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Florida investigating new female prison inmate death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:33
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla (Reuters) - Florida is investigating the death of a female inmate, the latest in a series of prisoner deaths that have raised questions about state prison safety, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday. Latandra Ellington, 36, told her family in two letters that she feared beatings by a prison officer shortly before she died on Oct. 1 at the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Florida. Two prominent civil rights attorneys on Tuesday asked U.S. ...

Final gov debate looms for Wolf and Corbett

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:32

Final gov debate looms for Wolf and CorbettRepublican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf are preparing for their last debate of Pennsylvania's 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

Flight diverted over threat, woman hospitalized

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:28
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The FBI says federal prosecutors won't charge a California woman who was removed from a plane in New Orleans after officials say she made a bomb threat during a SkyWest flight.

U.S. justice grants Idaho's request to block gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:27

Idaho's gay marriage banBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy granted a request from Idaho officials on Wednesday and temporarily blocked the planned start of gay marriages in that state after a regional federal appeals court's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. After some confusion over whether the court's order also affected the ban in Nevada, which was struck down as part of the same 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Tuesday that invalidated the Idaho ban, Kennedy issued a second order hours later saying the stay applies only to Idaho. ...

SC high court asked to halt gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:25
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to stop a judge from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Boyz II Men to perform at halftime of the Eagles-Giants game

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:17

Boyz II Men to perform at halftime of the Eagles-Giants gameThe Philadelphia Eagles announced today that Boyz II Men will person during halftime of Sunday's game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field.

Mom, beau plead not guilty in alcohol-in-IV death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:12

CORRECTS SPELLING OF NAME TO RICHTERS NOT RICHTER This photo provided by Vermont State Police shows Melissa Robitille. Vermont State Police say Robitille and her boyfriend, Walter Richters III put alcohol in her disabled son's IV tube, killing the 13-year-old boy. They were charged Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 with murder. (AP Photo/Vermont State Police)ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A man told police he poured vodka into the IV feeding tube of his girlfriend's disabled 13-year-old son to settle him down, a dose of alcohol that contributed to his death, according to court documents released Wednesday.

Casino workers arrested during Taj Mahal strike

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:10

Casino workers arrested during Taj Mahal strikeA number of casino workers were arrested Wednesday afternoon during a protest near the entrance to the Atlantic City Expressway.

Long-time firefighter accused of stealing $300,000 from fire company

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:09

Long-time firefighter accused of stealing $300,000 from fire companyA volunteer fire department is out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and police say it's an inside job.

Conservative states balk at gay marriage action

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:08

Jana Hayes, left, and Angie Hayes embrace under an altar at the Citizens Service Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, after self-officiating their own marriage and becoming the first same-sex couple to legally wed in El Paso County. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers ordered clerks in all of the state's 64 counties to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after the Colorado Supreme Court lifted previous orders barring clerks in Denver and Boulder from doing so. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Following Monday's unexpected Supreme Court decision not to hear appeals over gay marriage, Julia and Regina Johnson went to the Reno County Clerk's office to apply for a marriage license.

Texas deputies find $2 million in marijuana plants in house near Houston

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:08
(Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies who were checking a report that the electricity of a Houston-area home had been tampered with found nearly $2 million worth of marijuana plants in the house, authorities said on Wednesday. Nearly 500 marijuana plants were found Tuesday night at the house in Humble, Texas, about 20 miles northeast of Houston, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. An electric company service technician noticed that the house's power source had been tampered with and called authorities, the sheriff's office said. No arrests have been made, the statement said. ...

Autistic boy's hazing by soccer teammates probed in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:06
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Police and school officials on Wednesday were investigating an alleged hazing incident in which two members of a high school soccer team are accused of tying an autistic teammate to a goal post with duct tape for more than 20 minutes. The incident occurred Sunday evening on the Highlands High School soccer field in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, about 23 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, said school district spokeswoman Misty Chybrzynski. The soccer coach, Jim Turner, has been suspended. ...

Woman says tweets got her kicked off plane at Philadelphia International Airport; airline responds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:02

Woman says tweets got her kicked off plane at Philadelphia International Airport; airline respondsJetBlue has responded to a woman's allegations that her posts on Twitter got her booted from a flight on Tuesday night at Philadelphia International Airport.

U.S. judge to decide state secrets procedure in Iran case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:01
By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Wednesday asked a federal judge in Manhattan to dismiss a private civil lawsuit against an Iran sanctions group on national security grounds without any public explanation for the reason. If the judge agrees, it would mark the first time the government had invoked the state secrets privilege without publicly explaining its motivation for doing so. ...

Twins died together from diabetes, heart disease

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:00

In this Thursday, April 3, 2014 photo, a home is shown where the skeletal remains of 63-year-old twin brothers were found on March 29, in Chattanooga, Tenn., when police made a welfare check. Each man was found seated in an easy chair inside the modest home they shared for decades, and where they apparently died together about three years ago. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)Twins Anthony and Andrew Johnson lived with each other in a quiet neighborhood in Tennessee. One helped treat the other's diabetes. They tended their lawn together, went to the grocery store together and they were found dead together.

Holmes lawyers: Bar emotional sentencing testimony

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:40
DENVER (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shootings are asking the judge to bar emotional testimony from victims during the penalty phase of the trial.

Foster son charged in death of radio host

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:40
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The foster son of a longtime Anchorage radio host has been charged with carrying out his murder and staging a robbery to distract investigators.

Muslim hijabi hipsters fusing fashion with faith

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:37

In this Oct. 5, 2014 photo, Summer Albarcha, owner of photo-sharing Instagram account "Hipster Hijabis", talks during a Fashion Forward session in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. By fusing both their sense of fashion with their faith, Muslim women are reinterpreting traditional notions of what it means to dress conservatively. Some have also pioneered businesses around this growing demand, finding unexpected supporters among some mainstream brands, as well as conservative Christian and Orthodox Jewish women. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fashion-conscious Muslim women from Kuala Lampur to Los Angeles who wear the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, have had to get creative.

Force-fed Guantanamo inmate abusive, U.S. government says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:29
By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Syrian inmate on a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay prison who is seeking more humane force-feeding has a history of assaulting guards and staff, U.S. government lawyers said on Wednesday. The prisoner, Abu Wa'el Dhiab, 43, has been held at the prison in Cuba without charges for 12 years. He was cleared for release in 2009 but the process has stalled as the United States looks for another country to take him. During the hearing in U.S. ...

No charges for driver propelled into day care

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:28
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — No charges will be filed against the driver of a car that was sent crashing into an Orlando day care when it was rear-ended by an SUV, killing a 4-year-old girl.