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Grand jury testimony in black Missouri teen's slaying nearly done: attorney

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:56

A portrait of slain teenager Michael is pictured on a t-shirt worn by his father Brown Sr. during a news conference in GenevaBy Scott Malone CLAYTON Mo. (Reuters) - The grand jury decision on whether to indict a white Missouri police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager is nearing, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday, calling for calm in a situation that has put police and residents on edge. A pathologist hired by the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot dead in August in Ferguson, Missouri, was due to testify on Thursday and will likely be one of the final witnesses before the grand jury decides whether to indict Darren Wilson, attorney Anthony Gray said. ...

Hunt on for California driver who killed teen while fleeing police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:55
By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - Police in Northern California have recovered a car they believe struck and killed a 14-year-old boy at a crosswalk during a police chase this week, but were still searching for the driver, authorities said on Thursday. Teenager Ivan Cruz had been holding a scooter and crossing the street with friends in the San Francisco Bay area town of Ashland when he was struck on Tuesday, said Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sergeant J.D. Nelson. ...

Son of U.S. senator pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:48
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and his wife pleaded not guilty on Thursday to multiple animal cruelty charges after 21 dogs died while the couple were caretakers at a boarding kennel that overheated in suburban Phoenix, court officials said. Austin Flake is married to Logan Flake, daughter of the Green Acre kennel's owners, who were on a trip to Florida and had left the couple, both aged 21, in charge of the facility when the incident happened in June. ...

Fracking accident kills 1, injures 2 in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:42
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — One worker is dead and two others have been seriously injured following a fracking accident at an oil or gas well site in northern Colorado.

University of North Carolina to face accrediting inquiry for academic fraud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:40
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - An accrediting agency sent a letter to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday, asking the school to prove its compliance with the group's standards after a probe found that more than 3,000 students received credit for fake classes. The public university could face warnings or probation as a result of the academic fraud findings, which showed student-athletes accounted for nearly half of enrollments in "irregular classes" over an 18-year period. ...

1 worker dies when NC pedestrian bridge collapses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:34
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials say one worker was killed and four others were hurt when a pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed at a community college in North Carolina.

Man accused of driving wife's Corvette into Delaware River arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:31

Man accused of driving wife's Corvette into Delaware River arrestedAuthorities say they've arrested the man accused of intentionally driving his wife's Corvette into the Delaware River.

Yellen says Fed must focus on globalization

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — The growing globalization of financial markets requires the Federal Reserve to understand how economic developments in other nations may affect the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

Why Chinese stocks leave US investors vulnerable

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:24

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, trader Richard Cohen works near the post that handles Alibaba on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Chinese companies like Alibaba, whose initial public offering this year set a record high, operate under lax standards compared with other stocks on U.S. exchanges. That means higher risks for investors. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Something about the deal smelled fishy.

Study finds as world warms, US gets more lightning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:24

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, lightning strikes north of Macworth Island in Portland, Maine. A new study says flashes of lightning in the US will likely increase by nearly 50 percent by the end of the century because of global warming. Scientists found a mathematical formula that equates lightning to the rain rate and how much moist energy is in a storm cloud. Then using that formula researchers applied basic physics to show that for every degree Fahrenheit the world warms, lightning strikes will go up nearly 7 percent (12 percent for every degree Celsius). (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lightning strikes in the United States will likely increase by nearly 50 percent by the end of the century as the world gets warmer and wetter, a new study says.

Appeals court dismisses clergy housing lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:21
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday dismissed a challenge to the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, saying the leaders of an anti-religion group in Wisconsin didn't have the standing to bring the lawsuit.

Chicago college student missing since Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:19
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A college student last seen entering the Chicago Board of Trade building in the city's downtown business district has been missing for nearly a week, police and school officials said on Thursday. Chan Williams, 20, last seen on Friday evening entering the Chicago Board of Trade building, was reported missing by his father, according to Loyola University Chicago. Williams is described as African-American, 6-feet tall, 210 pounds and wearing a black fleece jacket, dark gray athletic pants or shorts and gray Puma-brand athletic shoes, Chicago police said. ...

Nigerian man arrested in online dating scam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:16
A Nigerian resident faces charges that he set up an online dating profile using a photo of Montana's attorney general and falsified stories about overseas business problems to scam several women.

Gov't tells US drivers to get used to cheap gas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:15

In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo, gas station prices are posted for passing motorists in Augusta, Ga. The Energy Department's Energy Information Administration predicts in its most recent short-term energy outlook, released Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, that drivers will pay $2.94 per gallon on average in 2015, 45 cents lower than this year. (AP Photo/David Goldman)NEW YORK (AP) — Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane says effects linger from October car crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:15

Attorney General Kathleen Kane says effects linger from October car crashA neurologist told Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Thursday that she can't come back to work in her Harrisburg office until Nov. 24.

Michigan board: Suspend super-drunk judge 90 days

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:12
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A state disciplinary board says an Ypsilanti judge should be suspended for 90 days for towing a boat and a trailer at a public boat launch while being highly drunk.

Kansas to set up seismic monitoring system

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:58

Argonia firefighters Justin Stringer, right, and John Layton check for structural damage to buildings in Milan, Kansas after a nearby 4.8 earthquake struck the area Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle -, Fernando Salazar)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — On the same day that Kansas marked its strongest earthquake of the year, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that the state will buy monitors to track increased seismic activity in three south-central counties.

Police: Teen arrested after driving to road test

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:52
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas police have arrested a teenager who they say led officers on a car chase after he drove to a state road test facility without a license.

Facts about the USS Miami, which burned in 2012

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:50
A look at the USS Miami, the nuclear submarine that was badly damaged and ultimately scrapped after a fire in May 2012 caused $700 million in damage:

Federal contract workers wage one-day "strike"

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of low-wage contract workers walked off the job at the Capitol and other federal buildings and landmarks on Thursday to press for higher pay.