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Atlantic City casino workers block streets to protest cuts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:20
By Daniel Kelley ATLANTIC CITY N.J. (Reuters) - Atlantic City arrested 24 people who blocked streets in the New Jersey city on Wednesday as hundreds of casino workers demonstrated against plans by the Trump Taj Mahal to cut pension and health benefits. "Hopefully, we're getting our voices heard, making a statement that our health benefits are very important to us," said Paul Smith, 46, a cook at the Taj Mahal casino who came dressed in medical scrubs. There were no reported injuries and none of the demonstrators resisted arrest. Police estimated that 300 people took part in the protests. ...

Lawyer accused of rape quits chokehold death case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:15

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2014, file photo, attorney Sanford A. Rubenstein, 70, appears at a press conference at his offices in New York. Rubenstein will no longer represent the family of Eric Garner, who died in a police chokehold. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, his law partner announced that Rubenstein does not want a woman’s claim that he raped her to distract from the Garner case. Rubenstein has neither been charged nor arrested. He denies any criminal conduct. (AP Photo/File, Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney accused of raping a woman will no longer represent the family of a man who died after being placed in a police chokehold.

Woman with cancer plans to take her life in Oregon

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

This undated photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard. The terminally ill California woman moved to Portland, Ore., to take advantage of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, which was established in the 1990s. Maynard wants to pass a similar law in California and has turned to advocacy in her final days. (AP Photo/Maynard Family)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard will not live to see if her advocacy makes a difference.

Restraining order bars Ga. blogger from politician

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:59
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia politician got a temporary restraining order earlier this week against a journalist blogger he accuses of threatening and harassing him.

Prayer vigil held at Indiana campus for American held by Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:57

Still image from video shows a masked man standing next to a kneeling man identified as U.S. citizen Peter Edward KassigBy Susan Guyett INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - More than 200 people, many wearing white as a sign of peace, gathered on an Indiana university campus on Wednesday to pray for an American humanitarian worker held hostage by Islamic State militants. Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter Kassig, 26, was threatened in a video issued last week by Islamic State militants that purported to show the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning, 47. ...

Man falls 20 feet from tree in East Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:47

Man falls 20 feet from tree in East Oak LaneA man was hospitalized after he fell from a tree in Philadelphia's East Oak Lane section.

Mom who tried to kill daughter gets 10-22 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:29

Kelli Stapleton, right, and defense attorney Heidi Hodek look on shortly before Stapleton’s sentencing to 10-22 years in prison Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Benzie County Circuit Court in Beulah, Mich. Stapleton pleaded guilty in September to first-degree child abuse for trying to kill her autistic daughter in a failed murder-suicide attempt. (AP Photo/John Flesher)BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — A judge Wednesday sentenced the mother of an autistic Michigan teenager to 10-22 years in prison for what the woman described as a failed murder-suicide attempt brought on by despair after years of violent attacks by her child and failure to find affordable and effective treatment.

Remains found in Idaho believed to be man missing since 2000

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:27
SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - A dismembered body found in an isolated cabin near Idaho City appears to be an Idaho man who vanished 14 years ago while in the company of the son of a Chicago hit man, authorities said on Wednesday. Idaho State Police detectives said the skeletal remains found in an isolated cabin near Idaho City are likely those of Josh Reddington of Salmon, who was 25 when he disappeared in 2000 after traveling from his hometown to Idaho City with a friend, Michael Dauber. ...

Edward Kennedy Institute to open early next year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:25
BOSTON (AP) — The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is set to open early next year.

U.S. justice grants Idaho's request to block gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:23

Jody and Maria May-Chang greet as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse to apply for same-sex marriage licenses in BoiseBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy put gay marriage on hold in Idaho on Wednesday to the disappointment of couples planning to wed, just a day after a regional federal appeals court struck down bans on same-sex nuptials there and in Nevada. Hours after agreeing to Idaho's request for a temporary stay, Kennedy clarified that his ruling did not apply to Nevada, where officials have indicated they are ready to embrace gay marriage and have no plan to challenge Tuesday's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. ...

Day of legal confusion leaves gay couples in limbo

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:14

Thomas Topovski, left, and his partner Jefferson Ruck, right, wait in line at the Marriage License Bureau, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The two were waiting for an hour and a half to see if they would be able to obtain a same-sex marriage license. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — County clerks in Nevada turned away gay couples eager to marry Wednesday amid a flurry of conflicting court decisions, including a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that blocked partners in Idaho moments before they would have picked up marriage licenses.

Illinois pension reform law challenges to be argued next month

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:11
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Challenges to Illinois' pension reform law remained on track for a ruling by yearend after a judge on Wednesday ordered both sides back in court next month to argue their cases. Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz, who is overseeing five consolidated lawsuits filed by labor unions and others, set Nov. 20 for arguments for and against the constitutionality of the law passed by the Illinois legislature last December. ...

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:02

Turkish Kurds watch as airstrikes hit Kobani, inside Syria, as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, in Mursitpinar, on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab and its surrounding areas have been under attack since mid-September, with militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Pilots unveil plans to break long-distance record

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:02
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An international team led by two veteran pilots has set its sights on breaking a pair of major ballooning records when it launches its helium-filled balloon from Japan in early 2015.

Family of slain TSA agent sues LA, airport, county

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:48
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The widow and children of a Transportation Security Administration agent who was killed by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport last fall are suing the city and county for $25 million.

Ruling: No same-day registration in NC election

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:33
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Same-day registration won't be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won't be counted this fall after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a ruling that had set aside parts of a 2013 election law.

FBI: Kidnapping suspect possibly sailed to Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:24
HONOLULU (AP) — The FBI says a Seattle man charged with the international kidnapping of his 9-year-old son could have sailed with the boy to Hawaii or other Pacific islands.

NY couple in Amish abduction case face new charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:23

FILE - These file photos provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photos of Stephen Howells, left, and Nicole Vaisey, who were arraigned on Aug. 15, 2014. U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian says Wednesday, Oct. 8, the case against Howells and Vaisey of Hermon now involves six child victims. They had previously been charged with crimes against three, including the Amish girls released after being held for a day. (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A couple accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters in August are facing additional federal charges involving more child victims, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Family of slain LA airport security screener sues city, police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:22

A man on a boarding gate escalator looks at a memorial for Gerardo Hernandez, the first TSA officer ever killed in the line of duty, in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles airportBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of a federal security screener who was fatally shot when a gunman opened fire in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport last year has sued the city and its police department, alleging that security failures led to his death. Gerardo Hernandez, 53, became the first U.S. Transportation Security Administration agent slain in the line of duty when he was shot 12 times at point-blank range in Terminal 3 of the airport as he stood at the entrance to a security checkpoint. ...

Texans convicted of massive mail theft sentenced to prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:21
(Reuters) - Two Texans were sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday on their convictions on charges that they stole more than 50,000 pieces of mail and removed checks, credits cards and other items they then turned into cash and merchandise, prosecutors said. Charles Hattenbach, 39, was sentenced to 81 months in prison, nearly seven years, and co-defendant Kathryn Hubbert, 29, to four years in prison, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Hattenbach and Hubbert broke into U.S. ...