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Police: Man crawled into sunken car, saved baby

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:02
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her out, police said.

Ferguson braces for finding on shooting of unarmed black teen

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:02

Volunteers board up the "I Love Ferguson" headquarters in preparation for the grand jury verdict in the shooting death of Michael BrownBy Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, prepared on Wednesday for a grand jury report expected soon on the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman, an event that laid bare long-simmering racial tensions in the St. Louis suburb. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests. Many businesses have boarded up their windows as they expect another wave of demonstrations to follow the grand jury's decision, particularly if officer Darren Wilson is not charged. ...

1st gay marriage licenses issued in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:01

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, Colleen Condon, left, and her partner Nichols Bleckley appear at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., shortly after filing a federal lawsuit seeking the right to marry in South Carolina. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, a probate judge began issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Charleston and the couple were among the first six couples to pick up their license. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, file)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge issued the first gay marriage licenses and a couple was married in South Carolina on Wednesday, even as the state attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and block the unions.

Trial set after vanishing Marine request is denied

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:56

FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the media outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Cliff Gilmore said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, that a judge decided last week to deny Cpl. Hassoun's request for another Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing. Gilmore said Hassoun's general court-martial is scheduled to begin at Camp Lejeune on Dec. 8 before the judge, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge has declined a request for a new hearing on evidence against a U.S. Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq and later winding up in Lebanon, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

2 dead after tractor-trailer rams stopped cars

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:55
BLANDON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into a line of stopped cars on an eastern Pennsylvania highway.

NBC, Netflix cancel Bill Cosby's shows after sex assault claims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:53

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBC said on Wednesday it has canceled an upcoming project with veteran comedian Bill Cosby, his second show to be pulled after accusations that he sexually assaulted women resurfaced in recent weeks. The move by NBC comes a day after online streaming company Netflix Inc said it was postponing Cosby's stand-up comedy special "Bill Cosby 77," which was due to be released on Nov. 28. The 77-year-old Cosby is fighting to protect one of the most storied careers in stand-up comedy and television. ...

NJ man enters agreement in White House case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Jersey man arrested after driving onto White House grounds the day after a different intruder got through the front door has entered into an agreement that could lead to his case being dismissed.

NBC scraps Bill Cosby television project

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:50

NBC scraps Bill Cosby television projectNBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.

Washington state to sue federal government over nuclear site vapors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:43
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state's attorney general said on Wednesday he intends to sue the U.S. government for not adequately protecting workers involved in the decades-long cleanup of a decommissioned nuclear site, saying dozens have been sickened by toxic vapors. The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a World War Two-era nuclear weapons site in southeastern Washington, has 56 million gallons (211.98 million liters) of nuclear waste in 177 underground tanks, several with known leaks, according to federal officials. The U.S. ...

Ohio man exonerated after 39 years in prison, to be released Friday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:40
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cleveland judge dropped all charges on Wednesday against a man who has spent 39 years in prison for murder, making him the longest-held U.S. prisoner to be exonerated, an attorney for the Ohio Innocence Project said.  Ricky Jackson, 57, will walk free on Friday after paperwork is completed, attorney Mark Godsey said. Jackson was convicted along with two others for the 1975 murder of Harold Franks, a Cleveland-area money order salesman, after 12-year-old Eddie Vernon testified he saw the attack, according to court documents. ...

Virginia woman charged in terror case detained

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:34
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman charged with lying to federal investigators about supporting the Islamic State militant group softly answered yes-or-no questions from the judge Wednesday in agreeing to remain in jail until her trial.

Democrats: Go big on the economy in 2016

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:31

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the Center for American Progress’ Second Annual Policy Conference in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say the main lesson of the November election is simple: Go big on the economy.

Citigroup executive found dead in tub, throat cut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:30
NEW YORK (AP) — A Citigroup manager has been found dead in a bathtub in his New York City apartment with this throat cut.

American jailed over photo in Emirates back home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:30
ATLANTA (AP) — An American man who was jailed over taking an unauthorized photo in the United Arab Emirates has returned to the United States.

Deadly western New York snowstorm to get second wind

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:29

A single car drives along Route 190 in BuffaloBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Western New York state braced for a fresh wave of heavy snow on Wednesday after a freakish storm swept off the Great Lakes and deposited 5 feet (1.5 meters) of powder in parts of the region, killing at least six people and stranding motorists overnight. The fierce autumn storm paused on Wednesday morning around the city of Buffalo, but snow was expected to resume later in the day, said Deputy Erie County Executive Richard Tobe. ...

Consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:24

James Swartz, director of World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc., points out the term "Play Safe and Enjoy!!!" on the package for the Catapencil, a combination pencil and slingshot, at Children's Franciscan Hospital in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The consumer watchdog group has released its annual list of what it considers to be the 10 most unsafe toys as the holiday season approaches. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — A light-up bow whose arrows are advertised as flying up to 145 feet and the "Catapencil" — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a Massachusetts-based consumer watchdog group.

Man charged with lying about severe disabilities

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:20
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area man who once sought food stamps for his service dog was charged with perjury on Wednesday after prosecutors concluded his claims of severe disability were bogus.

Reports: Workers inside when farmers market blaze ignited

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:19

 Workers inside when farmers market blaze ignitedThe search continues for the cause of Tuesday's four alarm fire at The Columbus Farmers Market in Burlington County, New Jersey.

Friend of marathon suspect asks for new lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:19
BOSTON (AP) — A friend of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings wants a new lawyer to defend him against charges he obstructed the investigation by deleting information from his computer and lying to the FBI.

Project to show Native American link to Route 66

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 06:12

A car travels down historic Route 66 toward Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. American Indian tribes have teamed up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to highlight the histories and cultures of the more than two dozen tribes along the famous byway. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Greasy diners, big-finned Cadillacs, mom-and-pop souvenir shops, dusty trading posts and the promise of the West were undoubtedly part of the recipe that made historic Route 66 — America's Mother Road — famous.