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Nevada Governor calls for robust education investment, tax increases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:08
Republican Governor Brian Sandoval called on Thursday for robust investment in education that would be paid for by tax increases in a state budget that will most likely contrast with the agendas of Nevada's fiscal conservatives. "Today's public education system was largely established in the 1950s," Sandoval said. "Our students are different, and their needs are different." Such an investment would offer a boost to schools across Nevada, where the high school graduation rate is the second-lowest in the nation and preschool attendance is the lowest.

Parents of terror defendant say they saw a change in him

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:52

Lights illuminate the U.S. Capitol, which is covered in scaffolding for restoration, in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. A man who plotted to attack the Capitol and kill government officials inside it and spoke of his desire to support the Islamic State militant group was arrested on Wednesday, the FBI said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)CINCINNATI (AP) — Christopher Lee Cornell showed little direction in his life, spending hours playing video games in his bedroom in his parents' apartment, rarely going out or working, and voicing distrust of the government and the media. But in recent weeks, his parents say, they noticed a change in him.


Strike delayed at Hunts Point produce market, biggest in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:36
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 1,000 workers at the nation's largest wholesale produce market are holding off on a strike while a federal mediator gets involved with contract talks.

Arizona first-in-nation law mandates students pass civic test

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:28
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona's high school students will be required to pass the same civics test that immigrants must pass to gain citizenship, under a first-in-the-nation bill signed into law on Thursday. Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who had championed the idea in his state-of-the-state address on Monday, signed the measure only hours after it sailed through the state House and Senate on Thursday.

Chris Christie tells his potential 2016 backers to relax

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:28

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attends a gathering to announce that Seton Hall University and the parent company of Hackensack University Medical Center are planning to build a private medical school, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Nutley, N.J. The school, which will open in 2017, will be hosted at the former Nutley campus of Swiss medical products firm Roche Holding that closed in 2013. The state has four public medical schools. Two are affiliated with Rutgers University and two are aligned with Rowan University. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he's been delivering a message to potential donors and staffers urging him to jump head-first into a campaign for president: Relax.


UN: At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain, but new cases falling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:24

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, a child stands near a sign advising of a quarantined home in an effort to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. On Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, the U.N.'s Ebola chief, Dr. David Nabarro, said at least 50 Ebola hotspots remain in the three hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining and the deadly disease will be defeated. In the week ending Jan. 11, WHO said new cases in Sierra Leone declined for a second week to the lowest level since the end of August. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain in the three hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining and the deadly disease will be defeated, the U.N.'s Ebola chief said Thursday.


Immigrants can now get Mexican birth certificates in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:11

Visitors walk from the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock, Ark., after the grand opening of the building in this Wednesday, April 25, 2007 file photot. The Mexican government on Thursday Jan. 15, 2015 will start issuing birth certificates to its citizens at consulates in the United States, seeking to make it easier for them to apply for U.S. work permits, driver's licenses and protection from deportation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — For Mexicans living in the U.S. illegally and hoping to stay in the country under President Barack Obama's new immigration policy, things just got one step simpler.


Victim ID'd in tractor trailer, pickup crash in Hockessin, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:08

Victim ID'd in tractor trailer, pickup crash in Hockessin, Del.Authorities have released the identity of the man killed when a tractor trailer collided with a pickup truck in Hockessin, Delaware.


Oklahoma, Florida inmates executed Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:55

This June 29, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Charles Warner. Warner is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 for the 1997 killing of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)Death row inmates were executed Thursday in Florida and Oklahoma with the same three drugs used during Oklahoma's botched execution in April. Florida has now used the method without incident 11 times.


Contractor at center of Navy bribery scheme pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:51
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Malaysian military contractor at the center of one of the Navy's worst corruption cases pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court Thursday — only hours after a second commander admitted to providing him classified information in exchange for lavish hotel rooms and prostitution services.

Flu Closes Schools, Flusters Hospitals Nationwide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:48
This flu season continues to prove especially bad.

Poll: New Yorkers don't approve of police rebuffing mayor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:42

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2015 file photo, police officers turn their backs in a sign of disapproval as Mayor Bill de Blasio remaks are transmitted on a large video screen during the funeral of New York Police Department Officer Wenjian Liu outside of a funeral home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Most New Yorkers didn't approve of police officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio at the funerals of two officers shot to death in their patrol car, or of the comment by a union leader that the mayor had "blood on his hands," according to a poll released Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Most New Yorkers didn't approve of police officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio at the funerals of two officers shot to death in their patrol car, or of the comment by a union leader that the mayor had "blood on his hands," according to a poll released Thursday.


Tractor-trailer accident on Route 73 in Maple Shade

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:39

Tractor-trailer accident on Route 73 in Maple ShadeBurlington County authorities are investigating an accident involving a tractor-trailer on Route 73 in Maple Shade.


Oklahoma and Florida execute convicted murderers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:39

Death row inmate Charles Warner is seen in a picture from the Oklahoma Department of CorrectionsOklahoma put to death convicted murderer and rapist Charles Warner on Thursday, its first execution since a faulty lethal injection last April sparked widespread criticism and led the state to draw up new protocols for its death chamber. At nearly the same time, Florida executed Johnny Kormondy, 42, for the fatal 1993 shooting of Pensacola banker Gary McAdams and the rape of his wife, according to the state Department of Corrections. Both executions had been delayed as the U.S. Supreme Court considered appeals concerning secrecy surrounding the source of the lethal injection cocktail and what is in the mix.


Off-duty NJ officer shoots bear after confrontation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:38

Off-duty NJ officer shoots bear after confrontationA bear had to be euthanized after it was shot in a confrontation with an off-duty police officer in New Jersey.


Teacher convicted of showing high school class violent movie

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:34
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

Arizona passes law requiring students to pass civics test

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:15

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, front, gives his state-of-the-state address as Arizona House speaker David Gowan, left, R-Sierra Vista, and Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs, right, R-Gilbert, listen at the Arizona Capitol Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona became the first state in the nation on Thursday to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before graduation, giving a boost to a growing nationwide effort to boost civics education.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:06

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2014 photo, tourists sunbathe as a vendor sells kites decorated with Cuba's flag on a beach near Havana, Cuba. A new set of U.S. government regulations takes effect Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, severely loosening the 50-decade long travel and trade restrictions for Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Officer says he feared for life before firing beanbags

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:02
MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer who fired beanbags at a knife-wielding 95-year-old man who later died testified at his trial Thursday that his action was prompted by the fear he had for his life.

Teens to face murder trial in killing of Chinese USC student

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 09:57

Jonathan Del Carmen, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, with his attorney Marvin J. Hamilton Jr., as one of four defendants being charged in connection to the 2014 beating death of USC graduate student Xinran Ji student during an attempted robbery. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles teenagers were ordered Thursday to stand trial on murder charges in the slaying of a Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California.