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New York man arraigned on subway murder charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:41

Handout photo of Kevin DardenNEW YORK (Reuters) - A suspect charged with murder for allegedly pushing a man to his death in front of a New York subway train was arraigned on Wednesday and ordered returned to custody. Kevin Darden, 34, was arrested late on Tuesday in the Bronx borough and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Wai Kuen Kwok, 61, the New York Police Department said. Officers found the victim dead on the tracks with severe body trauma at a Bronx subway station. The initial investigation showed he was pushed in front of an incoming train on Sunday morning, police said. ...


Montana marriage ban overturned; licenses granted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:36

This undated photo from the Montana Supreme Court shows then-Montana Supreme Court Justice Brian Morris at an unknown city in Montana. Morris, now a U.S. District judge, ruled Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 that Montana’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that Idaho and Nevada’s bans are unconstitutional. Montana is part of the 9th Circuit, and Morris cited the Circuit Court’s opinion in his ruling. The move comes after four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in May challenging Montana's gay marriage ban. Morris wrote in his decision that Montana no longer can deprive plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves. He says his ruling is effective immediately. (AP Photo/Montana Supreme Court)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state gay marriage ban in Montana, one of the last states to continue defending its ban despite rulings in favor of same-sex marriage from appeals courts that oversee them.


Firm cancels plan to buy closed Revel Hotel Casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:34

This July 23, 2014 photo shows the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City N.J. before it shut down. A Canadian firm that had planned to buy Revel from bankruptcy court and re-open it as a casino said on Wednesday Nov. 19, 2014 that it was scrapping the deal. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Toronto-based company abandoned its plan to buy the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on Wednesday, dealing another blow to a city reeling from a string of casino closures and the disappearance of thousands of jobs.


10 Things to Know-Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:27

Lavon Massey, 1, holds a sign as immigrants and activists hold a protest outside the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service office in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The event was to draw attention to the possibility that many immigrants living illegally in the United States may not be shielded by an executive order President Barack Obama is expected to sign. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Man charged in NYC subway shove held without bail

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:25

This undated arrest photo provided by the New York City Police Department is of Kevin Darden. He has been arrested and is to be charged in the murder of Wai Kuen Kwok on Nov. 16, 2014. Kwok was standing on a platform at the Grand Concourse and East 167th Street station in the Bronx when he was allegedly pushed from behind by Darden. Kwok was struck by an approaching southbound D train and died at the scene. (AP Photo/NYPD)NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of shoving a stranger in front of a New York City subway train, killing him, has appeared before a judge who ordered him held without bail.


Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:50

FILE - This June 6, 2013, file photo, shows the National Security Agency's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. A Utah lawmaker is questioning whether city water should be shut off to a massive National Security Agency data-storage facility outside Salt Lake City. Republican Rep. Marc Roberts of Santaquin said he wants to explore whether the data center is getting any sweetheart deals on municipal water and power before a legislative committee hearing Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City.


U.S. court rejects Maine's effort to trim Medicaid rolls

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:41
By Dave Sherwood BRUNSWICK Maine (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday rejected Maine's effort to trim some young people from its Medicaid rolls, saying the move would violate the Affordable Care Act. Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage, a critic of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, which is also known as Obamacare, had proposed in 2012 cutting non-disabled 19- and 20-year-olds from the state's Medicaid program to help balance the budget. A judge on the 1st U.S. ...

Immigrants granted bail after latest court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:31
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The cases before a Tucson judge on Wednesday seemed fairly routine: Two men charged with drug offenses asking him to grant them bail.

Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales after outcry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:30

FILE - In a Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, citizens hold signs at the Westminster Board of Health meeting on the proposed tobacco ban, at the Westminster Elementary School, in Westminster, Ma. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Westminster's board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public hearing early. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Steve Lanava, File)WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke.


