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China urges corruption fugitives abroad to return

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 14:52
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are urging officials who have fled abroad to avoid corruption charges to turn themselves in before Dec. 1 in exchange for leniency or face stiffer punishment.

Seven New Jersey students charged over sexual assaults: New York Times

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 14:08
(Reuters) - Seven New Jersey high school students have been charged following a string of sexual assaults in a hazing controversy that prompted officials to cancel the remainder of the school's football season, the New York Times reported on Friday. Six of the seven teenagers from Sayreville War Memorial High School were arrested on Friday evening in connection with four assaults on four different students last month, the Times reported, citing Middlesex County prosecutor Andrew Carey. Police are still searching for the seventh teen, the Times reported. ...

NY Occupy activist acquitted of obstructing police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:56
NEW YORK (AP) — After being convicted of assaulting a police officer, an Occupy Wall Street protester who became a rallying point for activists was cleared Friday of charges stemming from another confrontation with police.

Hundreds join Missouri protest of police shootings

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:42

A young boy joins protesters as they gather across the street from the Ferguson, Mo., police station, in a continuing protest of the shooting of Michael Brown, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of people protesting the death of Michael Brown and other fatal police shootings in Missouri and elsewhere stood inches from officers in riot gear late Friday before demonstrators dissipated, anticipating a long weekend of events.


7 charged in high school football hazing case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:40

FILE - This Oct. 7, 2014, file photo, shows the entrance to Sayreville War Memorial High School in Sayreville, N.J. Students were charged with sex crimes Friday, Oct. 10 after an investigation into hazing on the school's football team that has canceled the rest of its season found they held other children against their will and improperly touched them, prosecutors said. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)PARLIN, N.J. (AP) — Seven students were charged with sex crimes Friday after an investigation into hazing on a high school football team found that they held other children against their will and improperly touched them, prosecutors said.


Kansas Supreme Court temporarily blocks gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 11:31

Jim Derrick and Alfie Travassos exchange rings as they get married at the Salt Lake County Government Complex in Salt Lake City, UtahBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - The legal battle over gay rights in Kansas reached the state's highest court and the federal courts on Friday hours after two women were married outside a county courthouse. The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday blocked temporarily the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kansas, but said couples could file applications, and the ACLU of Kansas filed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. ...


7 charged in New Jersey high school football hazing case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 11:30

7 charged in New Jersey high school football hazing caseSeven students were charged Friday night after an investigation into hazing on a high school football team that cancelled its season after the allegations came to light last week.


Woman exonerated, freed after 17 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 11:07

Susan Mellen, left, sits with her attorney Deirdre O'Connor, as she is exonerated of murder by Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold in Torrance, Calif., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Mellen spent 17 years in prison after being convicted of murder in the death of Richard Daly, a homeless man in 1997. The judge said Mellen had inadequate representation by her attorney at trial. The witness who claimed she heard Mellen confess, had a long history of giving false tips to law enforcement, according to documents in the case. Three gang members subsequently were linked to the crime, and one was convicted of the killing. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson, Pool )TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A woman who spent 17 years in prison for the death of a homeless man hugged her grandchild for the first time and did a dance of happiness on Friday after she was judged innocent of murder and freed.


California officials report 32 enterovirus cases

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:36
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials said Friday that they have confirmed 32 cases of a virus that can cause serious respiratory illness — more than double the figure from a week earlier.

HIV-positive Alabama pastor confesses to sex with parishioners: reports

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:17
BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A veteran Alabama pastor who confessed to having sex with parishioners on church grounds while HIV-positive has defied attempts to remove him from his post, media reported on Friday. Pastor Juan McFarland's revelations, made in a series of confessions from the pulpit last month, rocked the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery, where he ministered for more than 20 years, the Alabama Media Group reported. ...

