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More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:55
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager. There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday's grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. ...

Company to give back wages to disabled workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:39
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An employment program agreed to give $300,000 in back wages to around 100 disabled workers for allegedly failing to pay overtime and the minimum wage, as part of a settlement announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

FBI arrests man in Texas suspected of being gang hit man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:38
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The FBI arrested a 36-year-old San Antonio man on Wednesday accused of being a mob hit man who is suspected in at least three murders and believed to have given the order to have a Texas police officer killed, the FBI said. Ruben Reyes is accused of fatally shooting three high-ranking members of his own Texas Mexican Mafia on the same day earlier this year, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent working on the case. ...

Police make arrest in $50,000 fur coat heist in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:35
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Police have arrested one of two men suspected of grabbing $50,000 worth of fur coats on Wednesday from a high-end clothing shop in Greenwich, Connecticut, and then speeding off in a getaway car to New York. State troopers pulled over the pair on a highway near New York City and arrested the driver before the passenger slipped behind the wheel and took off, crashing into a police cruiser during the ensuing chase and escaping on foot, police said. Police are searching for the second suspect. ...

Last of three New Jersey siblings shot by mother dies of wounds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:34
(Reuters) - An 11-year-old New Jersey boy, one of three siblings shot by their mother last week before she turned the gun on herself, has died of his wounds, becoming the fourth fatality in the shootings, state police said on Wednesday. Alexander Harriman had been hospitalized in critical condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden since the shootings Thursday morning at a home in Tabernacle. ...

US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:27

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2014, file photo shows EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaking to the Center for American Progress’ Second Annual Policy Conference in Washington. The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.


Convicted Texas murderer featured in 'Bernie' film gets sentencing hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:17
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A former mortician serving a life sentence for murdering an elderly East Texas woman in a case that inspired the 2011 film "Bernie" will receive a new punishment hearing, a state appeals court ruled on Wednesday. Bernie Tiede, 56, was ordered released from prison on a $10,000 personal bond in May pending a ruling by a state criminal court of appeals on whether his punishment was too harsh. ...

AccuWeather: Rain, Wet Snow Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:13

 Storm Moving Out, Icy Spots OvernightMeteorologist David Murphy says the NW suburbs will be the hardest hit with slippery roads and heavy wet snow.


Connecticut to offer driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:11
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut said on Wednesday that it will provide special driver's licenses for illegal immigrants starting next week to help stop them from driving the state's roads unregistered and uninsured. The move comes days after President Barack Obama issued an executive order protecting millions of undocumented immigrants across the country from deportation, which state officials said could boost participation in their drivers' license program. ...

Researchers discover 'pre-cancers' in blood

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:04
Many older people silently harbor a blood "pre-cancer" — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

Tom Hanks, wife to host Christmas tree lighting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:02

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2014 file photo, U.S actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson arrive for the British Academy Film Awards 2014 After Party at the Grosvenor Hotel, in central London. Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, will host this year’s National Christmas Tree lighting in President’s Park near the White House. The National Park Service announced Wednesday that Hanks and Wilson will host the ceremony Dec. 4, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, will host this year's National Christmas Tree lighting in President's Park near the White House.


3rd child dies after Tabernacle murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:02

3rd child dies after Tabernacle murder-suicideState Police say the mother believed to have shot three children in an attempted murder-suicide in Tabernacle, New Jersey has died.


4 people shot at strip mall barbershop in Reading

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:00

4 people shot at strip mall barbershop in ReadingPolice say four people were injured in a shooting at a strip mall barbershop in Reading, Berks County.


Police: Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:00

 Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feetNewark Police have arrested the suspect who they say dragged a 78-year-old woman 30 feet during a purse snatching.


78-year-old woman dragged 30 feet in Delaware purse snatching

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:58

 Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feetNewark Police have arrested the suspect who they say dragged a 78-year-old woman 30 feet during a purse snatching.


Illinois asks state's top court to revive pension overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:54
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Illinois, which is struggling to bolster a shaky public pension system weighed down by a $104.6 billion shortfall, has asked the state's highest court to reverse a lower court ruling that declared a planned overhaul unconstitutional. The expedited appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, which was expected, seeks to overturn a Nov. 21 ruling by Judge John Belz of the Sangamon County Circuit Court. ...

Police: 78-year-old woman 30 feet in Delaware purse snatching

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:52

 Purse snatching suspect drags 78-year-old woman 30 feetNewark Police have arrested the suspect who they say dragged a 78-year-old woman 30 feet during a purse snatching.


Thanksgiving Eve: Very busy, but not busiest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:45

Vehicles cruise under light snowfall, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The northern New Jersey region is expected to be hit by a snowstorm, which will cause problems for those traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is often called the nation's busiest travel day of the year, and it surely feels that way sometimes. But it's probably not entirely true.


Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:42

Scott Kurdilla, a medical research technologist at Carnegie Mellon University, waits for a volunteer for a brain scan experiment on campus in Pittsburgh on Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. The brain-scanning MRI machine at the center was used in a recent experiment where each word of a chapter of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was flashed for half a second onto a screen inside a brain-scanning MRI machine. Images showing combinations of data and graphics were collected. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)WASHINGTON (AP) — Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.


58 arrested in 2nd night of Ferguson-area protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:38
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have raised the arrest total from the second night of protests over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case to 58.