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Families of Newtown, Connecticut, massacre victims plan lawsuits

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:25

This Oct. 28, 2013 aerial photo shows the Sandy Hook Elementary School, relocated to the former Chaulk Hill School building in Monroe, Conn., after the original building in neighboring Newtown was razed following A Dec. 14, 2012, shooting rampage where 26 people were killed. A threat Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, led to the evacuation of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe. The superintendent's office said the students were being moved to a nearby school where they could be picked up by their parents. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)By Richard Weizel NEWTOWN, Conn. (Reuters) - Parents of almost half the young children killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, two years ago on Sunday have taken initial steps toward filing lawsuits tied to one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. For a second straight year the leafy suburb has planned no public events to commemorate the massacre, which left 20 first graders and six educators dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an incident that inflamed the U.S. debate over gun control. The parents of eight of the children killed in the Dec. ...

SEPTA train hits abandoned car in Conshohocken

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:22

SEPTA train hits abandoned car in ConshohockenA SEPTA train crashed into a car in Montgomery County.

Crews rescue baby, 4 adults from Germantown fire

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

Crews rescue baby, 4 adults from Germantown fireFirefighters rescued four adults and a baby from the roof of a back porch in Germantown after a fire erupted.

Turning Milder Sunday

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

Turning Milder TodayMeteorologist Chris Sowers says temperatures will climb to near normal levels Sunday.

U.S. taxpayers help fund oil-train boom amid safety concerns

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:11

A crude oil train moves past the loading rack at the Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's transloading facility in Ft. LaramieBy Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. States and the federal government have handed out tens of millions in public dollars to rail companies and government agencies to expand crude oil rail transportation across the country, a Reuters analysis has found. The public assistance in states like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon comes as railroads are posting record profits, and as state and federal authorities press for safety overhauls that the oil and rail industries have opposed, following several explosive derailments. The Reuters analysis identified 10 federal and state grants either approved or pending approval, totaling $84.2 million, that helped boost the number of rail cars carrying crude oil across the nation.

45 arrested after police protests in SF Bay Area

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 17:32
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police arrested 45 people Saturday in the hours after thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco and Oakland in largely peaceful protests, joining in a national demonstration against police killings.

US protesters march against police slayings of black men

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 17:25

Demonstrators march in New YorkWASHINGTON (AP) — Demonstrators nationwide protesting the fatal shootings of unarmed black men killed by police chanted "I can't breathe!" ''Hands up, don't shoot!" and waved signs that read "Black lives matter!" as family members of three victims packed a stage in front of the U.S. Capitol, urging thousands of supportive marchers to keep pressing for changes to the criminal justice system.

Marchers in Washington, New York, Boston protest against police killings

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 17:20

Demonstrators fill Pennsylvania Avenue as they march towards the U.S. Capitol building during the national Justice For All march against police violence in WashingtonBy Ian Simpson, Lacey Johnson and Jonathan Spicer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, New York and Boston on Saturday to protest against killings of unarmed black men by police officers. Organizers said the marches were among the largest in a recent wave of protests against the deaths that have cast a global spotlight on race relations in the United States. The rallies were mainly peaceful, though police in Boston said they arrested 23 people who tried to block a highway. ...

Developments in Newtown 2 years after massacre

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 15:30

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, white roses with the faces of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are attached to a telephone pole near the school on the one-month anniversary of the shooting that left 26 dead in Newtown, Conn. The second anniversary of the shooting is Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 and the town is not holding any public commemoration ceremonies. First Selectman Pat Llodra and school Superintendent Joseph Erardi said the day will be marked through personal reflection and remembrance. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)As the second anniversary of the Newtown school shooting arrives on Sunday, local officials and others touched by the tragedy have been busy on many fronts as the town continues its recovery from the massacre of 20 children and six educators.

