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Despite election defeat, foreign policy is not 'game over' for Obama

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:11

U.S. President Obama answers questions during news conference in the East Room of the White House in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From marauding jihadists in Iraq to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and beheadings of Americans in Syria, a world in crisis has fanned perceptions of an overwhelmed U.S. president and contributed to a Republican sweep of U.S. midterm elections. But the slide of public confidence in President Barack Obama and the takeover of U.S. Congress by resurgent Republicans will complicate, though not seriously undermine, U.S. ...


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:04

Palestinians stand behind a garbage container set on fire during clashes with Israeli border police in east Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Clashes broke out after a Palestinian driver rammed a minivan into a crowded train station. He then backed out and proceeded to drive away, hitting several cars along the way, then got out of the car and attacked a group of civilians and police officers on the side of the road with a metal bar, killing one and wounding 13, before he was shot and killed. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Uncle: Mom of boy found dead got psychiatric care

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:03

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Lincoln County School District shows 6-year-old London McCabe in kindergarten at Crestview Heights School in Waldport, Ore. His mother, Jilllian McCabe, told police she threw her son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Ore. She is being held on charges of aggravted murder, murder, and manslaughter in her son's death. (AP Photo/Lincoln County School District)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An uncle of a 6-year-old autistic boy found dead after his mother told police she threw him from a bridge on the Oregon coast says the woman had been under intense emotional distress for years while caring for the child and more recently for her disabled husband.


2 NYC police officers facing brutality charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:58

New York police officers David Afanador, left, and Tyraine Isaac, right, leave state court following their arraignment, Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014, in New York. A security video that captured both officers during the arrest of a teen drug suspect has prompted an investigation of alleged abuse by the officers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Two police officers pleaded not guilty to assault charges on Wednesday in the violent beat-down of a teenage marijuana suspect who prosecutors say never put up a fight.


Ferguson protest leaders seek heads-up on decision

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:49
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Activists asked Wednesday for advance notice before prosecutors announce whether a Ferguson police officer will face charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown, saying they can help prevent widespread violence if they have 48 hours to prepare for protests.

Palestinians: Stop Israeli acts at Muslim sites

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:42

Palestinian supporters of the Islamist movement Hamas, hold a placards with the slogan written in Arabic, "we are all your defenders Al-Aqsa,", and "Al-Aqsa is the compass for my life" during a protest against recent Israeli restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the West Bank City of Ramallah, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians and Jordanians urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to demand that Israel immediately stop provocations and incitement against Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warning that further escalation could lead to another crisis threatening peace in the Middle East.


CEO: Virgin Galactic looks to resume tests in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:26

FILE - This undated file photo, first released in 2008 by Virgin Galactic, shows SpaceShipTwo's construction inside the Scaled Composites plant at the Mojave Airport in Mojave, Calif. The head of the space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket ship broke apart over the California desert says test flights could resume as early as next summer. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 that work is underway at the company's Mojave shop to finish a second spacecraft. It will replace the first SpaceShipTwo, which was destroyed last week when it disintegrated during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another.(AP Photo/Virgin Galactic, File) NO SLALESALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO said Wednesday.


Washington state voters approve measure to expand gun background checks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:08

A pink assault rifle hangs among others at an exhibit booth at the George R. Brown convention center, the site for the National Rifle Association's (NRA) annual meeting in Houston, TexasBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers in Washington state passed overwhelmingly, election results showed on Wednesday, making the state the first in the country to close the so-called gun-show loophole through popular vote. Initiative 594, which requires background checks for all gun purchases in Washington state, whether at gun shows, online or through transfers, was voted into law with about 60 percent support, according to election results. ...


California schools chief re-elected in race that became referendum on education reform

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:55

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson speaks at the 2014 California Democrats State Convention at the Los Angeles Convention CenterBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's union-backed schools superintendent has won re-election, defeating a challenger who called for tying teacher pay to student performance and a reshaping of tenure rules in an expensive race that emerged as a referendum on education reform. Incumbent Tom Torlakson won 52 percent of the vote on Tuesday, compared with 48 percent for Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive who ran as an education reformer and enjoyed support from several wealthy donors. ...


