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Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 05:02

In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign.

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:56
A Massachusetts man badly injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing married his nurse in a weekend wedding, according to the hotel where the ceremony was held. James Costello met Krista D’Agostino while he was undergoing treatment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, according to the statement issued on Wednesday by the Hyatt Regency Boston. Costello suffered serious burns and shrapnel injuries in the blast and underwent multiple surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital, it said. A resident of Malden, Massachusetts, he was at the 2013 marathon to support a friend in the race.

"Cops" reality show crew member killed after officer-involved shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:44

"Cops" reality show crew member killed after officer-involved shootingA crew member for the long-running television series, "Cops," was shot and killed while filming in Omaha, Nebraska, reported KETV NewsWatch 7.

Baltimore's 1st casino highlights national trend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:44

Baltimore's 1st casino highlights national trendBALTIMORE (AP) — At the Horseshoe Casino's grand opening, showgirls adorned in gold glitter, beaded loincloths, feather headdresses and fuchsia false eyelashes stood atop pedestals in the courtyard, while VIP patrons in high heels and higher hemlines downed glass after glass of champagne.

'Drug nexus' may be connected to Fairmount Park victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:43

Drug gangs may be connected to Fairmount Park victimsInvestigators say some kind of "drug nexus" may be at the center of a case in which three victims were abducted, stabbed and thrown in the Schuylkill River.

Body found at home of couple in Stratford, NJ hospital shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:41

Son found dead at home of couple involved in Stratford, NJ hospital shootingInvestigators say a body was found at the home of the husband and wife involved in the shooting at a hospital in Stratford, New Jersey.

Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:30

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 photo people donate money for the family of Michael Brown during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson, has drawn more than $280,000 in contributions from online fundraising, concerts, memorial T-shirt sales and other efforts. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:30

DuPont logo is pictured on research center in Meyrin near GenevaDuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million and spend an estimated $2.3 million more to settle claims by U.S. Department of Justice in a case about eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances between May 2006 and January 2010 from a DuPont facility in Belle, West Virginia, the EPA said.

Body found at home of man who fatally shot wife at NJ hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:10
(Reuters) - A body was found at the home of a man who earlier on Wednesday shot and killed his wife at a southern New Jersey hospital and then shot and wounded himself, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. The wife, a patient at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, died shortly after the 10:20 a.m. shooting, prosecutor's spokesman Jason Laughlin said. The wounded man, whose condition was not immediately known, was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, he said. identified them as Raymond Wychowanc, 63, and his wife Denise Wychowanec, 62.

Training guide likens veterans to Oscar the Grouch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:09
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An internal training guide used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compared veterans unhappy about their care to Oscar the Grouch, a newspaper reported.

Mexican family files suit accusing U.S. agents in border death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:09

Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza poses with his wife and daughters in an undated photo released by his family in Nuevo LaredoRelatives of a Mexican man they said was shot dead by U.S. Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza was shot from a Border Patrol boat on the Rio Grande River while his family was having a picnic on the Mexican side near Nuevo Laredo, the suit said. Arevalo is one of at least 13 people killed under a Border Patrol policy the plaintiffs claim allowed U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said the agency "cannot comment on pending litigation." The suit claims Arevalo was having a family barbecue in a park on the riverbank and was shot twice by agents.

John Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:03

This May 15, 2012 photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections shows Mark David Chapman at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y. Chapman, John Lennon’s imprisoned killer, says he still gets letters about the pain he has caused. Chapman was denied release during his eighth appearance before a parole board in August 2014, according to the transcript released by New York state corrections officials, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/New York State Department of Corrections, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago.

Pastor shot, wounded in Wyoming church

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 04:02
CENTENNIAL, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming pastor was shot and wounded with his own handgun after apparently interrupting a burglary at his rural church.

Tennessee lawyer Barrett dies, a civil rights champion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:55
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - George Barrett, a lawyer who waged a nearly four-decade battle for desegregation of Tennessee's colleges and universities and represented student civil rights activists, has died at 86, a law firm partner said on Wednesday. Barrett, who died on Tuesday night from acute pancreatitis, came to be called "Citizen Barrett" for his advocacy. "People search for a mission or a purpose and George found that in the practice of law," said Jerry Martin, a partner in Barrett's firm and a former U.S.

California would triple tax breaks for film production under deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:54
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California will triple its tax breaks for entertainment companies doing business in the state, the latest effort to stem a tide of runaway production that has cost billions in revenue in Hollywood's home state under a deal announced on Wednesday. The increase in tax credits, aimed at luring production back to California even as other states offer tax breaks of their own, comes just a few weeks after the California Film Commission said the state had lost $2 billion in the past four years alone as producers sought cheaper places to do business. "This law will make key improvements in our Film and Television Tax Credit Program and put thousands of Californians to work," said Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who signed on to the deal along with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the state legislature. The deal, which still must be approved by both houses of the legislature before the end of their session this week, would increase the amount of money available for tax credits for film and television production to $330 million per year, up from about $100 million.

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:53

In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, and released by Hyatt Regency Boston, Boston Marathon bombing survivor, James Costello, right, marries Krista D’Agostino at the hotel in Boston. Officiating is Carol Merletti, center. The couple met at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where D’Agostino worked as a nurse and helped Costello recover from his burns and injuries. (AP Photo/Prudente Photography)BOSTON (AP) — If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.

Bankrupt Detroit offered bigger loan secured by art

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:52

A visitor stops to look at a painting by Picasso at the Detroit Institute of Arts in DetroitA New York-based specialty finance group is ready to loan Detroit as much as $4 billion, double its previous offer, if the bankrupt city uses the masterpieces in its art museum as collateral, according to a new proposal that surfaced this week. Art Capital Group, which offered to loan the city $2 billion earlier this year, doubled the offer based on a recent appraisal that determined the Detroit Institute of Arts' (DIA) collection was worth more than $8 billion. "We're prepared to provide a loan, secured by the art collection, that is a balanced, fair and equitable solution for the city so that it can emerge from bankruptcy with the money it needs to secure a better future," Montieth M. Illingworth, spokesman for Art Capital, said in a statement. Notable works at the DIA include Pieter Bruegel's The Wedding Dance, Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Straw Hat and Rembrandt's The Visitation.

Gay marriage issue lands at Florida Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:48
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - The hot topic of same-sex marriage was sent to the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case brought by two women appealing a Tampa judge's denial of their divorce petition. The Second District Court of Appeal asked the Supreme Court to rule on what it said was a matter "of great public importance and will have a great effect on the proper administration of justice throughout the state." At issue is a 2008 amendment to the Florida Constitution approved by voters which defined marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman and denied state recognition of any other union.    Three dissenting judges argued that the issue is not whether Florida must legalize same-sex couples but whether it must recognize such marriages performed in other states.    “Resolution of the constitutional questions will no doubt impact far more individuals than the two involved here,” the District Court majority ruled. “And there can be little doubt that until the constitutional questions are finally resolved by the Florida Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court, there will be a great impact on the proper administration of justice in Florida.”    The case involves Mariama Monique Changamire Shaw and Keiba Lynn Shaw, who were married in Massachusetts in 2010 and moved to Florida.

NYC Council to hold hearing after chokehold death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:40
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council will hold an oversight hearing next month on a police department review of its training procedures in the wake of the chokehold death of an unarmed Staten Island man, The Associated Press has learned.

California terrorism suspect denies US attack plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:39
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A terrorism suspect from California who was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists said in jailhouse interviews that he never intended to carry out attacks in the United States.