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Colorado mom sues, says fired after seeking to pump breast milk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:32
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado mother claims in a federal lawsuit that she was fired from her hairstylist job after she sought to take periodic work breaks to pump breast milk but was rebuffed by an employer who called the idea "gross," court documents showed on Tuesday. Ashley Provino of Grand Junction said she asked permission from her employer, Big League Haircuts, to take breaks every four hours to pump breast milk for her infant son, according to a complaint filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver by lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. ...

Couple in custody over teen weighing 40 pounds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:31
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A mentally disabled 15-year-old girl weighing less than 40 pounds was hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition while her grandfather and his wife were in custody on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent after police said the girl was kept in a soiled, locked bedroom.

Wal-Mart denies stalling in Tracy Morgan lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:31

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, actor Tracy Morgan attends the FX Networks Upfront premiere screening of "Fargo" at the SVA Theater in New York. Wal-Mart has denied claims by lawyers for actor-comedian Morgan that the company is stalling a federal lawsuit over a fatal highway crash in New Jersey last summer. In a court filing Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, attorneys for Morgan opposed a motion by Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper to intervene in the case. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Wal-Mart on Tuesday denied claims by lawyers for actor-comedian Tracy Morgan that the giant retailer is stalling a federal lawsuit over a fatal highway crash in New Jersey last summer.


In emails, Jobs determined to keep iPod Apple-only

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:30

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2005 file photo, Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs holds up an iPod during an event in San Jose, Calif. Jurors in a class-action lawsuit against Apple Inc. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 saw emails from the late CEO and his top lieutenants that show Jobs was determined to keep Apple's popular iPod music players free from songs that were sold by competing online stores. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs had seven words for a subordinate when he learned that a rival company was about to introduce a program that would let music fans buy songs anywhere and play them on Apple's iPod devices.


District ordered to pay transgender student $75K

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:26

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 12, 2013, file photo, transgender student Nicole Maines, center, speaks to reporters as her father Wayne Maines, left, and brother Jonas, look on outside the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Maine. A Maine court has awarded Nicole Maines $75,000 in a settlement of her discrimination lawsuit against a school district where administrators made her use a staff, not student, bathroom. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)ORONO, Maine (AP) — A Maine court has awarded the family of a transgender girl $75,000 in a settlement of her discrimination lawsuit against a school district where administrators made her use a staff, not student, bathroom.


Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:25

This frame grab from video, provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows a test at the FAAs technical center in Atlantic City, N.J. last April, where a cargo container was packed with 5,000 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. A cartridge heater was inserted to simulate a single battery experiencing uncontrolled overheating. Forty-four minutes into the test a build-up of flammable gases inside the container caused an explosion that blew open the container’s door and sent boxes flying. The container was soon fully engulfed in flames. New U.S. government tests are raising concern that rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger airliners around the world are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the planes. Yet U.S. and international officials have been slow to adopt safety restrictions that might affect both powerful industries that depend on the batteries and the airlines that profit from shipping them. The batteries are for products ranging from cellphones and laptops to hybrid cars. (AP Photo/FAA)WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.


Congress to push pause on 'extenders' tax breaks fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:10

Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) walks from a Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol in WashingtonBy Kevin Drawbaugh and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Suspending efforts to reshape dozens of special-interest U.S. tax breaks known as the "extenders," congressional Republicans on Tuesday said the measures would be renewed retroactively to Jan. 1 but only through the end of 2014. In a move that sets up another round of debate over the extenders in 2015, senior Republicans said a short-term extension would be approved for the package, with the House of Representatives acting as soon as this week. ...


Utah students back in class after boy arrested in gun scare

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:09
(Reuters) - A day after a 16-year-old boy brought a gun to a Utah high school with plans to shoot a girl and others, prompting his arrest and a campus-wide evacuation, students were allowed to return to class on Tuesday, police said. Students at Fremont High School near Ogden were sent home Monday after another teen spotted a gun in the waistband of the boy's pants and told a campus police officer, Weber County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Lane Findlay said. "The kids were able to return this morning," Findlay said. ...

