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Nebraska high court tosses suit over Keystone pipeline route

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:08

FILE - In this March 11, 2013, file photo is a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" placed in a field near Bradshaw, Neb. Nebraska's highest court tossed a lawsuit Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, challenging a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in a decision that could remove a major roadblock for the $7 billion cross-continental project, which Republicans have vowed to make a key part of their 2015 agenda in Congress. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's highest court threw out a challenge Friday to a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, even though a majority of judges agreed the landowners who sued should have won their case.

Court weighs overturning gay marriage bans in three southern states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:59

File photo of demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court after two high-profile decisions supporting same-sex marriage were announced in WashingtonBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday appeared receptive to arguments in favor of striking down same-sex marriage bans in the conservative southern states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Two of three judges on a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans expressed skepticism over the bans, with Judge Patrick Higginbotham noting a "sea change" on opinion over gay rights in recent decades and questioning why states wanting to incentivize procreation would allow sterile opposite-sex couples but not same-sex couples to marry. ...

California women accused of starving daughter face trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:58
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Two Northern California women accused of chaining up their 8-year-old adopted daughter to prevent her from getting food will face trial on torture and other abuse-related charges.

Judge seeks details in reviewing fraud claims against Pilot

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:46
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge said Friday he wants more information about business arrangements between the truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and several trucking companies that claim they were cheated by the retail giant.

Keystone clears hurdles, stage set for Washington showdown

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:43

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne North DakotaBy Patrick Rucker and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared two hurdles on Friday, setting up a showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama who has raised new questions about the project after more than six years of review. Following months of deliberation, the Nebraska Supreme Court allowed a route for the pipeline to cross the state, shifting the debate over TransCanada Corp's project fully to Washington, where Republicans now in control of Congress are seeking to force its final approval. ...

Doc accused of assisting suicides appeals license revocation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:41
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore anesthesiologist who advised people on methods of suicide is appealing his Maryland medical license revocation.

Mechanic crushed to death in New York City elevator accident

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:41
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a mechanic has been crushed to death while working in an elevator shaft in a New York City residential tower.

No charges against officer who struck, killed boy with car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:30
WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — Charges won't be filed against a police officer who was speeding when he struck and killed a 10-year-old boy with his squad car, authorities said Friday.

New York man cleared of murder after 21 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:23

Derrick Hamilton, who served 21 years of a life sentence for murder, smiles during a news conference after his conviction was vacated at Brooklyn Supreme Court in New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man was cleared of murder on Friday after serving 21 years in prison, one of dozens of questionable murder convictions linked to a retired police homicide detective. Derrick Hamilton, 49, was sentenced to life in prison for the 1991 murder of Nathaniel Cash in Brooklyn, a fatal shooting his defense team said he long maintained he did not commit. Hamilton said he was framed by retired police Detective Louis Scarcella, whose murder cases have been under review by the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. ...

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses case after litigant goes AWOL

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:16
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a case it had previously agreed to hear after the man at the center of the lawsuit simply could not be found. In what was an usual resolution to a case, the court said in a brief order that Bobby Chen, a non-lawyer who filed his own court papers in a property dispute with the city of Baltimore, could not be contacted after failing to meet court deadlines. "Additional efforts to contact the petitioner have been unsuccessful," the order stated. ...

As flu becomes more widespread, CDC pushes antiviral meds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:15

FILE- This April 30, 2009, file photo shows a box of Tamiflu in a Toronto health clinic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, Jan. 9. 2015, sent a new alert to doctors, advising prompt use of Tamiflu and other antivirals for hospitalized flu patients and those at higher risk for complications like pneumonia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In the midst of a worrisome flu season, health officials are pushing doctors to prescribe antiviral medicines more often.

Body found 20 years ago identified as missing teenager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:07
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A body that washed up on a Northern California beach nearly two decades ago has finally been identified as that of a missing teenager.

Woman accidentally shoots husband who tried to surprise her with breakfast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:02

Woman accidentally shoots husband who tried to surprise her with breakfastA Fort Bragg soldier was shot in the chest Friday morning after his wife thought he was a home intruder

UN report: No one held accountable in South Sudan massacre

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 04:01
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report says no one has been held accountable in a massacre in South Sudan last year that raised international alarm and memories of the Rwandan genocide.

Judge tosses murder conviction linked to NYC ex-detective

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:53

Derrick Hamilton, center, walks among a group of men wearing caps reading "wrongfully convicted," after he was exonerated on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in New York. Hamilton's 1991 murder conviction was vacated after prosecutors told a New York City judge that the state's key witness had lied about who did it. The decision at the hearing cleared Hamilton, who had served 21 years in prison before being paroled in 2011. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The way Derrick Hamilton tells it, his detour to a false conviction in a fatal 1991 shooting began with an investigator greeting him with a mob-style kiss on the cheek and whispering in his ear.

Briton loses challenge to overturn his conviction for Florida murders

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:53

Maharaj sits in Circuit Court during a legal hearing in MiamiBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida judge refused on Friday to overturn the conviction of a British man serving a life sentence for a 1986 double murder that his lawyers say was carried out by a hit man working for notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Krishna Maharaj, 75, has been in prison for 27 years for his conviction in the slaying of father and son Derrick and Duane Moo Young in a gruesome execution at a downtown Miami hotel. ...

Massive pileup in Michigan, one dead, multiple vehicles on fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:52

Michigan accident(Reuters) - One person was killed and six cars and semi-trailers set afire in a weather-related pileup of 50 to 70 vehicles on Friday morning on Interstate 94 about 10 miles east of Kalamazoo, Michigan, state police said. The accident occurred about 10 a.m. local time and one of the burning semis was carrying hazardous material, State Trooper O.J. Hamilton told Reuters. He said icy conditions and low visibility contributed to the crash. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Murder trial of Aaron Hernandez begins with jury selection

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:44

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial hearing in the first of two murder cases against him at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Hernandez is charged with murder in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in 2013. He also is charged with killing two men in Boston in 2012. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in both cases. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez began Friday with the judge telling the first batch of prospective jurors that they could still be chosen to sit on the panel even if they had heard about the high-profile case.

Ringleader in Florida marching band death sentenced to six years in jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:42
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - The ringleader of a beating ritual that killed a Florida college marching band member was sentenced on Friday to six years and five months in prison for his role in a 2011 incident that drew national scrutiny to hazing practices. Dante Martin, 27, a former percussionist with Florida A&M University's celebrated "Marching 100" band, took the stand shackled and dressed in a jail uniform during an emotional hearing. He apologized to the family of the victim, Robert Champion, 26, a drum major. ...

Michigan police lift evacuation in zone of multi-vehicle accident

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 03:37
(Reuters) - Michigan State Police on Friday lifted an evacuation order for the area around a fiery crash involving 150 vehicles, including a trailer transporting formic acid that caught on fire. "That has been lifted. We believe all the product has burned off," State Police Lieutenant Rick Pazder said. Earlier, state officials had asked people in a 3-mile radius of the accident to evacuate. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz in Chicago; Editing by Bill Trott)