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New report on Newtown shooting out Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:17
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A report on the 20-year-old Connecticut man who killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School is being released Friday by a state agency that investigated whether anything about his mental health and educational history should lead to child-protection policy changes.

No ruling yet on prosecution in porn email scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:14
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not decided whether to prosecute anyone in a scandal over the email exchange of pornography by state government employees, a spokeswoman said Thursday, pulling back an earlier statement about whether anyone could be charged over child pornography.

Accused Colombian drug kingpin admits to U.S. cocaine scheme

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:12
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the second time in two months, a Colombian accused of being a drug kingpin and pursued for years by U.S. authorities pleaded guilty to federal charges in a New York courtroom on Thursday. Daniel Barrera, 47, faces life in prison after pleading guilty in Manhattan federal court to a charge that he conspired to manufacture and import cocaine knowing it would be imported into the United States. ...

Ohio House votes to shield execution drugmaker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:37
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The names of companies providing lethal injection drugs to the state would be shielded for at least two decades under a bill that cleared the Ohio House on Thursday.

Researcher who found cause of Lyme disease dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:36

This 1954 photo provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows Willy Burgdorfer inoculating ticks at NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont. Burgdorfer, the Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, has died in western Montana. A spokesman at the Daly-Leach Chapel said Wilhelm “Willy” Burgdorfer died from complications of Parkinson’s disease Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 in Hamilton, Mont. He was 89. (AP Photo/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — The Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has died in western Montana.

Polls: Employers still prioritize health coverage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:35

Judy Solomon, vice president of Kinetic Systems Inc., poses for photos as 11-year employee, John Kelly, works inside the plant in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Solomon says she has to provide health insurance to attract and keep engineers when competing against bigger companies. Her business has 32 full-time workers and makes equipment that helps control vibrations for sensitive scientific instruments. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Employers squeezed by years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul are still making employee health insurance a priority, but that coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years.

PG&E fined over alleged secret dealings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:34
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State regulators Thursday fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and required its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a planned gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.

Correction: Obit-Jane Byrne story

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:30

FILE - In this May 16, 2011 file photo, former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne appears at inaugural ceremonies for Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. Byrne, Chicago's first and only female mayor, has died at the age of 81. Byrne’s daughter, Kathy, says her mother died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at a hospice in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the death of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Harold Washington was a state senator when he was elected Chicago mayor. Washington had been a state senator, but he was a U.S. House member when he defeated Byrne and was elected mayor.

Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:28

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, various cuts of beef and pork are displayed for sale in the meat department at a discount market in Arlington, Va. The U.S. is running out of options to keep package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The World Trade Organization has ruled that those labels discriminate against Canada and Mexico. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico.

California firefighter arrested in love triangle murder

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:27
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California firefighter and his alleged mistress have been arrested in the murder of the woman's husband, who was shot to death at a rail yard in August, police say. Jonathan Michael Hearn, 24, and Sabrina Limon, 35, were taken into custody this week on suspicion of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said in a written release. ...

Combat aviation unit deactivated at Fort Campbell

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:26
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Army says a 2,400-soldier combat aviation unit that recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan will be deactivated at Fort Campbell and its members sent elsewhere, as overseas wars wind down and the military continues to reorganize and downsize.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:22
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Police have journal, videos indicating Florida State shooter believed government targeted him.

Tribes work to create sex-offender registries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:19
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — More than three-quarters of American Indian tribes that have the authority to develop sex-offender registries are well on their way to meeting the legal requirements meant to keep convicted criminals from hiding out on tribal lands, a new report shows.

Mother, 3 children identified in fatal Maine fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:16
CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — The fire marshal's office says a fire that ripped through a mobile home in northern Maine killed a 28-year-old woman and her three young children.

Girl questioned over Yik Yak threat that closed California school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:12
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in Southern California have questioned a girl in connection with at least one threatening post made on social media application Yik Yak that led to a two-day closure of a high school in an affluent oceanside community, officials said. The threats on the smartphone application were made on Monday against Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles, prompting officials to briefly place the campus on lockdown that day and close it on Tuesday and Wednesday. ...

Colombian admits importing tons of coke into US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:11
NEW YORK (AP) — A Colombian described by authorities as one of the biggest cocaine dealers in history pleaded guilty Thursday to a drug trafficking charge, admitting that he imported hundreds of tons of cocaine into the United States.

Obama to offer immigration relief to about 4.7 million: source

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:10

U.S. President Obama pauses during a ceremony honoring the National Medal of Technology and Innovation awardees at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is slated to announce on Thursday that he will offer relief from the threat of deportation to about 4.4 million undocumented people who are parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders, according to a source briefed by the administration. Obama also will announce an expansion of a program that allows children illegally brought to the United States by their parents to stay in the country - a move that could offer relief to an additional 270,000 people, the source said. ...

St. Louis region prepares for Ferguson decision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:42

In a Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 photo, Fatou Diaw, right, watches her friend Kapeli Wiggins spray paint an open sign on the boarded up windows at Mounas & Sisters African Hair Braiding in Ferguson, Mo. The owner of the strip mall located along the 9100 block of W Florissant Ave. boarded up several of businesses over the weekend before the anticipated Michael Brown grand jury announcement. "Business has been slow. Sometimes in a week, no one comes," said Diaw. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis region is on edge in anticipation of an announcement from the grand jury that is weighing whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The August shooting led to weeks of protests, some of them violent, and many people fear renewed violence after the decision, particularly if the panel does not issue an indictment. Some key things to know about the situation:

New Jersey loses jobs in October as it prepares for bond sale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:34
By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - New Jersey's economy showed more cracks on Thursday as the U.S. state with the second-lowest credit rating in the country reported 4,500 jobs lost in October and an upward tick in its unemployment rate. The latest bad news broke a streak of much-needed labor market improvement that had been slow but steady for the Garden State, and it came in advance of a planned $525 million state borrowing on Dec. 3. The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage point to 6.6 percent in October. ...

Murder charges in random California shootings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:09
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of going on a five-day shooting rampage that killed four people was charged with new counts Thursday that could bring him the death penalty.