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No sign that leprosy at Ohio prison has spread: officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:41
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - There are no signs that leprosy diagnosed in an Ohio inmate had spread to other prisoners or staff, and there is little risk that it has, prison officials said on Friday. The inmate, originally from Micronesia, a region of islands in the Pacific Ocean, is being treated at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after tests determined on Tuesday that he had leprosy, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said on Friday. The chronic infection, also known as Hansen's disease, can be treated with antibiotics. ...

Federal judge overturns Wyoming gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:37
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Wyoming to allow same-sex marriage but has stayed his decision so that the state can appeal if it wants.

Thousands released after immigration holds denied

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:35

In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents take a person into custody during an immigration sweep in Ontario, Calif. Immigration officials say local authorities across the U.S. released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 with previous felony charges or convictions. They highlight the friction between the federal government and police and sheriff's departments, some of which say holding immigrants beyond their release dates harms community policing efforts. (AP Photo/U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigration officials say local authorities across the U.S. released thousands of immigrants from jails this year despite efforts to take them into federal custody, including more than 3,000 with previous felony charges or convictions.


Fear-gauge flashes wild week on Wall Street

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:34

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, trader Peter Tuchman watches a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell, as the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 460 points in afternoon trading, then clawed back much of the ground it lost. Europe’s economy is sputtering, oil prices are falling and stocks are swinging wildly. And Wall Street’s long dormant “fear index” predicts more turbulence ahead. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Europe's economy sputters, oil prices plunge and stocks start swinging wildly. Wall Street's long dormant "fear index" now predicts more turbulence ahead.


Alert: Federal judge orders Wyoming to allow same-sex marriage but stays until next Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:29
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Alert: Federal judge orders Wyoming to allow same-sex marriage but stays until next Thursday.

Judge voids Taj Mahal casino union contract

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:24

Judge voids Taj Mahal casino union contractThe owners of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort voiced optimism Friday that they can avoid closing the struggling casino after a federal bankruptcy court judge voided its contract with union workers.


Man pleads guilty in Connecticut campus gun scare

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 04:17
MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought guns including a semi-automatic rifle to campus pleaded guilty Friday to weapons charges and faces two years in prison, authorities said.

HUP, CHOP chosen to treat Ebola patients

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:56

Local hospitals say they're ready to treat Ebola patientsAnother hospital in Philadelphia is now preparing to handle patients infected with the Ebola virus.


Obama's under-used credit card declined in NY

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:49

President Barack Obama smiles after signing an executive order to improve security measures for government credit and debit cards during an event at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet?


'Easy Rider' chopper at auction might be phony

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:30
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" is up for auction this weekend in California.

Albuquerque police complete camper shooting probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:28
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police said Friday investigators have completed a criminal probe into the fatal police shooting of a homeless man that sparked protests around the city.

Albuquerque police complete camper shooting probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:28
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police said Friday investigators have completed a criminal probe into the fatal police shooting of a homeless man that sparked protests around the city.

Supreme Court allows gay marriage in Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:27

Jim Derrick and Alfie Travassos exchange rings as they get married at the Salt Lake County Government Complex in Salt Lake City, UtahBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday allowed gay marriage in Alaska to go into effect, increasing the number of U.S. states that permit gay marriage to 31. The nine justices rejected a last-minute request from the state, which wanted to block a ruling by a federal judge on Sunday that struck down the state's ban. Gay and lesbian couples will now be able to obtain marriage licenses. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and James Dalgleish)


Houston changes approach to sermon subpoenas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:25

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is surrounded by preachers as he addresses a crowd at a Houston church, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Cruz spoke about a legal dispute involving several pastors fighting subpoenas from Houston city attorneys demanding they turn over copies of any sermons they delivered that relate to Houston’s equal rights ordinance championed by the city’s gay mayor, Annise Parker. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — Houston city attorneys are no longer seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents.


Houston changes approach to sermon subpoenas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:25

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is surrounded by preachers as he addresses a crowd at a Houston church, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Cruz spoke about a legal dispute involving several pastors fighting subpoenas from Houston city attorneys demanding they turn over copies of any sermons they delivered that relate to Houston’s equal rights ordinance championed by the city’s gay mayor, Annise Parker. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) — Houston city attorneys are no longer seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents.


New York City jail violence rises despite more spending: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:18
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Violence has increased in New York City's jail system over the past seven years even as the city has spent more money to deal with a steadily declining inmate population, the city's comptroller said in an analysis released on Friday. The annual cost per inmate has increased by more than 42 percent to $96,232 since 2007, the analysis said, while the average daily population has decreased to about 11,400 inmates this year, from nearly 14,000. In that same time, violent fights and assaults involving inmates or guards have increased. ...

New York City jail violence rises despite more spending: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:18
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Violence has increased in New York City's jail system over the past seven years even as the city has spent more money to deal with a steadily declining inmate population, the city's comptroller said in an analysis released on Friday. The annual cost per inmate has increased by more than 42 percent to $96,232 since 2007, the analysis said, while the average daily population has decreased to about 11,400 inmates this year, from nearly 14,000. In that same time, violent fights and assaults involving inmates or guards have increased. ...

Ukrainian, Russian leaders sound optimistic note

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:05

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko shake hands as they meet on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, northern Italy, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin is looking to get relief from Western economic sanctions imposed since Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine. To that end, he has scheduled a series of meetings on the sidelines of a two-day ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, POOL)MILAN (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian leaders sounded optimistic after marathon, Europe-brokered talks Friday, signaling progress on both a definitive peace settlement in Ukraine and a gas dispute that threatens to disrupt supplies to Europe this winter.


Philadelphia teachers' union files court motions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:03

Philadelphia teachers' union files court motionsThe union representing Philadelphia teachers says it has filed several court motions in its bid to reverse the School Reform Commission's cancellation of its contract.


Philadelphia teachers' union files court motions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:03

Philadelphia teachers' union files court motionsThe union representing Philadelphia teachers says it has filed several court motions in its bid to reverse the School Reform Commission's cancellation of its contract.