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Michigan jury says hugs in prison allowed, awards inmate $1,251

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:13
A Michigan inmate was awarded $1,251 after a jury ruled his rights were violated when a guard barred him from hugging his wife during a prison visit. Kevin King, 52, who is serving a life sentence for a 1982 murder, was awarded $1 in Detroit federal court last week for a violation of his First Amendment rights and $1,250 as punitive damages. Jurors found that prison officer Tiffaney Williams retaliated against King and his wife for previous complaints when Williams ordered them not to touch each other during a 2012 visit at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan.

Jets' QB Geno Smith punched in jaw by teammate, out 6-10 weeks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:10

Jets' QB Geno Smith punched in jaw by teammate, out 6-10 weeksNew York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will be sidelined at least 6-10 weeks after being punched in the jaw by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali.


Tired, speeding driver held responsible for 2014 Tracy Morgan crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:09

 One Night Only" at the Saban theatre in Beverly HillsA speeding Wal-Mart truck driver who had been awake for 28 hours was held responsible on Tuesday for a 2014 highway crash that left "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan with brain injuries and killed a fellow comedian, U.S. transport regulators said. The National Transportation Safety Board also concluded in a review that the injuries to Morgan and other passengers were exacerbated by their failure to wear seat belts. Morgan, 46, suffered a serious brain injury and broken bones and was left in a coma.


10 years after Katrina, New Orleans' tourism industry reborn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 02:08

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, guests sit for a tasting in the main dining room of Brennan's Restaurant, a historic restaurant in the French Quarter in New Orleans. New Orleans’ tourism industry has rebuilt, rebounded and modernized in the 10 years since Katrina, and its restaurant scene has boomed. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)Ten years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the city's tourism has not only rebounded. It's practically been reinvented.


The Latest on Islamic State arrests in US: Judge denies bail

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:56

In this Oct. 5, 2012 photo, Jaelyn Young, an honor student at Warren Central High School, poses for a photo in Vicksburg, Miss. Young and another Mississippi resident were arrested on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, on charges that they were trying to travel abroad to join the Islamic State militant group. (Melanie Thortis/The Vicksburg Evening Post via the AP)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The latest on two Mississippi residents charged with trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State militant group (all times local):


Meteor shower likely to be good, won't be eclipsed by moon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:54

Stars seen as streaks from a long camera exposure are seen behind Arnotegui Hermitage, in Obanos, northern Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The meteor shower is expected to peak Wednesday night into Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)WASHINGTON (AP) — People looking for a shooting star to wish upon may find Wednesday overnight to be a dream come true.


Ohio high court advises judges not to refuse to perform gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:50

A young boy waves rainbow flag while watching the San Francisco gay pride parade in San Francisco, CaliforniaJudges in Ohio should not refuse to perform same-sex marriages based on personal or religious beliefs, a board appointed by the state's Supreme Court said in an informal, nonbinding opinion released on Monday. The advisory opinion was issued in response to inquiries from judges and a judicial association seeking guidance, after a number of Ohio judges refused to marry same-sex couple or halted civil marriages altogether. The opinion cited the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell v Hodges ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide, effectively invalidating Ohio's law prohibiting marriages not between a man and a woman.


Ohio student accused of passing out hash-laced brownies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:40
SPRINGBORO, Ohio (AP) — A student accused of passing out brownies laced with hashish to students and a teacher at his southwest Ohio high school has been indicted on felony drug charges.

Illinois man pleads guilty to trying to join al Qaeda-linked group

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:39
A Chicago-area man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court to a charge that he tried to travel overseas to join an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 21, of Aurora, Illinois, was arrested in 2013 as he prepared to board a plane at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport bound for Istanbul, Turkey, prosecutors said. Tounisi, then 18, had spent four months conducting online research related to overseas travel and violent jihad, focusing specifically on Syria and the Jabhat al-Nusrah terrorist group, prosecutors said.

Correction: Bernie Sanders-California story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:38

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Aug. 10-11 about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, The Associated Press reported erroneously that members of the activist group Black Lives Matter opened his campaign rally in Los Angeles. It was a member of Sanders' campaign who spoke in support of the group.


Teen pulled under by rip current at Sea Bright, NJ beach dies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:36

Teen pulled under by rip current at Sea Bright, NJ beach diesThe teen was swimming with about a dozen friends in an unguarded, private section of the beach that does not have lifeguards next to the Driftwood Beach Club.


Teen dies after being pulled under by rip current at Sea Bright, NJ beach

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:30

Teen pulled under by rip current at Sea Bright, NJ beach diesThe teen was swimming with about a dozen friends in an unguarded, private section of the beach that does not have lifeguards next to the Driftwood Beach Club.


One California wildfire grows as firefighters contain another

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:17

Handout shows a historic Portland and Western Railroad trestle on fire near Sherwood, OregonBy Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A wildfire burning in northern California grew rapidly Tuesday morning, in the shadow of a larger blaze that destroyed dozens of homes before firefighters were able to largely contain it. The so-called Jerusalem Fire doubled in size overnight to scorch some 12,000 acres (4,856 hectares) north of Napa Valley wine country, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Steve Swindle. The blaze was burning just outside the perimeter of the 69,636-acre (28,180 hectares) Rocky Fire, California's fiercest wildfire so far this season.


Beaten Pomeranian found with note: 'We beat it 2 death lol'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:12

This undated photo provided by Ronald Boisvert shows his dog Fox, who went missing from his south Florida condominium on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The dog's owners found its body outside their home the next day, and a veterinarian confirmed that it had been beaten to death. The Pembroke Pines Police Department is investigating the incident. (Ronald Boisvert via AP)MIAMI (AP) — The beating death of a Pomeranian named Fox may have been eclipsed by the hand-written note left behind: "We beat it 2 death lol HAHAHA!"


Air traffic controller study shows chronic fatigue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:07

Air traffic controller study shows chronic fatigueA study the government kept secret for years says that air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system.


Waldron Mercy principal to hold parents' meeting over gay teacher firing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 01:04

Waldron Mercy principal to hold parents' meeting over gay teacher firingThe principal of a Catholic School in Merion Station, under fire for firing a gay teacher earlier this summer, plans to hold a meeting for parents next month.


Woman questioned in Lawncrest shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:59

Woman questioned in Lawncrest shootingA 28-year-old man was shot in the back in Philadelphia's Lawncrest section late Monday night.


AG Kathleen Kane's driver pleads not guilty to contempt charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:58

AG Kathleen Kane's driver pleads not guilty to contempt chargeAttorney General Kathleen Kane's driver pleaded not guilty Tuesday in an alleged email snooping scheme intended to help his boss keep tabs on a grand jury investigation of her.


Police look for signs of arson in deadly Parkesburg fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:56

Police look for signs of arson in deadly Parkesburg fireFire has claimed the life of a woman in her 30s, and authorities in Parkesburg, Chester County are looking into the possibility that the blaze was intentionally set.


Bunk on Battleship New Jersey during pope's Philadelphia visit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:54

Bunk on Battleship New Jersey during pope's Philadelphia visitVisitors looking for a place to stay during Pope Francis' trip to Philadelphia have an unusual option.