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Porn flick a winner in Pennsylvania governor's race

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 04:27

Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf speaks to the media after casting his ballot on primary election day at Eagle Fire Company #1 in Mt. WolfBy Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A campy low-budget pornographic horror film is enjoying newfound popularity after one of its actors was spotted appearing in a campaign commercial for the Democrat running for governor of Pennsylvania, the film's director said on Wednesday. The television ad, featuring Alan Benyak, was taken down earlier this week after the campaign of candidate Tom Wolf learned of Benyak's past. Benyak, a Pittsburgh-area lawyer, appeared as "Mr. ...


Activists plan NYC climate march before UN summit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:51
NEW YORK (AP) — Labor unions and environmental groups said Wednesday they expect a huge turnout for a New York City march to draw attention to climate change taking place two days before a United Nations summit on the issue.

Maryland judge banned after ordering electric shock for defendant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:51
Maryland's top court has banned a judge from hearing cases after he ordered that an electric shock device be used on a defendant, a Maryland judiciary spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Charles County Judge Robert Nalley, who retired this year but was permitted to hear cases by the Court of Appeals, was barred because of a courtroom incident in July. Delvon King, of Waldorf, Maryland, was representing himself in a gun-possession case and questioned whether Nalley had the authority to judge him, local media reported. Nalley told a sheriff's deputy to use a remote control to stun King with a shock device strapped to his ankle.

EU says Cyprus legislation clashes with bailout

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:49

A woman and a girl walks outside a branch of Bank of Cyprus in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014. The European Union warned Cyprus Wednesday that it may be flouting the terms of its multibillion-euro rescue package after the country's parliament approved legislation softening a crucial foreclosures law. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union warned Cyprus Wednesday that it may be flouting the terms of its multibillion-euro rescue package after the country's parliament approved legislation softening a crucial foreclosures law.


Marijuana case vs. Bernie Goetz dismissed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:38

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, Bernard Goetz is arraigned in Manhattan criminal court, in New York. The low-level marijuana case against Goetz, the subway vigilant, who was charged with selling $30 worth of marijuana to an undercover officer he'd been flirting with in Union Square park, was dismissed on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it. (AP Photo/New York Post, Steven Hirsch, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A low-level marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it.


Senior Americans burdened with student debt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:17

Rosemary Anderson of Watsonville, Calif., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, before the Senate Aging Committee hearing to examine Older Americans and student loan debt. Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments. Like Anderson, a growing percentage of aging Americans struggle to pay back their student debt. Tens of thousands of them even see their Social Security benefits garnished when they cannot do so. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.


Washington state teenagers arrested in school shooting threats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:15
Friends of a Washington state man accused of threatening a shooting rampage at his former high school have been arrested on charges of intimidating witnesses who brought the alleged plot to the attention of police, officials said on Wednesday. Matthew Smiley, 18, was charged on Monday with felony harassment and ordered held on $2 million bail for making multiple threats to "shoot up" his former high school in Kingston, on the Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle, court officials said. "Witnesses also reported the young man had access to firearms and had displayed these weapons as a point of emphasis," the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said. All four were awaiting arraignment on a single count of witness intimidation, a court official said on Wednesday.

Car slams into Reading church

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:10

Car slams into Reading churchA woman who slammed her car into a Reading church is likely counting her blessings after the crash on Wednesday morning.


Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:06

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Lifegiving Trinity Church in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia will develop an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the U.S. and NATO. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine.


Witness describes shooting at Iowa courthouse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:02

In this combination of photos provided by the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press are Larry Koos, left, and Francis Glaser. Authorities say Glaser, an Iowa man angry about his property taxes, pulled a gun and fired at the county assessor during a public meeting Tuesday in Maquoketa, Iowa. Glaser missed and Koos, a county supervisor, stepped in and was killed by a second shot during a struggle, authorities say. (AP Photo/Maquoketa Sentinel-Press)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who was killed during a public meeting shot at a county official despite numerous pleas from a group to put the gun down, a witness said Wednesday.


