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Psychiatrist: Triple murder suspect not competent for trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:50
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of killing three people at a municipal meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania is not competent to stand trial, a psychiatrist testified Friday.

Florist who refused to serve gay couple rejects settlement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:45
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding has rejected an offer from the Washington state attorney general to settle a discrimination case by paying a $2,000 fine.

Judge who wrote 'torture memos' speaks at University of Utah

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:43

 Some Observations on the Constitution as Written and the Constitution as Taught” at the SJ Quinney College of Law, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Leah Hogsten ) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 10 years after he authored documents now known as torture memos, federal appeals Judge Jay Bybee heard from some of his critics at the University of Utah Thursday.


Missing Philadelphia woman found, later died of hypothermia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:33

Missing Philadelphia woman found, later died of hypothermiaA missing woman, who suffered from dementia, was found on Friday - but she later died of hypothermia.


Father, stepmom charged in case of Detroit boy in basement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:32

FILE - In this June 27, 2014 file photo, Charles Bothuell IV leaves the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, Mich., after a court hearing for his wife, Monique Dillard-Bothuell. Prosecutors are bringing torture and child abuse charges against the father and stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in his father's basement in June after an 11-day disappearance. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb, Jr) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — The father and stepmother of a 13-year-old boy were charged Friday with torture and child abuse in an investigation that began last summer when he was discovered among boxes in his father's basement after a highly publicized 11-day search by Detroit police.


Heat fails at apartments again; stolen pipes blamed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:25

Heat fails at apartments again; stolen pipes blamedThe heat is out again at a New Castle County apartment complex and management says, this time, it was no accident.


New woes for HealthCare.gov: Wrong tax info sent out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.

Husband arrested in 1978 disappearance of California woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:11
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 40 years after a woman disappeared from a small Northern California town, her husband has been arrested on suspicion of killing her and disposing of the body.

AP EXPLAINS: New England's struggle to get rid of the snow

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:10

Pedestrians walk single file through snow banks on a Beacon Street sidewalk in Boston, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Midway through an epic winter that's shattered records and buried Boston in more than 8 feet of snow, locals and outsiders alike could be forgiven for wondering why a world-class city that's accustomed to heavy snowfall — and prides itself on being a global center of technology and innovation — can't seem to dig out and move on. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — If it's just snow, why is New England having such a difficult time making it all go away?


Connecticut fraternity sues university over integration policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:10
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - An all-male fraternity at Wesleyan University in Connecticut has filed a lawsuit against the school, contending it discriminated against fraternity members by telling them they had to move out by this year because they had not admitted women members. The school's Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity had been told in September that it must allow at least six women to live in its on-campus houses within three years. The fraternity's attorney, Kathleen Eldergill, said on Friday the university's administration then changed its position, contending that the 32 members had to move out before the start of the next academic year. University officials said the fraternity, known by the nickname DKE, was not complying with its mandate to take steps to prepare to admit women.

Woman robbed inside apartment building in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:09

Woman robbed inside apartment building in West PhiladelphiaPolice are searching for three suspects who robbed a woman at gunpoint inside her apartment building in West Philadelphia.


U.S. Border Patrol testing body cameras on agents

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:08
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Border Patrol has been placing body cameras on its agents in the field as it tests whether the devices should be standard equipment, officials said on Friday. In September, U.S. Border Patrol said body cameras would be used in trial runs for its agents following allegations of abuse and use of excessive force. The tests with the body cameras are scheduled to run through mid-2015. A small number of agents in places such as airports, inland posts and sea ports who have volunteered for the study will wear cameras in the coming months in states including Texas, Florida, Washington and Michigan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

U.S. names special envoy to Colombian peace process

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:54
By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States named a special envoy to Colombian peace talks on Friday, responding to requests from both the Colombian government and leftists rebels for Washington to take a more active role in ending Latin America's longest-running war. U.S. President Barack Obama named Bernard "Bernie" Aronson, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for Inter-American Affairs from 1989 to 1993, to the role. "President Obama has come to the conclusion that while significant obstacles remain, a negotiated peace in Colombia is absolutely worth pursuing and absolutely worth assisting if we are able to," Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters. As a close ally of Colombia, the United States has "responsibility to do what it can in order to help Colombia to achieve that peace," Kerry said.

Texas AG: 'Legal chaos' if same-sex marriage not deemed void

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:52

Suzanne Bryant is overcome with joy as she shows off her wedding license certificate as she walks out the Travis County clerk's office with Sarah Goodfriend on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 Austin, Texas. Travis County spokeswoman Ginny Ballard said the marriage occurred Thursday, though it wasn't immediately clear if the license has legal standing. The marriage followed a state District Court order instructing that officials not rely on Texas' unconstitutional prohibitions on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ricardo B. Brazziell) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM; MAGS OUTAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Friday the state's gay marriage ban has been "needlessly cast in doubt" after a judge gave a lesbian Austin couple permission to tie the knot.


Philadelphia woman sentenced to life in beating death of 10-year-old stepdaugher

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:48

Philadelphia woman sentenced to life in beating death of 10-year-old stepdaughterA Philadelphia woman has been convicted of killing her 10-year-old stepdaughter and will now spend the rest of her life behind bars.


U.S. FDA knew devices spread fatal 'superbug' but does not order fix

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:46

People walk past the entrance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators have known since at least 2009 that the medical devices at the center of the "superbug" outbreak at UCLA can transmit lethal infections but have not recommended any new safety requirements, a lapse that threatens patient safety, experts in hospital-acquired infections said. The latest outbreak involving the reusable devices called duodenoscopes, which are inserted down the throat, may have exposed 179 patients at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles and contributed to two deaths. It is far from the first time medical investigators traced the sometimes-fatal spread of pathogens to the devices, which are manufactured by the medical units of Japanese companies Olympus Corp , Pentax and Fujifilm Holdings Corp .


US border agents wearing body cameras to test technology

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:45
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some U.S. border agents have started wearing body cameras in a test of the technology in the field, officials said on Friday.

Want a meal on 2 wheels? Utah may halt bikes in drive-thrus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:43
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hungry cyclists thinking of grabbing a quick taco or hamburger while cruising through Salt Lake City could soon find that Utah has restricted their two-wheeled meals.

Exclusive: Saving Hannah Anderson: the dramatic FBI rescue of kidnapped teenager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:42

 the dramatic FBI rescue of kidnapped teenagerIt was a murder, kidnapping and manhunt that riveted the nation in the summer of 2013, and now ABC News has obtained never-before-seen FBI surveillance video and photos of the rescue of 16-year-old Hannah Anderson.


Media appeals gag order ruling in Blankenship criminal case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 05:28
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — News outlets are appealing a judge's ruling over a gag order in ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's criminal case.