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Sheriff accused of allowing inmates furloughs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:47
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Gadsden County sheriff was accused Tuesday of allowing inmates — including violent felons — out of jail without court permission for short periods so they could visit with family or meet girlfriends in motel rooms.

Researchers studying Pacific walrus population

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:46

This June 2014 released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows Pacific walruses in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. Researchers are trying to get a better handle on the size of the Pacific walrus population ahead of an expected decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on whether the animals need special protections. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Researchers are trying to get a better handle on the size of the Pacific walrus population ahead of an expected decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on whether the animals need special protections.

Football's return means big win for NBC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:45

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, a giant Super Bowl championship banner is unfurled on the field before an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers in Seattle. The Nielsen company said Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, that Thursday's kickoff game between Seattle and Green Bay was up 7 percent over the corresponding opening game a year ago, while the inaugural Sunday night matchup of Indianapolis and Denver was down 7 percent from 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is certainly ready for some football, given how the NFL's return enabled the network to flatten its competition last week.

U.S. House formally condemns Obama for Guantanamo prisoner swap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:40

A billboard calling for the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl near Spokane WashingtonHouse of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give Congress a 30-day notice before exchanging prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl for five members of the Taliban who were being held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The House voted 249 to 163, with 22 Democrats joining the Republican majority in favor of the resolution. The measure has no legal clout, but it castigates Obama a day before he is due to address the American public to seek support for military action against Islamic State in Iraq and, possibly, Syria. The House debated the measure as Obama met at the White House with congressional leaders, including Republican House Speaker John Boehner, to discuss his plans.

Co-founder of elephant care center killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:39

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Jim Laurita, executive director and foounder of Hope Elephants, feeds a carrot to one of the two retired circus elephants at his not-for-profit rehabilitation and educational facility in Hope, Maine. Knox County Sheriff deputies said Laurita was found dead Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in the animals' barn. Police say Laurita appeared to have fallen and struck his head on a cement floor. A medical examiner will determine his cause of death. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A veterinarian and co-founder of Hope Elephants, which cares for retired circus elephants, was killed Tuesday when one of the animals stepped on him, police said in ruling his death an accident.

In Missouri, Michael Brown memorial preserved, protected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:34

A makeshift memorial is seen near the site where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, MissouriBy Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - It's still there. The stuffed animals, flowers, and candles mounded into a memorial in the middle of the street where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer changes almost daily. It has been a month since the unarmed Brown was shot at least six times in an altercation with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Crowds no longer gather daily at the site where Brown died, a quiet street that runs between the Canfield Green apartment buildings.

Respite possible for Hawaii community as lava flow shifts course

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:29
By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - A volcanic lava flow that threatens a subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island has shifted slightly, potentially sparing some homes but increasing the number of residents who may be "lava-locked" if the flow overtakes a highway, a civil defense official said on Tuesday. The lava flow from the continuously erupting Kilauea volcano is moving through forested terrain toward the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision, and after a recent tack northward could reach nearby Highway 130 within 16 to 18 days, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory projections. "The flow is continuing moving parallel to the subdivision," said Darryl Oliveira, director of Big Island Civil Defense.

Sheriff accused of allowing prisoner furloughs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:28
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff in Florida is accused of allowing prisoners out of jail without court permission for short periods so they could visit with family or meet girlfriends in motel rooms.

While others exit, MGM wants back in to Atlantic City gambling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:24
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - As other companies abandon the New Jersey gambling hub of Atlantic City, MGM Resorts International could learn on Wednesday whether it will be allowed to re-enter the market as regulators review an old business deal that prompted the company effectively to pull out. The company asked New Jersey gaming regulators for permission to reclaim its 50 percent stake in the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, one of the best-performing casinos in a city full of recent failures. The state's Casino Control Commission is considering MGM's request at a meeting on Wednesday. Boyd Gaming Corp. owns the other 50 percent and has effectively controlled the Borgata for several years.

Five children aged two to eight found dead in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:22

Timothy Ray Jones is seen in an undated picture provided by the Smith County Sheriff's Department in Smith County, MississippiFive children between the ages of 2 and 8 were found dead on Tuesday near a logging road in Alabama after their father told police in Mississippi that he had killed them, authorities said. Timothy Ray Jones, the father of the children, told Mississippi authorities that he had killed his children and dumped their bodies in southwestern Alabama, according to Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden. The children, whose names have not been released, were reported missing from their home near Lexington, South Carolina, by their mother on Sept. 3, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Court hears arguments over Walker-related probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:22

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago. Prosecutors investigating Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups hope to convince a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling that temporarily blocked the probe. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Wisconsin prosecutors on Tuesday tried to persuade a federal appeals court to let them to resume their investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign, in a case that touches on broader issues about just what constitutes constitutionally-protected political activity.

