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Tennessee Supreme Court postpones execution amid court challenge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:05
(Reuters) - The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday granted the request of a death row inmate to postpone his execution so that a court challenge to the state's execution methods can work its way through the judicial system, court documents showed. Billy Ray Irick, who was scheduled to die on Oct. 7, is one of 11 death row inmates in Tennessee who are challenging the constitutionality of lethal drug protocol and its possible use of the electric chair, according to court documents. ...

Ohio asks US Supreme Court to delay voting order

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:03

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2012, file photo, voters wait in line outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland on the final day of early voting. A federal appeals court on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, upheld an order from an Ohio judge that expands the swing state's voting schedule this fall. The ruling moved the start of early voting to Sept. 30 instead of Oct. 7. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for Ohio asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to delay a federal judge's order that expands the swing state's early voting schedule this fall.

ISIS Executioner Identified, FBI Chief Says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:03
The FBI knows the identity of the masked, black clad ISIS militant who has been videotaped apparently murdering American and British hostages, FBI Director James Comey said today.

Police report on Freeh car crash cites poor rest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:53
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A police report into a car crash that injured former FBI Director Louis Freeh last month said he told investigating officers he didn't remember leaving his vacation home and hadn't slept well the night before.

FBI Identifies ISIS Executioner, Bureau Chief Says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:53
The FBI knows the identity of the masked, black clad ISIS militant who has been videotaped apparently murdering American and British hostages, FBI Director James Comey said today.

Ferguson chief apologizes in video to Brown family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:50
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri police chief whose officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old last month released a video Thursday apologizing to the family and the community, acknowledging that Michael Brown's body remained in the street for too long after he was killed.

Pennsylvania priest held on sex tourism charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:48
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A priest accused of traveling to Honduras to engage in sex with children while promoting missionary work with the poor there has been arrested by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

8 named in Pennsylvania porn office emails case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:41
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eight former employees of the state attorney general's office sent or received inter-office emails containing pornography, including one man who sent more than three dozen and received more than 400, officials said Thursday.

Japan demands quick NKorea report on abductions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:39

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demanded Thursday that North Korea quickly complete an investigation into Japanese citizens believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and '80s.

New York officials scramble to reassure city after security threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:39

New York Mayor de Blasio and New York City Police Commissioner Bratton enter the City Hall subway station while on their way to give a news conference in New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A warning by Iraq's prime minister that Islamist militants planned to attack New York City sent political leaders scrambling on Thursday to assure the public it was safe to ride the subways and travel the streets of the nation's largest city. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio each had the same idea - take a subway ride to a busy transit hub to announce that everything was under control. "I have a simple message for all New Yorkers. ...

Abandoned truck dripping rancid chicken juice

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:36

This photo provided by the Nampa Police Department shows a Volvo tractor similar to the one reported missing by Dixie River Freight Inc., in Nampa, Idaho. A former employee, Christopher L. Hall, is suspected of abandoning a trailer containing $80,000 in frozen chicken at a western Montana truck stop and taking the $160,000 tractor. The chicken has thawed and rancid juices are leaking from the truck. (AP Photo/Nampa Police Department)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A truck dripping rancid juices from thousands of pounds of rotting chicken sat in the heat attracting flies Thursday at a western Montana truck stop, where an Idaho trucking company employee abandoned it.

San Diego to pay nearly $6M to settle lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:27
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city of San Diego has agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle a federal lawsuit by a woman who says she was groped by a police officer in 2011 after being pulled over for an alleged traffic violation.

Man gets 10 years for pushing wife off Maine cliff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:27
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine resident who bashed his wife on the head with a rock and pushed her off an 800-foot cliff will serve 10 years in prison under a sentenced imposed Thursday.

Education official says students used as 'pawns'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:26

Students line a busy intersection and overpass protesting against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Several hundred students walked out of class Thursday in the fourth straight day of protests in Jefferson County. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — As a new wave of young protesters in suburban Denver rallied against an education proposal to promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience, the district's school board president said Thursday that students were being misinformed and used as "pawns."

California woman attacked by bear while walking dogs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:25
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California woman was attacked by a 200-pound black bear in a rural area of central California, suffering bites, scratches and a broken rib, state fish and wildlife officials said on Thursday. The woman told authorities she briefly lost sight of her dogs when they went off the trail during a hike near the community of Carpenteria, east of Santa Barbara, California, on Monday, Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Janice Mackey said. ...

Fired South Carolina trooper charged in shooting of unarmed driver

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:24
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina state trooper who was fired after shooting and wounding an unarmed driver he stopped for a seat belt violation has been charged with aggravated assault and battery, authorities said. Sean Groubert, a white officer who was fired last week, was charged in South Carolina's Richland County on Wednesday in the Sept. 4 shooting of Levar Jones, who is black. Groubert faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. ...

California woman clawed, bitten in bear attack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:20

This photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a bear trap, set in an attempt to capture a black bear that attacked a woman, in Carpinteria, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Carpinteria Valley rancher Emily Miles shows is recovering from injuries she received Monday, Sept. 22, in what is called an "unprovoked" attack near Carpinteria. (AP Photo/California Department of Fish and Wildlife)CARPINTERIA, Calif. (AP) — A California woman is recovering from scratches, a bite and a broken rib after being attacked by a black bear that chased her dogs through an avocado grove.

US judge orders Wylys to give up as much as $400M

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:14
NEW YORK (AP) — A Texas businessman and the estate of his brother must give up as much as $400 million after a civil jury found that they engaged in a massive fraud to evade taxes, a judge said in a ruling released Thursday.

U.S. Attorney General Holder to step down, successor faces array of challenges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:13

U.S. President Obama announces the resignation of Attorney General Holder at the White House in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards and David Ingram WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eric Holder said on Thursday he would step down as U.S. attorney general, setting up a potentially bruising Senate fight to confirm a successor who can tackle a long list of pending challenges at the Justice Department. Holder, an unapologetic liberal voice and one of President Barack Obama's closest allies, will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed. His nearly six-year term, marked by civil rights advances and frequent fights with Congress, made him one of the nation's longest serving attorneys ...

Pennsylvania officials in porn email scandal named by attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:12
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's attorney general on Thursday identified top state officials who received pornographic emails on government computers, reversing course after a long-running fight with reporters who sought the release of the information. All of the officials named by Attorney General Kathleen Kane served under Governor Tom Corbett when he was attorney general and his successor, Linda Kelly. The list includes two current officials in the Republican governor's administration: Frank Noonan, the commander of the Pennsylvania State Police, and E. ...