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Florida governors debate marred by trivial live TV squabble over fan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:55

Democratic challenger, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist (L) and Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, shake hands after participating in their second debate in DavieBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist don't agree on much, not even a podium cooling fan that delayed the start of the second televised debates between the two candidates on Wednesday evening. For all their policy differences in the battle for the nation's largest swing state, the squabble over a small ground-level fan at Crist's legs will likely be the most remembered moment of an otherwise forgettable debate. ...

Category 3 Hurricane Gonzalo weakens as it heads for Bermuda

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:46

Hurricane Gonzalo is pictured in the Atlantic Ocean in this NASA handout satellite imageMIAMI (Reuters) - Gonzalo weakened to a Category 3 hurricane on Wednesday and was forecast to continue losing strength over the next 48 hours as it moves over cooler Atlantic water toward Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Gonzalo briefly reached Category 4 status on Wednesday with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour) but dropped back to 125 mph (205 kph) by the evening as it continued to move away from the northern Caribbean, forecasters said. ...

Chicago guns and bullets to be melted down, made into jewelry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:35
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Guns and bullets seized from Chicago-area crimes will be melted down and turned into jewelry by a company that pledges to give part of the profit to at-risk children, company and government officials said on Wednesday. The Cook County Sheriff's Office collects about 1,500 guns a year, along with ammunition, said Sheriff Thomas Dart. If the guns are no longer needed in an investigation, they are destroyed. ...

New Hampshire jury convicts reputed cartel member

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:32
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal jury on Wednesday convicted a man of working with others to expand the cocaine-trafficking empire of one of the world's most notorious drug networks into northern New England and Europe.

California atheist jailed over objections to faith-based recovery gets $2 million settlement

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:28
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California atheist convicted of drug possession who was found in violation of his parole and sent back to prison after he objected to a treatment program centered on belief in a higher power has won a nearly $2 million legal settlement, his attorney said on Wednesday. Barry Hazle Jr., 46, had sued parole officials accusing them of breaching the constitutional separation of church and state, and won the payout after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found last year he was entitled to compensation for time he was unjustly held in prison. ...

Arkansas high court strikes down voter ID law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:23

FILE - In this May 5, 2014 file photo, a voter walks past a "Please Have Photo ID Ready" sign as he enters an early-voting polling place in downtown Little Rock, Ark. In a unanimous ruling, the Arkansas Supreme Court Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, found that the state's voter identification law is unconstitutional.(AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' highest court on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, ruling the requirement unconstitutional just days before early voting begins.

Gay marriage developments: Alaska couples wait

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:21

Matthew Hamby, one of the plaintiffs in the successful lawsuit to overturn Alaska's same-sex marriage ban, reads the judge's decision while waiting for a clerk to process his marriage application Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at the Department of Vital Statistics in Anchorage, Alaska. A federal judge ruled on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, that the ban was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)It's been more than a week since a flurry of gay marriage developments began with the Supreme Court's denial of appeals from five states, allowing for expansion of marriage rights. Shortly afterward, a federal court in the West struck down bans in Idaho and Nevada. Recent developments on same-sex marriage around the country:

California man dies, mother in critical condition after mauling by pit bulls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:19
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A California man has died and his mother is in critical condition after they were mauled by pit bulls, authorities said on Wednesday. Juan Fernandez, 59, of Modesto died after he was attacked by pit bulls in the back yard of a house in Modesto on Tuesday, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said. His mother, Maria Fernandez, 77, was also attacked by the dogs and was in critical condition in a local hospital, the sheriff's department said in a news release. ...

African leaders: Ebola could lead to food crisis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:07
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Financial aid and global coordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agriculture ministers from West African nations at the center of the Ebola outbreak said Wednesday.

