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Obama tells veterans better mental health care on the way

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:29

U.S. President Obama speaks about developments in Iraq and civil unrest in Missouri, from the White House in WashingtonBy Mark Felsenthal CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to make amends with veterans on Tuesday, announcing steps to expand their access to mental health care and an initiative with financial companies to lower home loan costs for military families. The president was embarrassed earlier this year when it was revealed that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had been covering up lengthy delays in providing healthcare to former military personnel. Obama, speaking at the American Legion's national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, announced steps to improve availability of mental health care for military personnel as they move to civilian life and expanded research into post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.

Girl, 9, kills Arizona shooting instructor with Uzi in accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:27
By Brad Poole TUCSON Ariz. (Reuters) - A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor at an Arizona range with an Israeli-made Uzi submachine gun when the weapon's strong recoil caused her to lose control of her aim, police said on Tuesday. They said that Charles Vacca, 39, had been standing next to the girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills near the Nevada border on Monday morning showing her how to fire the automatic weapon.

Clarification: Cooper Union story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:25

Cooper Union's mid-1800's Foundation building, left, is a contrast to its modern unconventional campus, right, completed in 2009 primarily for the art and engineering schools, as shown Friday Aug. 15, 2014, in New York. Students and faculty from Cooper Union, one of the nation’s few free colleges, asked a judge Friday to block the school’s plan to start charging undergraduate tuition, a move the school calls a financial necessity but the critics say will alter the culture of a storied institution. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Aug. 15, The Associated Press reported that undergraduates at Cooper Union paid tuition before 1902, and that the school then became free. The story should have made clear that while some students paid for classes in the school's early years, it was always free for others. There was no tuition from at least 1902 until graduate students started paying tuition last year.

Nielsen's top prime-time TV shows for Aug. 18-24

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:16
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 18-24. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

GOP leader says Labor Dept. is wasting tax money

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:14
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a House panel is asking Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to turn over to Congress documents and information the lawmaker alleges will show "a pattern of wasteful spending and mismanagement" at the Labor Department.

With no Miley Cyrus twerking, VMA ratings down

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:14
NEW YORK (AP) — Without Miley Cyrus' twerking to get tongues wagging, ratings for MTV's annual Video Music Awards took a tumble.

Overhydration may have been factor in Mississippi football player's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:08

Walker Wilbanks is pictured in this undated handout photo(Reuters) - The death of a Mississippi high school football player three days after he fell ill during a game was due to swelling in his brain possibly triggered by overhydration, a doctor who treated him said on Tuesday. "This seems to be a fluke, freak tragedy," said Dr. Joe Pressler, who treated Walker Wilbanks, 17, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Wilbanks was playing in a Friday night game for Jackson Preparatory School, the state's top private high school football team, when he came off the field saying he did not feel well, a school spokeswoman said.

NC man accused of beating grandfather over $5

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:02
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina man beat his handicapped grandfather after an argument over $5.

U.S. court rules for groups defending historic site from coal mining

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:42
The Sierra Club and a coalition of local historical associations sued the government for removing the Blair Mountain Battlefield in southern West Virginia from the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, a move the group said would open up the area to large-scale surface mining. The mountain was the scene of a five-day clash in September 1921 between more than 5,000 West Virginia coal miners and around 3,000 men backed by the coal companies, the largest armed labor conflict in the nation's history.

U.S. appeals court challenges states on gay marriage bans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:38

A wedding cake is seen at a reception for same-sex couples at The Abbey in West HollywoodCircuit Court of Appeals come at a crucial stage in the legal fight over same-sex marriage as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take up the issue in its next term.

Workers approve Northwest grain contract

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:32
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Employees who had been embroiled in a lengthy and sometimes violent labor dispute have voted to return to work Wednesday for three Northwest grain merchants — in time for the wheat harvest.

Kindergartener brings loaded gun to school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:29
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — Police and school officials say a kindergarten student brought a loaded gun to a Pittsburgh-area school.

Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:23

Musicians perform during funeral service for Michael Brown at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. LouisBy Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched in St. Louis on Tuesday demanding the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The death of Michael Brown, 18, focused global attention on the state of race relations in the United States and evoked memories of other racially charged cases, including the fatal shooting of black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012. Family and supporters of Brown celebrated his life on Monday at a music-filled funeral service at a St. Louis church that rang with calls for peace and police reforms. The Aug. 9 shooting sparked two weeks of demonstrations, some with violent clashes and scores of arrests, in which protesters demanded Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson be charged in Brown's death.

Suspect in 'ninja attack' also accused of racially-charged vandalism and arson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:23

Suspect in 'ninja attack' also accused of racially-charged vandalism and arsonThe man accused of brutally beating one of his former employers with a hammer - while dressed as a ninja - is now also accused of previously setting a fire and spraying racist graffiti at his former workplace.

Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:57

A woman dances on top of a van while other people set up camp on Blockhouse Beach at Pyramid Lake on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, northeast of Reno, Nev. Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno. Many took advantage of the opportunity to camp at Pyramid Lake and made the best of the lake's beaches. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Tim Dunn)Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

NBC's Emmycast logs robust 15.6 million viewership

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:56

Bryan Cranston kisses Julia Louis-Dreyfus, center front, as she accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her work on “Veep” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says the Emmys thrived despite a Monday airing in the dog days of August.

2 ex-mining towns try to change their fortunes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:55

This July 22, 2014, photos shows a banner announcing the name of the city of Rocky Top, Tenn., formerly known as Lake City, Tenn. The city council voted in June to change the name in order to associate itself with the bluegrass song that declares, “Rocky Top, you'll always be home, sweet home, to me. Good ol' Rocky Top. Rocky Top, Tennessee." (AP Photo/Travis Loller)ROCKY TOP, Tenn. (AP) — In the Appalachian foothills of eastern Tennessee, Rocky Top and Briceville share a common heritage and a common problem: How to revive communities that once boasted bustling main streets and jobs for nearly anyone willing to mine the coal once plentiful in the deep shafts underground.

Four college students killed in fiery Ohio plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:53
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Four Ohio college students were killed late Monday in a fiery plane crash near a Cleveland-area airport, investigators and college officials said on Tuesday. The 1999 Cessna went down on Monday about 10 p.m. local time (2300 ET Tuesday) near a runway at Cuyahoga County Airport, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) from downtown Cleveland, according to Case Western Reserve University officials and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The victims, all students at Case Western in Cleveland, were on a sightseeing flight and attempting to return to the airport when the accident occurred, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.

Lightning strike kills police dog in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:46
A lightning strike apparently killed a police dog in northern Florida after the animal was left in a kennel during a thunderstorm, the local police department said on Tuesday. Announcing the news "with heavy hearts," the Panama City Beach Police Department said in a brief statement that its K-9 officer, named Argo, had served for about five years with the same handler. The News Herald, a local newspaper, said the dog's body was found with most of the hair missing from his right front leg. The police department says its two K-9 units help in the detection and seizure of controlled substances and contraband, as well as being trained in offender tracking and apprehension.

Caesars shows Showboat to 'interested party'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:46

Caesars shows Showboat to 'interested party'Caesars Entertainment is showing the soon-to-close Showboat Casino Hotel to "an interested party," but won't say who it is.