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Teen's disappearance helps reveal Ala sex ring

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 23:24

In this Oct. 21, 2014 photo, Stephanie Hanke, stepmother of missing teenager Brittney Wood, looks over materials related to the search for the youth at her home in Mobile, Ala. The teen hasn't been seen since May 2012 and is presumed dead, but 11 relatives and family friends have since been arrested as members of an alleged ring that swapped children for sex. Authorities said Wood could have been a key witness. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — By most accounts, 19-year-old Brittney Wood was with uncle Donnie Holland the night of May 30, 2012, the last time anyone saw her. Holland — who was under investigation for horrific sex crimes at the time — died from a bullet within days in what was ruled a suicide.


Woman hit by guardrail, ejected and killed in Glasgow, Delaware crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 23:19

Woman hit by guardrail, ejected and killed in Glasgow, Delaware crashDelaware State Police are investigating a fatal crash near Glasgow that left a 22-year-old woman dead.


U.S. top court leaves intact New York City pregnancy center rule

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 23:06
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact part of a controversial New York City law that forces crisis pregnancy centers to inform clients whether they have a licensed medical provider on staff. The court declined to hear an appeal filed by several centers that objected to the 2011 law, which was enacted to prevent women from thinking that crisis care centers aimed at counseling women against abortion are in fact medical facilities offering abortion and other reproductive services. The nine justices left in place a January ruling by the 2nd U.S. ...

U.S. top court does not act yet on Obamacare subsidies challenge

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 23:04

Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took no action on a closely watched case that challenges a key part of the Obamacare healthcare law and could limit the availability of federal health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. The legal fight concerns whether the subsidies vital to the implantation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act should be available in all 50 states or only in some. The case was brought by conservative challengers to the law who were appealing a July ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld the subsidies. ...


Court rejects Argentina's appeal of $185M award

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected Argentina's appeal of a British natural gas company's multimillion dollar award against the government.

GM sales rise slightly on pickup truck gains

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:36
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says its October U.S. sales rose slightly as pickup truck sales jumped while some top-selling car models faltered.

Biden predicts U.S. Democrats will keep Senate: CNN

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:31

Biden addresses a high-level summit during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New YorkWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden predicted Democrats would retain control of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's congressional elections but said that whatever happens, Republicans would have to work harder to make sure things get done in Washington. In an interview with CNN, Biden said he did not agree with forecasters who say Republicans are poised to capture the six seats they need to take over the Senate. They are also expected to expand their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. "I don't agree with the odds-makers," Biden said in the interview broadcast on Monday. ...


Defense rests in tax fraud trial of ex-UBS exec

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:19
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The defense rested without calling any witnesses in the South Florida trial of a former top executive at Swiss bank UBS AG charged with conspiring with wealthy Americans to hide billions of dollars from the Internal Revenue Service.

Estonia appoints new finance minister

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:12
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's president has appointed a new finance minister to replace Jurgen Ligi , who was forced to resign after insulting an ethnic Russian colleague.

Terminally ill Brittany Maynard takes her own life

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:12

Brittany MaynardPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard stuck by her decision.


Decades after NY molesting conviction, Friedman fights to clear name

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:11

Handout of Friedman posing with his wife Lisabeth Walsh in Ft Summer, New MexicoBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jesse Friedman, whose conviction as a teenage child molester was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film "Capturing the Friedmans," is not giving up his decades-long campaign to clear his name. Friedman has asked a court to review evidence in his case, one of the most notorious in the history of New York's Long Island, contending that prosecutors coached and intimidated child witnesses into making false allegations. A judge could issue a ruling on his request any day now. ...


Can American Indian reformers slow an oil boom?

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:00

A bumper sticker stating "I'm Indian and I vote" adorns a car on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North DakotaBy Ernest Scheyder NEW TOWN N.D. (Reuters) - A change in leadership at an American Indian reservation in North Dakota wouldn't normally get a whole lot of attention. In the past two years alone, production on the MHA Nation has jumped 145 percent, cementing the state's role as the second-largest U.S. The reformers, Damon Williams, the tribal attorney, and Mark Fox, the tax director, each propose tighter environmental regulations.


A look at use of Oregon's law on assisted suicide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:57

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman who plans to die under Oregon's law that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives. Sean Crowley, spokesman from the group Compassion & Choices, said late Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, that Maynard was surrounded by family Saturday when she took lethal medication prescribed by a doctor and died. She was weeks shy of her 30th birthday. (AP Photo/Maynard Family, File)Oregon voters approved a law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives in 1994, but opponents persuaded a federal judge to issue an injunction temporarily blocking the law. Voters in November 1997 overwhelmingly reaffirmed the nation's first aid-in-dying law, and it's been in place ever since.


Woman forced into car, abducted in Germantown, police say

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:54

Woman screamed, tried to escape kidnapper in Germantown, police sayPhiladelphia police are investigating a reported abduction in Germantown.


Germany: EU freedom of movement not negotiable

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:32

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2014 file picture British Prime Minister, David Cameron, speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their joint press conference inside 10 Downing Street in London. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says Germany wants Britain to remain an "active and committed" European Union member but is insisting the principle of free movement of workers within the bloc isn't negotiable. British Prime Minister David Cameron, facing political pressure from the rise of Britain's anti-EU UKIP party, wants to take steps to limit the level of migration from the EU into Britain. German weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday Nov. 2, 2014 , without identifying sources, that German officials could envision giving up efforts to keep Britain in the EU if Cameron insists on limits. (AP Photo/ Facundo Arrizabalaga, Poo,Filel)BERLIN (AP) — Germany wants Britain to remain an "active and committed" European Union member but is firm in insisting that the principle of free movement of workers within the bloc isn't negotiable, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Monday.


Suspect's photo released in Ocean County hit-and-run crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:22

Suspect's photo released in Ocean County hit-and-run crashPolice are on the hunt for a suspected hit-and-run driver in Ocean County.


Florida ballot amendment seeks to fund land conservation

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 20:25
By Zachary Fagenson and David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida environmentalists are hoping voters will approve a ballot amendment on Tuesday to fund the purchase and conservation of land critical to protecting the state's water supply. Amendment One would reserve a portion of tax money collected on real estate transactions for the next 20 years, potentially raising $648 million to buy and maintain lands in its first year, increasing to $1.27 billion by the 20th year, according to Florida’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research. ...

Brittany Maynard, 'death with dignity' advocate, dies

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 20:13

Brittany Maynard, 'death with dignity' advocate, diesTerminal cancer patient Brittany Maynard, who made headlines over her plan to end her own life, died Saturday at her home in Portland. She was 29.


Pickup trucks, tractor-trailers catch fire in Bristol, Pa.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 19:25

Pickup trucks, tractor-trailers catch fire in Bristol, Pa.Firefighters were battling a blaze at a trucking business in Bucks County early Monday.


Mystery drone flights over French nuclear sites

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 18:48
PARIS (AP) — French security chiefs are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal overflights of French nuclear power stations by tiny, unmanned drones.