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Seating jury for Boston bomb panel not easy for judge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:13
BOSTON (AP) — As the second phase of jury selection began in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it immediately became clear that seating a jury in the high-profile case won't be easy.

Inmate shows no obvious distress in Oklahoma execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:11

Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, announces the time of death of inmate Charles Warner to the media at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Warner was executed for killing a baby in 1997, in the state's first lethal injection since a botched one last spring. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — In its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring, Oklahoma executed a convicted killer with a three-drug method also used by Florida for a punishment the same night.


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:01

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, company partner Fitz Couhig stands in a growing room at the Pioneer Nuggets marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash. Washington’s second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed, with some stores periodically closed because they didn’t have pot to sell and prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry. Prices are starting to come down in the state’s licensed pot shops, but due to a glut, growers are struggling to sell their marijuana. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.


Q&A: Measles pops up in outbreak linked to Disneyland parks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 14:59

FILE - This Nov. 20, 2009 photo shows Sleeping Beauty's Castle in winter dress with the iconic "Partners" statue featuring images of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in the foreground, at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Measles cases have been popping up around California in an outbreak linked to visits to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure theme parks during the winter 2014 holiday. The highly contagious respiratory illness was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but health officials have seen a surge of measles infections in the country in recent years. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, H. Lorren Au Jr., FILE) **; MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT**LOS ANGELES (AP) — Measles cases have been popping up around California in an outbreak linked to visits to Disney theme parks in Orange County during the winter holiday. The highly contagious respiratory illness was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but health officials have seen a surge of measles infections in the country in recent years. A question-and-answer look at the latest measles outbreak, how the disease spreads and how it can be stopped:


Kentucky investigation clears horse trainer of abuse allegations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 14:27
(Reuters) - A racing Hall of Fame-nominated horse trainer was cleared by Kentucky gaming officials on Thursday of abuse allegations leveled against him by animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said in a report published on its website that PETA's claims that Steve Asmussen, his top assistant, Scott Blasi, and other staff had administered various performance enhancing and pain-masking drugs to horses and used electric shock paddles on them were unfounded. "When first reading the allegations and viewing the video, concern was raised," the report said. "After a thorough and rigorous investigation, no evidence of a rule violation was found." Asmussen's nomination to the Hall of Fame was tabled last March while the Kentucky and New York state racing commissions conducted investigations, after PETA posted a video online that was recorded by an undercover investigator working for Asmussen.

Belly up, baby! New Hampshire considers alcohol label change

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 14:14

Founders Brewing Breakfast Stout is photographed in North Andover, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Babies and bottles normally get along just fine, unless a picture of that baby happens to be plastered to the front of a bottle of beer being sold in New Hampshire. Currently, that bottle of Breakfast Stout crafted by Founders Brewery Co. in Grand Rapids, Mich., is illegal in the Granite State but legislation proposed this year would permit brewers to peddle their ales, stouts, porters and lagers even if the label shows images of minors. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Babies and bottles normally get along just fine, unless a picture of that baby happens to be plastered to the front of a bottle of beer being sold in New Hampshire.


Pope says to canonize Junipero Serra during U.S. visit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:24

The bell tower dome is surrounded by scaffolding at the Carmel MissionPope Francis said on Thursday that during his trip to the United States in September he would canonize Junipero Serra, a missionary who brought Christianity to the west of the United States in the 1700s. "In September, God willing, I will canonize Junipero Serra in the United States, who was the evangelizer of the west of the United States," he told reporters aboard the plane taking him from Sri Lanka to Manila on the second leg of his Asian tour. Francis is due to visit Philadelphia for a world gathering of Catholic families. While Philadelphia is the only official stop on the tour so far, he is widely expected to visit New York to address the United Nations and Washington to meet President Barack Obama.


Oklahoma carries out its first execution since botched one

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:55

In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 photo, the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla. Oklahoma plans to resume executions Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, after botching its last one and will use the same three-drug method as a Florida lethal injection scheduled for the same day. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma executed a death row inmate Thursday in its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring, and it carried out the punishment with a three-drug method that Florida used for an execution the same night.


AccuWeather: Blustery End to the Work Week

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:42

 Windy This Afternoon, Cold SaturdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a dry start to the weekend followed by rain for parts of our area.


