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Family of slain LA airport security screener sues city, police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:22

A man on a boarding gate escalator looks at a memorial for Gerardo Hernandez, the first TSA officer ever killed in the line of duty, in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles airportBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of a federal security screener who was fatally shot when a gunman opened fire in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport last year has sued the city and its police department, alleging that security failures led to his death. Gerardo Hernandez, 53, became the first U.S. Transportation Security Administration agent slain in the line of duty when he was shot 12 times at point-blank range in Terminal 3 of the airport as he stood at the entrance to a security checkpoint. ...

Texans convicted of massive mail theft sentenced to prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:21
(Reuters) - Two Texans were sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday on their convictions on charges that they stole more than 50,000 pieces of mail and removed checks, credits cards and other items they then turned into cash and merchandise, prosecutors said. Charles Hattenbach, 39, was sentenced to 81 months in prison, nearly seven years, and co-defendant Kathryn Hubbert, 29, to four years in prison, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Hattenbach and Hubbert broke into U.S. ...

What you need to know today about gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:12

Trevor Donovan takes pictures at a Statehouse rally on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Supporters of gay marriage held a rally at the capitol the same day a Charleston County Probate judge approved an application for a same-sex marriage license. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Some of the 11 states affected by the denial went ahead with weddings; others are proceeding toward marriage deliberately. Others are putting up a fight.

Ex-Boston funeral director faces 278 new charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:12
BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston funeral director improperly stored a dozen bodies, stole almost $150,000 in funeral pre-payments and worked without a license on more than 200 funerals and cremations, prosecutors alleged Wednesday.

Police: Mom injects teen daughter and her boyfriend with heroin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:07

 Mom injects teen daughter and her boyfriend with heroinA Montgomery County woman was arrested for allegedly buying heroin and then sharing it with her 15-year-old daughter and her daughter's boyfriend.

Manhunt in Phoenix after officer shot, wounded

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:04
PHOENIX (AP) — A manhunt for multiple suspects was underway in the Phoenix area Wednesday after an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer was shot in the face during a traffic stop and responding officers got into a shootout, authorities said.

Florida woman sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:53
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 71-year-old Florida woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for soliciting an undercover detective to kill her daughter-in-law.

Workers to block Atlantic City streets in Trump protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:51
By Daniel Kelley (Reuters) - Casino workers plan to block traffic near a major entrance to Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Wednesday to protest attempts to terminate health benefits for union members at the Trump Taj Mahal casino, according to union officials. The demonstration, which the union representing the workers said could bring arrests, comes on the 10-year anniversary of a similar protest that closed seven Atlantic City casinos for over a month in a labor dispute. ...

Arizona storms bring mosquito infestation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:47

Steve Young, a Vector Control Specialist, inspects mosquitoes at Maricopa County Environmental Services Vector Control Division offices collected from traps recovered from various locations around Maricopa County, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Phoenix. Arizona has had one of the wettest summers on record, causing an infestation of the unlikely pest for the desert region, and has created a breeding ground for mosquitoes that some longtime Phoenix residents say are as bad as they can ever remember. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's barrage of rain storms in recent months has created an unlikely pest infestation for the desert region: mosquitoes.

NY court hears arguments that chimps have rights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:47

Attorney Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project argues on behalf of Tommy, a chimpanzee, before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. The court will decide whether chimpanzees should be declared "persons" rather than "things" so the animals can be freed from what critics call inhumane imprisonment. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state appeals court will decide in coming weeks whether chimpanzees are entitled to "legal personhood" in a case that could lead to expanded rights for animals such as gorillas, elephants and dolphins, according to the lawyer advocating for a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy.

Colorado resort sues over Salt Lake ski marketing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:37

FILE - In this May 26, 2014, file photo, Samantha Duggan, of Cape Cod, Mass., celebrates during Snowbird Ski Resort final day of skiing and riding for the 2013/14 winter season, in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range, outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. In a lawsuit announced Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. in Steamboat Springs, Colo. says Salt Lake City can't market itself as Ski City USA because the winter sports title is already taken. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Colorado ski resort says Salt Lake City can't market itself as Ski City USA because the winter sports slogan is too similar to their decades-old nickname for Steamboat Springs.

Kentucky warns Noah's Ark theme park over hiring practices

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:34
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - The developer of a Noah's Ark-based theme park in Kentucky said on Wednesday he would fight for his religious rights after state officials warned he could lose millions in potential tax credits if he hires only people who believe in the biblical flood. Ark Encounter, which is slated to open in 2016 in Williamston, Kentucky, is not hiring anyone yet, but its parent company Answers in Genesis asks employees to sign a faith statement including a belief in creationism and the flood. ...

Next edition of is unveiled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:33

This image shows the website for updated HealthCare,gov, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service. The Obama administration has unveiled an updated version of It’s got some improvements and some challenges. There’s also at least one early mistake. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration unveiled a new version of on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge.

South Carolina judge to issue marriage license to same-sex couple

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:31
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A judge in South Carolina said on Wednesday he would issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple even though the state's ban on gay unions remains in place after actions by the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for them elsewhere. Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon accepted an application for a marriage license from a lesbian couple on Wednesday. He said he would issue it after the mandatory 24-hour waiting period, unless a higher court intervened to block him. "As a result of the actions of the U.S. ...

Bond set for 1 of 3 asylum-seeking Afghan soldiers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:24
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — An immigration judge set bond at $25,000 Wednesday for one of three Afghan military officers who face deportation after taking off from a Massachusetts training exercise last month to seek asylum.

Grand Canyon concessionaire sues over new contract

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:23
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Grand Canyon concessionaire has sued the National Park Service, saying a new South Rim services contract gives an unfair advantage to a competitor and would result in a money-losing operation.

1 Idaho gay couple gets license, another denied

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:17

Don Moline holds up their marriage license as he embraces his partner Clint Newlan Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014, at Twin Falls County West in Twin Falls, Idaho. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in the states of Idaho and Nevada. The order came minutes after Idaho on Wednesday filed an emergency request for an immediate stay. (AP Photo/The Times-News, Drew Nash) MANDATORY CREDITBOISE, Idaho (AP) — For two gay couples in Idaho, the difference between joy and heartache was a matter of moments.

Man suffering from Ebola virus in Dallas has died

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:17

Man suffering from Ebola virus in Dallas has diedA Dallas hospital spokesman says the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has died.

Police mistakenly think black teen is home burglar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:11
FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (AP) — Police mistook a black teenager for a burglar and pepper-sprayed him inside the home of his white foster parents.

Gay marriage licenses allowed in Kansas county

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:08
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A judge in northeast Kansas has cleared the way for what could be the first gay marriage in the state.