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Ohio gambler faces charges over Ebola comment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:53
(Reuters) - An Ohio gambler who told a card dealer that his wife had Ebola was in custody on Thursday and faces criminal charges of inducing panic, the Ohio Casino Control Commission said. Emmanuel Smith, 60, was arrested on Wednesday after he told a dealer at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland that he was out gambling because he did not want to catch Ebola from his sick wife, who had traveled from West Africa, the commission said in a statement. After identifying the gambler, who had left the casino, authorities went to his home and arrested him. ...

Chronology: Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:53
(Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed nearly 4,500 people. Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms a previously unidentified hemorrhagic fever, which killed more than 50 people, is Ebola. March 30: Liberia reports two Ebola cases; suspected cases reported in Sierra Leone. April 1: Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns the epidemic's spread is "unprecedented." A World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman calls it "relatively small still. ...

US senator's son among 4 indicted in dogs' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:47

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2008, file photo, U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., appears next to his son Austin at an election night rally in Phoenix. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake's son Austin is one of four people indicted on cruelty to animal charges after 21 dogs died at a Gilbert, Ariz., kennel in June, prosecutors said Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Four people — including a son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake — have been indicted on cruelty to animal charges after 21 dogs died at a Gilbert kennel in June, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Lawsuit: College student shunned for anti-gay view

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:45
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former University of New Mexico student can proceed with a free speech lawsuit against the school alleging she was ostracized by her professors for making anti-gay remarks in paper, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. seeks to use Spanish military bases in anti-Ebola operation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:41
MADRID (Reuters) - The United States has asked the Madrid government for permission to use the U.S. military bases in Spain in its operation to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa, a Defence Ministry source said on Thursday. "The U.S. authorities have indeed asked Spain to use their bases in the country as a transit point for logistics and engineers building up field hospitals in Liberia and Sierra Leone," the source told Reuters. Madrid was set to agree to the request to use the bases at Rota near Cadiz and at Moron de la Frontera near Seville in southern Spain. ...

Apple unveils thinner iPad, new iMac

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:33

Apple unveils thinner iPad, new iMacApple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand.

Chief: Bad communication in notifying wrong family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:13
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau police used the social media site Facebook to try to find the next of kin for a man killed in a car crash last week. But they used the page for the wrong Justin Priest.

DC chief seeks changes to concealed-carry law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — People who carry concealed handguns near public events and demonstrations in the nation's capital shouldn't have to be personally warned by a police officer before they are subject to arrest, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday.

More than 30 hurt, 5 critically, in Arkansas train crash: officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:05
LITTLE ROCK (Reuters) - More than 30 people were hurt, five of them critically, when a freight train and a passenger train collided in northwest Arkansas on Thursday, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said. There have been no fatalities in the crash that took place near Winslow, about 130 miles (210 kms) northwest of Little Rock, they said. "Two engines and four cars were damaged in the collision. About 300 gallons (1,360 liters) of diesel was released," said Rick Fahr, a spokesman for the agency. ...

Jury to be seated in Arias penalty-phase retrial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:04
PHOENIX (AP) — A jury for the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be sworn in next week as prosecutors again seek a death sentence.

Exclusive: U.S. farmers seen cutting fertilizer use as crop prices slide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:50

File photo of a cob of corn in field during the harvest in MinookaBy Rod Nickel (Reuters) - U.S. farmers are cutting back on spreading fertilizer this autumn in response to a drop in crop prices to multi-year lows and a delayed harvest, dealers say, warning of a pullback that will be felt from grain markets to Canadian potash mines. Ten of 12 U.S. farm retail companies surveyed by Reuters say fertilizer sales this autumn are lower than they were last year. The dealers, which span the country's main growing areas, sell fertilizer, seed and chemicals. ...

Washington puts pot sales, fines online for banks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:46
SEATTLE (AP) — Banking remains a thorny issue for legal marijuana businesses, but regulators in Washington state are trying to make it easier for financial institutions to track their pot-related customers.

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy resigns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:45

Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent John Deasy walks past mayor Eric Garcetti after speaking at a news conference in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles schools superintendent John Deasy, embroiled in controversy over the district's $1.3 billion iPad rollout and other issues, tendered his resignation on Thursday, Deasy and school board officials said in a joint statement. The statement gave no reason for the move, and said Deasy would continue working for the district in some capacity through the end of the year to aid in the leadership transition. He will be replaced on an interim basis by former Los Angeles schools superintendent Ramon Cortines, the school board said separately. ...

Suspect sexually assaulted girls in 2 NJ counties, police say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:44

Suspect sexually assaulted girls in 2 NJ counties, police sayA North Jersey man is behind bars, charged with sexually assaulting girls in Ocean and Middlesex Counties.

White House declines comment on stock market but notes economic weakness abroad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:43

White House spokesman Earnest fields a question about Ebola during a press briefing at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday declined comment on a recent dip by the U.S. stock market but noted that a variety of countries abroad have experienced economic weakness abroad. The comments by White House spokesman Josh Earnest were in line with what economic analysts have been saying about recent stock market gyrations. "I do think that there are indications that broader economies in countries around the world, including economies that are closely linked to the United States, have seen some weakness in recent months. ...

Russian man: not guilty to new hacking charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:37
SEATTLE (AP) — The lawyer for a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses told a judge that he is not guilty of new charges filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Kansas Senate candidate got started in lights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:33

FILE - In this July 10, 2014 file photo Kansas Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman talks about launching his television and radio ad campaign in Shawnee, Kan. Orman, who started a lighting company from scratch in 1992 that made his first $1 million, is now at the center of one of the nation’s most unusual and pivotal U.S. Senate races as Republicans try to wrest control of the chamber away from Democrats. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Greg Orman was fresh out of college, just four months into his first job as a management consultant, when he got a phone call from his father in Kansas asking whether it was worth it to install energy-efficient lighting in his furniture store.

Tennessee man in jail after beheading threats, ISIS membership claim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:33
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - A Tennessee man was in custody on Thursday and facing criminal charges after claiming to be a member of ISIS and threatening to behead his neighbors and burn down their homes, police said. Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell said the man - Terry Wayne McCullough, 59 - is a known troublemaker but that the threats had to be treated seriously. "We've dealt with him quite a few times over the years," Blackwell said. "Most of the issues we've had to deal with him have been minor, misdemeanor charges. ...

Community college in Los Angeles evacuated over threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:18
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A community college in Los Angeles was evacuated on Thursday and students were told to avoid the campus due to a threat made on social media that someone would show up with a gun, a message on the college's Facebook page said. "Pierce College is closed and the campus is being evacuated," officials from the school, located in the Woodland Hills suburb of Los Angeles, said on Facebook. At one point the school was placed on lockdown, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Deputy Guillermina Saldana. ...

UCLA legal fees neared $4.5M in fatal lab fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:16
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of California, Los Angeles paid nearly $4.5 million in legal fees to fight criminal charges against a chemistry professor in a case involving a fatal laboratory fire, records reveal.