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U.S. nurses union to stage strikes over Ebola protections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:56
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A California-based nurses union said Thursday it was organizing strikes and other protests against what it views as insufficient protection for nurses caring for patients stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. The nurses have demanded better protection when treating Ebola patients for weeks, ever since two nurses in Texas became infected with the virus while treating Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who fell ill and died while visiting Dallas. ...

Court: Illegal police search led to dog death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:52
NEW YORK (AP) — A Connecticut city's reputation as one of America's most dangerous communities did not give police officers the right to invade a yard where they killed a family dog after getting an erroneous tip that guns were hidden in an abandoned car behind the home, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

Salt Lake City optimistic about future Olympic bid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:38

Salt Lake City optimistic about future Olympic bidKEARNS, Utah (AP) — Salt Lake City officials don't know exactly when they will get to bid for another Winter Olympics, but the host city of the 2002 games wants the world to know it is ready and willing whenever given a chance.


California eyes $500 billion in water spending

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:38
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's growing population and dwindling water require up to $500 billion in additional investment in water in coming decades, and new state fees for water users could be one way pay for it, a water plan released Thursday by the state's top water officials said.

Slow-motion disaster: Key facts about Hawaii lava

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:36

This Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of the lava flow over Cemetery Road and Apa?a Street near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)HONOLULU (AP) — Lava that has entered a rural Hawaii town has been described as a disaster in slow motion. After months of creeping through uninhabited areas of the Big Island, it reached Pahoa this week, crossing a residential street, burning down a garden shed and inching toward homes and a main road that goes through downtown.


Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:34

EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, center, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak , left, and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan address the media after they signed an agreement that guarantees Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) — Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine.


U.S. quarantines 'chilling' Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:31

A Doctors Without Borders health worker takes off his protective gear under the surveillance of a colleague at a treatment facility for Ebola victims in MonroviaBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mandatory quarantines ordered by some U.S. states on doctors and nurses returning from West Africa's Ebola outbreak are creating a "chilling effect" on Doctors Without Borders operations there, the humanitarian group said on Thursday. In response to questions from Reuters, the group said it is discussing whether to shorten some assignments as a result of restrictions imposed by some states since one of its American doctors, Craig Spencer, was hospitalized in New York City last week with the virus. ...


Four dead, five injured after plane crashes at Kansas airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:27

Smoke billows from a building at at Mid-Continent Airport shortly after a twin-turbo airplane crashed into a building killing several people including the pilot in Wichita KansasBy Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - Four people were killed, including the pilot, and five injured when a small airplane crashed into a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday, setting off an explosion and huge ball of fire, officials said. Authorities said they had accounted for four people who had been listed as missing after the airplane, which officials said carried only the pilot, struck a building where pilots train on the airport grounds. "I heard a big loud noise, but it was muffled. I saw smoke and flames. ...


Pennsylvania manhunt ends with capture of police ambush suspect

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:26

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald TANNERSVILLE Pa. (Reuters) - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounding a second officer in a sniper attack in September was taken into custody after a seven-week manhunt, police said on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers who had been searching for him since the Sept. 12 ambush of the troopers outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. The sniper attack killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. ...


Want to buy a New Hampshire election ad? Good luck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:22

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, right, and her Republican challenger, Scott Brown talk during a live televised debate hosted by New England Cable News, the Concord Monitor, and the University of New Hampshire at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H. New Hampshire’s Senate race, which includes media markets in Maine and Massachusetts _ is seeing, on average, a three-fold increase in spending on political advertising, but prime ad time is far more saturated. (AP Photo/Concord Monitor, Geoff Forester, Pool)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station - and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded.


New Jersey man whose son, 4, fatally shot neighbor, pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:15
(Reuters) - A New Jersey father whose 4-year-old son shot and killed a 6-year-old neighbor pleaded guilty on Thursday to endangering the welfare of children by keeping unsecured firearms, authorities said. Anthony Senatore, 35, of Toms River will be sentenced to three years in prison as part of a plea deal, according to a statement by Atlantic County, New Jersey Prosecutor James McClain. On April 8, 2013, Senatore's son found a loaded .22 caliber rifle in his father's bedroom and shot Brandon Holt in the head, the statement said. ...

Puerto Rico government looks to raise tax on oil

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:13
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico government officials said Thursday they are seeking a 68 percent increase in an oil tax to help sell up to $2.9 billion in bonds and strengthen one of the island's largest public corporations amid bankruptcy concerns.

Man charged with murder in SWAT officer shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suspected Mongols motorcycle gang member was charged with murder Thursday in the killing of a Pomona SWAT officer during a crackdown on the group.

Arias judge bars public from witness' testimony

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:08

Jodi Arias looks on during the sentencing phase retrial of Jodi Arias at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Arias was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of former boyfriend Travis Alexander, but the jury hung on the penalty phase, life in prison or the death sentence. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic,David Wallace, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — The judge in the Jodi Arias trial took the highly unusual step Thursday of barring the public from watching the first witness called by the convicted murderer's legal team as she fights to be spared the death penalty.


Graffiti found in 3 more national parks in West

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:08
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Park Service says it has found more graffiti in some of the West's most scenic locations in a case that sparked an uproar on social media last week.

Californians will pay more for water, must still conserve: officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:07

Angelica Gallegos, whose well has run dry, chops vegetables as she stands next to her sink where she washes dishes with bottled water in PortervilleBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Californians face higher water prices and permanent conservation measures amid drought, global warming and population growth in a state that has long struggled to satisfy urban and agricultural needs, the administration of Governor Jerry Brown said Thursday. ...


AP asks for accounting of fake FBI news stories

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:06
SEATTLE (AP) — Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and The Associated Press sent separate letters to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday expressing concerns that the FBI faked an AP story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007. The AP also asked the Justice Department to account for other times it has posed as a media organization in an investigation.

2 Louisiana children killed walking to school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:05
BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say two teenage girls were killed and a third was seriously injured when a pickup truck hit them while they walked to school.

Hate crime bill approved in Philadelphia after same-sex attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:04

Hate crime bill approved in Philadelphia after same-sex attackPhiladelphia's city council has passed a bill authorizing added penalties for gender identity and sexual orientation hate crimes that aren't covered under state law.


Defense asks for new judge in Iraq war crime case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:03
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Defense lawyers called a military judge biased and unfair on Thursday and asked him to remove himself from the case of a Marine being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crime case.