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Sale of Oregon craft brewery provokes backlash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:09

In this Nov. 18, 2014 photo, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. partner Garrett Wales poses in the company's brewery, in Bend, Ore. As it grew from a struggling timber town to an outdoor recreation destination, Bend, Ore., has seen an explosion of breweries, making it one of the top beer towns in the country. When 10 Barrel announced it was being bought by the world's biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, many local beer lovers felt betrayed. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Facebook page of a local brewery lit up with condemnations: Loyal beer drinkers said the brewers were greedy "sellouts." Some fans threatened to boycott the brand. One declared he would stop wearing a T-shirt promoting the beer.

Correction: Firefighter Death story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:08

In this undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Fire Department, firefighter Joyce Craig Lewis is shown. Craig Lewis, an eleven-year veteran is the first female member of the department killed in the line of duty. She died after being trapped in the basement of a burning row home on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Fire Department)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In one version of a story Dec. 9 about the first death of a female Philadelphia firefighter in the line of duty, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a female firefighter killed last year in Houston was also that department's first to die in the line of duty. At least one other female firefighter died battling a blaze in Houston, in 2000.

Clarification: Killings By Police-Law Schools story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:07
BOSTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 9, The Associated Press reported that Columbia Law School officials had urged students protesting a lack of grand jury indictments of white police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men to remain focused on the serious issues the cases raise. The story should have made clear a Columbia Law School statement urged the public to remain focused on the issues.

Police: Same gun used to kill 2 homeless people

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 06:03
ATLANTA (AP) — The same gun was used to kill two homeless men who were shot as they slept, wrapped in blankets on the streets of Atlanta in separate slayings last month, according to Atlanta police.

Prosecutors: Ex-official was menace, made napalm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:53
ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors trying to persuade jurors to issue the death penalty against a former North Texas public official presented testimony Wednesday that he was a menace to others who hid homemade napalm.

Woman at center of 1961 Supreme Court case dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:49

FILE - In this undated file photo, Dollree Mapp is escorted into 105th precinct in New York. A woman who told police to come back with a warrant if they wanted to search her Ohio home in 1957, leading to a landmark Supreme Court case on police searches and seizures, has died. Dollree Mapp died Oct. 31 in Conyers, Ga. A relative and caretaker, Carolyn Mapp, confirmed her death Wednesday and said she died on the day after her birthday at the age of 91. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who stood up to police trying to search her Ohio home in 1957 and ultimately won a landmark Supreme Court decision on searches and seizures has died.

NYC Council takes steps to monitor police conduct

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:42
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers said Wednesday they will ask the city's new police watchdog to investigate how police track abuse complaints against officers, calling the request a step in the city's response to a chokehold death that prompted calls for change.

Ring dropped with note in Salvation Army kettle

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:41
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A sad love story for one man may end up brightening some people's days this holiday season in South Dakota.

Many deported immigrants don't recover belongings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:38
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — About a third of the immigrants deported from the U.S.-Mexico border don't recover belongings that were seized during their arrest, according to a report from a humanitarian group released Wednesday.

Appeals court deals blow to US in insider cases

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:37
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court dealt a blow to the government's success in insider trading prosecutions Wednesday by reversing two convictions with a decision that also jeopardizes a third — and attempts to further define how far prosecutors can push the law in their quest to clean up Wall Street.

Police: Man, sons beat another man after funeral

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:34
DRAYDEN, Md. (AP) — Police say a man and his two sons beat another man with pipes and a bat while he was pinned underneath a car after a funeral reception.

Ohio lawmakers narrow lethal injection bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:31

Dr. Robert Small, representing the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists, warns state lawmakers that a pending lethal injection bill could have the unintended consequence of restricting the availability of propofol, a widely used anesthetic, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Lawmakers later updated the bill to address the concerns of Small and doctors over the anesthetic. In a measure also before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday, companies providing Ohio with lethal injection drugs would have their names shielded for at least 20 years, under a bill scheduled for a possible vote that lawmakers say is needed to restart executions in the state. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday removed a provision from a death penalty bill that doctors and drugmakers warned could have led to shortages of a key drug and set anesthesiology back 20 years.

Demonstrations aside, it's not 1960s Berkeley any more

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:30
By Sharon Bernstein BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - Gray-haired activists still hand out leaflets on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, but the California university town that has seen violent protests over police killings of unarmed black men is a far cry from the leftist hotbed that was the face of the anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s. Tiny houses in once-rough neighborhoods are selling for $700,000 or more, and designer boutiques flourish. ...

Saudi king donates $104M for Syria food aid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:22
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A $104 million donation from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has helped restore food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees as winter approaches.

U.S. closes Bagram prison, says it has no more detainees in Afghanistan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:19
KABUL (Reuters) - The United States closed the Bagram detention facility on Dec. 10 and no longer has custody of any detainees in Afghanistan, the U.S. Defense Department said, closing a controversial chapter of Washington's long "war on terror". (Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Minnesota board won't set rules on execution drugs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:18
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota pharmacy regulators declined Wednesday to set a pioneering policy sought by death-penalty opponents that would explicitly bar the manufacture of lethal drugs for use in executions elsewhere.

Police body cameras carry risks without firm rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:14

File photo of a police body camera is seen on an officer during a news conference on the pilot program dubbed 'Big Brother' at the NYPD police academy in New YorkBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Civil rights activists and some police chiefs are warning that the Obama administration's proposal to help local police departments buy 50,000 body cameras must come with firm rules on how to use the equipment. They say that without proper oversight to address potential misuse, such as when police turn off their cameras during brutal acts, the wide deployment of the equipment could undermine efforts to build trust in police departments across the country. Last week, President Barack Obama announced a $75 million plan to help police departments buy body cameras after a state grand jury decided not to indict a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, for the shooting death of an unarmed black teen, sparking protests and conversations about excessive force and racial bias in policing. Obama's plan, which requires congressional approval, calls for departments to undergo training, receive guidance on best practices from the Department of Justice and submit a plan of use for approval.

Arrest made in San Diego rape, one of a string near college campus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:11
By Michael Fleeman (Reuters) - A San Diego State University student has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault near campus, marking the first arrest in a string of seemingly unrelated reported rapes that have triggered protests over the school's handling of sexual violence, authorities said on Wednesday. Francisco Paiva Sousa, a 20-year-old sophomore, was arrested on Tuesday for investigation of forced oral copulation and false imprisonment and booked into the San Diego County jail on $100,000 bond, according to the jail's website. ...

New HPV vaccine strengthens cancer protection

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — The drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

NYPD eyes wider use of stun guns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 05:09
NEW YORK (AP) — With widely watched amateur videos of police killings as a backdrop, New York City police are hoping to arm more officers with stun guns as an option for subduing emotionally disturbed people and other suspects who resist arrest.