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Study will test survivors' blood to treat Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:25

This Nov. 7, 2014, photo shows the inside a mobile donation unit at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Raleigh, N.C. The unit was headed to Liberia for use in a study of blood plasma treatment for Ebola patients. (AP Photo/Trevor Jenkins)A coalition of companies and aid groups announced plans Tuesday to test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa.


Pennsylvania man sentenced to death in dismemberment case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:15
By Joe McDonald STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A jury on Tuesday sentenced a Pennsylvania man to death for the first-degree murder of a homeless woman whose body parts were found stuffed in garbage bags strewn along two highways. The convicted murderer, Charles Hicks, 40, showed no emotion as the decision was read out in the Monroe County courtroom. A jury reached the sentence after deliberating six-and-a-half hours. Jurors convicted Hicks on Friday of all three charges he faced in the beating, strangulation and dismemberment of Deanna Null, 36, of Scranton. Her remains were found in January ...

Same-sex marriage now allowed in most populous Kansas county

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:08
KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - The Kansas Supreme Court said on Tuesday the state's most populous county could issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and left it to the federal courts to determine whether a Kansas ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. The court did not address whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in all Kansas counties following a federal judge's ruling on Nov. 4 that clerks in Sedgwick and Douglas counties must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. ...

Dozens treated after California waste plant fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:03

45 a.m. when it exploded at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., authorities said. (AP Photo/Fox 11 LA)SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — A mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Ventura County waste facility on Tuesday, sending dozens to hospitals for decontamination and emptying homes and businesses for a mile around the plant before the danger eased, authorities said.


Model-TV host Dickinson accuses Bill Cosby of assault

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:02

Model-TV host Dickinson accuses Bill Cosby of assaultModel and TV host Janice Dickinson is adding her name to the women who have accused comic Bill Cosby of sexual assault.


Tracy Morgan battling severe brain injury, lawyer says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:34

Tracy Morgan battling severe brain injury, lawyer saysTracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's uncertain if he will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday.


Catholic Diocese offers plan to settle abuse claim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:23
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that proposes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of people who said clergy members sexually abused them for decades while the church covered it up.

Safety agency to push for national air bag recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:22

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, file photo, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Acting Administrator David Friedman speaks in Washington. On the Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. the federal government demanded that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver. Friedman said that if Takata and the automakers don't agree to the recall quickly, the safety agency will use its legal powers to make sure the inflators are recalled. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.


Columbus Farmers Market inferno destroys businesses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:21

Columbus Farmers Market inferno destroys businessesCrews battled a four alarm fire at a farmers market in Burlington County, New Jersey Tuesday afternoon.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:04

FILE - In this Thursday, April 17, 2014, file photo, journalists visit Takata Ignition Systems in Schoenebeck, Germany. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. the federal government demanded that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver. The action by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers driver's side air bags equipped with inflators made by Takata Corp. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Appeals court lets gay marriage go ahead in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:54
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C (Reuters) - Same-sex weddings could happen in South Carolina as soon as Thursday after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Tuesday to block a district court ruling that struck down South Carolina's gay marriage ban. The move, which paves the way for South Carolina to become the 34th U.S. state to permit gay marriage unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, was cheered by gay rights advocates. "We are ecstatic as we get ready to go pick up our license at noon on Thursday," said Colleen Condon, a plaintiff in the case, in a statement. ...

Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:50

Keystone XLBy Timothy Gardner and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for passage, despite frantic last-minute lobbying by supporters, especially Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who faces a runoff election on Dec. 6. She has staked her hopes of winning a fourth Senate term on the Keystone gambit. ...


Kansas Supreme Court allows more gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:43

Krista Casmaer, left, and Mindy Kufahl trade wedding bands with Kufahl's daughter Phoebe Edgerton-Kufahl, 7, as witness during a mass same-sex marriage ceremony on the steps of the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for additional gay marriages in the state's most populous county while declaring that it would defer to the federal courts on whether Kansas' ban on same-sex marriages is constitutional.


Murder suspect let out of jail returns willingly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:37
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A murder suspect released from a Northern California jail by mistake last week turned himself in voluntarily, authorities said.

San Diego jury awards woman $186 million in bias case against AutoZone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:34

The entrance to AutoZone store is pictured in Temple CityBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A federal jury in California awarded nearly $186 million to a San Diego area woman who sued AutoZone Inc. saying she was demoted and fired after being told pregnant women can't do the job of managing a store, her attorney said on Tuesday. "This is the third or fourth time they've been hit with punitive damages for doing the same thing," said attorney Sean Simpson, who is part of the legal team representing plaintiff Rosario Juarez, 43. "Let's hope they get the message. ...


2 penguin chicks hatch at California academy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:24

In this Nov. 17, 2014 photo, California Academy of Sciences veterinarian Freeland Dunker, right, and biologist Crystal Crimbchin examine one of two African penguin chicks at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The two penguin chicks recently hatched as part of the aquarium’s Species Survival Plan program. The Academy plans to hold a naming contest for the chicks once they are on public exhibit in late January. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, officials announced Tuesday.


Man convicted of killing teens must pay $21,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:19
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man convicted of killing two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home in 2012 has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to the victims' families.

Factbox: Supporters, foes react to Keystone's narrow defeat in U.S. Senate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline was narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, failing one vote short of the 60 needed to get the measure to President Barack Obama's desk. Following are selected responses: SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL “We came up one vote short on the Keystone pipeline today. This will be an early item on the agenda in the next congress, and I’m very confident that Senator Hoeven’s bill will succeed and we’ll be able to get it down to the president. ...

Missouri governor appoints Ferguson Commission

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:10
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday named 16 people to the new Ferguson Commission, an independent panel tasked with helping the St. Louis County suburb of Ferguson heal after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Here is a look at the commission and its members:

Police launch porn probe over Oregon teen sex videos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:00
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Police in Oregon are investigating reports that high school students videotaped peers engaging in sexual activity and distributed the footage via social media in a case that could lead to child pornography charges, authorities said on Tuesday. Portland police Sergeant Pete Simpson said a small group of students were involved in the case, but he declined to say how many or elaborate on the content of the videos. It was also not clear whether the teens depicted in the footage consented to being filmed. ...