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GMO labeling foes spend big on campaigns in Oregon, Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:29

Labels point out products verified to not contain genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, WashingtonBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Opponents of GMO food labeling proposals on the ballot next month in Oregon and Colorado have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, nearly triple the money raised by supporters of the initiatives, campaign finance reports show. Both measures would require labels on foods made with genetically engineered crops, which are common in the United States. Voters in Colorado and Oregon weigh in on the issue in mid-term election voting on Nov. 6. ...


California mayor arrested in suspected DUI crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:07

In this Dec. 2010 photo, Alan Long, mayor of Murrieta stands overlooking Murrieta, Calif. Long was driving under the influence when he rear-ended a car and injured four cheerleaders, police said. Long, who was arrested on suspicion of DUI, was released Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, on $50,000 bail, according to The Riverside Press-Enterprise. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Frank Bellino)MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of a California city was driving under the influence when he rear-ended a car and injured four cheerleaders, police said.


Artist's remains exhumed to probe his 1959 death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:04
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — The bodies of an African-American artist and his son-in-law who died decades ago were exhumed Friday in Connecticut in the hope of answering lingering questions about their deaths.

Kentucky police say boy remains in hospital after sexual assault

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:55
By Tim Ghianni (Reuters) - A Kentucky teenager remains hospitalized but his condition is improving after he was sodomized by a group of male acquaintances at a party, an attack that was captured on cell phone video, police said on Friday. Tyler Perry, 19, Dayton Ross Jones, 20, and Samuel Miller, 18, were charged with first-degree sodomy, promoting a sexual performance by a minor and use of a minor in a sexual performance, said Chris Miller, spokesman for the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. ...

Attorney denied hearing delay appears with baby

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:52

Attorney denied hearing delay appears with babyA judge in Atlanta denied an attorney's request to delay a hearing that fell during her six-week maternity leave and then scolded her when she showed up with her 4-week-old strapped to her chest.


Constitution takes trip before 3-year restoration

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:37

A sailor stands on deck as The USS Constitution returns from a final tour of Boston Harbor, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Boston, before entering dry dock for a three-year restoration project. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Old Ironsides took one last trip around Boston Harbor on Friday ahead of a major, multi-year restoration project, firing its cannons while the Dropkick Murphys punk band and a Boston Pops quintet entertained hundreds of special guests and dignitaries on board.


2 sides in pot debate appeal to maternal instincts

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:30

Mothers and others who oppose marijuana legalization in Oregon speak to reporters, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 in Lake Oswego, Ore.. The mothers against Measure 91 say legalization will harm children, because it will make marijuana and edibles such as marijuana-laced cookies and gummy bears more accessible to children. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — Both sides in Oregon's debate over whether to legalize marijuana are appealing to maternal instincts with the election less than three weeks away.


Confederate pomp amid burial of slave's daughter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:30
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When the ashes of Mattie Clyburn Rice, the daughter of a slave, are buried Saturday in her father's grave in the North Carolina piedmont, a color guard of Confederate re-enactors will be in attendance. So will members of the United Daughters of Confederacy.

Suspect bragged about killing Chinese USC students

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:28

FILE - An April 13, 2012, file combo made from undated file photos released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows shooting victims Ming Qu, left, and Ying Wu. Jurors in the case of a man charged with the murders of the Chinese students at the University of Southern California were played a videotape Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, where he bragged about the shootings. Prosecutors played the video of Javier Bolden boasting to a cellmate after his arrest in the killings. The 23-year-old engineering students were shot on April 11, 2012 while sitting in a parked car in a neighborhood near the campus.(AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in the case of a man charged with the murders of two Chinese students at the University of Southern California were played a videotape Thursday where he bragged about the shootings.


Five report sexual assaults at University of California Berkeley fraternity

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:20
(Reuters) - Five people have reported that they were given a date-rape drug and sexually assaulted at an off-campus fraternity at the University of California, Berkeley, school police said on Friday. The five individuals told campus security that they were given "roofies" and assaulted at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity last weekend, said Lieutenant Eric Tejada of the University of California, Berkeley, Police Department. Tejada said he could release no further details of the allegations and that the investigation had been turned over to the Berkeley Police Department. ...

Pa. police identify 2 men found dead in parked car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:54

Pa. police identify 2 men found dead in parked carThe discovery of two dead men in a parked vehicle near state game lands in eastern Pennsylvania has prompted an investigation by state police and the Berks County coroner's office.


San Diego college students get antibiotics after one dies of meningitis

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:50
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Free antibiotics have been given out to more than 400 San Diego State University students potentially exposed to bacterial meningitis from a campus sorority member who died of the disease early on Friday, campus and public health officials said. Sara Stelzer, an 18-year-old freshman, was admitted to a San Diego hospital earlier in the week with a high fever and other symptoms and died on Friday morning, according to the university's student affairs vice president, Eric Rivera. ...

North Dakota well leaking oil, gas and water

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:50
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Workers are attempting to contain an out-of-control oil well in North Dakota, authorities said Friday.

Connecticut man in plea deal for carrying assault weapon on campus

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:47
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A former University of New Haven student pleaded guilty on Friday to charges stemming from an incident that triggered fears of another Connecticut school massacre in the style of the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings. William Dong, 23, of Fairfield, Connecticut, will serve at least two years in prison under a plea deal, authorities said. He was arrested on Dec. 17 on charges of bringing two handguns and a banned assault rifle to the New Haven school, prompting a massive police response and campus-wide lockdown. ...

Ex-Los Angeles schools chief says resignation came in polarized atmosphere

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:46

Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent John Deasy speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Los Angeles public schools Superintendent John Deasy said on Friday, a day after resigning from his post, that his testimony in a landmark case on tenure rules for teachers created a polarizing atmosphere over his leadership. The former top official of the second-largest school district in the nation, who has been praised by reform groups seeking to hold teachers to more stringent standards, also told reporters in a conference call that he might eventually run for office. ...


Attorney sentenced to jail in drug-framing scheme

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:40
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An attorney was sentenced Friday to six months in jail after authorities said he tried to frame a school volunteer by planting pot and painkillers in her car because she slighted his 6-year-old young son.

Courts knock down gay marriage bans in Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:38

gay couples marry outside of Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in CharlotteBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Barriers to gay marriage fell in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming on Friday following a series of federal court actions in the latest in a series of legal victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America. In Arizona, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick wrote in a ruling made public on Friday that the state's restrictions on gay marriage were "unconstitutional by virtue of the fact that they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law." Same-sex couples in the state began getting married right away. ...


Investigation of risque video of women with guns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:19
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A risque video shot in conservative Utah featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks for a pinup calendar has raised the ire of a pair of law enforcement agencies who have found some of their officers were in the film.

Dad accused of killing kids, self wanted new life

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:12
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A stay-at-home dad in nasty divorce with his wife shot their three children Friday, killing two of them before fatally shooting himself inside the family's Florida home, authorities said.

Gay marriage: Alaska, Arizona couples win fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:08

Supporters rally outside of the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments Friday on South Dakota's request to throw out a lawsuit challenging its ban on gay marriage but will file her decision later. (AP Photo/The Argus Leader, Jay Pickthorn) NO SALESANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gay couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona on Friday, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states.