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Navajo candidate faces language fluency decision

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:48

Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene greets supporters ahead of a hearing Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Window Rock, Ariz., to determine whether Deschene is fluent enough in Navajo to qualify for the presidency. For most Navajos, the language issue goes beyond the election. It centers on how to preserve what the federal government once tried to eradicate and what parents were ashamed to teach their children. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Voters on the country's largest Indian reservation are scheduled to choose a new president in a month, but they're still not sure who will be on the ballot because of a battle over one candidate's ability to speak Navajo.

Detroit Zoo cares for turtles found at airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:41

In this undated photo released by the Detroit Zoo, a handler holds a turtle at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich. The zoo is caring for more than 1,000 turtles authorities say are tied to an international smuggling ring. (AP Photo/Detroit Zoo, Jennie Miller)ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo is caring for more than 1,000 turtles that it says authorities believe are tied to an international smuggling ring.

US Justice review of Baltimore police sought

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:33
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials are looking for a U.S. Justice Department review of the city police department's procedures and policies after several cases of use of force by officers have resulted in millions of dollars in legal settlements and public outcry.

Teen pulled from Schuylkill River after SUV crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:30

 Teen driver paralyzed after SUV crash on MLK DriveA 17-year-old girl has been pulled from the Schuylkill River after a SUV crashed off Martin Luther King Drive in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

U.S. defends Ebola response, about 50 under observation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:20

A Red Cross worker delivers bedding materials to an apartment unit at The Ivy Apartments, where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in Dallas, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz DALLAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Friday broadly defended the response to the country's first case of Ebola, although one acknowledged that while the government was confident of containing the virus, it had been "rocky" in Dallas where the patient is in serious condition. Health officials in Dallas charged with checking the spread of Ebola have narrowed their focus to about 50 people who had direct or indirect contact with an infected Liberian visitor, including 10 at high risk who are being checked twice daily for symptoms. ...

$627M in Gulf oil spill recovery projects approved

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:17
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials approved plans Friday to spend $627 million on 44 projects meant to aid recovery from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but environmentalists are fuming that $58 million will go to an Alabama beachfront hotel they say will hurt rather than help the Gulf.

Bird hits tour helicopter, forces landing in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:16
NEW YORK (AP) — An aerial tour company says a bird has slammed into the windshield of a helicopter and forced it to make an emergency landing in New York City.

NTSB: Engineer in NYC derailment had sped before

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:16

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, file photo, first responders work the scene of a derailment of a Metro-North passenger train in the Bronx borough of New York. A National Transportation Safety Board report released, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, describes gouges in the cars’ walls, jammed doors, dislodged seats and hundreds of broken windows after the Dec. 1 accident on the Metro-North Railroad. The NTSB hasn’t determined the cause. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The engineer whose commuter rail train was speeding when it derailed in the Bronx, killing four people, went 24 mph over the speed limit on the same run a few days earlier, a federal agency indicated Friday.

Family taken from flat shared with Ebola patient

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:13
DALLAS (AP) — The Texas family that lived in an apartment where a Liberian man fell ill with Ebola has been moved to a different home.

New investigation in Florida woman's 2010 fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:12

Jennifer O'Connell Crites speaks at a news conference in Tallahassee, FloridaBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Florida authorities opened a new investigation into the 2010 death of a woman whose shooting was ruled a suicide, her family's attorneys said on Friday, after questions were raised about the local police department's handling of the case. Florida Governor Rick Scott earlier this week signed an executive order appointing a state prosecutor without apparent conflicts to investigate the death of Michelle O'Connell. The 24-year-old mother was found shot to death on Sept. 2, 2010, at the St. Augustine home of her boyfriend, St. ...

Police grab trooper ambush suspect's food supplies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:04

This recent photo and released by Pennsylvania State Police on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, shows a campsite near Canadensis, Pa., that officials say was used by suspected killer Eric Frein. A massive manhunt has been underway for 31-year-old Frein in the rugged terrain of the Pocono Mountains since Sept. 12. The self-taught survivalist is charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass outside their barracks in Blooming Grove. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police)Law enforcement officials tracking the survivalist charged with ambushing a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks said Friday they have found caches of food and other supplies and believe he'll likely start breaking into cabins or searching through trash bins to sustain himself.

Panama winds down program for eased immigration

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:03
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A program that helped tens of thousands of foreigners get permission to live and work in Panama entered its final days on Friday with the opening of the last of the immigration fairs that have roused nationalist sentiment in the small Central American nation.

Police seek suspect in rape of 100-year-old woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 06:55
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are looking for one or more intruders who they say broke into the Wichita home of a 100-year-old woman and sexually assaulted her.

Local group has boots on the ground in Ebola fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 06:54

Local group has boots on the ground in Ebola fightA local group, co-founded by former Congresswoman Majorie Margolies, is joining the push to send supplies, training and aid to Ebola-stricken countries.

Medical first: Baby born to woman who got new womb

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 06:53

In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, from left specialist surgeons Andreas G Tzakis, Pernilla Dahm-Kähler, Mats Brannstrom, Michael Olausson and Liza Johannesson attend a news conference, at Sahlgrenska hospital in Goteborg, Sweden. In a world first, a baby has been born to a Swedish woman who received a transplanted womb last year, according to the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure. Earlier this year, Dr. Mats Brannstrom, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Goteburg and Stockholm IVF, began transferring embryos into seven women in Sweden who successfully received new wombs. Brannstrom told The Associated Press the baby was born in September, 2014 to a 36-year-old woman who received her womb from a close family friend. Neither the woman nor her male partner was identified. (AP Photo/Adam Ihse, File) SWEDEN OUTLONDON (AP) — In a medical first, a woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant, the doctor who performed the pioneering procedure said Friday.

Montco students pack 20,000 meals for the hungry

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 06:52

Montco students pack 20,000 meals for the hungryStudents poured, they scooped and they sealed - 20,000 meals packed in two hours at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion Station - and it was all to help the hungry.

Report details four seconds of horror in deadly crash at Florida daycare

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 06:49
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The driver of a car that crashed through a Florida daycare center and killed a 4-year-old girl in April mistakenly accelerated instead of braking after he was rear-ended, according a report on the crash released this week. The episode, which lasted only 4.2 seconds, occurred as children at the Kindercare Learning Center in suburban Orlando were having snack time, said the Florida Highway Patrol report, released on Wednesday. The Highway Patrol did not recommend charges against Albert Campbell, then 61, whose Toyota Solara sedan plowed into the center. ...

AccuWeather: Soggy Start to the Weekend, Chilly End

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 06:49

 Soggy Start to the Weekend, Chilly EndMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says a strong cold front will bring a dramatic chance in our weather this weekend.

Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages from other areas: judge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 06:42
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who have wed legally in other places, a state court judge ruled on Friday in the latest case to address gay rights in the United States. Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs ruled that a state ban on recognition of legal same-sex marriages violated the rights of gay couples to the same protections heterosexual couples have under the U.S. Constitution. ...

Some questioning latest round of Ferguson arrests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 06:42
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A civil rights group and several clergy said Friday that police overreached when arresting 13 protesters outside the Ferguson station.