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Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:55
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, authorities have resisted calls to release the name of the officer while imploring protesters to keep their demonstrations calm and avoid new trouble in the city north of downtown St. Louis. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:

Woman Says She Was Denied Job Due to Peanut Allergy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:50
A Massachusetts woman is fighting for the job she claims she lost due to her severe peanut allergy.

Mississippi appeals ruling against restrictive abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:49
Mississippi filed an appeal on Wednesday to a federal court decision deeming unconstitutional its 2012 law that would shut down the state's sole abortion clinic and force women seeking the procedure to go out of state. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking a hearing before the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the law, which required abortion clinics to obtain hospital admitting privileges for their doctors. A three-judge panel from the circuit issued a 2-1 ruling against the law last month, finding that Mississippi could not rely on other states to uphold its constitutional duty to provide women access to abortion. Doctors with Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, tried but failed to obtain admitting privileges.

Start of Detroit bankruptcy trial pushed to Aug. 29

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:47
A federal judge on Wednesday once again delayed the start of the key phase of Detroit's historic bankruptcy case, pushing it to Aug. 29 from Aug. 21. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Tuesday had raised the possibility that the confirmation trial, on Detroit's plan to adjust $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy, may be delayed to allow time for the city to incorporate a major settlement over $5.2 billion of water and sewer revenue bonds into the plan. Starting Sept. 2, the hearing will move onto opening statements from Detroit and from attorneys representing major creditors opposing the plan, including Syncora Guarantee, a bond insurance company that has launched a fierce battle on many fronts of the bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Kevyn Orr's 18-month term as Detroit's emergency manager is scheduled to end in late September and the city's attorneys have been pushing for a speedy trip by the city through bankruptcy court as a result.

You too can be a Broadway producer with just $10K

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:37

FILE - This 1950 file photo originally released by MGM shows Gene Kelly, right, and Frank Sinatra in a scene from "On the Town." The lead producers behind the 1940s song-and-dance Broadway revival of “On the Town” are offering accredited folk an opportunity to invest in the production for as little as $10,000. "On the Town," which was last on Broadway in 1998, features the songs "New York, New York," "I Can Cook Too," "Lonely Town," and "Some Other Time." (AP Photo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The lead producers behind the 1940s song-and-dance Broadway revival of "On the Town" are offering a modern twist for its financing: accredited folk can buy a part of it for as little as $10,000.


Court: Transgender man can keep pursuing divorce

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:33
PHOENIX (AP) — A transgender man in Arizona who gave birth to three children after beginning to change from female to male can continue to pursue a divorce, a state appeals court said Wednesday in reversing a judge who refused to end the marriage.

Mississippi seeks new ruling on abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:31
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges.

More water headed to struggling Lake Mead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:30

In this July 16, 2014 photo, what was once the Echo Bay Marina sits high and dry next to Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. A 14-year drought has caused the water level in Lake Mead to shrink to its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s. (AP Photo/John Locher)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — One of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system that is struggling to serve the booming Southwest will get more water this year, but that won't be enough to pull Lake Mead back from near-record lows.


Man arrested with dying immigrants in trunk weeps in San Diego court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:28
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A 41-year-old man who was arrested after border officials found two dying Mexican men in the trunk of his car at the U.S.-Mexican border wept in court on Wednesday as he was arraigned on a federal smuggling charge. Nicholas George Zakov appeared distraught as his court-appointed attorney entered a plea of innocent on his behalf during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in San Diego. Following the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Wheat said federal investigators were still probing the incident and plan to take the evidence, including the as-yet unfinished autopsy results, to a grand jury for an indictment in the next week.

Washington gets dust storm in Western weather swap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:27

Firefighters arrive to rescue stranded motorists as heavy rains caused flash flooding, stranding cars Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Laveen, Ariz. Authorities say at least six people have been rescued from vehicles that were stuck in flooded streets in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Storms in the Western U.S. have created an odd coincidence and something of a weather swap in Arizona and Washington.


Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge in hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:26

Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge in hearingA woman accused of killing her 2-year-old child before trying to slit her teenage daughter's throat has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.


Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge at hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:23

Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge in hearingA woman accused of killing her 2-year-old child before trying to slit her teenage daughter's throat has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.


Ohio State band director received positive review

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:23

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State officials say there is no recent record of campus police attending an annual ritual where marching band members entered Ohio Stadium in their underwear. The Midnight Ramps were cited in an investigation into the band's "sexualized culture" that resulted in Waters’ July 24 firing. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's fired marching band director was lauded for "courageous" efforts to address attitudes surrounding the band's traditions seven weeks before he was fired, according to records the university released Wednesday.


Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge during hearing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:19

Woman accused of killing daughter smiles, winks at judge in hearingA woman accused of killing her 2-year-old child before trying to slit her teenage daughter's throat has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder.


Ex-doctor pleads guilty in overdose deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:09

William Valuck, right, a former pain management doctor, is pictured in a courtroom in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of second-degree murder in connection to the drug overdose deaths of several patients, under a deal with Oklahoma County prosecutors, who agreed to drop dozens of drug charges. The deal calls for the 71-year-old Valuck to spend eight years in prison. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma doctor pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges on Wednesday in connection with the drug overdose deaths of several patients.


FBI agent testifies about ex-governor's debts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:06

FBI specialist David Hulser, right, leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 after testifying in the corruption trial of former Gov. Robert McDonnell and former first lady Maureen McDonnell. (AP Photo/The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Joe Mahoney)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were swamped with heavy credit card debt and money-losing real estate investments when they turned to a wealthy businessman for financial help, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.


Police chief says officer in Missouri shooting was injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:05
By Nick Carey and Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager last weekend in Ferguson, Missouri, was injured in the incident that has sparked racially charged protests, the city's police chief said on Wednesday. Police Chief Thomas Jackson told a news conference the unidentified officer was treated at a hospital for swelling on the side of his face, one of the few details released about events surrounding the Saturday night shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In protests on Wednesday in the St. Louis suburb, about 150 demonstrators marched chanting "hands up, don't shoot" and carried signs including "Mike did not have to die." A handful of police in riot gear were in place at the end of the march.

Oklahoma ex-doctor pleads guilty to deaths from over-prescribed pills

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:03
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A former Oklahoma City doctor pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County District Court on Wednesday to over-prescribing medication that led to the deaths of eight people. William Martin Valuck, 72, will serve eight years in prison for eight counts of second-degree murder, according to court documents. The doctor had been working out of an office in Oklahoma City and surrendered his license to practice medicine in December as authorities were closing in on him after a year-long investigation, Oklahoma authorities said. Valuck was previously convicted in 2001 and sentenced to 70 months in prison on charges of money laundering and defrauding investors, according to Oklahoma court documents.

Maryland trooper stops man from jumping off bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:05
PORT DEPOSIT, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a trooper saved the life of a man who appeared about to jump off a 90-foot bridge.

Mexico: State firm gets 83 percent of oil reserves

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:01
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company will retain rights to exploit 83 percent of the country's proven and probable reserves under the newly enacted opening of the energy business, although the company will form alliances with private firms in some of those fields, the government announced Wednesday.