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Detroit art museum will sue if city's bankruptcy plan not approved

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:14

People enter and exit the Detroit Institute of Arts in DetroitBy Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - The Detroit Institute of Arts is prepared to sue to prevent the sale of its collection if Detroit's plan for exiting bankruptcy is not approved, the museum's chief operating officer told U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Thursday. When Detroit filed for the largest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy 14 months ago, the museum began preparing for possible litigation to keep its art works from being sold to pay city creditors, museum COO Annmarie Erickson told the court. ...


'Person of interest' sought in Va. student search

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:12

'Person of interest' sought in Va. student searchPolice want to talk to a man who was seen by a witness with a University of Virginia student the night she disappeared, an official said Thursday.


Boarding kennel operators in Arizona sued over 21 dog deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:03
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A group of dog owners filed a negligence lawsuit on Thursday against the proprietors of a suburban Phoenix boarding kennel who police said left 21 dogs to die of suffocation and overheating while they took a trip to Florida. The civil lawsuit accused the owners and caretakers at the kennel, which was billed as a "pleasant and safe place," of fraud, neglect, mistreatment and abuse of the dogs. It said the owners lied to several people about the death of their pets. ...

Trial opens for Detroit officer who killed girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:02

FILE -- In this May 18, 2010 file photo, Dominika Stanley and Charles Jones hold a photo of their 7-year-old daughter Aiyana Jones in an attorney's office in Southfield, Mich. Aiyana was killed while she slept on a couch by a Detroit police officer accused of handling his gun recklessly during a frantic search for a murder suspect in 2010. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — A member of an elite Detroit police team failed to follow his training when he stormed a house looking for a murder suspect with his finger on the trigger and shot a 7-year-old girl who was asleep on the couch, a prosecutor said Thursday at the start of an involuntary manslaughter trial.


Mississippi officers searching for 4 missing girls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 06:00

 Mendy Coria-Coronado, 1; Jackelyn Belinda Gomez-Coronado, 5; Kimberly Elizabeth Gomez-Coronado, 6; and Evelin Fernanda Coria-Coronado, 2. The children were last seen with their mother, Sonia Elisabeth Coronado, 28, and stepfather, Fernando Coria-Pelay, 24, who are charged with mistreating the girls. (AP Photo/Provided by Mississippi Department of Public Safety)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi authorities were searching Thursday for four young girls last seen with their mother and stepfather who are charged with mistreating the children.


Obama to tout U.S. climate plan at U.N. summit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:58

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will highlight strides the United States has made on climate change when he addresses a major U.N. climate summit next week, senior administration officials said on Thursday. About 120 heads of state and government, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, are expected to attend the summit on Tuesday hosted by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. ...


In wake of beheadings, Busch Gardens removes props

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:58
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday.

Man killed after falling into wood chipper in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:51
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A landscape gardener was decapitated after falling into a wood chipper in Arizona on Thursday and a police spokesman said no foul play was suspected. The accident happened at an auto dealership in Chandler, a city on the southeast outskirts of Phoenix. "It just looks like a terrible accident," Detective Seth Tyler said. Few other details were immediately available, but local TV news footage showed a truck from a tree-trimming company parked outside the dealership, with a wood chipper behind it. ...

Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:51

Vote counting begins in Scotland on independenceExcitement vied with apprehension as Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday in a referendum on independence, deciding whether to dissolve a 307-year union with England that brought prosperity but has increasingly felt stifling to many Scots.


Detectives comforted suspect in missing boy case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:48

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012 file photo, Pedro Hernandez, right, appears in Manhattan criminal court with his attorney Harvey Fishbein, in New York. Circumstances of Hernandez' confession are set to be scrutinized at a hearing to determine whether his statements are fair game for trial -- a question that rests partly on whether he was mentally capable of waiving his rights. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The man suspected of killing a 6-year-old boy in one of New York City's most notorious missing children's cases bursts into tears during a videotaped confession as detectives hug and comfort him, assuring him that he did the right thing by coming forward.


At UN, Obama to urge nations to go big on climate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:48

FILE - In this June 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama wipes perspiration from his face as he speaks about climate change at Georgetown University in Washington. Having spent political capital fighting climate change at home, President Barack Obama will turn his sights overseas next week, urging fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a make-or-break global treaty to be finalized in Paris next year. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Having spent political capital fighting climate change at home, President Barack Obama will turn his sights overseas next week, urging fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a make-or-break global treaty to be finalized in Paris next year.


Man charged in murder of ex-girlfriend in Upper Darby

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:48

Man charged in murder of ex-girlfriend in Upper DarbyPolice have officially charged a man with murder in the strangulation death of his ex-girlfriend in Upper Darby.


Alibaba prices IPO at $68 per share, valuing company at $167.6 billion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:43
NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba prices IPO at $68 per share, valuing company at $167.6 billion.

UC system plan calls for anti-sex abuse effort

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:42
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Responding to federal pressure, the University of California is planning a system-wide effort to address college sexual assaults that would require educating all students, staff and faculty about the problem, supporting victims and properly training investigators.

Death row inmates contest Tenn. electric chair law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:41
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ten death row inmates already challenging Tennessee's lethal injection protocol were permitted by a judge Thursday to amend their lawsuit to include objections to the use of the electric chair.

Missouri officer smelled pot before Taser incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:39

In this photo provided by Daniel J. Haus, attorney for the family, is Bryce Masters with his mother, Stacy Masters. The FBI is investigating after a police officer in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, used a stun gun to subdue 17-year-old Bryce during a traffic stop Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition. (AP Photo/family photo via Daniel Haus)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri police officer said he smelled marijuana inside a car during a weekend traffic stop and used his Taser on the teenage driver only after the boy became combative when ordered out of the vehicle, according to court documents.


Jury won't consider deaths in Ga. salmonella trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:39

FILE - In this March 12, 2009 file photo, Peanut Corporation of America's president Stewart Parnell, arrives a federal court in Lynchburg, Va. A jury weighing criminal charges Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak five years ago will decide the case without hearing one fact _ that nine people died after eating the company's tainted peanut butter. (AP Photo/Don Petersen, File)ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Shirley Mae Almer died a few days before Christmas in 2008 at a Minnesota hospital where the 72-year-old woman was already weak with illness when she was fed peanut butter contaminated with salmonella.


Slain trooper eulogized as impeccable officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:37

Slain trooper eulogized as impeccable officerCpl. Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first, friends and colleagues said Thursday at the slain state police trooper's funeral as a manhunt for his killer continued 40 miles away.


Washington D.C. voters back legal pot by 2-1 margin: poll

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:32
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia voters back legalized marijuana by a nearly two-to-one margin less than seven weeks before a referendum on the issue, according to a poll released on Thursday. If voters approve Initiative 71 on Nov. 4, the U.S. capital would follow Colorado and Washington state into experimenting with legal pot. Washington voters support the measure 65 percent to 33 percent, with backing reaching 79 percent among those ages 30 to 44, the NBC4/Washington Post/Marist poll shows. ...

White House calls for task force to tackle antibiotic-resistant bugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:31

Doris Ortiz, Medical Technician 2, prepares samples in the specimen set-up area of the Vanderbilt Clinical Microbiology Lab for patient care, where the fungal meningitis outbreak was first diagnosed, in Nashville, TennesseeBy P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) - The U.S. government will set up a task force and presidential advisory council to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, setting a Feb. 15 deadline for it to outline specific steps, White House advisers said on Thursday. The secretaries of Defense, Agriculture and Health and Human Services will set up the task force to advise on steps to ensure the remaining medically important antibiotics available to treat humans stay effective and look at their use in animal feed. ...