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

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:35
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 visited the Land of Illusion complex with friends and family in Middletown, Ohio, 20 miles south of Dayton. 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. He said Benge had a heart condition and went willingly to the haunted-house complex. ...

Real estate agent testifies about fatal carjacking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:33

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.


Rural areas seek piece of subprime-loan settlement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:30

In this photo taken Oct. 11, 2014, Larry McKirahan mows his front yard in Rushylvania, Ohio. Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Now federal officials are pledging regulatory attention and financial help. Subprime loans were distributed in the rural U.S. at even higher rates on average than in metropolitan counties. Much of it was concentrated in Appalachia and other areas stretching from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky to Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and the Great Plains, according to government data provided to The Associated Press by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Middlebury College. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)Long seen as having devastated Sun Belt cities, the subprime mortgage crisis unleashed turmoil on Ohio and other rural areas. Now federal officials are pledging regulatory attention and financial help.


Arizona jury hears arguments in Arias death penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:27
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Jodi Arias, convicted in a sensational Arizona murder trial last year of killing her ex-boyfriend, returned to court on Tuesday for the re-start of penalty proceedings, with her lawyer describing his client as troubled and the prosecutor calling her heartless. After months of delays in the case, opening statements were presented to the jurors selected to decide whether Arias, found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of Travis Alexander, should receive the death penalty or life in prison. ...

Nixon creating group to address Ferguson issues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:15

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon takes questions during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at St. Louis Community College's Florissant Valley campus in Ferguson, Mo. An independent commission will be created to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson Nixon said. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUTFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An independent commission will be created to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday.


Three Denver girls reportedly en route to Turkey detained, sent home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:12
By Aruna Viswanatha and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three teenage girls from Denver who had been missing since last week and were reported to be traveling to Turkey were picked up in Germany and sent back home, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Voice of America reported earlier this week that one of the girls told German authorities they were en route to Turkey, which has been considered a principal transit route for foreigners looking to fight with Islamic militants in Syria. U.S. officials declined to say if they suspected a link between the girls and militants in the region. ...

US expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:12

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipment during a training class at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Monday, Oct. 20, for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation's defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports.


Texas man admits setting 1986 fire, killing 2 boys

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:01

Ed Graf, center, looks at Don Youngblood, right, as defense attorney Michelle Tuegel, left, looks on after pleading guilty to the murder of his two sons during his retrial, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Jerry Larson)DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man admitted Tuesday to setting a backyard fire that killed his two young stepsons a quarter-century ago, bringing a surprising end to a long fight over whether faulty fire science had wrongfully imprisoned him.


Indiana police search vacant houses after arrest of suspected killer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:59

Lake County Sheriff's Department photo of Darren VannBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Indiana police used a dog trained to hunt for cadavers to search more than 90 vacant houses in the city of Gary on Tuesday, following the discovery of the bodies of six women who may have been victims of a serial killer. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, a convicted sex offender, was charged in Lake County on Monday with murder and will make his first court appearance on Wednesday. ...


North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:58

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoBy Roberta Rampton and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family in Ohio, the White house said on Tuesday. Spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the move, but pressed Pyongyang to free the two remaining Americans. "While this is a positive decision ... ...


Gunman opens fire in Upper Dublin housing complex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:52

Gunman opens fire in Upper Dublin housing complexAuthorities in Montgomery County are investigating a frightening shooting. Someone fired several shots in an Upper Dublin housing complex, leaving bullet holes in nearby homes.


Condition of nurse with Ebola upgraded to good

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — National Institutes of Health says the condition of the first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital has been upgraded to good.

Massachusetts fire that killed 2 boys was accident

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:49

An arson detection dog and investigator from the State Fire Marshal's office search through debris after an apartment fire in Lawrence, Mass., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Two children died in the blaze. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts fire marshal says an apartment fire that killed two boys was an accident caused by an electrical wiring failure.


Coach fired over watermelon, ape-like celebrations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:41
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A high school football coach was fired because of postgame victory celebrations the district superintendent said involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.

Schools scoured in search for ambush suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:36

FBI agents prepare to patrol the woods on Lower Swiftwater Road on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, during a massive manhunt for killer Eric Frein in Swiftwater, Pa. (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)SWIFTWATER, Pa. (AP) — With two possible sightings in four days, a man charged in the deadly ambush of a state police barracks appears to have moved out of the deep woods and into a more heavily trafficked area of the Pocono Mountains.


Expert: PTSD could be factor in activist's past

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:36

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh stands outside the federal courthouse in Chicago. She is charged with immigration fraud, accused of lying to U.S. immigration officials when she failed to disclose her conviction for a terrorist bombing at a Jerusalem supermarket in 1969 that killed two people. Lawyers for Odeh urged a judge Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, to bar any reference to terrorism at her upcoming trial on immigration charges. Odeh's trial is set for Nov. 4. If convicted, she would lose U.S. citizenship and likely be deported. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)DETROIT (AP) — A Chicago Palestinian activist could have been affected by post-traumatic stress disorder when she failed to disclose on a U.S. citizenship application that she was convicted of bombings in Israel in 1969, a psychologist testified Tuesday.


U.S. seeks more Trinity guardrail tests after jury verdict

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:35
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday asked Trinity Industries Inc to conduct additional crash testing of a highway guardrail system that had been the subject of a fraud verdict by a federal jury a day earlier. In a letter to Trinity, the Federal Highway Administration said it may suspend or revoke eligibility of federal funding for the ET-Plus system if Trinity does not submit a crash testing plan by Oct. 31. On Monday, a jury in Marshall, Texas, found that Trinity defrauded the government in its sale of ET-Plus to U.S. states, which in turn got federal ...

Video shows young children fighting, adults cheering

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:23

Video shows young children fighting, adults cheeringWilmington police are investigating a truly disturbing incident caught on video.


Memphis boy wounded when gun he brought to school goes off

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:19
By Tim Ghianni (Reuters) - A Tennessee teenager was wounded in the leg on Tuesday when he dropped his backpack and a handgun he was showing off to middle school classmates in Memphis went off, officials said. The 13-year-old student, who was not identified, was in stable condition at a nearby hospital, but faces 180 days suspension from school for having a firearm on campus, a spokeswoman for the Shelby County Schools said. The incident happened on Tuesday morning, but the A. Maceo Walker Middle School remained in session for the day. ...

New York state to settle landmark suit over public defenders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 05:18
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - New York state has agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming its public defense system is underfunded and violates poor people's rights to counsel a day before the case was set to go to trial. The state will establish a cap on the number of cases court-appointed attorneys may handle and will ensure defendants have lawyers at their first court appearance, among other reforms, the New York Civil Liberties Union announced Tuesday. ...