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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. ...

Report on response to Colorado cinema massacre is broadly positive

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:03

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A report on the emergency response to the 2012 Colorado cinema massacre that was released on Wednesday cited a need for better communication, but in general praised the actions taken during the chaotic scene. The city of Aurora paid nearly $250,000 to TriData Division, a Virginia-based public safety consulting firm, for an "after action" review of the mass shooting, in which 12 moviegoers were killed and dozens more wounded. ...


4 Northeast states stand together against heroin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 04:00

Pennsylvania state attorney general Kathleen Kane, right, speaks about a multi state task force formed to address the Northeast heroin crisis during a news conference accompanied by New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman, left, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in New York. Authorities in four Northeast states have agreed to collaborate in investigations of heroin trafficking that often cross state lines. The coalition so far includes New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts, with other states expected to join. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Four Northeastern states have agreed to collaborate in investigations of heroin trafficking that often cross state lines, authorities said Wednesday.


California solar tower that can kill birds dropped

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:54
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story tower in California that uses a new kind of technology that can cause some birds to ignite in midair.

U.S. top court clarifies that gay marriage can proceed in Nevada

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an order on Wednesday clarifying that his action earlier in the day to temporarily block gay marriages in Idaho does not apply to Nevada. The new order means gay marriage can proceed in Nevada but will remain on hold in Idaho. Gay marriage bans in both states were struck down by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)