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Los Angeles schools drop lawyer who won sex case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:35

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Correction shows Los Angeles school district teacher Elkis Hermida, who was sentenced in 2011 to three years in prison for lewd acts against a child. The Los Angeles school district has come under criticism for successfully defending a sexual abuse lawsuit by saying a 14-year-old girl willingly had sex with Hermida, her middle school math teacher. The girl is appealing the case because the judge allowed evidence of her sexual history to be presented and because the district's lawyer blamed her for willingly meeting the teacher at a motel for sex. (AP Photo/California Department of Correction)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles school district on Friday removed a lawyer who successfully defended it in a sexual abuse lawsuit in which he told jurors that a 14-year-old girl who had sex with a male teacher shared responsibility despite her age.

New York strippers win $10 million in back wages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:23
NEW YORK (AP) — Dancers at a strip club are due more than $10 million in back wages and tips, a federal judge ruled Friday after the dancers sued to be paid at least a minimum wage.

Student found unconscious at WVU fraternity dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:21

West Virginia Univeristy students hold a candlelight vigil in memory of Nolan Michael Burch in Morgantown, W.Va., Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, after Burch died Friday. Burch, 18, died two days after officers were called to the Kappa Sigma house and found someone performing CPR on him. (AP Photo/The Dominion-Post, Josh Young)MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University student found unconscious and not breathing at a fraternity house died Friday, a day after the school ordered a halt to all activities at fraternities and sororities, officials said.

Song to dying infant captures Internet's heart

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With his infant son clinging to life, Chris Picco picked up a guitar and sang softly to the boy, urging him to "mend those broken wings and learn to fly."

Sex-offender conditions eased for football player

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:15
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has agreed to lower the sex-offender registration requirements for an Ohio high school football player who served time in a juvenile facility for the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

Policy helps tribal members get birth certificates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:14

In this Oct. 15, 2014, photo, Nelson Williams Jr. shuffles paperwork outside a stone building in Tuba City, Ariz., where he went to get help obtaining a birth certificate. The Arizona Department of Health Services has made the process easier for tribal members who were born before 1970. Tribal members no longer are required to have a witness testify to their birth. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Alice Guy was born at home on the Navajo Nation in a traditional eight-sided dwelling surrounded by her family and aided by a missionary nurse. But she hasn't been able to prove that to the state of Arizona.

'Choose Your Own Adventure' author Montgomery dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:11
WARREN, Vt. (AP) — An author of the popular children's book series "Choose Your Own Adventure" has died in Vermont. Raymond Almiran Montgomery was 78.

After girls' jihadi quest, a focus on outreach

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:08

FILE - This Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, file photo shows the apartment complex in Aurora, Colo., which police say is the home of one of the three teenage girls who, according to U.S. authorities, were en route to join the Islamic State group in Syria when they were stopped at an airport in Germany. On Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, a member of the National Counterterrorism Center from Washington, D.C. spoke to parents and Muslim leaders in Denver about the ease with which their children can be radicalized on the Internet. The meeting was the first of authorities' outreach efforts since three teen girls from the neighborhood were stopped from trying to join Islamic State extremists in Syria and resembles similar efforts nationwide to keep kids from going overseas to fight. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — Gathered under the fluorescent lights of an austere Denver mosque, a group of parents stared at a photo projected on a wall in front of them.

Hawaii beach re-opened after reported shark attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:48
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Officials say part of a beach in Hawaii has been reopened after a snorkeler reported being bitten by a shark.

Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park now open

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:39

Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park now openOn Friday the Rothman Institute Ice Rink opened, right in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.

Judge in Colorado cinema massacre case rejects defense bid to remove himself

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:38

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado theater massacre case on Friday rejected a bid by lawyers defending accused gunman James Holmes to remove himself from presiding over the forthcoming murder trial, court documents show. Public defenders filed a motion this week asking Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour to recuse himself for what they called his “hostile and demeaning” tone toward the defense. ...

Cardinal: Vatican must address Kansas City bishop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:26
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church's new commission to fight child sex abuse said the Vatican needs to "address urgently" the position of Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn, the highest-ranking church official in the U.S. to be convicted of failing to take action in response to abuse allegations.

Maine father who shook baby gets 7 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:12
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man insisted he is not a violent person, as he was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for shaking his 6-month-old daughter so forcefully it left her brain damaged, a quadriplegic and unable to see or hear.

Injured Alfonso Ribeiro Might Not Be Able to Continue on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:08
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro might not be able to continue on "Dancing With the Stars."

Officer wore camera during Utah man's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:04
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah officer was wearing a body camera during the fatal police shooting of sword-wielding man in September, but the camera was not switched on, Utah authorities said Friday.

Court papers filed to close Trump Taj Mahal casino

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:03
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The owner of the struggling Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort filed court papers on Friday saying it will close next month, making it the fifth of the city's 12 casinos to shut down this year.

First Muslim prayers at National Cathedral interrupted by protester

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:01

Women talk as the Washington National Cathedral and five Muslim groups hold the first celebration of Muslim Friday Prayers, Jumaa, in the Cathedral's North Transept in WashingtonBy John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first Muslim prayer service ever hosted at the National Cathedral, a landmark Christian church in the U.S. capital, was briefly interrupted on Friday by a lone anti-Islamic protester but the religious gathering continued with a theme of tolerance. The outburst came as dozens of Muslims knelt on prayer rugs below walls of stained glass and stone archways. The protester, a woman from Michigan who declined to give her name, managed to sneak into the tightly secured, invite-only service and interrupt the introduction. ...

Delaware State Trooper shoots suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:00

Delaware State Trooper shoots suspectThe Delaware State Police are investigating a Trooper involved shooting that left a suspect in critical condition.

Storm again thwarts search for Oregon climber

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:59

00 p m on Wednesday, Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Lane County Sheriff)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bad weather on Friday again kept searchers from getting near the summit of Middle Sister mountain in Central Oregon, where a climber has been missing for two days with what a rescue leader describes as marginal gear for winter survival.

Muni bond champion James Lebenthal dies: family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:54
NEW YORK (Reuters) - James Lebenthal, the U.S. municipal bond market's biggest champion and most eloquent spokesman, died following a heart attack at age 86, his daughter said on Friday. Lebenthal became a force in the New York municipal bond market in the late 1970s, selling to retail investors for decades via radio and TV commercials. "No one loved municipal bonds and their value as the tool for rebuilding America more than Dad," his daughter, Alexandra Lebenthal, said by email. "He was a Wall Street legend and his legacy will live on. ...