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Oklahoma executions on hold as US Supreme Court reviews drug

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:38

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks during a Legislative forum sponsored by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Shannon Cornman)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Executions are on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state cannot perform executions using a specific drug while the justices consider a challenge over whether the sedative ensures prisoners won't suffer.


Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:37

In this Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 photo, Dominic Hrabe holds the family dog, Gracie, in front of his home that he is renting out for Super Bowl weekend in Phoenix. The family is vacating the house for two nights after using airbnb to rent their place to people attending the NFL Super Bowl football game. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of people gather each year to hobnob with A-list celebrities at a charity bash in the Super Bowl's host city. But instead of sending this year's guests to a trendy nightclub or swanky restaurant, organizers are throwing the party at a private home.


Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California coast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:36
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck just offshore of northern California on Wednesday, rattling a wide coastal area below the Oregon border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but local officials said no major damage or injuries were reported. The tremor, initially reported as a weaker magnitude 5.1, was relatively shallow, occurring at 10.7 miles (17.2 km) below the seabed, the USGS said. It was centered 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Eureka, a town that lies about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Oregon border. The National Tsunami Warning Center said the quake had not triggered a tsunami.

Jets hire brother of judge in New Jersey sports betting suit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:32
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have hired the brother of a federal judge who has ruled on New Jersey's efforts to allow sports betting, but that won't affect the case for now.

U.S. government says Obamacare could affect up to 29 percent of taxpayers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:32

Applications are seen at a rally held by supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Jackson, MississippiThe Obama administration estimates that up to 29 percent of U.S. taxpayers could have to take the law known as Obamacare into account as they complete their 2014 income tax returns, officials said on Wednesday. Two to 4 percent are expected to pay a penalty for failing to obtain health coverage last year under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, according to official estimates. Treasury and healthcare officials told reporters that 3 percent to 5 percent could have to reconcile the federal subsidies they received to help pay for health coverage in 2014, if fluctuations in their income led them to receive too much or too little assistance. Another 10 percent to 20 percent of taxpayers are expected to use their tax filings to seek exemptions from the law's coverage requirements.


Feds issue new policy for snowmobiles in national forests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:32
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has issued a new policy requiring forest managers to limit where snowmobiles can go by specifically designating what areas are open, a move that could reduce the competition between skiers and machines.

Lawmaker threatens to out 'hypocrites' on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:27
MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — Alabama's only openly gay legislator is threatening to expose politicians' extramarital affairs if they don't stop criticizing gay marriage as immoral.

Court: Media don't have to delete stories when charges nixed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:25
NEW YORK (AP) — A Connecticut woman's claims that media outlets libeled her by refusing to delete stories about her arrest after charges were dismissed were rejected by a federal appeals court Wednesday.

Accuweather: Sunny, Brisk and Cold Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:24

 Sunny, Brisk and Cold TodayAccuWeather: Meteorologist David Murphy says a quick period of snow is likely Thursday evening.


Super Bowl advertisers aim not to offend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:20

This image provided by Victoria's Secret shows a portion of the company's television ad scheduled to run during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend this year. A Victoria’s Secret 90-second teaser ad showed super models fully dressed as football players, although the actual Super Bowl ad shows the models dressed in Victoria’s Secret lingerie. (AP Photo/Victoria's Secret)NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend.


Findings expected soon in Philadelphia firefighter sex investigation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:17

Findings expected soon in Philadelphia firefighter sex investigationThe Philadelphia Inspector General's Office has reportedly finished an investigation into alleged sexual activity involving a female paramedic and a number of male firefighters.


Officers find shooting victim on street in Holmesburg

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:08

Officers find shooting victim on street in HolmesburgAt least one person was injured in a shooting late Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia's Holmesburg section.


Moderate earthquake strikes Northern California coast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:08
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 has struck off the coast of Northern California.

Vanderbilt rape verdicts signal support for assault victims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:08

Brandon Vandenburg looks at the jury as Judge Wilkins reads the charges during his trial on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The jury deliberated for three hours before announcing that Vandenburg and Cory Batey were guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo, Pool)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction.


No retrial for Detroit policeman who shot child -prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:01
(Reuters) - Prosecutors will not seek a third trial for a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a sleeping child during a raid on a house in 2010, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said on Wednesday. Jurors in October were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Officer Joseph Weekley, the second time that a trial against the officer in the death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones ended in a mistrial. Worthy said prosecutors informed the girl's family on Wednesday they would not seek a retrial and would move to dismiss the case on Friday. A Wayne County judge granted Weekley a directed verdict on the more serious felony charge of involuntary manslaughter during the trial, a decision prosecutors cannot appeal.

Dozens displaced after apartment blaze in Whitemarsh Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:55

Dozens displaced after apartment blaze in Whitemarsh Twp.Three people were taken to the hospital, several had to be rescued, and dozens remain out of their homes after an apartment blaze in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County.


Woman shot in head in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:52

Woman shot in head in Southwest PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia that seriously injured a woman.


Supreme Court blocks three Oklahoma executions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:50

In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 photo, the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla. Oklahoma plans to resume executions Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, after botching its last one and will use the same three-drug method as a Florida lethal injection scheduled for the same day. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to temporarily block the execution of three Oklahoma inmates who are challenging the state’s lethal injection procedure. The court’s action means that convicted killers Richard Glossip, John Grant and Benjamin Cole will not be put to death using the sedative which they object to before the Supreme Court decides whether the procedure violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The court's brief order leaves open the possibility the state could proceed with the executions using different drug combinations. Oklahoma's three-drug process has been under scrutiny since the flawed April 2014 execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett.


Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:49

In this Nov. 5, 2014 photo, a person walks in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group.


Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in Md. mansion fire, killing 6

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:49

Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in Md. mansion fire, killing 6An electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree prompted a blaze that killed six people in a Maryland mansion.