Experts: $130M NYC jail plan admirable, difficult

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:04

FILE - In this March 12, 2014 file photo, a picture of Jerome Murdough, a former homeless Marine who died in a mental observation unit on Rikers Island jail on Feb. 15, is held by his mother Alma Murdough left, and sister Cheryl Warner at Alma Murdough's home in the Queens borough of New York. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to announce his $130 million, four-year plan to overhaul how the nation’s most populous city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects, diverting many to treatment instead of jail. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Corrections, mental health and law enforcement experts called Mayor Bill de Blasio's $130 million plan to steer mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects to treatment instead of incarceration an encouraging first step toward repairing New York City's broken jail system.


'New Abolitionist' anti-slavery campaign launches in NY: TRFN

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:01
By Lisa Anderson NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A coalition of more than 120 leaders in business, government, media, the arts and human rights on Tuesday launched a campaign to end human slavery and trafficking in New York State. The so-called "New York's New Abolitionists" program, designed to raise awareness through a traveling exhibit of individual photo portraits of the group, includes a number of prominent New Yorkers such as Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and comedians Tina Fey and Seth Meyers. ...

Power restored after massive outage hits downtown Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:59
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A massive outage on Tuesday cut power for as long as six hours to public buildings in Detroit ranging from city hall to a criminal courthouse, scores of public schools and more than three dozen buildings at Wayne State University, officials said. The outage in the city-run system that distributes power to the public buildings was another black eye for Detroit, which won court approval in November to exit the biggest U.S. municipal bankruptcy. ...

New York prepares for protests as grand jury mulls police choke-hold death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:58

Woman holds a sign with images of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, among others, as protesters begin to rally in New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York officials were preparing for likely protests as a grand jury decides whether to charge police in the death of a black man subjected to a banned choke hold, but aimed to avoid the kind of violence that engulfed a St. Louis suburb last month. Protest groups have planned marches if the grand jury does not charge any of the officers involved in the July 17 incident, which led to the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six. It is not clear when the grand jury will rule. ...


Police: 2 children, 1 adult killed in school bus crash on Tennessee highway; 23 injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:52
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police: 2 children, 1 adult killed in school bus crash on Tennessee highway; 23 injured.

Twitter tries to make it easier to report abuse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:49
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is trying to make it easier for victims and witnesses of online harassment to report it.

NY case highlights controversy of prior convictions in sentencing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:44
By Nate Raymond and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 2012, Randy Washington, a Bronx man with a history of arrests, faced a choice between a plea deal with a 10-year prison sentence or going to trial on robbery, narcotics and related charges.     There was a catch: If he turned down the plea deal and proceeded to trial, federal prosecutors in Manhattan indicated they could invoke a previous drug conviction to increase his mandatory minimum prison sentence. Washington, 27, went to trial, was convicted and faced a minimum sentence of 52 years, 10 of which were based on the prior conviction. ...

Cargo planes collide over N. Carolina; no one hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:42
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — The military says cargo planes from the Army and Air Force collided in the air over North Carolina, but no one was injured.

At least three dead in Tennessee crash between school buses: reports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:30

Authorities work the scene of an accident involving two school buses in Knoxville, Tenn., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said “several students have been injured and are in the process of being transported to the hospital.” (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick)(Reuters) - At least three people died and several were injured in a crash on Tuesday in Knoxville, Tennessee, involving two school buses, according to local media reports. The crash happened on Asheville Highway at 2:50 p.m., a Knoxville Police representative said, but she could not confirm other details. Local media, including the Knoxville News Sentinel, have said that three people died, citing local officials. Amanda Johnson, a spokeswoman for Knox County Schools, said that the buses served Chilhowee Intermediate School and Sunnyview Primary School in the eastern Tennessee city. ...


Exclusive: New video shows West Philadelphia hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:27

 New video shows West Philadelphia hit-and-runAction News has obtained exclusive video of a hit-and-run crash in West Philadelphia that left a man in critical condition.


Jury seated in trial over exchange student's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:26
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A jury was seated Tuesday in the case of a Montana man accused of shooting and killing a German exchange student in the defendant's garage.

GOP seeks year-end plan on funding, immigration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 06:11

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. From left are, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., McConnell, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Year-end holidays beckoning, House Republicans struggled Tuesday to coalesce behind a plan that avoids a government shutdown next week and simultaneously challenges President Barack Obama's decision to spare millions of immigrants from deportation.