Obama, Republicans sound conciliatory note but battles loom

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:39

U.S. President Obama answers questions during news conference in the East Room of the White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his powerful U.S. Senate adversary struck a conciliatory tone on Wednesday, but Obama's plans to proceed with new immigration rules foreshadowed a bumpy start to his relationship with a Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Mitch McConnell, who will become majority leader when Republicans take charge in the Senate in January, signaled they hoped to get past a previously frosty relationship to pass legislation on priorities on which they can both agree. ...


Judge overturns Missouri ban on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:23
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge overturned Missouri's ban on gay marriage on Wednesday in a ruling that could add the state to a growing list of those were same-sex marriages are legal.

Police: Woman abducted on Philadelphia street found safe in Maryland, man arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police: Woman abducted on Philadelphia street found safe in Maryland, man arrested.

Sources: Germantown abduction victim found alive, suspect arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:07

Germantown abduction victim found alive, suspect arrestedAction News has learned the woman who was abducted in the Germantown section of Philadelphia has been found alive in Jessup, Maryland.


Last active duty Army Vietnam-era draftee retires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:05
AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. military says a central New York native has retired as the Army's last Vietnam-era draftee.

Factbox: Republicans win key governors' races

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:54
(Reuters) - Republicans rode a wave of victories among 36 races for governor on Tuesday, holding on to big states after bruising battles and ousting Democrats in strongholds such as Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland. The Republicans went into the election holding 29 of the nation's 50 state governorships and were likely to raise that number by at least three. ...

Proposal would enshrine Old South symbols in Miss.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:53
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man with a history of trying to enshrine Old South symbols in the state constitution is trying again, this time hoping to change the state song to "Dixie" and require officials to fly a Confederate battle flag outside the Capitol.

In rare case, NYC cops charged with assault over teen's arrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:48
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two New York police officers have been charged with assaulting a teenaged boy during his arrest in Brooklyn, prosecutors said on Wednesday, an unusual case in a city where prosecutions of police for excessive are rare. After a brief chase on a Brooklyn sidewalk in August, Officers David Afanador, 33, and Tyrane Isaac, 36, can be seen in surveillance video footage hitting Kahreem Tribble, 16, even after he put up his hands in apparent surrender, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement. ...

Developer withdraws bid on 6,300 Detroit-area blighted properties

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:46

A man walk past graffiti in DetroitBy Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A developer has pulled out of a deal to acquire more than 6,300 Detroit-area properties in a county tax foreclosure auction a week after being declared the winning bidder, a county official said on Wednesday. Texas-based Eco Solutions withdrew its bid with the Wayne County Treasurer's Office for the properties in the county and city of Detroit targeted for redevelopment, Wayne County Treasurer Ray Wojtowicz said in a statement. ...


Texas energy group asks court to halt fracking ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:39

FILE - In this July 15, 2014 file photo, from left, Topher Jones, of Denton, Texas, Edward Hartmann, of Dallas and Angie Holliday of Denton, hold a campaign sign outside city hall, in Denton, Texas. An energy industry group has responded quickly after voters in a Denton approved a ban on new permits for hydraulic fracturing, asking for an injunction to stop the measure from being enforced. The passage of the ban sets up a legal showdown between the city and industry groups that have warned the ban could be followed by lawsuits and a severe hit to Denton's economy. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city that sits atop a natural gas reserve is preparing for an extended court battle after voters made it the first in the state to ban further hydraulic fracturing — a fight that cities nationwide considering similar laws will likely be watching closely.


Germantown abduction victim found alive in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:33

Germantown abduction victim found alive, suspect arrestedAction News has learned the woman who was abducted in the Germantown section of Philadelphia has been found alive in Jessup, Maryland.