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Oklahoma delays execution; drug didn't match protocols

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:47

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Richard Glossip. In a 3-2 decision, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, denied Glossip's request for an evidentiary hearing and an emergency stay of execution. The court ruled the state can proceed with Glossip's execution. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin postponed at the last minute Wednesday the execution of an inmate who claims he's innocent, after prison officials said one of the three drugs they had received to carry out the lethal injection didn't match state guidelines.

Pedestrian struck by two vehicles, one flees in hit-and-run in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:34

Pedestrian struck by two vehicles, one flees in fatal hit-and-run in ChesterPolice are investigating a fatal hit-and-run Wednesday in Delaware County.

Parties, discounts to mark start of pot sales in Oregon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:02

Associate Chris Hewitt holds up 7 gram bags of marijuana buds being prepared for sale at Nature Scripts medical marijuana dispensary in Murphy, Ore., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. The dispensary is one of many across the state preparing for the first day of retail legal sales starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Discounts on pot, free food for folks with the munchies and live music will usher in a historic day for Oregon and for marijuana advocates across the country Thursday, as recreational sales of the drug that is still illegal under federal law begin in the state.

Immigrants say about-face on visas costs them millions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:59
SEATTLE (AP) — A sudden about-face by the State Department has left tens of thousands of highly skilled immigrants unable to apply to become legal permanent residents as they had expected to on Thursday, even though many have already paid expensive legal and medical fees to get their applications ready, according to a new lawsuit.

The Latest: Central African Republic asks for more help

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:53

Lebanon's President of the Council of Ministers Tamman Salam addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. Headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest developments from the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, where world leaders are grappling with a multitude of global crises, including the fight against terrorism — the Islamic State in particular — and easing the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (all times local):

No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:43

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., center, accompanied by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, right, walks to the House to vote on a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved the stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government open, but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December.

Reconstructionists to ordain rabbis with non-Jewish partners

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:38
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Judaism's Reconstructionist movement announced Wednesday it will allow rabbinical students with non-Jewish partners to become rabbis, a decision that ends years of debate and that officials anticipate will help retain students who go on to become "wonderful rabbis."

Sheriff starts testimony at his contempt-of-court hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:31

In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks at news conference at Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Headquarters in Phoenix. Arpaio faces the contempt-of-court hearing Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, over his decision to let his officers conduct immigration patrols 18 months after they were told to stop them. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — The sheriff for metro Phoenix briefly took to the witness stand late Wednesday afternoon at contempt-of-court hearings over his acknowledged disobedience of a judge's orders in a racial profiling case.

Hurricane may bring 10 inches of rain to parts of East Coast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:26

Harrisonburg emergency responders help a family evacuate their home as floodwaters block the road in Harrisonburg, Va., on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Tuesday in southwest and central Virginia, among other areas, with 2 to 4 inches or rain forecast from the Blue Ridge to the Alleghany Mountains. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP) MANDATORY CREDITRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Steady rain drenched much of the East Coast on Wednesday, flooding roads, closing schools and forcing some people from their homes. And forecasters say the worst is yet to come.

Hurricane Joaquin gaining force, now a Category 2, as it approaches Bahamas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:24

Joaquin upgraded to category 3 hurricaneA strengthening Hurricane Joaquin approached the central islands of the Bahamas on Wednesday evening, following a projected track that would take it near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend.

US states issue subpoena in Volkswagen investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:24
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois attorney general's office says a subpoena has been issued in the investigation into Volkswagen.

Charge: Minnesota man sexually abused boys in Africa

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:15
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A teacher from Minnesota is charged with having sex with young boys while teaching in Africa.

Key dates in legal case of death row inmate Richard Glossip

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:12
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Key events in the criminal case against Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, who has received a stay of execution amid questions over a drug that would have been used in his lethal injection.

10 Things To Know For Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:03

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with senior government officials at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Russian military jets carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday for the first time, after President Vladimir Putin received parliamentary approval to send Russian troops to Syria. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Judge calls for hearing hours before Virginia execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:02

This undated photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows inmate Alfredo Prieto. Virginia is poised to execute Prieto, a serial killer, who claims he’s intellectually disabled using lethal injection drugs from Texas because the state’s supply of another controversial drug will expire the day before the execution is supposed to take place. (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A scheduled court hearing for a Virginia inmate's challenge of the drugs the state plans to use to put him to death was canceled Wednesday, and an order temporarily blocking Alfredo Prieto's execution remained in place.

President Abbas raises Palestinian flag for first time at UN

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:53

CORRECTS CAPTION TO REMOVE REFERENCE TO STATE OF PALESTINE IN ACCORDANCE WITH AP STYLE - The Palestinian flag flies in the wind after a Rose Garden ceremony at the United Nations headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Following a vote in November 2012, the U.N. recognized Palestine as a state with non-member status and as a result it was permitted to raise its flag outside the U.N. for the first time on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at the United Nations for the first time on Wednesday with a promise that it will be raised soon in Jerusalem, "the capital of our Palestinian state."

Congress averts government shutdown, Obama signs funding measure

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:52

A lone worker passes by the U.S. Capitol Building in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ending weeks of infighting, the U.S. Congress on Wednesday voted to avert a government shutdown just hours before a midnight deadline, passing a stop-gap measure to extend funding for federal agencies until Dec. 11. The House of Representatives relied heavily on Democrats to secure passage in a 277-151 vote. A large majority of Republicans voted against the measure, which did not meet conservatives' demands to cut off money to women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood amid an abortion controversy.

Report slams FAA response to fire at air traffic facility

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:50
CHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration had insufficient contingency plans and security protocols in place at a Chicago air traffic control facility that was set on fire last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general said in a report released Wednesday that recommends the FAA make improvements at all of its facilities.

New Mexico readies for annual international balloon fiesta

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:43

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2011 file photo, spectators take photos of the hot air balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta before take off. It's that time of year again when hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world descend upon New Mexico to watch as a mass of hot air balloons takes to the sky every morning for nine straight days. Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta is among the world's most photographed events. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of colorful hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes and from all over the world will be lifting off this weekend for the start of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

EU leaders call for global refugee quotas at UN event

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 08:30
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — European leaders are urging U.N. member states to introduce global refugee quotas to stem the crisis that has forced thousands to flee their homes in search of safety.