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More looting, one arrest as Bay Area protests dwindle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:07

Protesters march against the New York City grand jury decision to not indict in the death of Eric Garner in Oakland, CaliforniaBy Emmett Berg OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Police in Oakland, California, said demonstrators broke windows and looted stores and that there was one arrest for assaulting an officer in the latest U.S. protest over police violence. Oakland and neighboring Berkeley have seen nightly demonstrations since the weekend in response to decisions by two grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. ...


Merchants still reeling from Columbus Farmers Market fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:58

Merchants still reeling from Columbus Farmers Market fireSmall business owners are coming to terms with the effects of a devastating fire at the Columbus Farmers Market nearly one month ago.


Google to donate $2 million to San Francisco homeless groups

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:56
By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc, which has been criticized for exacerbating income inequality in San Francisco, on Thursday said it will donate $2 million to help the city’s large homeless population. The Internet search company, which is making the grant commitments through its philanthropic arm Google.org, said it would support three local homeless groups: HandUp, Hamilton Family Center and Larkin Street Youth Services. The most recent 2013 tally of San Francisco’s homeless population found that 6,436 adults were living on the streets and in shelters. ...

New study: How to change minds on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:47

FILE- In this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, supporters of Arkansas' law banning same sex marriage, top, hold a rally a protestor waves a rainbow flag at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. In an article released Thursday, Dec. 11, by Science magazine, researchers from Columbia University and the University of California-Los Angeles detail a study, which found that openly gay canvassers were far more effective than straight canvassers in shifting voters' views toward support for same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)NEW YORK (AP) — For years, backers of same-sex marriage have said more voters would support it if only they could hear directly from gay people with a personal stake in the issue. A new academic study bears out that hunch.


Alabama recalls vanity license plate with gay slur

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:37
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A personalized license plate with a gay slur slipped past a review panel in Alabama, and the state said Thursday that it's recalling the tag, which showed up in social media on photos of a black Mustang this week.

Case tossed vs. woman held 22 years in son's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:33
PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court has ordered that murder charges be dismissed against an Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row in her son's death.

Cuomo: Buffalo snowstorm cost more than $46M

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:29
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the blockbuster storm that smacked Buffalo last month cost more than $46 million, surpassing the threshold for federal emergency aid.

Cuomo: Buffalo snowstorm cost more than $46M

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:29
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the blockbuster storm that smacked Buffalo last month cost more than $46 million, surpassing the threshold for federal emergency aid.

$5,000 reward to help nab suspects in Pa. armed robberies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:25

$5,000 reward to help nab suspects in Pa. armed robberiesThere is now a $5,000 reward for information leading to the suspects wanted for three brazen armed robberies in Schuylkill Township, Plymouth Meeting, and Bensalem.


Judge hears case as protesters seek police limits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:25
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who protested in Ferguson and St. Louis the night a grand jury decided not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown testified Thursday that police used tear gas without provocation.

Labor board OKs personal use of company e-mail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.

Oil and gas tax declines hurt Alaska, North Dakota revenues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Declines in oil and gas severance taxes contributed to large drops in overall revenues for Alaska and North Dakota in the third quarter, a public policy research group reported on Thursday. Alaska, which historically has relied on the oil sector for revenue, saw its total tax collections drop 74.3 percent in the third quarter of calendar year 2014 from the same period of 2013. In North Dakota, experiencing a natural gas and oil boom, tax revenues fell 46.7 percent in the quarter spanning July through September, said the Rockefeller Institute of Government. ...

Oil and gas tax declines hurt Alaska, North Dakota revenues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Declines in oil and gas severance taxes contributed to large drops in overall revenues for Alaska and North Dakota in the third quarter, a public policy research group reported on Thursday. Alaska, which historically has relied on the oil sector for revenue, saw its total tax collections drop 74.3 percent in the third quarter of calendar year 2014 from the same period of 2013. In North Dakota, experiencing a natural gas and oil boom, tax revenues fell 46.7 percent in the quarter spanning July through September, said the Rockefeller Institute of Government. ...

Final proposals submitted for Obama presidential library

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:07
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Barack Obama Foundation received final proposals on Thursday from four universities to host the U.S. president's future library, the foundation said. The proposals for the Barack Obama Presidential Center came from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, New York's Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. ...

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:06

AP10ThingsToSee - A man carries an umbrella as he crosses Montgomery Street in San Francisco, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The San Francisco Bay Area reached or exceeded normal annual rainfall totals for the first time in years. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Arizona asks U.S. top court to OK immigrant driver's licenses policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:04
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to allow the state to enforce a policy that denies driver's licenses to recently legalized young immigrants, in a case that affects about 20,000 state residents. The residents were granted legal status by the federal government under a 2012 program that critics call an amnesty. A similar program announced by President Barack Obama in November would grant 4.4 million immigrants legal status. ...

Arizona asks U.S. top court to OK immigrant driver's licenses policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:04
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to allow the state to enforce a policy that denies driver's licenses to recently legalized young immigrants, in a case that affects about 20,000 state residents. The residents were granted legal status by the federal government under a 2012 program that critics call an amnesty. A similar program announced by President Barack Obama in November would grant 4.4 million immigrants legal status. ...

Upon review, no replay for disputed Oklahoma game

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:01

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, Douglass High School's Anthony Jackson (28) is brought down by Locust Grove High School's Vance Wilson during a their high school football playoff game in Oklahoma City. Late in the fourth quarter an improperly enforced penalty flag negated a touchdown by Douglass to give Locust Grove a 20-19 win. An Oklahoma County judge said Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, he won't order the game to be replayed. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Bryan Terry, File) LOCAL STATIONS OUT (KFOR,KOCO,KWTV,KOKH, KAUT OUT); LOCAL PRINT OUT (EDMOND SUN, NORMAN TRANSCRIPT, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE, SHAWNEE NEWS-STAR THE JOURNAL RECORD OUT); TABLOIDS OUTOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The ruling on the field stands: A high school football team from a tiny Oklahoma town is moving on to the state semifinals, having topped an Oklahoma City powerhouse after an improperly enforced penalty with 64 seconds left.


Men at lunch rescue man from car in lake

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:56
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — A 21-year-old pre-med student was eating lunch when he heard a commotion outside the Hurricane Grill & Wings. He ran outside and saw a silver Lincoln half-submerged in the lake.

CIA Director Calls Some Interrogation Methods 'Abhorrent'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:54
The CIA chief mounted a vigorous defense of the agency.