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Missouri Governor names panel to address inequity in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:35

Tense Ferguson, Missouri Awaits Grand Jury Findings In Shooting Of Michael BrownBy Scott Malone ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Missouri's governor on Tuesday named 16 members to a panel charged with making recommendations to fix social and economic inequalities in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb hit by protests since a white policeman fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August. Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, took the action as the region braced for a decision by a local grand jury on whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protests are expected, particularly if Wilson does not face criminal charges. ...


Senate narrowly fails to pass Keystone XL pipeline bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:33

Climate advocates and representatives from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota protest against Keystone XL pipeline at Senator Landrieu's house in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly failed to pass a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, rejecting a measure the House of Representatives approved last week. The vote count was 59-41 in favor, but 60 "ayes" would have been needed to assure passage. Fourteen Democrats voted for the bill, joining all 45 Republicans who voted to support the pipeline. TransCanada Corp's $8 billion pipeline would help transport crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, but is opposed by environmentalists. ...


Fatal stabbing of college student may stay mystery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:32
MCMINVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Investigators may never know why a 33-year-old man rushed into a McMinnville convenience store last weekend and fatally stabbed a Linfield College athlete, the top prosecutor in Yamhill County said.

U.S.-born rabbis slain in Israel praised; protesters at U.N. Palestinian mission

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:20

Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jews carry the body of Rabbi Mosheh Twersky off a vehicle during his funeral in JerusalemBy Sascha Brodsky NEW YORK (Reuters) - Family and friends remembered three U.S.-born rabbis slain in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, praising one as the scion of his Boston family's rabbinical dynasty and another as "one of the kindest souls" in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. As tributes poured in, about 40 demonstrators chanted and waved flags outside the Palestinian Mission to the United Nations in New York to express outrage that two Palestinians wielding a meat cleaver and gun killed the rabbis during Jewish morning prayers. ...


UN committee demands that Iran stop executions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:20
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly human rights committee has approved a resolution expressing deep concern about rights violations in Iran, including the "alarmingly high frequency" of the use of the death penalty.

ABC News: Cooper Health System CEO & wife could have been murdered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:18

 Cooper Health System CEO & wife could have been murderedABC News has confirmed that evidence suggests the deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John Sheridan and his wife could have come at the hands of an unknown third party.


Oklahoma City officer to face trial on sex charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:12

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo Daniel Holtzclaw, center, arrives for a hearing in Oklahoma City. Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, is accused of sexually assaulting 13 women while on patrol. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer will stand trial on dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty, the judge's order coming exactly five months after the first complaint was reported to police.


Netflix expanding to Australia, New Zealand

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:09
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March.

Netflix expanding to Australia, New Zealand

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:09
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March.

Cleveland settles police chase shooting for $3 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:08
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland will pay $3 million to resolve claims brought by the families of a man and woman shot dead after a high-speed police chase in 2012 that involved dozens of officers and nearly 140 rounds fired, a local probate judge ruled on Tuesday. The estates of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell will receive nearly $900,000 each from the settlement that resolves a federal lawsuit against the police department and Mayor Frank Jackson, attorneys for the estates said in a statement. The judge awarded 40 percent of the settlement to the attorneys for the estates. ...

Cleveland settles police chase shooting for $3 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:08
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland will pay $3 million to resolve claims brought by the families of a man and woman shot dead after a high-speed police chase in 2012 that involved dozens of officers and nearly 140 rounds fired, a local probate judge ruled on Tuesday. The estates of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell will receive nearly $900,000 each from the settlement that resolves a federal lawsuit against the police department and Mayor Frank Jackson, attorneys for the estates said in a statement. The judge awarded 40 percent of the settlement to the attorneys for the estates. ...

Woman accused of setting bacon fire pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:07
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman accused of using burning bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house is pleading guilty.

Texas woman gets 21-month sentence for threatening to kill Obama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:06
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Houston woman who goes by the name Teddy Bear Paradise was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison for threatening to assassinate President Barack Obama, prosecutors said. The woman, formerly known as Denise O'Neal, had told a federal court she sent a letter in November 2013 threatening to murder the president and told two Secret Service agents about a month later of her intention to assassinate Obama. She pleaded guilty in August and had faced up to five years in prison. A lawyer for the woman was not immediately available for comment. ...

Texas woman gets 21-month sentence for threatening to kill Obama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:06
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Houston woman who goes by the name Teddy Bear Paradise was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison for threatening to assassinate President Barack Obama, prosecutors said. The woman, formerly known as Denise O'Neal, had told a federal court she sent a letter in November 2013 threatening to murder the president and told two Secret Service agents about a month later of her intention to assassinate Obama. She pleaded guilty in August and had faced up to five years in prison. A lawyer for the woman was not immediately available for comment. ...

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. ...