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AccuWeather: Cool Treat for Halloween, Wet Trick on Saturday

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 31 min ago

 Cool Treat for Halloween, Wet Trick on SaturdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking a raw, wet and windy first weekend of November.

4 die when train strikes SUV in southern Illinois

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 34 min ago
VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) — A mother and three of her children headed for a southern Illinois Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child injured when their SUV went around safety gates into the path of a freight train, authorities said Friday.

Man convicted of manslaughter in Florida marching band hazing

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 37 min ago
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The ringleader of a beating ritual that led to the death of a Florida college marching band member was convicted on Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing, the first case to go to trial in an incident that drew national attention to hazing abuses. A jury convicted percussionist Dante Martin, 27, for his role in a November 2011 ritual involving the Florida A&M University's celebrated "Marching 100" band that led to the death of Robert Champion, a 26-year-old drum major. "Now he has to pay for what he has done. ...

Jury rules for ex-university official in lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 39 min ago
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former state university administrator in northeastern Pennsylvania is not guilty of allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted students, a jury ruled Friday.

US Marshal describes moment Eric Frein was captured

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 44 min ago

US Marshal describes moment Eric Frein was capturedIt took 48 days, $10 million and an intense manhunt but accused cop killer Eric Frein was caught and one of the US Marshals who captured him spoke to Action News.

Halloween back on in Pa. town after Frein manhunt ends

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 44 min ago

Halloween back on in Pa. town after Frein manhunt endsTrick-or-treating was back on Friday in a northeastern Pennsylvania town that spent the last seven weeks under siege as hundreds of law enforcement officers searched for the survivalist accused of killing a state trooper.

Virgin Galactic says space tourism rocket lost

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 46 min ago

This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight, a witness said Friday. (AP Photo/KABC TV)MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A witness says Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert.

Police release recordings from school shooting

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 47 min ago
SEATTLE (AP) — Newly released police dispatch recordings from a deadly Washington state high school shooting reveal the difficulties law enforcement faced as they tried to secure a sprawling campus.

NTSB: Kansas plane drifted to left before crashing

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 50 min ago

Map locates Wichita airport plane crash.;WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Six eyewitness have reported that a small plane drifted to the left side of the runway after taking off from a Kansas airport, then made a steep left bank before crashing into a flight training facility, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

North Texas town voting on fracking ban

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 10 min ago
DENTON, Texas (AP) — Anti-fracking activists and campaigners backed by big oil and gas companies sparred outside of voting sites on the last day of early voting in a North Texas university town that's considering a ban on new permits for hydraulic fracturing.

3 California counties voting on fracking bans

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 15 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Voters in three coastal California counties vote Tuesday on whether to ban fracking and other intensive oil production, even as slumping prices globally are leading companies to start to scale back on production.

Excommunicated Mormon loses her appeal

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 18 min ago
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The founder of a Mormon women's group who was excommunicated this summer says she has lost her appeal.

Students isolated as expulsion alternative

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 20 min ago
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado school superintendent said Friday he will keep disciplining students by placing them in isolated, 4-by-6-foot rooms to study during school hours as an alternative to expulsion and as a way to reduce a high dropout rate.

New Hampshire ban on 'ballot selfies' challenged by lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 21 min ago

Voters cast ballots in New Hampshire presidential primary election in NashuaBy Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire law that bans the sharing of images of marked election ballots over social media compromises the right of free political speech in the state, according to a lawsuit filed on Friday challenging the prohibition on "ballot selfies." The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union is seeking to block the law, which took effect on Sept. 1, prohibiting sharing such images over Twitter, Facebook or any other online or conventional means. ...

Jury: Death penalty for couple's hammer killings

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 21 min ago
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man who was convicted of beating his girlfriend's parents to death with a sledgehammer should be executed, a jury said Friday.

NYPD's highest ranking black official quits

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 23 min ago

FILE- In this Jan. 30, 2014 file photo, New York City Police Dept. Chief of Department Philip Banks, right, joins New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman during a news conference, in New York. On Monday, Oct. 3, 2014, Banks was to have been named first deputy commissioner, second in command at the nation's largest police force; instead, Banks elected to retire. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — The NYPD's highest-ranking black official abruptly quit Friday instead of taking a new post, a surprising move that caught city officials off guard at a time when the department is trying to mend relationships with minority communities.

Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 28 min ago

FILE - This undated file photo taken from an Instagram posting shows an overlook of Crater Lake in Oregon with a rock painting. As investigators find more of the eerie faces scrawled on rocks in some of the West’s most picturesque landscapes, park managers are trying to figure out how they’ll get rid of the graffiti-like paintings. Casey Nocket, the 21-year-old suspect identified by the park service this week, allegedly used acrylic paint and markers to leave eerie faces in at least eight parks across California, Colorado, Utah and Oregon, including the one in this photo. (AP Photo/Instagram, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.

Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 29 min ago
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

Feds, Albuquerque reach deal on police reform

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 31 min ago

FILE- In this March 30, 2014, file photo, riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., following a 10-hour protest. The U.S. Department of Justice and New Mexico's largest city are expected to make an announcement Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 about reforms for the troubled Albuquerque police force. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.

Attorney wants UVa abduction suspect evaluated

Yahoo! National News - 4 hours 32 min ago

This undated photo provided by the City of Charlottesville, Va. shows Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. Matthew. The man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being arraigned on an unrelated sexual assault from nearly a decade ago. Jesse Matthew will appear Friday morning for his arraignment in Fairfax County Circuit Court via video from a jail in the Charlottesville area, where he is being held. Matthew was indicted earlier this month on charges including attempted capital murder in connection with a September 2005 sexual assault on a 26-year-old woman who was walking home from the supermarket in Fairfax. (AP Photo/City of Charlottesville)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — An attorney for the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Friday that he wants his client to be evaluated to determine his sanity.