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Denver jury: Deputies used too much force in death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:06

File - This undated photo provided by the Denver Department of Safety shows Marvin Booker, a homeless Denver street preacher. Jury selection got underway Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in the civil trial for five Denver sheriff's deputies accused of causing the 2010 death of Booker in the downtown jail. Booker died after deputies shocked him with a Taser after he was handcuffed, put him in a sleeper hold and lay on top of him. (AP Photo/Denver Department of Safety, file)DENVER (AP) — A federal jury on Tuesday found five Denver sheriff's deputies used excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in the city's downtown jail and awarded his family a record $4.65 million in damages, a verdict an attorney said should send a message to law enforcement everywhere.

Air Force athletics department gets passing grade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:54
DENVER (AP) — The Air Force Academy's inspector general gave the athletic department a passing grade and found no problems that would warrant a criminal investigation, the school said Tuesday.

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion restrictions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:47

Protesters carry signs during an abortion rights march in AustinBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked certain restrictions on abortion contained in a Texas state law that abortion rights groups said would have forced all but a handful of clinics to shut down in the state of 26 million people. The high court granted a request filed by abortion rights groups that puts on hold parts of a federal appeals court decision that had allowed the law to go into effect. The brief court order said that requirements that clinics have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries could not go into effect pending appeal. ...

Ex-financial analyst facing insider trading charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:28
NEW YORK (AP) — A former senior finance analyst at Merck & Co. is facing an insider trading charge after authorities said Tuesday that he passed secrets to a friend he met at college that earned $722,000 in illegal profits.

News Guide: CDC admits missteps in Ebola fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:20

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Tom Frieden provides an update on the latest developments involving the deadly Ebola virus and its infection of a Texas health care professional as he addresses the media during a briefing at CDC headquarters Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Atlanta. Frieden said the CDC is working to improve protections for hospital workers after a nurse caring for an Ebola patient in Dallas became the first person to become infected with the disease inside the U.S. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, David Tulis) MARIETTA OUT, GWINNETT OUTA top U.S. health official acknowledged Tuesday that an American nurse might not have been infected with Ebola if a special response team had been sent to Dallas immediately after a Liberian man there was diagnosed with the disease.

Dallas Cowboys' Randle arrested for suspected cologne theft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:17

 Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee TitansBy Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested and charged with shoplifting a bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne and Polo underwear from a department store, police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said on Tuesday. While Randle was being held during the investigation, he told an officer he stole the items because he did not want to take the time to pay for them, an arrest report said. Randle, 22, was released from jail in the predawn hours of Tuesday after posting bond. ...

Dog of Dallas nurse with Ebola moved to air base

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:15

This Oct. 13, 2014, photo released via Twitter by the City of Dallas Public Information Managing Director Sana Syed shows Bentley in Dallas, the one-year-old King Charles Spaniel belonging to Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola. Bentley has been taken from Pham's Dallas apartment and will be cared for at an undisclosed location. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sana Syed/PIO, City of Dallas)DALLAS (AP) — Officials say the year-old King Charles Spaniel belonging to the Dallas nurse hospitalized with Ebola has been given comfortable bedding, toys and other items to entertain him while he stays at a decommissioned naval air base.

Prominent Washington rabbi arrested for voyeurism

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A prominent Washington rabbi whose congregation includes leading political figures was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of voyeurism, police said. Rabbi Barry Freundel, 62, was taken into custody by police at his home in the U.S. capital's upscale Georgetown district, a few blocks from his synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation. Washington's NBC TV affiliate NBC4 reported that Freundel allegedly installed a hidden camera inside the women’s showers at the Orthodox synagogue. ...

Idaho governor says he will not appeal gay marriage ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:12

Jody and Maria May-Chang greet as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse to apply for same-sex marriage licenses in Boise(Reuters) - Idaho's Republican governor said on Tuesday he would not challenge a federal appeals court ruling that made gay marriage legal in the state, removing any remaining uncertainty over the future for same-sex couples. Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said he continued to believe the federal courts were wrong to abandon what he called the sanctity of "traditional" marriage, and he accused them of undermining the will of Idaho voters and states' rights. "But we are a civil society that respects the rule of law," he said in a brief statement. ...

Camel kills 60-year-old American at beach resort

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:08

Camel kills 60-year-old American at beach resortA camel broke out of its pen and killed an American on Monday.

Nurse infected with Ebola knew risks of her work

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:03

Nina PhamDALLAS (AP) — A Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for an infected Liberian man graduated from nursing school four years ago and was certified in critical care procedures two months before the disease arrived in the United States.

Indiana police: Megabus crashes, 18 injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:58

Tow truck workers to right a Megabus that crashed on I-65 in Greenwood, Ind., early Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side after apparently swerving to avoid an earlier crash, badly injuring one person and hurting more than a dozen others, officials said. (AP Photo/The Daily Journal, Scott Roberson)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side on a highway in suburban Indianapolis on Tuesday after striking a crashed car, leaving 18 people with mostly minor injuries, police said.

Probe of Bergdahl capture by Taliban complete, under Army review

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:55

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. ArmyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the capture of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl by Taliban militants in Afghanistan has been completed, but it is unclear when the military will finish its report, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said Major General Kenneth Dahl had submitted his initial report to the military chain of command for review. Warren said there was no way of telling when the review process would be completed. ...

Appeals court reinstates Texas voter ID law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:47

 under a tough new voter ID law. A trial begins Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Corpus Christi over one of the most stringent voter ID measures in the nation. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos will decide whether the Texas law is a legal safeguard or a discriminatory mandate that suppresses minority turnout. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily reinstated Texas' tough voter ID law, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state's latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout.

Turkish strikes on Kurds complicate anti-IS fight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:40

President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense ministers on the ongoing operations against the Islamic State group, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Obama and military chiefs in a show of strength against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh test for U.S. coalition-building efforts, Turkey is launching airstrikes against Kurdish rebels inside its borders this week despite pleas from the Obama administration to instead focus on an international campaign to destroy Islamic State militants wreaking havoc in the region.

Dallas nurse with Ebola gets blood from survivor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:35

Dallas nurse with Ebola gets blood from survivorA Dallas nurse infected with Ebola while treating the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. has received a plasma transfusion from a doctor who beat the virus.

Graphic abortion protest set near Liberty Bell

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:32
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An anti-abortion group has received a permit to project images of bloody, aborted fetuses on a 10- by 12-foot screen as part of a demonstration scheduled for Friday next to the Liberty Bell on Philadelphia's historic Independence Mall.

Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:30
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.

Have a $1? You can be a Trenton homeowner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:26

Have a $1? You can be a Trenton homeownerTrenton's mayor is taking a unique approach to fixing the city's most blighted properties. He's offering to sell them for $1 apiece, but the bargain comes with a few catches.

Icahn aide: Taj has to close if union pact remains

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:24
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy court judge will issue what the owners of Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort consider a life-or-death decision on Friday for the troubled gambling hall.