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Iraq war vet hurt in California Occupy protest to get $4.5 million

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 02:16

Marine veteran Scott Olsen, who suffered a head injury at the October 25 Occupy Oakland protest, smiles as he takes part in a demonstration in OaklandBy Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Iraq War veteran critically wounded by police during an Occupy protest in 2011 will receive $4.5 million in a tentative settlement with the City of Oakland, the northern California city where he was hurt, attorneys said on Friday. Scott Olsen was 24 when he suffered head injuries and brain damage after being struck by a lead-filled beanbag during a confrontation with Oakland police in October 2011, at the height of the Occupy movement on the U.S. West Coast. "After serving two tours of duty as a United States Marine in Iraq, Scott Olsen could never have imagined that he would be shot in the head by an Oakland police officer while he was peacefully exercising his First Amendment rights in support of the budding 'Occupy' economic justice movement," Rachel Lederman, Olsen's attorney, said in a statement.


Hearing on UAW vote at Tennessee VW plant vote April 21

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 02:07
The United Auto Workers (UAW) union will make its case on April 21 that the results of a February election it lost at a Chattanooga, Tennessee Volkswagen plant should be thrown out. The parties involved agreed to delay the hearing, which was previously scheduled for April 7 in Chattanooga, a U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) representative said on Friday. The UAW has asked the NLRB to invalidate the 712-626 vote at the VW facility and hold a new election, alleging that workers were improperly influenced by anti-union statements made by Tennessee Republican politicians and outside interest groups in the days leading up to the election. The federal agency supervises union elections and polices unfair labor practices in the private sector, and its regional office in Atlanta is handling the VW Chattanooga challenge.

Georgia lawmakers expand gun rights as medical marijuana bill dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:48
By Steve Norder ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia lawmakers approved a watered-down expansion of gun carry rights, but an effort aimed at legalizing medical marijuana for children with severe seizure disorders failed on Thursday, the final day of the state's legislative session. "We did nothing for kids, but we passed a gun bill," said Republican state Senator Fran Millar. The gun measure passed by large margins in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate after a compromise was reached to save it in the session's waning hours. Prompted by mass shootings across the country in recent years, state legislatures are considering hundreds of proposals to both limit and expand the rights of gun owners, while 20 states have legalized medical marijuana in various forms and others are considering doing so.

Modern home divides historic Southern neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:44

Architect Louis Cherry and his wife, Marsha Gordon, stand in front of their new home in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The couple may have to demolish the unfinished home because of a neighbor's challenge that the house doesn't meet guidelines for the historic district. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Architect Louis Cherry sees the two-story structure — with its exposed beams, masonry piers, deep overhangs and shallow-pitched roof — as a "contemporary interpretation" of the Craftsman-style homes that dot the city's Historic Oakwood District.


Muslim group to appeal ruling on police spying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:42
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A group of Muslims from New Jersey is appealing a federal judge's ruling that determined that New York City Police Department's surveillance of Muslims did not violate their civil rights.

Navajo family fighting to stay on monument land

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:38

In this March 10, 2014 photo, Navajo elder Stella Peshlakai Smith, 89, stands outside a traditional dwelling on her homestead at Wupatki National Monument in northern Arizona. The National Park Service, which manages the monument, and the Peshlakai family are at odds over the family's pursuit of residency in the vast expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. (AP) — Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned to settle the area after a forced march to an eastern New Mexico internment camp.


Anti-abortion activist loses appeal over Ohio home raid

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:35
A federal appeals court refused to hold members of the U.S. Marshals Service liable for raiding the home of an anti-abortion activist to enforce a money judgment favoring Planned Parenthood, but strongly criticized their tactics, saying they appeared aimed at stifling the activist's "repugnant" ideas. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the raid violated the Fourth Amendment rights of Michael Bray and his family. Planned Parenthood had been seeking to collect an $850,000 judgment it had won against Bray in an Oregon case, and obtained a court order to seize assets from his home in Wilmington, Ohio. He claimed that he was forced to sit on a couch, unable to call a lawyer, during a four-hour search of the home, while a Planned Parenthood worker allegedly videotaped the interior.

Chimp attack victim to appeal to Conn. legislators

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:29

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo, Charla Nash sits before a hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., to determine whether she may sue the state for $150 million in claimed damages. Nash, who was mauled by a friend's chimpanzee in 2009, is making a last-ditch appeal to legislators in her bid to sue the state for $150 million, saying the attack has left her so her reliant on others that she feels like she is locked in a cage. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's attorney general urged lawmakers Friday not to allow a woman disfigured in a 2009 chimpanzee attack to sue the state, saying she has his sympathy but the law does not support her claim seeking $150 million.


