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Reading's 'ugly' Christmas tree to remain after all

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:42

Reading's 'ugly' Christmas tree to remain after allA Christmas tree that some residents of a Pennsylvania city had maligned as ugly will remain in its prominent downtown location after all.


Contrasting views persist on Marion Barry's legacy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:39

Kaneisha Tiller, far left, and Crystal Hamilton, hold candles during a vigil to honor former mayor and current DC City Council member Marion Barry, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Washington. Barry, who staged a comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — Two divergent views of Washington's "mayor for life" stand in stark contrast in the complicated legacy that Marion Barry leaves behind.


Mexican drug trafficker sentenced in Chicago to 22 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:35
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Mexican drug trafficker to 22 years in prison for shipping 276 kg of cocaine to Chicago hidden in railway cars, in a case highlighting the city's role as a hub for distributing cocaine across the United States. Judge Ruben Castillo said there was no proof Alfredo Vazquez Hernandez, 59, was a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa cartel, as prosecutors alleged. But in handing down a long sentence for a first-time offender who had pleaded guilty, he said he had trouble believing Vazquez had never dealt drugs previously. ...

Correction: Bogus Bonus story

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:28

Oracle's Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison gestures while giving a demonstration during his keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld in San FranciscoHONOLULU (AP) — In a story Nov. 22 about Island Air taking back bonuses paid to pilots, The Associated Press reported erroneously the reason for the bonuses. They were from an agreement to pay bonuses 30 days before the arrival of new planes, not for Christmas.


College student released after Texas military post lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:24
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A male college student was released on Monday after being taken into custody for driving an unauthorized vehicle onto San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston military base on Sunday night, sparking a lockdown and a full security alert, officials said. The San Antonio-area man, who has not been identified, posed no security risk, military officials said without offering further details. The suspect was alone in his car when military police pulled him over after a brief pursuit. ...

Missouri officials to reveal grand jury's decision on teen's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:23

Protesters, demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August, stop traffic during a march through a suburb in St. Louis, MissouriBy Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst CLAYTON, Mo./FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri officials plan to announce a grand jury's decision on whether to criminally charge a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson at 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Monday, authorities said. The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a resident of a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb and has become a flashpoint for strained U.S. race relations. ...


Ferguson protests small but growing amid din of car horns, drum

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:21
By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Honking horns and banging a metal bucket, a small but growing group of protesters awaited Monday's grand jury decision, swarming the Ferguson Police Department and meeting briefly with the father of slain black teen Michael Brown. Mike Brown Sr., whose unarmed son was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, slowed down in a car to chat with demonstrators after hearing that the secret panel had reached a decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting. ...

Prosecutor: Ferguson announcement coming at 8 p.m.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:19
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis County prosecutor's office has announced plans for an 8 p.m. news conference to announce whether a grand jury has indicted a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Missouri grand jury decision on Ferguson shooting to come at 8 p.m. CST: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:17
(Reuters) - The Missouri grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August will be announced at 8 p.m. CST on Monday, prosecutors said. The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a resident of a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, has become a flashpoint for strained U.S. race relations. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Grandparents hope for return of beloved dog

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:13

Grandparents hope for return of beloved dogA Montgomery County family has launched an all-out search for their beloved dog.


Oklahoma's education waiver reinstated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:12
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government has restored Oklahoma's flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding, state officials said Monday.

Hundreds of University of California students walk out over proposed tuition hike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:09
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - Hundreds of University of California students walked out of classes on Monday to protest a planned 25 percent tuition increase they say will make the cost of education across the 10-campus system too expensive. The proposed tuition hike of 5 percent over each of the next five years kicked off angry student protests last week and set the stage for a potentially rancorous fight between the system's governing board of regents and state lawmakers who oppose the increase. Tuition is currently about $12,000 a year. ...

Wish granted: Same day delivery for the holidays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:07

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, Ricardo Sandoval sorts packages at an Amazon.com fulfillment center, in Phoenix. Merchants are working hard to make same-day delivery a reality, particularly in major cities, from Amazon testing deliveries via taxis to everyone from Target to Google expanding their same-day delivery services. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.


Ga. fire chief in trouble over homosexuality book

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:03
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's fire chief has been suspended after city officials say he violated policy by self-publishing a book that describes homosexuality as a "perversion."

Lost hummingbird gets lift from St. Paul to Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:02

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, a wayward rufous hummingbird that accidentally ended up in Minnesota sits in a cage at the home of Jessika Madison-Kennedy in St. Paul, Minn. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota says the rufous hummingbird was flown to Texas Sunday, Nov. 23,, 2014, to be released to find its way south for the winter. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler, File)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A hummingbird has finally made its way south for the winter after accidentally ending up in Minnesota.


Fmr. Montco GOP chief Robert Kerns pleads no contest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:58

Fmr. Montco GOP chief Robert Kerns pleads no contestThe former head of the Montgomery County Republican Party entered a no contest plea Monday to sex-related charges.


Catholic officials see pope visit as a rebirth

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:54

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks during a news conference Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Roman Catholic leaders in Philadelphia are predicting as many as 2 million people could turn out to see Pope Francis during his first U.S. visit as pontiff in Sept. 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's archbishop said Monday that hosting Pope Francis in the city next year during his first U.S. visit as pontiff could foster a "rebirth" for an archdiocese that has struggled with financial problems and sex abuse scandals during the last decade.


A closer look at community of Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:46
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A closer look at the community of Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed:

Man accused in deadly Missouri crime spree pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:41
(Reuters) - A man accused of killing five people during a crime spree in a Kansas City, Missouri, neighborhood pleaded not guilty on Monday to murder and other charges, a court official said. Brandon Howell, 34, was charged with beating and critically injuring George Taylor, 80, and Anna Taylor, 86, on Sept. 2 inside their home. They later died. Howell also was charged with the murders of three others found shot to death in a yard and a driveway at nearby homes in the Woodbridge neighborhood. Killed were Darrel Hurst, Alice Hurst and Suzanne Choucroun, the indictment said. ...

Suspect in 5 Kansas City deaths pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:39

FILE - In this file photo provided by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department is Brandon Howell, 34, who is charged with killing five people in a Kansas City, Missouri. (AP Photo/Kansas City Police Department)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of attacking and killing five people during a rampage in a quiet Kansas City neighborhood pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree murder for each victim.