Feds: Don't free Arab activist who hid bomb role

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:26

FILE- In this Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, of Chicago is interviewed outside federal court in Detroit, after the Palestinian immigrant was found guilty of immigration fraud for failing to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people. Odeh was charged for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969. She served 10 years before being released in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, federal prosecutors in Detroit asked a judge not to release her from jail while she awaits sentencing in March 2015, saying she has a history of deceit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Detroit are opposing the release of a Chicago Arab activist who awaits sentencing for lying about her conviction in a fatal terrorist bombing in Israel to obtain U.S. citizenship.


Clinton Foundation reports jump in contributions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:25

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, former President Bill Clinton, listens to other speakers at the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Conference, “Activating Wellness in Every Generation” panel, in La Quinta, Calif. Clinton's foundation releases is to release its annual tax documents Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The organization last year changed its name to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, signaling the former secretary of state's stepped up involvement since leaving the Obama administration. (Doug Benc/AP Images for Humana, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Contributions and grants to the tax-exempt foundation that former President Bill Clinton operates with his family grew nearly threefold between 2012 and 2013, backed by its merger with another of his charities, the establishment of an endowment and large donations from nine unspecified donors, tax records show.


Virginia woman waives hearing on Islamic State charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:22
By John Clarke (Reuters) - A Virginia woman on Wednesday waived a preliminary hearing on terrorism charges over allegedly lying to U.S. investigators about using social media to promote and recruit for the militant Islamic State group. Heather Coffman, 29, of Henrico, Virginia, was arrested on Monday after trying to recruit an undercover FBI agent for Islamic State, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond. Authorities began investigating Coffman, the mother of a 7-year-old child, in June after noticing her Facebook activity, according to the criminal complaint. ...

Ohio panel votes to shield execution drugmaker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:15

Jim Tobin, a lobbyist for the Catholic Conference of Ohio, asks lawmakers to reject a bill that would shield the source of execution drugs, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Tobin called moves to make executions more secret "a new and troubling aspect of the death penalty." (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The names of companies providing lethal injection drugs to Ohio would be shielded for at least two decades under fast-tracked legislation approved Wednesday by a House committee.


'Stupidity' remark leads to free health site work

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An economist who said "the stupidity of the American voter" helped pass the complex federal health care law has agreed to finish his work on Vermont's health insurance systems for free, a top state official said Wednesday.

JetBlue to charge for checked bags in new airfare class

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:59

To match Feature JETBLUE/(Reuters) - JetBlue Airways Corp announced new checked baggage fees on Wednesday and plans to stuff more seats into its aircraft, prompting praise from Wall Street, but a chorus of criticism from consumers.


Attorney general's office: No child porn found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:58
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A pornographic email scandal involving state employees did not include any child pornography, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday, just a day after the attorney general seemed to suggest otherwise.

Backyard pesticides show up increasingly in California watersheds: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:56

To match feature DROUGHT/CALIFORNIASACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released Wednesday. Pyrethroid pesticides, which are similar to chemicals produced naturally in chrysanthemum flowers, have replaced older, more toxic chemicals used to kill insects and fungi, and are found in about 3,500 products, the United States Environmental Protection Agency said. But they are believed to be harmful to aquatic life when found in high levels in urban runoff. ...


Como Zoo in Minnesota welcomes baby gorilla

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:53

CORRECTS DATE TO NOV. 19TH FROM 20TH. In this photo provided by the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Alice, right, a lowland gorilla at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn., holds her newborn baby male gorilla shortly after the baby's birth inside the Gorilla Forest exhibit day room in the early hours of Wednesday, November 19, 2014. The baby is the first for 12-year-old Alice, as well as the first gorilla birth at the zoo in its 55-year history of gorilla care and conservation. (AP Photo/Como Park Zoo & Conservatory)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota zoo is welcoming the arrival of its first lowland gorilla baby.


Marijuana mistakenly mailed to Upper Darby clothing store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:42

Marijuana mistakenly mailed to Upper Darby clothing storePolice say 90 pounds of marijuana was mistakenly mailed to a clothing store in Upper Darby over two days.


Utah revives plan for executions by firing squad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:40

FILE - This June 18, 2010, file photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, endorsed a proposal to resurrect the practice in order to head off problems with the lethal injection drugs. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to allow the practice again to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs.