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More cuts announced for Philadelphia schools

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:36
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The cash-strapped city school district will cut another $32 million in services to free up enough money to start classes on time, but massive layoffs still loom if state lawmakers don't approve a cigarette tax, officials said Friday.

US doctor with Ebola says he's recovering

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:31
ATLANTA (AP) — An American doctor infected with Ebola while working in western Africa says he is "recovering in every way" and holding onto the hope of a reunion with his family.

Phoenix police say veteran officer shot, killed mentally ill woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:23
A mentally ill woman was shot and killed by a Phoenix police sergeant at an apartment complex in the city after she threatened officers with a claw hammer, police officials said on Friday. Michelle Cusseaux, 50, was killed on Thursday by a single gunshot at the threshold of her apartment as officers were attempting to serve an emergency court order to take her to a mental health facility, Phoenix police spokesman Sergeant Tommy Thompson said. Officers came face-to-face with a hammer-wielding Cusseaux when she opened the front door just as officers were able to get through a security door, Thompson said. He said she then raised the hammer and went at the officers.

Houston women pleads guilty to threatening to kill Obama

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:20
A Houston woman who goes by the name Teddy Bear Paradise pleaded guilty on Friday to threatening to assassinate President Barack Obama, prosecutors said on Friday. The woman, formerly known as Denise O'Neal, 56, told a federal court that she sent a letter in November threatening to murder the president, and about a month later she told two Secret Service agents of her intention to assassinate Obama. This is the second time O'Neal has been charged with threatening to assassinate a sitting president. According to the court documents, O'Neal pleaded guilty to sending letters in 2008 threatening to kill then President George W. Bush.

In CDC bird flu mix-up, U.S. agency cites sloppy science, failed reporting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:18

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. government scientist working with bird flu rushed through lab procedures in order to get to a staff meeting, setting off what could have been a fatal mishap, health officials said on Friday. They said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab worker, who was not identified, allotted only about half the time necessary to carry out the procedures safely, and as a result samples of mild avian flu were tainted with a highly deadly strain and sent from CDC to researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. CDC released the report of its investigation of the avian flu incident and said disciplinary action is under consideration. CDC did not report the incident until July.

Teddy Bear Paradise pleads guilty to threatening to kill Pres. Obama

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:17

Teddy Bear Paradise pleads guilty to threatening to kill Pres. ObamaTeddy Bear Paradise, formerly known as Denise O'Neal, 56, has entered a guilty plea to one count of making a threat against President Obama

Man pleads not guilty to military argument slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:08
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide over allegations that he slashed the throat of another man with whom he was arguing over which branch of the military is better.

Judge rejects acquittal bids in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor, wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:08

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday rejected defense motions that former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife be acquitted in their corruption and bribery trial. U.S. District Judge James Spencer turned down the bids after a one-hour hearing. The motions came after prosecutors wrapped up their case against McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife after almost three weeks of testimony. Defense lawyers are expected to start calling witnesses on Monday.

Judge denies McDonnells' request to dismiss case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:06
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge rejected a request Friday to dismiss charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife in their corruption trial.

Teens busted after sneaking into home of basketball star Ray Allen

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 02:01
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Seven teenagers were questioned by south Florida police after sneaking into the house of former Miami Heat basketball star Ray Allen and could face charges after frightening his wife and children, officials say. "Mrs. Allen woke up ... and screamed out to them, ‘What are you doing in my house,'" said Coral Gables Police spokeswoman Kelly Denham. The group of 18- and 19-year-olds had entered the house early Thursday through an unlocked back door and quickly fled once Allen's wife, Shannon Walker Allen, yelled at them. Ray Allen, 39, who was not at home at the time of the incident, according to a media report, joined the Heat in 2012.

U.S. doctor with Ebola hopes to leave Atlanta hospital soon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:59

Handout photo of Dr. Kent Brantly speaking with colleagues at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in MonroviaBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The Texas doctor being treated for Ebola said on Friday that he was "recovering in every way" at an Atlanta hospital and hoped to be released soon. Kent Brantly, 33, was one of two U.S. aid workers who were infected with the deadly virus in Liberia and evacuated earlier this month for treatment at Emory University's hospital as their health declined. Brantly said he still faced "a few hurdles" before he could be discharged from the isolation unit where he is being treated, although he gave no other details. "I am more grateful every day to the Lord for sparing my life and continuing to heal my body," Brantly said in a statement released by North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, the Christian relief group he worked for in West Africa.

Synthetic Pot Prompts State of Emergency in NH

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:52
New Hampshire officials have declared a state of emergency after a string of synthetic pot overdoses in Manchester and Concord.

Factbox: Missouri police report links robbery, slain teenager

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:51
(Reuters) - Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb on Saturday, appears to be the same man seen in a video of a store robbery that took place just before his death, police said in a report released on Friday. Here are the key points in the Ferguson Police Department's incident report on the robbery: -A police officer was called to a convenience store at 11:51 a.m. on Saturday in response to reports of a "strong-arm," or unarmed, robbery. -The officer gave a description of the suspects and the incident over his police radio and drove northbound on the street where the suspects had reportedly fled.

FDA clears Avastin for late-stage cervical cancer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved Genentech's Avastin for a new use against late-stage cervical cancer, the seventh indication for the blockbuster biotech drug.

Grand jury indicts couple in stripper's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:39

These file images provided by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office, shows booking photos of Terry Speaks, 41, right and 30-year-old Margaret Sanchez. Times-Picayune reports Sanchez, of Metairie, and Speaks, who is in a federal prison in New York, each was charged Thursday Aug. 14, 2014 with second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. (AP Photo/Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office)GRETNA, La. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a couple in the killing and dismemberment of a stripper in New Orleans' French Quarter.

Execution drug cost quadruples for Texas prisons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:39

FILE - This May 27, 2008, file photo, shows the gurney in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the state paid $13,500 for its most recent batch of pentobarbital at a cost of $1,500 per vial. This compares to $350 per dose paid last year to a previous supplier that cut ties after backlash from death penalty opponents. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state.

Report: CDC scientist kept quiet about flu blunder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:31

File picture of CDC Director Frieden on a monitor as he testifies before a hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonNEW YORK (AP) — A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab noticed something fishy, according to an internal investigation.

Symphony sets stage at southern Utah's red rocks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:25
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Symphony hopes to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances near Utah's national parks his weekend.

Police: Virginia deputy shot daughter, crashed car

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:17

Map of Winchester, VA.WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — A Virginia deputy sheriff shot his 16-year-old daughter after mistaking her for an intruder, then crashed his car as he rushed her to the hospital, authorities said.

Arrested federal judge keeps getting $200K salary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:10
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama federal judge stripped of his caseload following his arrest on domestic violence charges in Atlanta will continue receiving his annual salary of nearly $200,000.