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Florist who refused to do flowers for gay wedding to appeal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:22
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding plans to appeal a judge's ruling that she broke a Washington state antidiscrimination law.

4 injured when NJ Transit bus, truck collide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:20

4 injured when NJ Transit bus, truck collideAuthorities say multiple people were injured in a crash involving a NJ Transit bus and a truck in Sicklerville, New Jersey.


Video from police, public examined in Washington shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:15

A marcher holds a sign during a rally for Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Pasco, Wash. Zambrano-Montes was shot and killed by Pasco police in Pasco on Tuesday. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITKENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Investigators asked the public Thursday to provide more social media images and eyewitness accounts of a fatal police shooting that has sparked a series of protests in an agricultural community in Washington state.


Bill would compensate officers in '80 New Mexico prison riot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:13

Correctional officer Robert Darnell, standing, testifies in support of legislation that calls for compensation for officers involved in the 1980 riot at the Penitentiary of New Mexico during a House committee hearing in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Lawmakers are considering legislation that would compensate the handful of surviving correctional officers who were at the prison when the riot erupted and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A dozen guards were held hostage 35 years ago during one of the nation's deadliest prison riots. Some were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted as rioting prisoners killed 33 of their fellow inmates during a clash that included beheadings, amputations and burned bodies.


California health officials say may not find source of measles outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:08

Measles poster is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los AngelesBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A senior California health official said on Thursday the source of a measles outbreak that has sickened 119 people in the state may never be identified, despite a finding that the same strain of virus had led to a wave of illness in the Philippines. More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many linked to an outbreak that authorities believe began when an infected international traveler visited Disneyland in late December. California Department of Public Health researchers who genotyped specimens from 30 of the state's measles patients found all were of the same strain that caused an outbreak in the Philippines. "It is unlikely that the source of this outbreak will be identified, and although identifying the source would be of interest, our immediate goal is to stop the outbreak and it is not necessary to know the source to do this," Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director of the California Department of Health, told Reuters.


Police say 19-year-old suspect in Vegas killing was gunman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:04

A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department photo shows a suspect in the fatal shooting February 12, 2015 of Tammy Meyers in Las Vegas being taken into custody in Las VegasLAS VEGAS (AP) — Police made an arrest Thursday in the mysterious road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother, apprehending a teenage neighbor who had a history with the family before the shootout.


U.S. FDA issues device safety alert following "superbug" outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:02
(Reuters) - The complex design of endoscopes that have been linked to a "superbug" outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California may hinder proper cleaning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday. The bug may have contributed to the death of two patients, UCLA said. Makers of the devices, known as duodenoscopes, include Olympus Corp , Fujifilm Holdings Corp and Pentax Medical.

Los Angeles hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to 'superbug'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:02

People walk past the entrance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman and Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A large Los Angeles teaching hospital has told scores of patients they may have been exposed to a drug-resistant bacterial "superbug" during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and contributed to two deaths. More than 170 patients who may have been infected by the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are being offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of California at Los Angeles hospital system, UCLA officials said. The possible exposures occurred at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center between Oct. 3 and Jan. 28 during procedures in which a specialized endoscope is inserted down the throat to diagnose and treat pancreatic and bile duct diseases. The UCLA hospital system said an internal investigation determined in late January that CRE may have been transmitted to patients by two of seven scopes being used by the center, all made by Olympus Medical Systems Group.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:01

FILE - In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group, slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. The operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May and will involve about 12 Iraqi brigades, or between 20,000 and 25,000 troops, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Oregon couple charged with murder by abuse for starving baby

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:00
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Police in Oregon have charged a couple with murder for allegedly starving their seven-week-old baby boy to death, authorities said on Thursday.  Amanda Hancock, 21, and Stephen Williams Jr, 26, appeared before a judge on Wednesday on murder by abuse charges, and if found guilty they could face life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years, said Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan. Sheriff's Deputy Dwes Hutson said an autopsy at the state medical examiner's office in Portland showed the cause of death was starvation and the fatality was declared a homicide.

Ex-Qualcomm manager pleads guilty to insider trading

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:56
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Qualcomm sales director in San Diego has pleaded guilty to insider trading that netted him about $200,000.

Snowden leak: NSA helped British steal cell phone codes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:50

FILE - In this June 6, 2013, file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the NSA, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden.