Police: Suspect injured in traffic stop shootout with officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:38

 Suspect injured in traffic stop shootout with officerWilmington police say a man is hospitalized after he allegedly opened fire on officers during a routine traffic stop.


Occupy protesters arrested in Oakland to share $1.4 million settlement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:34
Hundreds of protesters arrested during a 2012 Occupy movement demonstration in Oakland, California, have won a nearly $1.4 million settlement of a lawsuit that accused authorities of violating their civil rights, an attorney said on Thursday. The federal lawsuit against Oakland and the county of Alameda said the mass arrests on Jan. 28, 2012, violated the protesters' constitutional rights to free speech, due process, and protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Attorneys for the protesters contended they were taking part in an Occupy Oakland protest against economic inequality and had gathered peacefully outside a Young Men's Christian Association center in Oakland when, without cause, police took more than 350 people into custody.

I-95 in Bensalem reopens, victim in fatal crash ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:33

I-95 in Bensalem reopens, victim in fatal crash ID'dAuthorities have identified the man who was killed in a multi-vehicle accident that shut down part of I-95 for several hours in Bensalem, Bucks County.


Nevada Governor calls for robust education investment, tax increases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:08
Republican Governor Brian Sandoval called on Thursday for robust investment in education that would be paid for by tax increases in a state budget that will most likely contrast with the agendas of Nevada's fiscal conservatives. "Today's public education system was largely established in the 1950s," Sandoval said. "Our students are different, and their needs are different." Such an investment would offer a boost to schools across Nevada, where the high school graduation rate is the second-lowest in the nation and preschool attendance is the lowest.

Parents of terror defendant say they saw a change in him

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:52

Lights illuminate the U.S. Capitol, which is covered in scaffolding for restoration, in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. A man who plotted to attack the Capitol and kill government officials inside it and spoke of his desire to support the Islamic State militant group was arrested on Wednesday, the FBI said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)CINCINNATI (AP) — Christopher Lee Cornell showed little direction in his life, spending hours playing video games in his bedroom in his parents' apartment, rarely going out or working, and voicing distrust of the government and the media. But in recent weeks, his parents say, they noticed a change in him.


Strike delayed at Hunts Point produce market, biggest in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:36
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 1,000 workers at the nation's largest wholesale produce market are holding off on a strike while a federal mediator gets involved with contract talks.

Arizona first-in-nation law mandates students pass civic test

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:28
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona's high school students will be required to pass the same civics test that immigrants must pass to gain citizenship, under a first-in-the-nation bill signed into law on Thursday. Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who had championed the idea in his state-of-the-state address on Monday, signed the measure only hours after it sailed through the state House and Senate on Thursday.

Chris Christie tells his potential 2016 backers to relax

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:28

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attends a gathering to announce that Seton Hall University and the parent company of Hackensack University Medical Center are planning to build a private medical school, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Nutley, N.J. The school, which will open in 2017, will be hosted at the former Nutley campus of Swiss medical products firm Roche Holding that closed in 2013. The state has four public medical schools. Two are affiliated with Rutgers University and two are aligned with Rowan University. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he's been delivering a message to potential donors and staffers urging him to jump head-first into a campaign for president: Relax.


UN: At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain, but new cases falling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:24

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, a child stands near a sign advising of a quarantined home in an effort to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. On Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, the U.N.'s Ebola chief, Dr. David Nabarro, said at least 50 Ebola hotspots remain in the three hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining and the deadly disease will be defeated. In the week ending Jan. 11, WHO said new cases in Sierra Leone declined for a second week to the lowest level since the end of August. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain in the three hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining and the deadly disease will be defeated, the U.N.'s Ebola chief said Thursday.


Immigrants can now get Mexican birth certificates in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:11

Visitors walk from the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock, Ark., after the grand opening of the building in this Wednesday, April 25, 2007 file photot. The Mexican government on Thursday Jan. 15, 2015 will start issuing birth certificates to its citizens at consulates in the United States, seeking to make it easier for them to apply for U.S. work permits, driver's licenses and protection from deportation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — For Mexicans living in the U.S. illegally and hoping to stay in the country under President Barack Obama's new immigration policy, things just got one step simpler.


Victim ID'd in tractor trailer, pickup crash in Hockessin, Del.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:08

Victim ID'd in tractor trailer, pickup crash in Hockessin, Del.Authorities have released the identity of the man killed when a tractor trailer collided with a pickup truck in Hockessin, Delaware.