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Execution drug cost quadruples for Texas prisons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:39

FILE - This May 27, 2008, file photo, shows the gurney in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the state paid $13,500 for its most recent batch of pentobarbital at a cost of $1,500 per vial. This compares to $350 per dose paid last year to a previous supplier that cut ties after backlash from death penalty opponents. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state.


Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:31

File picture of CDC Director Frieden on a monitor as he testifies before a hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonNEW YORK (AP) — A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation.


Symphony sets stage at southern Utah's red rocks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:25
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Symphony hopes to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances near Utah's national parks his weekend.

Police: Virginia deputy shot daughter, crashed car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:17

Map of Winchester, VA.WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — A Virginia deputy sheriff shot his 16-year-old daughter after mistaking her for an intruder, then crashed his car as he rushed her to the hospital, authorities said.


Arrested federal judge keeps getting $200K salary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:10
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama federal judge stripped of his caseload following his arrest on domestic violence charges in Atlanta will continue receiving his annual salary of nearly $200,000.

2 Amish sisters safe after apparent abduction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:06

2 Amish sisters safe after apparent abductionAuthorities say two missing Amish girls have turned up safe about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted from their family's roadside farm stand in northern New York.


Why global turmoil hasn't sunk US markets. Yet.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:04

FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, specialist Jay Woods is reflected in a screen at his post that shows five years of the Dow Jones industrial average, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. It’s been a bad news summer, but you wouldn’t know it from the way many investors have reacted. They’ve largely shrugged it off. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Europe appears on the brink of another recession. Islamic militants have seized Iraqi territory. Russian troops have massed on the Ukraine border, and the resulting sanctions are disrupting trade. An Ebola outbreak in Africa and Israel's war in Gaza are contributing to the gloom.


Game day for the Taney Dragons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:01

Game day for the Taney DragonsIt's almost show time for South Philadelphia's Taney Dragons. They play their first game in the Little League World series this afternoon, and plenty of people are cheering them on.


US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:57

In this Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1994 file photo, Cuban refugee Odalis Rumayor clutches her 7-month-old baby Milady Garcia after being rescued at sea by the crew of the USCG Monhegan in the Florida Straits. In the 20 years since Fidel Castro set off a high-seas humanitarian crisis by encouraging an exodus of 35,000 islanders, more than 26,000 other Cubans have risked their lives crossing the Florida Straits. Already this year, nearly 3,000 have been picked up by U.S. authorities, on a pace to double last year’s total. Experts say it shows the limits of the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy that solved the 1994 crisis. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)MIAMI (AP) — One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.


Police: Teen shot by cop in Ferguson, Mo. was robbery suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:54

 Teen shot by cop in Ferguson, Mo. was robbery suspectPolice also identified the officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.


Exclusive: Oil-by-rail project for shut California refinery nears approval

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:52
The first new crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant. The facility at independent refiner Alon USA Energy Inc's Bakersfield plant would increase crude offloading capacity to 140,000 barrels per day from its current 13,000 bpd and open up significant access to cheaper inland U.S. and Canadian crudes. Alon's Bakersfield plant is in Kern County, home to about 65 percent of all California oil production, where crude has been produced for more than a century. Alon shut the 70,000 bpd Bakersfield refinery in late 2012 because its reliance on more expensive imports and lack of access to other crudes without significant rail rendered the plant unprofitable.

NASCAR tells drivers to stay in cars in wake of fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:51

 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen-Practice(Reuters) - NASCAR on Friday said it would forbid drivers from getting out of their cars during caution periods following an on-track fatality last weekend when three-time champion Tony Stewart struck another driver. The most widely followed motorsports organization in the United States said the new rule would require drivers involved in accidents to remain in their car unless it was unsafe to do so due to fire or smoke. A track safety official would then direct the driver to leave the car and walk directly to an ambulance or other vehicle. The new rule puts into the books something that had "been informal, just an understanding," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition and racing development.


Agent gives Hollywood edgy look with 'real' people

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:50

In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014 photo, Hollywood talent agent Sid Levin, center, listens as actress Stephanie Sanchez, who was an officer in the U.S. Navy serving with the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, talks about her experience in the Navy in Levin's office in Los Angeles. In a town where seemingly everyone wants to be a star, but very few look like James Franco or Scarlett Johansson, Levin is the talent agent who represents the people who look like the rest of us. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — You couldn't miss Hollywood talent agent Sid Levin's office in the old days: It wasn't much bigger than a closet and it was sometimes filled with burglars, bank robbers and gang members, all trying to break into the movies.


Lawyer: Cops try to justify teen's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:18
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The attorney for the family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb says police are trying to assassinate the victim's character by saying he committed a robbery that day.

Man killed in fall down elevator shaft in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 00:08

Man killed in fall down elevator shaft in Atlantic CityPolice are investigating a man's fatal fall down an elevator shaft in an Atlantic City high rise building.


Ocean Co. man charged with sexually assaulting 6-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:59

Ocean Co. man charged with sexually assaulting 6-year-old girlAn Ocean County man is facing child sex abuse charges for the alleged assault of a 6-year-old girl.


A seminary behind bars seeks to change Texas prison system

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:17
By Jon Herskovitz ROSHARON Texas (Reuters) - In a solitary confinement unit at a maximum-security prison in Texas, convicted murderer Troup Foster offers spiritual guidance to offenders as a part of a program designed to spark a cultural change in the country's largest prison system. Foster, 52, is one of 34 offenders in the first class of a university seminary school set up at the state's Darrington Unit. "For me, I am probably going to die here." The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a private college based in Fort Worth, Texas, began its bachelor of science in biblical studies program at Darrington, south of Houston, about three years ago.

Philadephia schools to open on time, but some cuts announced

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:12

Philadephia schools to open on time, but some cuts announcedSuperintendent William Hite announced on Friday that the Philadelphia School District will open on time, but some cuts were announced amid a budget crisis.


Exclusive - Wife defines stakes in Oklahoma divorce: $17 billion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:07

Continental Resources chief executive Harold Hamm is interviewed in an undated photoBy Heide Brandes and Joshua Schneyer OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - More than $17 billion of Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm's fortune could be subject to division with his estranged wife, according to an economic analysis presented in their divorce trial, defining the stakes in one of the biggest battles ever over a marital estate. The analysis of Kenneth Button, an expert witness hired by Sue Ann Hamm, was laid out in court testimony and in a document provided to Reuters by Oklahoma County Judge Howard Haralson. He says he is trying to protect shareholders in Hamm's Continental Resources from the release of confidential business information. Through his 68 percent stake in Continental, a leading driller in North Dakota, Harold Hamm is believed to own the most oil in the ground of any American.


Ohio State marching band to alter some traditions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:53
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Student leaders say Ohio State's marching band won't give out nicknames this year, after the sometimes-lewd monikers played a role in the firing of its popular director.