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U.S. justices scratch chins over prison beard lengths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:46

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building at sunrise is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices, hearing an important religious rights case on Tuesday, expressed doubt over whether the state of Arkansas can justify preventing a Muslim inmate from having a beard. The court appears likely to grant convicted burglar Gregory Holt's request to have a half-inch (1.3 cm) beard in accordance with his religious beliefs. But the justices seemed unsure where to draw the line over whether prison officials could have valid reasons for banning longer beards, which could lead to a narrow ruling. ...


Fire, carbon monoxide force dozens from apartments in Folcroft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:39

Fire, carbon monoxide force dozens from apartments in FolcroftA fire forced dozens of residents of a Delaware County apartment building to sleep elsewhere overnight.


Jury questions are secret in theater shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:32
DENVER (AP) — The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting case has finalized a list of 75 questions prospective jurors will have to answer, but it won't be released.

New Jersey high school's football season axed amid bullying investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:32
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey prosecutors are investigating allegations of widespread bullying and harassment within a local high school's football teams, prompting the school district to cancel the remainder of the season, officials said on Tuesday. The reported incidents of intimidation and other bullying involving football players at Sayreville War Memorial High School were largely allowed by the teams, said Richard Labbe, the schools superintendent for Sayreville borough. ...

Colorado's top court clears way for gay marriage in the state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:22
DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's attorney general told county clerks in the state to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Tuesday after the Colorado Supreme Court lifted stays it had imposed in two related cases and cleared the way for same-sex nuptials. Two Colorado counties not bound by those stays already began issuing licenses on Monday, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings declaring bans on gay marriage in five other states unconstitutional. ...

Ebola in Spain raises questions about protection

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:21

Ebola in Spain raises questions about protectionThree more people were under quarantine Tuesday for possible Ebola at a Madrid hospital after a Spanish nursing assistant became infected there, authorities said. More than 50 others were being monitored as experts pressed to figure out why Spain's anti-infection practices failed.


Clerk who boxes beats up would-be robbery suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:18
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A would-be robbery suspect was beaten up when he found out the hard way that a convenience store clerk on the University of Pittsburgh campus is also a former Golden Gloves boxing champ.

Surveillance video released in search for stolen dog in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:15

Surveillance video released in search for stolen dog in North PhiladelphiaPolice are asking for the public's help in finding two suspects who stole a dog during a home burglary in North Philadelphia over the summer.


Uncle pleads guilty to DUI; drove with nephew on lap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:08

Uncle pleads guilty to DUI; drove with nephew on lapA Delaware County man pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated with his young nephew on his lap.


New England schools face rash of bomb threats

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:03
BOSTON (AP) — School and law enforcement officials in New England say they are dealing with an unusually high number of bomb threats that have forced the cancellation of classes just weeks into the new academic year.

Dog stolen during home burglary in North Philly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:01

Surveillance video released in search for stolen dog in North PhiladelphiaPolice are searching for two suspects who stole a dog during a home burglary in North Philadelphia.


As EU discusses jobs, frustration among unemployed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:59

As EU discusses jobs, frustration among unemployedProtesters who tried to scale the walls of the royal palace in Naples where the European Central Bank was meeting last week embodied the frustration of 26 million jobless Europeans. With the policymakers ...


US health providers expand their Ebola precautions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:54

Mount Sinai Hospital in ManhattanNEW YORK (AP) — Public hospitals in New York City are so concerned about Ebola, they've secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how well the triage staffs identify and isolate possible cases.


Woman sought after West Oak Lane bar assault

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:53

Woman sought after West Oak Lane bar assaultPhiladelphia police are looking for a woman involved in an assault at a local bar.


Mayor Nutter supports cancellation of Philadelphia teacher union contract

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:27

Mayor Nutter supports cancellation of Philadelphia teacher union contractMayor Michael Nutter has thrown his support behind the School Reform Commission's move to cancel the contract of the teachers' union


Union outraged over cancelled contract, Philadelphia's 'war on teachers'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:22

Mayor Nutter supports cancellation of Philadelphia teacher union contractPhiladelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums.


Jamaican DJ files plea deal in lottery scam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:13
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A prominent Jamaican disc jockey charged for his role in a lottery scam targeting older people in the Dakotas and elsewhere is scheduled to plead guilty.

New York court to weigh legal rights of chimps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:08
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - A New York appeals court will consider this week whether chimpanzees are entitled to "legal personhood" in what experts say is the first case of its kind. For Steven Wise, the lawyer behind the case involving a chimp named Tommy, it is the culmination of three decades of seeking to extend rights historically reserved for humans to other intelligent animals. ...

New Mexico debate in Spanish part of growing trend

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 23:45

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, left, and Democratic challenger Gary King prepare for a KLUZ-TV Univision Nuevo Mexico-sponsored debate in Albuquerque, N.M., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The candidates squared off in the Spanish-language debate aimed at the state's Hispanic voters. The debate marked a growing trend nationwide with more candidates agreeing to Spanish-language debates as the Latino voting bloc grows. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The moderator gave New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the nod to start her opening statement. She smiled, then looked at the camera.


Court hearings begin over Revel auction sale

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 23:36

Court hearings begin over Revel auction saleA New Jersey bankruptcy judge began hearing arguments Tuesday over whether Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel should be sold at a 95 percent discount.