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Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly talk recovery, guns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:43

 Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence" gives insights into the couple's life after the 2011 shooting that left six dead and 13 injured, including Giffords, who was shot in the head and remains partially paralyzed. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband were finally starting to settle into normal routine in their Tucson home by the middle of 2012, making strides in her rehabilitation, decorating their house and watching hour after hour of the TV show "Glee."

Air tanker crashes fighting Yosemite National Park wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:51

Handout photo of fire supression at Happy Camp Complex fire in Yosemite National ParkBy Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An air tanker plane being used to fight a wildfire in Yosemite National Park crashed in flames on Tuesday, killing the pilot, officials for the park and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. Emergency workers reached the crash site near the so-called Dog Rock Fire on Tuesday evening and determined that the pilot, who has not been identified, had been killed, Cal Fire said in a statement. ...

Wyoming resort town struggles to lessen threat of slow-moving landslide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:51
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - Efforts by an upscale Wyoming town to stabilize a hillside whose slow collapse is threatening homes and businesses has been hampered by lack of access to private property where the landslide destroyed a house, a city manager said on Tuesday. Geologists studying the slumping East Gros Ventre Butte near downtown Jackson, an international ski destination that contains the homes of celebrities like actress Sandra Bullock, say mitigation measures are needed before spring to prevent snowmelt and rainfall from speeding up the slide. ...

Americans living longer as most death rates fall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:55

mourners hold candles for a junior high school student who died in an apparent suicideNEW YORK (AP) — Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell.

Protesters halt Hawaii telescope groundbreaking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:49
HONOLULU (AP) — A groundbreaking and Hawaiian blessing ceremony came to an abrupt end before it could really get underway Tuesday because of protesters who oppose plans to build one of the world's largest telescopes near the summit of a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

California school voucher backer to head U.S. education reform group

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:07
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The education reform group Students First has named as its president a longtime supporter of school vouchers and loosening tenure protections for public school teachers, the group said on Tuesday. Jim Blew, a longtime adviser to education reform efforts, will replace Students First founder Michelle Rhee, the former chief of the Washington, D.C. schools, who championed charter schools, tougher teacher evaluations, and other reforms. ...

Video shows officer using stun gun in traffic stop

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:59

Hammond Family Sues Police For Excessive Force During Traffic StopHAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A cellphone video released Tuesday shows police in Indiana breaking a car window then using a stun gun on a man after police stopped the driver for not wearing a seat belt.

Twitter engineer, LGBT activist pleads guilty to domestic violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:56
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A senior Twitter engineer hailed as one of the most important gay or transgender people in the tech industry was sentenced on Tuesday to three years probation after pleading guilty to false imprisonment and domestic violence charges, San Francisco prosecutors said. Dana Contreras, known professionally as Dana McCallum, was also ordered to attend 52 weeks of domestic violence classes and stay away from her wife, the victim in the case, as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. ...

AccuWeather: Overnight Storms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:44

 Overnight StormsMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a round of downpours and gusty thunderstorms on the way.

Exclusive: Retired school teacher doesn't back down from intruder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:43

 Retired school teacher doesn't back down from intruderA New Jersey woman didn't give in to her assailant despite being pepper-sprayed in the face.

Exclusive: Retired school teacher fights off intruder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:30

 Retired school teacher doesn't back down from intruderA New Jersey woman didn't give in to her assailant despite being pepper-sprayed in the face.

2 boys plunge out California apartment window

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:22
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Two toddlers have fallen out of a Southern California apartment window but their father says they'll recover.

Stabbing inside Northeast Philadelphia Pathmark, man arrested

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:21

Stabbing inside Northeast Philadelphia Pathmark, man arrestedPhiladelphia police are investigating a stabbing inside a Northeast Philadelphia Pathmark supermarket.

Global growth worries send Asian stocks lower

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:56
TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks sagged Wednesday as pessimism about global growth spread following a decline on Wall Street overnight and a strengthening yen, which dampened prospects for export-oriented Japan.

Son of slain mayor says mom acted in self-defense

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:55
BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — The son of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo says his mother shot his father in self-defense.

Gay marriage to begin in Las Vegas, Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:51

Supporters of gay marriage hold rainbow-colored flags as they rally in front of the Supreme Court in WashingtonLAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, setting the stage for couples to marry in Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed wedding capital of the world.

Gay marriage opponents pick new battleground of religious freedom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:47
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - With the U.S. gay marriage battle looking increasingly like a lost cause for conservative opponents, a last battleground may be their quest to allow people to refuse services to gay men and women on religious grounds. Some conservative groups have seized on what they consider religious freedom cases, ranging from a Washington state florist to bakers in Colorado and Oregon who are fighting civil rights lawsuits after refusing to provide goods and services to gay couples. ...

Family too upset to see Ebola patient via video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:44

FILE - This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. In September 2014, Duncan became the first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)DALLAS (AP) — The family of a man diagnosed with the first U.S. case of Ebola visited him at the hospital Tuesday but declined to view him again via video because the last time had been too upsetting.

Dallas Ebola patient on ventilator and receiving kidney dialysis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:38

The mother of the first patient diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, walks with Reverend Jackson in DallasBy Lisa Maria Garza and Richard Valdmanis DALLAS (Reuters) - The Ebola patient fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital is on a ventilator and a kidney dialysis machine to help stabilize his health, the hospital said on Tuesday. Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil, has also been given the experimental medication brincidofovir. A hospital in Nebraska said it is using the same drug to treat an American journalist who was airlifted from Liberia and arrived Monday. ...

U.S. military specialists in Liberia to conduct Ebola testing: general

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:38
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About two dozen U.S. military specialists deploying to Liberia will test laboratory samples for Ebola, but most of the nearly 4,000 troops due to go there are not expected to be in direct contact with the virus, defense officials said Tuesday. General David Rodriguez, head of U.S. forces in Africa, said three mobile labs had deployed to Liberia and four more were being sought to run tests that would distinguish between people infected with Ebola and those who have diseases with similar symptoms, such as malaria. ...