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Family seeks medical consensus for California girl declared brain dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:07

A photograph of 13-year-old Jahi McMath is seen on a necklace in OaklandBy Steve Gorman (Reuters) - A lawyer for the family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy wants to broker a conference between several physicians who insist she exhibits signs of life and a court-appointed doctor who rejects their findings. Relatives of Jahi McMath, aged 13 when she suffered cardiac arrest in December following surgery to treat sleep apnea, petitioned a judge weeks ago to revoke her death certificate and restore her status as a living person. ...

7 plaintiffs in no-fly list lawsuit cleared to fly

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:05
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seven people who challenged their placement on the government's no-fly list are now free to fly, the first time the U.S. has ever informed someone whether they are or are not excluded.

Idaho and North Carolina are latest states to allow gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:03

Sharene and Lori Watsen appear with lawyers and fellow plaintiffs that sued the state over a gay marriage ban hold a press conference outside of the James A. McClure Federal Building and US Courthouse in BoiseBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - County clerks in Idaho and North Carolina began issuing their states' first marriage licenses to gay couples on Friday after court actions that capped a week of victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America. The move came as barriers to gay marriage fell state by state this week and followed days of back-and-forth federal court actions that could soon see legal weddings for same-sex couples extended to 35 states. The U.S. ...

Judge strikes down NC gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:02

Vicki Britt wipes away tears as her partner, Trish Philbrook, comforts her during the announcement that there will be no marriages performed at the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. U.S. District Judge William Osteen signed an order late Friday afternoon that pushed to next week the decision on whether to nullify the definition of marriage in the North Carolina Constitution that restricts unions to a man and a woman. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina struck down the state's gay marriage ban Friday, opening the way for the first same-sex weddings in the state to begin immediately.

Police sorry for telling wrong family of death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:58
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska couple knocked on the door of their son's long-time girlfriend Thursday, intending to inform her that he'd been killed in a car accident.

Gay marriage in Kansas throws political twist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:57

In this photo provided by Liz Dickinson, Kelli, left, and Angela pose for a picture after their wedding ceremony at the Johnson County Court House in Olathe, Kan., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The Johnson County newlyweds asked to be identified only by their first names to help protect their privacy, but did agree to allow a photograph of them after the ceremony to be used. In a statement released through the gay-rights group Equality Kansas, they said they wanted to celebrate privately. (AP Photo/, Liz Dickinson)OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The first marriage of a gay couple in Kansas created a new twist Friday in two of the most intensely fought races of the midterm elections, though it remains to be seen whether the Republican incumbents will get a boost from their continued opposition to same-sex weddings.

Trooper gets prison in theft from dying motorist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:50
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut state trooper was sentenced Friday to a year in prison for stealing $3,700 in cash and a gold crucifix from a dying accident victim.

Jurors deliberate in Denver jail-death trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:47

File - This undated photo provided by the Denver Department of Safety shows Marvin Booker, a homeless Denver street preacher. Jury selection got underway Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the civil trial for five Denver sheriff's deputies accused of causing the 2010 death of Booker in the downtown jail. Booker died after deputies shocked him with a Taser after he was handcuffed, put him in a sleeper hold and lay on top of him. (AP Photo/Denver Department of Safety, file)DENVER (AP) — Jurors deliberated for six hours Friday but did not deliver a verdict in the trial of five Denver sheriff's deputies accused of using excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in the city's downtown jail.

58-foot dead whale washes ashore on Long Island

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:26

In this photo provided by The Riverhead Foundation, authorities investigate the death of a 58-foot finback whale that washed ashore on an eastern Long Island beach in Shirley, N.Y., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Kimberly Durham and staff from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation are investigating. Durham said a forensic examination will be conducted on Friday to seek a cause of death but there were no visible signs of injury. (AP Photo/The Riverhead Foundation)SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of 58-foot finback whale that washed ashore on an eastern Long Island beach.

Teen gunman in 2013 Colorado school shooting was bent on revenge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:16

An Arapahoe high school student prays at the school in Centennial, ColoradoBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Colorado high school student, who shot to death a classmate last year before committing suicide, had planned the attack for months and had written in a journal that he would soon "shoot up my school," authorities said on Friday. The new details emerged as police completed their investigation into the rampage at Arapahoe High School, where Karl Pierson fatally wounded 17-year-old Claire Davis. Armed with a 12-gauge pump action shotgun, a machete and three Molotov cocktails, Pierson stormed the school in the Denver suburb of Centennial on Dec. ...

Jury rejects Iowa guard's sexual harassment suit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:13
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury on Friday rejected an Iowa prison guard's lawsuit that claimed she was sexually harassed after inmates were repeatedly allowed to watch sexually graphic and violent moves.

Prayer service held in Indiana for American held by Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:10
By Susan Guyett PLAINFIELD Ind. (Reuters) - Family and friends of Abdul-Rahman Kassig held a prayer service on Friday for the U.S. humanitarian worker held hostage by Islamic State militants, expressing hope he will survive his ordeal and lauding his willingness to help others even in the face of danger. Kassig, a 26-year-old from Indiana formerly known as Peter Kassig, was threatened in a video issued last week by Islamic State that showed the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning, 47. ...

Ex-guard, inmate convicted in Hawaii gang trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:05
HONOLULU (AP) — A former guard was found guilty of taking bribes from a Hawaii prison gang to smuggle drugs and cigarettes to prisoners, while an inmate was convicted of leading a brutal attack to maintain his position in the gang.

No charges for Florida woman in stun gun case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:01
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prosecutor is dropping charges against a 61-year-old woman who had a stun gun fired in her back by a Tallahassee police officer.

Boy mauled by jaguars at Arkansas zoo in critical condition

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 08:40
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - A 3-year-old boy who was mauled by jaguars after falling into their exhibit at a zoo in Arkansas on Friday is in critical condition, a hospital spokesman said. The child was seized at the neck by one of two jaguars and at the foot by the second cat after falling 15 feet (4.5 meters) into the enclosure at the Little Rock Zoo, his father and grandfather, who were with him when it happened, told Little Rock police. ...

Man sentenced to 160 years for murder of 14-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 08:38

Man sentenced to 160 years for murder of 14-year-old girlJohn Wilson Junior pretended to be asleep and then taunted the mother of his victim, 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin, before being sentenced to 160 years in prison.

Ebola patient's temperature spiked to 103 degrees

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 08:34

This Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 photo shows a copy of Thomas Eric Duncan's medical records from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, provided by Duncan’s family to The Associated Press. The records encompass his time in the emergency room, his urgent return to the hospital two days later and a chronicle of his steep decline as his organs began to fail. Duncan carried the deadly Ebola virus with him from his home in Liberia, though he showed no symptoms when he left for the United States. He arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 and fell ill several days later. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)DALLAS (AP) — Thomas Eric Duncan's temperature spiked to 103 degrees during the hours of his initial visit to an emergency room — a fever that was flagged with an exclamation point in the hospital's record-keeping system, his medical records show.

Report: School shooter wanted revenge for teasing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 08:33
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Investigators say the student who killed a classmate before taking his own life at a suburban Denver high school described himself in a diary as "a psychopath with a superiority complex" and indicated he was exacting revenge for being teased in elementary school.

Bag makers launch push to overturn California ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 08:31
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Plastic bag manufacturers on Friday passed their first hurdle in their effort to delay and eventually repeal California's new ban on single-use plastic shopping bags before it takes effect.

Remains of Ebola victim who died in US cremated

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 08:22
DALLAS (AP) — The remains of a man who became the first person to die of Ebola in the United States have been cremated.