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Student shot after argument at North Carolina high school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:34
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - An argument between two male students outside a North Carolina high school early on Tuesday ended with one of them shooting the other, police said. The shooter, who was not identified by officials because he is a juvenile, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, said William Halliburton, the police chief in Albemarle, about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte. Police received a call about shots fired at Albemarle High School at 7:40 a.m. EDT and arrived to find a 16-year-old student shot in the hip and abdomen, Halliburton said. ...

1 student shot, 2nd in custody at NC high school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:28
ALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) — A student was shot by a fellow student outside a North Carolina high school just minutes before classes began Tuesday morning, and the shooting suspect then waited for police to arrive, authorities said.

Weather service storm forecasts get more localized

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:25

These handout images provided by NOAA shows a comparison of two weather forecast models for the New Jersey area. At left shows the forecast that doesn't distinguish local hazardous weather. At right shows the High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model that clearly depicts where local thunderstorms, yellow and red coloring are likely. The National Weather Service can now give better, faster and more pinpointed severe weather forecasts because of new computer simulations. The weather service on Tuesday started using a new high resolution computer model that officials say will dramatically improve forecasts of storms up to 15 hours ahead of time. They say the more rapidly updating simulations will save lives with better warning for tornadoes, thunderstorms and blizzards. (AP Photo/NOAA)WASHINGTON (AP) — The next time some nasty storms are heading your way, the National Weather Service says it will have a better forecast of just how close they could come to you.


Request for Alaska National Guard records denied

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:25
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell's office has denied a media request to obtain records showing how the office handled complaints of sexual abuse in the Alaska National Guard.

Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man pulls air rifles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:23
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman said Tuesday.

Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:20

This 2013 photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a department environmental scientist holding a dead juvenile Coho salmon found in Little Larabee Creek in Humboldt County, Calif. Federal biologists have identified the free-wheeling marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon as a key threat to salmon in danger of extinction. The final recovery plan for threatened coho salmon in the region was published Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in the Federal Register. It calls for getting a better handle on how much water pot growers illegally withdraw from creeks where young fish struggle to survive, and minimizing it. (AP Photo/California Department of Fish and Wildlife)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.


Key witness is calm in Detroit officer's trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:13
DETROIT (AP) — A key witness whose stormy remarks temporarily halted the trial of a Detroit police officer returned for more testimony Tuesday, speaking slowly and softly about a chaotic raid that killed her 7-year-old granddaughter while the girl slept on a couch.

Index ranks Norway tops for well-being of elderly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 03:06

In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 file photo, a man sits among the debris of a destroyed school in the village of Budyali, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors released Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 ranks Norway and Sweden with the highest level of well-being for older people. Of the 96 nations in the index, Afghanistan ranked last. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)NEW YORK (AP) — A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors — and not deducting for cold winters — ranks Norway and Sweden with the highest level of well-being for older people. Of the 96 nations in the index, Afghanistan ranked last.


Deceased man's family files claim against Moore

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:45
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The family of a man who died in February after a struggle with police outside a Moore movie theater has filed a claim against the Oklahoma city.

California becomes first U.S. state to ban plastic grocery bags

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:36

California Governor Jerry Brown gestures during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico CityBy Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Single-use plastic bags are set to disappear from California grocery stores over the next two years under a first-in-the-nation state law signed on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite opposition from bag manufacturers. The law would ban grocery stores from handing out such bags with customers' purchases, and provide money to local plastic bag companies to retool to make heavier, multiple-use bags that customers could buy. ...


NASA to conduct helicopter crash test at Langley

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:28
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — NASA engineers on Wednesday will crash a former military helicopter that's been retrofitted with various composite subfloors to see how the material affects the likelihood of injuries.

Louisville police: 1 child injured, high school evacuated after report of weapons on campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:20
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville police: 1 child injured, high school evacuated after report of weapons on campus.

Brookfield bids for Atlantic City's Revel Casino: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:06

A man reads a sign at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City notifying the public about its closure(Reuters) - An affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management has topped Florida real estate developer Glenn Straub's $90 million bid for the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources. The auction started on Wednesday with Straub's all-cash bid, but was adjourned until Tuesday for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah holiday. Brookfield, which owns the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, declined to comment on the report. If Straub loses the auction, he will collect a $3 million breakup fee for serving as the lead bidder, the newspaper said. ...


Secret Service information should be made public soon: White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Information about a recent security breach at the White House should be made public as soon as possible, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday. Press secretary Josh Earnest said it is the Secret Service's responsibility to investigate security for the White House and the president. He said President Barack Obama is confident the Secret Service will implement necessary reforms. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was questioned by a congressional committee on Tuesday about how a man managed to jump the White House fence and enter the building earlier this month. ...

Colorado student protests spread to a middle school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:01
DENVER (Reuters) - Protests against a proposed curriculum change that saw hundreds of high school students walk out of class in a Colorado district spread to a middle school on Tuesday. Several dozen students staged a demonstration outside the Carmody Middle School in the Jefferson County School District and chanted slogans including "Don't censor history," local TV news footage showed. Last week hundreds of students walked out of nearly all the district's 17 high schools to protest the curriculum change proposal, which is being floated by a school board with a conservative majority. ...

Utah man attacked with chemical lye

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:54
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man is facing assault and mayhem charges, accused of attacking another man by spraying him in the face with chemical lye.

UN: Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:54

A Turkish soldier holds the hand of Sidra, 12, a Kurdish refugee girl from Kobani who lost her parents after their arrival at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against a Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the militants' advance, activists said. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N humanitarian chief on Tuesday said tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country despite a U.S.-led airstrike campaign.


Feds: More reforms needed at Rikers jail complex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:52
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor cautioned Tuesday that New York City's efforts to curb abuses of youth offenders at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex need to go further.

Police: Naked woman in semi that hit school bus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:49
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a naked woman was riding in the tractor-trailer that struck a school bus in north Florida, injuring 10 people.

Colorado court hears appeal of worker fired for medical marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:47

A marijuana leaf is displayed at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in SeattleBy Brendan Pierson (Reuters) - The Colorado Supreme court on Tuesday heard arguments over whether employees can be fired for using medical marijuana, which is legal in the state but illegal under federal law. The case was brought by Brandon Coats, a former customer service representative for Englewood, Colo.-based Dish Network who was fired in 2010 after testing positive for marijuana. Coats is quadriplegic as a result of a car accident and has a license to use marijuana to treat painful muscle spasms. ...