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NYPD investigating Stephen Collins sex abuse allegations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:33

NYPD investigating Stephen Collins sex abuse allegationsActor Stephen Collins is under investigation for possible sexual abuse after TMZ released an audio tape of the "7th Heaven" star reportedly admitting to molestation.


Gay marriage decision reignites GOP debate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:10

Map shows states with laws allowing same-sex marriage and federal circuit courts; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's gay marriage decision has reignited a debate inside the GOP that many Republican leaders hoped to avoid ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.


Ex-headmaster in Delaware accused of child porn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:04
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — As he moved through the ranks of tony prep schools, Christopher Wheeler seemed right at home. An accomplished musician and composer who flew his own airplane, he seemed adept at raising money and catering to wealthy families who entrusted him with their children.

Choke hold complaints against N.Y.C. police on the rise: report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:02
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Complaints against the New York Police Department about the use of illegal choke holds are increasing, and the incidents are not always properly investigated or subject to discipline, an agency that handles police complaints said on Tuesday. The use of choke holds, banned under police guidelines because they can be deadly, has come under intense scrutiny with the July death of Eric Garner as he was being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. ...

North Carolina scrambles after new voter law blocked by court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:01
By Ken Otterbourg WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina officials, scrambling to comply with a court ruling that blocked parts of a restrictive voter law just weeks before the November election, were in federal court on Tuesday to detail a proposed overhaul of their election plans. North Carolina was ordered to restore provisional ballots and same-day voter registrations last week when a U.S. appeals court found some provisions of a wide-ranging voter law, with restrictions considered among the nation's most stringent, could disproportionately harm black voters. ...

A Closer Look: What map apps can do for you

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:58

This combination of screen shots shows mapping apps, from left, Apple Maps for iPhones, Microsoft Here for Lumia-branded Windows phones, and Google Maps for Android. Mapping apps have grown more sophisticated in the last five years. (AP Photo)CHICAGO (AP) — Many people use smartphone apps to map their drive to dinner or find a less-congested route to work. But did you know that you can use them for public transit, too? You can even access some maps offline, when you have a spotty connection or are in the subway.


Virginia's black-majority district map rejected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:57
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia legislators packed too many black voters into one congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents, a federal court ruled Tuesday.

Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:56

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."


Jesse Jackson meets with Ebola patient's family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:45

Nowai Korkoya, mother of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, center, walks with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, and Josephus Weeks, Duncan's nephew after they spoke to reporters Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Dallas. Duncan's family has gathered in Dallas to check on his condition. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson presided over a prayer vigil at the Dallas hospital where the first man diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. is being treated for the deadly disease.


Jury convicts man of murder in Auburn, Alabama pool party shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:41
By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama jury on Tuesday convicted a 24-year-old man of capital murder in the deaths of two former Auburn University football players and another man, all shot at a pool party in 2012, a court official said. Desmonte Leonard was found guilty of murdering Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips, both 20-year-old former college football players, and Demario Pitts, 20, in an incident that shook the college town and its storied football program. ...

Gay marriage bans fall in Idaho, Nevada after high court decision

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:41

Plaintiffs Moudi Sbeity and his partner Derek Kitchen, Kody Partridge and her wife Laurie Wood take a a "selfie" as they celebrate at a same-sex marriage rally in Salt Lake City, UtahBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Legal momentum for extending U.S. marriage rights to same-sex couples accelerated on Tuesday as a federal appeals court struck down bans on gay matrimony in Idaho and Nevada a day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand similar rulings for five other states. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled the bans in Idaho and Nevada violated the constitution and cannot be enforced, adding to a growing list of states where same-sex unions are now legal. ...


Exclusive: Missouri police plan for possible riots if Brown cop not charged

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:37

File photo of police guarding the entrance to the St. Louis County Justice Building in ClaytonBy Tim Reid FERGUSON MISSOURI (Reuters) - Missouri authorities are drawing up contingency plans and seeking intelligence from U.S. police departments on out-of-state agitators, fearing that fresh riots could erupt if a grand jury does not indict a white officer for killing a black teen. The plans are being thrashed out in meetings being held two to three times a week, according to people who have attended them. The FBI said it was also involved in the discussions. ...


2 accused of aiding mom in lesbian custody case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:35
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused of fleeing the country with her daughter during a custody dispute with her former partner has been indicted on new charges along with a Virginia businessman and a Mennonite missionary who prosecutors say helped her after she said she was no longer a lesbian.

Teacher fired after lab accident at school burns 4

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:26
DENVER (AP) — A chemistry teacher has been fired after four students were burned, one seriously, when a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory while the teacher was conducting a demonstration with methanol, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Cooper Health CEO, wife remembered at memorial service

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:23

Cooper Health CEO, wife remembered at memorial serviceThe CEO of Cooper Health System and his wife were being remembered at a memorial service in Trenton, New Jersey.


3 convicted of killing Georgia teen over shoes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:21
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two men and a 15-year-old have been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a metro Atlanta teen who authorities said was targeted over his expensive shoe collection.

Widener University freshman in custody after threat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:20

Widener University freshman in custody after threatA 20-year-old freshman at Widener University is in custody after a threat against the school was posted to social media.


Witness: Mom who tried to kill daughter insane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:16

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Benzie County Sheriff shows Kelli Stapleton. The Michigan woman who acknowledged trying to kill herself and her autistic 14-year-old daughter is scheduled for sentencing on Monday, Oct. 7, 2014, and could get up to life in prison. Stapleton pleaded guilty last month to first-degree child abuse after originally being charged with attempted murder. (AP Photo/Benzie County Sheriff, File)BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — Kelli Stapleton met the legal definition of insanity when attempting to kill herself and her autistic daughter, a forensic psychiatrist said Tuesday, while Stapleton's ex-husband testified that she had become increasingly irrational and "crazy."


5 new cases of Enterovirus D68 confirmed in NJ

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:56

5 new cases of Enterovirus D68 confirmed in NJThe New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed five new cases of Enterovirus D68 today.


$425,000 trip to Oscars among Neiman Marcus gifts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:55

32 scale model race track is $300,000. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — Holiday shoppers with a limitless budget and taste for opulence could spend $425,000 for a trip to the Academy Awards, complete with invitations to the Vanity Fair Oscar party.