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Lawyer: Utah restaurant had other chemical burn

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:55

Attorney Paxton Guymon holds a photograph of Jim and Jan Harding following a news conference Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Jan Harding, 67, drank sweet tea containing a toxic cleaning chemical, severely burning her mouth and throat at a Utah restaurant after an employee mistook the substance for sugar and mixed it into a dispenser. Harding is listed in good condition at a Salt Lake City hospital as she continues to improve. Authorities say a worker at Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan unintentionally put the chemical cleaning compound in a sugar bag last month. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant said Thursday an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same substance.


Houston police face heat for death of wayward Chihuahua

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:54
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Houston police defended their actions on Thursday after facing criticism for an arrest last month where two people were taken into custody and a pet dog was left at the scene, eventually dying after apparently being hit by a car. Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland told reporters the dog was accidentally let out of the vehicle by a tow truck driver and three officers tried to catch it. The dog was reported to be a 14-year-old Chihuahua named Guero that suffered from vision problems. Josephine Garcia, the wife of one of the arrested men, told a Houston City Council meeting that month the detained men begged officers to call in an animal control group named BARC to take care of her family's pet.

Child reported missing in Nevada sought in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:51

Child reported missing in Nevada sought in PhiladelphiaPolice are looking for a child who was reported missing in Nevada but is now believed to be in the Philadelphia area.


U.S. watchdog finds Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl transfer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:49

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Defense Department violated U.S. The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon broke the law by using money appropriated by Congress to carry out the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners without giving lawmakers the required 30-day notice.


Oklahoma City policeman arrested for raping women while on patrol

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:30
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting at least six women while on patrol, police said. Daniel Holtzclaw, a three-year veteran, was booked on charges that included rape, oral sodomy and sexual battery, Chief Bill Citty told reporters. A lawyer for Holtzclaw was not immediately available for comment. He is being held on $5 million bond. Police expect there may be more victims who have not yet come forward. They added that some of the suspected assaults took place as a result of traffic stops. ...

Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:24
By Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken areas.     The restrictions come as California struggles through its third year of a catastrophic drought that has threatened a half-million acres of farmland, dried up reservoirs and shrunk the mountain snowpack that provides drinking water for millions of people.     “What we’re trying to prohibit is someone who makes a decision to empty their pool and then refill it," said Jonathan Volzke, spokesman for the Santa Margarita Water District, which implemented a ban on filling pools this month in several suburbs south of Los Angeles.

Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:21

A Campbellsville Fire Department truck with the ladder extended remained at the scene where two firefighters were injured during an ice bucket challenge during a fundraiser for ALS on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Campbellsville, Ky. Officials say the ladder got too close to a power line and electricity traveled to the ladder, electrocuting the firefighters. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)Four firefighters were injured — two seriously — when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge, police said Thursday.


American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:21
ATLANTA (AP) — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

California attorney general appeals ruling on death penalty system

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:20
(Reuters) - California's attorney general said on Thursday she is appealing a federal district court decision last month that found the state's death penalty system unconstitutional on the grounds it took so long it amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Central District of California ruled in the case of Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was condemned to death in 1995, that to take "nearly a generation" to decide on Jones' appeals violated his rights. Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement the decision threatened safeguards for the condemned, which include careful scrutiny during an often lengthy appeal process. "This flawed ruling requires appellate review." Legal experts said last month that Carney's July 16 ruling was limited in scope to the Jones case, and that it was unlikely to have an immediate impact on other cases because California has not executed anyone in years.

Guide on TV's 'Wild West Alaska' pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:20
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A hunting guide who appears on Animal Planet's "Wild West Alaska" television show has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor hunting or guiding violations, what his attorney calls "paperwork violations."

Ryan Howard meets with Taney Dragons before big Little League World Series game

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:12

Ryan Howard meets with Taney Dragons before big Little League World Series gamePhillies slugger Ryan Howard met with the Taney Dragons as the team prepares to play a make-or-break game against Chicago in the Little League World Series.


Drought hits food supplies in Central America

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:09
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Central America is having one of its worst droughts in decades, and experts warned Thursday that major farm losses and the deaths of hundreds of cattle in the region could leave hundreds of thousands of families without food.

Questions, answers about use of force by police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:05

Jerry "Uncle Black" Rodgers, a Ferguson resident, raises his hands during a protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. On Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat.


Court ends part of Arkansas desegregation lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:59

FILE - This Sept. 10, 2012, file photo shows Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. A federal judge Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, ended a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge Thursday ended a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957 but a lawyer for black schoolchildren said inequalities remain in the state's largest district.


Federal judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:59

Groom figurines are seen on a cake at a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly HillsBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling, leaving same-sex couples still unable to marry in the state. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Florida's Northern District in Tallahassee is the fifth judge in the state to rule against a same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008, but the first federal judge to do so. "The institution of marriage survived when bans on interracial marriage were struck down, and the institution will survive when bans on same-sex marriage are struck down," Hinkle wrote. The ruling addressed two lawsuits involving 10 same-sex couples, mostly married in other states and seeking recognition in Florida.


Torture animation banned at Philly child rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:50

Torture animation banned at Philly child rape trialA young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday.


Explosion in North Philadelphia restaurant caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:46

Explosion in North Philadelphia restaurant caught on videoPhiladelphia Police are searching for a teen caught on camera putting a device in restaurant and walking away moments before it explodes.


Officer in Wal-Mart shooting involved in 2010 case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:38

In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 5, 2014, members of the Ohio Student Association gathered outside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office in Columbus, Ohio, to call for the release of in-store video in the fatal police shooting of a man at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart. Organizers tell the Dayton Daily News they want to see what happened on Aug. 5 when 21-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police. Officers say he refused to drop an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Jim Otte) LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUTCINCINNATI (AP) — A police officer on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart store also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting in which he was not indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense, authorities confirmed Thursday.


Family of NY man killed by chokehold talks to feds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:34

Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Esaw Garner, the wife of fatal police chokehold victim Eric Garner, listen during a press briefing after meeting privately with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch on Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 in New York. The family of the unarmed Eric Garner, whose death last month in police custody was recorded on video, has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the case.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The family of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer met with a U.S. prosecutor on Thursday to again demand a federal probe.


New report highlights poor conditions in Philly schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:31

New report highlights poor conditions in Philly schoolsA new report finds conditions in Philadelphia's classrooms are bad and they could soon get a lot worse.