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Man arrested in murder of Southern California transgender activist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:27

Randy Lee Parkerson is pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Anaheim Police DepartmentBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 38-year-old man has been arrested in the murder of a transgender and immigrant rights activist who was found slain behind a Southern California fast food restaurant in June, police said on Wednesday. Randy Lee Parkerson was taken into custody on Tuesday in his vehicle in the city of Anaheim, not far from where the body of 29-year-old Zoraida Reyes was discovered on the morning of June 12, Lt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department said in a written statement. ...


US Ebola patient dies; airport screening expanded

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:21

US Ebola patient dies; airport screening expandedThe first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday despite intense but delayed treatment, and the government announced it was expanding airport examinations to guard against the spread of the deadly disease.


Man sought in E. Oregon manhunt arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:20
SENECA, Ore. (AP) — An eastern Oregon sheriff says his officers have arrested a man who had been the subject of a manhunt that disrupted the tiny town of Seneca.

Sham investment advisor falsely claims Winklevoss ties: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:17
By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - An investment advisor to CEOs was arraigned on Wednesday and charged with scheming to defraud, in part by falsely claiming business relationships with Tyler Winklevoss and others associated with the founding of Facebook, prosecutors said. Appearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Arun Ganguly, 37, was accused of being a con artist who impersonated Winklevoss, his father, Howard Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, another so-called founder of the social network, in hundreds of emails. He also allegedly sent forged documents. ...

Police probe killings of 4 at upstate NY home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:14
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Four people have been found slain at a home just outside the state capital.

Dozens arrested in Trump Taj Mahal protests in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:35

Dozens arrested in Trump Taj Mahal protests in Atlantic CityDozens of people were arrested as more than 100 casino workers shut down the expressway entrance to Atlantic City in protest of contract givebacks to keep the Trump Taj Mahal open.


Friends: Aid worker captured in Syria knew risks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:24

Ed Kassig, left, and wife Paula pray during a vigil for their son Abdul-Rahman Kassig, who last week was named the next beheading target of the Islamic State terror group, at Butler University in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Kassig, and Indianapolis native and former Butler student, was captured by the Islamic State in October of 2013 while doing humanitarian work in Syria. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An American aid worker threatened with beheading in Syria had researched the region and knew the dangers, but he believed the good he could accomplish through his relief organization outweighed the risk, his friends said Wednesday.


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: