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Theater shooting prosecutors agree to trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:45
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors would agree to push back the trial for the man charged in the Colorado theater shootings so defense attorneys can have more time to review his sanity exam, according to court filings released Thursday.

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake quake hits Alaska near Fairbanks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:41
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska near Fairbanks on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, and there were no initial reports of damage or injuries. The temblor's epicenter was located about 43 miles (70 km) west-northwest of Fairbanks, the largest city in the interior region of Alaska, and third largest in the state, and originated at a depth of 9.3 miles (14 km), the agency said. ...

Woman who stabbed pencils in eyes sues over photo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 01:06
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who stabbed pencils in her eyes during a suicide attempt is suing Los Angeles County, claiming her photo was snapped at a hospital and went viral online.

HealthCare.gov's EZ form not for legal immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:33

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, Andrew Slavitt, group executive vice president for Optum/QSSI, left, and Lynn Spellecy, corporate counsel for Equifax Workforce Solutions, listen to questioning during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites in Washington. It turns out HealthCare.gov’s new EZ application for coverage can’t be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens. Slavitt, now the top technology official for HealthCare.gov, said there have been several improvements to make things easier for immigrants, including expanding the list of documents that people can use to establish eligibility and updating the computer system so it won’t get hung up on certain special characters used in some names. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — HealthCare.gov's simpler online application is being touted as a big win for consumers. But it can't be used by legal immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens, who represent millions of potential new health insurance customers.


Maine man's ashes launched into space

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:31

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, an urn containing the ashes of C.J. Twomey sits on a shelf at his parent's home in Auburn, Maine. C.J. committed suicide three and a half years earlier. On Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, a rocket containing a vial of C.J.’s ashes was launched from the New Mexican desert into space before landing in the White Sands Missile Range. His ashes had previously been released in nearly all 50 states and dozens of places overseas. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine mother who's using social media to have her son's ashes scattered all over the world has sent him on his greatest journey yet: to space.


Search for Fern Rock carjacking suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:27

Search for Fern Rock carjacking suspectPolice are looking for a man who stole a car at gunpoint.


Philadelphia police Taser suspect in Center City struggle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:26

Philadelphia police Taser suspect in Center City struggleIt took 3 officers and a Taser to take down a belligerent man in Center City Philadelphia.


Plea deal in FAMU case is off the table

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:23
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A plea deal that was contemplated by one of the four defendants facing trial next week for the hazing death of a Florida A & M drum major is off the table.

Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:23

 I cry for victims, not sonThe mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.


California community suffers as wells dry up in drought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:18

Pastor Frankie Olmedo, who volunteers four hours a day to hand out water, fills up a container for Luis Bocanegra, 35, in Porterville, CaliforniaBy Lucy Nicholson East Porterville Calif. (Reuters) - In one of the towns hardest hit by California's drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump water into barrels and take it back home. The trip has become a regular ritual for East Porterville residents Macario Beltran, 41, and his daughters, who on a recent evening pumped the water into containers in the bed of his old pickup truck to be used for bathing, dish washing and flushing. ...


Highlights of ballot initiatives voters to weigh

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:08
Large companies and national advocacy groups are putting millions of dollars in ads behind ballot measures this year, from questions about oil companies' profits in Alaska to medical marijuana in Florida, according to an analysis of advertising data released Thursday from the Center for Public Integrity. Some $119 million in television ads had been aired through Monday to influence the 158 statewide ballot questions nationwide.

Police employ high-tech tool in pumpkin riot probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:06

police officers respond to large crowds of students as the annual Pumpkin Festival is underwayKEENE, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire are using a relatively new application to collect photos and videos they hope will lead to arrests following weekend chaos at a pumpkin festival.


Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:02

Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.


Universal Studios character allegedly aimed sexist slurs at teen girls during Halloween Horror Nights

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:54

Universal Studios character allegedly aimed sexist slurs at teen girls during Halloween Horror NightsTwo young girls say they were called an inappropriate name by a character at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.


Brazilian companies raise Chiquita offer to $681M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:49
NEW YORK (AP) — Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million — a day before Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

Delta plane clips smaller jet at Minnesota airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:39
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say a Delta Air Lines plane clipped wings with a smaller jet as the two were preparing to take off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Former Philadelphia traffic judge being charged in bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:37

Former Philadelphia traffic judge being charged in bribery caseA former Philadelphia traffic court judge is being charged with bribery for allegedly taking a Tiffany bracelet in an undercover sting.


Olympian Jim Thorpe's remains should not be moved: U.S. court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:34

The Jim Thorpe MemorialBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Jim Thorpe's remains will stay in the Pennsylvania hamlet named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma. Addressing an unusual dispute between two generations of descendants, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said a lower court judge was wrong to order that Thorpe's remains be turned over to the Sac and Fox Nation. ...


Next Women's World Cup a big chance for US soccer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:15

IFLE - In this Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, United States' Abby Wambach celebrates her goal against Trinidad and Tobago during the second half of a CONCACAF Women's Championship soccer match in Kansas City, Kan. The Women’s World Cup kicks off in Canada in June 2015 _ and if the favored U.S. squad advances far, expect some more massive TV audiences. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)The chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" can rev up again next summer.


Justice Dept. 'exasperated' by local probe of Missouri teen shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:10
(Reuters) - U.S. Justice Department officials on Thursday criticized local authorities' investigation of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, saying the case had been handled in a "selective" and "inappropriate" manner. The department's criticism comes after the official St. Louis County autopsy of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, was leaked to media on Wednesday. The autopsy report, obtained by the St. ...