Family seeks medical consensus for California girl declared brain dead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:07

A photograph of 13-year-old Jahi McMath is seen on a necklace in OaklandBy Steve Gorman (Reuters) - A lawyer for the family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy wants to broker a conference between several physicians who insist she exhibits signs of life and a court-appointed doctor who rejects their findings. Relatives of Jahi McMath, aged 13 when she suffered cardiac arrest in December following surgery to treat sleep apnea, petitioned a judge weeks ago to revoke her death certificate and restore her status as a living person. ...


7 plaintiffs in no-fly list lawsuit cleared to fly

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:05
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seven people who challenged their placement on the government's no-fly list are now free to fly, the first time the U.S. has ever informed someone whether they are or are not excluded.

Idaho and North Carolina are latest states to allow gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:03

Sharene and Lori Watsen appear with lawyers and fellow plaintiffs that sued the state over a gay marriage ban hold a press conference outside of the James A. McClure Federal Building and US Courthouse in BoiseBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - County clerks in Idaho and North Carolina began issuing their states' first marriage licenses to gay couples on Friday after court actions that capped a week of victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America. The move came as barriers to gay marriage fell state by state this week and followed days of back-and-forth federal court actions that could soon see legal weddings for same-sex couples extended to 35 states. The U.S. ...


Judge strikes down NC gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:02

Vicki Britt wipes away tears as her partner, Trish Philbrook, comforts her during the announcement that there will be no marriages performed at the Wake County Courthouse in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. U.S. District Judge William Osteen signed an order late Friday afternoon that pushed to next week the decision on whether to nullify the definition of marriage in the North Carolina Constitution that restricts unions to a man and a woman. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina struck down the state's gay marriage ban Friday, opening the way for the first same-sex weddings in the state to begin immediately.


Police sorry for telling wrong family of death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:58
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska couple knocked on the door of their son's long-time girlfriend Thursday, intending to inform her that he'd been killed in a car accident.

Gay marriage in Kansas throws political twist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:57

In this photo provided by Liz Dickinson, Kelli, left, and Angela pose for a picture after their wedding ceremony at the Johnson County Court House in Olathe, Kan., Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The Johnson County newlyweds asked to be identified only by their first names to help protect their privacy, but did agree to allow a photograph of them after the ceremony to be used. In a statement released through the gay-rights group Equality Kansas, they said they wanted to celebrate privately. (AP Photo/piperlucyphotography.org, Liz Dickinson)OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The first marriage of a gay couple in Kansas created a new twist Friday in two of the most intensely fought races of the midterm elections, though it remains to be seen whether the Republican incumbents will get a boost from their continued opposition to same-sex weddings.


Trooper gets prison in theft from dying motorist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:50
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut state trooper was sentenced Friday to a year in prison for stealing $3,700 in cash and a gold crucifix from a dying accident victim.

Jurors deliberate in Denver jail-death trial

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:47

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) — Jurors deliberated for six hours Friday but did not deliver a verdict in the trial of five Denver sheriff's deputies accused of using excessive force against a homeless street preacher who died in the city's downtown jail.


58-foot dead whale washes ashore on Long Island

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:26

In this photo provided by The Riverhead Foundation, authorities investigate the death of a 58-foot finback whale that washed ashore on an eastern Long Island beach in Shirley, N.Y., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Kimberly Durham and staff from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation are investigating. Durham said a forensic examination will be conducted on Friday to seek a cause of death but there were no visible signs of injury. (AP Photo/The Riverhead Foundation)SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of 58-foot finback whale that washed ashore on an eastern Long Island beach.


Teen gunman in 2013 Colorado school shooting was bent on revenge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 09:16

An Arapahoe high school student prays at the school in Centennial, ColoradoBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Colorado high school student, who shot to death a classmate last year before committing suicide, had planned the attack for months and had written in a journal that he would soon "shoot up my school," authorities said on Friday. The new details emerged as police completed their investigation into the rampage at Arapahoe High School, where Karl Pierson fatally wounded 17-year-old Claire Davis. Armed with a 12-gauge pump action shotgun, a machete and three Molotov cocktails, Pierson stormed the school in the Denver suburb of Centennial on Dec. ...