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Report: '7th Heaven' star Stephen Collins 'confesses on tape' to child molestation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:52

 '7th Heaven' star Stephen Collins 'confesses on tape' to child molestationReport claims the veteran TV and film actor was allegedly taped confessing to acts of child molestation.

U.S. military specialists in Liberia to conduct Ebola testing: general

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About two dozen U.S. military specialists in Liberia might test laboratory samples for Ebola, but most of the Pentagon's personnel deployed there are not expected to be in direct contact with the virus, defense officials said Tuesday. General David Rodriguez, head of U.S. forces in Africa, said three mobile labs had deployed to Liberia and four more were being sought to run tests that would distinguish between people infected with Ebola and those who have diseases with similar symptoms, such as malaria. ...

Pot advocate says travels show legalization works

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:45

Rick Steves, one of the country's most visible advocates of marijuana legalization, speaks during an interview in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Steves is in the midst of a 10-city tour to stump for legal pot in Oregon. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rick Steves smokes the occasional joint, but he's not arguing for marijuana legalization in Oregon just because he likes to get high.

Man, 29, charged in Chinatown sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:44

Man, 29, charged in Chinatown sex assaultPhiladelphia police have charged a man in connection with a violent sexual assault in the city's Chinatown section.

Pennsylvania grandfather charged in starving of seven-year-old boy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:43
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The grandfather of a boy who Pennsylvania authorities say was starved nearly to death, appeared in court on Tuesday to face 14 charges including aggravated assault, false imprisonment and attempted first-degree murder.Dennis Beighley, his wife Deana Beighley and step-daughter Mary Rader, have been charged with participating in torturing and nearly killing Rader's 7-year-old son in Greenville, Pennsylvania. ...

DC Council approves record sealing for pot crimes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers in the nation's capital have voted to make it easier for people who have marijuana convictions to have their criminal records sealed.

Chile's top court halts Goldcorp's El Morro mine

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:15
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's Supreme court on Tuesday suspended the development of the El Morro mine owned by Canada's Goldcorp after siding with indigenous groups that oppose it on environmental grounds.

Trial underway for reputed Mexican cartel member

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:12
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Secret video and audio recordings will show a member of a violent Mexican drug cartel conspiring with fellow gang members and undercover FBI agents to expand the gang's cocaine empire into the United States and Europe, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Montana proposes expanded hunting confidentiality

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:11
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials are proposing to keep confidential the names of hunters and trappers who kill any wildlife in Montana, saying that information that can be obtained under the state's right-to-know laws is being used to threaten and harass.

Feds investigate Ga. raid that injured toddler

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:06
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia grand jury concluded that the investigation leading to a drug raid in which a toddler was injured by a flash grenade was "sloppy" but did not recommend any criminal charges.

California utility faces penalty in judge-shopping

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:05
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California should ban all back-channel contacts between the state's largest utility and the utility's state regulators, groups representing rate-payers and others urged a state administrative judge Tuesday after the release of emails showing regulators and utility executives secretly negotiating rate cases and other matters.

Asian carp DNA found in southwestern Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:59
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Genetic material from Asian carp has been found in the Kalamazoo River in southwestern Michigan, but there's no indication the invasive fish have become established in the river that flows into Lake Michigan, officials said Tuesday.

Dallas Ebola patient on ventilator and receiving kidney dialysis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:52

This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. Duncan, who became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S with Ebola, has been kept in isolation at a hospital since Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was listed in serious but stable condition. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)By Lisa Maria Garza and Richard Valdmanis DALLAS (Reuters) - The Ebola patient fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital is on a ventilator and a kidney dialysis machine to help stabilize his health, the hospital said on Tuesday. Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil, has also been given the experimental medication brincidofovir. A hospital in Nebraska said it is using the same drug to treat an American journalist who was airlifted from Liberia and arrived Monday. ...

CBS, NBC, ABC show ratings growth; Fox in trouble

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:49
NEW YORK (AP) — For three of the four biggest television networks, the ratings report card offered encouraging news for the second straight week. Fox is the one exception, and it looks to be in real trouble.

Nielsen's top programs for Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:48
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 29-Oct. 5. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

Boeing, Airbus at odds over black boxes that eject

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping airliners with black boxes that eject in the event of a crash, making them easier to find.

High school cancels football season over bullying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:45

In this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 photograph, audience members react as members of the Sayreville Board of Education hold a news conference at the Selover School in South Amboy, N.J., to address a hazing incident that "went too far" and is at the center of the investigation into the Sayreville War Memorial High School football team. On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, school superintendent Richard Labbe said the Sayreville War Memorial High School football season has been canceled amid allegations of harassment, intimidation and bullying among players. (AP Photo/ Home News Tribune, Mark R. Sullivan) On Friday October 3,,2014 Photo: Mark R. Sullivan/Home News Tribune/APPARLIN, N.J. (AP) — A town that found encouragement in its winning high school football team after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy was left to absorb another blow Tuesday after school officials canceled the season over allegations of bullying, intimidation and harassment among players.

Idaho, Nevada gay marriage bans struck down by appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:44
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada, saying they were unconstitutional a day after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to address the issue. The unanimous decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco follows rulings from other appeals courts which have similarly authorized gay marriage. The Supreme Court this week had rejected appeals without comment in cases involving five states - Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana - that had prohibited gay marriage. ...

Guantanamo force feedings aimed at discouraging other prisoners -witness

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:42
By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Officials at Guantanamo Bay prison are using force feedings of a Syrian detainee to discourage other inmates from joining a hunger strike, a witness at a federal trial over his treatment said on Tuesday. The prisoner, Abu Wa'el Dhiab, 43, has been held at the prison in Cuba without charges for 12 years. He was cleared for release in 2009 but the process has stalled as the United States looks for another country to take him. ...

Australians to help look for historic ship in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 04:34

This 2007 photo provided by the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney shows a modern replica of the HMB Endeavour at sail. The original vessel was commanded by Capt. James Cook in the 1700's when he became the first European to chart Australia’s East Coast. It was among a fleet of 13 ships sunk as a blockade in Rhode Island's Newport Harbor during the Revolutionary War in 1778. An archaeologist, working for years to locate the wreck, is receiving help in October 2014 from the Australian National Maritime Museum, which is hoping to find the ship’s remains before their country's 250th anniversary celebrations of Cook’s voyage in 2020. (AP Photo/Australian National Maritime Museum)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nearly 250 years ago, Capt. James Cook ran aground on Australia's Great Barrier Reef during a voyage to the South Pacific to observe the planet Venus. His ship was the Endeavour, an ugly and awkward little vessel that improbably helped him become the first European to chart Australia's east coast.