Suge Knight returns to jail after trip from court to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:46

Rap mogul Suge Knight stands in court during his arraignment on murder charges at the Compton Courthouse in ComptonBy Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, who is charged with murder in a hit-and-run death, was hospitalized on Thursday before his scheduled Los Angeles court appearance in a separate camera theft case, a court official said. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman said in court that Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of influential hip-hop label Death Row Records, "suffered some medical condition and was taken via ambulance to an undisclosed hospital." Knight was later returned to jail, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Steve Wyatt. This marked the second time this month that Knight was taken to a hospital on a day he had a court hearing.


Suspect arrested in road-rage shooting death of Las Vegas mom

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:31

A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department photo shows a suspect in the fatal shooting February 12, 2015 of Tammy Meyers in Las Vegas being taken into custody in Las VegasBy Alexia Shurmur LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday in the road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother of four that stunned the community, and police said at least one more suspect remained at large. The arrest of Eric Nowsch after a brief stand-off marked the first break in the case since 44-year-old Tammy Meyers was shot outside her home on Feb. 12, just minutes after an angry confrontation with another driver. Meyers died on Saturday after being taken off life-support at a Las Vegas hospital. "A suspect involved in the killing of Ms. Meyers is in custody and off the streets of Las Vegas," said Captain Chris Tomaino of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at an afternoon press conference.


Ex-financial analyst pleads guilty in insider trading case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:26
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Merck & Co. senior finance analyst has pleaded guilty in New York to insider trading charges.

Former Tennessee guard recruiter convicted in armory shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:23
A former Tennessee National Guard recruiter was found guilty by a federal jury on Thursday of multiple charges in connection with the wounding of three superiors in a shooting at an armory near Memphis in October 2013, prosecutors said. Amos Patton, 43, had just been told he was being relieved of duty and recommended for a reduction in rank and separation from the active guard reserve for misconduct when he retrieved a handgun from a car and opened fire in a struggle with superiors, according to prosecutors. A major was wounded in the leg, a sergeant major in the foot and a lieutenant colonel was grazed in the shooting at the Millington, Tennessee, armory about 16 miles north of Memphis.

Colorado residents are first to ask feds to block legal pot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:14

Mason Tvert, spokesperson for the Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation, talks during a news conference in reaction to the announcement that a federal lawsuit is being filed on behalf of two Colorado citizens by a Washington D.C.-based group to shut down the state's $800-million-a-year marijuana industry early Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Denver. The lawsuit is being sponsored by a group called the Safe Streets Alliance, which is based in the nation's capital and opposes marijuana legalization. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close.


Vermont sergeant-at-arms ousted over inauguration protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:10
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers ousted the Statehouse's sergeant-at-arms on Thursday after he came under fire for the handling of a protest that disrupted the governor's inauguration in January.

Manhunt underway for Idaho inmate who escaped jail through ceiling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:09
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A manhunt was underway on Thursday for an Idaho inmate who escaped jail by inching across crawl space above the facility's ceiling before dropping into the lobby of the local sheriff’s office, where he stole an employee's purse and fled on foot, authorities said. Roy Bieluch, 48, had been jailed on burglary and theft charges at the Shoshone County Public Safety facility in northern Idaho, where he was among inmates assigned to cooking and janitorial duties that allowed him to move somewhat freely inside the facility, law enforcement officials said. A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for Bieluch, and state and local police were scouring a mountainous historic Idaho mining district, the Silver Valley, that is riddled with caves and abandoned mines. On Thursday, Idaho authorities cleared and searched buildings in the small town of Wallace in addition to combing the backcountry for signs of the inmate.

Parole hearing for Charles Manson follower postponed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:08

This undated photo released by the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Robert Beausoleil. A parole hearing scheduled Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, for Beausoleil, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson has been postponed. Spokesman Luis Patino confirmed the postponement, but he could not immediately say why the hearing was delayed or when a new hearing would be held for Beausoleil, who has spent 45 years in prison and been denied supervised release 17 times. Beausoleil, 67, originally was sentenced to death for the 1969 slaying of musician Gary Hinman. But that sentence was commuted to life in prison when the California Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional in 1972. (AP Photo/California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A parole hearing set for Thursday for a Charles Manson follower has been postponed because of an allegation that he broke prison rules, a California corrections spokesman said.