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AccuWeather: A Rainy Start to the Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 17:21

 Rain and chilly temps on the wayMeteorologist Karen Rogers says a brief blast of chilly air arrives after Saturday morning rain.


Problems at troubled women's prison often ignored

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 17:12

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2013 file photo, inmates sit in their bunks in Dorm B at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala. When inmates at a notorious Alabama women’s prison came forward to complain of sexual abuse and harassment, state investigators time and again classified the complaints as unfounded or unsubstantiated and often recommended that the matters be closed, according to investigative reports obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When inmates at a notorious Alabama women's prison came forward to complain of sexual abuse and harassment, state investigators time and again classified the complaints as unfounded or unsubstantiated and often recommended that the matters be closed without further action, according to investigative reports obtained by The Associated Press.


Poll: 2 of 3 Americans back strikes in Iraq, Syria

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 17:00

Graphic shows results of AP-GfK poll on terrorism; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 2 out of 3 Americans back U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to combat the threat from Islamic extremists, yet half also think there's a high risk of a future terrorist attack on American soil, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.


Border agent seen punching teen went unpunished

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:51
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — For nearly eight months after federal investigators saw videos of a U.S. Border Patrol agent punching a teenager in the stomach, the agent continued to work and went unpunished.

Missouri police make arrests as protests persist over black teen killing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:48

A policeman tries to block an activist, who was demanding justice for the shooting death of teen Michael Brown, from advancing past the steps to the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, Missouri(Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri arrested several people, an official said on Friday, following another night of protests over the police shooting of a black teenager in August. Protests have been staged almost every night in the predominantly black St. Louis suburb, since white policeman, Darren Wilson, shot 18-year-old Michael Brown dead on Aug. 9. A Ferguson Police Department official said that several people were arrested outside the police station overnight. She declined to say exactly how many arrests were made or give any other information. ...


Health officials work to contain Ebola virus in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:11

This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. Duncan, who became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S with Ebola, has been kept in isolation at a hospital since Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was listed in serious but stable condition. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas health officials have confined four people to their home, under guard, after they had close contact with an Ebola patient hospitalized in Dallas, as disease detectives work to make sure the deadly virus doesn't spread in the U.S. Five things to know about containing the virus:


Netflix signs Adam Sandler to four-film deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:30

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, actor Adam Sander smiles during a press conference for "Men, Women, and Children" at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Sandler has signed a deal with Netflix to star in and produce four films for the streaming service. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Hannah Yoon, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In its bid to upend the movie business the way it has television, Netflix has secured one of the big screen's biggest box-office draws and most irreverent comedic talents.


Secret Service moving forward in wake of scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:30

Secret Service agents surround President Barack Obama as he greets guests after speaking about the economy, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Obama is looking to frame the closing economic arguments of the midterm campaign. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — With the dust still settling from a series of embarrassing security failures that marred the Secret Service's reputation and forced its director to resign, the agency is starting the arduous and public task of rebuilding itself.


Controversial Colorado history plan still alive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:21
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A suburban Denver school board refused to back off a proposed review of the Advanced Placement U.S. history course on Thursday despite waves of protest from dozens of students, parents and residents who accused the board's new conservative majority of trying to influence children with their political views.

Businesses with name 'Isis' fight bad brand image

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:16

Businesses with name 'Isis' fight bad brand imageAeran Brent is tired of visitors asking about her store's name or snapping pictures of the sign outside. Unfortunately, that's life for a small business owner whose shop — Isis Bridal and Formal — shares ...


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:02
"Who wants to be locked up?" — Louise Troh, one of four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with, who have been confined to their Dallas home under armed guard as the number of people possibly exposed to the virus widened.

Fire at offshore gas platform prompts evacuation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:59

A plume of smoke rises from Hilcorp's Baker platform on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 near Nikiski, Alaska. The fire appeared to be out later in the morning, but vessels at the scene were still battling smoke, the Coast Guard said. The platform is 8 miles off shore. There were no immediate reports of injuries, and Petty Officer Joshua Yates said no fuel spilled into the inlet’s waters. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashha McChesney)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A fire Thursday at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska's Cook Inlet destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced four workers to evacuate, but no one was injured and the environmental risk was considered minimal, responders said.


NY college raises funds with airport parking

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:59

A shuttle bus leaves Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y., for the Westchester County Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The college has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars by offering valet parking and a shuttle ride to the nearby airport. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — A state college in the New York City suburbs has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships and other programs by offering parking spaces and bus rides to a nearby airport.


Colorado school board approves review of history curriculum

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:44
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado school board whose proposed changes to a history curriculum spawned student walk-outs and teacher sick-outs voted on Thursday to move ahead with a modified version of the controversial measure. The Jefferson County Board of Education in suburban Denver agreed to appoint a committee to review newly revised guidelines for the Advanced Placement history courses in the 84,000-student district, over complaints from parents, teachers and students who voiced their concerns at the Thursday night meeting. ...

Fewer Texas abortion providers after court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:15
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Women seeking legal abortions in Texas starting Friday will drive hours if they live near the Mexico border and have fewer options in big cities after a federal appeals court allowed the state to enforce tough Republican-backed clinic laws.

American cameraman for NBC News diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:53
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American freelance cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, the network said on Thursday, making him the fifth citizen of the United States and its first journalist known to have contracted the virus in West Africa. The 33-year-old cameraman and writer, who has worked in Liberia for the past three years and has covered the recent Ebola outbreak for various U.S. media outlets, will be flown back to the United States for treatment, NBC said in an online report. ...

Famed beach in Jamaica slowly vanishing to erosion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:42

In this Sept. 14, 2014 photo, the tide gnaws away at a badly eroding patch of resort-lined beach in Negril in western Jamaica. The shrinking coastline long has raised worry for the region's environmental and economic future. Now, the erosion is expected to worsen as a result of climate change, and a hint of panic is creeping through this laid back village, one of the top destinations in a country where a quarter of all jobs depend on tourism. (AP Photo/David McFadden)NEGRIL, Jamaica (AP) — Tourists from around the world are drawn to a stretch of palm-fringed shoreline known as "Seven Mile Beach," a crescent of white sand along the turquoise waters of Jamaica's western coast. But the sands are slipping away and Jamaicans fear the beach, someday, will need a new nickname.


Obama: Action on immigration not if, but when

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:30

President Barack Obama, left, points toward a camera with chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, Marty Hinojosa, and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 37th Annual Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — With frustration mounting, President Barack Obama sought Thursday to quell doubts he'll use his presidential powers to act on immigration, telling Hispanics and immigration activists it's "not a question of if but when."


JPMorgan breach heightens data security doubts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:22

JPMorgan breach heightens data security doubtsNew details on a cyberattack against JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s computer servers this summer add to increasing doubts over the security of consumer data kept by lenders, retailers and others. The New York-based ...


2 officials resign in porn office emails case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:19

FILE - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett makes remarks during a news conference after a Penn State Board of Trustees meeting in this Nov. 10, 2011 file photo taken in State College, Pa. Corbett disclosed the resignations of Environmental Protection Secretary Christopher Abruzzo and Glenn Parno, a top lawyer in the Department of Environmental Protection, in separate announcements hours apart Thursday Oct. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two top state officials resigned Thursday in the growing scandal surrounding office emails containing pornography in the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.