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Greenpeace activist facing trial dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:47
CINCINNATI (AP) — Greenpeace said Wednesday that one of nine activists charged with felony counts in an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters has died.

Mom charged after teenage son brings gun to school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:46
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with allowing him to take a loaded handgun to school.

Police: Man stabbing people on bus fatally shot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:42
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who slashed two passengers in a box-cutter rampage aboard a casino-bound tour bus was shot to death on Interstate 95 by a Connecticut state trooper, who also accidentally shot one of the injured passengers, authorities said Wednesday.

Contents of 1901 Boston time capsule revealed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:36

In this photo provided Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 by the Bostonian Society, a nail from Old South Church and a nail from the Old State House are displayed after they were taken from a 1901 time capsule in Boston. The 113-year-old, shoebox-sized time capsule was removed Oct. 9, 2014, from the head of a lion statue where it had long sat atop the Old State House, one of Boston's most famous landmarks. (AP Photo/Bostonian Society)BOSTON (AP) — A Boston time capsule dating to 1901 contained letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, political campaign buttons and a presidential message on U.S. foreign relations, archivists said Wednesday.

Gov. to French, Irish: Don't mess with our tobacco

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:32

FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to members of the media in Raleigh, N.C. In a letter dated Oct. 6 to French officials, McCrory said the plain packaging proposal may detract from more effective ways of curbing cigarette use. The French bill requiring neutral cigarette packs by 2016 is slated for debate in French Parliament next year. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a Trans-Atlantic debate over cigarette packaging, North Carolina's governor poses a rhetorical question to the Irish and French governments: Would Guinness be recognizable labeled simply as "beer?" Or would champagne sell as well in a bottle lacking its distinctive curves?

Judge gets sanity exam of theater shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:30
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A psychiatrist has submitted the results of a second sanity evaluation of the man charged with a mass killing in a Colorado movie theater.

Peanut farmers deal with fallout from salmonella

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:27

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2006, image, Wayne Baker shovels spilled peanuts back into a trailer during a peanut harvest near Floyd, N.M. Federal agriculture forecasts show there will be significantly fewer peanuts pulled from the ground in eastern New Mexico during the 2014 harvest season because of fallout from the bankruptcy and sale of a Portales-area peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. (AP Photo/Clovis News-Journal, Andy DeLisle)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There will be significantly fewer peanuts pulled from the ground in eastern New Mexico this harvest season because of lingering fallout from the bankruptcy and sale of a peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.

US panel hears appeal on NY stop and frisk case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:24
NEW YORK (AP) — Police unions should be able to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the New York Police Department's stop and frisk policy violated civil rights even though the city no longer wants to fight, union lawyers argued Wednesday.

Police: Bensalem bar robbery was inside job; 2 arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:24

 Bensalem bar robbery was inside job; 2 arrestedPolice say a violent armed robbery at a Bensalem bar was an inside job.

EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.

50th anniversary of march to tackle today's issues

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:15
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march is coming up amid increasing threats to voting rights, activists say, and they plan to use the commemoration to energize people to address those challenges.

New York makes yogurt official state snack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:15

Volunteers line up yogurt boxes to be distributed at Casa NGO in AzeitaoBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yogurt became New York's official state snack on Wednesday, joining the likes of popcorn and salty boiled peanuts among popular foods honored by U.S. states. New York has become the nation's top yogurt producer amid the booming popularity of strained Greek-style yogurt, the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Cuomo signed a bill making it the official state snack. "Designating yogurt as the official state snack will continue to raise public awareness of the economic and health benefits of yogurt and the dairy industry," the governor's office said. ...

NY man wants feds to prosecute police beating case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:09
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A man beaten by police during a traffic stop caught on video is asking federal prosecutors to take over the case because he believes the local district attorney doesn't consider him the victim of a hate crime.

US man guilty of assisting suicide gets jail time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:00

FILD - In this Feb. 17, 2011 file photo William Melchert-Dinkel, center, leaves court with his attorney Terry Watkins, right, and wife, Joyce Melchert-Dinkel in Faribault, Minn. Melchert-Dinkel, a former Minnesota nurse who admitted going online and encouraging an English man and a Canadian woman to kill themselves, was ordered Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 to serve 178 days in jail. He was sentenced to nearly five years in prison, but he won't have to serve the prison term if he complies with conditions of probation that include the jail time. (AP Photo/Robb Long, File)FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A former nurse in Minnesota who admitted to going online years ago and preying upon suicidal people — encouraging two to take their lives — must serve nearly six months in jail as part of a sentence handed down Wednesday.

Los Angeles mom charged after son brings gun to high school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:59
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles woman who prosecutors say allowed her 17-year-old son to bring a loaded firearm and extra ammunition to his high school has been charged with multiple criminal counts, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The prosecution is the first of its kind in Los Angeles against a defendant for failing to properly secure a gun at home, City Attorney Mike Feuer said. The teenage boy was charged in a separate case filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. "Guns have no place in or around our schools," Feuer said. ...

Missing jet skier found safe and sound at Jersey Shore

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:57

Missing jet skier found safe and sound at Jersey ShoreA 68-year-old man was reunited with his family Wednesday morning after he spent the night stranded on the water in Stone Harbor.

HBO Go-ing away from cable, will stand on its own

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:30

This file publicity image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from "Game of Thrones." HBO plans to offer a stand-alone version of its popular video-streaming service, CEO Richard Plepler said at an investor meeting at parent Time Warner Inc. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/HBO, Keith Bernstein, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

Ebola-infected nurse related to Kent State workers, attended school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:19
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The second Texas nurse to test positive for Ebola attended Kent State University and is related to three employees there, but she did not visit the campus while she was in Ohio this weekend, the university said on Wednesday. The woman, who was identified by her family as Amber Vinson, 29, stayed with her family at their home in Summit County and did not step foot on the campus, Kent State President Beverly Warren said in a statement. ...

Anger over refusal to bench school athlete accused of rape in Wash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:19
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The decision of a Washington state school district to allow a high school student charged with rape to continue to play on the football team has sparked anger from parents amid national scrutiny over how college and professional athletes are censured for violence. Tyler Smith, 18, was arrested last month during football practice at his high school in Hoquiam in western Washington, and charged with raping two teenage girls - one in July and another in 2012, court documents show. ...

Warner Bros. sticks with superheros and Legos

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:50
NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner is banking on comic book superheroes, a new line of movies from the creator of Harry Potter and Lego franchise sequels to drive its box office numbers higher.