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1 of 3 victims from FSU shooting is paralyzed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:39
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In the frantic moments at the Florida State University campus library last week, bullets struck 21-year-old student Farhan "Ronny" Ahmed three times, including a shot that severely damaged his spine and left him paralyzed from the waist down, his sister said on Monday.

Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defense secretary

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:38

Obama Announces Resignation Of Chuck Hagel As Defense SecretaryBy Phil Stewart and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. It was the first major change to Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago, and Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, are looking for a new approach from the White house. ...

U.S. Coast Guard to fly 193 wayward turtles from Boston to Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:36
BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday it would transport 193 endangered sea turtles by plane from Massachusetts to Florida after they got trapped in frigid waters off Cape Cod. The rare Kemp's Ridley turtles are being treated for shock at a New England Aquarium animal care center in Quincy, 9 miles south of Boston, after being rescued by the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in recent days. ...

Security breach eyed at US embassy in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:32
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a potential security breach involving a corrupt U.S. embassy worker in Yemen who processed fraudulent visas that allowed several applicants to enter the United States, according to court papers filed in New York City.

Man sentenced in heroin death of Pickens' grandson

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:31
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A man will serve four months in prison after acknowledging in a plea deal with North Texas prosecutors that he caused the death of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens' grandson by injecting him with heroin.

Texas couples ask U.S. court to allow same-sex marriage in state

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:30
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Two same-sex couples filed a motion in federal court in San Antonio on Monday seeking enforcement of a judge's decision that would allow gay marriage in Texas. A federal judge ruled in February that the Texas state ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. But the judge declared a stay of the decision, meaning the ban stayed in effect. The case has gone to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has set a hearing for Jan. 9. ...

Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sprouts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:28

Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sproutsRaw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning in 10 states including Pennsylvania.

Florida 'warning shot' case ends in plea deal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:27
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A woman accused of firing a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons in what she said was self-defense took a plea deal in a case that first got attention because her attorneys used Florida's "stand your ground" law in its defense, arguing that she feared for her life before discharging the weapon.

Governor's book gets scrutiny in immigration suit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:26
PHOENIX (AP) — A book by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that provides behind-the-scenes details of her handling of the state's 2010 landmark immigration law is facing scrutiny in a legal challenge of the contentious statute.

Alabama deputy, 3 teens killed in head-on crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:26
WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — A car full of teenagers collided head-on with a police car, killing three teens and an Elmore County sheriff's deputy, authorities said Monday.

4-year-old boy dead, several hurt in Feltonville fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:24

4-year-old boy dead, several hurt in Feltonville fireA 4-year-old boy is dead and several people were injured during a fire on Monday in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.

Obama awards Medal of Freedom to 18, including Streep, Wonder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:13

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Kennedy and Dingell applaud prior to being honored at a White House ceremony in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday presented the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 18 artists, politicians, writers, scholars and activists, including actress Meryl Streep and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. "Not only have they made the world better, but by following their example they make us a little bit better every single day. We are truly grateful to them," the president said in a White House ceremony. ...

Florida woman agrees to plea in 'warning shot' case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 05:01
By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - A north Florida woman facing a retrial on charges of aggravated assault after she said she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband agreed on Monday to plead guilty after her sentence was dramatically reduced. The case of Marissa Alexander, 34, helped inspire a new state law making a warning shot legal in some circumstances, although it was not known if that influenced the plea deal. The law followed a public outcry over Alexander's 2012 sentencing to 20 years in prison. ...

Atlantic City casino profits up in 3rd quarter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:56
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's casino industry saw its operating profits rise in the third quarter of this year, helped by Internet gambling money and the absence of large losses racked up last year by weaker casinos.

Driver fatigue may have caused California crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:53
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The driver of a tour bus that overturned in California, killing one man and injuring at least 30 other passengers, might have been fatigued, authorities said Monday.

College buys $219K Chinese conference table

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:40
UNION, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker is calling for a review of a state university's purchase of a $219,000 custom-built, multimedia conference table from a company in China, where it has a campus it hopes to expand.

FBI says 27 U.S. law enforcement died during crimes in 2013; sharp drop

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:35

FBI Director James Comey takes a question from reporter during a news conference at the FBI office in BostonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI reported on Monday that 76 law enforcement officers in the United States died last year while on duty, including 27 during criminal acts, a sharp drop from 2012. The FBI said in its annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report that 49 died in accidents in 2013, while nearly 50,000 officers were assaulted while on duty. The 27 criminal deaths last year was down from 49 in 2012, 48 deaths in 2009 and 57 in 2004, according to the FBI. The deaths last year occurred in 16 states, and the average age of the officer killed was 39. ...

Attorney: Ferguson grand jury announcement Monday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:35

 Ferguson grand jury announcement MondayA lawyer for Michael Brown's family says they have been notified that the grand jury considering whether to indict a Ferguson police officer his shooting death has made a decision.

Mural for fallen officer Daniel Faulkner dedicated

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:32

Mural for fallen officer Daniel Faulkner dedicatedMore than three decades after Officer Daniel Faulkner was gunned down on a city street by Mumia Abu-Jamal, officials on Monday unveiled a mural memorializing the officer at the police district headquarters to which he was assigned.

Baby gorilla dies at Como Zoo in Minnesota

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 04:25
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota zoo says a baby gorilla has died just days after being born.