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Police arrest man in connection with Oregon high school shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 03:11
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A 22-year-old man was arrested early on Saturday morning in connection with a shooting outside a Portland high school that wounded three teenagers and another man, police said. The suspect, identified as Lonzo Murphy, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for violating parole, and additional charges were pending, police said. Murphy was apprehended at 1:30 a.m. local time when a vehicle he was in was stopped by the Portland Police Bureau gang unit in the western part of the city, the department said in a statement. ...

Missouri prosecutor releases more evidence from Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 03:10

A volunteer writes messages of solidarity with chalk on the sidewalk of W. Florissant(Reuters) - A Missouri prosecutor on Saturday made public two dozen documents related to the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager killed by a white police officer, saying his office had inadvertently held them back. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch released 23 documents, including a transcript of an interview authorities had with Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown in August when the unarmed 18-year-old was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, in Ferguson. The incident set off days of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb. A grand jury on Nov. ...

PHOTOS: Funeral for firefighter Joyce Craig

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 03:01

 Funeral for firefighter Joyce CraigHundreds of people turned out for the funeral for fallen firefighter Joyce Craig.

California cleans up after massive rains, new storm forecast for Monday

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 02:42
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - Another storm system is forecast to hit California early on Monday, the National Weather Service said, days after heavy rains in the drought-stricken state caused mudslides and flash floods that damaged dozens of homes and left roads impassable. Friday's storm had spawned a small tornado in Southern California -- a rare occurrence there -- that touched down in South Los Angeles, tearing the roof off one structure and damaging at least five others, meteorologists and local officials said. ...

Prosecutors: 3 solicited teens for sex parties

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 02:35
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City couple and a single mother tried to recruit girls as young as 12 for sex parties with adult men at a hotel and club, according to court papers.

AP Top News at 1:25 p.m. EST

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 02:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — First it was objections by House Democrats that stood in the way of passage of a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill. Now it's the Senate Republicans' turn, specifically Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah. The two lawmakers demanded a vote Friday night on a proposal to cut funds from the bill that could be used to implement President Barack Obama's new immigration policy, ending any chance the measure could clear the Senate and be sent to the White House with a minimum of fuss.

Jet lands safely in Baltimore after bird strike

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 02:21
LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — A Southwest Airlines jet heading to the Washington area made an emergency landing at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after being struck by a bird.

NYC police union launches campaign to keep mayor away from funerals

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 01:14

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference to announce a tentative contract agreement with the Uniformed Superior Officers Coalition at City Hall in New YorkBy Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's police union is showing its displeasure with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the head of the city council by starting a campaign to keep the two politicians away from funerals of fallen officers. The campaign follows harsh criticism of de Blasio by Patrick Lynch, the head of the union, who said the mayor had failed to support the police after a grand jury decided against indicting a white officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Since the grand jury decision on Dec. ...

Del. teen accused of killing father with crossbow

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 01:04
HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police say a teenager killed his father with a crossbow, the arrow shooting him in the stomach, but investigators haven't determined a motive in the case.

Man hospitalized after Delaware County shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:57

Man hospitalized after Delaware County shootingPolice say a man was shot and hospitalized after a shooting in Marple Township, Delaware County early Saturday morning.

Vatican report on US nuns to be released in Rome

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:20

FILE- In this Sept. 17, 2014, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a Catholic nun during the kickoff of the Nuns on the Bus at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. The Vatican will release a report on U.S. women’s religious orders after a years-long study on Tuesday, Dec. 16. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)A much-anticipated Vatican report on U.S. women's religious orders, which was ordered under Pope Benedict XVI, will be released Tuesday in Rome — and its contents will be closely watched for any sign of changed relations between the Roman Catholic hierarchy and nuns under Pope Francis.

AccuWeather: Brighter Skies this Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:20

 Brighter Skies this WeekendMeteorologist Chris Sowers is tracking the return of sunshine and seasonable temperatures.

Things to know about Mississippi school fund gap

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:14
DURANT, Miss. (AP) — Five things to know about Mississippi's public school funding struggles:

In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:11

In this Aug. 13, 2014 photograph, a student prepares to leave the Enterprise Attendance Center, southeast of Brookhaven Miss. The K-12 school, like others statewide, cut back on bus purchases during the recession to save money as the state fell hundreds of millions of dollars a year short of legally mandated funding levels. If one of Enterprise’s regular buses is out of service, the rural school’s backup bus is 15 years old. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)DURANT, Miss. (AP) — In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem more profound than in this tiny town in the middle of Mississippi.

'Yes Means Yes' becoming norm on NY campuses

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:11

Buffalo State College senior Katherine Middleton, sits on a boardwalk near her home as she talks about the "Yes Means Yes" standard during winter-break, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York. A universal “affirmative consent” standard is now part of a sexual assault prevention policy adopted across the state’s public university system, spelling out for students that only “yes” not silence or a lack of resistance,is the cue for sexual activity. Middleton says the “Yes Means Yes” standard that is now part of a sexual assault prevention policy adopted across the state’s public university system SUNY, “makes it almost seem more like a business deal than an act that happens.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Administrative policy may be the new pillow talk on college campuses across New York.

Final farewell begins for fallen firefighter Joyce Craig

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:03

Final farewell for fallen firefighter Joyce CraigHundreds of family, friends, fellow firefighters and first responders from across the country are gathering to pay respect to fallen Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig.

Farmworker children uprooted by California rules

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 00:02

 state law requires the families to move at least 50 miles away when the camps close for the winter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A lifetime of moving has taught Claudia Morales to start packing early, because like many 13-year-olds, her room "is always a mess."

U.S. Senate delays vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 23:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders in the U.S. Senate postponed an anticipated vote on a $1.1 trillion spending bill late on Friday and will instead aim to pass the must-do legislation on Monday, a Senate Democratic leadership aide said. In order to keep federal agencies operating beyond midnight Saturday, when existing funds expire, the Senate is expected to pass sometime on Saturday a stop-gap bill to temporarily extend government funding through next Wednesday. ...

Senate aims to vote Monday on $1.1 trillion spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 23:50

McCain speaks to reporters as he arrives for votes on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday struggled to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would avert a looming federal government shutdown, postponing a vote until Monday when procedural hurdles begin to evaporate. Negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to speed the process along collapsed during late-night talks in the nearly abandoned U.S. Capitol. Barring any agreement to act in a more streamlined way, the Senate is on track to hold a procedural vote at 1 a.m. eastern time Sunday aimed at clearing the way for passage on Monday. ...

Fish farming finds its way to land-locked Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 23:26

Scott Garwood of Cardinal Farms displays an Asian sea bass called barramundi, which he grows in Dakota City, Neb., Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Farmers in the Midwest are increasingly turning to land-based, indoor fish farms to grow everything from freshwater trout to Atlantic salmon and sea bass, effectively bringing the surf to the turf. The reasons for the advent of indoor fish farming include overfishing of the world's waters and soaring consumption of fish, especially in the U.S., outstripping supply. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle — it's fish.