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AccuWeather: Milder With Spotty Showers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:53

 Increasing Clouds, Chilly TodayMeteorologist Karen Rogers is tracking another round of light rain and rising temperatures.


100 layoffs at 2 Southern California newspapers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:47
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parent company Freedom Communications is laying off about 100 employees at the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the papers' new publisher told staffers Wednesday.

NECC trustee files compensation plan for 2012 meningitis outbreak victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:46

A sign for pharmaceutical compounding company NECC, a producer of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate, is seen in Framingham, Massachusetts(Reuters) - The trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people, filed a plan that would set aside at least $135 million to compensate victims and their families. The plan was filed after a federal bankruptcy court in July approved a deal to settle scores of lawsuits against New England Compounding Center (NECC). NECC shut down in October 2012 after authorities linked it to the worst outbreak of fungal meningitis in U.S. history due to drugs it shipped to health providers across the country. ...


Christmas tree to blame for Levittown apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:33

Christmas tree to blame for Levittown apartment fireOfficials say an artificial Christmas tree was too blame for an apartment fire in Levittown, Bucks County.


Crews battle apartment fire in Wynnefield

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:32

Crews battle apartment fire in WynnefieldCrews were called to the scene of an apartment fire in Philadelphia's Wynnefield section.


'Die-in' protesters gather at City Hall prior to tree lighting ceremony

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:29

'Die-in' protesters gather at City Hall prior to tree lighting ceremonyAfter holding a 'die-in' at 30th Street Station Wednesday, demonstrators moved to City Hall's tree lighting ceremony, in protest of the grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict two white police officers in the deaths of two black men.


Comparing the cases of Michael Brown, Eric Garner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:01

FILE - This combination of undated photos provided by the Brown family and the Garner family via the National Action Network shows Michael Brown, left, the black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. in August 2014, and Eric Garner, who died after a white police officer had him in a chokehold in the Staten Island borough of New York in July 2014. The cases of Brown and Garner involve an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in a confrontation over a relatively minor crime. But there are sharp differences, too, in the circumstances of the Aug. 9 and July 17 killings. (AP Photo/Brown Family, Garner Family via National Action Network)The cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City involve an unarmed black man killed by a white police officer in a confrontation over a relatively minor crime. But there are sharp differences, too, in the circumstances of Brown's Aug. 9 killing and Garner's July 17 killing.


Pedestrian struck, killed in Edgewater Park, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:00

Pedestrian struck, killed in Edgewater Park, NJA pedestrian was struck and killed on Route 130 in Edgewater Park, New Jersey.


Vigil held for missing Pennsylvania college senior

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:36
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of candles lit up the night during a vigil Wednesday for a college student last seen leaving a bar in Philadelphia on Thanksgiving morning.

Reaction to grand jury finding in chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:11
Reaction to a grand jury's decision Wednesday to clear Daniel Pantaleo, a white New York City police officer, in the videotaped chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man:

Residents displaced after apartment fire in Levittown

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:52

Christmas tree to blame for Levittown apartment fireOfficials say more than one dozen people have been displaced after an apartment building fire in Levittown, Bucks County.


Thousands gather for NYC Christmas tree lighting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:47

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit following a ceremony in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Weighing approximately 13 tons, the 85-foot tall, 90-year-old Norway Spruce is adorned with 45,000 energy efficient LED lights. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands celebrated in the heart of Manhattan on Wednesday night as they watched the lighting of the 85-foot-tall Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.


Prosecutor: Detective to plead guilty to forgery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:47

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2011 file photo, Holly Grigsby, left, looks at her boyfriend, David "Joey" Pedersen, during an appearance in Yuba County Superior Court in Marysville, Calif. An Oregon State Police detective, David Steele, who investigated the 2011 Northwest killing spree by the pair of white supremacists is expected to plead guilty to charges of forgery and official misconduct related to the case, a prosecutor said today. Steele will enter the plea Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at his arraignment in Salem, Ore., and be sentenced according to officials. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon State Police detective who investigated a 2011 Northwest killing spree by a pair of white supremacists is expected to plead guilty to charges of forgery and official misconduct related to the case, a prosecutor said Wednesday.


Uncle of boy, 12, shot by officer calls for change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:41
CLEVELAND (AP) — The uncle of a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by a Cleveland police officer told mourners at a memorial service Wednesday that they must be advocates for change through peaceful protest and civil disobedience.

U.S. justice system makes it difficult to indict a cop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:14
By David Ingram and Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A grand jury decision not to indict a New York policeman over a fatal chokehold underscores how difficult it is to charge an officer in the United States, even when the tactic appears to contradict police department policy and is caught on video. Although Wednesday's decision caught some Americans by surprise, indictments of police officers for excessive force are extremely rare for political, cultural and legal reasons. U.S. ...

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:02

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, surrounded by community leaders, speaks to reporters about the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case in the borough of Staten Island in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. A grand jury cleared the white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said. A video shot by an onlooker and widely viewed on the Internet showed the 43-year-old Garner telling a group of police officers to leave him alone as they tried to arrest him. The city medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide and found that a chokehold contributed to it. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Star or asterisk? Nativity scene has disclaimer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:57
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A nativity scene at an Arkansas courthouse will feature an additional element this year: a disclaimer saying the county had nothing to do with it.

Sharpton calls for Washington march after Garner ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:55
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Al Sharpton on Wednesday called for a protest march in Washington following a New York grand jury decision not to indict a white policeman in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. "We have no confidence in local state prosecutions because state prosecutors work hand in hand with the local police," the veteran civil rights activist told a news conference in Harlem to announce the Dec. 13 march. ...

U.S. to launch civil rights probe into New York chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday the Justice Department was launching a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after New York police put him in a chokehold. Earlier on Wednesday, a New York grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer who applied the chokehold as police tried to arrest Garner in July in the New York borough of Staten Island on suspicion of illegally selling cigarettes. ...

U.S. military sex assault reports up 8 percent: officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 09:54

US army soldiers are seen marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New YorkBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sexual assaults reported by U.S. military troops rose 8 percent in 2014 amid signs that victims are increasingly confident about reporting the attacks, defense officials said on Wednesday ahead of the formal release of the annual figures. Defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said military personnel reported 5,983 sexual assaults in the 2014 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, compared with 5,518 the previous year. ...