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DC adds race to nation's debate on legalizing pot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:33

In this photo taken Oct. 9, 2014, Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, works on posters encouraging people to vote yes on DC Ballot Initiative 71 to legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use, in Washington. Legalized weed would look far different in the nation's capital than it does in other places that have chosen to decriminalize marijuana. Even if voters approve it next month, as appears likely, it would remain banned in the roughly one-fourth of the District of Columbia that is federal land, so there would still be no lighting a joint in front of the Jefferson Memorial. The capital also remains under the thumb of Congress, which could quash legalization in D.C. regardless of what the voters want. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — A debate over legalizing marijuana in the nation's capital is focusing on the outsized number of arrests of African Americans on minor drug charges.

New Jersey hazing arrests put focus on policies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:32

Organizer Maureen Jenkins, bottom second left, reads for a statement as hundreds of people gather for an anti-bullying rally Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Sayreville, N.J. The central New Jersey town that's been rocked by allegations of hazing on its football team that prompted the cancellation of the rest of the season. Organizers say the goal of the event is to promote unity and healing within the community, as well as to show support for the victims of bullying. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)PARLIN, N.J. (AP) — As classes resumed in a New Jersey town Monday for the first time since the arrest of seven high school football players on charges of sexually abusing younger teammates, attention turned to whether the state's anti-bullying laws adequately address team sports.

Finance ministers wrestle over deficits, growth

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:26

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin, left, talks with Belgian Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt, center, and Luxembourg's Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna, during the Eurogroup finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg, Monday Oct. 13, 2014. Finance ministers from the nations sharing the euro currency met ahead of Tuesday's EU finance ministers council. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)The head of the eurozone finance ministers' group said Monday the ministers are not satisfied with the stagnant economy and agree "strong measures" are needed to get it moving again.

Alaska gay couples seek marriage licenses after judge dumps ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:26

Jim Derrick and Alfie Travassos exchange rings as they get married at the Salt Lake County Government Complex in Salt Lake City, UtahBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska officials began accepting marriage license applications from gay couples on Monday, a day after a federal judge ruled the state ban's on such nuptials was unconstitutional in the latest victory for U.S. supporters of same-sex matrimony. U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess ruled on Sunday that a ban on gay marriage approved by the state's voters in 1998 violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. ...

NY Columbus Day parade draws revelers, politicians

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:12

A statue of San Silverio is carried during the Columbus Day parade in New York, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. The parade is organized by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, and is billed as the world's largest celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of people lined Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Monday for the annual Columbus Day parade, one of the world's largest celebrations of Italian-American heritage and culture.

Voiceprints being harvested by the millions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:11

In this photo taken Sept. 15, 2014, Benoit Fauve, a speech scientist with a voice recognition technology company ValidSoft, points to a screen displaying the voice biometric features of a telephone call during a demonstration at the company’s office in central London. An Associated Press investigation has found that two of America's biggest retail banks, Chase and Wells Fargo, are quietly taking some callers' voiceprints to fight fraud. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)LONDON (AP) — Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice.

Kroger Co. settles chicken labeling lawsuit, changes packaging

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:07

A selection of Kroger brand products is displayed in GoldenBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Kroger Co, the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, said on Monday it will remove the "humanely raised" claims from a store brand of chicken to settle a federal lawsuit claiming the retailer deceived consumers because the animals were raised under standard commercial farming conditions. Kroger and the lawyers for a California consumer filed a statement in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Friday agreeing to dismiss the case with prejudice. ...

Banks harvest callers' voiceprints to fight fraud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:50

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, file photo, a man walks past a Wells Fargo branch in Philadelphia. Wells Fargo and Chase, two of America's biggest retail banks, are quietly taking some callers’ voiceprints to fight fraud, an Associated Press investigation has found. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)LONDON (AP) — "This call may be monitored."

US stocks waver between small gains and losses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:49

Specialist Thomas Facchine, center, declares shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles open as they begin trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles began trading Monday as the newly merged company seeks to raise its profile and give U.S. investors a chance to own a piece of the Chrysler comeback. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in afternoon trading Monday. The market is coming off a turbulent week during which it was shaken by concerns over shaky global growth prospects. Investors were looking ahead to earnings news from a number of big companies later this week including General Electric, Intel and Bank of America.

SpiderMan may swing over Beijing in new theme park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:44

Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer of the Universal Parks and Resorts, speaks at a ceremony to announce plans for the Universal Beijing theme park in Beijing Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. China has approved the development of a $3.3 billion Universal theme park in Beijing, marking the first major foreign-owned theme park in the Chinese capital. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — Spider-Man could soon swing over Beijing, chasing Optimus Prime and despicable minions through a $3.3 billion Universal theme park aimed at capitalizing on China's rising middle class and growing demand for all things animated.

UN agency: Ebola cuts food in Sierra Leone

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:33
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of a United Nations agency says up to 40 percent of farms have been abandoned in areas of Sierra Leone affected the worst by the Ebola outbreak.

U.S. Army says it faces huge equipment, training risks with budget cuts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:28

U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Odierno and Fang, Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, pose for photographers in BeijingBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army warned on Monday that mandatory budget cuts due to resume in fiscal 2016 would be devastating to a service that is already facing huge risks as it tries to keep forces ready for battle, replace aging equipment and respond to crises around the world. "We have to have a national security debate ... because there is too much going on," U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told reporters at the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) conference. ...

Friends raise money for US journalist with Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:23
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Friends of the American freelance journalist with Ebola are turning to crowdsourcing to help pay for what they say is expected to be more than $500,000 in medical bills.

McDonald's invites questions about its food

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:17
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef.

Toddler critically injured in New Hampshire bouncy house accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:59
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire toddler was hospitalized in critical condition after a gust of wind lifted a bouncy house he was playing in with his brother, authorities said. The crash of the inflatable house on a farm in Nashua on Sunday severely injured the 2-year-old boy, while his 3-year-old brother suffered less serious injuries, according to the Nashua Fire Department. Witnesses told local media the bouncy house was lifted some 30 feet off the ground in the incident at Sullivan Farm. Fire officials said it traveled about 50 feet before it crashed. ...

Obama and the Midterms: What's at stake?

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:51

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo. Two more years of a divided Congress. Two more years battling a Republican-led House that sees little overlap with the president’s priorities. And two more years that are likely to pass without the kind of legacy-building legislation that has eluded the president throughout his second term. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo.

Off-campus student charged in Penn State threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:46

Off-campus student charged in Penn State threatA 20-year-old off-campus student has been jailed on charges that he posted a social media threat to shoot people at the HUB on Penn State's main campus.

Teen struck by vehicle in Edgemoor, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:42

Teen struck by vehicle in Edgemoor, DelawarePolice say a 17-year-old pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Edgemoor, Delaware Monday morning.

CDC urges all US hospitals to 'think Ebola'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is telling the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola."

Confederate officer's wartime diary decoded

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:32

 He liked to gossip. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A century and a half after Confederate officer James Malbone wrote his Civil War diary partly in code, a couple of Yankees have figured out why he took the precaution: He liked to gossip.