Hundreds at funeral for woman burned alive

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 13:48

This undated photograph released by the families of Jessica Chambers and her sister Amanda Prince shows Jessica Chambers taken in Courtland, Miss. About 400 mourners packed a chapel in Mississippi on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, to say goodbye to the 19-year-old Chambers, who was burned alive, among them classmates who used permanent markers to write heartfelt messages on her white metal coffin. (AP Photo/Chambers-Prince Famili, File)BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — About 400 mourners packed a chapel in Mississippi on Saturday to say goodbye to a 19-year-old woman who was burned alive, among them classmates who used permanent markers to write heartfelt messages on her white metal coffin.

NYC police union launches campaign to keep mayor away from funerals

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 13:47

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. ...

Thousands protest police slayings of black men

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 13:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — Family members of young, unarmed black men killed by police — from Michael Brown and Eric Garner in recent months, to Amadou Diallo more than 15 years ago — packed a stage in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, using a shared forum to urge thousands of supportive marchers to keep up the pressure for changes to the criminal justice system.

Congress sends Obama $1.1 T spending bill

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:52

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, as the Senate considers a spending bill. The House has passed an additional stopgap spending to make certain the government doesn't shut down at midnight Saturday when current funding authority runs out. The move would give the Senate additional time to process a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature late Saturday night after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy.

Lynching effigies hung at California university amid U.S. protests

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:52
(Reuters) - Body-sized cardboard effigies of lynching victims were seen hanging by nooses on Saturday at the University of California, Berkeley, a school official said, amid nationwide protests over the killings of black men by police officers. University police responded to morning reports of two cardboard cut-outs in public campus areas before a midday demonstration and march assembled on the campus in the Oakland area, spokeswoman Claire Holmes said. A third figure was also hung before all were taken down. ...

Nearly two dozen demonstrators arrested in Boston, police say

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:52
BOSTON (Reuters) - Police have arrested 23 people in Boston during demonstrations against police violence after some protesters attempted to enter an Interstate highway that runs through downtown, the Massachusetts State Police said on Saturday. The protests in Boston came as tens of thousands of people marched in Washington and New York to denounce killings of unarmed African-American males by white police officers. There were no reported arrests in the marches and rallies in those cities. (Reporting By Brian Snyder; Writing by Frank McGurty)

SantaCon merrymakers hit midtown Manhattan for annual pub crawl

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:47

The Empire State Building is seen in the background as revelers taking part in SantaCon are pictured at a top a rooftop bar after sunset in Midtown ManhattanBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Waves of revelers dressed in Santa Claus outfits invaded Midtown Manhattan on Saturday as part of New York's version of SantaCon, a massive pub crawl that organizers scaled back this year in part to prevent conflicts with a nearby protest march. The loosely organized event, which moves every year to a different neighborhood of the city, has become notorious for leading to public drunkness and rowdy behavior by some of its participants. ...

American denounces U.S. after illegally entering North Korea: CNN

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:36
SEOUL (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen who said he illegally entered North Korea held a press conference in Pyongyang on Sunday to deliver a 4,000-word statement denouncing U.S. domestic and foreign policy, CNN said. CNN said the man identified himself as Arutro Pierre Martinez, 29, from the U.S. border town of El Paso. His mother told CNN her son was bipolar, and had previously tried to enter North Korea from the South Korean side. ...

Final farewell for fallen firefighter Joyce Craig

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:30

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

Senate passes spending bill, ends government shutdown threat

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

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz smiles as he departs the Senate floor after it passed at $1.1 trillion spending bill at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Saturday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that lifts the threat of a government shutdown as Congress attempts to wrap up a two-year legislative session marked by bitter partisanship and few major accomplishments. The Senate's 56-40 vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law before federal spending authority expires at midnight on Wednesday. ...

Prisoner charged with stealing $133,000 from IRS

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 11:51
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A career criminal serving time at a Tennessee prison is accused of concocting a scheme to file false tax returns in the names of fellow inmates.