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Pennsylvania court rejects inmate's claim over medical treatment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:38
A Pennsylvania court on Monday rejected an inmate's claim that he was not responsible for paying for medical treatment that the state forced on him while he was staging a prison hunger strike. Medical treatment for prisoners is usually free in Pennsylvania, but Department of Corrections rules allow the commonwealth to deduct a $5 co-pay from inmate's prison accounts for every medical treatment administered for self-inflicted injuries or illnesses.

U.S. military moves toward lifting 'outdated' transgender ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:35
The Pentagon on Monday announced steps aimed at eventually ending an "outdated" ban on transgender men and women serving openly in the U.S. military, including a six-month study of the implications of lifting the restrictions. "Transgender men and women in uniform have been there with us, even as they often had to serve in silence alongside their fellow comrades in arms," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement. Carter also announced that, meanwhile, only one person - the under secretary of defense leading the working group - would be able to discharge service members identified as transgender.

Police: Cause of Rhode Island beach blast may never be known

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:35
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Investigators have found no physical evidence of an explosion on the ground after a woman on a Rhode Island beach was thrown into a rock jetty, and officials said Monday there may never be an explanation as to what exactly happened.

UN calls on Palestinians for information on missing Israelis

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:33
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on Palestinians in Gaza with knowledge of two missing Israeli civilians to provide information about their possible whereabouts and conditions.

Man held without bond in death of Chicago boy hit by car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:31
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man accused of killing a baby when he slammed his vehicle into a stroller while fleeing police was charged Monday with first-degree murder.

Hillary Clinton to meet with Pelosi on Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:31
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will meet with House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday in Washington, a Democratic source said. Clinton, the front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination, will be in Washington to meet with Senate and House Democrats during their weekly caucus meetings but will first meet privately with Pelosi on Tuesday morning, the source told Reuters.

Motorcyclist killed in New Castle crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:30

Motorcyclist killed in New Castle crashPolice in New Castle County are on the scene of a deadly crash involving a motorcycle.


Jury hears closing arguments in Indiana home explosion trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:29

FILE - In this July 10, 2013 file photo, Mark Leonard walks to a hearing in Indianapolis. Leonard, accused of planning a deadly 2012 home explosion that gutted an Indianapolis subdivision, faces 53 counts including charges of murder, arson, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An attorney for a man accused of planning a deadly home explosion that gutted an Indianapolis subdivision told jurors Monday that most of the state's case rests on the testimony of his client's former live-in girlfriend, whom he described as not credible.


N.Y. Rikers inmates' lawsuit cites frigid temps, pepper spray, beatings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:24

A Department of Corrections seal and a silhouette of the New York city skyline is seen painted in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New YorkInmates at New York's Rikers Island jail complex say they were detained for several hours in a frigid gym and, when they complained, pepper-sprayed and beaten by corrections officers, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed against the city. The $10 million lawsuit filed this month in Brooklyn Federal Court says the 20 male prisoners at Rikers' Otis Bantum Correctional Center were detained on Feb. 16 for at least three hours through dinnertime in the gym without food, water or access to restrooms after their cells would not properly lock. When the inmates complained about the room's cold temperatures, a team of corrections officers in riot gear descended on them, dousing them with pepper spray and beating them, the lawsuit says.


Claims 'As Seen on TV' company scammed customers resolved

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:16
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A company known for its "As Seen on TV" products including the Pocket Hose has reached a settlement with state officials who said it used high-pressure sales tactics and made it difficult for customers to get refunds.

Utah woman considered leaving husband before murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:11

FILE - This June 22, 2015 file photo shows police tape hanging in front of a home where a Utah family of four was found shot to death in Roy, Utah. A Utah woman was considering leaving her husband before he fatally shot her, their two children and himself on Father's Day, according to police documents released Monday, July 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman was considering leaving her husband before he fatally shot her, their two children and himself on Father's Day, according to police documents released Monday.


Macy's selling, closing landmark downtown Pittsburgh store

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:03

FILE - In this July 28, 2005 file photo pedestrians walk under the clock at former Kaufmann's department store and present day Macy's in downtown Pittsburgh. Macy's is closing its downtown Pittsburgh location after selling the landmark building where the now-defunct Kaufmann's chain ran its flagship store for more than a century, the retailer said Monday, July 13, 2015. Core Realty, a Philadelphia-based developer, purchased the 13-story building and is planning a hotel and residential project, Macy's said. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Macy's is closing its downtown location after selling the landmark building where the now-defunct Kaufmann's chain ran its flagship store for more than a century, it said Monday.


Ex-Assembly speaker's son-in-law admits to Ponzi scheme

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:03
NEW YORK (AP) — A son-in-law of former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pleaded guilty to securities fraud Monday, admitting to cheating investors out of nearly $6 million in a Ponzi scheme.

Witness: Woman in wench costume takes down sword thief

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:03

In this Saturday, July 11, 2015 photo, provided by Steven Chapman, a renaissance festival attendee, right, restrains 22-year-old man Connor Ward, after he allegedly made off with a sword at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, in Larkspur, Colo. Ward is facing charges of theft and resisting arrest after authorities say he crashed a jousting performance at the Colorado Renaissance Festival and tried to take a sword. A witness said the man was chased down by two women in costume. (Steven Chapman/TumbleweedTourist.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDITLARKSPUR, Colo. (AP) — A man is facing charges of theft and resisting arrest after authorities say he crashed a jousting performance at the Colorado Renaissance Festival and tried to make off with a sword.


Concrete poured at $500 million East Market development

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:02

Concrete poured at $500 million East Market developmentWe're getting our first look inside a $500 million development, located right in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.


Report on immigration detainers declined, at a glance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:58
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A government report released Monday shows more than 1,800 immigrants who federal agents sought to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes.

Lawyers to use mental health defense in teacher's killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:56
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Attorneys for a Massachusetts teenager accused of killing his high school math teacher have disclosed in a court filing they'll use his mental health in their defense of him.

Boy Scouts executive committee OKs ending ban on gay leaders

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:54
NEW YORK (AP) — The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual Scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue. Units sponsored by churches opposed to the change could maintain the ban if they choose.

Sen. Bill Nelson's office says cancer surgery was successful

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:48
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson's office says his surgery for prostate cancer has been a "complete success."

For sale: three Michigan lighthouses, to caring owners

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:39

The Skillagalee lighthouse is seen on Isle Aux Galets, Michigan in an undated picture provided by the U.S. Lighthouse Society“Lighthouses like these in Michigan have deep roots and sentimental value as local historic landmarks. Through public sales, GSA helps the U.S. Coast Guard find owners for lighthouses that aren't critical to its mission," GSA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Ann Kalayil said in a statement.