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Independent investigator named for alleged UVA frat gang rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:52
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - An independent investigator will examine allegations of a 2012 gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house that was described in harrowing detail in Rolling Stone magazine, the state's attorney general said on Tuesday. Attorney General Mark Herring said the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers would examine both the incident in which seven fraternity members are accused and how the university handled the matter. University Rector George Keith Martin apologized to the survivor of the alleged attack, identified only as Jackie. ...

No decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson's future: mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:51
(Reuters) - No decision has been made about the future of Officer Darren Wilson with the Ferguson Police Department following the grand jury's decision not to indict him in the fatal shooting of unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said on Tuesday. Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown and remains on leave pending the completion of an internal investigation, Knowles told a news conference. (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

National Guard not deployed quickly enough to Ferguson: mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:48
(Reuters) - The National Guard was not deployed quickly enough in Ferguson, Missouri, after unrest erupted following the announcement that a white police officer would not be indicted in the shooting of a black, unarmed teen, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said on Tuesday. "The decision to delay the deployment of the National Guard is deeply concerning," Knowles told a news conference. "We are asking that the governor make available and deploy all necessary resources to prevent the further destruction of property and the preservation of life in the city of Ferguson. ...

Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:46

FILE - In this May 12, 2011 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby appears at Temple University's commencement in Philadelphia. Temple University says Cosby remains a trustee of the Philadelphia institution despite renewed scrutiny of sexual assault allegations against him. At least three women have publicly discussed their allegations against Cosby in recent weeks. Through his lawyer, the 77-year-old comedian has strongly denied wrongdoing. Cosby has never been charged. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby's record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image. But even his generosity can't stand apart from the rising tide of allegations made by women accusing him of sexual assault.

Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:46

FILE - In this July 18, 2008 file photo, calories of each food item appear on a McDonalds drive-thru menu in New York. The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply. (AP Photo/Ed Ou, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Diners will soon know how many calories are in that bacon cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, the pasta salad in the supermarket salad bar and even that buttery tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

Judge: Man accused of threats to Obama incompetent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:39
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man is mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of threatening President Barack Obama's life, and prison officials should determine whether he was also incapacitated at the time of the alleged offense, a federal judge ruled.

'Birdman' leads Spirit Awards nominations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:26

This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Michael Keaton, left, and Edward Norton in a scene from "Birdman." The film was nominated for six Spirit Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Winners will be revealed at the annual awards ceremony on Feb. 21. 2015. The ceremony will air live from Santa Monica, Calif. on IFC. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Pictures)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Birdman," a dark comedy about show business, took flight Tuesday with a leading six nominations for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Operation Warm begins coat collection campaign

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:25

Operation Warm begins coat collection campaignAn annual drive to keep children warm got rolling this morning at Philadelphia City Hall.

Why a small North Dakota town is taking on Big Rail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:15

A two-mile Canadian Pacific train loaded with oil tank cars idles on a track in EnderlinBy Ernest Scheyder ENDERLIN, N.D. (Reuters) - After her shift at the TraXside Cafe in the southeast North Dakota hamlet of Enderlin, all Karla Souer wants to do is go home. Partly thanks to North Dakota's energy boom, twenty-eight of the railroad's trains now traverse the city every day. Desperate for a solution, Enderlin's city councilors last month banned train breaks longer than 10 minutes. Canadian Pacific contends the order violates interstate commerce laws.

Critics question timing of Ferguson announcement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:13

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Pool)ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's decision to announce the Ferguson grand jury decision in the evening drew complaints Tuesday from many who wondered whether that helped fan the flames of unrest and violence leading to destruction in the St. Louis suburb.

U.S. justices to consider police conduct in arrest of disabled woman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 04:11
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider whether police officers were required under federal law to accommodate a violent woman's mental disability during an incident in San Francisco that led to her being shot multiple times. The case concerns Teresa Sheehan, a woman with a history of mental illness who was shot and pepper sprayed by San Francisco police officers after they struggled to restrain her during a 2008 clash. ...

Judge: Release FBI secret calls for man's lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 03:51
MIAMI (AP) — A Pakistani-American man cleared of terrorism support charges is entitled to examine hundreds of classified FBI phone intercepts as part of his malicious prosecution lawsuit against the U.S., a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Recipient of double arm transplant happy to hug

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 03:37
BOSTON (AP) — A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he's able to hug his loved ones again.

Man accused in killing had past abduction arrests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 03:36

This undated law enforcement booking photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Office shows Lester Ralph Jones. Investigators said they have arrested Jones in the killing of a Colorado woman who led a double life as a devoted mom and a paid escort before she disappeared in 2007. Police on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 arrested Jones, 63, on charges of murder, kidnapping and arson in the death of 34-year-old Paige Birgfeld, of Grand Junction, Colo. Birgfeld's remains were found in a dry creek bed in 2012. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation's cold-case team was assigned the case. (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Office)GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A man suspected of abducting and killing a Colorado single mother who led a double life as a paid escort served time in prison for two kidnapping cases involving his former wife.

Thanksgiving travel woes? There's an app for that

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 03:30

This cell phone screen capture shows traffic alerts along a route displayed on a cell phone app called Waze, in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, getting from Point A to Point B can be a headache. Technology provides relief in the form of apps that can let you know which roads are clogged, how long the wait is at the airport and whether the trains are running on time. (AP Photo/WAZE)Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.

South Sudan warns UN against imposing sanctions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 03:11
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Sudan warned Tuesday that imposing sanctions will only make it harder to find an elusive peace in a yearlong conflict that has ripped the country apart and killed thousands of civilians.

Soldiers to spend Thanksgiving in Ebola isolation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 02:59
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A group of military service members returning to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from Africa will spend Thanksgiving in isolation while the Army monitors their health for signs of Ebola.

New U.S. exhibit puts visitor in midst of World War Two

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 02:58

Handout of the interior of the new exhibit at the National World War II Museum in New OrleansBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A national museum commemorating the American experience of World War Two will open a new exhibit next month aimed at bringing the sounds and sensations of the conflict to new generations. With a particular focus on reaching young people, the mission of the New Orleans-based National World War II Museum is to illustrate the purpose, execution and enduring meaning of the global war that ended in 1945. The "Road to Berlin" exhibit, set to open on Dec. 13, is the first of two exhibits planned in the sprawling complex's "Campaigns of Courage" pavilion. ...

Person shot in Chester, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 02:37

Person shot in Chester, Pa.Police are investigating a shooting in Chester.

Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 02:32

In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, file photo, watches are on display at Kmart in New York. The Friday after Thanksgiving has long been the day to grab the best bargains of the holiday shopping season. But new data from various companies that track the specials now say Thanksgiving is taking that crown, at least online. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.