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Official: Oklahoma prison stabbings result of gang feud

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:31

Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, Okla., is viewed Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. The privately run prison where violence erupted over the weekend and left four inmates dead remains on lockdown because of the ongoing investigation. The prison has 1,720 beds and is owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America. (AP Photo/Kelly Kissel)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The stabbing deaths of four inmates at a private prison in Cushing were the result of a turf war between two white prison gangs that also spilled over into other state prison facilities, the head of an Oklahoma prison workers group said Thursday.

Moody's cuts rating of Ferguson, Missouri, to 'junk' status

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:24
The rating agency said the seven-notch downgrade of Ferguson's general obligation rating, to Ba1 from Aa3, was due to a "severe and rapid" financial deterioration that could lead to insolvency for the St. Louis suburb by the end of its fiscal 2017. A DOJ probe after the shooting death of Michael Brown found racially biased practices on the part of law enforcement. In a June 24 fiscal 2016 budget message, Ferguson's Assistant City Manager Matthew Unrein said the city recognized it was in "perilous circumstances" and that continuation of the status quo would result in insolvency sometime in fiscal 2017.

VIDEO: Philadelphia prepares for the Pope

BBC World News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:23
The final leg of Pope Francis' US tour is Philadelphia. It's being billed as one of the largest events in the City of Brotherly Love in modern times, and could attract up to a million and half people.
Categories: BBC World News

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 FK Qarabag

BBC World News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:21
Tottenham begin their Europa League campaign with victory over Qarabag as Son Heung-min scores twice on his home debut.
Categories: BBC World News

Obama still has confidence in U.S. General Austin: White House

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:19

U.S. President Barack Obama sits next to Commander of Central Command Gen. Lloyd Austin III during in a briefing from top military leaders while at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in TampaPresident Barack Obama still has confidence in General Lloyd Austin, head of the U.S. military's Central Command, and his leadership in the fight against Islamic State forces in Syria, the White House said on Thursday. The U.S. military is coming under pressure because of setbacks in the battle against Islamic State, including a disastrous debut for a force of U.S.-trained Syrian rebels and the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the militant group earlier this year.

Florida woman arrested in 'booby trapped' home with more than 3,700 blades

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:18

Nickcole Dykema is pictured in this undated booking photoNickcole Dykema, 47, was being held without bond on charges including assaulting an officer and resisting arrest, said Hernando County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Denise Moloney. When officers knocked on her door, Dykema barricaded herself inside and then lunged at one officer with a sword-like weapon, narrowly missing an officer's head, Moloney said.

Regents seek overhaul of university's proposed principles

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:18

UCLA Students Against Anti Semitism cheer following a University of California’s Board of Regents meeting at the Student Center to discuss a controversial policy statement on intolerance in Irvine, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. The University of California’s first draft of system-wide principles defining intolerance is drawing protests from free-speech advocates who call it censorship and Jewish organizations that say it doesn’t go far enough to protect against anti-Semitism. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Under pressure from Jewish organizations, members of the University of California's governing board Thursday called for an overhaul of a proposed set of system-wide principles against intolerance, saying it should explicitly address anti-Semitism.

BREAKING: Bellevue's Justus Rogers is a Coug - Scout

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:17


BREAKING: Bellevue's Justus Rogers is a Coug
THE WASHINGTON STATE coaches landed a big three-star verbal commitment on Thursday -- their fourth pledge from the state of Washington in the 2016 class. Bellevue athlete Justus Rogers, who checks in at a sturdy 6-2, 210-pounds, has gone crimson.
WSU football recruiting: Bellevue athlete Justus Rogers commits to CougsCougCenter

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Police: Suspect punches officer, bites another outside station

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:17

 Suspect punches officer, bites another outside stationTwo 9th District officers were taken to the hospital after an alleged assault outside a Philadelphia police station.

Suit: 'Debtors' prison' policy victimizes New Orleans' poor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:16
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hundreds of people have been locked up because they failed to pay court fees, leading to an unconstitutional 'debtor's prison' in the city, a lawsuit filed Thursday said.

California decreases use of 'potty watch,' with more results

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:14

FILE -- In this Aug. 17, 2011, file photo, a pair of inmates are seen in their cell in the Security Housing Unit at the Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif. Inmates say newly imposed welfare checks in the SHU have created excessive noise by the guards, causing California prison officials to hand out earplugs to inmates and tell the guards to walk softly while going about their rounds. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials are reducing the number of times they use a procedure known as "potty watches" and are getting better results, according to an inspector general's report released Wednesday.

Thief returns stolen phone with apology letter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:10

Thief returns stolen phone with apology letterA man stole a cell phone from inside a Trenton business, and when the surveillance video of the crime hit social media the thief decided to return the phone with a hand written apology.

Vanessa Friedman on Fashion Week: Sit. Wait. Watch. Tweet.

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:10
Vanessa Friedman, The Times’s chief fashion critic, reflects on Fashion Week.

US marshals: Ohio killer who left prison farm in '72 is dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:09
CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who was convicted of throwing a student nurse to her death from a hospital roof in 1958 later walked away from a prison work farm and lived under an alias for decades, even marrying and earning a college degree, before he died in 2004, authorities said Thursday.

Your Evening Briefing

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:08
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

VIDEO: 'Unfit' Italy migrant centre closed

BBC World News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:01
A migrants centre in Italy, investigated by the BBC, has been closed after Italian MPs said it "it was not fit for a rubbish dump".
Categories: BBC World News

‘Grandma’: a road-trip showcase for Lily Tomlin

NBA - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:00

A quirky road movie that’s a comedy with moments of wrenching drama, led by the great Lily Tomlin. Rated 3½ stars out of 4. Lincoln Square, Guild 45th.
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‘Pawn Sacrifice,’ Tobey Maguire ups his game as chess champ Bobby Fischer

NBA - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:00

Tobey Maguire is Bobby Fischer in this tense evocation of the Cold War chess showdown of the early-1970s. Rated 3½ stars out of 4. Several theaters.
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A French thriller, Women in Cinema festival and movies at the library

NBA - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:00

Roundup of movies, film fests and film series
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‘The New Girlfriend’: a fascinating but sometimes confusing psychological comedy

NBA - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 06:00

François Ozon (“Swimming Pool”) adapts a Ruth Rendell short story and comes up with this fascinating psychological comedy about the life-altering bond between a young wife and a cross-dressing widower. Rated 3 stars out of 4.
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