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FSU picks politician as next school president

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:28
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University has chosen state Sen. John Thrasher as its next president despite significant campus opposition.

Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:27

A fire burns Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at a memorial in Ferguson, Mo., on the site where a Missouri police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says the cause is under investigation. He says the first officer to arrive tried to extinguish the blaze but couldn't. The Fire Department eventually put it out. (AP Photo/Jacob Crawford)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Anger spilled over Tuesday after fire destroyed one of two memorials on the street where Michael Brown was killed, a site that has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions between minorities and police.


Connecticut couple sues airlines in abduction case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:25
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut couple is suing US Airways and an affiliate for allowing a California man now charged with kidnapping to fly their 14-year-old daughter to Sacramento last year.

Secret Service interviewed accused intruder twice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:25

A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Secret Service tightened their guard outside the White House after Friday's embarrassing breach in the security of one of the most closely protected buildings in the world. A man is accused of scaling the White House perimeter fence, running across the lawn and entering the presidential mansion before agents stopped him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service agents in Virginia and Washington earlier this summer twice interviewed an Army veteran accused of climbing over a White House fence during the weekend and running into the executive mansion in the two months before the embarrassing security breach, a federal law enforcement said Tuesday.


Cigarette tax hike passes senate, moves to Gov. Corbett

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:23

Cigarette tax hike passes senate, moves to Gov. CorbettA bill to provide crucial revenue for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District has won approval from the state senate.


Belgian man identified in testing of 9/11 remains

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:19
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City medical examiner's office says an ongoing retesting of remains recovered from the World Trade Center site has resulted in the identification of 31-year-old Belgian man killed in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Police: Fugitive NJ wedding crashers used photo booth

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:18

 Fugitive NJ wedding crashers used photo boothPolice say three men, wanted for robbery after crashing a wedding in New Jersey, took pictures of themselves in a photo booth.


FACT CHECK: Obama in UN speech spins statistics

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:16

United States President Barack Obama addresses the Climate Summit, at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama glossed over some inconvenient truths Tuesday in his climate-change speech to the United Nations. For one, as the U.S. cleans up emissions at home, it's sending dirty fuel abroad to pollute the same sky.


U.S. says will abide by Mine Ban Treaty except on Korean Peninsula

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:16
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States edged closer on Tuesday to compliance with the international treaty banning anti-personnel landmines, saying it would abide by key requirements of the 1999 accord everywhere except on the Korean Peninsula. "Outside of the unique circumstances of the Korean Peninsula, where we have a longstanding commitment to the defense of our ally South Korea, the United States will not use anti-personnel landmines," President Barack Obama told an audience at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. ...

Prosecutor seeks 10 years for teacher rapist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:14

Booking photo of Stacey RamboldBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana prosecutor is seeking 10 years in prison for a teacher who raped a 14-year-old student, after the Supreme Court rejected a one-month sentence from an earlier judge whose comments pinned some responsibility on the victim.


US warns that Ebola could infect 1.4 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:14

A local Liberian artist paints a mural forming part of the country's fight against the deadly Ebola virus by education in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. health officials Tuesday presented worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, calculating that as many as 1.4 million people could be sickened in two countries alone by mid-January _ or the outbreak could be winding down by then, if control efforts substantially increase. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January — or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up.


Obama critic D'Souza spared prison for violating election law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:12

Conservative commentator and best-selling author, Dinesh D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza avoided prison on Tuesday when a U.S. judge sentenced him to serve eight months in a community confinement center after he pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law. D'Souza, 53, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan to live in a center, which would allow him to leave during non-residential hours for employment, for the first eight months of a five-year probationary period. ...


Man critical in Broad Street shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:11

Man critical in Broad Street shootingA man is in critical condition after a shooting in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia.


Harvard endowment grows to $36.4 billion, nears pre-crisis level

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:06
By Tim McLaughlin and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard University said Tuesday its $36 billion endowment posted a 15.4 percent return in fiscal 2014 as in-house bond managers and outside hedge funds teamed up to easily beat the portfolio's 14.6 percent benchmark return. The endowment, overseen by Harvard Management Company Inc, grew to $36.4 billion in the fiscal year ended June 30 from $32.7 billion. That marked a near-full recovery from losses posted during the financial crisis. ...

ACLU sues over Arizona 'revenge porn' bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:01
PHOENIX (AP) — A new Arizona law making "revenge porn" illegal is so broad it criminalizes booksellers, artists, news photographers and even historians and is therefore unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Texas immigrant center to hold up to 2,400

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:01
DILLEY, Texas (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Tuesday that a fourth center to house families apprehended while crossing the Southwest border into the U.S. will eventually hold 2,400 people in Texas.

Pa. lawmaker comes out as gay amid push to change hate crime law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:57

Pa. lawmaker comes out as gay amid push to change hate crime lawGay rights supporters turned out in force in Harrisburg Tuesday to push for a major change in Pennsylvania's hate crime law.


NYC officials denounce anti-Islam transit ads

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Elected officials and religious leaders from several faiths on Tuesday denounced anti-Islamic ads that are appearing soon on New York City transit buses and subway stations.

Texas drops plan to allow liquor sales at gun shows

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:05
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission withdrew a proposal on Tuesday to allow liquor sales at gun shows after being criticized over the potentially dangerous combination. TABC spokeswoman Carolyn Beck said public comment was overwhelmingly against the proposal. "Some people were in opposition to the rules because they think that in general guns and alcohol shouldn't mix," Beck said.  The proposal would have allowed alcoholic beverages to be sold when gun shows are held in facilities that have liquor licenses. ...

Turkey is considering a military role against IS

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:02
NEW YORK (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is considering expanding support of NATO operations against the Islamic State group to include military involvement.