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Missouri executes man for killing 2 in robbery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:46

bottles of the sedative midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma CityBONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate was put to death Wednesday for killing two people during a restaurant robbery in 1998, the eighth execution in the state this year and the 10th since November.

Ferguson council faces calls for reform at first meeting since teen's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:04

Demonstrators protest against the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in FergusonBy Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, confronted demands for reform from an angry crowd on Tuesday night at their first public meeting since last month's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer ignited weeks of protests. The atmosphere was charged from the opening minutes as members of a largely black audience that numbered in the hundreds shouted over remarks by city council members, rising out of their seats and chanting in solidarity. Some wore T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "Hands Up Don't Shoot," a phrase that has become a national rallying cry for activists protesting the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and other acts of what they say are police abuse. As council leaders attempted to discuss routine city business, one man shouted: "What about Mike Brown?" Tensions have been high in the mostly black community of 21,000 people since the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown.

Police: 3 dead in NYC murder suicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:31
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say three members of a family found dead with stab wounds inside a burning New York City apartment were killed in an apparent murder suicide.

Judge rejects latest bid to keep oyster farm open

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:21
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge rejected on Tuesday an 11th-hour attempt to keep open a popular Northern California oyster operation that was ordered closed by the federal government.

Plan to move Hawaii homeless out of tourist meccas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:17

In this photo taken Monday Sept. 8, 2014, Jim Trevarthen, 62, watches the surfers near Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Trevarthen is one of many homeless people who is unhappy with the city's proposals to ban sitting and lying down on sidewalks in the tourist mecca. Honolulu's city council is set to vote Wednesday on a sit-lie ban in Waikiki and Honolulu, aiming to keep homeless people out of sight after pressure from the tourism industry. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)HONOLULU (AP) — A plan to move Hawaii's homeless population away from its tourist meccas may send homeless families to camp temporarily on Sand Island.

Founder of Maine elephant refuge trampled to death by elephant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:09
(Reuters) - The founder of a Maine sanctuary for old and injured elephants was trampled to death by one of the elephants under his care, the company, Hope Elephants, and local media said on Tuesday. Jim Laurita, 56, was found dead inside the animals' enclosure at his Hope Elephant facility in Hope, Maine, on Tuesday, the Bangor Daily News reported. The Maine medical examiner's office said Laurita died of asphyxiation after his chest was crushed and that his death was accidental, the Daily News said. ...

Massachusetts, Rhode Island Democrats nominate women for governor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:56

A woman arriving at a polling station walks past an enlarged copy of the democratic primary ballot in primary election day in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Democrats in Massachusetts and Rhode Island picked female candidates to represent their party in November gubernatorial elections, setting the stage for either state to possibly elect its first woman governor. In New Hampshire and Delaware, voters picked Republican challengers to Democratic incumbents in the U.S. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Rhode Island state Treasurer Gina Raimondo won competitive primaries, with Coakley going on to face Republican businessman Charlie Baker and Raimondo up against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. They don't." Some Massachusetts Democrats had expressed wariness about Coakley's chances in November after her stunning 2010 loss to Scott Brown in a race to fill the U.S.

Memorial held for slain Philadelphia grad student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:45

Memorial held for slain Philadelphia grad studentIt was a standing room only crowd at the Art Institute of Philadelphia to honor the memory of 23-year-old grad student Laura Araujo.

AccuWeather: Sunshine Returns Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:41

 Sunshine Returns WednesdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a midweek warmup followed by storms.

Police: Church burglars found in ductwork

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:38

 Church burglars found in ductworkWilmington police say church burglary suspects were going after a higher power, meaning the copper wiring on the roof.

Trump casinos file for bankruptcy; Taj Mahal may close

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:36

Trump casinos file for bankruptcy; Taj Mahal may closeTrump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy Tuesday and threatened to shut down the Taj Mahal Casino Resort, which would make it the fifth Atlantic City casino to close this year.

Atlantic City police shoot and kill armed man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:34

Atlantic City police shoot and kill armed manThe Atlantic County prosecutor has confirmed that police officers shot and killed a man in Atlantic City Tuesday afternoon.

DA: Bodies of 5 missing S.C. children found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:30

This Sunday, Sept. 6, 2014 photo made available by the Smith County Sheriff's Office shows Timothy Ray Jones Jr. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, authorities said the father of five children whose bodies were found in Alabama has been charged with child neglect and that other charges are pending. (AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff's Office)A district attorney says the bodies of five children missing from South Carolina have been found in rural Alabama. The children's father is in custody.

Ferguson reforms met with rancor at city meeting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:12
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Efforts by city leaders in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer to repair the local government's fractured relationship with its residents got off to a rocky start Tuesday at the first public meeting of elected officials since Michael Brown's death.

Detroit, key bankruptcy plan opponent reach deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:51

Detroit, key bankruptcy plan opponent reach dealDETROIT (AP) — Detroit has reached a tentative deal to pay a key creditor 26 cents on the dollar and offer it valuable leases, a move that that could clear the biggest hurdle in the city's plan to reduce its debts and emerge from bankruptcy protection.

News Guide: Highlights of primary elections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:48

Scott Brown, a former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, greets volunteers at his campaign headquarters Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014, in Manchester, N.H. Brown moved to New Hampshire and is seeking the Republican party nomination for U.S. Senate hoping to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Police: Teenager jumps on train to elude officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:48

 Teenager jumps on trains to elude officersA bizarre police chase on SEPTA's Market-Frankford El ended with a suspect trying to elude police by jumping on top of trains.

Cougar that injured boy in California tracked for third day

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:31
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Game wardens and hounds combed steep, wooded canyons and ravines for a third day near California's Silicon Valley on Tuesday, searching for a mountain lion that injured a 6-year-old boy, but the cat has so far evaded trackers, wildlife officials said. The boy was hiking a trail with family and friends on Sunday in a densely wooded preserve adjacent to a winery, just west of the town of Cupertino, when the mountain lion pounced on him and tried to drag the child away, his parents told officials. Kirsten Macintyre, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the boy has since been released and was home with his family, who officials have not publicly identified. A team of sheriff's deputies, game wardens and a tracker with dogs immediately mounted a search for the lion, which resumed after daybreak on Monday and was extended into Tuesday with the addition of a second tracking crew, Macintyre said.

#WhyIStayed: Ways victims react to domestic violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:26

#WhyIStayed: Ways victims react to domestic violenceIt's a personal encounter that has become very public, but it's not an isolated problem.