HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A half-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get federally funded health insurance after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday approved the state's plan to accept Medicaid expansion money under the landmark 2010 federal health care law.
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - A follower of imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been charged with misdemeanor child injury offenses after eight teenage boys were removed from his home during a raid by Idaho authorities last month, a prosecutor said on Thursday. The case against Nathan Jessop stems from his role in the Mormon breakaway group as the assigned caretaker of boys exiled to his so-called "repentance home" as discipline for their supposed misbehavior within the sect, said Bannock County Deputy Prosecutor Ian Service. Jessop's job was to "reprogram these kids for the church," Service said. Jessop, 47, was charged earlier this month with three counts of injury to a child in connection with his treatment of the boys, aged 13 to 17, at the home on the outskirts of the southeastern Idaho city of Pocatello, Service said. He was specifically accused of confining one of the boys to a tiny furnace room for several days and of failing to report two children who fled the home as runaways.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - The head of the police union in Connecticut's state capital on Thursday blasted the city's police chief for marching with protesters demanding that criminal charges be dropped against a teenager subdued by an officer's stun gun last week. Dozens of demonstrators marched to police headquarters in Hartford on Wednesday night to take up the cause of Luis Anglero Jr., who was stunned by Detective Shawn Ware as police tried to disperse a crowd earlier this month. After they arrived, Police Chief James Rovella and other officers joined the marchers, who carried signs such as "Drop the charges Now, Now" and "Stop Police Brutality." In doing so, the chief sent the wrong message to the force's rank and file, Hartford Police Union President Richard Holton said at a news conference, surrounded by other officers. "However, to have participated in the demonstration in any form has sent a message to the membership that they are not being supported." Rovella's decision to join with the demonstrators was reminiscent of the approach taken by Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who took charge of security in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month when protests against the killing of an unarmed black teenager by police turned violent.
Two people were hospitalized after a tractor-trailer crashed into a home in Philadelphia's Mayfair neighborhood.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — In an Aug. 27 story about a pediatric nurse being charged with molesting a 2-month-old baby in San Diego, The Associated Press, based on information from the FBI, reported erroneously that Michael William Lutts had pleaded not guilty to the charge. Prosecutor Alessandra Serano says that Lutts appeared in federal court on Wednesday but did not enter a plea.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.
Authorities are investigating a shooting in Wilmington that wounded a teenage boy.
BOSTON (AP) — An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - An appeals court in Florida on Thursday rejected a motion by its attorney general that urged the state's top court to delay a ruling on its same-sex marriage ban until the U.S. Supreme Court eventually decides on the issue. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi argued that the debate about gay nuptials involves issues central to the U.S. In a brief ruling, a judge in Florida's Miami-based Third District Court of Appeal rejected Bondi's motion.
By Alexia Shurmur WHITE HILLS Ariz. (Reuters) - County law enforcement officials in Arizona said on Thursday no criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was "being viewed as an industrial accident." But state occupational health and safety officials were conducting their own probe of the Monday morning incident that was captured on video at a gun range that caters in part to tourists visiting nearby Las Vegas. The shooting at the Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, near the Nevada border, has touched off debate over shooting ranges offering machine guns to casual visitors and the wisdom of giving children access to high-powered firearms.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Groups of hikers and runners who want to do grueling excursions across the Grand Canyon will soon need a permit — a move officials say will cut back on overcrowding, litter and safety issues at the popular tourist attraction in Arizona.
DETROIT (AP) — CORRECTS: Warren Buffett's son says foundation he runs has bought Rosa Parks archive. (Corrects APNewsAlert with correct spelling of Buffett)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's new market for legalized marijuana has attracted at least 20 companies bidding for the right to supply pot to the country's pharmacies, a government official said Thursday.
Police in a West Virginia city altered video evidence in the death of a mentally ill black man who was shot and killed last year during a confrontation with officers, a lawyer for the victim's family said on Thursday. Sherman L. Lambert Sr., an attorney representing the estate of Wayne A. Jones, filed a legal motion on Wednesday in a $200 million lawsuit against five Martinsburg police officers. The officers were cleared of wrongdoing in a report from West Virginia State Police investigators in April. Across the country, video evidence is playing an increasingly important role in such cases.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma lost its federal "No Child Left Behind” waiver on Thursday after it dropped education standards adopted by almost all states, a move that could lead to cuts in the $500 million in U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle said in a letter to Oklahoma Schools State Superintendent Janet Barresi the state can no longer demonstrate that it had college- and career-ready standards. Earlier this year, the state repealed Common Core for English and math due to concerns that the federal government was trying to take over the state's education policy. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, lashed out at President Barack Obama, saying his Democratic administration was punishing the state because of the repeal.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges that he supplied components of improvised explosive devices to a jihadist group in Iraq that mounted attacks against the U.S. military.
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Opponents of tuition vouchers in Florida filed suit on Thursday against the state's corporate tax credit scholarship program, saying it illegally subsidizes religious schools and violates the state's requirement to guarantee uniform public education for all. Former Governor Jeb Bush had originally introduced "opportunity scholarships" 15 years ago. Bush and Governor Rick Scott and have championed the scholarship program, saying it helps students get into schools that their parents otherwise could not afford. The lawsuit by the Florida Education Association (FEA), a federation of teacher and education workers' labor unions, and other critics of the plan was filed in Leon County Circuit Court.