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Attorneys seeking to halt Oklahoma executions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:18

File - This Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, shows an arm restraint on the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. Attorneys for 21 death row inmates who will be in a federal court this week challenging Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure outlined their strategy in court documents that reveal grisly new details in the botched execution of an inmate in April, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for 21 Oklahoma death row inmates head to federal court this week hoping that behind-the-scenes details of an execution gone awry will prevent a "bloody mess" from ever happening again.

New York bans cosmetic pet tattoos, piercings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:12
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Body art is not for animals, at least not in New York.

Appeals court upholds condom use in LA porn films

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County ordinance requiring actors in pornographic films to use condoms does not violate the porn industry's First Amendment rights of free expression, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

Suspect in Montgomery County killing spree still loose; 6 dead

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:06

New details about 6 victims in Montgomery County killing spree; suspect looseAuthorities have identified the man sought in a Montgomery County killing spree that left six people dead at three separate locations.

Protesters chain themselves to Oakland police station doors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:04

Demonstrators sit along a street as others block doors to the Oakland Police Department to protest against killings of unarmed black men by police officers in Oakland, CaliforniaBy Emmett Berg OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Protesters chained themselves to the doors of the police headquarters in Oakland, California, on Monday, prompting several arrests, and one demonstrator scaled a flagpole to hang a "Black Lives Matter" banner in front of the building. Oakland and neighboring Berkeley have been the site of demonstrations for more than a week over decisions by grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. ...

Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:02

Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunmanThe deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city.

Stronger start for Obama's health law this year

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:01

This Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, a screen shot shows the home page of HealthCare,gov, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service. President Barack Obama's health insurance expansion faces the biggest test of its second year on Monday, the deadline to sign up for coverage that starts Jan. 1. Not only are and state websites preparing for heavy traffic, but the deadline also is a test of whether millions of current customers understood that they needed to come back and shop to keep their premiums in line. (AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law is off to a stronger start this year. But it's not perfect, and Americans remain skeptical that the government's newest social program is right for the country.

Oregon protester, hit by vehicle, is cited by police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:52
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old Oregon man who was struck by a vehicle last week after joining a crowd of demonstrators to block traffic in protest against the killings of black men by police has been ticketed for his actions, Portland police said on Monday. The driver of an Audi sports utility vehicle struck the protester on Saturday while he was trying to navigate a downtown Portland street filled with people chanting "Black Lives Matter," according to a police report. ...

Police: Woman bit off part of boyfriend's chin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:45
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming woman faces a felony aggravated assault charge after police say she bit off part of her boyfriend's chin during an argument.

Tennessee lab says eight workers exposed to radiation, no health threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:42
By Timothy Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Eight nuclear workers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory were exposed to radiation in August while working on a classified project, a spokesman for the facility said on Monday, adding the exposure was well below minimum thresholds. The radiation was airborne and none of the workers lost any work time as a result of the exposure, said David Keim, communications director for the U.S. government-affiliated scientific research facility in the eastern Tennessee city of Oak Ridge. ...

Sony threatens to sue for publishing stolen emails

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:42

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2014 file photo, attorney David Boies is seen in Washington. Lawyers representing Sony Pictures Entertainment are threatening news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in recent days, following one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company. Boies, a prominent lawyer hired by the company, demanded Sunday that Sony’s "stolen information" _ publicly available on the Internet by the gigabytes _ should be returned immediately because it contains privileged, private information. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment is warning news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company.

Seattle police investigate threatening letter at Amazon headquarters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:41
By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle police are searching for explosives at's headquarters after a threatening letter was found at one of the company's buildings just north of the city's downtown district, authorities said on Monday. Amazon building security contacted Seattle police at 10:30 a.m. local time (1.30 p.m. ET) after staff found a note inside a bathroom at one of the buildings that make up Amazon's sprawling headquarters, police said, without disclosing the contents of the note. ...

Court eyes use of hypnosis in '79 missing-boy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:32
NEW YORK (AP) — As one of the nation's most infamous missing-child cases heads toward trial, a court is looking at a tool used long ago in the decades-old investigation: hypnosis.

Philly councilman: Christie, "you are just a creep"

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:30

 Christie, "you are just a creep"After seeing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sitting with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at Sunday night's game, Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney shared his thoughts on social media.

Defense rests in German exchange student shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:28
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Videotape of Markus Kaarma crying in a Montana police station after he shot and killed a German exchange student was one of the last pieces of evidence put up by defense attorneys in his murder trial, whose outcome hinges on how jurors interpret Kaarma's use of a state self-defense law.

MIA Korean War soldier finally buried next to mom

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:28

A soldier salutes during a graveside service for Anthony La Rossa in Farmingdale, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The 18-year-old New York City soldier listed for decades as missing in action during the Korean War is receiving full military honors at a funeral Monday on Long Island. The remains of Pfc. Anthony La Rossa of Brooklyn were returned to the United States by North Korea in the early 1990s, and only recently identified. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — More than 60 years after Pfc. Anthony La Rossa went missing while serving with the U.S. Army in the Korean War, the Brooklyn native's remains have been buried next to the mother who went to her grave never knowing his fate.

Driver accused of fleeing with man on car who died

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:26
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Police in Springfield, Oregon, believe a driver hit a pedestrian and fled with him on top of her car, carrying the man for 11 blocks before removing him and leaving him in the street to die.

Largest family detention center for immigrants opens in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:25
By Jim Forsyth DILLEY, Texas (Reuters) - Saying our borders are "not open to illegal migration," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday opened in Dilley, Texas, what is billed as the largest U.S. family detention center to hold those caught entering the country illegally. Johnson also used the occasion to criticize congressional Republicans he said failed to fully fund his department in the budget bill approved this past weekend. ...

Officials release 3 eagles at Michigan power plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:24
HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Three weak, emaciated eagles that were nursed back to health at a Michigan raptor rehabilitation facility have been released back into the wild.

Mother: Boy killed by police never had a chance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:20

Samaria Rice, of Cleveland, Ohio, wears a button with her son's photograph during an interview at The Associated Press, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 in New York. A Cleveland police officer fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice on Nov. 22 as he played with a toy gun outside a recreation center. Rice says her son was never given a chance to follow officers' orders, but she believes the family "will have justice." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a 12-year-old Ohio boy fatally shot by police who believed he was carrying a gun said Monday he was never given a chance to follow officers' orders.