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Police: Suspect described deadly ambush in writing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:18
Investigators found a journal left by ambush suspect Eric Frein that describes how he opened fire on two state troopers outside a rural police barracks — watching one of his victims fall "still and quiet" — and then made his escape, authorities said Wednesday.

UN envoy urges restraint in Cyprus-Turkey gas row

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:13
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations envoy is urging Cyprus and Turkey to avoid any escalation of tensions in a row over Ankara's planned gas search in waters where the Cypriot government has already licensed companies to drill.

San Francisco ordinance would tax residents who sublet to tourists

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:12
By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - San Franciscans who rent out their homes to tourists when they are out of town would have to prove that they live there most of the year and pay hotel taxes on the money they make under an ordinance that moved forward on Monday. The popular Northern California city has struggled for years to keep its housing stock from becoming too pricey, and the rise of online booking services such as Airbnb has led to worries that scarce units will be continuously rented to travelers instead of local residents. ...

Firefighter, 48, killed in Connecticut blaze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:10

This undated handout photograph from the Hartford, Conn. Fire Department shows firefighter Kevin Bell, who died while battling a two-alarm house fire in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday Oct. 7, 2014. Officials said Bell was the first city firefighter to die in the line of duty in four decades. (AP Photo/Hartford Fire Dept.)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut firefighter killed battling a house blaze in Hartford was remembered Wednesday as a six-year veteran of the department, loving husband and dedicated father of a teenage girl.


Kansas judge orders county court clerk's office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:09
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas judge orders county court clerk's office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Daughter: Oklahoma beheading victim kind, caring

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:08

Kelli Hufford speaks about the Sept. 25 death of her mother, 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, during a news conference in Moore, Okla., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Colleen Hufford was killed in a workplace violence incident. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The woman who was beheaded during an attack at an Oklahoma food plant where she worked was "a caring and compassionate woman" who loved her family and her life, the woman's daughter said Wednesday.


NYC jail boss questioned at oversight hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:03
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the city's troubled jail system was barraged with questions from lawmakers Wednesday about what he is doing to improve conditions for 16- and 17-year-old Rikers Island inmates following a scathing federal review that found that guards often use excessive force against them.

San Francisco lawmakers OK Airbnb rentals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 05:01
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco lawmakers have tentatively approved a measure that would allow city residents to rent out their homes to travelers on sites such as Airbnb.

NY terror suspect granted hearing over statements

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:59
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge, over government objections, on Wednesday granted a Libyan man facing terrorism charges a hearing to prove his claims that his statements to the FBI were coerced.

Closing arguments in Raghu Yandamuri murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:53

Closing arguments in Raghu Yandamuri murder trialThe fate of a man accused of murdering a baby and her grandmother is about to be in the hands of a Montgomery County jury.


Lawmaker says NJ should legalize 'death with dignity'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:51

Lawmaker says NJ should legalize 'death with dignity'A young woman's story is putting new focus on the effort to get an assisted suicide law passed in New Jersey.


Ex-officer who killed girlfriend's puppy sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:49
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A former Baltimore police officer who pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty for killing his girlfriend's puppy will spend a year in jail.

More Ebola screening to begin at five US airports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:42

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportThe Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection, officials said Wednesday. ...


Obamacare website likely ready for record-breaking traffic: official

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:36

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Obama administration officials on Wednesday said an improved HealthCare.gov website should be able to break its own record for online traffic next month, when consumers begin using the site to enroll in private health insurance for 2015. Andrew Slavitt, a top U.S. official working to implement the law known as Obamacare, said the goal for traffic capacity is "significantly more than on the highest peak day. ...


3 injured in school bus crash in Greenville, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:36

3 injured in school bus crash in Greenville, DelawareAuthorities say three people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus in Greenville, Delaware.


Safety advocates seek stronger warnings on Chantix

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — Public safety advocates are asking the federal government to strengthen warnings on Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix, even as the drugmaker prepares to argue that a bold-letter warning about psychiatric problems should be removed from the medicine's label.

Boston Council gives itself a 23 percent pay raise

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:25
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston City Council approved giving itself a nearly 23 percent pay raise on Wednesday, despite threats of a possible veto by Mayor Martin Walsh.

Marine sentenced in fatal shooting on NC base

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:20
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Camp Lejeune Marine who pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a fellow Marine on base has been sentenced to two years in the brig.

Factbox: Money trail in U.S. plan to fight Ebola in West Africa

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:09
(Reuters) - The United States government has committed more than $350 million toward fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and is ready to deploy up to 4,000 military personnel by late October. Most of a Defense Department request to shift $1 billion in war funds to the Ebola effort is locked up in Congress over lawmakers' demands for more information on the mission from the Obama administration. Here is a rundown of U.S. monetary commitments so far and the status of future funds: FUNDS COMMITTED: Various agencies, including the U.S. ...

Lawyer for accused Pennsylvania stabber decries lack of treatment options

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:05
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The lawyer for a teenager accused of stabbing 21 people at his Pennsylvania high school said it was "pathetic" that no mental health facilities in the state would admit him, forcing him to remain in juvenile detention despite court recommendations. Westmoreland County Judge Christopher Feliciani on Tuesday ordered the defendant, Alexander Hribal, now 17, to see a visiting psychiatrist and psychologist at the Westmoreland County Regional Youth Services Juvenile Detention Center, where he has been held since his arrest at the school on April 9. ...