval sorts packages at an Amazon.com fulfillment center, in Phoenix. Merchants are working hard to make same-day delivery a reality, particularly in major cities, from Amazon testing deliveries via taxis to everyone from Target to Google expanding their same-day delivery services. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.


Ga. fire chief in trouble over homosexuality book

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:03
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's fire chief has been suspended after city officials say he violated policy by self-publishing a book that describes homosexuality as a "perversion."

Lost hummingbird gets lift from St. Paul to Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:02

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, a wayward rufous hummingbird that accidentally ended up in Minnesota sits in a cage at the home of Jessika Madison-Kennedy in St. Paul, Minn. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota says the rufous hummingbird was flown to Texas Sunday, Nov. 23,, 2014, to be released to find its way south for the winter. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler, File)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A hummingbird has finally made its way south for the winter after accidentally ending up in Minnesota.


Fmr. Montco GOP chief Robert Kerns pleads no contest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:58

Fmr. Montco GOP chief Robert Kerns pleads no contestThe former head of the Montgomery County Republican Party entered a no contest plea Monday to sex-related charges.


Catholic officials see pope visit as a rebirth

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:54

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks during a news conference Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Roman Catholic leaders in Philadelphia are predicting as many as 2 million people could turn out to see Pope Francis during his first U.S. visit as pontiff in Sept. 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's archbishop said Monday that hosting Pope Francis in the city next year during his first U.S. visit as pontiff could foster a "rebirth" for an archdiocese that has struggled with financial problems and sex abuse scandals during the last decade.


A closer look at community of Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:46
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A closer look at the community of Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed:

Man accused in deadly Missouri crime spree pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:41
(Reuters) - A man accused of killing five people during a crime spree in a Kansas City, Missouri, neighborhood pleaded not guilty on Monday to murder and other charges, a court official said. Brandon Howell, 34, was charged with beating and critically injuring George Taylor, 80, and Anna Taylor, 86, on Sept. 2 inside their home. They later died. Howell also was charged with the murders of three others found shot to death in a yard and a driveway at nearby homes in the Woodbridge neighborhood. Killed were Darrel Hurst, Alice Hurst and Suzanne Choucroun, the indictment said. ...

Suspect in 5 Kansas City deaths pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:39

FILE - In this file photo provided by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department is Brandon Howell, 34, who is charged with killing five people in a Kansas City, Missouri. (AP Photo/Kansas City Police Department)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of attacking and killing five people during a rampage in a quiet Kansas City neighborhood pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree murder for each victim.


Exclusive: Ex-Broker must pay $2 million to former NBA player

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:38

Indiana Pacers' Sam Young and teammates celebrate after Paul George made a game-tying three point shot to end regulation time during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff against the Miami Heat in Miami(Reuters) - A former securities broker whom regulators said took part in a multi-million dollar fraud must pay $2 million to a former NBA player, an arbitration panel ruled on Monday. Sam Young, whose professional basketball career has included stints with the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs, was among dozens of investors who lost their money after buying fraudulent privately-issued securities sold by the now defunct brokerage, Success Trade Securities. ...


Woman cleared in fatal car wreck after GM letter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:36
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death.

N.Y. state court rejects hate crime conviction in transgender murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:32
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters) - New York's top court said prosecutors seeking to convict the killer of a transgender woman can press for a new trial after losing on Monday their appeal to reinstate his conviction and 25-year sentence for what they said was a hate crime. Dwight DeLee, who was accused of shooting and killing Lateisha Green in Syracuse in 2008 while shouting homophobic slurs, was acquitted by a jury of simple manslaughter but convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime, which carries steeper penalties. ...

Baltimore airport loses power for 90 minutes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:30
LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — A power outage at a Baltimore airport terminal disrupted operations and caused flights to be canceled or delayed.

Man indicted in stabbing at Connecticut Navy base

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:24
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A man accused of assaulting two guards at a Navy submarine base in Connecticut has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Man sentenced in Texas overdose death of T. Boone Pickens' grandson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:22
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A former Texas Christian University student accused of killing the grandson of billionaire T. Boone Pickens by injecting him with heroin was sentenced to 10 years' probation on Monday as part of a plea deal. Brennan Trainor Rodriguez, 23, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance that caused the overdose death of Thomas "Ty" Boone Pickens IV on Jan. 29, 2013, according to a statement from the Tarrant County district attorney's office in Fort Worth. ...

UN chief: Palestinian recognition gains momentum

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:22
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community's failure to advance a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spurring governments and parliaments to take action to recognize the state of Palestine — and "that momentum will grow."

Autopsy begins on Kansas woman found raped, burned

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:21

In this Nov. 23, 2014 photo Marty Bell signs a memorial for Letitia Davis at a vigil in Fairmont Park in Wichita, Kan., where Davis found Nov. 14 with burns on more than half her body and cuts on her head. Cornell A. McNeal, 26, of Wichita, has been jailed and charged in the death of Davis who died after she was sexually assaulted and set on fire in the park, according to authorities. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Dave Williams)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An autopsy has begun on a Kansas woman who died this weekend, days after she was sexually assaulted and set on fire in a Wichita park, a county official said Monday.


US judge sentences cartel lieutenant to 22 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:20

FILE - This Feb. 22, 2014 file photo shows Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, being escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. On Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at federal court in Chicago, a U.S. judge sentenced Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, a reputed lieutenant of Guzman, to 22 years in prison for his role in a $1 billion trafficking conspiracy, saying the stiff sentence should send a message to traffickers everywhere. The case is regarded as one of the U.S. government's most important against Mexican cartels. Guzman remains jailed in Mexico and Mexican authorities haven't said if they might extradite him to Chicago. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. judge sentenced a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to 22 years in prison Monday for his role in a $1 billion trafficking conspiracy, saying the stiff sentence should send a message to traffickers everywhere.


Georgia replaces emergency management chief

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:18
ATLANTA (AP) — The head of Georgia's emergency management agency has been reassigned to a deputy position, months after becoming the public face of the state's weak response to a January storm that trapped motorists on highways in metro Atlanta for hours.