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Jury deliberates in Philadelphia child kidnap, sex assault case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 05:04

Jury deliberates in Philadelphia child kidnap, sex assault caseThe jury now has the case in the kidnapping and sexual assault trial against Christina Regusters.


Kidde recalls 1.3 million smoke alarms because of alarm failure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:59
Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc is recalling about 1.3 million smoke alarms and combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms because they can fail following a power outage, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. The recall by the Mebane, North Carolina, company involves about 1.2 million alarms in the United States and about 112,000 in Canada, the commission said in a statement.

Lynx protections expanded, but new habitat denied

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:58

FILE - In this April 19, 2005 file photo, a Canada lynx heads into the Rio Grande National Forest after being released near Creede, Colo. Canada lynx gained federal protections in New Mexico on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, but U.S. wildlife officials again declined to designate critical habitat for the elusive wild cats in the Southern Rockies, parts of New England and other areas not considered essential to their survival. The two-part finding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service means the forest-dwlling lynx will be protected as threatened throughout the lower 48 states. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Canada lynx gained federal protections in New Mexico on Thursday, but U.S. wildlife officials again declined to designate critical habitat for the elusive animal in the Southern Rockies, parts of New England and other areas considered non-essential to their survival.


Seattle court orders HIV-positive man to stop spreading the virus

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:58
An HIV-positive man in Seattle could face jail time if he fails to comply with a court order seeking to prevent him from spreading the disease to his sexual partners, King County officials said Thursday. Public health officials took the rare step of seeking a cease-and-desist order against the man, identified only as "AO," who became aware of his HIV-positive status in 2008 but has since infected at least eight people, court documents said. Health officials in Seattle said the move was not criminalizing sexual behavior or infringing on personal liberty, but was instead aimed at protecting public health. In this case, the man must show up for counseling sessions and adopt behaviors that will protect future sexual partners, according to the court order.

13 vets' unclaimed remains finally laid to rest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:57

Amelia Dukes-Hutton holds a rose and the flag from the casket of her brother, Roland Burke Dukes, during a memorial service and burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township, Mich., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)HOLLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Thirteen military veterans whose remains went unclaimed at a Detroit morgue were finally laid to rest Thursday in side-by-side plots after a 60-mile procession in which state troopers on motorcycle accompanied the 13 hearses to the cemetery.


Police cite 120 under Baltimore's youth curfew law, mayor says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:55
(Reuters) - Police enforcing Baltimore's tough youth curfew law gave out 120 citations in the measure's first month, the mayor said on Thursday, and officials were divided on its effectiveness. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who backed the law as a way to keep children safe, said in a statement that 23 offenders were taken to youth centers and 97 were escorted home by police. The data shows that "the expanded curfew and Youth Connections Centers can be an effective tool in connecting vulnerable youth and their families to much-needed resources,” Rawlings-Blake said. Councilman Carl Stokes said the number of citations was about what he expected because he did not think the curfew would be enforced.

Lawsuit seeks source of drugs to be used in Pennsylvania execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:53
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - In the wake of botched lethal injections in other states, the ACLU and four newspapers have sued Pennsylvania's prison system to unseal records on the drugs that will be used in an execution later this month, the state's first in 15 years. The lawsuit seeks to uncover how lethal injection drugs used by the Department of Corrections are tested and supplied, since a shortage of traditional execution drugs has meant a bigger role for so-called compounding pharmacies. “It is set by legislation that those things are considered confidential,” said Susan Bensinger, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Information about the suppliers was released under seal to lawyers, denying access to reporters.  The motion, filed on Thursday by the ACLU, Philadelphia's City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Guardian U.S., says keeping the information confidential violates the first amendment rights of the newspapers.

