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U.S. aid workers who survived Ebola leave Atlanta hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:03
By Rich Mckay ATLANTA, (Reuters) - Appearing thin but smiling, a Texas doctor who weeks ago entered an Atlanta hospital in a full-body biohazard suit to be treated for Ebola said on Thursday he was "thrilled to be alive" as doctors declared him virus-free and safe for release. Dr. Kent Brantly's release came two days after a second U.S. missionary, Nancy Writebol, was quietly allowed to leave Emory University Hospital, where both had been treated after contracting the deadly virus in July while working for Christian organizations in Liberia. ...

Officer in pursuit of shooter fires at dog

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:55

Officer in pursuit of shooter fires at dogA police officer in pursuit of a suspected shooter fired at a pit bull in North Philadelphia.

Arkansas college student impaled by flying golf club at fraternity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:46
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK (Reuters) - An 18-year-old female Arkansas State University student was in critical condition at a hospital after being impaled in the neck by a golf club that broke apart in an accident at a fraternity, university and hospital officials said on Thursday. Natalie Eaton, a first-year student, was struck at a fraternity cookout on Tuesday when a fellow undergraduate batted a tossed football with a golf club, breaking it and sending the lower portion flying 30 feet (9 meters) and into her neck, the university said. Eaton, of Harrisburg, Arkansas, was treated initially at a local hospital, then flown by helicopter to a trauma center in nearby Memphis, Tennessee, it said. Arkansas State University at Jonesboro is about 135 miles (220 km) east of Little Rock.

San Francisco to tally bird-into-window death toll

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:45
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials have launched a program to document the number of birds that die by crashing into windows in an effort to reduce such collisions.

National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:44
By Carey Gillam and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The governor of Missouri ordered the withdrawal on Thursday of National Guard troops from riot-torn Ferguson, where tensions have eased after sometimes violent protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager. Peaceful demonstrations overnight were the calmest street gatherings in the small St. Louis suburb since riots erupted over the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer. The controversial shooting by Officer Darren Wilson prompted angry demonstrations along with looting and random gunfire from largely black crowds. Police have used tear gas and heavy armored vehicles to clear the streets and the Missouri National Guard was called in to help.

U.S. government faces high bar charging cop in Ferguson death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:42
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch expects a local grand jury investigating the killing to take evidence until mid-October, while a federal investigation may take longer and with results just as uncertain. Protesters have called for the arrest of Officer Darren Wilson since the killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson on Aug. 9. Attorney General Eric Holder answered calls for an independent investigation this week, putting some 40 FBI agents along with prosecutors in his Justice Department's Civil Rights Division on the case despite the legal challenges. Justice Department to prosecute local police for criminal civil rights violations, even when a death results, is the high bar of proving an officer's intent to violate civil rights.

Teen gets 11 years for carving swastika on boy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:37
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen's forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Marching and praying, U.S. clerics seek to restore calm in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:34

Clergymen shout as they march to the County Prosecutor McCulloch's office to protest the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Clayton, MissouriBy Carey Gillam and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Some clad in clerical collars and others in flowing robes, religious leaders have descended on Ferguson, Missouri, to help end nearly two weeks of violence sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager. We are close, we are so close," said Tommie Pierson, pastor of Greater St. Mark Family Church, a gathering place for counseling and communication between religious leaders, residents and others protesting the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. "We can see that the clergy has the community's trust and you can see the value of that," said Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who was appointed to oversee security for Ferguson during the protests. "The trend is good." An explosion of anger over the shooting of Brown by a white police officer, 28-year-old Darren Wilson, has cast the St. Louis suburb of 21,000 people into the international spotlight as a symbol of often troubled U.S.

Cadavers, a teen, and a med school dream

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:30

In this July 30, 2014 photo, a group of students work on a cadaver in the gross anatomy lab during the 2014 International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the medical school at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Ind. Included is a high school student named Johntrell Bowles, left, who applied for the program because he'd like to be a doctor one day. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)GARY, Ind. (AP) — A 17-year-old Indiana high school student stands among the group of medical students, doctors and nurses working with a scalpel on a cadaver donor. His status isn't obvious in the crowd, and his confidence seems to work as camouflage.

Colorado college lets students keep pets in dorms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:29
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — It's move-in day at the University of Northern Colorado, and this year some students are being allowed to bring their cats or dogs to live with them in dorms.

Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:24

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer on Aug. 9, in Ferguson, Mo. The national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified using force against people trace their lineage to a 1984 case from Charlotte, N.C. Brown's shooting has prompted multiple investigations and triggered days of rioting reflecting long-simmering racial tensions in a town of mostly black residents and a majority white police force. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago.

New York City bill requires reports on solitary confinement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:21
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Council approved a bill on Thursday requiring corrections officials to publish regular reports on the use of solitary confinement in city jails and the notorious Rikers Island complex. The reports will shed light on the practice of disciplining detainees by sending them to solitary confinement and end the secrecy that has allowed for abuses in the city's jail system, said Daniel Dromm, a member of the city council who sponsored the bill. The bill will "push New York City to radically rethink about how we deal with individuals incarcerated in Rikers Island and other city jails," he told a press conference before the bill was approved. Specifically, the measure calls for quarterly reports detailing everything from the age, race, gender and mental health status of inmates held in solitary confinement, to the number of recreation days and showers taken by segregated inmates.

Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:17
There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles.

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:13

 Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already gotten the drops boosted their immunity. World Health Organization officials say the combination strategy could help finally eradicate polio. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity.

Prosecutor urges Gov. Nixon to decide on removal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:53
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he has no intentions of removing himself from the Michael Brown case, and he is urging Gov. Jay Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch's ouster.

Trial on Miss. election challenge set for Sept. 15

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:51
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A trial is set to begin Sept. 15 for a lawsuit that seeks to undo a Republican runoff victory by Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.

Police shoot hit-and-run suspect who injured 2 in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:47

Police shoot hit-and-run suspect who injured 2 in CamdenPolice shot a suspected hit-and-run driver who they say injured two people and then tried to drive into officers in Camden Wednesday night.

USS Saratoga carrier heads off to be scrapped

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:45

In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, a tug works alongside the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga at Naval Station Newport Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Newport, R.I. The ship departed port Thursday for it's final journey to the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville, Texas, where it will be scrapped. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.

Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:39

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, about he would be open to sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq to fight the deadly Islamic State after its attacks on a Christian minority and the beheading of an American journalist. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops.

St. Louis police release video of shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:35

La police américaine de nouveau critiquée après la mort d'un jeune Noir dans le MissouriThe St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cellphone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater transparency on officer-involved shootings.