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Ex-Marine pleads not guilty in slayings of 2 girls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:55

FILE - This undated handout file photo provided by the Arlington County, Va. Police Department shows Jorge Torrez, a former Marine who was sentenced to death this year in the slaying of a woman in Virginia. Torrez pleaded not guilty In a Lake County, Ill., courtroom Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in the 2005 slayings of two little girls in northern Illinois. The 26-year-old Torrez entered his plea, days after he was returned to Illinois from Virginia. Authorities contend that 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias were playing in a Zion, Illinois, forest preserve when Torrez stabbed them to death. He was sentenced to death May 30, 2014 inn Virginia for the 2009 murder of a Navy sailor at a barracks in northern Virginia. (AP Photo/Arlington County, Va. Police Department, File)WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A former Marine already sentenced to death in the slaying of a sailor in Virginia pleaded not guilty on Thursday in the 2005 slayings of two young Illinois girls who were playing in a forest preserve.


Crew finds 150-ton boulder likely left by glacier

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:52
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Workers digging an underground garage for a new hotel in Everett, Washington, recently struck something big about 30 feet below the surface.

Anchorage city lawmakers to take up ordinance banning legal weed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:47
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - Anchorage lawmakers next month will consider banning the commercial sale of marijuana in Alaska's largest city, which if passed would deal an early blow to a voter-approved law that would establish a statewide seed-to-sale cannabis industry. Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski, with support from two colleagues, introduced the ordinance on Tuesday before the state even had the chance to certify the results of the Nov. 4 vote. The Assembly will take public comment on Dec. 18 when it can vote or delay action for later. ...

Early test shows Mali traveler is negative for Ebola at NYC hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:46

A view of Bellevue Hospital in the Manhattan borough of New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - Preliminary test results showed a traveler who visited Mali was negative for Ebola on Thursday but the patient will remain at a New York City hospital for further testing, city health officials said. The traveler, who returned to the United States from a trip to Mali, a West African country with limited Ebola transmission, will stay in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation said in a statement. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Sandra Maler)


Former church to be Iowa couple's new home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:45
BARNUM, Iowa (AP) — A former church has been moved about three-quarters of a mile to an Iowa farm where it will be transformed into a home.

Man admits $20 million Ponzi scheme in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:40
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man has admitted running a $20 million Ponzi scheme.

21 Indian reservations joining buyback program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:39
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials on Thursday doubled the number of American Indian communities involved in a $1.9 billion government effort to return lands on reservations to tribal ownership.

Drug lab explosion kills 1, hurts 2; house gutted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:39
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an explosion that tore apart a Southern California shack, killing one person and critically injuring two others, was caused by a lab illegally making hash oil.

Arizona sues General Motors over delayed recalls

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:29

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2014 file photo, Arizona Attorney Gen. Tom Horne talks to the media about the ruling that the state's traditional marriage laws are unconstitutional and same-sex couples can now apply for marriage licenses, at a news conference in Phoenix. Horne has sued General Motors for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. The lawsuit seeks potentially billions of dollars in fines. Horne said Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 that he sued under the state's consumer fraud statutes and is seeking a $10,000 fine for each of hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles sold in the state. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general has sued General Motors Co. for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. The lawsuit seeks potentially billions of dollars in fines.


Police release name of woman hospitalized after fatal Tabernacle shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:28

Police release name of woman hospitalized after fatal Tabernacle shootingPolice confirm that two children - a boy and a girl - were killed in a multiple shooting inside a home in Tabernacle, New Jersey.


Police arrest protesters as Ferguson awaits grand jury decision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:24
By Scott Malone and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, kept alert on Thursday for signs of tension after arresting five people for blocking a street the night before in a protest demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August. The St. Louis suburb has been bracing for months to learn whether a St. Louis County grand jury will charge police officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a case that has become a flashpoint for often-troubled U.S. race relations. ...

Five family members killed driving from Texas to Disney World

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:22
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Five members of a Texas family on their way to a vacation in Disney World were killed in a single-car crash when their vehicle driven by their teenage son overturned on a highway in Louisiana, police said on Thursday. Michael and Trudi Hardman from the Dallas suburb of Terrell, were killed along with three children, ages 4, 7, and 15, on Wednesday night when the car crossed over a median strip and the driver tried to correct the mistake, which then caused the vehicle to flip, police in Louisiana said. ...

Officials downplay debates over Ebola aid response

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:22

FILE- In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, on the outskirts of the city of Monrovia, Liberia, a health worker stands inside a medical tent that forms part of a new American clinic to be used for the treatment of people suffering from the Ebola virus. U.S. officials on Thursday, Nov. 20, acknowledged disagreements over coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday acknowledged disagreements over coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, but they say most issues are being worked out and the overall fight against the disease there seems to be succeeding.


Reported U.Va. frat-house rape to be investigated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:21
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia's president has asked Charlottesville police to investigate allegations that a woman student was raped by several men at a fraternity house two years ago.

Trust fund established for Scotty McMillan's brother

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:18

Trust fund established for Scotty McMillan's brotherA trust fund has been established to benefit Ryan McMillan, the 6-year old older brother of Scotty McMillan, officials announced Thursday.


Chronology: Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:16
(Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. (Graphic: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/ebola/index.html) Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms hemorrhagic fever that killed more than 50 people is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two cases; Ebola suspected in Sierra Leone. April 1: Medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns Ebola's spread is "unprecedented." May 26: WHO confirms first Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone. ...

Journal indicates FSU shooter suspected government

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:15

Journal indicates FSU shooter suspected governmentA Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said.


Graco recalls more than 4.7 million strollers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:11

Graco recalls more than 4.7 million strollersGraco is recalling more than 4.7 million strollers because the company says they pose a fingertip amputation hazard.


Appeals court order keeps Mississippi's sole abortion clinic open

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:11
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Mississippi's sole abortion clinic will remain open after a federal appeals court refused on Thursday to reconsider its decision to block a state law that would have closed it. The law, passed in 2012, required doctors at the clinic to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, a standard they could not meet. A three-member panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in July upheld a lower court ruling blocking the law as a legal challenge continues. ...

Casinos push back on Massachusetts gambling limits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:11
BOSTON (AP) — In a rarely used strategy to address gambling addiction, Massachusetts regulators may require casinos to reward their customers for voluntarily setting limits on how much time and money they spend at slot machines.