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More details emerge about the night Shane Montgomery went missing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 18:24

More details emerge about the night Shane Montgomery went missingThe reward now stands at $25,000 for information about the disappearance of student Shane Montgomery. But despite the plea for help, there's still no sign of him.


Obama to urge Congress to loosen purse strings for Ebola fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 18:16

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks next to Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain (L) as he hosts a meeting with his Ebola response team in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday will press Congress to approve $6.18 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and prepare U.S. hospitals to handle future cases. Most of the request is aimed at the immediate response to the disease at home and abroad. But the package also includes $1.5 billion in contingency funds - money that could become a target if lawmakers decide to trim the bill. "That is the part of the package that is most at risk," said Sam Worthington, president of InterAction, an alliance of U.S. ...


Florida high court to consider extension of self-defense gun law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 18:10
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - An appeal before the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday could shift the burden of proof for the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, relieving gun owners of a legal duty to prove self-defense when they brandish weapons in violent confrontations. If the high court sides with Jared Bretherick, who was charged with aggravated assault for pointing a pistol at a man in a road-rage incident, the burden of proof would be shifted to prosecutors to show that a defendant claiming the law’s protection did not act in self-defense. ...

Back from holidays, U.S. students walk out over Ferguson decision

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 16:49

Student activists, demanding justice for the fatal August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, take part in the nationwide "Hands up, walk out" protest at Washington University in St. Louis, MissouriBy Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - High school and college students ditched classes on Monday in several U.S. cities to protest against a decision not to indict a Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August. Anger has continued to swell over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend over the decision of a St. Louis County grand jury last week not to indict Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. "Michael Brown's death was a catalyst for a lot of issues in this country," said Karisa Tavassoli, a 20-year-old student at Washington University in St. ...


A glance at developments in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 16:26

Dell Taylor, right, is comforted by the Rev.Traci Blackmon, a member of the Ferguson Commission appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, during the opening meeting of the commission at the Ferguson Community Center in Ferguson, Mo. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. The 16-person panel was chosen by Missouri's governor to help find long-term solutions after the Ferguson police shooting of an unarmed man. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A phone conversation between a St. Louis Rams executive and a county police chief was intended to ease tensions after five players held their hands up during pregame introductions in a show of solidarity with Ferguson protesters.


Mennonite working with drug cartel gets 15 months

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 16:24

FILE - In this May 8, 2014 file photo legally-grown marijuana grows at a dispensary in Denver. In what prosecutors called a drug smuggling conspiracy involving Mennonites and a Mexican drug cartel, a Mennonite man was sentenced Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 to 15 months in prison for aiding the movement of tons of marijuana to the U.S. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — It was an unlikely alliance that authorities said involved a group of pacifist Mexican Mennonites accused of growing tons of marijuana and working with a notoriously vicious Mexican cartel to ship it across the U.S. border.


No fine for Rams players involved in Ferguson protest: NFL

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 15:54

 Oakland Raiders at St. Louis RamsBy Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The National Football League said on Monday it would not discipline the St. Louis Rams players who staged a show of solidarity with people angry about the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Five Rams players emerged from the tunnel before their game Sunday with their hands raised, the same way some witnesses say 18-year-old Michael Brown had gestured before he was fatally shot by officer Darren Wilson in August. ...


Cosby resigns from Temple University trustees board

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 15:50

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden in New York. Cosby resigned Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, as a trustee of Temple University following string of allegations that accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting women over many years. The 77-year-old entertainer has been a highly visible cheerleader of his beloved alma mater in Philadelphia and a board member since 198 (John Minchillo/Invision/AP, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby, the popular face of Temple University in advertisements, fundraising campaigns and commencement speeches, has resigned from the board of trustees following renewed accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted more than a dozen women over many years.


U.S. attorney general to issue new guidance on racial profiling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 15:13

U.S. Attorney General Holder meets with Atlanta law enforcement and community leaders for a forum titled "The Community Speaks", in AtlantaBy David Beasley and Julia Edwards ATLANTA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday he would soon release new guidelines to limit racial profiling by federal law enforcement, a move long awaited by civil rights advocates. Holder announced his plan at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where 1960s civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached. Holder's comments came in the wake of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury's decision last week not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. ...


