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No alcohol allowed for death row inmate in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 03:00
An inmate facing execution in Georgia will not be allowed to have a six-pack of beer for his final meal, state prison officials said on Wednesday. Death row inmate Marcus Ray Johnson's request was denied because alcohol is considered a contraband item, the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement. Angela Sizemore was stabbed 41 times after leaving a bar with Johnson in Albany, Georgia, according to court records.

Presidential candidate Bush wants increased U.S. presence on ground in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:59

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Bush speaks about his plans for the U.S. military at The Citadel in CharlestonBy Steve Holland CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for an increased U.S. troop presence on the ground in Iraq as part of a global coalition to take on Islamic State militants, shifting to a more hawkish stance in response to the Paris attacks. Bush's decision, which will inevitably lead to comparisons to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq ordered by his brother, former President George W. Bush, was reached after the attacks in Paris, where 129 people were killed by gunfire and bombs.

Florida city to divert highway water runoff to neighborhood lawns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:57
Enough dirty storm water runs off a two-mile stretch of Interstate 4 in Central Florida to fill seven Olympic swimming pools a day, so officials devised an innovative scheme to siphon it into the local water treatment system, and ultimately into residents' lawn sprinklers. The highway water engineering system, which officially launches on Friday, was designed by the city of Altamonte Springs and is a first in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. City manager Frank Martz said the Altamonte Springs solution is cheaper, easily replicable for any urban development and environmentally smarter in an era of water shortages and tightening rules under the Clean Water Act.

Endangered sturgeon rediscover habitat key for spawning

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:57
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An endangered species of sturgeon has rediscovered long-inaccessible habitat that could be a key to improving the fish's reproduction, University of Maine scientists said.

Princeton students protest in president's office for change

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:55

Princeton students protest in president's office for changeA group of about 30 black and white students at Princeton University is protesting inside the school president's office demanding changes for the social and academic experience of black students.

Opaque military justice system shields child sex abuse cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:54

This image from evidence gathered by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service during its investigation of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Darren Yazzie, and obtained by The Associated Press, shows a message written by his victim on a bedroom wall. Yazzie was convicted in January 2015 of rape of a child and sentenced to 17 years confinement. (Naval Criminal Investigative Service via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Child sex offenders make up the largest category of inmates in U.S. military prisons, yet a full accounting of their crimes and how much time they're actually locked up is shielded by an opaque system of justice, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Hawaii court temporarily blocks telescope project amid protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:48
The state high court late on Tuesday handed down the order, which until Dec. 2 will suspend the permit for the project near the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, court papers said. The order follows an announcement by TMT International Observatory, the scientific team behind the Thirty Meter Telescope project, that site preparation work would begin this month. Oral arguments in the lawsuit were heard by the Hawaii Supreme Court in August.

Texas judicial candidate charged with forcing women into sex

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:35
A candidate for judge in San Antonio has been arrested on charges that he had sex with several female clients, including liaisons that took place in courthouse jury rooms, officials said on Wednesday. Mark Benavides, 46, was released on bond after being arrested Tuesday night on charges of compelling prostitution, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison, according to court documents. A San Antonio Police Department arrest affidavit said Benavides, a lawyer, led at least three women to believe that unless they had sex with him, he would hurt their criminal cases and they would have to go to jail. The incidents date back to 2009.

Seattle gives cash to turn average Joe into political player

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:35

In this Nov. 12, 2015 photo, Alan Durning, author of an initiative passed by Seattle voters that created the nation’s first voucher system for campaign contributions, poses for a photo in his office in Seattle while holding an artist's depiction of a possible design for the vouchers. Starting with city council and city attorney elections in 2017, and the mayor’s race in 2021, all registered Seattle voters will receive four $25 coupons which they can sign over to candidates for office that meet certain conditions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE (AP) — Many voters don't have the money to donate to political candidates or don't care enough to bother. But what if the government gave them $100 to dole out as they saw fit?

The Latest: FBI agent takes stand in Chinatown murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:22
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest from the trial of a key defendant facing murder and racketeering charges following a multi-year organized crime investigation in San Francisco's Chinatown (all times are local):

Texas man accused of threatening to 'shoot up a mosque'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:20

Texas man accused of threatening to 'shoot up a mosque'A suburban Houston man has been jailed after a New Jersey resident warned that he had posted messages on social media in which he threatened to "shoot up a mosque."

Records show what Illinois officer bought with stolen funds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:19
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys for the widow of a northern Illinois police officer who authorities say killed himself after years of embezzling from a police-sponsored youth program released court documents that detail what he spent the stolen money on.

Police: Student charged after saying he had bomb at school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:17
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old student is accused of making a terrorist threat after he told security guards he had a bomb and a gun in his backpack while entering a Selma school.

Former Chunghwa executive pleads guilty in price-fixing of cathode ray tubes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former sales executive of Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd, Chun-Cheng (Alex) Yeh, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to fix the prices of CDTs, a type of cathode ray tube used to make computer monitors and other devices.

2 dead, 7 arrested in raid targeting Paris attack mastermind

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:03

2 dead, 7 arrested in raid targeting Paris attack mastermindAmid gunfire and explosions, police raided a suburban Paris apartment where they believed the suspected mastermind of last week's attacks was holed up. The siege ended Wednesday with two deaths and seven arrests but no clear information on the fugitive's fate.

Broadway's 'The Lion King' pushes into virtual reality

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 02:02

Broadway's 'The Lion King' pushes into virtual realityNEW YORK (AP) — "The Lion King" on Broadway is offering fans a view of the musical that even the very best seat in the theater can't rival.

Willingboro man facing child pornography, stalking charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:51

Willingboro man facing child pornography, stalking chargesA Burlington County man is facing charges for allegedly stalking a 13-year-old girl online, but that's not all.

Congressman developing legislation to tighten U.S. visa waiver program

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee said on Wednesday he was developing legislation to tighten the U.S. visa waiver program as Congress seeks ways to tighten security after the deadly attacks in Paris.

Keystone XL developer 'committed' to completing project

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:42
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline remains committed to completing the final leg of the project even though President Barack Obama denied the Canadian company's request for a federal permit, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Five bikers charged in deadly Texas fight file civil rights suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 01:40
Five of the bikers indicted in the deadly May fight among motorcycle gangs in Texas filed a civil rights lawsuits this week against McLennan County officials and Waco police, claiming wrongful arrest and incarceration, according to court documents. Lawyers for bikers Matthew Clendennen, Robert Bucy, George Bergman, Noe Adame and Jorge Salinas filed individual lawsuits in federal court in Texas on Tuesday, six months after the May 17 battle at Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in the central Texas city of Waco.