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Man shot in the back in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:35

Man shot in the back in North PhiladelphiaA shooting in North Philadelphia sent one person to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the back.

FAA chief visits sabotaged Chicago-area facility

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:31

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta, center, addresses the media after touring the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., left, and Rosemarie S. Andolino Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Aurora , Ill. Lawmakers have called for an investigation into how a former contract employee entered the center, which was sabotaged by a fire that shut down Chicago's two international airports. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The head of the Federal Aviation Administration and lawmakers toured a sabotaged Chicago-area air traffic facility on Friday, saying they were shocked by the extent of damage and calling for a more sophisticated backup system in the event of future trouble.

Shark attack closes beaches at California air base

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:29
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — Three beaches along coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base have been closed through the weekend after a 28-year-old surfer survived an attack by a shark, authorities said Friday.

Okra mistaken for marijuana during pot search

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:23
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man says drug suppression officers mistook his okra plants for marijuana.

Fire destroys 3 buildings at Flight 93 memorial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:15

Fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial ParkSHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial destroyed three administrative buildings on Friday, leaving officials concerned about some of the memorabilia and archival material stored there.

New Mexico police shooting ruled unjustified, charges weighed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:08
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A special prosecutor may soon be appointed to determine whether to press criminal charges against two New Mexico police officers after a grand jury ruled that a 2013 shooting of a motorist in Santa Fe was unjustified, the District Attorney said on Friday. The grand jury determined on Thursday that the shooting was not justified but was not asked to rule on whether prosecution was warranted. ...

Los Angeles County jail system edges closer to court oversight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:07
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is edging closer to court oversight of its jail system after the U.S. Department of Justice found mentally ill inmates were mishandled in vermin-infested facilities where suicides are too common. Justice Department attorneys warned county officials in a letter last week that they would seek a court-enforced consent decree to resolve problems with the jail system, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Reuters. ...

Infection has news organizations looking at risks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:04
NEW YORK (AP) — For media covering the spread of Ebola in West Africa, the infection of a cameraman who works for NBC offers both a reason to emphasize precaution and to continue to bear witness.

Charlie Sheen sued for alleged violent dental office attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:00

Charlie Sheen sued for alleged violent dental office attackAttorneys for a dental technician filed a lawsuit Friday against actor Charlie Sheen for assault and sexual battery during a September examination.

Dog owner gets at least 15 years in fatal mauling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:59

FILE - This Feb. 28, 2011, file photo shows the late Pamela Devitt in her California Department of Motor Vehicles license photo. Devitt , 63, was attacked Thursday, May 9, 2013, while jogging and mauled to death by four pit bulls in the high desert neighborhood of Littlerock in Palmdale, Calif. Alex Jackson, the dogs' owner was convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Devitt. Jackson was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court to 15 years to life in prison Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Department of Motor Vehicles, File)LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The morning walk that would be the last of Pamela Devitt's life was more than just a routine stroll. It was part of the retiree's effort to keep fit for her golden years with a young grandson.

Fire burning at Pennsylvania memorial for 9/11 victims: official

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:54

Flowers are placed on a rock in the field of the Flight 93 National Memorial during ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in Shanksville(Reuters) - A major fire broke out on Friday at the Flight 93 National Memorial's headquarters complex in Pennsylvania, causing no reported injuries but extensive damage near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, crash of a hijacked airliner. The National Park Service said there was no damage to the memorial site itself, in a field where a United Airlines flight went down in one of four hijackings staged by al Qaeda militants on that day. The three-building complex is two miles (3.2 km) away from the crash site. The cause of the fire was under investigation, the service said in a statement. ...

Agency finds no payback over Bay Bridge concerns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:53
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Caltrans did not retaliate against employees who raised concerns about construction defects on the new $6.5 billion span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but a pattern of mismanagement and poor communication within the department led employees to believe their concerns would be ignored or they might be punished for raising them, a California Highway Patrol report released Friday said.

FBI assisting search for Saudi college student missing from California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:53

Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The FBI has joined the search for a college student from Saudi Arabia who went missing from his Southern California home last month and has not been seen since, a spokeswoman for the agency said on Friday. Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, was last seen at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Reseda at around noon on Sept. 17, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI, said the agency had begun assisting in the probe at the request of the LAPD. ...

Colorado school board decision to review curriculum draws fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:51
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado school board's vote to review advanced placement curriculum in the state's second-largest district drew more criticism on Friday, despite removing wording from a proposal that triggered student walkouts and teacher sick-outs. The Jefferson County Board of Education became the focus of a national debate between conservatives and liberals over education standards when it proposed forming a committee to review the curriculum of an Advanced Placement history course that is a mainstay of U.S. students heading to elite colleges. ...

Navajo candidate faces language fluency decision

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:48

Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene greets supporters ahead of a hearing Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Window Rock, Ariz., to determine whether Deschene is fluent enough in Navajo to qualify for the presidency. For most Navajos, the language issue goes beyond the election. It centers on how to preserve what the federal government once tried to eradicate and what parents were ashamed to teach their children. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Voters on the country's largest Indian reservation are scheduled to choose a new president in a month, but they're still not sure who will be on the ballot because of a battle over one candidate's ability to speak Navajo.

Detroit Zoo cares for turtles found at airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:41

In this undated photo released by the Detroit Zoo, a handler holds a turtle at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich. The zoo is caring for more than 1,000 turtles authorities say are tied to an international smuggling ring. (AP Photo/Detroit Zoo, Jennie Miller)ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Zoo is caring for more than 1,000 turtles that it says authorities believe are tied to an international smuggling ring.

US Justice review of Baltimore police sought

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:33
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials are looking for a U.S. Justice Department review of the city police department's procedures and policies after several cases of use of force by officers have resulted in millions of dollars in legal settlements and public outcry.

Teen pulled from Schuylkill River after SUV crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:30

 Teen driver paralyzed after SUV crash on MLK DriveA 17-year-old girl has been pulled from the Schuylkill River after a SUV crashed off Martin Luther King Drive in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

U.S. defends Ebola response, about 50 under observation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:20

A Red Cross worker delivers bedding materials to an apartment unit at The Ivy Apartments, where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in Dallas, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz DALLAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Friday broadly defended the response to the country's first case of Ebola, although one acknowledged that while the government was confident of containing the virus, it had been "rocky" in Dallas where the patient is in serious condition. Health officials in Dallas charged with checking the spread of Ebola have narrowed their focus to about 50 people who had direct or indirect contact with an infected Liberian visitor, including 10 at high risk who are being checked twice daily for symptoms. ...

$627M in Gulf oil spill recovery projects approved

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:17
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials approved plans Friday to spend $627 million on 44 projects meant to aid recovery from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but environmentalists are fuming that $58 million will go to an Alabama beachfront hotel they say will hurt rather than help the Gulf.