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Texas backs off plan to sell alcohol at guns shows

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 01:22
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials have withdrawn a plan to allow sales of alcohol at some gun shows, which would have come with strict conditions, such as a ban on sales of live ammunition.

Pennsylvania lawmakers push to change hate crime law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 01:19

Pennsylvania lawmakers push to change hate crime lawGay rights supporters turned out in force in Harrisburg Tuesday to push for a major change in Pennsylvania's hate crime law.


Research: Florida Everglades crocodile numbers up

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 01:19

In this undated photo provided by the University of Florida, an adult American crocodile swims at Everglades National Park, Fla. A UF study has found a record number of American crocodile hatchlings in Everglades National park this year, providing hope that restoration efforts are helping the once endangered species. (AP Photo/University of Florida, Jemeema Carrigan)GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A record number of American crocodile hatchlings were counted in Everglades National Park this year, providing hope that restoration efforts are helping the once-endangered species, researchers said Tuesday.


Ex-al-Qaida spokesman gets life prison term in NY

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 01:16

In this courtroom sketch Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, center right, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, stands next to attorney Stanley Cohen, center, as interpreter Marwan Abdel-Rahman, right, quotes from the Quran on behalf of Abu Ghaith during his sentencing hearing in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, left, sentenced Abu Ghaith to life in prison for acting as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks The judge said he saw "no remorse whatsoever" from the 48-year-old imam who was convicted in March on conspiracy charges that he answered Osama bin Laden's request in the hours after the attacks to speak on the widely circulated videos used to recruit new followers willing to go on suicide missions like the 19 who hijacked four commercial jets on Sept. 11. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)NEW YORK (AP) — Defiant to the end, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for acting as the voice of al-Qaida after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, telling a judge that there would be a price to pay for trying to "bury me alive."


AP PHOTOS: NC artist burns glass into sculptures

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 01:05

In this Aug. 7, 2014 photo, glass artist Jonathan Davis is illuminated by the flame from his torch as he shapes glass in his studio near Pittsboro, N.C. A glassblower by trade, Davis uses a sabre of flame made of liquid oxygen and propane to manipulate glass into elaborate art and sculpture at his studio and playground in rural Chatham County. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A huge grin appears on the face of glass artist Jonathan Michael Davis as he burns hole after hole through spheres of glass, making a popping sound.


Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 01:04

In this Aug. 20, 2014, photo, Jessica Huskey stands by a yellow ribbon placed there by her spouse Nivia Huskey before Nivia's military deployment in Jacksonville, N.C. Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about two-thirds of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize gay marriages, leaving thousands of military families missing out on legal rights they would enjoy if Uncle Sam had stationed them elsewhere. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina. If all goes as planned, the 28-year-old military policewoman will return to Camp Lejeune in time for a January delivery at an on-base hospital.


Mayor: 'It's a very bad situation' in NYC jails

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 01:01
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after a federal prosecutor warned he may take legal action to force New York City to enact reforms in city jails, and amid months of heightened scrutiny of jail conditions and guard behavior, Mayor Bill de Blasio said bluntly on Tuesday that "it's a very bad situation," in the nation's second-largest jail system.

Chicago Mayor Emanuel proposes decriminalizing pot in Illinois

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:59

Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel arrives at the public unveiling of Motorola Mobility global headquarters in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday to reform sentencing for low-level drug offenses, which would include ticketing rather than arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana. Emanuel had backed a 2012 change in Chicago law that decriminalized marijuana in the nation's third-largest city. Emanuel said on Tuesday that the change statewide would save tax dollars, allow police to focus on more serious crimes and keep non-violent offenders from a lifetime in the criminal justice system. ...


UN chief welcomes airstrikes in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:52

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Climate Change Summit, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general welcomed airstrikes against militants in Syria which he said pose "an immediate threat to international peace and security."


Emergency call tapes detail Florida family slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:47
By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Florida police released on Tuesday the tape from an emergency call placed last week by a 51-year-old felon who calmly announced that he had just shot his daughter and her six children and planned to shoot himself when officers arrived. "I just shot my daughter and shot all my grandkids, and I'll be sitting on my step and when you get here I'm going to shoot myself," Don Spirit said, adding that one child was a baby. He grew tense when asked what type of gun he had used, demanding with profanities that authorities come to his house. ...

Suspect in fatal California gym attack charged

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:46
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say the victim of a fatal beating at a San Francisco Bay Area gym had asked the suspect's girlfriend whether she wanted a ride on his motorcycle days earlier.

DC Council expected to allow concealed handguns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — A reluctant District of Columbia Council is expected to allow people to carry concealed handguns in the nation's capital for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Overturned tractor trailer slows traffic on I-476

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:35

Overturned tractor trailer slows traffic on I-476An overturned tractor trailer created headaches for morning commuters on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


Ohio college student killed by falling tree

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:30
MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — A falling tree has killed a 21-year-old Ohio college student who decided to take a walk to clear her head after a day of studying.

Girl, 15, shot and killed outside Einstein Medical Center identified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:25

Girl, 15, shot and killed outside Einstein Medical Center identifiedSchool authorities have identified the teenage girl shot and killed by a stray bullet Monday outside Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.


Lane closures remain, hours after tractor-trailer crash on I-95

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:24

Lane closures remain, hours after tractor-trailer crash on I-95According to PennDOT spokesman Gene Blaum, 250 feet of damaged guide rails have to be removed and replaced with temporary concrete barriers.


Seattle to fine residents for not composting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:17
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle residents who fail to separate food waste from trash will be fined.

'Frozen' princess promises hot Christmas for struggling toymaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:09
By Siddharth Cavale (Reuters) - Snow Glow Elsa has a big job ahead of her - even for a princess with magical powers. The doll, one of only four toys to feature on three major guides of top toys for the holiday season, has the task of reviving Jakks Pacific Inc, which has reported losses for the last two years and declining revenue since 2009. Jakks is licensed to make toys and dresses based on Walt Disney Co's blockbuster animation movie "Frozen", including the Elsa doll. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Toys R Us Inc [TOYS. ...

Los Angeles Register newspaper ends publication

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:04

FILE - In this April 16, 2014 file photo, Dorothy Shumrt reads the Los Angeles Register newspaper on the day of it's launch while waiting for a train at Union Station, in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Register, which debuted in April as a challenger to the Los Angeles Times, has ceased publication. Freedom co-owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz sent a memo to employees Monday night, Sept. 22, 2014, announcing that the LA Register was closing. In announcing the closure, Freedom Communications Inc. also said it had sold the Santa Ana headquarters for its flagship paper, the Orange County Register, for $27 million to local developer Michael Harrah. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Register, which debuted in April as a challenger to the Los Angeles Times, has ceased publication.


Obama admin creates Korean land mine exception

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months after announcing its intention to largely comply with an international treaty banning land mines, the Obama administration on Tuesday carved out an exception for its stockpile of the weapons on the Korean Peninsula.