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U.S. Senator's son among four charged in Arizona dog deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:17
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The owners of a suburban Phoenix dog-boarding kennel and two caretakers, one of them the son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, were indicted on animal cruelty charges on Wednesday after the deaths of 21 dogs at the facility in June, county prosecutors said. A state grand jury indicted kennel owners Jesse Todd Hughes and Maleisia Hughes each with 22 felony and seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and one count of fraud for the incident inside a cramped room at the Green Acre boarding facility, prosecutors said. ...

Pedestrian struck by car in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:03

Pedestrian struck by car in West PhiladelphiaAuthorities say a man was struck by a car in West Philadelphia.

Nurse with Ebola arrives in Atlanta for treatment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:50

An ambulance carrying Amber Joy Vinson, the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, arrives at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Atlanta. Vinson was one of the nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at the Dallas hospital last week of the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/David Tulis)ATLANTA (AP) — A second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola was transferred Wednesday from Texas to a specialized hospital isolation unit in Atlanta that has already treated three Americans with the virus.

2 resign after Pa. teen from W. Africa taunted about Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:42

2 resign after Pa. teen from W. Africa taunted about EbolaA high school soccer player in Pennsylvania, who moved here from Guinea, says players from a rival team used Ebola references to taunt him - and the incident has cost two people their jobs.

Appeals court temporarily blocks gay marriage in Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:41
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday put gay marriage temporarily on hold in Alaska so the state can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over a judge's decision overturning its ban on same-sex matrimony. The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstates Alaska's ban on gay marriage until Friday at noon Pacific Time to give the state sufficient time to seek a more lasting ruling from the Supreme Court, according to court papers. Judge Timothy Burgess of the U.S. ...

CDC says 2nd nurse with Ebola was cleared to fly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:15
DALLAS (AP) — A federal health official says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cleared a nurse who has Ebola to fly from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas.

Ebola Nurse Told CDC About Elevated Temp Before Flight

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

JFK wedding negatives sell for $34K at auction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:02

In this Sept. 12, 1953 photo released by RR Auction, John F. Kennedy and his new bride Jacqueline leave St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church after their wedding in Newport, R.I. The photo is one of a collection of 13 original images made by Frank Ataman, of Fall River, Mass., being auctioned by RR Auction. The original negatives were discovered in his darkroom after he died. The auction closes Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/RR Auction, Frank Ataman)BOSTON (AP) — One black-and-white photograph captures a dapper John F. Kennedy slicing into his wedding cake. Another shows the family dog peeking out playfully from the folds of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's billowing white dress.

A dizzying day for Wall Street as stocks plunge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:02

A dizzying day for Wall Street as stocks plungeFear drove Wall Street to one of its most dramatic, dizzying days in years on Wednesday.

Senators ask why feds allow regional car recalls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:01
DETROIT (AP) — Two U.S. senators are questioning why the nation's auto safety regulators let car companies recall vehicles only in limited regions when a safety problem could happen anywhere.

Court orders American Indian casino in California to stay closed after standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:00
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal court on Wednesday ordered an American Indian casino in California to remain closed over public safety concerns tied to an armed standoff that occurred last week between two tribal factions at the establishment, officials said. The order by U.S. District Judge Lawrence O'Neill of the Eastern District of California is expected to keep the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold closed at least until a court hearing on Oct. 29, said Madera County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart. ...

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.