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Number of child immigrants at border declining

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of immigrant children caught alone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States continued to decline in August, according to figures disclosed Wednesday by the Homeland Security Department.

Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:43

FILE - In this file still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. An Internet video purporting to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Sotloff by the Islamic State group was posted online Tuesday, a beheading described as retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. (AP Photo, File)TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to "degrade and destroy" the group.


'She Blinded Me With Science' star becomes teacher

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:39

In this Aug. 29, 2014 picture, musician Thomas Dolby speaks with students in his class, "Sound on Film,” at Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Institute music conservatory in Baltimore. Dolby, perhaps best known for his 1980's song “She Blinded Me With Science,” has made several careers at the nexus of sound and electronics. His newest role began Friday as a professor of the arts at Hopkins, and he hopes to show students how new technology creates fresh opportunities for composers and filmmakers to collaborate. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Before composing his 1982 synth-pop hit "She Blinded Me With Science," Thomas Dolby sketched out the story line for the music video. That's not just rock-and-roll trivia — it's one of the experiences Dolby can lean on as he teaches film and music students at Johns Hopkins University, a school known more for medical science and research than the arts.


Trial ordered in Philly school cheating probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:33
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia principal and three teachers have been ordered to stand trial on charges that they helped young children cheat on standardized tests by changing answers and reviewing questions beforehand.

Tearful judge gives man 17 years for Michigan porch shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:32

Theodore Wafer sits in the court room during his arraignment in Detroit, MichiganBy Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A tearful judge on Wednesday sent a white Michigan man to prison for at least 17 years for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager on his front porch in a racially charged case that sparked protests in the Detroit area. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Dana Hathaway sentenced Theodore Wafer, 55, to a mandatory two years for felony firearm usage followed by concurrent sentences of seven to 15 years for manslaughter and 15 to 30 years for second-degree murder. "An unjustified fear is never an excuse to take someone's life." Wafer's private attorney, Cheryl Carpenter, said he would appeal the conviction and has requested a public defender to handle the appeal. Wafer shot and killed Renisha McBride, 19, who was intoxicated and had been involved in a car crash when she banged on his front door in suburban Dearborn Heights early on a rainy morning last November, apparently seeking help.


Serious injuries reported after Roosevelt Blvd. crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:29

Serious injuries reported after Roosevelt Blvd. crashAt least two serious injuries were reported after a crash Wednesday morning on the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia.


Teenage soccer player injured in Hamilton Township crash dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:27

Teenage soccer player injured in Hamilton Township crash diesPolice say a teenage soccer player who was hurt in a weekend car crash in southern New Jersey that injured four teammates has died.


Minecraft now publishing sensation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:26

 Essential Handbook." (AP Photo/Scholastic)NEW YORK (AP) — Like millions of parents, Aaron Sacharow welcomes those moments when his son — 7-year-old Tyler — takes a break from video games and picks up a book instead.


TBS confirms CeeLo's show canceled after 1 season

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:24

FILE - In this March 15, 2014 file photo, CeeLo Green performs at Rachael Ray's Feedback Party during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. TBS spokeswoman Karen Cassell said Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, that the network isn't renewing Green's reality show "The Good Life." (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — CeeLo Green's reality show won't have a second season.


Gay groups to march under own banner in NYC 2015 St. Patrick's parade

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:21
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Organizers of the New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade said on Wednesday they will allow gay groups to march under their own banner in the 2015 procession, changing a decades-long policy. One group that said it will walk under its own sign is Out@NBCUniversal, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender support group associated with WNBC-TV. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council refused to march in this year's parade and two big sponsors of the event, brewers Guinness and Heineken yanked their sponsorship. LGBT groups were allowed in the procession, the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade, but were prohibited from displaying banners, flags and pins that identified sexual orientation.

US says Sotloff beheading video is authentic

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:20

US says Sotloff beheading video is authenticPresident Barack Obama says Americans will not be intimidated by the "horrific" violence of Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second U.S. journalist.


Police: Tractor-trailer hits worker on Pa. Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:11

 Tractor-trailer hits worker on Pa. TurnpikeState Police are investigating an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that has sent one person to the hospital.


US stocks edge lower at midday after early rise

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:08
The U.S. stock market is slipping after an early rise brought on reports of a cease-fire agreement in Ukraine.

Bernard Madoff's son Andrew dies after long battle with cancer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:02

File of Bernard Madoff departing US Federal Court after a hearing in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andrew Madoff, the son of convicted fraudster Bernard Madoff, died on Wednesday from cancer, his lawyer said. "Andrew Madoff has lost his courageous battle against mantle cell lymphoma," lawyer Martin Flumenbaum said in a statement. "He died peacefully at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on September 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family." Bernard Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to operating a massive Ponzi scheme estimated to have cost investors $17 billion in lost principal.


Crew reconstructs shooting inside Ohio Wal-Mart

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:02
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Ohio investigators have reconstructed the killing of a man who was shot by police while holding an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart store.

Gay marriage cases await early decision by U.S. Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:01

Skinner and her wife Belka wait for the beginning of the Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake CitySupreme Court to decide once and for all the hotly-contested legal rights issue of whether states can ban gay marriage. While lawyers have made preliminary claims for and against gay marriage in their filings, and also presented arguments about why their particular case might be best for the justices to hear, both sides agree that the Supreme Court needs to end the legal uncertainty without further delay. For instance, states that ban gay marriage also refuse to recognize marriages that take place in one of the 19 states where gay marriage is legal.


Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catch

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:57

Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catchFRIENDSHIP, Maine (AP) — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region's famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters.


Spotting a pet in a hot car creates tough choices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:56

This undated photo of a poster provided by LA County District Attorney’s Office shows a poster reminding pet owners that it’s against the law to leave their animals in their vehicles during the dog days of summer. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of pets die each year when left in a closed car on a hot day. (AP Photo/LA County District Attorney’s Office)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Imagine walking to your car after running errands and spotting a dog, panting and helpless, shut inside a hot car. Smashing the window might be your first impulse, but calling police or animal control will protect you from injury and possible lawsuits, experts say.


President Hollande: France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine tensions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:55
PARIS (AP) — President Hollande: France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine tensions.

Slightly fewer U.S. households lacking enough food: USDA

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:42

Workers labor at a romaine lettuce farm outside San Luis, ArizonaBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The percentage of Americans regarded as "food insecure" - lacking access to enough food for a healthy life - has edged down in the past few years but still represents over 17 million households, the U.S. About 14.3 percent of households were termed food insecure in 2013, down from 14.9 percent in 2011. Rates of food insecurity were substantially higher than the national average in households with incomes near or below the poverty line, those headed by single women or single men, and those headed by blacks and Hispanics, USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) said in an annual report. Food insecurity was also more common in large cities and rural areas than in suburban and exurban areas.