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Columbus Day Parade sails through South Philly

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:55

Columbus Day Parade sails through South PhillyA celebration of Italian culture took over South Philadelphia's neighborhood with the annual Columbus Day parade.


Alaska ban on same-sex marriage ruled unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:47

A supporter stands waits to congratulate gay couples as they receive their marriage licenses at the Oklahoma County courthouse in Oklahoma CityBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Sunday ruled that the state of Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Judge Timothy Burgess of the U.S. District Court for Alaska made the ruling after hearing oral arguments on Friday challenging the state's 16-year-old ban. “The Court finds that Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize same-sex marriages lawfully entered in other states is unconstitutional as a deprivation of basic due process and equal protection principles under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. ...


Boston hospital monitoring patient for possible Ebola case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:39

Kwan, a doctor with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, waits as she receives guidance from CDC instructor Narra in preparation for response to current Ebola outbreak, during a CDC safety training course in Anniston, AlabamaBy Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A man in Massachusetts who recently returned from Liberia is being evaluated at a Boston hospital for a potential case of Ebola after complaining of a headache and muscle aches, health officials said on Sunday. The patient is at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center but there is no confirmation of Ebola, said Dr. Kenneth Sands, chief quality officer at Beth Israel. The response in Massachusetts demonstrates the high state of alert medical facilities are under since a Texas health worker became the first person on Sunday to contract the disease in the United States. ...


Fallen firefighters honored at national ceremony

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:29
EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — More than 100 names of firefighters who were killed in the line of duty have been added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland.

Owl gets stuck in grille of man's car, survives

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:56

Owl gets stuck in grille of man's car, survivesIt was a close call for an owl after getting hit by a car in Minnesota. Fortunately, the owl managed to survive.


Some Mormons pushing church on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:55

FILE - In this June 2, 2013, file photo, members of Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade, in Salt Lake City. Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.


Fay becomes hurricane after brushing Bermuda with high winds, rain

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:52

Hurricane Fay is pictured off the eastern coast of the United States in this NASA satellite handout imageBy Samantha Strangeways HAMILTON Bermuda (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Fay strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic on Sunday afternoon after sweeping past Bermuda with strong winds and felling trees and knocking out power to thousands in the British territory. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Sunday afternoon that Fay carried top sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour). It added that the storm was expected to weaken below hurricane status on Sunday night. Fay was about 290 miles (465 km) northeast of Bermuda and moving toward the east-northeast. ...


Teen dead, more than 20 hurt in hayride crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:45

Gates that lead to the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride at Harvest Hills Farm in Mechanic Falls, Me., are open Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, although the farm was closed after a Halloween-themed hay ride accident during the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride crashed into a tree Saturday night, killing a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people injured, police said Sunday. The farm remains closed while police investigate. (AP Photo/Patrick Whittle)MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — A Halloween-themed hayride loaded with passengers crashed down a hill in the Maine woods and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people hurt, police said Sunday.


Missing California woman found in Maine shack

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An elderly Los Angeles woman whose neighbors believed had died was instead found in a rundown shack in Maine, where according to authorities an unrelated family took her after gaining her confidence and selling her house.

Mysterious car found floating in Schuylkill River

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:31

Mysterious car found floating in Schuylkill RiverPolice are looking into how an empty car ended up floating in the Schuylkill River.


'Gone Girl' tops box office for second weekend

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:23

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Ben Affleck in a scene from "Gone Girl." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Merrick Morton)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four new films couldn't catch "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend.


Ebola patient in Nebraska continues improvement

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:12
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American video journalist being treated for Ebola continues to show improvement and is described by hospital officials as steadily heading in the right direction.

Infant hurt after being trapped under dead father

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:05
PLEASANT HILL, La. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-month-old girl is in a hospital after being trapped underneath her father's decomposing body for several days.

Texas health worker becomes first person to contract Ebola in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:56

File photo of CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden speaking at the CDC headquarters in AtlantaBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS Texas (Reuters) - A Texas health worker has contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian who died of the disease in Dallas last week, raising concern about how U.S. medical guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the disease were breached. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where the new case was announced on Sunday, has already faced criticism for its management of the infection. The infected worker, a woman who was not named, is the first person to contract the disease in the United States. ...


Conjoined twin Texas babies to take first step to separation surgery

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:42

Handout photo of conjoined twins Knatalye Hope Mata and Adeline Faith Mata with at Texas Children’s Hospital in HoustonBy Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Conjoined 6-month-old twin girls will begin to undergo tissue expansion this month to stretch skin that will be used to cover patches of their bodies when they are separated in a surgery planned for December. The tissue expansion for Knatalye Hope Mata and Adeline Faith Mata is expected to take six to eight weeks. The girls are joined at the abdomen and share a liver, diaphragm, pelvis, intestines and the lining of the heart. "When I think about December I get that sick feeling in my stomach. I want to know how much pain they are going to feel after. ...


Police: 4 Pennsylvania men smuggled drugs in Xboxes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:42

 4 Pennsylvania men smuggled drugs in XboxesFour men have been jailed on charges they smuggled cocaine from the Dominican Republic to eastern Pennsylvania inside Xbox video game systems.


California police field reports of creepy clowns

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:18
(Reuters) - Reports of creepy clowns carrying knives and other weapons have been scaring people in the California city of Bakersfield for the past week, police said on Sunday. In the latest incident, a person telephoned the Bakersfield Police Department on Saturday night, reporting a clown armed with a firearm, said watch commander Lieutenant Jason Matson. "We've been having sightings all over the city," Matson said. "They range from anywhere from a guy carrying a gun to a guy carrying a knife running up to houses. ...

Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:03

Texas health worker 2nd in US to test positive for EbolaA Texas health care worker has tested positive for Ebola even though she wore full protective gear while caring for a hospitalized Ebola patient who later died, health officials said Sunday.


5 injured in Fairfield Township crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 05:00

5 injured in Fairfield Township crashNew Jersey State Police are investigating a crash in Cumberland County that sent five people to the hospital.


Tropical Storm Gonzalo takes aim at Caribbean

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 04:38

45 AM EDT shows Tropical Storm Fay in the southwestern Atlantic Basin. Fay is currently about 265 miles south of Bermuda moving northward with maximum winds of 70 miles per hour. Fay will pass just to the east of Bermuda as it is moves into the central Atlantic.(AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Tropical Storm Fay toppled utility poles and knocked out power to thousands of people in Bermuda before moving out over open ocean on Sunday, just as a new storm raced toward the eastern rim of the Caribbean threatening to become a hurricane.