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Lawsuit seeks source of drugs to be used in Pennsylvania execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:53
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - In the wake of botched lethal injections in other states, the ACLU and four newspapers have sued Pennsylvania's prison system to unseal records on the drugs that will be used in an execution later this month, the state's first in 15 years. The lawsuit seeks to uncover how lethal injection drugs used by the Department of Corrections are tested and supplied, since a shortage of traditional execution drugs has meant a bigger role for so-called compounding pharmacies. “It is set by legislation that those things are considered confidential,” said Susan Bensinger, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Information about the suppliers was released under seal to lawyers, denying access to reporters.  The motion, filed on Thursday by the ACLU, Philadelphia's City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Guardian U.S., says keeping the information confidential violates the first amendment rights of the newspapers.

Dispute over Duke Ellington royalties in court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:53

FILE - This June 1968 file photo shows big band leader Duke Ellington. Ellington’s grandson is urging New York’s highest court to reinstate his lawsuit against publisher EMI seeking half the foreign royalties from Ellington’s music for his heirs. The suit against publisher EMI alleges breach of the 1961 standard songwriter royalty contract the late pianist, bandleader and composer signed with Mills Music, predecessor of EMI, which is now part of global Sony/ATV Music Publishing. (AP Photo, file)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Jazz composer Duke Ellington's grandson urged New York's highest court on Thursday to reinstate his lawsuit seeking half the foreign royalties from Ellington's music for his heirs.


A look at Sept. 11 commemorations in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:53

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani stands at the edge of the North Pool during memorial observances on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. In New York, family members of those killed at the World Trade Center will read the names of the victims at a ceremony at ground zero. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool)A look at events marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks:


Sheriff's spokesman: Dad accused of killing his 5 children returned to South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:47
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sheriff's spokesman: Dad accused of killing his 5 children returned to South Carolina.

Prosecutor: Plant owner OK'd tainted peanut sales

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:47
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The owner of a Georgia peanut plant where a deadly salmonella outbreak originated five years ago approved sales of tainted food "whatever the risk," including shipments known to have tested positive for the bacteria and others sent with fake lab results and no real confirmation the products were safe to eat, a prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments in the food-poisoning trial Thursday.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finally at Mount Sharp

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:46

This Aug. 15, 2014, composite image released by NASA and made by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shows a view looking back toward part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater that the rover drove along, heading southward, during the summer of 2014. NASA announced Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, that the rover has reached the base of Mount Sharp, its long-term science destination since landing two years ago. Officials say drilling could begin as early as next week at an outcrop of rocks called Pahrump Hills. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL-Caltech, Cornell University, Arizona State University)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover is about to conduct some serious scientific drilling at Mars.


Eying Scotland, Spain Catalans seek secession vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:45

Girls wearing “estelada” flags, that symbolizes Catalonia's independence, sit on the street in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Sept 11, 2014. A week before Scotland votes on whether to break away from the United Kingdom, separatists in northeastern Spain were trying to convince hundreds of thousands to protest across Catalonia to demand a secession sentiment vote that the central government in Madrid insists would be illegal. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Catalans energized by Scotland's upcoming independence referendum protested Thursday for a secession vote aimed at carving out a new Mediterranean nation in what is now northeastern Spain.


Military exercise with Russia canceled

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:44
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Air Force exercise involving the U.S., Canada and Russia was canceled because of Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, a spokesman for NORAD said.

Teacher fatally stabbed at hotel in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:41

 South Philadelphia teacher stabbing a possible suicidePolice say a school teacher has died after she was stabbed multiple times inside a hotel in South Philadelphia.


Man pleads not guilty in tainted steroid case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:36

Glenn Adam Chin, former supervisory pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, departs federal court, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Boston. Prosecutors say Chin oversaw the sterile clean rooms at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., which custom-mixed medications in bulk and where tainted steroids blamed for the 2012 outbreak were made. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — A pharmacist who worked for a Massachusetts company blamed for a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people pleaded not guilty to a mail fraud charge Thursday as his lawyer said he is concerned he could be made a scapegoat.


Utah ski resort sold amid long legal battle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:33

Utah ski resort sold amid long legal battleSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of Utah's largest ski areas was sold to Vail Resorts Inc. Thursday, resolving a legal battle between two ski titans and paving the way for the creation of what could be the country's largest resort.


Revel says it has $90 million offer to buy closed casino

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:30

Revel says it has $90 million offer to buy closed casinoAttorneys for Revel Casino Hotel say that a Florida developer has offered $90 million for the Atlantic City property that closed this month.


Teacher fatally stabbed in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:29

Teacher fatally stabbed at hotel in South PhiladelphiaPolice say a school teacher has died after she was stabbed multiple times inside a hotel in South Philadelphia.


Philly cop arrested for allegedly assaulting wife

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:06

Philly cop arrested for allegedly assaulting wifeA Philadelphia police officer has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.


Retrial to proceed for Florida man who shot teens over loud music

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 04:03
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Despite prior widespread media coverage, a retrial can go ahead later this month for a white, middle-aged man charged with killing an unarmed black teenager during a dispute about loud rap music, a north Florida judge ruled on Thursday. The defense wanted a change of venue after a Jacksonville jury previously deadlocked on a charge of first-degree murder for Michael Dunn, 47, who claimed to be acting in self-defense in the shooting death. Dunn, a software engineer, fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four teens listening to music in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The jury convicted Dunn in February on three lesser counts of attempted murder for firing at the three other black teens in the vehicle, which was parked next to Dunn’s. The trial received international attention over its racial overtones and Dunn's claims of self-defense, drawing comparisons to the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in Florida last year in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed, black 17-year-old.

European states struggle with Draghi's challenge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:58

French President François Hollande, left, poses Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron following the presentation of the "34 plans for the new industrial France" Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (AP Photo/Patrick Kovarik, Pool)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi made the first move in his grand plan to rescue the economic recovery. Now it's over to the governments of the 18 countries that use the euro.


House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:51

In this Sept. 10, 2014, photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, sits with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Congress honored victims of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, during a "Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Gold Medal Ceremony." The House and Senate are controlled by different political parties, but both are spending time these days on similar paths: debating measures that everyone knows are going nowhere. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. And in the logic that prevails during the weeks before crucial congressional elections, they want everyone to know about that futility.


Popular Yosemite trail to reopen despite wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:49
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Park rangers say they'll soon reopen a popular trail in Yosemite National Park that had to be closed because of a wildfire.

Russian accused of hacking seeks new detention

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:45
SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for the Russian man charged with hacking into the computer systems of businesses throughout the U.S. have asked a federal judge in Seattle to hold a hearing as soon as possible so they can make their case for moving Roman Seleznev out of a Special Housing Unit.

Professor who lost job over Gaza tweets rebuffed by Illinois university trustees

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 03:35
University of Illinois trustees voted overwhelmingly on Thursday not to reinstate Steven Salaita, whose Twitter postings about Israel caused him to lose a promised faculty job, sparking debate about academic freedom and the use of social media. Salaita, a former tenured professor of English at Virginia Tech, accepted a tenured professorship in October 2013 to teach at University of Illinois' American Indian Studies program but it was revoked in early August after Salaita posted tweets denouncing Israel's military strikes in Gaza. Many of the Twitter messages were inflammatory and in justifying its decision not to give him a job, the university said they were demeaning and uncivil.