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East Coast storm threatens Thanksgiving travel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:20
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast is threatening to snarl traffic and disrupt flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico is expected to bring rain to cities including New York and Boston, while higher elevations of New England will see about a foot of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Orrison said on Wednesday. "Either way, travel is not going to be in a good state," Orrison said. ...

US adult smoking rate dips just under 18 percent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:16
NEW YORK (AP) — A government report says the smoking rate for U.S. adults dipped below 18 percent for the first time last year.

Police probe man's death in area near Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:12
(Reuters) - St. Louis County police said on Wednesday they were investigating the death of a black man found shot and set on fire near an area where rioting erupted after a grand jury did not indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of a black teenager. The body of 20-year-old Deandre Joshua was discovered around 9 a.m. on Tuesday in a car parked near the Canfield Green apartment complex in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, police said. Ferguson, which has been the scene of protests since Michael Brown was shot on Aug. ...

Court tosses ruling that shielded Arias witness

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:12
PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court has thrown out a ruling that barred the public from watching the first witness called by Jodi Arias at the convicted murderer's sentencing retrial.

Memorial spanning 3 days set for Marion Barry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 05:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marion Barry will be remembered with three days of events befitting a man described by the District of Columbia's current mayor as the "most iconic figure" in the city's history, officials said Wednesday.

Turkey's great escape foils my Thanksgiving plans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:45

A turkey brought home by Associated Press reporter Gosia Wozniacka stands in its coop at Wozniacka's home in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Wozniacka had brought the live turkey in a burlap sack to her urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. Though intended to be Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey had other plans. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Sundays before Thanksgiving, my farming partner and I brought a live turkey in a burlap sack to our urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. The lanky brown-feathered bird quietly took her place in our chicken coop.


Suspect in deadly assault charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:39
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of raping and setting a Kansas woman on fire at a Wichita park was charged Wednesday in the death of the mother of four.

Cheese bests Mac in quest for Obama's Thanksgiving turkey pardon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:36
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a turkey named Cheese to mark the country's Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course. Obama, in a light-hearted ceremony before a small group of White House visitors, said that pardoning Cheese would surely be the "most talked-about executive action" he has taken this month. ...

Pennsylvania mom accused of plotting murders of daughter's ex-boyfriend, 2 others

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:24

Pennsylvania mom accused of plotting murders of daughter's ex-boyfriend, 2 othersNew Jersey authorities say state police have foiled a Pennsylvania woman's plot to enlist a hitman to murder her daughter's ex-boyfriend, his sister and the sister's boyfriend.


A burden further south, snow makes ski areas giddy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:21
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season.

Moment by moment lead to killing of Ferguson teen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:20

FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Lesley McSpadden, center, drops rose petals on the blood stains from her 18-year-old son Michael Brown who was shot and killed a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9. With a grand jury’s decision this week not to indict police officer, Darren Wilson for Brown’s killing, prosecutors released thousands of pages of testimony, interviews and documents that shine new and often harsh light on the events that unfolded in this suburb’s darkest hours. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach, File)The two friends' morning intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke — on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's routine in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.


Beloved dog returned safe to Montco. family

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:16

Beloved dog returned safe to Montco. familyA Montgomery County family is extra thankful this Thanksgiving holiday after being reunited with their beloved dog.


Girl, 12, saves 4-year-old sister from house fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:08
HOMESTEAD, Pa. (AP) — A 12-year-old girl saved her 4-year-old sister by carrying her out of their burning home in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

'Dancing With The Stars' season finale: Mirrorball champions crowned (SPOILER ALERT)

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 04:08

 Mirrorball champions crowned (SPOILER ALERT)'Dancing With The Stars' Season 19 finally comes to an end and the Mirrorball champions are crowned. (SPOILERS AHEAD).


U.S. FAA proposes requiring fix for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 03:53

The tail wing of a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft is pictured at the Singapore AirshowBy Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration proposed on Wednesday requiring a fix for Boeing Co's 787-8 Dreamliner, following "numerous reports of failures of proximity sensors" on the high-tech plane's wings. A sensor failure could cause the plane to go off the runway while landing on a short runway or in adverse weather, the FAA said in a proposed airworthiness directive scheduled to be published on Friday. The directive, if adopted, would affect 15 planes registered in the United States, the FAA said. FAA actions are often followed by non-U.S. airlines. ...


Elderly woman killed in Upper Merion crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 03:45

Elderly woman killed in Upper Merion crashPolice are investigating a crash in Upper Merion that claimed the life of an elderly woman Wednesday morning.


Elderly woman killed in Upper Merion crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 03:45

Elderly woman killed in Upper Merion crashPolice are investigating a crash in Upper Merion that claimed the life of an elderly woman Wednesday morning.


Gov. Christie declares state of emergency for New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 03:43

Gov. Christie declares state of emergency for New JerseyGovernor Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency for New Jersey as a winter storm hits the area.


Gov. Christie declares state of emergency for New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 03:43

Gov. Christie declares state of emergency for New JerseyGovernor Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency for New Jersey as a winter storm hits the area.


Pregnant woman shot, killed in NYC; baby survives

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 03:43
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 27-year-old pregnant woman has been shot and killed in New York City but doctors were able to save her baby.