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2 adult human skulls found in trash in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:30

In this photo released by the Stamford, Conn., Police Department Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, two human skull are displayed, which were found at the Stamford Refuge Transfer Station. Police said the skulls were found Thursday afternoon along with books on Satan and witchcraft. The skulls were sent to the state medical examiner’s office for further examination. (AP Photo/Stamford Police Department)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man says two human skulls found at a garbage processing center had been purchased "as a joke" by his now-deceased son.


Appeals court clears way for N.Y. police stop-and-frisk reforms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:21

Two New York Police Department officers walk amongst passing tourists in Times Square during a warm winter day in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City can finally begin to implement court-ordered reforms to its controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, after a U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a last-ditch challenge brought by several police unions. The decision from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York came exactly one year after it put the reforms on hold while the city pursued an appeal of a U.S. judge’s finding that the practice amounted to a form of racial profiling. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a staunch defender of the strategy. ...


California mayor at center of immigration debate charged with DUI

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:17

Booking photo of Marrieta, California mayor Alan LongBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California mayor who made headlines leading a local backlash against a flood of Central American immigrants across the U.S. border, has been charged with felony drunk driving in connection with an accident that injured four teenage girls. Alan Long, who resigned as mayor of Murrieta, California, last week, days after his arrest, was formally charged on Thursday with one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, Riverside County prosecutors said. ...


Correction: Strip Mall-Arson story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:14
BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Oct. 29 about a suspected arson fire in a Pennsylvania strip mall, The Associated Press reported erroneously the relationship of the suspect to the store where the fire took place. Police say suspect Johnathan Szabo was a customer of the Dollar General store, not an employee.

Virgin Galactic says SpaceShipTwo tourism rocket lost, police report 1 dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:09

Virgin Galactic says SpaceShipTwo tourism rocket lost, police report 1 deadVirgin Galactic reported that its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost in Southern California and the California Highway patrol has reported 1 person dead.


Downtown Phoenix hotel reopens after fire closure

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:08
PHOENIX (AP) — A major hotel in downtown Phoenix has reopened after being closed since last weekend for repairs after a fire in an electrical room.

Virgin Galactic says space tourism rocket lost, 1 dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:06

Virgin Galactic says SpaceShipTwo tourism rocket lost, police report 1 deadVirgin Galactic reported that its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost in Southern California and the California Highway patrol has reported 1 person dead.


No-fly list challenge survives state-secrets claim

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:04
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has rejected the federal government's effort to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the no-fly list on the grounds that the lawsuit would expose state secrets.

Wife of Arkansas murder suspect faces murder charge in realtor's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 03:02
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - The wife of a man charged a month ago with the kidnapping and murder of a suburban Little Rock, Arkansas, realtor was ordered held without bond by a district judge on Friday, less than a day after her arrest in the case. Crystal Lowery, 41, pleaded not guilty to charges of capital murder and kidnapping in the death of Beverly Carter, whose body was found in a shallow grave in an industrial area east of Little Rock on Sept. 30. Carter, 50, had disappeared five days earlier after agreeing to show a house to a person she believed was a potential buyer. ...

Witness reports SpaceShipTwo exploded in flight after ignition of rocket, crashed in desert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:57
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Witness reports SpaceShipTwo exploded in flight after ignition of rocket, crashed in desert .

UN: Growing number of foreigners in terror groups

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:57
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says the world faces a challenge of foreign fighters in terror groups on an "unprecedented scale," with about 15,000 in Syria and Iraq alone.

Brittany Maynard: New face of right-to-die

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:39

 visiting the Grand Canyon. Maynard, who has advanced brain cancer, has said she plans use Oregon's death-with-dignity law to end her own life Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 though she could still change her mind. (AP Photo/TheBrittanyFund.org, File)Saturday was supposed to be the day that Brittany Maynard killed herself. She still might do it, but her latest message seems to suggest she intends to live, at least for a while.


Parachutist rescued from Missouri radio tower

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:34
By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A man's plan to leap from a Missouri radio tower south of St. Louis went awry when his parachute got stuck on a supporting wire, leaving him suspended 155 feet above the ground, a fire official said on Friday. The parachutist, Timothy Church, 27, and a second man, Brandon Travis, 26, were arrested for trespassing on private property, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. Travis helped Church gain access to the tower, he said. ...

American detained in North Korea said he wanted to help Christians

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:32

US Air Force photo of Jeffrey Fowle and his wife Tatyana greeted by U.S. Air Force 88 Air Base Wing Commander Col. John Devillier at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in OhioBy Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - The American detained by North Korea knew he risked jail by leaving a Bible behind at a club and was not abused during his nearly half year detention in the state often criticized for suppressing religious freedom, he told NBC News on Friday. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was released last week by North Korea and then returned to his home near Dayton. He had been one of three Americans held by mercurial state, which typically uses the release of foreign captives to build domestic political support for its leaders. ...


Theater shooting suspect wants sanity exam tossed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:32
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shooting want a judge to toss out the most recent report on his sanity.

Sharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:28
ST. LOUIS (AP) — With a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.

Daimler takes 25 pct stake in Italy's MV Agusta

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:25
BERLIN (AP) — Daimler says it is taking a 25-percent stake in Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta for an undisclosed amount.

Sun-Times owner sells suburban papers to Tribune

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:11
CHICAGO (AP) — The parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times announced Friday it has sold six daily newspapers and 32 weeklies in the Chicago suburbs to Tribune Publishing Co., casting the sale as an effort to more forcefully move into digital media.

Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:10

U.S. President Obama makes a statement about Syria in the State Dining Room at the White House in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. With the U.S.-led coalition increasing air strikes but no signs the militants have been weakened, Congress appears ready for a broader discussion on the operations than it was prepared to hold during the run-up to the election. ...


Did you remember to set your clocks back?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 02:07

Graphic to be used as a reminder to turn back the clocksWASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.