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Black Friday special: prison handicrafts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 04:50

A life-sized carving made of Maine basswood is displayed in the front window of the Maine Prison Store, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Thomaston, Maine. The Maine prison system has two stores that sell the handicrafts of inmates, everything from cutting boards to Adirondack chairs. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)THOMASTON, Maine (AP) — Ken and Judy Carreras got up before sunrise and drove an hour to find their Black Friday treasure — an acorn-shaped birdfeeder crafted by an inmate at Maine State Prison.


Arizona man who visited Sierra Leone hospitalized over Ebola concerns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 04:50
(Reuters) - A Phoenix man who became ill after returning this week from Sierra Leone, one of the three West African nations hardest hit by an Ebola outbreak, was taken to a hospital on Friday to check if he was infected with the virus, officials said. The 32-year-old man, who was not identified, was transported to the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix for evaluation after complaining of sickness including dry-heaving and diarrhea, Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Mark Vanacore said. Dr. ...

Cyanide killed hospital employee, official says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 04:49
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employee found dead at work earlier this month was killed by cyanide poisoning, but the medical examiner who made the determination Friday said it's too soon to know whether the death was a suicide, a homicide or an accident.

Past ban on marrying blacks may mar tribe's future

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 04:45

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2009, file photo shows Pamunkey Councilmen Jeff Brown, left, and Gary Miles, hold a deer as their Chief Kevin Brown presents it to Gov. Tim Kaine, second from left, during the annual tax tribute from the Virginia Indians to the Virginia governor in Richmond, Va. Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of the Pamunkey tribe in southeast Virginia because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.


Ray Rice wins appeal, suspension vacated immediately, union says

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 04:24

Ray Rice wins appeal, suspension 'vacated'Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players' union said Friday.


Crime surge accompanies Wyoming oil boom

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 04:21
DOUGLAS, Wyo. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in east-central Wyoming say they're seeing more crimes committed by workers newly arrived to the area's booming oil fields and don't have enough police and jail space to handle the problem.

Union: Ray Rice wins appeal, suspension vacated immediately

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 04:17

Ray Rice wins appeal, suspension 'vacated'Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players' union said Friday.


Alabama man dies on flight from Atlanta to Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 03:48
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Alabama man died on a commercial flight from Atlanta to Seattle and the airplane was diverted to Billings Logan International Airport.

Shooting is New Castle's 1st homicide in 15 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 03:33

Shooting is New Castle's 1st homicide in 15 yearsNew Castle police say an 18-year-old man was fatally shot in the city's first homicide in 15 years.


Huge fire destroys Southern California pallet yard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 03:33

In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, photo provided by the San Bernardino County Fire Department firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a sprawling Southern California pallet yard. Firefighters found four acres of pallets stacked up to 30 feet high fully engulfed in flames Thursday. (AP Photo/San Bernardino County Fire Department)FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Fire has destroyed a sprawling Southern California pallet yard and several tractor trailers.


Judge orders Wal-Mart to let NYC church challenge gun sales

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 03:09

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc company distribution center in BentonvilleBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal judge ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to let shareholders vote on a proposal to force tighter oversight of its sale of high-capacity guns and other potentially offensive products. U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday said the world's largest retailer wrongly excluded such a proposal from Trinity Church, a historic Wall Street church, from its June 6 annual meeting. ...


Death row inmate's prison food complaint rejected

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 03:04

FILE- This undated file image provided by the Connecticut Department of Correction on Sept. 13, 2014 shows Steven Hayes, who was convicted of murder and other charges in the July 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, in their home in Cheshire, Conn. A federal judge in Connecticut has rejected a complaint from Hays who says the food he is being served in prison is not kosher. (AP Photo/Connecticut Department of Correction, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut has rejected the arguments of a home invasion killer on death row who complained that the food he is being served in prison is not kosher.


Police: Missing man last seen at Manayunk bar

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 02:55

 Missing man last seen at Manayunk barThe search is on for a young man who was last seen at a popular pub in Philadelphia's Manayunk section.


Man loses legs in Exxon Baton Rouge refinery incident: local media

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 02:53
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A contract worker lost his legs in an accident on Thursday at Exxon Mobil Corp's Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery, according to a report by WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge. Exxon confirmed a contractor was injured at the refinery on Thursday, but did not confirm the extent of his injuries. "A contractor was injured during the course of regular operations at the Exxon Mobil Baton Rouge Refinery," the company said in a statement. "He was treated at the scene and transported by emergency medical service to a local hospital for further treatment. ...

Man goes missing after leaving Manayunk bar

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 02:52

 Missing man last seen at Manayunk barThe search is on for a young man who was last seen leaving a popular pub in Philadelphia's Manayunk section.


Correction: Christian Parents-Gays story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 02:35

In this Nov. 17, 2014 photo, Rob Robertson wipes away tears as he sits with his wife Linda while they visit the grave of their son, Ryan, in Issaquah, Wash. The couple, evangelical Christians, brought their son to "reparative therapy" when he came out to them as gay. His sexual orientation didn't change, and he became addicted to drugs and eventually died of an overdose. The Robertsons are now dedicated to helping other evangelical parents accept their gay children. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)In a story Nov. 26 about evangelicals with gay children, The Associated Press erroneously reported a statement by the Rev. Al Mohler about same-sex attraction. Mohler said same-sex attraction can't change through secular therapy but can change through the Gospel, not that same-sex attraction can never change.


Christmas tree arrives at White House

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 02:31

The official White House Christmas tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, pulls up to the North Portico of the White House in WashingtonBy Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama received the annual Christmas tree delivery at the White House on Friday, heralding the start of the holiday season. Two horses pulled the nearly 20-foot (six-metre) fir tree to the front door of the White House late Friday morning as a small military band played the traditional carol "O Christmas Tree. ...


Baby of dead pregnant woman in critical condition

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 01:49
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man whose pregnant fiancee was struck and killed by a van in a Pittsburgh parking lot says their son was born by emergency cesarean section and doctors are evaluating whether he was harmed by a lack of oxygen.

High winds scale back search for missing anglers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 01:42
CUT BANK, Mont. (AP) — Strong winds in northern Montana led Glacier County officials to scale back the search for a Canadian man and a Japanese woman who went missing after a weekend fishing trip.

High winds scale back search for missing anglers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 01:42
CUT BANK, Mont. (AP) — Strong winds in northern Montana led Glacier County officials to scale back the search for a Canadian man and a Japanese woman who went missing after a weekend fishing trip.