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Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:52
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

Suspect in Virginia student murder arraigned in separate assault case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:43

Jesse Matthew is seen in a booking photo from the Galveston County Sheriff's OfficeBy John Clarke FAIRFAX Va. (Reuters) - The man charged with abducting Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student whose body was discovered earlier this month on a farm after a five-week search, was arraigned on Friday on three murder and sexual assault charges in a separate case. Jesse Matthew, 32, was arraigned on three felony charges stemming from a 2005 case in which police say he grabbed a 26-year-old woman walking home from a Fairfax grocery store, dragged her into a wooded area and sexually assaulted her. ...


Justice Department issues use of force reforms for Albuquerque Police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:42
By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department will undergo reform and be monitored for use of excessive force under an agreement announced on Friday between the city and the U.S. Justice Department. The agreement follows a federal investigation that concluded the department used excessive, even deadly, force against passive civilians. People suffering from mental illness were disproportionately targeted, the investigation found. ...

Jefferies CEO, chairman take drug tests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:37
(Reuters) - Jefferies Group LLC said on Friday Chief Executive Rich Handler, Chairman Brian Friedman and executives at its healthcare division were tested negative for drug usage, after one of its investment banking head was accused of drug abuse. Sources told Reuters on Thursday that Sage Kelly, the head of Jefferies' healthcare investment banking group, is taking a leave of absence from the firm as he wages a bitter divorce battle with his estranged wife. ...

Witness: Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:31

 Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket explodedA Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another.


Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse Kaci Hickox

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:25

Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse Kaci HickoxKaci Hickox is free to travel unrestricted after a Maine judge on Friday rejected the state's bid to limit her movements as a medical worker who has treated Ebola patients.


Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush denied bail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:10
By Joe McDonald MILFORD Pa. (Reuters) - A bruised and gaunt Eric Frein, captured after a seven-week manhunt and wearing the handcuffs of the Pennsylvania trooper he is accused of killing, was held without bail on Friday after his first court appearance on first-degree murder and other charges. The 31-year-old survivalist, who prosecutors say will face the death penalty if convicted, was caught on Thursday after a methodical seven-week search using a grid system and hundreds of law enforcement officers. A detachment of U.S. ...

Illinois mother, three kids killed in crash heading to Halloween parade

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:09
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A mother and three of her children on their way to a Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child seriously injured when their vehicle was hit by a freight train in southern Illinois, police said on Friday. The accident happened on Thursday night in Vandalia, a town of roughly 7,000 people located about 70 miles northeast of St. Louis, just minutes ahead of a Halloween parade that draws many visitors, said Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray. ...

Man rescued from building collapse in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:05

Man rescued from building collapse in DelawareA man was rescued after getting trapped inside a collapsing building in Middletown, Delaware.


After murder suspect is caught, a sigh of relief

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:04
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — U.S. marshals who captured ambush suspect Eric Frein (freen) say he had a "defeated" look on his face when they took him into custody.

Witness: Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 05:04

 Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket explodedVirgin Galactic reported that its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost in Southern California and the California Highway patrol has reported 1 person dead.


Marine's lawyers seek new judge in war crime case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:52
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys for a Marine sergeant being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crime case have asked a judge to remove himself, saying he's incapable of being impartial and objective.

New York's top uniformed police chief resigns ahead of promotion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:43
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The highest-ranking uniformed officer in New York City's police department unexpectedly announced his resignation on Friday, days before he was due to be promoted to become the force's second in command. Philip Banks, the force's chief of department, is stepping down from his job running the patrol units of the country's largest police force shortly after it was announced he would become Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's immediate deputy. ...

Slain officer's handcuffs were ready for suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:42

Eric Frein is escorted by police into the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment in Milford, Pa., Friday Oct. 31, 2014. Frein, was captured seven weeks after police say he killed a Pennsylvania State trooper in an ambush outside a barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police had a special pair of handcuffs set aside and ready for the man wanted in the fatal shooting of one of their troopers, Cpl. Bryon Dickson.


Man swings ax at DC officer in unprovoked attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man swung a large ax at a District of Columbia police officer in an unprovoked attack early Friday, and the officer suffered a minor injury while struggling with the man, who escaped on foot, police said.

2 Arizona officers killed in car crashes this week

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:34

This combination of undated photos provided by the Chandler Police Department shows police officers Bryant Holmes, left, and David Payne. Holmes was killed by an SUV on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, when it ran a red light and hit his motorcycle in Chandler, Ariz. Payne, 37, was killed on Friday, Oct. 31, when a vehicle struck his motorcycle from behind at a red light. (AP Photo/Chandler Police Department)CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A suburban Phoenix officer was fatally injured Friday when he was hit by a suspected drunken driver, becoming the second officer from the Chandler Police Department to be killed in motorcycle crashes this week.


Wall Street caps a wild month with a rally

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:24

Costumed characters distribute Hershey candies as trader Edward Curran works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher following big gains in Asia after Japan made moves to rev up its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — For stock investors, there was no shortage of drama in October.


$2.25M deal reached in hot NYC jail cell death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:22

New York Comptroller Scott Stringer, left, listens as Derek Sells, lawyer for the estate of Jerome Murdough, speaks at a press conference after Stringer announced a $2.25 million settlement with the estate Friday Oct. 31, 2014, in New York. Jerome Murdough, 56, died in a mental observation unit on Rikers Island jail on Feb. 15, eight days after he was sent to the facility because he couldn't afford to pay $2,500 bail on a trespassing arrest. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The city has reached a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. Marine who died earlier this year in a 101-degree jail cell, the comptroller said Friday.


Richard Branson on his way to rocket crash scene

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:22
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — British billionaire Richard Branson is headed to California's Mojave Desert after a Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded and crashed, killing one person and seriously injuring another.

Hold U.S. envoy Power defends Ebola guidelines, warns on Guinea

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:20

 How it Arose and What you Need to Know" in New YorkBy Louis Charbonneau and Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday defended federal guidelines for monitoring health workers returning from three Ebola-stricken West African countries while urging greater coordination to contain the outbreak in Guinea. There is a growing controversy in the United States over some states ordering 21-day quarantines for nurses and doctors returning after treating Ebola patients, an idea that medical experts have criticized. ...