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Drought hits food supplies in Central America

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:09
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Central America is having one of its worst droughts in decades, and experts warned Thursday that major farm losses and the deaths of hundreds of cattle in the region could leave hundreds of thousands of families without food.

Questions, answers about use of force by police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:05

Jerry "Uncle Black" Rodgers, a Ferguson resident, raises his hands during a protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. On Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer has opened a debate over what level of force is appropriate when law enforcement confronts a citizen perceived to be a threat.


Court ends part of Arkansas desegregation lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:59

FILE - This Sept. 10, 2012, file photo shows Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. A federal judge Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, ended a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge Thursday ended a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957 but a lawyer for black schoolchildren said inequalities remain in the state's largest district.


Federal judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:59

Groom figurines are seen on a cake at a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly HillsBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling, leaving same-sex couples still unable to marry in the state. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Florida's Northern District in Tallahassee is the fifth judge in the state to rule against a same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008, but the first federal judge to do so. "The institution of marriage survived when bans on interracial marriage were struck down, and the institution will survive when bans on same-sex marriage are struck down," Hinkle wrote. The ruling addressed two lawsuits involving 10 same-sex couples, mostly married in other states and seeking recognition in Florida.


Torture animation banned at Philly child rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:50

Torture animation banned at Philly child rape trialA young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday.


Explosion in North Philadelphia restaurant caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:46

Explosion in North Philadelphia restaurant caught on videoPhiladelphia Police are searching for a teen caught on camera putting a device in restaurant and walking away moments before it explodes.


Officer in Wal-Mart shooting involved in 2010 case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:38

In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 5, 2014, members of the Ohio Student Association gathered outside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office in Columbus, Ohio, to call for the release of in-store video in the fatal police shooting of a man at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart. Organizers tell the Dayton Daily News they want to see what happened on Aug. 5 when 21-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police. Officers say he refused to drop an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Jim Otte) LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUTCINCINNATI (AP) — A police officer on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart store also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting in which he was not indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense, authorities confirmed Thursday.


Family of NY man killed by chokehold talks to feds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:34

Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Esaw Garner, the wife of fatal police chokehold victim Eric Garner, listen during a press briefing after meeting privately with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch on Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 in New York. The family of the unarmed Eric Garner, whose death last month in police custody was recorded on video, has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the case.(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — The family of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer met with a U.S. prosecutor on Thursday to again demand a federal probe.


New report highlights poor conditions in Philly schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:31

New report highlights poor conditions in Philly schoolsA new report finds conditions in Philadelphia's classrooms are bad and they could soon get a lot worse.


Teen shot and killed in Point Breeze identified

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:31

Teen shot and killed in Point Breeze identifiedPolice have released the name of the teen who was shot and killed in Philadelphia's Point Breeze section.


Woman robbed outside Brooklawn grocery store

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:30

Woman robbed outside Brooklawn grocery storePolice are asking for help finding the man wanted for robbing a 85-year-old woman outside of a grocery store in Brooklawn, New Jersey.


Judge drops rape charge against ex-Tigers pitcher

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:28

Evan Reed appears at his preliminary hearing on a sexual assault charge Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Detroit. Reed, a Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Detroit hotel. He's charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed rape charges against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.


British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:26
By Kate Holton and Raheem Salman LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the threat from Islamic State was "beyond anything we've seen" and the U.S. Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the death of Foley on the video, which featured a masked man speaking English with a British accent. As Western officials tried to identify the man, the Muslim Council of Britain denounced Foley's "abhorrent murder" and one of its advisers urged anyone who knows the killer's identity to contact the police.

VIDEO: Eagles ready for Steelers in preseason home opener

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:20

 Eagles ready for Steelers in preseason home openerThe Philadelphia Eagles are prepared to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Philly's pre-season home opener.


Court decision delayed on Marine's Iraq vanishing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:18

FILE - In this July 19, 2004 file photo, Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the press outside Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va. Hassoun is scheduled to appear Thursday, Aug 21, 2014, at Camp Lejeune in an Article 32 hearing, which is the military equivalent of a grand jury. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.


2 American Ebola patients released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:16

2 American Ebola patients released from hospitalAfter nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday.


Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:15
Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:11

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malwareSome customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.


Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:10

In this May 7, 2014 photo, Rene Lima-Marin sits for an interview with The Associated Press about the circumstances of his sentencing and incarceration, in a meeting room inside Kit Carson Correctional Center, a privately operated prison in Burlington, Colo. Lima-Marin, who was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early, says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life. An appeal filed Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in his case also says his constitutional rights were violated when a judge in January ordered him to finish his sentence after he started a family during nearly six years of freedom. A judge in 2000 sentenced Lima-Marin to a total of 98 years in prison for multiple counts stemming from the robbery of two video stores when Lima-Marin was 20. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life.


Death of Connecticut boy left in hot car ruled a homicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:08
By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A 15-month-old Connecticut boy's death in a hot car last month was ruled a homicide Thursday by the chief state medical examiner’s office. Benjamin Seitz, of Ridgefield, died of “hyperthermia due to environmental exposure” on July 7 after being left alone for hours in a hot car by his father, Kyle Seitz, according to the medical examiner's office. The temperature in the car reached nearly 88 degrees that day, according to a report issued by Danbury Hospital in Danbury, a city near Ridgefield.