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Kansas court orders more state spending on schools

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 06:46

In this photo from Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, kindergarten students run around the multipurpose room at Frank Rushton Elementary School in Kansas City, Kan., as part of a physical education class, and behind the folded-up tables to the left, workers are preparing lunch. Kansas isn't spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child, a state district court panel ruled Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in an order that could mean the state has to boost its aid by hundreds of millions of dollars a year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas isn't spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child, a state district court panel ruled Tuesday in an order that could mean the state has to boost its aid by hundreds of millions of dollars a year.


Sources: Suspect shot, killed by police in Drexel Hill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 06:29

 Suspect shot, killed by police in Drexel HillPolice are investigating a fatal officer involved shooting in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.


Woman shot, killed at Walmart in Idaho by two-year-old son

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 06:24
(Reuters) - A woman was accidentally shot and killed at a Walmart store in northern Idaho on Tuesday when her 2-year-old son pulled a loaded handgun from her purse that then went off, a county sheriff said. The 29-year-old woman was shopping at a Walmart in Hayden, Idaho, with the toddler seated in her shopping cart when the incident occurred, Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said in a written statement. Sheriff's officials said investigators were still processing the scene of the shooting, which took place shortly after 10 a.m. in the store's electronics department. ...

Sources: Suspect shot by police in Drexel Hill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 06:15

 Suspect shot, killed by police in Drexel HillPolice are investigating an officer involved shooting in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.


Florida pastor shoots armed former employee

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 06:09
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say the pastor of a central Florida church shot and wounded an employee during a gunfight after the employee learned he was being fired.

Effort to kill California's ban on plastic grocery bags moves forward

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 06:08
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - An effort to kill California's first-in-the-nation state ban on single-use plastic grocery bags advanced this week after bag makers spent several million dollars on a campaign to gather signatures for a proposed ballot initiative to overturn it. The ban, which was passed by the state Legislature and signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown in the autumn, is widely supported by environmentalists, who say the bags contribute to litter and pollution. ...

Man charged in fatal Poconos crash appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 06:07

Man charged in fatal Poconos crash appears in courtA man charged in a deadly accident that killed three Bucks County teenagers went to court Tuesday.


Woman accused of sex with teen waives preliminary hearing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 06:04

Woman accused of sex with teen waives preliminary hearingThe Montgomery County woman accused of having sex with a 17-year-old boy, whom she met at a school function, was back in court Tuesday morning.


Suspected Pennypack Park rapist charged, held on $10M

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 06:03

Suspected Pennypack Park rapist charged, held on $10MPolice say the man responsible for multiple rapes in Pennypack Park is back in Philadelphia to face justice.


New Hampshire, Merrill Lynch reach $400,000 accord

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:59
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The state continued its crackdown against unlawful telemarketing on Tuesday by announcing a $400,000 settlement with Merrill Lynch for calling people who have asked not to be called by telemarketers.

Driver who fled police killed in Glenolden crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:54

Driver who fled police killed in Glenolden crashPolice say the victim of a deadly crash in Delaware County was trying to outrun the law.


Ex-girlfriend of man who shot NYPD officers out of hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:52
BALTIMORE (AP) — Hospital officials say a woman shot in the stomach by the man who killed two New York Police Department officers has been released.

Idaho authorities confirm woman fatally shot by 2-year-old at Wal-Mart was child's mother

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:46
HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) — Idaho authorities confirm woman fatally shot by 2-year-old at Wal-Mart was child's mother.

Chief: Probe shows man shot by officer had gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:45

FILE - In a Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 file photo, police guard the entrance to a gas station in front of a memorial to Antonio Martin, in Berkeley, Mo. Officials said Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 that an internal police investigation confirmed that Martin pointed a gun at an officer who shot him to death in a convenience store parking lot in suburban St. Louis on Dec. 23. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen, File)BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — An internal police investigation confirmed an 18-year-old pointed a gun at an officer who shot him to death in a convenience store parking lot in suburban St. Louis last week, officials said Tuesday.


Woman displaced by Texas high-rise fire dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:35

Firefighters and emergency units respond to a fire at the Wedgwood Senior Apartments, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Five people died after a fire broke out at the senior-living apartment building in the San Antonio suburb of Castle Hills, authorities said. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Marvin Pfeiffer)CASTLE HILLS, Texas (AP) — A fire that killed five people at a senior-living complex near San Antonio may have claimed the life of another resident who died Tuesday but wasn't hospitalized after the weekend blaze, authorities said.


Witnesses: Stabbing suspect had chance to give up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:34
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Two witnesses told investigators that a man who had fatally stabbed an Oregon college student in an unprovoked and unexplained attack had a chance to surrender to officers but moved toward them.

Searchers find wreckage, bodies from AirAsia jet

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:28

Searchers find wreckage, bodies from AirAsia jetThe first proof of the fate of AirAsia Flight 8501 emerged Tuesday from the shallow, aqua-colored waters of the Java Sea, confirming that the plane crashed with 162 people aboard in an area not far from where it dropped off radar screens.


Man sentenced in fatal shooting of girl in car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:27
CLEVELAND (AP) — Convicted of murder, Geoffrey Gurkovich stood before a judge in Cleveland on Tuesday and wept as he tried to describe his sorrow and stupidity for having shot and killed a 5-year-old girl as she was sitting in a car with her mom last January.

Harvard to change sexual assault policies after federal investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:19
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Harvard University has agreed to make changes to its sexual assault policies and review some cases after an investigation found its law school had handled victim complaints poorly, the U.S. Department of Education said on Tuesday. The agreement with the Ivy League school is part of the Obama administration's push to curb sexual violence in U.S. colleges and coax schools to get tougher in handling cases. ...

Victims of Fort Hood shooting in Texas seek 'terrorism' declaration

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/31/2014 - 05:15
By Jon Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Lawyers for 40 military personnel and civilians killed or wounded in an attack at the Fort Hood military post in Texas by a former Army psychologist filed a petition on Tuesday with the Pentagon asking the incident be declared an act of terrorism. Attorney Neal Sher told Reuters the designation could make military personnel in the 2009 attack eligible for the Purple Heart medal and civilians eligible for the Medal for Defense of Freedom. ...