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Court battle over giant emerald nears resolution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:19
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An incredible hulk of an emerald weighing 840 pounds was hauled out of a Brazilian mine more than a decade ago and began a global odyssey that ended in Los Angeles Superior Court, where a fight over its ownership is nearing resolution.

Legislator who foiled robbery credits his gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:16

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus shows Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie county. Harrisburg, Pa. police said, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, that Bizzarro and Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna County, were walking to their residence after a late dinner late Tuesday when two men accosted them and demanded their wallets. Police say one of the two would-be robbers was armed, and that shots were exchanged. It remained unclear who fired first and how many shots were fired. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus )HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state lawmaker who got into a shootout with a 15-year-old boy who was trying to rob him near Pennsylvania's Capitol said Wednesday the experience proves the value of packing a gun.


U.S. appeals court strikes down Arizona bail law for immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:09
By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - A federal appeals court struck down an Arizona law on Wednesday that denied bail to some immigrants who are in the United States illegally and charged with serious felonies, saying it violated constitutional due process protections. In a review, an 11-member panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision and agreed with a couple who filed a class action complaint in 2008 against defendants including Maricopa County and its controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio. ...

Texas abortion clinics reopen after court reprieve

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:08
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas abortion clinics that closed under tough new restrictions began reopening Wednesday after winning a reprieve at the U.S. Supreme Court, but the facilities were scheduling women with uncertainty and skeleton staffs.

Oklahoma teenager killed family over money, authorities say

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:08
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A teenager has told investigators he killed his parents and his 17-year-old sister in their southern Oklahoma home in a dispute over money and in hopes he would get the family inheritance, authorities said on Wednesday. Alan Hruby, 19, who was charged on Wednesday with three counts of first-degree murder, believed he would be the sole beneficiary of the inheritance if he was the only family member left alive, Duncan District Attorney Jason Hicks said. Hicks said the death penalty would be considered for Hruby. ...

Abandoned mines spill orange sludge in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:04

This undated photo shows orange sludge leaking from the Trench Camp Mine near Patagonia, Ariz. Heavy rain from Hurricane Odile has caused the two abandoned mines to spill orange sludge into waterways that lead to the popular Patagonia Lake in southern Arizona. (AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Gooch Goodwin)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A popular tourist attraction in southern Arizona is at risk of being contaminated with orange and brown sludge that spilled from two abandoned mines near Patagonia.


Man attacked by pit bulls in California dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:04
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Central California man has died after he and his 77-year-old mother were mauled by a pack of pit bulls owned by his neighbors, sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

Tesla's USA Parkway gets OK from Nevada agency

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:02
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada transportation officials are expediting plans to connect Interstate 80 east of Reno to U.S. Highway 50 with the USA Parkway that was part of the deal that landed Tesla's $5 billion battery plant for the area.

New investigation opened into '7th Heaven' actor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:55

FILE - This July 1, 2008 file photo shows actor Stephen Collins posing for a picture outside of the Shubert Theatre in New York. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department says it is investigating allegations that former “7th Heaven” star Collins exposed himself to a teenage girl in the early 1980s. The department states in a news release issued Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, that the alleged victim reported the incident to investigators on Oct. 9, two days after New York authorities acknowledged they had an open molestation inquiry on Collins. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran television actor Stephen Collins is being investigated by Los Angeles sheriff's detectives after a woman reported the former "7th Heaven" star exposed himself to her in the early 1980s.


Colombian drug boss pleads guilty to U.S. conspiracy charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:53

Suspected Colombian drug trafficker Salomon Camacho Mora (C) is escorted during his extradition to United States in CaracasBy Nate Raymond (Reuters) - A Colombian drug lord known as "Papa Grande," deported from Venezuela in 2010 to face U.S. charges, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to traffic cocaine into the United States. Salomon Camacho Mora, 70, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to one conspiracy count, more than four years after he was captured in Venezuela, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced. Camacho at the time had a $5 million price on his head, a sum that would typically be only offered by the United States for major traffickers or senior cartel leaders. ...


Health clinics in Philadelphia on alert for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:48

Health clinics in Philadelphia on alert for EbolaHealth clinics in Philadelphia are on high alert and are being advised to take precautions amid news of the spread of Ebola to health care workers in Dallas.


2 men cleared in 1985 NYC kidnapping, killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:40

David McCallum, center, hugs his mother Ernestine McCallum as he stands with his immediate family outside Supreme Court on Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014 in New York. A judge exonerated McCallum, and Wille Stuckey, who died in prison, of wrongful imprisonment for murder after nearly 30 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Cleared of the murder that had put him behind bars for almost 30 years, David McCallum sobbed and thought of the man who wasn't there with him.


Nurses in safety gear got Ebola, why wouldn't you?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:40

Two workers unload bags from the Frontier Airlines plane that Amber Joy Vinson flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, at a terminal at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Cleveland. Vinson is the second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Ohio health officials aren't sure how many people came into contact with Vinson as she visited family in the Akron area days before being diagnosed with the disease. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)WASHINGTON (AP) — How come nurses wearing protective gear can catch Ebola from a patient, but health officials keep saying you almost certainly won't get it from someone sitting next to you on a plane?


Woman hit by California train was Chinese scholar

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:35
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A woman killed by a train in Central California last week was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

New Texas nurse with Ebola had slight fever on airliner

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:29

Emergency personnel wearing protective clothing approach a residential apartment after a second healthcare worker tested positive for the Ebola virus in DallasBy Lisa Maria Garza and Terry Wade DALLAS (Reuters) - A second Texas nurse who contracted Ebola flew on a commercial flight from Ohio to Texas with a slight temperature the day before she was diagnosed, health officials said on Wednesday, raising new concerns about U.S. efforts to control the disease. Chances that other passengers on the plane were infected were very low, but the nurse should not have been traveling on the flight, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden told reporters. ...


Jet makes emergency landing at Denver airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:26
DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a small private jet with three people on board was forced to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport after the pilot reported problems with the landing gear.

2 women sought in theft of dog outside Mayfair store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:20

2 women sought in theft of dog outside Mayfair storePhiladelphia police are asking for the public's help in identifying two women who they say took a small dog from outside a store in the city's Mayfair section.


California air tanker that crashed went down after striking tree

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:15
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California firefighting plane that crashed while battling a wildlands blaze near Yosemite National park this month is believed to have gone down after its wing struck a tree and broke off, the results of an investigation showed on Wednesday. The air tanker slammed into the wall of a cliff on Oct. 7 while fighting the so-called Dog Rock Fire near a western entrance to Yosemite, killing veteran firefighting pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt. ...

Hitting campaign trail, First Lady Michelle Obama comes to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:04

Hitting campaign trail, First Lady Michelle Obama comes to PhiladelphiaMichelle Obama told a crowd Wednesday in the Democratic Party stronghold of Philadelphia to come out in big numbers for gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf, saying the president's agenda will be helped by a Wolf victory.


Minnesota ex-nurse gets jail term for assisting suicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:02
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A former nurse in Minnesota was ordered on Wednesday to serve about six months in jail for assisting in a British man's suicide and trying to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman who died after jumping into a river. William Melchert-Dinkel, 52, also must perform 200 hours of community service, not use the Internet except for work and serve 10 years probation, among other conditions, Rice County Judge Thomas Neuville ordered. Neuville sentenced the Faribault, Minnesota, man to 178 days in jail. He was ordered to report to jail on Oct. 24. ...