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Fired Milwaukee police officer describes shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:57

Union and community members crowd into a City Hall room in Milwaukee on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 during a news conference to protest the firing of a Milwaukee police officer in connection to the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man in a downtown park. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer fired after fatally shooting a mentally ill man told superiors he became concerned about his safety as soon as he saw the odd way the man was lying on the ground in a downtown park, according to documents released Thursday.


Putin keeps Merkel waiting in Milan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:55

Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak (center) is welcomed by Italian Priemier Matteo Renzi (left) and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, Pool)MILAN (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's diplomatic blitz on Ukraine got off to a rocky start Thursday when he kept German Chancellor Angela Merkel waiting for a meeting then showed up in the middle of a dinner with European and Asian leaders.


5 critically hurt after trains collide in Arkansas

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:52
WINSLOW, Ark. (AP) — A freight train collided with a sight-seeing passenger train in northwest Arkansas on Thursday, injuring more than a dozen people, authorities said.

Police: Teen sodomized in videotaped assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:48
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A group of young men and teenagers sodomized a 15-year-old boy, critically injuring him in an attack that was recorded on video and shared among cellphones, authorities said Thursday.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia among hospitals selected to provide care for Ebola patients

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:44

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia among hospitals selected to provide care for Ebola patientsThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) confirmed Thursday it has been designated as one of several pediatric hospitals in the United States that may be called upon to provide medical care for any child who contracts the Ebola virus.


Crystal meth-making chemistry teacher lives Portland's own 'Breaking Bad'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:44
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A Portland, Oregon, chemistry teacher has been arrested and charged with making methamphetamine in a case drawing comparisons on social media on Thursday to television's gritty drug saga "Breaking Bad." Alexander Rudine, 38, a community college instructor pursuing a doctorate in chemistry at Portland State University, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony charges that he possessed, delivered and manufactured methamphetamine near a school, according to court documents. ...

Poll shows Florida medical marijuana drive falling short

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:40

Marijuana buds are seen at the "Oregon's Finest" medical marijuana dispensary in PortlandBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A new poll shows a Florida ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana falling short of the votes needed to pass, with even supporters acknowledging on Thursday that they were struggling in the face of well-funded conservative opposition. Following a two-week barrage of attack ads, the latest poll shows just 48 percent of Florida voters support a constitutional amendment to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes. It must secure 60 percent voter approval to pass. ...


Pastor accused of affairs temporarily banned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:39

In this image taken from video, Rev. Juan McFarland listens to testimony during in a court hearing about the future of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. McFarland, who members say admitted to adultery and drug use from the pulpit, is fighting an attempt to remove him from the pastorate. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)An Alabama Baptist minister who confessed to having sex with married church members and neglecting to tell them he had AIDS was temporarily banned Thursday from acting as pastor.


70 years later, Ocean County WWII vet gets Purple Heart

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:30

70 years later, Ocean County WWII vet gets Purple HeartAn Ocean County World War II veteran finally received his Purple Heart Medal, 70 years after he was wounded in battle.


Protesters block Broad Street ahead of SRC meeting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:25

Protesters block Broad Street ahead of SRC meetingProtesters have taken to the street in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia.


Jerry Springer hits the road for Ohio candidate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:25

Jerry Springer listens to state Sen. Nina Turner, center, the Democratic candidate for Ohio's secretary of state, at an early vote event Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Warren, Ohio. Springer, the former Cincinnati mayor and once named "Democrat of the Year" in Ohio, remains politically active in the swing state where he previously aspired to be governor. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An election fight is nothing compared with what Jerry Springer sees in his day job.


Philadelphia leaders hold meeting on Ebola preparedness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:20

Philadelphia leaders hold meeting on Ebola preparednessPhiladelphia leaders spoke Thursday on preparing for the possibility of a case of Ebola in the city.


New York police talk down man who threatened to jump off building

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:19

A man threatening suicide sits on a building ledge in New York's Times Square areaBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police persuaded a man perched on the ledge of a building near Times Square to step back, after his threat to jump led to traffic being closed for nearly two hours on Thursday afternoon, officials said. The man, who was not identified, had sat down at the edge of the building overlooking the Madame Tussauds wax museum and other popular establishments, on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, a spokesman with the New York City Police Department said. The structure houses businesses that include a hotel and restaurant. ...


President Obama authorizes National Guard, reserve call-up if needed for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:15

President Obama authorizes National Guard, reserve call-up if needed for EbolaPresident Barack Obama is authorizing the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


Interior secretary pushes for Congress to act

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:07

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell shakes hands with wilderness advocates before giving the keynote address during a national conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in Albuquerque, N.M., on Oct. 16, 2014. Jewell said the Obama administration is willing to use its executive powers to designate more national monuments if Congress fails to take action on a dozen stalled conservation measures. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell vowed Thursday that the Obama administration will continue to use its executive powers to protect public lands until Congress takes action on a number of stalled conservation measures.


Iowa woman avoids life sentence in toddler's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:06

File - In this Oct. 31, 2013 file photo provided by the Sioux County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office is day care provider Rochelle Sapp of Orange City, Iowa. Sapp is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death in the October 2013 death of Autumn Elgersma. (AP Photo/Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, File)ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman admitted Thursday to causing the head injuries that killed a 3-year-old girl at her in-home day care, but avoided a life sentence under a plea agreement with prosecutors.


Montana decides to keep Yellowstone bison in state

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:06

FILE - In this April 24, 2012 file photo, a herd of bison are seen on the Fort Peck Reservation near Poplar, Mont. Montana wildlife officials have decided against shipping 145 bison captured from Yellowstone National Park to the Bronx zoo and other locations across the nation. Instead, the Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 to keep the animals in the state by relocating them to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana. State officials had recommended splitting the animals between the Fort Peck tribes, a New York-based wildlife consortium, Oklahoma’s Cherokee Nation and the state of Utah. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials decided Thursday against shipping 145 bison captured from Yellowstone National Park to the Bronx zoo and other locations across the nation, choosing to send them to an American Indian reservation within the state.


Plea deal in bus attack on gender-neutral teen

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:04
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California teenager accused of setting the clothing of a gender-neutral teen on fire on a transit bus has pleaded no contest to assault charges.

Pennsylvania legislature passes bill to limit inmate public statements

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:01
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday sent to Governor Tom Corbett a bill that allows crime victims to sue to prevent inmates from making public statements that cause “mental anguish.” The Senate voted 37-11 to pass the "Revictimization Relief Act" after convicted cop killer and political activist inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal delivered the graduation address last week at Vermont's Goddard College in a speech recorded over prison telephone lines. ...

Man throws baseball bat at school bus in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:58

Man throws baseball bat at school bus in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a road rage incident involving a school bus in Northeast Philadelphia.