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US appeals court revives SC solitary confinement challenge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:44
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a South Carolina inmate's claim that prison officials have violated his due process rights by holding him in solitary confinement for 20 years.

New York City reviewing contracts with Donald Trump, mayor says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:43

Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to supporters during a back-yard reception in BedfordNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City is reviewing its contracts with Donald Trump following comments by the developer and U.S. presidential candidate insulting Mexicans, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. "Trump’s comments do not represent the values of inclusion and openness that define us as New Yorkers," the mayor said in a statement. (Editing By Ellen Wulfhorst)

Congregants, protesters gather at Indiana Church of Cannabis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:42

First Church of Cannabis Founder Bill Levin exhales as he smokes a "sacrament substitute" during the church's first service, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Indianapolis. Levin said he decided to keep marijuana out of Wednesday's service to ensure he can test the Indiana religious objections law in civil court instead of on criminal grounds. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 100 people packed a pot-smoking Indianapolis church for a music-filled service without their illegal sacrament Wednesday, days after authorities threatened arrests if the congregation lit up during the rites.

Officials rule out natural causes in Washington state blaze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:42

An untouched home stands surrounded by burned-out hillsides Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Wenatchee, Wash. Two dozen homes were destroyed in a fast-moving wildfire Sunday night in Wenatchee. A handful of businesses also were destroyed when flames spread to the downtown core. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire that destroyed nearly 30 homes in central Washington state was likely human-caused.

Medicare proposes coverage change on short hospital stays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare proposed Wednesday to ease a coverage policy on short hospital stays that has been criticized because it can result in higher costs for seniors.

New security procedures implemented at NY prison where inmates escaped

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:34

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo views the scene of a prison escape in a handout picture taken at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New YorkRigorous new security procedures have been implemented during the past four weeks at the New York prison that is under investigation after two inmates staged a brazen breakout last month, officials said on Wednesday. Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the investigation after convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat fled Clinton Correctional Facility by cutting through cell walls, climbing down a catwalk, maneuvering through a steam pipe and emerging from an outside manhole. Matt, 49, was shot and killed on Friday after nearly three weeks on the run, and Sweat, 35, was captured on Sunday.

NWS: Tornado hit Honey Brook, straight line winds in Whitehall Township

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:30

 Tornado hit Honey Brook, straight line winds in Whitehall TownshipThe National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down near Honey Brook, Chester County on Tuesday.

Russia won't call Srebrenica a genocide but many others do

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:28
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western nations and Russia may be dueling over whether the U.N. Security Council should call the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian war an act of genocide but at Wednesday's General Assembly commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Europe's worst mass killing since World War II there was no doubt.

Moore, AP West editor, named Milwaukee correspondent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:26
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Greg Moore, an editor on The Associated Press' West regional desk, has been named supervisory correspondent in the cooperative's Milwaukee bureau.

Bond nearly final for doctor tied to NJ Sen. Menendez

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:20
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez could be released from jail as soon as Thursday after 11 weeks behind bars.

Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:16
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

Ohio funeral home owner indicted after bodies found in room

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:14
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The owner of a funeral home where several bodies intended for cremation were found in a state of decay was charged Wednesday with abuse of a corpse.

A look at the 7 shark attacks off NC in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:14
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — There have been seven people attacked by sharks along the North Carolina coast in the past three weeks, the most recorded in one year since the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File began keeping records 80 years ago. The highest previous total was five attacks in 2010.

Maryland farmer testifies at trial, denies abusing livestock

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:07
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland farmer charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty testified Wednesday that he treated his cattle, goats and sheep better than authorities did when they seized the livestock he allegedly neglected.

Is it endangered? More study for alligator snapping turtles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:58
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal protection may be needed for three amphibian species and seven reptiles, including the hard-biting, spiky-shelled alligator snapping turtle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.

Suspects take photos on stolen iPhone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:48

Suspects take photos on stolen iPhoneTwo Delaware County theft suspects may have accidentally given themselves up by mugging for a stolen camera.

Pa. nurse drops newborn baby at hospital, fracturing his skull

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:46

Pa. nurse drops newborn baby at hospital, fracturing his skullA hospital and police are investigating what might have caused a veteran nurse to drop a newborn baby, fracturing his skull.

Amtrak seeks to combine lawsuits over fatal Philadelphia derailment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:45

Emergency workers inspect the engine of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaThe railroad on Tuesday joined many plaintiffs in requesting that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation appoint U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis, who already oversees 16 cases stemming from the accident, to handle all 22 existing lawsuits plus "numerous" others it expects to be filed. Passengers on Train 188 have sued Amtrak in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey over injuries linked to the May 12 derailment, which occurred when the train left the track along a northbound curve in Philadelphia after traveling at more than twice the speed limit. Amtrak has said its liability from a single accident is capped at $200 million, under a 1997 federal law.

Man who shot police chokehold video arrested on drug charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:41
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who recorded video of a white police officer applying a fatal chokehold to a black man has been arrested on drug charges, police said Wednesday.

Papal Visit: Online store launches with Pope bobbleheads and more

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:40

 Online store launches with Pope bobbleheads and morePope Francis is a doll. No, really.