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'Modern Family' actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:44

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2008 file photo, Elizabeth Pena poses as she arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of "Nothing Like the Holidays," in Los Angeles. The "La Bamba" and "Lone Star" actress Pena, 55, has died. Pena's manager, Gina Rugolo, said the actress died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as "Lone Star" and comedic parts in TV shows like "Modern Family," has died. She was 55.


Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata air bags

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:44

A sign board of Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp's Annual General Meeting is seen on a street near the venue in TokyoBy Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - A fatal accident near Los Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata Corp air bag, the third death in the United States linked to a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier, according to local officials and the automaker. Devin Xu, 47, died in an accident in the parking lot of a bank in the commercial part of Alhambra in September 2013 even though he was wearing his seat belt, and the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department report cited "apparent facial trauma due to foreign object inside air bag. ...


Police: Colorado school gunman had Sandy Hook pics

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:39
DENVER (AP) — A student who killed a classmate before taking his own life at a suburban Denver high school last year showed a friend photos of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and thought one of the images was "funny in a crude way," according to documents released Thursday.

Spanish-speaking parrot goes to Torrance family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:37

In this Oct. 15, 2014 photo, Nigel, the parrot, was reunited with his second family this week after original owner Darren Chick decided to give him back to the family that had bonded with him the last four years in Torrance, Calif. The reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook Nigel, an African gray parrot, for her own missing bird, the Daily Breeze reported Sunday. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Robert Casillas)TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Nigel the parrot has said "cheerio" to his British-born owner and "Buenos dias" to another family.


Nina Pham, 1st Texas nurse with Ebola, being moved to Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:35

Nina Pham, 1st Dallas nurse with Ebola, arrives in MarylandThe first Dallas nurse to have contracted Ebola after treating an infected Liberian man is scheduled to be moved Thursday to a specialized medical facility in Maryland.


Hundreds protest on Broad Street ahead of SRC meeting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:12

Hundreds protest against Phila. SRC's controversial moveProtesters took to the streets in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia.


U.S. court dismisses $200 million suit in West Virginia fatal police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:09
By Jeffrey Roth (Reuters) - A U.S. federal court has dismissed a $200 million civil lawsuit filed by the family of a man being treated for schizophrenia who was shot 23 times by police in West Virginia, drawing criticism from the local chapter of a national civil rights group. U.S. District Court Judge Gina Groh of the Northern District of West Virginia ruled that the use of deadly force by five officers in the city of Martinsburg was reasonable and justified in the March 14, 2013, shooting death of Wayne Arnold Jones, a 50-year-old black man. ...

Los Angeles schools superintendent resigns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:07

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy listens during a school board meeting in Los Angeles. Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy resigned as head of the nation's second-largest school system after failing to overcome technological problems, clashing with the teachers union and losing allies on the school board.


Obama says considering appointing an Ebola 'czar' to lead U.S. effort

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:06
By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he is considering appointing an Ebola "czar" as the lead U.S. coordinator in the effort to contain the virus and that he remains opposed to a ban on travel from West Africa. Obama met in the Oval Office with aides who are involved in the Ebola fight and spoke to reporters afterward. He said "it may be appropriate" at some stage to put one person in charge of the effort. Some lawmakers, such as Republican Senator John McCain, have been urging him to take this step. ...

Police: Girl who was slain lived in drug den

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:57

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bullhead City, Ariz., Police Department shows Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella, an 8-year-old Bullhead City girl who was reported missing on Sept. 2, 2014, and found dead a day later. A monthlong narcotics investigation resulted in the arrest Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, of Grogan-Cannella's mother, stepfather and grandmother on drug charges. Police said Tania Grogan, 29, and Ralph Folster III, 28, and grandmother Freddie Nicholson were dealing methamphetamine and heroin in Bullhead City, and that Grogan likely supplied methamphetamine to a family friend charged in her daughter's death. (AP Photo/Bullhead City Police Department) Authorities say Grogan-Cannella reported missing from her Arizona home had been strangled. The Mohave County medical examiner released the manner of death for Grogan-Cannella on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Bullhead City Police Department,File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The home of an 8-year-old Arizona girl who was abducted and killed apparently was a nest of drug abuse and sales, police said.


Florida high court says police need warrants to track cellphones

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:52

A man stands in Grand Central Terminal, as passengers face limited train service on New Haven Line between Stamford Station and Grand Central Terminal due to Con Edison power problem in New YorkBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police must get warrants to track criminal suspects by monitoring their cellphone location signals. “Because cell phones are indispensable to so many people and are normally carried on one’s person, cell phone tracking can easily invade the right to privacy in one’s home or other private areas,” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga wrote in a 5-2 ruling. ...


Second delay in Nielsen ratings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:49
NEW YORK (AP) — The zombies really know how to make an entrance.

Gay marriage: North Carolina official resigns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:48

Graphic shows status of same-sex marriage in U.S. states; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;A North Carolina official resigned Thursday rather than perform gay marriages, an individual stand that comes as fewer and fewer states are holding on to oppose same-sex unions.


School bus hit with baseball bat in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:34

School bus hit with baseball bat in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say one student was injured after a school bus was hit with a baseball bat in Northeast Philadelphia.


Corvette Museum sinkhole repair starts next month

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:34
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The National Corvette Museum says work will start in about three weeks to fill a massive sinkhole that opened up in February and allowed eight prized sports cars to topple inside.

Dallas health workers monitored for Ebola to stay out of public

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:32
By Anna Driver DALLAS (Reuters) - Some 75 healthcare workers being monitored for Ebola after treating an infected patient in Dallas will stay out of public places and avoid public transportation, officials said on Thursday. The voluntary agreement with the workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital comes after one of their co-workers raised concerns about spreading the disease by taking a round-trip flight from Texas to Ohio before testing positive for Ebola. ...

Stabbed man dies near Portland, Oregon, City Hall

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:31
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a 43-year-old man was stabbed and wandered bleeding through a downtown Portland, Oregon, park before dying on a sidewalk near City Hall.

US official says Mideast Quartet to meet next week

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:21
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.S. official says envoys from the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia will meet in Brussels on Oct. 24 to discuss the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Return for 'The Walking Dead' leads ratings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:16
NEW YORK (AP) — The zombies really know how to make an entrance.

Jamaica bans travelers from Ebola-affected countries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:07
By Horace Helps KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaica announced an immediate travel ban on Thursday on foreigners who have traveled through the Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. A government statement said the ban covered “certain persons traveling directly or indirectly, from or through” the three West African countries, where nearly 4,500 people have died of the disease. Other countries, including Colombia, Guyana and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, have also begun denying entry to travelers who recently visited the Ebola-affected nations. ...