Gay marriage arrives in conservative Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:07

Shelia Robertson, center, and her son Bridger, bottom center, react at as the county recorder opens at 10 a.m. to issue same-sex marriage licenses at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Robertson and her partner Andrea Altmayer, left, partially hidden, were two of the eight women who sued over Idaho's marriage ban,. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gay couples started to marry in one of the most conservative states in the nation Wednesday as more than 100 same-sex couples gathered early at the Boise courthouse and counted down the seconds before the clerk's office opened.

Mayor: More immigrant families freed than deported

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:04

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, an unidentified immigrant from Guatemala who declined to give her name, is interviewed, while her son paints on a whiteboard at the Artesia Family Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant mothers and children in Artesia, N.M. The facility is now releasing more detainees rather than deporting them, according to Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)One of three centers used for detaining Central American families who have entered the U.S. illegally this year has started releasing many more detainees than it deports, a New Mexico city official said.

Road trip protocol clarified for Ohio State band

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:59
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University told federal education officials Wednesday that the school has begun designating specific rooms for changing in and out of marching band uniforms during road trips and has made other policy changes since discovering a "sexualized culture" within the band and firing its director.

Second Ebola Nurse Was Preparing for Her Wedding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:58
Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who traveled to Ohio before being diagnosed with Ebola, had flown to Cleveland to prepare for her wedding, Cleveland officials said today.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:56

Trader Timothy Nick works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 460 points in afternoon trading, then clawed back much of the ground it lost. It ended down 173 points, or 1.1 percent. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Grand Ole Opry star's killer paroled after 41 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:55
By Timothy Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - John Brown, one of the two men convicted in the murders of Grand Ole Opry and "Hee Haw" star David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife, will be released from prison after serving 41 years, officials said on Wednesday. Brown, 64, who had been denied parole five times in the past, will be released in four to six weeks after four of the five Tennessee Board of Parole members voted to parole him during a hearing in Nashville on Wednesday. ...

Feminist speaker questions Utah's campus gun laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:51

Students protest on the campus of Utah State Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Logan, Utah. Utah's campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat against her. School officials in Logan were set to go ahead with the event with extra police after consulting with federal and state law enforcement who told them the threat was consistent with ones Anita Sarkeesian receives when she gives speeches elsewhere.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat to kill her and others in a mass shooting.

McEnroe son's NYC drug case on track for dismissal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:43

FILE - In this April 11, 2012 file photo, John McEnroe and his son Kevin arrive for the opening night performance of the Broadway play "Magic/Bird" in New York. A son of tennis star McEnroe and actress Tatum O'Neal will get a New York City drug-possession case dismissed if he stays out of trouble and gets treatment. Court records show Kevin McEnroe's case was put on track Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, for dismissal if he avoids re-arrest. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A son of tennis star John McEnroe and actress Tatum O'Neal will get a New York City drug-possession case dismissed if he stays out of trouble and gets treatment.

Courts reject another Arizona immigration law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:33

FILE - In this April 24, 2012 file photo, former Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, the architect of Arizona's controversial immigration law S.B. 1070, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. An 11-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, that S.B. 1070 violates due-process rights by imposing punishment before trial. Pearce proposed the no-bail law and went on to win approval for Arizona's landmark 2010 immigration enforcement law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's authority to confront its illegal immigration woes was again reined in Wednesday when a federal appeals court threw out a 2006 voter-approved law denying bail to people in the country illegally who are charged with certain crimes.

Regulator recuses himself amid PG&E emails probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:32
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California Public Utilities Commission member who was involved in secret email exchanges with the state's largest utility said Wednesday he is recusing himself from several matters related to the company.

Student athlete accused of rape in Washington quits team

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:28
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state high school student, who had caused outrage when he was charged with rape but allowed to continue playing football, has quit the team, school officials said on Wednesday. Tyler Smith, 18, was arrested last month during football practice at his high school in Hoquiam in western Washington and charged with raping two teenage girls, one in July and another in 2012, court documents show. Smith told investigators the girls said "no," but that in one case: "I thought she was saying 'no' for pleasure," according to court records. ...