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Agency: Schools helped Lanza's mom 'appease' him

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:37

This undated identification file photo provided Wednesday, April 3, 2013, by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza, who carried out the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man, Lanza, who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, on his mental health and educational history. The Office of Child Advocate investigates all child deaths in the state for lessons on prevention. (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Adam Lanza's parents and educators contributed to his social isolation in the years before he carried out the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by accommodating — and not confronting — his difficulties engaging with the world, according to a state report issued Friday.


Democratic activist accused of abusing 15-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:37
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A prominent Oregon Democratic fundraiser and gay rights activist has been accused in a grand jury indictment of abusing a 15-year-old boy in a Eugene hotel in 2013.

VIDEO: Press conference on Tabernacle murders

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:36

 Press conference on Tabernacle murdersAuthorities provide an update on the investigation into the deaths of two children.


Maine risks losing funding over food stamp policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:35
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage's administration is facing a potential loss of federal funding to administer its food stamp program over concerns about the state's decision to put photos on cards used to access the benefits.

American University rejects divesting its fossil-fuel assets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:33
By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - Trustees at American University voted on Friday to keep the fossil fuel-related investments held in the school's $550 million endowment fund. The decision was a major disappointment for a student-led campaign to push U.S. universities to divest their fossil-fuel assets. Four percent of American University's endowment is invested in fossil fuel companies. The Washington, D.C.-based university said it "focused on the singular question of whether divestment would have a significant effect on investment returns," the board of trustees said in a statement. ...

Any new U.S. Internet rules must withstand lawsuits: FCC chief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:31

Wheeler testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on oversight of the FCC on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators expect Internet service providers to sue the government over any changes in the way they are regulated and must reevaluate any proposals to make sure they stand up in court, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said at a meeting on Friday. Last week U.S. President Barack Obama said Internet service providers should be regulated more like public utilities to make sure they grant equal access to all content providers. ...


Lava flow steams through lush forests in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:31

This Nov. 20, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a 'breakout' near a ground crack system near an abandoned geothermal well site near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii County Civil Defense says there continues to be very little activity along the breakouts of the lava flow Tuesday and no advancement has been noted since the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, Volcano Helicopters)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A lava flow is steaming through lush forests as it creeps across Hawaii's Big Island.


NY highway opens as snow ends; flooding a concern

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:28

NY highway opens as snow ends; flooding a concernMore than 30 major roof collapses, most involving farm and flat-roof buildings, were reported overnight, officials said Friday, after snow Thursday brought the Buffalo area's three-day total to an epic 7 feet or more.


Ebola victim's fiancee moves into new Dallas home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:26
DALLAS (AP) — The fiancee of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola, is settling into a Dallas condominium a month after emerging from quarantine with most of her possessions destroyed and many places reluctant to rent to her.

Texas OKs most new history textbooks amid outcry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:24
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' school board approved new history textbooks Friday for use across the nation's second-largest state, but only after defeating six and seeing a top publisher withdraw a seventh — capping months of outcry over lessons some academics say exaggerate the influence of Moses in American democracy and negatively portray Muslims.

School district near Ferguson cancels classes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:23
JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) — A school district that includes some students from Ferguson, Missouri, is calling off classes Monday and Tuesday, citing potential unrest if a much-anticipated grand jury announcement occurs soon.

NYC pays former fast-food worker $437,000 to settle Big Mac glass case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:22
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former McDonald's Corp worker accused and later cleared of putting glass shards in a police officer's hamburger will be paid a $437,000 settlement by the city of New York, authorities said on Friday. Albert Garcia, who was working the grill at a McDonald's in the Bronx, was arrested in 2005 after New York Police Officer John Florio accused him of putting broken glass in his Big Mac, Garcia's attorney said. ...

Texas school board approves textbooks criticized for religious bent

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:20
By Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. The Republican-controlled 15-member body voted along party lines to approve the use of the textbooks for all ages of students in the second-most populous U.S. state, with about 5 million children in the public school system. ...

Executives brave frigid Detroit night for charity

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:19

M. Roy Wilson, right, Wayne State University President, and his wife, Jacqueline, prepare their boxes, Thursday Nov. 20, 2014, during the Executive Sleep Out in Detroit. Forty executives slept outside Thursday, on a freezing Detroit night, to raise awareness about homeless youth . (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Some enveloped themselves in sleeping bags. Others relied largely on layering. All were cold and at least a little uncomfortable.


Iowa's high court referees teen girls' fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:18
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court found itself in an unusual position Friday — the referee in a fight between two teenage girls who shouted insults at each other last year.

Timeline of events after death of Michael Brown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:17

A resident of the Canfield Green apartments in Ferguson, Mo., who lived right above the spot where Michael Brown was killed, move out on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in advance of a St. Louis county grand jury decision. The woman and her niece both declined to be interviewed, but the niece answered a question about whether her aunt was moving because of the upcoming news. "You bet your butt she is," she said. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen,) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.


Police name child victims in fatal Tabernacle shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:17

 Mother shot 3 children in Tabernacle home, using pillow to muffle shotsNew Jersey State Police have released the names of the three children who were shot in what appears to have been an attempted murder-suicide in Tabernacle, New Jersey.


New Jersey prosecutor: Cop shot his own cruiser

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:55
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer has been accused of shooting a gun at his own police vehicle.

Longest U.S. suspension bridge celebrated New York-style

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:51

A layer of smog can be seen above Manhattan through the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was celebrated on Friday as an engineering marvel on the 50th anniversary of its opening, but a proposed toll increase for the longest suspension bridge in the United States put a damper on the birthday party. When traffic began crossing the Brooklyn-to-Staten Island span in 1964, it was the first time that all five New York City boroughs could be reached without traveling on water. ...


A look at how FDA-approved robotic leg braces work

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:45
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, who was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet two years ago in southern Afghanistan, is walking again thanks to a set of robotic leg braces known as the ReWalk system. Herrera is the first in the United States to own the device that was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Several competing products are being used and tested at U.S. rehabilitation hospitals.