Judge allows publication of 'In Cold Blood' files

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 14:38

FILE - This combination made from undated file photos shows Richard Hickock, left, and Perry Smith, the two men hanged for the Nov. 15, 1959 murders of Herb and Bonnie Clutter and their children in Holcomb, Kan. A Kansas judge has decided that the son of a deceased Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent, who investigated the Clutter family murders and kept records at home, can publish his father’s files from the 1959 murders that inspired the book “In Cold Blood.” (AP Photos/File)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The son of a Kansas law enforcement officer who helped investigate the 1959 killings that inspired the book "In Cold Blood" can publish his father's field notes that he says substantially contradict the account found in Truman Capote's literary masterpiece.


House GOP preparing vote on tax breaks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 14:37

FILE - In this March 22, 2103 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is seen in Washington. House Republicans are moving to pass a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals. Most of the more than 50 tax breaks expired at the end of 2013, so the extension would only run through the end of the month. However, it would allow taxpayers to claim the tax breaks when they file their 2014 tax returns. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to reach a long-term agreement, House Republicans plan to vote on a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.


Suspect in 4 West Virginia killings found dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 14:33

This undated photo provided by the West Virginia State Police shows Jody Hunt, who authorities said is a suspect in three shootings in West Virginia, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/West Virginia State Police)MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — After fatally shooting four people, setting off an hourslong manhunt and putting schools and residents on alert for an armed man, the owner of a small towing business was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his truck in the woods, state police said Monday.


Rams, police differ on Ferguson protest apology

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 14:30

FILE - In this Sunday Nov. 30, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Rams players, from left; Stedman Bailey (12), Tavon Austin (11), Jared Cook, (89) Chris Givens (13) and Kenny Britt (81) raise their arms in awareness of the events in Ferguson, Mo., as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in St. Louis. Time will tell whether the ``hands-up'' gesture during pregame introductions will leave a lasting memory or simply go down as a come-and-go moment in the age of the 24-hour news cycle. Either way, it certainly isn't the first time high-profile athletes have used their platform to make political statements. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis Rams official and a county police chief differed Monday about whether the team had apologized for the actions of five players who raised their hands during pregame festivities in a show of solidarity with Ferguson protesters.


Ohio bill would shield doctors who say 'My fault'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 14:05

This undated photo provided by the Ohio House of Representatives shows Rep. Peter Stautberg. Doctors want to expand Ohio law by keeping conversations with patients or families where they admit fault in a medical procedure from being used as evidence in malpractice lawsuits. While Ohio law already includes protection for apologies by doctors, a bill sponsored by Stautberg, a Cincinnati Republican, would shield statements that take responsibility or acknowledge mistakes. (AP Photo/HO, Ohio House of Representatives)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Doctors talking privately to patients or families after a medical mishap could acknowledge responsibility or even admit a mistake without that conversation being used against them later in court, according to a proposal in the Ohio General Assembly pushed by physicians.


Navajo Nation president signs landmark law enforcement legislation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 13:20
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - The president of the Navajo Nation signed an amendment to the tribal code on Monday reinstating stiffer jail sentences and fines for some non-violent crimes that have often gone unpunished on the reservation over the past decade. President Ben Shelly agreed to allow jail and fine provisions again for a number of such lesser offenses, such as shoplifting or theft, that had been on ice since January 2000 because of a lack of jail space. "This is a good law. ...

Utah man gets maximum sentence in hate crime case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 13:18
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Monday gave a Utah man the maximum sentence of a year in prison for writing a letter threatening to kill white members of an interracial family if they didn't make a black teenage relative move away.

Obama: Wants to avoid 'militarized' police culture

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 13:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday he wants to ensure the U.S. isn't building a "militarized culture" within police departments, while maintaining federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment that were used to dispel racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

A glance at developments in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:41

A clergy member assists a protester as he is taken to the ground on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at Kiener Plaza in St. Louis. Protesters and police clashed following an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders as protests continued following a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTST. LOUIS (AP) — President Barack Obama called Monday for $75 million in federal spending to get 50,000 more police to wear body cameras that record their interactions with civilians.


Ramsey named co-chair of 21st Century Policing Task Force, Holder targets racial profiling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:32

Ramsey named co-chair of 21st Century Policing Task Force, Holder targets racial profilingSpeaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta - the church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached - U.S. Attorney General on Monday said he will soon unveil long-planned Justice Department guidance days aimed at ending racial profiling.


Man struck and killed on Cottman Avenue

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:26

Man struck and killed on Cottman AvenueA man was struck and killed by a vehicle on Cottman Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia Monday night.