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Ohio sets November vote on legalizing marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 09:27

A Cannabis plant is pictured at the "Weed the People" event as enthusiasts gather to celebrate the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Portland, OregonBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio voters will decide in November whether to legalize marijuana use for treating illnesses and for getting high. Secretary of State Jon Husted said on Wednesday he had certified the group ResponsibleOhio had gathered enough valid signatures to place a constitutional amendment before voters in November. The proposed amendment's language still needs approval by the Ohio Ballot Board, he said.

Neighbors of Seattle girl file lawsuit seeking to stop crow feeding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 09:22
(Reuters) - The neighbors of a Seattle girl who gained international media attention for feeding crows and collecting small objects they leave behind have filed a nuisance lawsuit against her parents, an attorney said on Wednesday.

Police: Boy, 8, accidentally shoots self in foot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 09:21

 Boy, 8, accidentally shoots self in footAn 8-year-old boy is hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in the foot.

Police officers rescue groundhog with head stuck in tin can

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:59

 Police officers rescue groundhog with head stuck in tin canOne lucky groundhog might live to see another Groundhog Day thanks to authorities in Lehigh County.

Future of tribe casino on Martha's Vineyard rests with judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:56

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, the unfinished community center sits on the Aquinnah Wampanoag reservation in Aquinnah, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard. The tribe began work in July 2015 to convert the building into gaming hall. U.S. District Court Judge Dennis Saylor heard arguments Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in the state's bid to block the tribe from opening a casino on the resort island. Lawyers argued that the tribe forfeited its gambling rights when it reached a settlement for tribal land on the island. But the tribe said federal law allows it to offer "high stakes" bingo-style games on the property. (AP Photo/Phil Marcelo, File)BOSTON (AP) — An Indian tribe planning to build a casino on Martha's Vineyard doesn't exercise enough governmental oversight on its tribal land there to be allowed to operate a gambling hall, Massachusetts and other opponents of the plan argued in federal court Wednesday.

Water main break floods road in Montgomery County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:45

Water main break floods road in Montgomery CountyWater is gushing down a road in Montgomery County after a water main break.

Texas inmate executed for killing police officer in chase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:38

In this Aug. 5, 2015 photo, Daniel Lee Lopez, 27, speaks from a visiting cage outside death row at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas. Lopez, who has been trying to speed up his execution since being sent to death row five years ago for a police lieutenant’s killing, is scheduled to die Aug. 12, the first of two executions scheduled this week in Texas, (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas inmate Daniel Lee Lopez got his wish Wednesday when he was executed for striking and killing a police lieutenant with an SUV during a chase more than six years ago.

Hawaii schools consider 'heat days' during scorching year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:36

With only open windows and fans to cool the room down, students enter their non air conditioned classroom at Campbell High School, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 in Ewa, Hawaii. Many public school classrooms across the Island are not equipped with AC, making it difficult for both teachers and students when the temperatures are high. In Hawaii, which has been experiencing record high temperatures, school officials are weighing whether it makes sense to have heat days, where they cancel school because it's simply too hot. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)HONOLULU (AP) — In her 90-degree classroom, Hawaii teacher Sharon Nichols is so desperate to keep her third-graders cool that she walks around the classroom spritzing them with ice water.

Judge orders Kentucky clerk to issue marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:36
U.S. District Judge David Bunning granted a preliminary injunction against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis that had been requested by eight people, including two same-sex couples, who sued Davis last month for violating their rights. Bunning said Davis had to live up to her responsibilities as county clerk.

Uzbek refugee convicted of terrorism conspiracy charge in US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:22
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal jury in Idaho has convicted an Uzbek refugee of three terrorism-related charges after prosecutors said he worked to support a terrorist organization and gathered explosive materials in his Boise apartment.

Judge: Not told 6 kids killed in shooting faced danger

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:20

A sign hangs on the door Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, as part of the condolences left outside the home where eight people were shot over the weekend in Houston. David Conley, who has a violent criminal history, entered the Houston home through an unlocked window and fatally shot a woman he'd previously dated, her husband and six children, including a boy believed to be his own son, authorities said. He is charged with capital murder in the deaths (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON (AP) — A judge who dismissed a state effort to keep six children in foster care two years before they were found dead in their Houston home said Wednesday that he was never told the kids were in any "immediate physical danger."

Federal court: Anti-Muslim group can't post ads on buses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:18
SEATTLE (AP) — An anti-Muslim group cannot post ads on buses in Washington state showing photos of wanted terrorists and wrongly claiming the FBI offers a $25 million reward for one of their captures, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Feds to investigate death of teen during attempted drug bust

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:17
SENECA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says it will investigate the shooting death of a South Carolina teen killed during an attempted drug bust.

Texas executes man convicted of killing veteran police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:04
Texas executed on Wednesday a 27-year-old man who was convicted of killing a veteran police officer in 2009 and had waived his rights to appeal his death sentence. Daniel Lopez was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons spokesman said. The execution was the 528th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.

Father: Teen killed by police posed no threat to officers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:03

Nyrita Patton pauses while looking at a memorial for 15-year-old Andre Green, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Indianapolis. The leader of a faith-based, anti-crime group said Tuesday that the Indianapolis police department needs to equip all of its officers with body cameras and also add dashboard cameras to police cruisers in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Green, who was a suspect in a carjacking. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The father of a 15-year-old boy fatally shot by Indianapolis police who had cornered the young carjacking suspect after a pursuit said Wednesday he believes his son posed no threat to the officers.

The Latest: President Obama wishes Carter well by phone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 08:00
ATLANTA (AP) — The latest on former President Jimmy Carter, who said Wednesday that he has cancer (all times local):

Georgia man pleads guilty but mentally ill in killing of 5

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:53
LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife, three of her family members and a family friend was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Civil rights leaders slam House's third-ranking Republican

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:52
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two national civil rights leaders are reviving criticism of a top-ranking House Republican's speech to a white supremacist group 13 years ago, trying to jumpstart action on a proposed strengthening of the Voting Rights Act.

LA agrees to pay $15 million to settle boy's police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles will pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit over the police shooting of a teenager who was holding a pellet gun.

Uber driver accused of sexual assault on South Carolina passenger

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:42

Uber representative registers people on smartphone during kick off of citywide jobs tour in Queens borough of New YorkA driver for the popular taxi-hailing service Uber faces sexual assault charges after a passenger reported that he attacked her instead of driving her home from a bar, authorities said on Wednesday. Patrick Aiello, 39, a sixth-grade social studies teacher in North Charleston, South Carolina, was booked into jail on Monday on felony charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, according to Charleston County Jail records. The 23-year-old woman told police that she and a male friend had requested an Uber driver for a ride home from a beachfront bar in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, near Charleston, late Sunday evening, according to an arrest affidavit.