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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.

With snow still piled high, Buffalo faces flooding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 05:15

Heavy equipment moves snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs.

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.

Hundreds honor Indiana aid worker slain in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:43

Ed and Paula Kassig, parents of Peter Kassig, reflect as a funeral prayers were held for their son in the mosque at Al-Huda Foundation in Fishers, Ind., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Peter Kassig was captured Oct. 1, 2013, while delivering aid in Syria through a relief organization he founded. The White House confirmed Peter Kassig's death Sunday, Nov. 16 after the Islamic State group released a video showing that Kassig had been beheaded. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — The death of an Indiana aid worker at the hands of Islamic State militants is "barbaric" and is not a true reflection of Islam, a cleric told hundreds of people who gathered Friday for the first of three memorial services honoring the slain man.

White House: Immigration steps would boost wages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:39

President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families." (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period.

Florida polo magnate gets 16 years for deadly drunken driving crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:29
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida polo club founder was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday after a jury for a second time found him guilty of killing a recent college graduate in a collision while driving drunk late one night in Palm Beach County. John Goodman, a 51-year-old from a Texas family that made a fortune in the air conditioning business, was convicted last month of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide. ...

Virginia high court rejects lacrosse-case appeal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:19
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend.

Redistribution of homes begins in polygamous sect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:06
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Katie Cox has lived in her 13-bedroom home in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border for more than four decades — but she's never had a deed.

Key figures in the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:58

This undated file photo provided by the Brown family is Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014. Police departments across the country are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict officer Darren Wilson, who killed the unarmed black teenager. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A look at some of the key figures in the case of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in August — a death that stirred weeks of violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb.

Hawaii and Alaska pay more for Thanksgiving feasts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:53
HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of Hawaii pay the highest prices in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving, and Alaska feasts are almost as expensive.

AP PHOTOS: Buffalo area digs out after epic storm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:50

FILE - A man digs out his driveway in Depew, N.Y.,Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another lake-effect storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; BATAVIA DAILY NEWS OUT; DUNKIRK OBSERVER OUT; JAMESTOWN POST-JOURNAL OUT; LOCKPORT UNION-SUN JOURNAL OUT; NIAGARA GAZETTE OUT; OLEAN TIMES-HERALD OUT; SALAMANCA PRESS OUT; TONAWANDA NEWS OUTThe Buffalo area began the backbreaking work of digging itself out Friday after a historic 7-foot wallop of snow and braced for possible flooding ahead of what is expected to be a much warmer weekend.

2 men freed after judge dismisses 1975 Ohio case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:42

This photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Wiley Bridgeman. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office has filed a motion dismissing aggravated murder cases against three men falsely accused of killing a businessman outside a corner store in Cleveland in 1975. Fifty-seven-year-old Ricky Jackson, 60-year-old Bridgeman and his brother, 57-year-old Ronnie Bridgeman, were sentenced to death during separate trials in 1975 for the slaying of Herman Franks. Their convictions were based solely on the testimony of a 13-year-old boy who in 2013 recanted and said he was coerced and threatened by Cleveland police detectives.(AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)CLEVELAND (AP) — Two men imprisoned for nearly four decades walked free on Friday after being exonerated in a 1975 murder because the key witness against them — a then-13-year-old boy — recanted his testimony.

Ferguson schools announce closure in advance of Darren Wilson ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 03:40

Ferguson schools announce closure in advance of Darren Wilson rulingSchools in Ferguson will close on Monday and Tuesday in advance of potential Darren Wilson ruling.