Ahead of speech, Obama briefs Congress on Islamic State strategy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:20

Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told leaders of Congress on Tuesday that he did not need for them to authorize his strategy to fight Islamic State, ahead of a speech to Americans that may herald expanded operations against the group in Iraq and perhaps Syria. Obama's White House speech at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday (0100 GMT on Thursday) will be his most significant effort to outline a strategy against a group whose savage methods have included the beheading of two American captives. Obama met Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrats in the U.S.

Southwest mops up after heavy rains force rescues

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:12

A bulldozer works on a flood damaged section of Interstate 15, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, near Moapa, Nev. Flood damage caused the closure of the interstate which is the main road between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/John Locher)MOAPA, Nev. (AP) — The Southwest was mopping up Tuesday after pouring rains and flash flooding washed out part of a major rail line between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City; swelled a river so high that a Utah national park downstream was briefly shuttered; and closed a 50-mile stretch of heavily traveled Interstate 15 when soggy pavement crumbled.

NYC police: Terror threat more complex than ever

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:54

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, the World Trade Center flag is presented as friends and relatives of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks gather at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, for a ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the attacks in New York. New York City police plan heavy security for the anniversary ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Air strikes in Iraq, ongoing unrest in Syria and the beheadings of two American journalists are casting a long shadow over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mental illness likely in deaths of 3 in hot car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:45
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A woman who died along with her two young daughters in a hot car last spring had a history of paranoia and most likely had some sort of "psychological break" as the temperature inside the vehicle reached about 120 degrees, the medical examiner's office said Tuesday.

Ohio police have identified suspects in fake ALS bucket attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:45
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - High school students responsible for dumping a bucket containing water, urine and spit on a teenage boy with autism in a fake ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" have been identified, police said on Tuesday. Police did not release the names of the teenagers suspected in the attack that generated offers of rewards for information leading to their identification from comedian Drew Carey, a Cleveland native, and others. The group doused a 14-year-old boy with autism with the fouled water in Bay Village, a suburb west of Cleveland, and posted a video of the incident to Instagram, Bay Village police said in a statement. His mother reported the attack on Sept. 3 "We are appalled by the actions of the youth involved in the assault on this young man," police said.

Calpers criticized for passive approach to pension 'spiking'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:44
By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - America's largest public pension fund was criticized in a report on Tuesday for failing to sufficiently audit and clamp down on pension "spiking", a practice of inflating workers' benefits just before retirement in order to boost their pensions. California's State controller, John Chiang, said Calpers, the state's giant public pension fund with assets of $300 billion, had a "passive" approach towards pension spiking and failed to adequately review payroll data, inviting abuse. Calpers administers benefits for over 3,000 city, state and local agencies, or nearly 3 million people. Pension reform advocates have accused Calpers of authorizing pension spiking after the fund's board voted last month to approve nearly 100 types of extra pay that will count toward pensions for workers hired since 2013.

Grand jury to hear case of Georgia toddler injured by police grenade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:44
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia grand jury will decide later this month whether to indict deputies in the case of a 19-month-old boy who was severely burned by a flash grenade tossed into a house during a raid, an attorney for the child’s family said Tuesday. “The family is hopeful and optimistic that the citizens will deliver justice to this child,” attorney Mawuli Davis said after meeting with Habersham County District Attorney Brian Rickman. The toddler, Bounkham Phonesavanh, was severely burned when the police "flash-bang" device landed in the playpen where he was sleeping during a police raid on May 28 to arrest a suspect who earlier had sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer in the county north of Atlanta. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell previously called the child's injuries “devastating” but unavoidable, saying police had no information suggesting there were children in the home.

Mayor Nutter to sign Philly bill decriminalizing pot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:36

Mayor Nutter to sign Philly bill decriminalizing potCity officials have given the green light to a bill that would allow the Philadelphia Police Department to stop arresting people from possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Ray Rice, wife, Goodell react in wake of knockout video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:34

Ray Rice, wife, Goodell react in wake of knockout videoRay Rice, Janay Rice, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have each spoken up the day after a video was released showing the football star punching his wife in an Atlantic City elevator, knocking her out.