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HIV case proves false; porn moratorium called off

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:22
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy group for the adult film industry has called off a production moratorium after just a day because a performer's HIV test turned out to be a false positive.

Washington judge upholds small city's pot shop ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:22

Tedd Wetherbee, who wants to open a marijuana store in the Tacoma suburb of Fife, Wash., listens during a hearing in Pierce County Superior Court, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Tacoma, Wash. Wetherbee is seeking to strike down Fife's ban on marijuana businesses, even though such enterprises are now allowed by state law. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot.


Former Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 08:04

Former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy Andy Steele makes an initial appearance via teleconference in Dane County Court in Madison, Wis. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Steele is accused in the Aug. 22 shooting deaths of his wife and sister-in-law at his Fitchburg, Wis. home. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death earlier this month.


Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:58

In this Friday, July 4, 2014 photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden talks with parade-goers during the Fourth of July parade in Delano, Minn. In 2012, McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate. Inversions are legal, but politicians are calling for a clampdown - including McFadden. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate.


U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:57
District Judge Lee Yeakel said the so-called "ambulatory surgical center requirement" was unjust because it placed an undue burden on women by reducing the number of clinics where they could seek abortions and the regulations had no compelling public health interests. "The court concludes, after examining the act and the context in which it operates, that the ambulatory-surgical center requirement was intended to close existing licensed abortion clinics," Yeakel wrote in the decision. The requirement was to have gone into effect on Sept. 1. Under it, clinics would have had to meet a set of building standards ranging from widening halls to having facilities for certain surgeries that abortion rights advocates said were unnecessary, especially when an abortion is medically induced.

Judge OKs Portland police use-of-force reforms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:44
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge accepted a settlement on Friday between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Portland on reforms intended to improve the way police deal with mentally ill people.

EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.

UN: 'Very fluid' situation on held peacekeepers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:23

An armed group of men, not specified which group of rebels, gather at Syria's Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. It was unclear if the men were connected to an armed group that, the United Nations said, detained more than 40 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday. The peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights during a "period of increased fighting between armed elements and the Syrian Arab Armed Forces," the office of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. ( AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained "very, very fluid" Friday, the secretary-general's spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day.


Military Guns Missing From Police Agencies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:18
The guns-drawn streets of Ferguson jolted America awake to the militarization of the nation's police. Local cops, often untrained in military tactics, may be carrying assault rifles used by our Marines and even Special Forces, using surplus weaponry don..

Purchased pie crust could void woman's blue-ribbon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:17
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Linda Horton is picky about the ingredients in her prize-winning buttermilk pie. That's what led her to use a store-bought crust before dropping off her entry to be judged at the Kentucky State Fair.

Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:17

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, the Hilltop Women's Reproductive clinic is photographed in El Paso, Texas. A federal judge Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics statewide in a victory for opponents of tough new anti-abortion laws sweeping across the U.S.


Man wounded in daylight shooting in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:14

Man wounded in daylight shooting in West PhiladelphiaAuthorities say a man was shot multiple times in broad daylight in West Philadelphia.


California teacher reprimanded for sending tweets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:12
NEWARK, Calif. (AP) — A teacher in Northern California has been disciplined for making threatening and explicit remarks about students on her Twitter account.

Hiker dies after falling from treacherous Hawaii trail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:09
(Reuters) - A hiker was killed and another person injured after they fell while hiking a notoriously difficult trail on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday. A group of five people were hiking the strenuous Kalalau Trail, considered one of the most treacherous in the United States, late on Thursday when a 25-year-old man slipped and fell down rugged cliffs over the Na Pali Coast, the Coast Guard said. The group called for help around 11:45 p.m. and Coast Guard teams, including a rescue swimmer, located the fallen hiker near the water, said Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie.

Army vet pleads guilty to arms export violations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:59
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former U.S. Army officer who operated a business in Portland selling military-grade weapons parts and accessories pleaded guilty Friday to arms export violations and mishandling classified documents.

Killer in 1991 Smart trial in New Hampshire seeks time with wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:57
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - The killer at the center of a sensationalized 1991 murder trial in New Hampshire has applied for weekend prison furloughs with his wife as he prepares for the next chapter of his life. William "Billy" Flynn was 16 when he was charged with shooting to death the husband of Pamela Smart, who was his lover and an employee of the school he attended. At the conclusion of a lurid trial, a jury found Pamela Smart guilty of first-degree murder for orchestrating the killing. Flynn and a friend, Patrick Randall, who held Smart's husband at knifepoint, were convicted of second-degree murder.

Woman who drank toxic tea hopes restaurants reform

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:53

Jan Harding speaks with reporters in Salt Lake City on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Harding, the Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time Friday, saying she hopes the incident is a wake-up call for restaurants. She spent almost two weeks in a Salt Lake City hospital after drinking a single sip of iced tea at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan, a Salt Lake City suburb. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time on Friday, describing the incident that she hopes is a wake-up call for restaurants.


Good Samaritans save runner in cardiac arrest along Schuylkill River

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:49

Good Samaritans save runner in cardiac arrest along Schuylkill RiverAn athlete went into cardiac arrest during a jog along the Schuylkill River but the quick work of a group of Good Samaritans, including a doctor, helped save his life.


Somber mood in Atlantic City as Showboat Casino set to close this weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:48

Somber mood in Atlantic City as Showboat Casino set to close this weekendThe Showboat Casino-Hotel is shutting its doors for good this weekend. It's the first of three Atlantic City casinos set to close and the pain is hitting employees hard.


Talking bird helped break school abduction case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:42
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia detective has testified about a foul-mouthed bird that helped lead police to the woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from school.