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California woman freed after 17 years, declared innocent of murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:28
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 59-year-old California woman who spent 17 years in prison for murder was ordered freed on Friday by a judge who said she was wrongly convicted on the basis of testimony by a woman known to be a habitual liar, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. The case against Susan Mellen, who was found guilty in 1998 of killing her ex-boyfriend the year before, was thrown out at the request of Los Angeles County prosecutors after an investigation by local attorney Deirdre O'Connor turned up major credibility issues with the trial's star prosecution witness. ...

Indiana man grows giant pumpkins in his backyard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:21

In this photo released by WANE-TV, Keith Edwards stands next to his 1,364 pound pumpkin in Albion, Ind., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Edwards began growing pumpkins as a hobby about four years ago and is now experiencing his most successful harvest yet. (AP Photo/WANE-TV, Randy Spieth)ALBION, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man is growing pumpkins that weigh hundreds of pounds in a backyard pumpkin patch.


Music producer convicted of investment fraud in NY

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:19
NEW YORK (AP) — A music producer who once worked with stars including Kenny G and Whitney Houston was convicted Friday of ripping off investors in gold and diamonds with a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

Newspaper corrects bear attack error made in 1852

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:18
NEWTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey newspaper has issued a correction for a story it published in 1852 about a bear mauling a teenage boy to death.

Army War College revokes Sen. John Walsh's degree

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:14

In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. Walsh says the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. has revoked his master's degree after an investigation into plagiarism allegations. The college launched the probe in August 2014 after The New York Times published a story showing Walsh borrowed heavily from other sources for a research paper he wrote in 2007. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh's master's degree after an investigation completed Friday concluded that he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate.


Las Vegas sounds false alarm as global Ebola fears spread

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:09

A sign asks patients to inform staff if they have various symptoms and have recently traveled internationally or have had contact with someone who recently traveled internationally at Bellevue Hospital in ManhattanBy Grant McCool (Reuters) - A commercial plane was briefly quarantined on a Las Vegas airport tarmac on Friday, sending airline shares down as worldwide fears increased that Ebola could spread outside West Africa, where it has killed more than 4,000 people. Airline and hospital officials said a Delta Air Lines plane was held at McCarran International Airport, but it turned out to be a false alarm and an all-clear was issued. A Delta spokesman said the concerns arose after a passenger on the flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport reported feeling unwell. ...


Supreme Court lifts hold on gay marriage in Idaho

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

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) - The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex matrimony to proceed in Idaho on Friday by lifting a temporary hold imposed earlier in the week, capping a week of victories for supporters of gay marriage in America. The move came as a district court judge struck down North Carolina's prohibition on gay nuptials, and followed days of back-and-forth federal court actions that could soon see legal weddings for gay couples extended to 35 states. ...


Ex-pilot wore uniform to cut airport security line

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:07
HONOLULU (AP) — A pilot fired from Cathay Pacific Airlines said he wore his former employer's uniform and badge to bypass security at Honolulu International Airport.

St. Louis braces for weekend of protests after new shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:06

A protester holds up a sign across the street from the police station during a protest in FergusonBy Kenny Bahr CLAYTON Mo. (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through the rain on Friday afternoon to the St. Louis County courthouse, kicking off a weekend of demonstrations against police violence after eight people were arrested in protests overnight. Chanting "This is what democracy looks like" and "Hey, hey, ho, ho, these killer cops have got to go," the demonstrators walked peacefully for 90 minutes through a four-block area of the city of Clayton, adjacent to St. Louis. There were none of the clashes with police that have marked protests in the St. ...


Puerto Rico court rules for bank in $230M tax case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:06
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A court in Puerto Rico has ruled that a deal calling for the U.S. territory's government to repay $230 million to one of the island's biggest banks is valid.

Thousands of venomous spiders force family from home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:58

Thousands of venomous spiders force family from homeA family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls


6 UN police wounded in Central African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:43
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An armed group fired at a U.N. police patrol monitoring a protest near the airport in the capital of the Central African Republic on Friday, wounding six constables, a U.N. peacekeeping official said.

Newborn girl abandoned in California trash bin

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:38
MERCED, Calif. (AP) — Police in Central California are searching for the mother of a newborn girl abandoned in a trash bin of an apartment complex in the city of Merced.

$50,000 in merchandise stolen from Rite Aid warehouse in Bucks County

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:33

$50,000 in merchandise stolen from Rite Aid warehouse in Bucks CountyThree men are under arrest accused of stealing nearly $50,000 worth of merchandise from a Rite Aid warehouse in Falls Township, Bucks County.


Toronto-Dominion Bank executive charged for role in $1 billion scheme

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:31
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former Toronto-Dominion Bank executive was charged in south Florida federal court with six counts wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a $1 billion Florida Ponzi scheme on Friday, according to court documents. Frank Spinosa, 53, faces 20 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines, prosecutors said in a statement. He was released on a $250,000 bond on Friday and is due to be arraigned on Oct. 24. ...

Ebola News Guide: Deaths keep rising; world reacts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:15

Medical practitioners shout against Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during his visit to the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. A Spanish hospital official says the nursing assistant infected with Ebola is "stable," hours after authorities described her condition as critical. She is the first person known to have caught the disease outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. She contracted the virus while helping treat a Spanish missionary who became infected in West Africa, and later died. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)American Marines scrambled to add Ebola treatment beds in Liberia on Friday, while the U.S. and Britain readied new disease screenings for passengers arriving at their airports from West Africa. Doctors tried out experimental drugs in a global battle against the deadly sickness.


Airplane briefly quarantined in Las Vegas due to Ebola false alarm

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:13
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A Delta Air Lines plane was briefly quarantined on the tarmac of Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport on Friday due to an Ebola scare that turned out to be a false alarm, and an all-clear has been issued, airline and hospital officials said. A Delta spokesman said the concern began after a passenger on the flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport reported feeling unwell. The crew alerted authorities on the ground, and emergency medical teams met the plane when it landed at McCarran. ...

Navy complex lockdown but no threat found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:10
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy official say the military branch's administrative complex in downtown San Diego was put on lockdown for more than two hours after officials received a report of a suspicious person with a weapon but nothing was found.

One hiker found dead, another injured in Colorado peaks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 06:03
DENVER (Reuters) - Rescuers in Colorado found one hiker dead and another injured on Friday following a two-day search for the missing men in the mountains above the resort town of Aspen, authorities said. The pair were reported missing on Wednesday after they set out to walk in the area of the Maroon Bells, twin 14,000-foot peaks in the Elk Mountain Range named for their purplish hue. The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office identified the dead man as Jarod Wetherell, 37, of Vail, Colorado. The surviving hiker was named as David Richardson, 32, also from Vail. ...

Virginia governor officiates at lesbian wedding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:55
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has become the first Virginia governor to preside over a same-sex wedding ceremony.