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Clinton: No troops in Syria, US must welcome refugees

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:15

 No troops in Syria, even if attack on US soilNEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Thursday to keep American troops out of Syria, saying in a sweeping foreign policy address she would resist sending forces to fight Islamic State militants even if there were an attack within the U.S.

More than 500,000 people homeless in the United States: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:01

File photo of people waiting in line at the Fred Jordan Mission annual back to school giveaway of shoes, clothing and backpacks for homeless and underprivileged children in Los AngelesMore than 500,000 people - a quarter of them children - were homeless in the United States this year amid scarce affordable housing across much of the nation, according to a study released on Thursday. The report, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said the number was down slightly from 2014. Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Oregon and Hawaii have all recently declared emergencies over the rise of homelessness, and on Thursday Seattle's mayor toured a new encampment for his city's dispossessed.

Man angry after EBMUD refused to release water use on property

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:44

Man angry after EBMUD refused to release water use on propertyAn East Bay man said the East Bay Municipal Utility District is being inconsistent by playing by two different sets of rules when it comes to releasing names and addresses of its water users.

Police investigating death of 1-year-old girl found burned in oven in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:43

Police investigating death of 1-year-old girl found burned in oven in TexasPolice say a 1-year-old girl was found dead inside the oven after she and her three siblings were left alone in their Houston home.

Fed appeals court won't stop Hawaiian election vote count

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:27

FILE - In a Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 file photo, Bill Meheula, left, an attorney for Nai Aupuni, speaks to reporters outside U.S. District Court in Honolulu. A federal appeals court is allowing a vote count to proceed in an ongoing Native Hawaiian election. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, rejected an emergency request to stop the votes from being counted once voting ends on Nov. 30. Native Hawaiians are voting to elect delegates for a convention to come up with a self-governance document. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Votes cast in an ongoing election for Native Hawaiians can be counted as planned, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Police: Mystery man at airport was likely off-duty pilot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:27
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unidentified person spotted Thursday on a Jetway connecting a JetBlue plane with a Los Angeles International Airport terminal likely was an off-duty pilot scheduled to catch a courtesy flight to New York, authorities said.

Court allows undocumented women to join Obama immigration appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:18
A U.S. appeals court on Thursday allowed three undocumented immigrant women in Texas to join the Obama administration in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a program that would shield millions of immigrations from deportation. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order, saying the unnamed women could intervene, adding a human dimension to what would be a blockbuster high court case. Obama's executive orders would let up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants live in the United States without the threat of deportation.

South Dakota man gets life in prison for death of NFL star's son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:16
(Reuters) - A South Dakota judge sentenced a Sioux Falls man to life in prison on Thursday for killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in 2013, the Argus-Leader newspaper reported.Joseph Patterson, 29, was convicted in September of second-degree murder in the death of Tyrese Ruffin, who was the son of his then-girlfriend and Peterson. Under state law, he faced a mandatory life sentence without parole. ...

Horizon drops hostile bid for Depomed after judge's ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:08
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Horizon Pharma says it is dropping its hostile bid for rival drugmaker Depomed after a judge rejected its effort to nullify Depomed's "poison pill" takeover defense.

Chicago says it'll release shooting video per judge's order

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:01

CORRECTS TO COUNSEL FROM COUNCIL - Attorneys Michael Robbins, left, and Jeffrey Neslund, counsel for the mother of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer, talk to reporters Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, after Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama ordered the Chicago Police Department to release a video of the shooting by Nov. 25, in Chicago. The video is said to show the officer shooting McDonald 16 times in October 2014. Some including the teen's mother worry the video could spark violent protests. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago said Thursday it will comply with a judge's order and soon release a video of a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times — images that some worry could lead to unrest similar to protests that other cities have seen after police-involved deaths.

Saudi Arabia will host conference to unite Syrian opposition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:35

U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia will host a conference in mid-December to try to unite the Syrian opposition ahead of new peace talks, a key issue in stepped up efforts to end the nearly five-year civil war, the country's U.N. ambassador said Thursday.

Congress finally close to vote on new education law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is finally close to a vote to rewrite the outdated and highly criticized No Child Left Behind education law.

Girl says she couldn't leave bed or room while imprisoned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:27
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The oldest of three sisters who police say were imprisoned by their parents in an Arizona home testified Thursday that she was confined to a bed in her room for months until the younger girls escaped and alerted police.

Pew study reveals Mexican immigrants returning to native homeland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:22

Pew study reveals Mexican immigrants returning to native homelandA new report from the Pew Research Center reveals for the first time in more than four decades, more Mexican immigrants are returning back to their native homeland than entering the United States.

Portrait of Rhode Island ex-mayor, felon Cianci unveiled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:19
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A portrait of former Providence, Rhode Island, mayor and two-time felon Buddy Cianci (see-AN'-see) has been unveiled at City Hall, and Cianci couldn't resist telling a one-liner referring to his criminal past.

Syrian refugees are put through years of screening

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:12

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2015 file photo, Syria refugee Nedal Al-Hayk listens during an interview in Warren, Mich. Al-Hayk, who was resettled in suburban Detroit with his family after a three-year wait, said officials interviewed him and his wife in separate rooms, repeatedly asking detailed questions pressing them about their backgrounds and reasons for fleeing Syria. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Over and over, Nedal Al-Hayk and his wife traveled up to three hours by bus from their temporary home in Jordan to an office where U.S. Homeland Security officials put them in separate rooms and asked them many questions in many different ways: Where were you born? Where were your parents born? Were you part of a rebel group? Were you politically outspoken?

Kansas official shows slides of criminals named Mohammed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:11
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A commissioner in the second most populous Kansas county put on a slide presentation at a local government meeting showing convicted criminals with the name Mohammed, prompting a Muslim group to respond that American politicians seem to be racing to see who is the more bigoted.

Premier: France under 'long, permanent threat'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:07

 France under 'long, permanent threat'Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France is under a "long and permanent threat" after attacks in Paris claimed at least 129 lives last week.

Trial witness: Ex-NY Senate leader badgered him to help son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 08:49

New York Sen. Dean Skelos, left, and his son Adam Skelos arrive to court in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Jury selection is expected to continue Tuesday in the corruption trial of Dean Skelos, who is facing federal charges that he extorted bribes from companies with business before the state. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A real estate company executive testified Thursday that he felt badgered and uncomfortable when he got what he believed to be inappropriate requests from a temperamental former New York Senate leader to help his son.

Portraits of black faculty members defaced at Harvard Law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 08:44
BOSTON (AP) — Portraits of several black professors were found vandalized at Harvard Law School on Thursday, a day after a campus rally for black students.