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Ohio inmates spent months making ladder used in prison escape

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 07:00
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An inmate convicted of killing three teenagers in an Ohio high school shooting spent months with two other prisoners fashioning a 13-1/2-foot long ladder they used in a prison escape in September, a state prison report released on Friday said. T.J. Lane, serving a life sentence for the 2012 shootings in Chardon, Ohio, northeast of Cleveland, and fellow inmates Lindsey Bruce and Clifford Opperud, were all recaptured within hours of the escape from a prison in Lima. ...

Man who tried to help at Tennessee traffic wreck dies after fall

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:58
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A Good Samaritan who stopped to help at the scene of a car crash on Friday died after stepping over a bridge railing and plummeting into a river far below, Nashville police said. Mark A. Ferguson, 27, of Omaha, Nebraska, probably believed there was land on the other side when he stepped over the railing and fell into the Stones River, the Nashville police said in a news release. Ferguson was able to swim to the bank of the river, but he was pronounced dead after being taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. ...

Officials assess fire damage at Miss. Ag Museum

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:57

A firefighter walks past blazing wreckage of a barn at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, that caught fire late Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Joe Ellis)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A two-alarm fire at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum was believed to have started in a barn, but fire investigators were sifting through the charred debris to determine the exact cause, fire officials said Friday.

Noted muni bond investor James Lebenthal dies: family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:54
NEW YORK (Reuters) - James Lebenthal, the U.S. municipal bond market's biggest champion, has died following a heart attack at age 86, his daughter said on Friday. Lebenthal became a force in the New York municipal bond market in the 1970s, selling to retail investors for decades via radio and TV commercials. "No one loved municipal bonds and their value as the tool for rebuilding America more than Dad," his daughter Alexandra Lebenthal said via email. "He was a Wall Street legend and his legacy will live on. ...

Paramedic charged with stealing Rolex of patient

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:50

This photo provided by Mesa Police Department shows Jason Edward Alexander. Police say the family of a man who died Oct. 8, 2014 at a Mesa hospital could not locate his Rolex watch. They say the man's son later found the watch for sale on eBay and notified authorities. Investigators discovered Nov. 4 that the seller was Alexander, a Rural Metro ambulance employee who helped transport the victim Sept. 21. Police say Alexander admitted to taking the watch and selling it. He faces one count each of theft and trafficking in stolen property. (AP Photo/Mesa Police Department)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A paramedic in Arizona has been charged with theft after being accused of pocketing a patient's Rolex watch during an ambulance ride to a hospital, authorities said Friday.

Tax impact: Smokers travel as owners see sales slip

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:50

 Smokers travel as owners see sales slipPhiladelphia's cigarette tax has driven up the price per pack and is driving smokers to shop elsewhere.

Keystone: House sends oil pipeline bill to Senate

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:48

Map shows the proposed Keystone pipeline route.; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress inched closer Friday to a possible showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week.

Man, allegedly beaten by 6 football players, talks to Action News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:45

Man, allegedly beaten by 6 football players, talks to Action NewsA violent attack near a western Pennsylvania university has prompted criminal charges and a civil lawsuit. And the local victim at the center of the case is telling us his story.

Clarification: Obama-China story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:38

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, speak during a joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)BEIJING (AP) —

Betting halted against Chinese firm in Hong Kong

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hong Kong's stock market on Friday prohibited investors from making speculative bets about the stock of a Chinese chemical company backed by U.S. banking giant Morgan Stanley for at least 90 days. A day earlier, The Associated Press reported significant discrepancies between financial records and what the company told investors as part of its $654 million stock offering.

Men convicted in ricin plot to serve prison time

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:26
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A judge on Friday said the fact that two north Georgia men likely could never have carried out a plot to target the federal government does not make their words and actions any less serious and sentenced each of them to serve 10 years in prison.

IG: Improper disability claims cost taxpayers $2B

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — A small group of Social Security judges have improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn't qualify, costing taxpayers $2 billion over the past seven years, government investigators conclude in a report being released Monday.

Appeals court rules against imprisoned American

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against a government subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba who is seeking to sue the U.S. government for the destruction of his business.

Another top Ohio Republican speaks on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:24

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2005, file photo, Justice Paul Pfeifer listens to Attorney Donald Mooney present arguments in the Ohio Supreme Court in Columbus, Ohio. Pfeifer says language on gay marriage, pro or con, doesn’t belong in the Ohio Constitution. He suggests Ohioans should repeal the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on gay marriage and leave the issue to state lawmakers to decide. (AP Photo/Will Shilling, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican justice on the Ohio Supreme Court says the legal obstacles facing his lesbian daughter, her partner and their two children have made him view the state's protections for same-sex couples and their families as inadequate.

Some functions won't work overnight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says some functions of will be temporarily shut down overnight as the website transitions to the start of sign-up season on Saturday.

Denver-area seniors protest new state tests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:21

Fairview High School, students including from left to right Charlie Kolbrener, Haley Schusterman, Diana Edelman, Emma Boelts, Kiki Garthwaite, and Tay Lotte protest the new state tests outside the school building on Thursday morning. The students said there was only single digit participation in taking the test this morning in Boulder, Colorado, on Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Paul Aiken)DENVER (AP) — Thousands of Denver-area high school seniors are refusing to take new state standardized tests, saying they're a distraction as they work to get into college and a waste of time and money.

Same-sex couples plan mass wedding in Kansas on Monday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:20
By Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - More than a dozen same-sex couples plan to be married in a mass wedding ceremony outside a courthouse in Wichita on Monday now that such marriages are legal in Kansas, a minister said on Friday. "This is a way to help bring everyone together," said Reverend Jackie Carter of the First Metropolitan Community Church in Wichita, who is organizing the event. Benjamin Breese, 58, and his partner have waited 12 years to tie the knot and will be among the couples marrying Monday evening on the steps of the Sedgwick County Courthouse, he said. ...

Florida equals state record with 19 panthers killed on roads

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:18
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida panther killed by a car this week became the 19th road fatality this year for the endangered big cat species - matching the most on record in the state - although officials said the toll reflects an uptick in the predator's population. State wildlife officers said on Friday that the 4-year-old panther died on Thursday near Immokalee, Florida, in the southwestern part of state. Officials said they believe the female had been living on ranch lands near a preserve. ...

Idaho teacher apologizes for killing, skinning rabbit in class

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:16
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An Idaho high school teacher under fire for killing and skinning a rabbit in front of his students to demonstrate how animals are processed for food has apologized to children disturbed by the incident, a school official said on Friday. The part-time teacher is a farmer who raises rabbits and other livestock for food and was asked to provide a lesson on animal slaughter and processing by students in a 10th-grade biology class he taught at a high school in the Nampa School District near Boise, said district spokeswoman Allison Westfall. ...

CEO's hands-on style key in deadly coal blast case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 06:01

FILE - In this May 20, 2010 photo, Massey Energy Company Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The former CEO who oversaw the West Virginia mine that exploded in 2010, killing 29 people, has been indicted on federal charges related to a mine safety investigation. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said a federal grand jury indicted Blankenship on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — To beat charges that he recklessly ignored safety standards before his coal mine blew up, killing 29 men in the industry's worst disaster in the U.S. in decades, coal executive Don Blankenship will have to overcome reams of evidence painting him as a micromanager.