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Brazil to sue BHP, Vale for $ 5.2 billion for burst dam

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 6 min ago
SAO PAULO (AP) — Federal and state governments in Brazil say they will sue iron ore miner Samarco and its co-owners BHP Billiton and Vale for $ 5.2 billion for the damage caused when a dam burst earlier this month, creating an environmental disaster.

Police find spiked baseball bats throughout San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 31 min ago

This Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 photo provided by Pablo Diaz-Gutierrez shows a baseball bat with large lag screws embedded in it, chained to a pole in the Mission district San Francisco. Police are asking for help in finding who is chaining up these spiked bats to poles throughout the city. SFPD Sgt. Michael Andraychak says officers first received reports of spiked wooden or metal bats appearing on poles and parking meters in the city on Thanksgiving morning. At least 27 had been found by late Friday. (Pablo Diaz-Gutierrez via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Police are asking for help leading to those chaining up spiked baseball bats to poles throughout the city.

The Latest: Wintry storm blamed for 4 more Kansas deaths

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 41 min ago

Krystal Wright scrapes ice from her car's windshield Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 in Wichita, Kan. The winter weather left a layer of ice on roads and cars early Friday morning after a heavy rain on Thanksgiving day that set a record with over 2 inches of rain. Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle via AP)The latest on a band of storms causing wintry conditions in the nation's midsection (all times local):

Black Friday store sales fall as Americans buy more online

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 44 min ago

A holiday shopper browses the electronics section against a backdrop of televisions at a Target store, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Newport, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Friday shopping is shifting from hours spent in line to more time online.

Colorado officer killed in shooting was church elder, retired figure skater

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 47 min ago
By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - A police officer killed by a gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was a retired champion figure skater and an elder at a Christian church where he taught, led worship teams and played guitar. Officer Garrett Swasey, 44, was on duty at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus on Friday afternoon and he rushed through billowing snow to support colleagues at the scene when first reports came in of a shooter at large. Two civilians were also killed and nine people, including five other police officers, were wounded in the attack.

In medical marijuana states, 'pot doctors' push boundaries

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 50 min ago
CHICAGO (AP) — Marijuana-friendly doctors in states with similar medical cannabis laws face starkly different treatment by government regulators. When it comes to oversight of doctors, enforcement practices vary in the 23 states allowing medical cannabis. How governments oversee pot doctors has become an issue, even in more tolerant states such as California and Colorado.

Iran lures foreign investors with new oil contracts

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 56 min ago

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, center, Managing Director of National Iranian Oil Company, Roknoddin Javadi, right, head of parliament's energy committee Ali Marvi, left, and participants listen to Iran's national anthem during opening ceremony of Iran Petroleum Contracts Conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Iran has unveiled a new model of oil contracts aimed at attracting foreign investment once sanctions are lifted under a landmark nuclear deal reached earlier this year. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran unveiled a new model of oil contracts Saturday aimed at attracting foreign investment once sanctions are lifted under a landmark nuclear deal reached earlier this year, and said U.S. companies would be welcome to participate.

Carson Calls on U.S. to Help Refugees Settle in Middle East

Yahoo! National News - 9 hours 57 min ago
Says bringing 25,000 refugees to U.S. does "nothing" to solve crisis.

Wisconsin school nixes reading of book about transgender kid

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 18 sec ago
MOUNT HOREB, Wis. (AP) — A southern Wisconsin elementary school cancelled a planned reading of a children's book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue.

Hogs, residents compete for Kansas county's water supply

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 11 min ago

In this photo taken Nov. 11. 2015, a pig looks out of its pen at Seabord Foods' Ladder Creek hog feeding operation near Tribune, Kan. The operation is the nation's second largest confined hog feeding farm and the company is set to build another site nearby if granted a permit by the state. The company is pumping wells that had been idled for a decade. Environmentalists and some residents fear that instead of preserving the remaining water for residents, the county will be a desert once the hogs and the water are long gone. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)TRIBUNE, Kan. (AP) — Only 1,200 people live in Kansas' smallest county, where using irrigation to quench thirsty crops is no longer an option for many because the water source underneath this flat, arid prairie is nearly exhausted due to decades of overuse.

Philadelphia 76ers Struggling More Than Twitter Foe John Kasich

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 18 min ago
Team and candidate have been teasing one another on Twitter.

Pennsylvania boy, 12, home after surgery to reattach arm

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 38 min ago
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania boy has returned home less than three weeks since doctors reattached his arm after it was severed by a tractor mechanism.

Maine ski resort focuses on safety after chairlift accidents

Yahoo! National News - 10 hours 52 min ago

FILE - In this March 26, 2015 file photo, workers repair the King Pine chairlift at Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, following an accident that injured several people. Sugarloaf is working to finish the installation of a new lift and to make other improvements after the second chairlift accident in a couple of years. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — A Maine ski resort that's responsible two of three chairlift mechanical failures that led to injuries in the past five years is working to make sure it doesn't happen again.

National Zoo puts up ZooLights display

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 23 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo in Washington has begun its holiday lights display.

55 who skirted jury duty in Ohio murder trial to face judge

Yahoo! National News - 11 hours 31 min ago
MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge is demanding that 55 people who shirked jury duty in a high-profile murder case explain themselves or face contempt charges.

AP PHOTOS: All aboard 'The Polar Express'

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 13 min ago

Steams shoots out from a 1913 steam locomotive as the Polar Express begins it's journey to the "North Pole" on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Portland, Maine. The popular train ride, based on the well-known children's book, has rides scheduled throughout the holiday season. Passengers ride about a mile and a half along Casco Bay on the Eastern Promenade to the “North Pole.” (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)For a trip to the North Pole, there's no finer way to travel than on board The Polar Express.

Friends reunite for 40-year hockey tradition on Black Friday

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 38 min ago

Friends reunite for 40-year hockey tradition on Black FridayHigh school friends reunite to carry on 40-year Black Friday tradition of playing hockey in Lansdale.

Political corruption museum could become Albany tourism draw

Yahoo! National News - 12 hours 57 min ago

In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, Bruce Roter, founder and president of the Museum of Political Corruption, poses with a mug in Albany, N.Y. Roter envisions a museum that would not only detail Albany’s many political scandals but also offer some possible solutions to corruption. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A resident of New York's capital city has an unusual economic development plan to harness what he says is one of Albany's most abundant renewable resources: political corruption.

Town demolishes veteran's house while he has surgery

Yahoo! National News - 13 hours 6 min ago

In this Nov. 25, 2015 photo, a lot stands empty in West Hempstead, N.Y., after the township had the home that once stood on it torn down. Homeowner Philip Williams says he went to Fort Lauderdale for the knee replacement in December, 2014. When he returned to the West Hempstead home in August 2015, his home was gone. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — When a U.S. Navy veteran traveled from Long Island to Florida for a knee replacement, his house was the last thing on his mind. But now his memory of it is all he can think about.

Obama says U.S. has to 'do something' about guns after Colorado shooting

Yahoo! National News - 13 hours 25 min ago

U.S. President Obama addresses joint news conference at the White House in WashingtonExpressing what has become regularly repeated frustration on the issue, President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States needs to "do something" to make it harder for criminals to get guns after a shooting in Colorado killed three people and injured nine. In Friday's shooting, an assailant opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic, a center that provides health services including abortions, in Colorado Springs. It was the latest in a long series of U.S. mass shootings during Obama's seven years in office.