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California Governor appoints lawmaker to university board in time for key vote

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:10

California Governor Jerry Brown is seen after a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico CityBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown has appointed a top lawmaker to the board overseeing the massive University of California system, days before the panel is scheduled to vote on a tuition hike opposed by Brown. The appointment of former Assembly Speaker John Perez comes amid controversy over a proposal by UC president Janet Napolitano to hike tuition by up to five percent annually for five years, a move that would conflict with Brown's demand for a tuition freeze. ...

Hagel seeks to reassure U.S. troops about safety of Ebola mission

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:03

U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel participates in the Washington Ideas Forum, in WashingtonBy David Alexander FORT CAMPBELL Ky. (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sought on Monday to reassure soldiers training for the fight against Ebola in Liberia that their mission was a legitimate use of the military and the Pentagon was taking every step to ensure their safety. Hagel watched members of the 101st Airborne Division as they practiced safely taking off protective clothing that could be needed if they were to come into contact with people who had contracted the disease, a scenario officials said was unlikely. ...

Grand Canyon offers incentive for quieter aircraft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:54

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, tourists prepare to get on a helicopter prior to taking a tour of the Grand Canyon, at Grand Canyon National Park Airport in Tusayan, Ariz. A proposal by the Grand Canyon would give air tour operators another incentive to upgrade aircraft to meet the definition of quiet technology. The proposal would allow those operators to transfer flight allocations that go unused in the winter months to the summer months along the canyon's most popular flight corridor. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Air tour operators at the Grand Canyon would be able to take more visitors over the most popular flight routes under a proposed incentive to make aircraft quieter.

Police search for suspect in fatal subway shove

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:53

In this surveillance video of Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 provided by the New York Police Department, a man smokes a cigarette outside a convenience store in the Bronx borough of New York. The NYPD says the man is suspected of shoving a stranger off a subway platform Sunday in front of an oncoming subway train. Police said 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok was pushed off the platform to his death, an act that appeared to be unprovoked. (AP Photo/New York Police Department)NEW YORK (AP) — Police on Monday hunted for the man who shoved a stranger off a subway platform to his death and circulated surveillance footage of the suspect walking calmly away from the station just minutes after the fatal push.

Chemical plant had some environmental violations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:38

This undated image shows signage at the DuPont Facility in La Porte, Texas. Four workers were killed and one was injured Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, during a hazardous chemical leak at the suburban Houston plant, company officials said. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Marie D. De Jesus)LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — State records show dozens of minor or moderate state environmental violations since 2009 at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant where four people died from toxic fumes over the weekend.

Huge digital billboard to light up Times Square

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:37
NEW YORK (AP) — The lights in Times Square are about to get a lot brighter.

Missouri governor activates National Guard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:34
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Police ID man who stabbed Linfield College student

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:31
McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have tentatively identified a man who fatally stabbed a Linfield College football player in the chest at a convenience store near the Oregon college campus over the weekend.

Illinois landlord convicted in fire deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:22
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago landlord was found guilty Monday in the deaths of seven people for a Valentine's Day 2010 apartment building fire that prosecutors said was set for insurance money.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:01

FILE - In this April 2014, file photo, provided by the United Methodist News Service, Dr. Martin Salia poses for a photo at the United Methodist Church's Kissy Hospital outside Freetown, Sierra Leone. Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, that Salia died as a result of Ebola. Salia contracted the disease while working in Sierra Leone, and he arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated. (AP Photo/United Methodist News Service, Mike DuBose, File) MANDATORY CREDITYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

NYC plan would replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:46
NEW YORK (AP) — Pay phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging capability.

California Chinook salmon fall run slowed amid warm weather, drought

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:24
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The annual fall migration of Chinook salmon has been delayed by warmer water temperatures and slow-flowing streams in parts of California as the state's three-year drought drags on, hatchery officials said Monday. Cool November temperatures usually bring thousands of adult salmon from the Pacific Ocean into streams and rivers to spawn. ...

Gay couples wed in Kansas, but not in all counties

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:16

Krista Casmaer, left, and Mindy Kufahl trade wedding bands with Kufahl's daughter Phoebe Edgerton-Kufahl, 7, as witness during a mass same-sex marriage ceremony on the steps of the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gay and lesbian couples have wed on the steps of a historic courthouse in Wichita.

Minnesotan who lived on yacht and collected welfare pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:12
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A Minnesota man who collected food stamps and other public assistance while living on a yacht with his wife pleaded guilty on Monday to two felony charges, prosecutors said. Colin Chisholm III, 62, pleaded guilty in a court hearing to theft by swindle and wrongfully obtaining public assistance, Hennepin County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement. Prosecutors said Chisholm and his wife, Andrea Chisholm, 54, illegally received more than $167,000 in public benefits from 2005 to 2012 before their benefits were terminated. ...

White House threatens to veto EPA related bills

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is issuing veto threats against House Republican legislation that places new reporting requirements on the Environmental Protection Agency. The White House says the measures could delay or prevent environmental decisions.

Police: Iowa man charged in random shootings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:05
PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) — A man with a handgun randomly targeted people while driving through a Des Moines suburb early Monday, shooting and injuring two men at separate locations and prompting several schools to tell students to stay home, authorities said.

Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:00

Demonstrators march through the streets during a protest over the shooting death of Michael Brown in ClaytonBy Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized the state's National Guard to support police in case of violence after a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. "Our goal here is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard," Governor Jay Nixon told reporters on a teleconference. "People need to feel safe and to achieve those goals, we need to be prepared." The order also puts the St. ...

Active Alaska volcano calms down _ for now

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:48

In this Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 photo provided by the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a view of the Pavlof volcano's eruption plume is seen from an aircraft. The National Weather Service warned airplanes to avoid airspace near the erupting volcano as it spewed ash 30,000 feet above sea level. Pavlof is Alaska's most active volcano and is located about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's had more than 40 recorded eruptions, including earlier this year and last year.(AP Photo/Alaska Volcano Observatory)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of Alaska's most active volcanos has calmed down since spewing ash up to 35,000 feet into the air over the weekend, but scientists said Monday the volcano has a pattern of prolonged eruptions of varying intensity. They're not ready to consider this explosion over.

Missouri governor activates National Guard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:45

Missouri governor activates National GuardMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

FBI looking into laws about body parts shipments

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:23
LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. investigators are trying to determine whether any laws were broken by two American tourists who police say tried to ship preserved human parts from Thailand to Las Vegas.