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DOJ says tribes can decide whether to legalize pot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:44
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, even in states that haven't legalized pot.

Texas teen convicted of capital murder in occult killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:44
HOUSTON (AP) — A jury has convicted a Houston-area teenager of capital murder for a girl's slaying that prosecutors said was part of a satanic ritual.

Son: Mario Cuomo out of hospital, in good spirits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:40
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his father, 82-year-old former Gov. Mario Cuomo, is home from the hospital and in good spirits.

Son: Mario Cuomo out of hospital, in good spirits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:40
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his father, 82-year-old former Gov. Mario Cuomo, is home from the hospital and in good spirits.

Bob Jones University made victims feel to blame for sex abuse: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:29

Bob Jones UniversityBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A Christian university in South Carolina discouraged some students who reported being sexually assaulted as children or on campus from going to the police and made them feel they were responsible for the abuse, a report released on Thursday said. Bob Jones University's attitude over nearly four decades toward student reports of sexual abuse or assault was "blaming and disparaging," according to nearly 62 percent of survivors who took a confidential survey as part of an independent investigation commissioned by the university. ...


Gunman guilty in off-duty officer's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:29
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man has been convicted of fatally shooting a Philadelphia police officer as the officer walked to a bus stop after an overnight shift.

Man who poisoned wife seeks trust for daughter, 7

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:28
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former University of Pittsburgh researcher convicted last month of fatally poisoning his neurologist wife wants a judge to unfreeze his assets so he can pay his legal bills and establish a trust fund for their 7-year-old daughter.

Deals reached over Detroit bankruptcy fees: court mediators

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:24

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan addresses the media after receiving a rebate check of $1.2 million from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder during a news conference about Detroit exiting municipal bankruptcy in Detroit(Reuters) - Law firms and consultants reached agreements with Detroit over fees they charged the city for work on its historic bankruptcy, federal court mediators said on Thursday. The mediators said in a statement that the agreements, which were not disclosed, are subject to approval by Judge Steven Rhodes, who has overseen the city's bankruptcy that ended on Wednesday. As of Oct. 24, fees and expenses totaled nearly $141 million, with law firm Jones Day submitting the biggest bill, totaling $52.3 million. ...


US nurse exposed to Ebola monitored in DC area

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:23
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone has been admitted the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C.

American nurse exposed to Ebola arrives at treatment center

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:21

Patients entrance of National Institutes of Health is shown in BethesdaNEW YORK (Reuters) - An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone arrived at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Thursday, NIH said in a statement. The nurse was transferred to the Bethesda facility via a private medical evacuation flight. NIH did not release any further information on the nurse, including when he or she might have been exposed to the virus, current medical condition or affiliation. The patient will be admitted "for observation and to enroll in a clinical protocol," NIH said. ...


World Trade Center tower boasts large-scale art

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:21

In this Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, walk in front of a mural by Jose Parla as the royal couple takes a tour of the lobby of new One World Trade Center following a visit to the nearby National September 11 Memorial and Museum, in New York. The building opened to great fanfare last month as the first tenants moved into the 104-story tower through the vast lobby dominated by Parla's monumental abstract mural. The color-splashed, 90-by-15-foot painting is among 13 public artworks by five artists selected or commissioned for the historic skyscraper. (AP Photo/Shannon Stapleton, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The new 1 World Trade Center opened to great fanfare last month as the first tenants moved into the 1,776-foot tower through a vast lobby dominated by a monumental abstract mural. The color-splashed, 90-by-15-foot painting is among more than a dozen works selected or commissioned for the skyscraper.


DA: Mom accused of murder lied about other kids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:10

Lacey Spears enters the Westchester County Courthouse for a hearing on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in White Plains, N.Y. Spears of Scottsville, Ky., has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter in the January death of her 5-year old son, Garnett-Paul Spears. Garnett died at a New York hospital when, prosecutors say, his sodium levels rose with no medical explanation. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Ricky Flores, Pool)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her 5-year-old son by poisoning him with salt through a feeding tube falsely claimed in the past that she had two other children and a fiance, a prosecutor said Thursday.


Falling oil prices raise new concerns for states

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:09

FILE - In this July 26, 2011 file photo, Austin Mitchell walks away from an oil derrick near Williston, N.D. Lower oil prices are raising new financial worries in some states that rely on oil taxes to pay for roads and other government services. How well the oil-rich states like North Dakota survive the downturn may hinge on how much they have saved and how greatly they depend on oil revenues for basic services. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)Plummeting oil prices may add a little jingle in the pockets of holiday shoppers and travelers but are raising financial worries in some states that had been tapping into surging oil tax revenues to pay for roads and other government services.


'Driving while black' apps give tips for police stops

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:05

This undated handout photo shows creators of the Driving While Black app in Portland, Ore., from left, software developer James Pritchett, lawyers Mariann Hyland and Melvin Oden-Orr. Hyland and Oden-Orr plan to release the free app that educates people how to safely deal with police during traffic stops and will provide common sense advice to people of all races and outlines about their civil rights during a stop. (AP Photo/Driving While Black)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A "Driving While Black" smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it.


New York man pleads guilty in drug case tied to 'Electric Zoo' death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:02
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An upstate New York man pleaded guilty on Thursday of conspiring to distribute the potent drug "molly" that was ultimately given to a 23-year-old man who died of an overdose at an electronic music festival last summer. Patrick Morgan, 24, admitted to supplying the drug to a friend in Buffalo, New York, who intended to distribute it at the Electric Zoo three-day concert on New York City's Randall's Island. "I knew what I was doing was wrong and illegal," Morgan said. ...

Officials: No arrests in case of burned woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:47

This undated photograph released by the families of Jessica Chambers and her sister Amanda Prince, shows Jessica Chambers taken in Courtland, Miss. Mississippi authorities have launched a homicide investigation into the death of the 19-year-old woman who was found badly burned on a road near her car that was on fire in Panola County, Miss. Chambers was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, said Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby. (AP Photo/Chambers-Prince Families)COURTLAND, Miss. (AP) — Jessica Chambers was a regular at the rural convenience store gas station where Ali Fadhel worked, and the two often chatted. On Saturday, she came by in a dark-colored sweater and pajama pants that looked like sweats. She put $14 worth of gas in her car, more than the $5 or so she usually purchased, he said.


Camera captures armed robbery outside Philadelphia home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:42

Camera captures armed robbery outside Philadelphia homeAn armed robbery outside a home in Philadelphia was caught on camera, and now police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects.


Coroner: Hunter, 79, accidentally shot himself

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:36
INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says a 79-year-old hunter found dead in the western Pennsylvania woods accidentally shot himself with his own rifle.

Congress puts potatoes on menu for low-income moms

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:34

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2013 file photo, Dennis Hess packs potatoes at his farm in Litiz, Pa. It’s another political victory for the popular potato. A year-end spending bill expected to become law by the end of the year would allow for the first time pregnant and breastfeeding women and their children to buy white potatoes with government-subsidized food vouchers from the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's another political victory for the popular potato.


Ohio mayor: Police brass not to blame for problems

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 03:33

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson discusses a U.S. Justice Department report on the city's police department during a news conference in Cleveland Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. The report strongly criticized the police department for a pattern and practice of using excessive force and violating people's civil rights. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)CLEVELAND (AP) — The mayor on Thursday refused to blame his top safety department officials for what the U.S. Justice Department says is a pattern of police officers using excessive force and violating people's civil rights.