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Obama says time for healing, transparency in Missouri shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:45

U.S. President Obama speaks about Iraq and also the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri on Martha's VineyardBy Jeff Mason and Daniel Lovering EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called for peace on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer and urged authorities to be transparent in their investigation. Now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," Obama told reporters on Martha's Vineyard, where he is vacationing with his family. "Now is the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done." Protesters have gathered every night in Ferguson, the mostly black suburb of St. Louis, since Michael Brown was fatally shot on Saturday during what authorities said was a struggle over a gun in a police car. "We lost a young man, Michael Brown, in heart-breaking and tragic circumstances.


Central America braces for drought-linked food crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:39
By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region’s poor. An unusually hot season and extended dry spells have brought drought to areas in eastern and western Guatemala and El Salvador, southern Honduras and northern and central Nicaragua, destroying swathes of bean and maize crops, the region’s staple foods, and putting pressure on subsistence farmers and food prices. “Extremely poor households across large areas of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador will experience a rapid deterioration in their food security in early 2015.

Excavation under way at Kentucky ark attraction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:34
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Workers are clearing land in northern Kentucky to build a long-stalled tourist attraction featuring Noah's Ark.

Obama: FBI, DOJ to investigate Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:32

 FBI, DOJ to investigate Ferguson shootingPolice used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails during another violent night on the streets of a St. Louis suburb in the wake of the shooting of the unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown.


'Butler' director Daniels faces $25 million suit by hip-hop mogul

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:24

Director Daniels arrives at the Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in HollywoodDirector Lee Daniels is facing a $25 million lawsuit over claims he failed to pay back hip-hop mogul-turned-fashion entrepreneur Damon Dash, or give him production credits, after Dash invested millions of dollars in his projects. Dash claims he helped fund the production of several films and television projects, including "The Butler," "Precious" and "The Paperboy." Daniels "attempt(ed) to deprive (Dash) of the monetary benefits and producer and executive producer credits owed to Mr. Dash as per the parties’ agreements," the summons said. Dash is seeking $25 million in damages from Daniels and $1 million from producer Simone Sheffield, who is credited as a co-producer in several of Daniels's films, according to the Internet Movie Database. Dash's attorney, Natraj Bhushan, said he would file a more detailed complaint once the summons was served, and that Daniels and Sheffield had a chance to respond to the claims.


Obama calls for peace, transparency in Missouri after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:17
U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called for peace on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer and urged authorities to be transparent in their investigation. Now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," Obama told reporters on Martha's Vineyard, where he is vacationing with his family.

Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:16
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won't be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date.

Philadelphia police seek killer of man shot outside peace concert

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:16
Philadelphia police on Thursday hunted for the shooter of a man slain outside a concert held to promote peace in the streets of the violence-plagued Pennsylvania city. The victim was shot outside the city's Dell Music Center on Wednesday evening and pronounced dead of his injuries at a nearby hospital, police said. The rap and hip-hop music concert, "Philly Support Philly: Peace on the Streets," was staged to help promote peace in the city. "The people who put on these concerts are well intentioned," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters following the fatal shooting.

Missouri governor: peace needed after teen's death, will make 'shifts'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:13
(Reuters) - Missouri governor Jay Nixon on Thursday called for an end to a series of sometimes-violent clashes between St. Louis-area police and people protesting the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager last weekend. "We will not get the healing that we all need if the response from the public is y'all just be quiet," Nixon said televised remarks. "There has been a fear to hear." The police have been heavily criticized for using what some are saying undue force in trying to quell the protests. Nixon said he will be making "some shifts so that folks will be feeling safe. ...

California parent: Special-ed child asked to dig through trash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:11

 Special-ed child asked to dig through trashAn angry parent in Jurupa Valley wants to know why only the special-education students were asked to dig through trash in search of recyclables.


Powerful photographs from Ferguson, Mo. protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:10

Powerful photographs from Ferguson, Mo. protestsThe protests over the death of Michael Brown continue to rage on.


Guilty but mentally ill verdict in sword slayings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:09
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been found guilty but mentally ill in the deadly sword stabbings of his parents and twin brother in suburban Philadelphia more than three years ago.

Illinois company testing market for Asian carp

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:09
GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois company is the latest to test whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food.

U.S. Embassy dependents to leave Sierra Leone due to Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:08

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in KailahunThe United States said on Thursday it had ordered family members at the U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone to depart because of limitations on regular medical care as a result of the Ebola outbreak. "The Embassy recommended this step out of an abundance of caution, following the determination by the Department’s Medical Office that there is a lack of options for routine health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak," the State Department said in a statement.


US woman dead in Bali; daughter, 1 other arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:01

US woman dead in Bali; daughter, 1 other arrestedThe body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend in relation to the death, police said.


New York town gets entire summer's worth of rain

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 01:01

Firefighters cross a flooded intersection on Route 110 in Farmingdale, N.Y., on New York's Long Island, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Stranded Long Island drivers have been rescued after a storm slammed Islip, N.Y., with over 12 inches of rain — an entire summer's worth. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)A storm dumped an entire summer's worth of rain on parts of Long Island, leading to a fatal crash Wednesday and stranding drivers on roads flooded with door-handle-high water.


8 arrested in daring New Jersey casino heist

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:58
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A recently fired casino security guard used his knowledge of when and where large sums of money would change hands to help plan and pull off a daring robbery that netted more than $180,000, authorities said Thursday.

Ronayne hired by AP as NH state politics reporter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:58
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Kathleen Ronayne, who has covered state and national politics, campaign finance, and legislative developments, has been hired by The Associated Press as a reporter in the New Hampshire statehouse.

Kidnap victim addresses human trafficking forum

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:56

Elizabeth Smart-Gilmour speaks on overcoming adversity and her story of being kidnapped when she was 14, during a conference on violent crime and human trafficking held in Sioux Falls, S.D., Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Elisha Page)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A woman who was held captive for nine months has underscored the importance of work performed by health care professionals, law enforcement and social workers to rescue and support kidnap victims.


Archdiocese responds to latest Pope visiting Philly rumors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:51

Archdiocese responds to latest Pope visiting Philly rumorsThe Archdiocese of Philadelphia is responding to new rumors that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia.