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Former NFL Cheerleader indicted on charges of raping 15-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 12:11

Former NFL Cheerleader indicted on charges of raping 15-year-old boyFormer Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy she met on Instagram.


Ebola countries to get $450 million in financing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:31
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new private sector initiative announced Wednesday will provide at least $450 million in commercial financing to the three West African countries hardest hit by Ebola to promote trade, investment and employment.

Documents: Teen planned attack at Maryland school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:28

Sash Nemphos is pictured in this handout booking photoMONKTON, Md. (AP) — A Maryland teenager told police he planned to use a stolen handgun to kill his parents, then drive to his high school and kill students and teachers as revenge for years of bullying he suffered, according to court documents released Wednesday.


Feeding the homeless: Act of charity or a crime?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:18

Homeless advocate Arnold Abbott, 90, of the nonprofit group Love Thy Neighbor Inc., center, gets his drivers license to hand to a Fort Lauderdale police officer, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Abbott and a group of volunteers were feeding the homeless in a public parking lot next to the beach when he was issued a summons to appear in court for violating an ordinance that limits where charitable groups can feed the homeless on public property. Abbott w also recently arrested along with two pastors for feeding the homeless in a Fort Lauderdale park. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — To Arnold Abbott, feeding the homeless in a public park in South Florida was an act of charity. To the city of Fort Lauderdale, the 90-year-old man in white chef's apron serving up gourmet-styled meals was committing a crime.


Kidnapped Philadelphia woman found safe in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:13
(Reuters) - A woman who was abducted from a Philadelphia street in an assault caught on surveillance video was found safe in Maryland on Wednesday, three days after the incident, police said. Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, was located in Jessup, Maryland, Philadelphia detectives said on Wednesday night. She was found along the side of a highway in her suspected abductor's car and had minor injuries.The man suspected of abducting her on Sunday night, Devlen Barnes, 37, was taken into custody at the scene, police said. ...

Mississippi prisons chief resigns abruptly amid federal suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:12
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Mississippi's long-serving prisons chief resigned abruptly on Wednesday amid a federal case in which prosecutors have moved to seize his assets. Federal prosecutors earlier this year acted to seize Christopher Epps' home, a vacation condominium and two of his cars, court documents obtained by Reuters on Wednesday show. The documents refer to a complaint, filed in March, without making clear what its contents are. "I am resigning my position as commissioner effective today," Epps wrote in a statement to prison workers. ...

Rockefeller Center Christmas tree coming from Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:12

An 85-foot, 13-ton Norway spruce, which will serve as Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree this year, is hoisted onto a trailer Wednesday morning, Nov. 5, 2014, in Bloomsburg, Pa., for the 155-mile journey to midtown Manhattan. The tree will be illuminated for the first time on Dec. 3 in a ceremony that's been held since 1933. The tree came from the home of Dan Sigafoos and Rachel Drosdick-Sigafoos. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An 85-foot Norway spruce that belonged to a central Pennsylvania family of "Christmas elves" will serve as Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree this year.


Despite election defeat, foreign policy is not 'game over' for Obama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:11

U.S. President Obama answers questions during news conference in the East Room of the White House in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From marauding jihadists in Iraq to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and beheadings of Americans in Syria, a world in crisis has fanned perceptions of an overwhelmed U.S. president and contributed to a Republican sweep of U.S. midterm elections. But the slide of public confidence in President Barack Obama and the takeover of U.S. Congress by resurgent Republicans will complicate, though not seriously undermine, U.S. ...


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:04

Palestinians stand behind a garbage container set on fire during clashes with Israeli border police in east Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Clashes broke out after a Palestinian driver rammed a minivan into a crowded train station. He then backed out and proceeded to drive away, hitting several cars along the way, then got out of the car and attacked a group of civilians and police officers on the side of the road with a metal bar, killing one and wounding 13, before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Uncle: Mom of boy found dead got psychiatric care

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:03

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Lincoln County School District shows 6-year-old London McCabe in kindergarten at Crestview Heights School in Waldport, Ore. His mother, Jilllian McCabe, told police she threw her son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Ore. She is being held on charges of aggravted murder, murder, and manslaughter in her son's death. (AP Photo/Lincoln County School District)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An uncle of a 6-year-old autistic boy found dead after his mother told police she threw him from a bridge on the Oregon coast says the woman had been under intense emotional distress for years while caring for the child and more recently for her disabled husband.


2 NYC police officers facing brutality charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:58

New York police officers David Afanador, left, and Tyraine Isaac, right, leave state court following their arraignment, Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014, in New York. A security video that captured both officers during the arrest of a teen drug suspect has prompted an investigation of alleged abuse by the officers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Two police officers pleaded not guilty to assault charges on Wednesday in the violent beat-down of a teenage marijuana suspect who prosecutors say never put up a fight.


Ferguson protest leaders seek heads-up on decision

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:49
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Activists asked Wednesday for advance notice before prosecutors announce whether a Ferguson police officer will face charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown, saying they can help prevent widespread violence if they have 48 hours to prepare for protests.

Palestinians: Stop Israeli acts at Muslim sites

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:42

Palestinian supporters of the Islamist movement Hamas, hold a placards with the slogan written in Arabic, "we are all your defenders Al-Aqsa,", and "Al-Aqsa is the compass for my life" during a protest against recent Israeli restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the West Bank City of Ramallah, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians and Jordanians urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to demand that Israel immediately stop provocations and incitement against Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warning that further escalation could lead to another crisis threatening peace in the Middle East.


CEO: Virgin Galactic looks to resume tests in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:26

FILE - This undated file photo, first released in 2008 by Virgin Galactic, shows SpaceShipTwo's construction inside the Scaled Composites plant at the Mojave Airport in Mojave, Calif. The head of the space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket ship broke apart over the California desert says test flights could resume as early as next summer. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 that work is underway at the company's Mojave shop to finish a second spacecraft. It will replace the first SpaceShipTwo, which was destroyed last week when it disintegrated during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another.(AP Photo/Virgin Galactic, File) NO SLALESALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO said Wednesday.


Washington state voters approve measure to expand gun background checks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:08

A pink assault rifle hangs among others at an exhibit booth at the George R. Brown convention center, the site for the National Rifle Association's (NRA) annual meeting in Houston, TexasBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers in Washington state passed overwhelmingly, election results showed on Wednesday, making the state the first in the country to close the so-called gun-show loophole through popular vote. Initiative 594, which requires background checks for all gun purchases in Washington state, whether at gun shows, online or through transfers, was voted into law with about 60 percent support, according to election results. ...


California schools chief re-elected in race that became referendum on education reform

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:55

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson speaks at the 2014 California Democrats State Convention at the Los Angeles Convention CenterBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's union-backed schools superintendent has won re-election, defeating a challenger who called for tying teacher pay to student performance and a reshaping of tenure rules in an expensive race that emerged as a referendum on education reform. Incumbent Tom Torlakson won 52 percent of the vote on Tuesday, compared with 48 percent for Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive who ran as an education reformer and enjoyed support from several wealthy donors. ...


Obama, Republicans sound conciliatory note but battles loom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:39

U.S. President Obama answers questions during news conference in the East Room of the White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his powerful U.S. Senate adversary struck a conciliatory tone on Wednesday, but Obama's plans to proceed with new immigration rules foreshadowed a bumpy start to his relationship with a Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Mitch McConnell, who will become majority leader when Republicans take charge in the Senate in January, signaled they hoped to get past a previously frosty relationship to pass legislation on priorities on which they can both agree. ...


Judge overturns Missouri ban on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:23
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge overturned Missouri's ban on gay marriage on Wednesday in a ruling that could add the state to a growing list of those were same-sex marriages are legal.

Police: Woman abducted on Philadelphia street found safe in Maryland, man arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police: Woman abducted on Philadelphia street found safe in Maryland, man arrested.

Sources: Germantown abduction victim found alive, suspect arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:07

Germantown abduction victim found alive, suspect arrestedAction News has learned the woman who was abducted in the Germantown section of Philadelphia has been found alive in Jessup, Maryland.