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After 37 years in prison, innocent North Carolina man freed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:57

Christine Mumma, director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, left, and Cheryl Sullivan, staff attorney, hug Joseph Sledge after a special session of superior court in Whiteville, N.C. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Sledge, 70, was freed from prison Friday, after a panel of judges found that he was wrongly convicted in the stabbing deaths of a mother and daughter nearly four decades ago. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Ethan Hyman)WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — For the first time in nearly 40 years, Joseph Sledge woke up behind bars with a chance of becoming a free man.


Crews survey ocean, Oahu coastline for oil after ship sinks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:47

In this image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows Coast Guard crew members standing with 11 survivors of the Tug Nalani at Coast Guard Station Honolulu, Jan. 22, 2015. The tug sank approximately two and a half miles off of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu and all 11 people were rescued. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Lt. Kevin Cooper)HONOLULU (AP) — Crews have spotted a red diesel sheen south of the Honolulu airport one day after a vessel sank off Oahu, the Coast Guard said Friday.


Federal judge strikes down Alabama gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:21
A federal judge struck down Alabama's ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional on Friday, clearing the way for the conservative Southern state to become the 37th U.S. state where gay marriage is legal. Because U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade did not place a stay on her ruling, same-sex couples could be eligible to apply for marriage licenses when clerk's offices open, which gay rights advocates said could be as soon as Saturday. Granade, an appointee of President George W. Bush, found that the ban does not further Alabama's goal of protecting the ties between children and their biological parents, and that it is harmful to the children of same-sex parents. "Those children currently being raised by same-sex parents in Alabama are just as worthy of protection and recognition by the state as are the children being raised by opposite-sex parents," she wrote.

New video released of Philly trolley assault

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

New video released of Philly trolley assaultPhiladelphia police have released new surveillance video of an attack on a teenage girl on board a SEPTA trolley.


Video shows killing of clerk over cigarettes near Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:04

This undated law enforcement booking photo provided by the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office shows Apolinar Altamirano. A surveillance video that captured the killing of a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk shows the suspect, Altamirano, calmly walking behind the counter after pulling the trigger, stepping over the fallen victim and grabbing several packs of Marlboros before slowly exiting. The chilling depiction was outlined in a court document Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, as a Maricopa County Superior Court judge set bail at $1 million. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)PHOENIX (AP) — A surveillance video that captured the killing of a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk shows the suspect calmly walking behind the counter after pulling the trigger, stepping over the fallen victim and grabbing several packs of Marlboros before slowly exiting.


Border Patrol shoots, kills man who drove through checkpoint

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 09:44
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents have shot and killed a man who officials say drove through a West Texas checkpoint.

Denver woman who tried to help terrorists receives 4 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 09:40

Colorado teen Shannon Conley is the latest American to admit attempt to join Middle East terrorists. (CBSDenver.com/Reuters)DENVER (AP) — A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants was sentenced to four years in prison Friday, even as she tearfully told a judge that she never wanted to hurt anyone and has disavowed jihad.


Grandma power: Oregon purse-snatcher can't shake her off car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 09:27
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland thief trying to make a getaway Friday had a hard time seeing his way clear, given that 53-year-old grandmother Tammy Elliott was on the hood of his car, hanging on to the windshield wipers and screaming at him to give back her purse.

Regulators order pipeline upgrades after Montana oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 09:23
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal regulators on Friday ordered a pipeline company to make major upgrades to a line that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and fouled a local water supply.

At least 200 Yellowstone bison have been sent to slaughter: conservation group

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 09:12

A bison walks in Yellowstone National Park(Reuters) - Yellowstone National Park has shipped at least 200 bison near the park boundary with Montana to slaughter as the famed tourist destination seeks to reduce a herd by 900 animals this winter, a U.S. conservation group said on Friday. A park spokesman, Al Nash, could not immediately confirm how many bison may have been handed over to tribal partners and taken to slaughter. But he said 162 bison had been captured and placed into a holding facility as of a week ago. ...


Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 09:12

FILE - In this May 4, 2006, file photo, Cari Searcy, left, and Kim McKeand pose for a portrait with their son Khaya in Mobile, Ala. Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade ruled in favor of the couple who sued to challenge Alabama’s refusal to recognize their 2008 marriage performed in California. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama became the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling Friday, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court.


New child abuse indictment issued against Oklahoma man

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:59
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new 24-count indictment has been issued against a 20-year-old Oklahoma man who is accused of sexually abusing children at a Kenya orphanage.

Exclusive: USDA Secretary orders update of animal welfare research strategy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:54

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivers keynote remarks at the public launch of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba while at the National Press Club in WashingtonBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, head of the agency's Agricultural Research Service, was sent to all Animal Research Service employees on Friday afternoon in response to recent media reports over controversial animal welfare conditions at its U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. The new strategy will include updated training for government employees and others who work with animals in the service's research labs, according to the email. In addition, an independent panel will be convened to review the group's animal handling protocols, policies and research practices.


Man pleads guilty in slaying of Boston Scientific attorney

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:41

In this undated photo provided by Ramsey County, Minn., Sheriff's Office shows Ty Hoffman. Hoffman charged with gunning down his ex-boyfriend and business partner at a Minnesota gas station last summer pleaded guilty Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, to second-degree intentional murder. (AP Photo/Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via The Star Tribune)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man charged with gunning down his ex-boyfriend and business partner at a Minnesota gas station last summer pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree intentional murder.


Man pleads not guilty to trying to get deadly poison ricin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:40
NEW YORK (AP) — A man's computer bears evidence that he tried to acquire the deadly poison ricin, a prosecutor told a judge Friday.

Mississippi fugitive arrested in Utah after 34 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:37
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who police say has been on the run since he escaped from a Mississippi jail 34 years ago was arrested Thursday in a small central Utah town, police said.

Report: Decomposing body found at Arkansas funeral home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:35
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An inspection of an Arkansas funeral home that has since been suspended found bodies stacked in a cooler packed beyond capacity and other bodies that hadn't been embalmed lying out in the open, the inspector wrote.

Canadian accused in Iraq bombing extradited to the U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:35
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Canadian man has been extradited to the United States to face federal terrorism charges that he helped orchestrate the April 2009 truck bombing of a U.S. base in Mosul, Iraq, that killed five soldiers, U.S. authorities announced on Friday. Faruq Khalil Muhammad ’Isa, 36, is expected to make his initial court appearance in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday to answer charges of murder, conspiring to kill Americans abroad and providing material support to terrorists. Prosecutors accused Isa of working with a militant network that conducted multiple suicide bombings against U.S. military personnel in Iraq, including a truck bombing on April 10, 2009, at Forward Operating Base Marez.

Privacy concerns over health care website prompt reversal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:34

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore. The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on HealthCare.gov, the government's health insurance website. The Associated Press confirms that the administration made changes to the website to scale back release of consumers' personal information to private companies that analyze Internet performance and sell ads. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.


US appeals court upholds dismissal of Holocaust suits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:26
CHICAGO (AP) — Holocaust survivors and heirs of victims can't sue Hungary's national bank and railway in the U.S. for the theft of cash, art and other assets from Hungarian Jews until they first exhaust their legal options in Hungary, a U.S. appeals court ruled Friday.