UK leader rushes to fend off Scottish independence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:01

Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, points whilst speaking during a visit to a financial office in Edinburgh, Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014. Cameron made an impassioned plea to keep Scotland part of the union, saying he would be "heartbroken" if the United Kingdom was torn apart. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVEGLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility in next week's referendum.


Media: Allow cameras at theater shooting trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:00

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case joined defense lawyers in opposing television coverage inside the courtroom during the trial, saying it would inflict intense and hurtful attention on victims who testify. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)DENVER (AP) — Attorneys for news organizations say there's no evidence that courtroom cameras would intimidate witnesses or violate defendant James Holmes' rights in the Colorado theater shootings trial.


White House visitor center reopens after $12.6 million revamp

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House Visitor Center will reopen on Saturday after a $12.6 million, two-year makeover, the National Park Service said on Wednesday. First lady Michelle Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the center near the White House, the agency said in a statement. The new center has nearly 16,000 square feet (1,440 square meters) of remodeled space. It will include an exhibit area, a retail shop and visitor information sites, tactile exhibits for the visually impaired and more than 90 White House artifacts. ...

California woman dies of injuries sustained in Napa quake

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:55
A California woman has died of injuries sustained during last month's earthquake in the state's wine country in Napa County, officials said on Wednesday. Laurie Anne Thompson, 65, was struck in the head by a television during the quake, a magnitude 6.0 temblor that hit on Aug. 24, injuring more than 200 people and causing an estimated $80 million in damage to the region's wine industry. Despite a headache, she did not initially seek treatment after the quake because she felt alert and did not show signs of cognitive impairment, Napa County Sheriff's Department Captain Steven Blower said in a news release. The quake, the biggest to hit California's Bay Area in 25 years, struck before dawn on a Sunday south of the city of Napa, and damaged dozens of buildings in the picturesque community northeast of San Francisco.

7 charged in Chicago gang signs machete attack

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:54

This undated photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows 18-year-old Mario Elvira. Elvira was one of seven people, including three 15-year-olds, who are accused in a machete attack Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 that left a deep wound on a man's head after he and his brother refused to flash gang signs at a Chicago train station. At a court hearing Tuesday, Sept. 9, the four adults were formally charged with felony counts of robbery, aggravated battery with great bodily harm, and trespassing on CTA property. (AP Photo/Chicago Police Department)Seven people, including three 15-year-olds, are accused in a machete attack that left a deep wound on a man's head after he and his brother refused to flash gang signs at a Chicago train station, authorities said Wednesday.


PYT owner responds to LeSean McCoy tiny tip controversy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:51

PYT owner responds to LeSean McCoy tiny tip controversyThe owner of a Philadelphia burger joint has responded to criticism he has received after posting an image that allegedly shows a tiny tip left by Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.


Texas students airlifted to hospital after taking unknown pills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:48
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Five middle school students were airlifted to a Houston-area hospital on Wednesday after taking unknown pills, school officials said. The eighth-grade students - three boys and two girls - at El Campo Middle School, 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Houston, suffered symptoms such as elevated heart rates after taking pills they likely received from another student. No further information on the condition of the students was immediately available. "It was a pill of some kind," said Mark Pool, the El Campo school superintendent. ...

Utah hotel settles case with immigration officials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:48
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An upscale hotel chain has agreed to pay about $2 million to settle allegations that 43 Utah employees working in the country illegally had returned to work after they were flagged by an immigration audit and fired, according to federal authorities.

Woman charged with running down man with child in car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:38

Woman charged with running down man with child in carPolice in Delaware say a domestic dispute ended with a woman hitting a man with her car, and they say there was a child in the vehicle when she did it.


New York trial opens for mother accused of killing autistic boy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:16
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Socialite Gigi Jordan murdered her autistic son to avoid dealing with his developmental disorder, prosecutors said at the start of her trial on Wednesday, but the defense said it was a mercy killing to protect the boy from being raped by his father. "She wanted to ease his suffering," Allan Brenner, lead defense attorney for Jordan, a self-made millionaire pharmaceutical executive, told a jury at the state's Supreme Court in Manhattan.  Jordan, 54, is accused of overdosing her 8-year-old son, Jude Mirra, with prescription pills in a ritzy Manhattan hotel room in 2010.