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Snow makes Thanksgiving travel 'a little hairy'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 08:00

45 a.m. EST shows a long frontal boundary extending from the Atlantic Ocean into the eastern Gulf of Mexico, which is causing a line of rain showers and thunderstorms to develop over the southeastern United States. Behind this front, there is subsidence stabilizing a small area from Wisconsin into the lower Mississippi River Valley which is clearing up the skies. Florida is mainly being affected by the heavy line of thunderstorms with isolated cells off to the east of the Carolinas. A complex low pressure system is also currently over the Northern Plains causing a mixture of rain and snow to fall across this area and other regions of the country. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor.

Final day of rehearsals for Thanksgiving Day Parade

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:43

Final day of rehearsals for Thanksgiving Day ParadeIt's the night before the 6abc/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade which means today was the final day of rehearsals and last minute preparations.

Two FBI agents shot at house near St. Louis, suspect dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:42

FBI agents inspect evidence at the scene where two FBI agents had been shot the night before in Hanley HillsFERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Two FBI agents were shot and wounded at a house in north St. Louis County early on Wednesday and the suspect was dead in an incident not related to the racially charged unrest around nearby Ferguson, officials said. The agents, one of whom was shot in the shoulder and the other who was shot in the leg, were helping local police try to arrest 33-year-old Major Washington, a suspect in a shooting on Monday night in which Washington's mother was killed and a police officer was shot in the chest, the University City Police Department said. ...

2 FBI agents, police officer shot; suspect dead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:41
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his mother and wounded a suburban St. Louis police officer and two FBI agents is dead, authorities said Wednesday.

In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:39

FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Lesley McSpadden, center, drops rose petals on the blood stains from her 18-year-old son Michael Brown who was shot and killed a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 9. With a grand jury’s decision this week not to indict police officer, Darren Wilson for Brown’s killing, prosecutors released thousands of pages of testimony, interviews and documents that shine new and often harsh light on the events that unfolded in this suburb’s darkest hours. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Huy Mach, File)Michael Brown spent part of his last morning chatting with some workmen about Jesus. Police officer Darren Wilson got a call to help a feverish child. Dorian Johnson got up at 7 a.m. with the intention of getting breakfast for his girlfriend.

Cleveland video shows police shot boy within seconds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:37
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland officials on Wednesday released a video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy that shows him pointing a pellet gun around a park before police arrive and shoot him within two seconds. Tamir E. Rice was shot by a patrol officer on Saturday after a 911 call reported someone pointing a gun at people at the Cudell Recreation Center. The caller said the gun could be a fake. The video shows the boy walking and pointing the gun in different directions before entering a gazebo. A patrol car with two officers pulls up to the gazebo. ...

VIDEO: Annie McCormick reports on snow in Lehigh County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:35

 Annie McCormick reports on snow in Lehigh CountyThe snow is falling in Allentown, and it's the fun stuff - the packable snow good for making snowballs and snowmen.

Attorneys seek to clear former Crow tribe chairman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:26
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Civil rights attorneys have moved to exonerate a former chairman of the Crow Indian Tribe of a bribery conviction by obtaining unreleased emails from a federal judge who has been reprimanded for sending racist correspondence.

Miners ask court to lift ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:18
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - The American mining industry is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ban on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon in a legal battle with environmentalists over impacts on the premier U.S. park. In 2012, the Obama administration set aside for 20 years new mining claims and limited development on existing claims on roughly 1 million acres (404,686 hectares) of public lands in northern Arizona adjacent to the Grand Canyon. Then-U.S. ...

Christie tells what goes into his mashed potatoes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:15

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and Newark Archbishop Bernard Hebda converse while preparing plates to hand out during a pre-Thanksgiving meal at the St. John's Church soup kitchen, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Newark, N.J. Members of the Christie administration have been participating in their fourth annual "Season of Service" by volunteering around the state. Cabinet members this week have been sorting, packaging and serving holiday meals for various food pantries. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has long boasted about his mashed potatoes, which he'll be whipping up Thursday for his family's Thanksgiving feast.

Mississippi football rivalry marred by threat to campus greenery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:04
(Reuters) - An anonymous, hand-written note threatening damage to trees and shrubs on the University of Mississippi campus ahead of a major intra-state football game was turned over to federal investigators on Wednesday, the school said in a statement. The note refers to the rivalry between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State, whose football teams will play on the former's campus in Oxford on Saturday in the traditional rivalry game known as the "Egg Bowl. ...

VIDEO: Nora Muchanic reports on snow in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:03

 Nora Muchanic reports on snow in TrentonIt's a tale of two storms in New Jersey - the southern and central parts of the state saw mostly rain but the northern parts were hit with snow.

VIDEO: Vernon Odom reports on the messy holiday travel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 07:03

 Vernon Odom reports on the messy holiday travelOne of the busiest, most stressful travel days of the year posed special challenges.

A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:59

Protesters demonstrate on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Since a grand jury's decision was announced Monday night, Nov. 24, not to indict a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, protesters in cities throughout the country have rallied behind the refrain "hands up, don't shoot," and drawn attention to other police killings. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared debris Wednesday after two nights of unrest — the second far less violent than the first — over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old. Protesters continued to hold scattered demonstrations in the area.

More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:55
By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager. There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday's grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. ...

Company to give back wages to disabled workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:39
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An employment program agreed to give $300,000 in back wages to around 100 disabled workers for allegedly failing to pay overtime and the minimum wage, as part of a settlement announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

FBI arrests man in Texas suspected of being gang hit man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:38
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The FBI arrested a 36-year-old San Antonio man on Wednesday accused of being a mob hit man who is suspected in at least three murders and believed to have given the order to have a Texas police officer killed, the FBI said. Ruben Reyes is accused of fatally shooting three high-ranking members of his own Texas Mexican Mafia on the same day earlier this year, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent working on the case. ...

Police make arrest in $50,000 fur coat heist in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:35
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Police have arrested one of two men suspected of grabbing $50,000 worth of fur coats on Wednesday from a high-end clothing shop in Greenwich, Connecticut, and then speeding off in a getaway car to New York. State troopers pulled over the pair on a highway near New York City and arrested the driver before the passenger slipped behind the wheel and took off, crashing into a police cruiser during the ensuing chase and escaping on foot, police said. Police are searching for the second suspect. ...

Last of three New Jersey siblings shot by mother dies of wounds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:34
(Reuters) - An 11-year-old New Jersey boy, one of three siblings shot by their mother last week before she turned the gun on herself, has died of his wounds, becoming the fourth fatality in the shootings, state police said on Wednesday. Alexander Harriman had been hospitalized in critical condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden since the shootings Thursday morning at a home in Tabernacle. ...

US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:27

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2014, file photo shows EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaking to the Center for American Progress’ Second Annual Policy Conference in Washington. The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.