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Dominican Republic joins entry ban for Ebola-affected countries

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 51 min ago
By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - The Dominican Republic joined other countries in banning entry to foreigners who have visited Ebola-affected countries in the last 30 days, the country's Ministry of Public Health announced on Tuesday. The Caribbean country joined several other states in the Americas, including Colombia, Jamaica, and St. Lucia, to issue travel bans. ...

U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 51 min ago

Protestor Hulbert of Annapolis holds a sign reading "Stop the Flights" as he demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, in front of the White House in WashingtonBy Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. The restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and were set to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. ...


New Jersey school officials to tackle hazing scandal, suspensions

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 52 min ago
By Sascha Brodsky (Reuters) - New Jersey school officials on Tuesday were set to address the suspension of five high school coaches in a locker room hazing scandal that has led to criminal sex abuse charges, according to local media. Seven football players at Sayreville War Memorial High School have been suspended and charged with sexually abusing four freshmen members of the team. The head coach and four coaching assistants were suspended as well last week, according to local media. School officials have not officially confirmed those suspensions. ...

'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 55 min ago

In this Sept. 20, 2014, photo, Paul Dotsie and his dog, Buster, search an area near Bishop, Calif. For years, Buster and Dostie have worked together to unlock mysteries, to find the bodies of fighting men who fell long ago on foreign battlefields, or of victims of unsolved crimes or disappearances. In all, Dostie said that Buster has helped find the remains of about 200 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)BENTON, Calif. (AP) — Increasingly, police investigators and courts are putting their faith in four-legged tools — canines that can detect even small particles of human remains.


Girl who died at Ohio haunted house attraction had heart condition: official

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 56 min ago
By Steve Bittenbender (Reuters) - A teenage girl who died after collapsing at a haunted house attraction in Ohio had a pre-existing heart condition, an official said on Tuesday. Christian Faith Benge, 16, collapsed over the weekend when she and family and friends visited the Land of Illusion complex of five haunted houses 20 miles south of Dayton, Ohio. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. "It's a natural death," said Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren County Coroner's office. ...

Jodi Arias sentencing retrial opens in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 58 min ago

Jodi Arias sits in the Maricopa County Superior Court room of Judge Sherry Stephens in Phoenix, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, as the opening statements in her penalty phase retrial begins. The 34-year-old Arias was convicted of murder last year, but the first jury was deadlocked on whether to give her the death penalty or life in prison. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — The Jodi Arias sentencing retrial began Tuesday with lawyers alternately portraying her as a vicious killer and a hard-luck case deserving a second chance.


Campaign consultant pleads guilty to embezzling $1.8 million in Texas race

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 58 min ago
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A political consultant hired for the failed 2012 campaign of Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for a U.S. Senate seat pleaded guilty on Tuesday to siphoning off about $1.8 million in campaign funds for his personal use, prosecutors said. Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield was charged with embezzling campaign funds and using the money for his mortgage, tuition for his children, investments and other personal expenses, prosecutors said. ...

Law signed to curb Abu-Jamal's 'obscene celebrity'

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 7 min ago

Maureen Faulkner, widow of slain Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, reaches out to hug Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett after he signed into law the Re-victimization Relief Act bill Tuesday Oct. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. Corbett signed into law the measure he says is intended to curb the "obscene celebrity" he says is cultivated by convicts like Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of Daniel Faulkner. Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham is on left. (AP Photo/Michael Sisak)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ignoring the chants of protesters on the block where a police officer was killed and the cause célèbre of Mumia Abu-Jamal was born, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Tuesday a measure he said would curb the "obscene celebrity" cultivated by convicts at the expense of victims.


Holmes interviewed for 22 hours for sanity exam

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 10 min ago
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys say the doctor who conducted a sanity evaluation on the man charged with a mass killing in a Colorado movie theater interviewed him for 22 hours.

'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 16 min ago

In this Sept. 20, 2014, photo, Paul Dotsie points as his dog Buster sets off to search an area near Bishop, Calif. For years, Buster and Dostie have worked together to unlock mysteries, to find the bodies of fighting men who fell long ago on foreign battlefields, or of victims of unsolved crimes or disappearances. In all, Dostie said that Buster has helped find the remains of about 200 people. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)BENTON, Calif. (AP) — The burly Labrador retriever sticks out his wide snout to sniff the dirt and dusty air. He's clearly excited as he runs, yelping, through the high desert of California's Eastern Sierra region.


