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Methodist panel to hear appeal over gay wedding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:56
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Methodist pastor who became a gay rights activist after he was disciplined for officiating at his son's wedding to another man will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination.

No trick: Across US, Halloween bumped for football

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:48

Amesbury High School footballCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it's time to reschedule the holiday.


Germany's Lufthansa to sell IT division to IBM

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:18
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest airline, Lufthansa, says it plans to sell its information technology infrastructure division to IBM as part of a deal aimed at reducing the company's IT costs.

Heineken reports lower third quarter earnings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:10
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV says poor weather and weak economies in Europe dragged its third quarter earnings lower, though sales in developing markets grew strongly.

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:04

Former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CaliforniaBy Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of a dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday aged 93. Bradlee's death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that he had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years. ...


Ebola victim's sister says hospital denied request

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:40

 A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that the facility mishandled the case.


Judge to hear plea deal in oil patch killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:16

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Sidney, Mont., Police Dept. shows missing Sidney High School math teacher Sherry Arnold. A plea agreement with prosecutors filed Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, calls for a 100-year sentence for Michael Keith Spell, 25, on a charge of deliberate homicide for the 2012 death of Arnold. A charge of attempted kidnapping would be dropped. (AP Photo/Sidney Montana Police Dept., File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge will consider a plea agreement Wednesday that calls for a Colorado man to plead guilty to killing a high school teacher and burying her in a shallow grave in the Bakken oil patch.


Website asks high court to throw out lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:14

People opposed to child sex trafficking rally outside of the Washington state Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. The court was hearing a case filed by three victims who say the website Backpage.com helps promote the exploitation of children. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)SEATTLE (AP) — A lawyer told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three young girls who were sold as prostitutes on a website should be thrown out because the website didn't write the ads, so it's not liable.


Oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dies at 88

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:33

Oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dies at 88Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. He was 88. Hunt died Tuesday at a Dallas ...


Family, friends remember women slain in Indiana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:32

This photo provided by Lori Townsend shows Afrikka Hardy, whose body was found Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 in a bathtub at a Motel 6 in Hammond, Ind. Authorities say Darren Vann, who was taken into custody Saturday, confessed to Hardy's slaying, directed police to six bodies in abandoned homes in nearby Gary, Ind., and hinted at more victims over a 20-year span. (AP Photo/Lori Townsend)Seven women have been found dead this week in northwestern Indiana, one in a motel and six in abandoned houses in Gary.


Asia stocks gain on US rally, Europe stimulus talk

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:29

In this Oct. 8, 2014 photo, a man walks to work on Wall Street, near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stocks are opening higher Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 after several big companies reported results that pleased investors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)Hopes for fresh stimulus from the European Central Bank and China's steady growth bolstered Asian stock markets Wednesday after the S&P 500 had its best day of the year.


Japan's exports up in September, deficit persists

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:36

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 8, 2014 file photo, port workers adjust the rope from a freight vessel which is moored at the pier of a container terminal in Tokyo. Japan's trade deficit edged higher in September though exports rose more than expected as the yen weakened to a near six-year low, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit edged higher in September though exports rose more than expected as the yen weakened to a near six-year low, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.


AccuWeather: Turning Much Cooler with Periods of Rain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:57

 Cloudy, Cool and Wet TodayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking some showers moving our way.


Kidnapping charges dismissed for West Philadelphia business owners

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:54

Kidnapping charges dismissed for West Philadelphia business ownersTwo West Philadelphia business owners say their reputations were destroyed and their efforts to help their home country of Liberia delayed because of a wrongful prosecution by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.


Schools reopen Wednesday amid Eric Frein search

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:53

Schools reopen Wednesday amid Eric Frein searchPolice swarmed the area around a clothing bin late Tuesday morning after another possible sighting of Eric Frein, the man who allegedly gunned down a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.


Elusive bobcat escapes again from New Jersey home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:52

Elusive bobcat escapes again from New Jersey homeA pet bobcat that has repeatedly escaped from its owner's southern New Jersey home is again on the loose.


U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:43

Prescreening is done on a passenger arriving from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport in ChicagoBy Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. ...


Coach of Sayreville football team suspended

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:37

Coach of Sayreville football team suspendedThe coaching staff of a high school football team rocked by charges of sexual assault and hazing has been suspended.


U.S. authorities arrest head of Mexican drug gang Gulf Cartel

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:36
(Reuters) - The head of the notorious Mexican cocaine-trafficking gang, the Gulf Cartel, was taken into custody in southern Texas, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Mexican national, Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez, 23, was arrested on Oct. 9 while shopping in Edinburg, Texas just north of the Mexican-U.S. border, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas said in a joint statement with federal authorities. Law enforcement officials said he led the cartel as it shipped thousands of kilograms of cocaine and marijuana into eastern Texas, which were then distributed across the country. ...

Pedestrian struck and killed in Pennsauken

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:36

Pedestrian struck and killed in PennsaukenCamden County authorities are investigating a fatal accident in Pennsauken.