3 dead, 8 injured in Jersey shore motel fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:12

Firefighters investigate an early morning fire at the Mariner's Cove Hotel in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. on Friday, March 21, 2014. An early morning fire killed three people at the Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said. Three other people were critically injured in the blaze. Authorities said several other people may be unaccounted for. Investigators are interviewing motel management to determine how many people were staying there when the fire broke out. The motel's office was destroyed and most records were lost. (AP Photo/David Gard)POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A fire early Friday destroyed a Jersey shore motel that was housing people displaced by Superstorm Sandy, killing three people, injuring eight others and leaving 10 unaccounted for, authorities said.


Rhode Island speaker's office raided amid probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 01:04

A Rhode Island state trooper stands outside the office of House Speaker Gordon Fox Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I. A U.S. attorney's office spokesman said his office, the FBI, IRS and state police are engaged in a law enforcement action, but would not comment whether the Democratic House speaker was being investigated. (AP Photo/Erika Niedowski)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Law enforcement officials raided the office of House Speaker Gordon Fox on Friday as part of an investigation by the U.S. attorney's office, the FBI, IRS and state police.


Rhode Island speaker's office shut down amid probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:54

A Rhode Island state trooper stands outside the office of House Speaker Gordon Fox Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I. A U.S. attorney's office spokesman said his office, the FBI, IRS and state police are engaged in a law enforcement action, but would not comment whether the Democratic House speaker was being investigated. (AP Photo/Erika Niedowski)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Law enforcement officials shut down the office of House Speaker Gordon Fox on Friday as part of an investigation by the U.S. attorney's office, the FBI, IRS and state police.


Gay-marriage foe to march in NYC gay pride parade

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:45
NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic League will be allowed to march with an anti-gay-marriage banner in New York City's annual gay-pride parade, organizers said on the heels of a St. Patrick's Day parade prohibition on gay-rights signs and subsequent boycott that drew widespread attention.

National Zoo saves sloth bear cub after 2 eaten

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:40

This handout photo provided by the Smithsonian's National Zoo, taken Jan. 6, 2014, shows keepers bottle-feeding the saved sloth bear cub at the zoo in Washington. Animal keepers at the National Zoo have saved a sloth bear cub after two others were eaten by the mother. The three cubs were born in December to a mother named Khali. One was eaten within 20 minutes, and a second cub was eaten after seven days. The zoo says it's not uncommon for carnivores to eat their young if they're compromised somehow. (AP Photo/Mindy Babitz, Smithsonian's National Zoo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Animal keepers at the National Zoo have saved a sloth bear cub after two others were eaten by the mother.


Officer who killed girl gets September trial date

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:35
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has scheduled a Sept. 15 trial date in the case of a Detroit police officer charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 7-year-old girl.

Judge orders Alamo to pay 7 abused women $525M

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:31
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has awarded another $525 million to seven women abused by Tony Alamo after no one showed up to defend the evangelist.

Authorities enter Rhode Island speaker's office

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:12
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities carrying an evidence bag and empty cardboard boxes have entered the Statehouse office of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox.

Turkish attempt to ban Twitter backfires

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:10

Photos of the day - March 21, 2014ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire on Friday with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that the prime minister was using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and his government.


3 dead in Jersey shore motel fire; 8 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:08

Firefighters investigate an early morning fire at the Mariner's Cove Hotel in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. on Friday, March 21, 2014. An early morning fire killed three people at the Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said. Three other people were critically injured in the blaze. Authorities said several other people may be unaccounted for. Investigators are interviewing motel management to determine how many people were staying there when the fire broke out. The motel's office was destroyed and most records were lost. (AP Photo/David Gard)POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — An early morning fire killed three people Friday at a Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said.


It's not just your grandmother's matzo anymore

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:08

This product image released by Martha Stewart Living shows a recipe for chocolate covered matzo, topped with nuts and dried fruit. (AP Photo/Martha Stewart Living)NEW YORK (AP) — When Amy Kritzer was growing up in Connecticut, her mother made lasagna from matzo each Passover.


Feds: FBI, IRS probe at Rhode Island Statehouse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 00:00
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office says an investigation is underway at the Rhode Island Statehouse, where police officers are stationed outside House Speaker Gordon Fox's office.