Zoo boosts security after Tasmanian devil's death

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 21 min ago

This April, 30, 2014 photo provided by ABQ BioPark shows a male marsupial, known by keepers as "Jasper," who is one of four Tasmanian devils introduced to Zoo visitors last Dec. 2013. Keepers found Jasper dead in his outdoor enclosure on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 as staff prepared to open the zoo to the public. The killing of the rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia has prompted beefed-up security at the New Mexico zoo and a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. (AP Photo/Raymond Watt, ABQ BioPark)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The killing of a rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia has prompted beefed-up security at a New Mexico zoo and a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.


Northrop protests U.S. Air Force radar award to Raytheon

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 21 min ago

The corporate logo of Northrop Grumman is shown on a Fire Scout MQ-8 B unmanned helicopter in CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp on Tuesday said it had filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office against the U.S. Air Force's decision to pick Raytheon Co to develop a next-generation, long-range radar system. Raytheon beat out Northrop and Lockheed Martin Corp to develop a replacement for the Air Force's current TPS-75 radar, which has been in service since the late 1960s. ...


Wyoming gay couples get marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 23 min ago
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has become the latest state to allow same-sex unions, bringing the wave of legalizations to a place where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard galvanized a national push for gay rights.

Man carried from burning home, rescuer reunite

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 24 min ago

In this Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 photo, Thomas Artiaga talks about his rescue of Robert Wells from his fully engulfed home Saturday, during an interview in Fresno, Calif. Wells, who was seen on video being carried to safety by good Samaritan Artiaga as flames exploded, says he just froze as the fire burned his apartment. Wells reunited with rescuer, Thomas Artiaga, two days after the blaze and thanked him for his efforts. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Craig Kohlruss)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A central California man carried from his burning home by a good Samaritan in a dramatic rescue caught on video said he froze as the flames exploded and thanked the rescuer as they reunited this week.


Kansas independent Orman campaigns under the radar

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 31 min ago

In this Oct. 9, 2014 photo volunteer Carley Olson, right, takes a selfie with Independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman at the Orman for Senate Headquarters in Shawnee, Kan. Orman has had barely a month to introduce himself to Kansas voters since unusual events thrust him into a neck-and-neck competition with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Yet the independent candidate's schedule of public campaign appearances has usually ranged from slim to none. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Greg Orman has had barely a month to introduce himself to Kansas voters since unusual events thrust him into a neck-and-neck competition with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Yet the independent candidate's schedule of public campaign appearances has usually ranged from slim to none.


Pilot errors, fatigue led to deadly Ga. jet crash

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 35 min ago
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The pilot of a private jet failed to follow correct landing procedures and likely was fatigued from a lack of sleep when the plane went down in a fiery crash in eastern Georgia last year, killing a vascular surgeon and four co-workers on board, federal investigators concluded in a report Tuesday.

Crews tearing down home where babies' bodies found

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 36 min ago

A house where the skeletal remains of three children were found last month is torn down by order of the town's Board of Health Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in Blackstone, Mass. Erika Murray, the woman who lived in the house with four children and her longterm boyfriend, is being held on $1 million bail on charges including fetal death concealment. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Allan Jung, Pool)BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) — Onlookers cheered Tuesday as a four-man demolition crew started tearing down what some had dubbed a "House of Horrors" — the squalid Massachusetts home where the skeletal remains of three infants were found.


Real estate agent testifies about fatal carjacking

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 39 min ago

Real estate agent testifies about fatal carjackingOne stranger tapped on the passenger-side window. Another popped up at her door and jumped in the back.


Bullets fired into home in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 45 min ago

Bullets fired into home in Hunting ParkSomeone fired bullets into a Hunting Park home overnight while people were asleep inside.


14 to be charged after fight at Newark High School

Yahoo! National News - 3 hours 46 min ago

14 to be charged after fight at Newark High SchoolMore than a dozen high school students are facing charges in Delaware after a series of fights inside their school.