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Stranded on a snowy highway? Here's what to do

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:43
Heavy snow has stranded many motorists on a western New York highway. Some tips on what to do if you find yourself stuck in the snow:

Baby giraffe steps out at Santa Barbara Zoo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:38

This Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 photo provided by the Santa Barbara Zoo shows a new born baby giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo in Santa Barbara, Calif. Buttercup, who was born last Thursday, is already 186 pounds and over 6 feet tall. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara Zoo, Sheri Horiszny)SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The public is getting its first glimpse of a baby giraffe born last week at the Santa Barbara Zoo.


Powerful Texas school board hears testimony on contentious textbooks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:38
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The Texas Board of Education, a group whose decisions can set the tone for school districts nationwide, heard testimony on Tuesday on a new set of school history and social studies textbooks that critics say advance Christian ideology. The Republican-controlled 15-member body will be voting this week on whether to approve more than 100 books for use by students from elementary to high schools in the second-most populous U.S. state. Once textbooks are approved by Texas, they often are marketed nationally. ...

Six Flags, coaster-maker settle in woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:34
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Six Flags Over Texas and the German manufacturer of a roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death last year have reached a settlement with the victim's family.

Report on tribal youth and violence urges action

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:29
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — American Indian and Alaska Native children are exposed to violence at rates higher than any other social group in the nation, according to a new report that urges creation of a new Native American affairs office, additional federal funding and other measures to combat the problem.

U.S. judge overseeing San Bernardino bankruptcy sets deadline for city plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:27
By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - More than two years after San Bernardino filed for bankruptcy, a judge on Tuesday set a deadline for the California city to propose a plan to manage its Chapter 9 protection. U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said she was surprised to see how the case had progressed and hoped "the city has a game plan." Jury set a May 30 deadline for the city to submit a blueprint to exit bankruptcy. "Let's know sooner than later," Jury told attorneys. ...

University of California wants tuition hike or more funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:23
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - University of California president Janet Napolitano would back off a proposed tuition hike if the state increases funding by $100 million next year, a spokeswoman said, the latest in a very public battle over higher education in the most populous U.S. state. Napolitano, the former U.S. ...

Task force recommends changes to Ohio State band

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:22

FILE-This Jan. 3, 2007 file photo shows former Attorney General Betty Montgomery in Columbus, Ohio. Montgomery, who was hired by Ohio State University to review the culture inside its celebrated marching band after the group's director was fired, is releasing her report Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An "undercurrent of inappropriate behavior" inside Ohio State University's celebrated marching band was fueled by a combination of societal pressures faced by students, unclear expectations set by band leaders and ineffective university oversight, according to a report released Tuesday.


UN committee demands that Iran stop executions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:17
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly human rights committee approved a resolution Tuesday expressing deep concern about rights violations in Iran, including the "alarmingly high frequency" of the use of the death penalty.

Nevada has highest proportion of illegal immigrants in U.S.: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:13
By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Nevada has the highest proportion of illegal immigrants of any U.S. state at 7.6 percent of its population while the number of illegal immigrants nationwide is leveling off at about 11.2 million, according to a study released on Tuesday. The study by the Pew Research Center looked at U.S. illegal immigrant population trends over a three-year period ending in 2012. The number of illegal immigrants in Nevada fell by 20,000 over that period, according to the Pew analysis, but the state still had about 210,000. ...

Mother says Vatican criticism of daughter's Oregon assisted suicide hurtful

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:07
By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - The mother of a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer who took advantage of Oregon's assisted suicide law to end her life said on Tuesday that the Vatican deeply wounded her by unfairly calling into question her daughter's decision. Debbie Ziegler, the mother of Brittany Maynard who ended her life at her Portland home on Nov. 1 by taking a fatal dose of medication, wrote on the website of Compassion & Choices, an organization that supports assisted suicide and worked with Maynard in the final weeks of her life. ...

No on Keystone pipeline -- but GOP vows replay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:05

Climate advocates and representatives from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota protest against Keystone XL pipeline at Senator Landrieus house in WashingtonWASHINGTON (AP) — In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in January.


TSA: Ice skates OK on plane; fake saw stays home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:01

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein holds up a credit card style folding knife during a news conference at John. F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Transportation Security Administration displayed thousands of items on Tuesday that were confiscated from carry-on bags over three months at New York's Kennedy Airport. As the chaotic holiday travel season approaches, the agency wanted to remind the public what carry-on items were no-no's. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday displayed thousands of items confiscated from carry-on bags over three months at Kennedy Airport. As the chaotic holiday travel season approaches, the agency wanted to remind the public what carry-on items are no-nos.


Estate of keeper killed by cougar sues sanctuary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:00
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The estate of a young woman who was mauled to death by a cougar while working at a wild-cat sanctuary in suburban Portland is suing the sanctuary and its owners.

Massive expansion coming to King of Prussia Mall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:59

Massive expansion coming to King of Prussia MallShoppers familiar with the King of Prussia Mall know there are two very separate sections of the mall - The Court and The Plaza. You have to walk outside to get from one side to the other.


Fast-tracked bill would shield execution drug

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:54

Jim Tobin, a lobbyist for the Catholic Conference of Ohio, asks lawmakers to reject a bill that would shield the source of execution drugs, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Tobin called moves to make executions more secret "a new and troubling aspect of the death penalty." (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill that would shield the names of companies that provide Ohio its execution drugs continued its swift move through the Statehouse on Tuesday as opponents questioned a key defense given for the measure: it's needed to protect such companies from threats or potential harm.


Bucks County father charged in toddler's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:51

Bucks County father charged in toddler's deathA Bucks County man faces homicide charges in the death of his toddler son.


Cupich becomes Chicago archbishop, decries abuse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:50

Bishop Blase Cupich, left, and the retiring Cardinal Francis George listen during his Rite of Reception service at Holy Name Cathedral, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in Chicago. Cupich will be installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday. He was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, Pool)CHICAGO (AP) — Blase Cupich became the archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday after his predecessor handed him a bishop's staff and relinquished the chair that symbolizes the leadership of the nation's third-largest diocese.


Father of Lakewood rabbi killed in synagogue attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:49

Father of Lakewood rabbi killed in synagogue attackThere's sadness in Lakewood where the Jewish community is grieving for Rabbi Mosheh Twersky.


Appeals court lets gay marriage go ahead in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:49
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C (Reuters) - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Tuesday to stay a district court ruling from last week that struck down South Carolina's gay marriage ban, meaning same-sex weddings could happen there as soon as Thursday. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, said in a statement his office would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the district court's ruling. "This issue has not yet been resolved nationally," he said in a statement. ...