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Father of Lakewood rabbi killed in synagogue attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:04

Father of Lakewood rabbi killed in synagogue attackThere's sadness in Lakewood where the Jewish community is grieving for Rabbi Mosheh Twersky.


UN committee condemns Syria rights violations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee has again condemned Syria's rights violations by a strong vote.

UN committee condemns Syria rights violations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:02
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee has again condemned Syria's rights violations by a strong vote.

Pennsylvania approves casino amid local gaming industry concerns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:01
By Daniel Kelley PENNSYLVANIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania regulators on Tuesday approved a new casino license in Philadelphia, where a rival has voiced concerns about a saturated local gaming market an hour from the troubled gambling destination, Atlantic City. The project, Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia, is expected to cost $450 million, hold 2,000 slot machines and house a 240-room hotel near the city's popular sports stadiums, and is scheduled to open in 2016, casino officials said. Live! beat out three other applications for the casino license with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. ...

Pennsylvania approves casino amid local gaming industry concerns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:01
By Daniel Kelley PENNSYLVANIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania regulators on Tuesday approved a new casino license in Philadelphia, where a rival has voiced concerns about a saturated local gaming market an hour from the troubled gambling destination, Atlantic City. The project, Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia, is expected to cost $450 million, hold 2,000 slot machines and house a 240-room hotel near the city's popular sports stadiums, and is scheduled to open in 2016, casino officials said. Live! beat out three other applications for the casino license with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. ...

All 50 U.S. states feeling freezing temperatures

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:00
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Temperatures in all 50 U.S. states dipped to freezing or below on Tuesday as an unseasonably cold blast of weather moved across the country, meteorologists said. Some communities in the Northeast declared emergencies because of heavy snow, while Southern states braced for a record chill from the Arctic-born cold that swept the Rocky Mountains last week. Every U.S. state, including Hawaii, was bitten by temperatures at the freezing point of 32 degrees F (0 C) or below, the National Weather Service said. ...

Virginia college student's death ruled homicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:58
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A University of Virginia student whose disappearance sparked a monthlong search died from "homicidal violence" but the exact cause is unknown, authorities said Tuesday.

Missouri governor appoints Ferguson Commission

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:56
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A business owner, two pastors, a community activist and a police detective are among the 16 people appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to an independent panel tasked with helping the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson heal after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Lawyers in Colorado theater massacre case argue over grim images

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:55
By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis CENTENNIAL Colo. (Reuters) - Lawyers in the Colorado movie theater massacre case argued on Tuesday over whether jurors should see disturbing crime scene video and hundreds of gruesome photos of the July 2012 rampage. Attorneys for accused gunman James Holmes said the images could inflame jurors, while prosecutors countered that they are needed to prove the case. ...

Lawyers in Colorado theater massacre case argue over grim images

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:55
By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis CENTENNIAL Colo. (Reuters) - Lawyers in the Colorado movie theater massacre case argued on Tuesday over whether jurors should see disturbing crime scene video and hundreds of gruesome photos of the July 2012 rampage. Attorneys for accused gunman James Holmes said the images could inflame jurors, while prosecutors countered that they are needed to prove the case. ...

Appeals court lets gay marriage go ahead in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:52
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C (Reuters) - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Tuesday to stay a District Court ruling from last week that struck down the gay marriage ban in South Carolina, meaning same-sex weddings could happen there as soon as Thursday. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, said in a statement his office would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the District court’s ruling. "This issue has not yet been resolved nationally," he said in a statement. ...

Judge refuses to toss Perry case on technicalities

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:50

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a conservative rally in Smithfield, N.C. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, a Texas judge refused to quash two felony indictments for abuse of power against Perry on technicalities, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge refused on Tuesday to quash on technicalities two criminal felony indictments for abuse of power against Gov. Rick Perry, ruling that the potentially embarrassing case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should proceed.


Judge refuses to toss Perry case on technicalities

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:50

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2014 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a conservative rally in Smithfield, N.C. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, a Texas judge refused to quash two felony indictments for abuse of power against Perry on technicalities, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge refused on Tuesday to quash on technicalities two criminal felony indictments for abuse of power against Gov. Rick Perry, ruling that the potentially embarrassing case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should proceed.


University of California wants tuition hike or $100 million funding increase

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:45
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - University of California president Janet Napolitano would back off a proposed tuition hike if the state increases funding by $100 million next year, a spokeswoman said, the latest in a very public battle over higher education in the most populous U.S. state. Napolitano, the former U.S. ...

University of California wants tuition hike or $100 million funding increase

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:45
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - University of California president Janet Napolitano would back off a proposed tuition hike if the state increases funding by $100 million next year, a spokeswoman said, the latest in a very public battle over higher education in the most populous U.S. state. Napolitano, the former U.S. ...

Guantanamo judge rules female guards cannot touch al Qaeda suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:42
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military judge ruled on Tuesday that female guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison should continue to be barred from touching an Iraqi man accused of being an al Qaeda commander in Afghanistan. The attorney for the suspect, Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, who is charged with attacking coalition forces and killing civilians, argued that his Muslim religion forbade women other than his wife from touching him. Navy Captain Judge J.K. Waits ordered the military’s Guantanamo Bay prison on Nov. ...

Guantanamo judge rules female guards cannot touch al Qaeda suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:42
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military judge ruled on Tuesday that female guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison should continue to be barred from touching an Iraqi man accused of being an al Qaeda commander in Afghanistan. The attorney for the suspect, Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, who is charged with attacking coalition forces and killing civilians, argued that his Muslim religion forbade women other than his wife from touching him. Navy Captain Judge J.K. Waits ordered the military’s Guantanamo Bay prison on Nov. ...

Military court weighing fate of condemned soldier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:40
A former U.S. soldier sentenced to death for killing two fellow soldiers and injuring 14 others in an attack in Kuwait is pinning his hopes of staying alive on an argument jurors should have never seen his diary.

Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:39

Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attackIsrael vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that left four rabbis hacked or shot to death on the blood-smeared floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem, a major escalation of already-high tensions after weeks of religious violence.


Stadium-district casino wins new Philly license

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:37

Stadium-district casino wins new Philly licenseThe Philadelphia-area gambling market is set to get more competitive now that state regulators voted Tuesday to award a license to Live! Hotel & Casino, a joint venture of two Eastern seaboard casino operators to be built in the city's stadium district.