Dispute over Duke Ellington royalties in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:53

FILE - This June 1968 file photo shows big band leader Duke Ellington. Ellington’s grandson is urging New York’s highest court to reinstate his lawsuit against publisher EMI seeking half the foreign royalties from Ellington’s music for his heirs. The suit against publisher EMI alleges breach of the 1961 standard songwriter royalty contract the late pianist, bandleader and composer signed with Mills Music, predecessor of EMI, which is now part of global Sony/ATV Music Publishing. (AP Photo, file)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Jazz composer Duke Ellington's grandson urged New York's highest court on Thursday to reinstate his lawsuit seeking half the foreign royalties from Ellington's music for his heirs.


A look at Sept. 11 commemorations in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:53

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani stands at the edge of the North Pool during memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. In New York, family members of those killed at the World Trade Center will read the names of the victims at a ceremony at ground zero. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool)A look at events marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks:


Sheriff's spokesman: Dad accused of killing his 5 children returned to South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:47
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sheriff's spokesman: Dad accused of killing his 5 children returned to South Carolina.

Prosecutor: Plant owner OK'd tainted peanut sales

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:47
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The owner of a Georgia peanut plant where a deadly salmonella outbreak originated five years ago approved sales of tainted food "whatever the risk," including shipments known to have tested positive for the bacteria and others sent with fake lab results and no real confirmation the products were safe to eat, a prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments in the food-poisoning trial Thursday.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finally at Mount Sharp

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:46

This Aug. 15, 2014, composite image released by NASA and made by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shows a view looking back toward part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater that the rover drove along, heading southward, during the summer of 2014. NASA announced Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, that the rover has reached the base of Mount Sharp, its long-term science destination since landing two years ago. Officials say drilling could begin as early as next week at an outcrop of rocks called Pahrump Hills. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL-Caltech, Cornell University, Arizona State University)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover is about to conduct some serious scientific drilling at Mars.


Eying Scotland, Spain Catalans seek secession vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:45

Girls wearing “estelada” flags, that symbolizes Catalonia's independence, sit on the street in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Sept 11, 2014. A week before Scotland votes on whether to break away from the United Kingdom, separatists in northeastern Spain were trying to convince hundreds of thousands to protest across Catalonia to demand a secession sentiment vote that the central government in Madrid insists would be illegal. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Catalans energized by Scotland's upcoming independence referendum protested Thursday for a secession vote aimed at carving out a new Mediterranean nation in what is now northeastern Spain.


Military exercise with Russia canceled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:44
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Air Force exercise involving the U.S., Canada and Russia was canceled because of Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, a spokesman for NORAD said.

Teacher fatally stabbed at hotel in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:41

 South Philadelphia teacher stabbing a possible suicidePolice say a school teacher has died after she was stabbed multiple times inside a hotel in South Philadelphia.


Man pleads not guilty in tainted steroid case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:36

Glenn Adam Chin, former supervisory pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, departs federal court, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Boston. Prosecutors say Chin oversaw the sterile clean rooms at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., which custom-mixed medications in bulk and where tainted steroids blamed for the 2012 outbreak were made. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — A pharmacist who worked for a Massachusetts company blamed for a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people pleaded not guilty to a mail fraud charge Thursday as his lawyer said he is concerned he could be made a scapegoat.


Utah ski resort sold amid long legal battle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:33

Utah ski resort sold amid long legal battleSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of Utah's largest ski areas was sold to Vail Resorts Inc. Thursday, resolving a legal battle between two ski titans and paving the way for the creation of what could be the country's largest resort.


Revel says it has $90 million offer to buy closed casino

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:30

Revel says it has $90 million offer to buy closed casinoAttorneys for Revel Casino Hotel say that a Florida developer has offered $90 million for the Atlantic City property that closed this month.


Teacher fatally stabbed in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:29

Teacher fatally stabbed at hotel in South PhiladelphiaPolice say a school teacher has died after she was stabbed multiple times inside a hotel in South Philadelphia.


Philly cop arrested for allegedly assaulting wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:06

Philly cop arrested for allegedly assaulting wifeA Philadelphia police officer has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.