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Colorado health officials recommend banning most pot confections

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:16

Edible medical marijuana in the form of chicken fried rice is shown at the Northwest Patient Resource Center in SeattleBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Pot-infused brownies, candies and other confections that are “naturally attractive to children” should be banned, according to recommendations on Monday by Colorado health officials to a task force charged with drafting rules on marijuana edibles. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said edible marijuana products should instead be limited to “a simple lozenge/hard candy or tinctures. ...


Facebook sues law firms, claims fraud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is suing several law firms that represented a man who claimed he owned half of the social network and was entitled to billions of dollars from the company and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Owner pleads guilty in Vegas puppy store fire case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:13
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former pet shop owner has pleaded guilty to felony arson and insurance fraud in a fire at a Las Vegas pet shop where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued by firefighters earlier this year.

6-year-old buying bubblegum killed in drive-by

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:11

This photo provided by the Hooper family shows 6-year-old Angel Hoopper who died in a drive-by shooting at a convenience store in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Police said in a news release that Angel Hooper was wounded Friday night when someone in a passing vehicle fired multiple rounds into the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store. She was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Several people were in the parking lot when gunfire erupted. The girl was with a family friend. Police are reviewing surveillance footage and urging anyone with information to call a special hotline. Police Chief Darryl Forté also used Twitter to urge the shooter or shooters to surrender. The message said that Forté didn't believe the girl was the intended victim. (AP Photo/Hooper Family)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 6-year-old girl was killed during a drive-by shooting while shopping for bubblegum with her father at a convenience store in Kansas City, according to police, who are vowing to find those responsible for her death.


New York man hired to assist suicide sentenced to 12 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:04

Minor is presented in New York State Supreme Court for his manslaughter sentencing in related suicide-for-hire case in New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man convicted of helping a debt-ridden motivational speaker commit suicide to make the death look like a robbery was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday, prosecutors said. Kenneth Minor, 42, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month in the stabbing death of Jeffrey Locker in 2009, a spokeswoman with the Manhattan District Attorney's office said. Locker, a 52-year-old motivational speaker, hired Minor to help him kill himself and make it look like a robbery so his family could collect life insurance payouts, prosecutors said. ...


Execution date set for man who raped, killed University of Delaware student

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

Execution date set for man who raped, killed University of Delaware studentA Delaware judge has set a Dec. 4 execution date for a man convicted of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.


Blood sample tests negative for Pennsylvania police ambush suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:53

Handout of Matthew Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, PennsylvaniaBy Joe McDonald EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Blood drops found by a homeowner in northeastern Pennsylvania, where police have spent five weeks searching for a sniper who killed a state trooper and wounded another, have tested negative for the main suspect in the case, police said on Monday. Two samples were collected last Thursday at separate locations in Cresco, a Pennsylvania State Police spokesman said in an email, but only one of them turned out to be blood. ...


Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:48

FILE - This Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows women shading themselves from the hot sun in the Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles. It sounds like a broken record, but last month again set a new mark for global heat. And meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie the hottest year ever recorded, or more likely break it. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.


Fire that killed 6 began downstairs; cause unclear

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:40

Emergency workers gather in front of the house in McKeesport, Pa. where a fire killed six members of a family, four of them children, and left another in the hospital in critical condition on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A house fire that killed four children, their mother and their stepgrandfather began in the downstairs living room, but its cause remained unclear, a public safety official said Monday.


Philly's new marijuana law goes into effect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:39

Philly's new marijuana law goes into effectPeople caught with small amounts of marijuana in Philadelphia will no longer end up with a criminal record.


California woman gets stuck in chimney trying to sneak into home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:31
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California woman who tried to sneak into a house through the chimney got stuck and had to be rescued by firefighters, who used dish soap to help extricate the soot-covered intruder, authorities said on Monday. Local media reports say the woman, identified by police as Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, tried on Sunday to enter the Los Angeles-area house of a man who said he met her online, and that when she got stuck she started screaming for help. ...

San Francisco radio stations ban hit song 'Royals'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:29

FILE - In this April 9, 2014 file photo, New Zealand's singer-songwriter Lorde answers questions from the press in Mexico City, Mexico. The popular song “Royals” by Lorde is getting caught up in the fervor over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. Two San Francisco radio stations say they won’t play the song during the duration of the World Series. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell,File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The popular song "Royals" by New Zealand artist Lorde is getting caught up in the fervor over the upcoming World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.


U.S. Ebola 'czar' will not attend House hearing on Friday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has informed a U.S. House of Representatives Committee that the newly appointed U.S. Ebola "czar" will not be available to testify later this week at a hearing examining the U.S. response to the deadly virus, a committee official said. The official said that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had invited Ron Klain, a veteran government policy adviser and political operative, to attend a Capitol Hill hearing on Friday. ...

GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:20

GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going awayWhile Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. They just don't see the law going away, even if ...


Report on whistleblower is inconclusive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:13
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy's inspector general on Monday said it could not determine if a whistleblower on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was fired for raising safety concerns because two contractors failed to provide all the documents needed in the investigation.

Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:09

FILE - This May 30, 2007 file photo shows a cable box on top of a television in Philadelphia. Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. But cutting the cord won’t mean cutting out your cable provider, and some would-be customers may balk when they see just how much paying a la carte actually costs. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there — why would anyone sign up now for cable?


U.S. Ebola response chief seeks to reverse mistakes, step up response

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:53
By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain faces a long to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost. Klain, a former senior aide in two Democratic administrations who is known for his keen political antenna, must also smooth over tensions with lawmakers who are angry about the government's missteps and mixed messages. ...

Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:45
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found over the weekend in Indiana say the suspect has told them that he may have killed people going back 20 years.

University of Delaware student among 2 dead in head-on crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:44

University of Delaware student among 2 dead in head-on crashA University of Delaware student was one of two people killed in a head-on crash Friday in Newark.


Suspected Indiana serial killings could go back 20 years: police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:35
HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) - A northwest Indiana man suspected in at least seven killings of women may have killed other people in the state as far back as 20 years ago, local police said on Monday. Hammond, Indiana, police are seeking murder charges against Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, Indiana, in connection with the strangulation of a woman on Friday night, Hammond Police Chief John Doughty told a news conference. Vann has helped lead authorities to six other bodies, Doughty added. "It could go back as far as 20 years based on some statements we have," Doughty said. "That's yet to be corroborated. ...