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American detained in North Korea gets job back with Ohio city

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:08

Jeffrey Fowle, who was detained for more than seven months in North Korea, is greeted by his family after arriving at Wright Patterson Air Force BaseBy Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man detained in North Korea for nearly half a year got his job back with a city agency, but on condition he not travel again to a country where he could be easily detained, his attorney said on Thursday. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was released from his position at the city of Moraine's streets department last month because of his prolonged detention. He reached a deal with the southwestern Ohio city to return to his post, according to an agreement on Monday with the city supplied to Reuters by his attorney, Timothy Tepe. ...


Illinois releases prisoner, bringing wrongful conviction full circle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 04:01
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A celebrated Illinois wrongful conviction case went full circle on Thursday when authorities freed a man sentenced for a 1982 double murder and said they believe another man exonerated 15 years ago is probably the murderer after all. Prisoner Alstory Simon, who in 1999 confessed to shooting and killing teenagers Marilyn Green and Jerry Hillard on Chicago's South Side, was released from the Jacksonville Correctional Center in Central Illinois. ...

Arizona school board votes to remove pages from biology textbook

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:56
By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - An Arizona school board has voted to remove information about contraception methods from a biology textbook after a conservative majority decided it fell afoul of a state law that says materials should give a preference to childbirth or adoption over abortion. The members of the Gilbert Public Schools board, which covers at least 38 schools and 39,000 students mostly in Chandler and Mesa, voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to excise two pages from "Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections. ...

Terminally ill woman may postpone taking her life

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:49

 visiting the Grand Canyon. Maynard, who has advanced brain cancer, has said she plans use Oregon's death-with-dignity law to end her own life Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 though she could still change her mind. Maynard and her husband moved to Oregon from Northern California because Oregon allows terminally ill patients to end their lives with lethal medications prescribed by a doctor. (AP Photo/TheBrittanyFund.org)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A terminally ill woman who expects to take her own life under Oregon's assisted-suicide law says she is feeling well enough to possibly postpone the day she had planned to die.


White House says up to Maine to make decisions on Ebola quarantines

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:36
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hopes Maine officials make science-based decisions on quarantines for healthcare workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, but has said it is up to state officials to determine their own policies, the White House said on Thursday. Asked for reaction on the situation faced by nurse Kaci Hickox, who is fighting a quarantine imposed by Maine, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been in regular touch with public health officials in Maine. ...

Report finds problem with Hanford nuclear vapors

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:35
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, according to a new report issued Thursday.

Delaware politician's spouse nabbed in sign theft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:23

This photo provided by Middletown, Del., Poice shows Dana Armon Long. In a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, Dana Armon Long, whose wife is Democratic state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long of Middletown, is shown carrying a handful of signs to his car. An arrest warrant was issued for Long on Wednesday after police watched the video, Middletown Police Chief Daniel Yeager said. Long turned himself in Thursday, when he was arrested on a theft charge and released on bond, Yeager said. (AP Photo/Middletown, Del. Police)MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — The husband of a Delaware state senator was arrested after he was caught on video taking down political signs erected by Republicans, authorities said Thursday.


Judge rejects Hernandez bid to move murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:23

FILE - Charles Rankin, lawyer for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, stands before Judge Jeffrey Locke during a hearing at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, in this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo. The lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are set to go before a judge Thursday Oct. 30, 2014 to argue that his trial in the 2013 killing of a semiprofessional football player should be moved because of intense pretrial media coverage. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, File)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge on Thursday denied a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county.


Anti-violence activists charged in vicious attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:15

This undated photo provided by the Washington County, Pa., Jail shows Nikole Ardeno. Ardeno and Emanuel Velez are community organizers with a local Stop the Violence group and have both been charged with severely beating a former roommate with whom they had a property dispute on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Washington County Jail )WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Two "Stop the Violence" organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition.


Settlement reached in 2009 New York plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:10
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A settlement was announced Thursday in the only case to go to trial following a 2009 plane crash into a suburban Buffalo home that killed 50 people.

National Guard heads to Hawaii town threatened by river of lava

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:01

A construction crew tries to contain the lava flow from Mount Kilauea in Pahoa, HawaiiBy Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A contingent of National Guard troops was dispatched to a Hawaii town on Thursday to provide security to the Big Island community threatened by a river of molten lava that is slowly creeping toward the town's main road, an emergency official said. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slithering toward the village of Pahoa for weeks and at last watch was advancing at less than five yards (meters) an hour, said Darryl Oliveira, director of Hawaii County Civil Defense. ...


Ohio man detained in North Korea gets job back

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:56
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city agreed to rehire an American arrested and detained in North Korea while criticizing his decision to travel there.

Police: NY man bit off part of another man's ear

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:35
EVANS, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a New York man bit off part of another man's ear during an unprovoked attack.

Report: Dangerous lab fires show lack of training

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:31

Mark Wingard, lead investigator with the Chemical Safety Board, (CSB), speaks during a news conference at which the board released the results of a review of three fires stemming from science demonstrations during the last two months, in Denver, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. According to a recommendation from the federal board charged with investigating such accident, science teachers need more safety training before running dazzling chemical experiments that can result in dangerous flash fires. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Science teachers need more safety training before running dazzling chemical experiments that can result in dangerous flash fires, according to a recommendation Thursday from a federal board charged with investigating such accidents.


$300 in candy stolen from Indiana police car

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:29
SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Police in Indiana say someone stole about $300 in Halloween candy from an unmarked police car.

Contract talks resume in SEPTA labor dispute

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:16

Contract talks resume in SEPTA labor disputeTalks have resumed between SEPTA and the transit workers union as both sides work to avoid a strike.


Man charged in attack that killed trooper's son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:13
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors in Oklahoma have charged a 21-year-old man with first-degree murder in the killing of a man who was nearly decapitated.

Oregon woman visits Grand Canyon ahead of planned assisted suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:41
(Reuters) - A 29-year-old Oregon woman with terminal brain cancer has ticked off the Grand Canyon from her bucket list and said in a video released this week that she might end her life through assisted suicide in a couple of days. Brittany Maynard was diagnosed in January with a glioblastoma brain tumor and has said she plans to take prescribed medication to die when her pain becomes unbearable. She has moved from her San Francisco Bay area home to Oregon, which allows assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. ...

Watchdog faults U.S. grenade-trafficking probe tied to Fast and Furious

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:29
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Units of the U.S. Department of Justice "seriously" botched an investigation into a suspected trafficker of grenade parts and failed to adequately consider the public safety risk posed by letting the suspect walk free, a watchdog for the agency said on Thursday. The probe had been tied to Operation Fast and Furious, a failed effort by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney's office in Arizona to stop gun smuggling across the U.S. border with Mexico. ATF agents learned in 2009 that Jean Baptiste Kingery, a U. ...

Authorities say death toll in Kansas airport crash rises to four

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 01:22
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say death toll in Kansas airport crash rises to four.