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Diploma may require passing US naturalization test

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:07
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — If you don't know how many voting members are in the U.S. House of Representatives, or answers to numerous other questions asked of immigrants trying to become American citizens, then you may not get through high school in North Dakota.

Texas OKs extra $86M for border security surge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:56
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A panel of Texas lawmakers on Monday unanimously authorized spending another $86 million on the state's law enforcement surge at the Mexico border, a move that will allow National Guard units to be gradually replaced by state troopers and surveillance technology.

UN: Children lag sharply in antiretroviral effort

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:45
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Global efforts to provide antiretroviral therapy to children with HIV is lagging sharply compared to adults, according to a U.N. report released Monday.

Coroner: Exam will look at brain of Ohio St player

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:44

FILE - In this file image taken on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, and provided by Ohio State University, college football player Kosta Karageorge poses for a photo in Columbus, Ohio. Police tell media outlets Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, they believe a body found near the campus was that of 22-year-old Karageorge. (AP Photo/Ohio State University, Jay LaPrete, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A neuropathologist will look for signs of traumatic brain injury in an Ohio State athlete who was found dead in a trash bin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and had a reported history of concussions, a coroner said Monday.

Hawaii lava flow shifts, but still near Pahoa town

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:41
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County says the front of a lava flow near the small town of Pahoa has shifted.

Clear out of Silicon Valley homeless camp coming

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:37

Police officers and city officials hand out warning notices at a Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as The Jungle, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp, known as The Jungle, must be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Shouting and banging on doors, city officials in Silicon Valley stapled and taped notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning more than 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming.

Witnesses for Arias won't testify in open court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:36
PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers for Jodi Arias have asked a judge to take the death penalty off the table at her sentencing retrial because three witnesses on her behalf have refused to testify in open court.

U.S. investigating Graco Children's Products over car seat recall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Monday it was investigating whether Graco Children's Products acted quickly enough to report a defect in child car seats. If NHTSA finds that Graco did not act in a timely manner, the manufacturer could be fined up to $35 million in civil penalties, the agency said. Graco, a division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc, recalled over 6 million car seats earlier this year, the largest child-seat recall in U.S. history. ...

Action News Troubleshooters: Weddding videographer charged with theft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:16

 Wedding videographer charged with theftA local wedding videographer accused of taking money, but never delivering appeared in court Monday.

Ex-youth pastor sentenced for child porn

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:14
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A former East Texas youth pastor has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to producing child pornography.

City plans celebration for 'Charlie Brown' tree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:14
READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania city is fully embracing the Charlie Brown-esque Christmas tree it once rejected.

Obama considering Ashton Carter, others for next defense secretary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:08

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Carter adjusts his glasses during his meeting with Japanese Senior Vice Defence Minister Watanabe during their meeting in TokyoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is considering a variety of high-profile figures as his candidate to be the next U.S. defense secretary and replace the resigning Chuck Hagel, administration sources said on Monday. He is working from a list that includes former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who is widely seen as the front-runner after former defense official Michele Flournoy unexpectedly dropped out of contention last week. Carter served as deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013 and was the Pentagon's chief arms buyer before that. ...

Synagogue fires Washington rabbi charged with voyeurism

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Washington rabbi charged with secretly videotaping women during ritual baths has been fired by his synagogue, the synagogue's board said on Monday. Modern Orthodox Rabbi Barry Freundel had his contract terminated by Kesher Israel's board of directors. Freundel had been suspended without pay since his arrest in October. The allegations against Freundel "breached the high moral and ethical standards we set for ourselves and for our leadership," the board said in a statement. Freundel has been asked to leave the synagogue's residence by Jan. 1. ...

1 conviction against ex-Va. first lady tossed out

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:06
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday overturned one conviction against former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell but affirmed several other corruption verdicts against her and her husband.

US Supreme Court asked to halt Texas execution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:04

 an issue the U.S. Supreme Court has previously considered. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HOUSTON (AP) — Attorneys who contend a condemned Texas inmate set to die this week is too delusional for execution asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to halt his lethal injection and determine whether mentally ill people should be exempt from the death penalty because it is unconstitutionally cruel punishment.

Plan to ban New York horse buggies prompts job loss fears

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:00

A horse drawn carriage is seen going through Central Park in New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of New York horse and buggy drivers could be on the road to unemployment if a ban of the historic trade makes its way through the city council, a union representing carriage drivers said on Monday. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on a promise to eliminate the carriages, which trace their roots to the days before cars and remain a popular tourist draw, but have attracted increasing criticism from animal-rights advocates in recent years. ...

Magnitude-4.7 earthquake rattles Arizona residents

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 06:00
PHOENIX (AP) — A moderate earthquake jostled residents of northern Arizona — a region where quakes are frequent but usually don't produce much damage or alarm.

Amid school rape probe, University of Virginia head vows to boost security

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:58
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, grappling with allegations of a gang rape at a fraternity, told students on Monday the school was heightening law enforcement as part of a plan to increase student safety. The school in Charlottesville, Virginia, about 100 miles southwest of Washington, has been roiled by a Rolling Stone magazine report last month that alleged a woman was raped in 2012 by seven men at the school's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. ...

Brothers arrested in Reading rare book theft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:52

Brothers arrested in Reading rare book theftTwo brothers have been arrested in the theft of 11 books from a rare and valuable collection in the Berks County library system.

Taj Mahal casino closes hotel tower, ends credit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:52

This Oct. 24, 2014 photo shows a customer walking toward the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City N.J. On Nov. 26, 2014, Trump Entertainment Resorts told the court it will run out of money by Jan. 16 and asked for approval of $5 million in interim financing. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trump Entertainment Resorts says it is closing its newest hotel tower and is no longer issuing credit as it prepares for a Dec. 12 shutdown of the Taj Mahal, its lone remaining casino.