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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.

Correction: Barbour-Obama story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 23:54
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story Nov. 13 about former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour using the term "tar babies" to describe President Barack Obama's policies, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the years Barbour served as governor. He served from 2004 to 2012.

Suspect in student kidnapping pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 23:52
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The man accused of abducting a University of Virginia student who was found dead last month pleaded not guilty Friday in a Fairfax County courtroom on an unrelated sexual assault charge.

Police: Dad tried to wake up son left in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 23:32
RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — When Kyle Seitz realized he had left his 15-month-old son in a hot car for hours in July, he shrieked and tried to shake the child awake, according to an arrest warrant.

Police arrest Los Angeles Walmart workers during protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 23:18
(Reuters) - Police have arrested 23 people outside a Los Angeles-area Walmart protesting what they say are the company's low wages and its retaliation against employees who pushed for better working conditions, organizers and a police spokesman said on Friday. The arrests on Thursday evening were the culmination of several hours of protest by a number of Walmart workers in California, according to labor group The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW. ...

Suspect in Virginia kidnapping pleads not guilty to 2005 rape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 23:09

Jesse Matthew is pictured in this booking photoBy John Clarke FAIRFAX Va. (Reuters) - The man charged with abducting a University of Virginia student who later turned up dead pleaded not guilty on Friday in a separate rape case. Jesse Matthew, 32, of Charlottesville, Virginia, faces three felony charges in a 2005 case in which police say he sexually assaulted a 26-year-old woman walking home from a grocery store in the Washington suburb of Fairfax, Virginia. At Friday's hearing, Fairfax County Circuit Court Chief Judge Dennis Smith said the trial would start March 9. ...

23 arrested at California Walmart protest on pay

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 22:31
PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) — A protest at a Los Angeles-area Walmart focusing on better wages has ended in some two dozen arrests.

NYC mayor opposes police chokehold bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 22:02
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton are opposing a measure that would make police chokeholds a crime.

Court gives immigrants in Arizona chance for bail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 21:46

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix. Hundreds of immigrants who have been denied bail under a strict Arizona law will now have the opportunity to be released after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in the closely watched case. The high court kept intact a lower-court ruling from three weeks ago that struck down the law, which was passed in 2006 amid a series of immigration crackdowns in Arizona over the past decade. Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery defended the law before the courts. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for a wave of bail hearings for immigrants across Arizona.

$45M awarded to Tacony dungeon victim, but unlikely to be paid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 21:41

$45M awarded to Tacony dungeon victim, but unlikely to be paidA Philadelphia woman, a victim of unspeakable torture, has been awarded $45 million, but it's unlikely she'll ever see a dime.