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UN committee demands that Iran stop executions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:17
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly human rights committee approved a resolution Tuesday expressing deep concern about rights violations in Iran, including the "alarmingly high frequency" of the use of the death penalty.

Nevada has highest proportion of illegal immigrants in U.S.: study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:13
By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Nevada has the highest proportion of illegal immigrants of any U.S. state at 7.6 percent of its population while the number of illegal immigrants nationwide is leveling off at about 11.2 million, according to a study released on Tuesday. The study by the Pew Research Center looked at U.S. illegal immigrant population trends over a three-year period ending in 2012. The number of illegal immigrants in Nevada fell by 20,000 over that period, according to the Pew analysis, but the state still had about 210,000. ...

Mother says Vatican criticism of daughter's Oregon assisted suicide hurtful

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:07
By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - The mother of a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer who took advantage of Oregon's assisted suicide law to end her life said on Tuesday that the Vatican deeply wounded her by unfairly calling into question her daughter's decision. Debbie Ziegler, the mother of Brittany Maynard who ended her life at her Portland home on Nov. 1 by taking a fatal dose of medication, wrote on the website of Compassion & Choices, an organization that supports assisted suicide and worked with Maynard in the final weeks of her life. ...

No on Keystone pipeline -- but GOP vows replay

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:05

Climate advocates and representatives from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota protest against Keystone XL pipeline at Senator Landrieus house in WashingtonWASHINGTON (AP) — In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in January.


TSA: Ice skates OK on plane; fake saw stays home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:01

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein holds up a credit card style folding knife during a news conference at John. F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Transportation Security Administration displayed thousands of items on Tuesday that were confiscated from carry-on bags over three months at New York's Kennedy Airport. As the chaotic holiday travel season approaches, the agency wanted to remind the public what carry-on items were no-no's. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday displayed thousands of items confiscated from carry-on bags over three months at Kennedy Airport. As the chaotic holiday travel season approaches, the agency wanted to remind the public what carry-on items are no-nos.


Estate of keeper killed by cougar sues sanctuary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:00
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The estate of a young woman who was mauled to death by a cougar while working at a wild-cat sanctuary in suburban Portland is suing the sanctuary and its owners.

Massive expansion coming to King of Prussia Mall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:59

Massive expansion coming to King of Prussia MallShoppers familiar with the King of Prussia Mall know there are two very separate sections of the mall - The Court and The Plaza. You have to walk outside to get from one side to the other.


Fast-tracked bill would shield execution drug

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:54

Jim Tobin, a lobbyist for the Catholic Conference of Ohio, asks lawmakers to reject a bill that would shield the source of execution drugs, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Tobin called moves to make executions more secret "a new and troubling aspect of the death penalty." (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill that would shield the names of companies that provide Ohio its execution drugs continued its swift move through the Statehouse on Tuesday as opponents questioned a key defense given for the measure: it's needed to protect such companies from threats or potential harm.


Bucks County father charged in toddler's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:51

Bucks County father charged in toddler's deathA Bucks County man faces homicide charges in the death of his toddler son.


Cupich becomes Chicago archbishop, decries abuse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:50

Bishop Blase Cupich, left, and the retiring Cardinal Francis George listen during his Rite of Reception service at Holy Name Cathedral, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in Chicago. Cupich will be installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday. He was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, Pool)CHICAGO (AP) — Blase Cupich became the archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday after his predecessor handed him a bishop's staff and relinquished the chair that symbolizes the leadership of the nation's third-largest diocese.


Father of Lakewood rabbi killed in synagogue attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:49

Father of Lakewood rabbi killed in synagogue attackThere's sadness in Lakewood where the Jewish community is grieving for Rabbi Mosheh Twersky.


Appeals court lets gay marriage go ahead in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:49
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C (Reuters) - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Tuesday to stay a district court ruling from last week that struck down South Carolina's gay marriage ban, meaning same-sex weddings could happen there as soon as Thursday. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, said in a statement his office would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the district court's ruling. "This issue has not yet been resolved nationally," he said in a statement. ...

Daughter suing parents for college tuition prompts calls for law change

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:47

Daughter suing parents for college tuition prompts calls for law changeJust days after Action News first broke the story about a 21-year-old New Jersey woman suing her parents to help pay for her college tuition, a judge ruled in her favor, telling the parents to pay up.


Pennsylvania death row inmate gets stay of execution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:47
By Elizabeth Daley NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man sentenced to death for murdering four people was granted a stay of execution on Tuesday so he could join lawsuits challenging the state's execution methods, according to authorities. Michael Ballard, 41, of Allentown had been sentenced to die on Dec. 2 for the murders of his former girlfriend, Denise Merhi, her father, Dennis Marsh, her grandfather, Alvin Marsh, and her neighbor, Steven Zernhelt. ...

New York man charged for 25 cats hanging in trees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:43

FILE - In this April 24, 2014 file photo provided by the SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Division, plastic bags containing the remains of about 25 cats are hang from a tree in a wooded area in Yonkers, N.Y. The SPCA of Westchester said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 that Rene Carcamo of Yonkers has been charged with illegally disposing of the dead cats, though he is not charged with killing them. The SPCA group's director of enforcement says the disposal crime is what investigators feel they are "able to prove."(AP Photo/SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Division, File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the discovery last spring of 25 dead cats hanging from trees in plastic bags, a grisly find that prompted animal lovers including Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler to post $25,000 in reward money.


Search on for missing New Mexico plane with two on board

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:43
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Officials searched by ground and air in New Mexico on Tuesday for a single-engine plane with two passengers that went missing after taking off from a small airstrip west of Albuquerque on Friday, authorities said. Howard Guthrie, 55, and Melissa Watson, 42, were on board the Mooney M20 aircraft that left Moriarty en route for Pagosa Springs in Colorado for a weekend break, authorities said. ...

Death of Virginia college student ruled a homicide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:41

Jesse Matthew is pictured in this booking photoBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The death of Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia sophomore whose remains were found in October, has been ruled a homicide by the state's medical examiner, police said on Tuesday. Graham, 18, went missing on Sept. 13 after a night out in Charlottesville, Virginia, site of the university. Her disappearance sparked national attention and shook the college town about 100 miles southwest of Washington. The state's chief medical examiner has said the cause of death was "homicidal violence of undetermined etiology," or cause. ...


Missouri Governor names panel to address inequity in Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:35

Tense Ferguson, Missouri Awaits Grand Jury Findings In Shooting Of Michael BrownBy Scott Malone ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Missouri's governor on Tuesday named 16 members to a panel charged with making recommendations to fix social and economic inequalities in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb hit by protests since a white policeman fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August. Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, took the action as the region braced for a decision by a local grand jury on whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protests are expected, particularly if Wilson does not face criminal charges. ...


Senate narrowly fails to pass Keystone XL pipeline bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:33

Climate advocates and representatives from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota protest against Keystone XL pipeline at Senator Landrieu's house in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly failed to pass a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, rejecting a measure the House of Representatives approved last week. The vote count was 59-41 in favor, but 60 "ayes" would have been needed to assure passage. Fourteen Democrats voted for the bill, joining all 45 Republicans who voted to support the pipeline. TransCanada Corp's $8 billion pipeline would help transport crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, but is opposed by environmentalists. ...


Fatal stabbing of college student may stay mystery

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:32
MCMINVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Investigators may never know why a 33-year-old man rushed into a McMinnville convenience store last weekend and fatally stabbed a Linfield College athlete, the top prosecutor in Yamhill County said.