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Ex-convict shot 15 minutes after NY prison release

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:40
MOUNT HOPE, N.Y. (AP) — A man who had just gotten out of prison 15 minutes earlier was ambushed and shot by another ex-convict as revenge for a previous run-in behind bars, state police said Friday.

Obama moves to protect part of California's San Gabriel Mountains

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:39

U.S. President Obama arrives to announce the designation of San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument in San DimasBy Steve Holland SAN DIMAS Calif. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday declared large parts of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles as a national monument and vowed to protect more federal lands for future generations. With the mountains providing a scenic backdrop for Obama's announcement, the president cast his decision as one of social justice, saying the area is the only close outdoor space for urban families in the outer suburbs of Los Angeles. "It reminds us that America belongs to all of us, not some of us," Obama said. ...


US judge strikes down NC gay marriage ban; first same-sex weddings expected to quickly follow

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:37
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — US judge strikes down NC gay marriage ban; first same-sex weddings expected to quickly follow.

Archaeologists uncover village at Petrified Forest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:35
PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Archaeologists at the Petrified Forest National Park have discovered an ancient village that is unique for its size.

Ebola screening measures rest on federal law

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:34

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2014, file photo, a Nigerian port health official uses a thermometer on a passenger at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. The Obama administration’s plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say. Airline passengers arriving from three West African countries will face temperature checks using no-touch thermometers and other screening measures at five U.S. airports, starting with New York’s Kennedy International on Saturday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's authority to screen airline passengers for potential Ebola exposure and order them quarantined if necessary is far-reaching and rooted in the Constitution and federal law, public health experts say.


Obama designates national monument in LA area

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:31

Graphic shows area in California's San Gabriel Mountains designated as a national monument; 3c x 3 inches; 146 mm x 76 mm;SAN DIMAS, California (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday spared from future development nearly 350,000 acres of land within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, a move that cheered environmentalists but sparked new criticism of Obama's willingness to use his executive authority.


High court lifts hold on gay marriage in Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can go ahead in Idaho.

Judge weighs revoking Joey Merlino's parole

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:17

Judge weighs revoking Joey Merlino's paroleA prosecutor seeking to revoke the parole of former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino said the ex-con is still active in organized crime.


Doctor recovered from Ebola urges calm in Dallas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:12
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Dr. Kent Brantly, the first American flown back to the U.S. for treatment of Ebola, is urging calm for the people of Dallas and elsewhere who are worried about contracting the deadly disease.

Co-founder of indicted money exchange extradited to U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:09
By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spanish authorities have extradited to the United States a co-founder of the digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve to face charges that his creation was an unlawful money-laundering operation, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. Arthur Budovsky, 40, arrived in New York on Friday and was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. ...

US settles suit with African official over assets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The son of Equatorial Guinea's president must sell a $30 million Malibu mansion, a Ferrari and Michael Jackson memorabilia and then give the proceeds to the citizens of his impoverished country under a settlement announced Friday by U.S. authorities, who said he bought the lavish items with money stolen from the African nation.

Alaska parents find son alive after police notify wrong family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:04
(Reuters) - An Alaska couple, who had been told by police that their 29-year-old son had been killed in a car crash, were overcome with joy just hours later when they discovered him alive and well at his home in Anchorage, officials and media said on Friday. In a case of mistaken identity, an officer arrived at the couple's Palmer home some 50 miles outside Anchorage at about 3 a.m. on Thursday and told them that their son, Justin Priest, had died in a Juneau car crash a few hours earlier, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. ...

Alabama won't publish immigration list

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:04
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has agreed not to enforce a provision of its controversial immigration law that required state officials to publish a list of people known to be unlawfully in the country.

Jury deadlocked over fatal shooting by Detroit cop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:04
DETROIT (AP) — Jurors were deadlocked and a judge declared a mistrial Friday for a Detroit police officer charged with recklessly handling his gun and killing a 7-year-old girl — the second time a verdict couldn't be reached in the case.

Judge weighs revoking convicted mobster's parole

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:03
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A prosecutor seeking to revoke the parole of former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino said the ex-con is still active in organized crime.

Arrest made in rape of 100-year-old-woman

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:01
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita have arrested a suspect in the rape of a 100-year-old woman during a break-in at her home.

S&P lowers France credit outlook to 'negative'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:54
NEW YORK (AP) — Standard & Poor's Rating Services on Friday lowered its outlook for France's credit rating to "negative" from "stable," saying the country's economic picture is dimming.

Firefighters make headway against Sacramento-area wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:51
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters made progress on Friday against a major wildfire burning northeast of Sacramento that destroyed six homes and charred 420 acres, allowing some residents to return to their homes near the community of Applegate. With slowing winds aiding the efforts, more than 1,400 firefighters aimed to cut off the blaze before it could burn through a canyon and threaten additional communities. "Things are looking very positive," said Lynne Tolmachoff, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CalFire). ...

California reactivates firefighting airplanes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:49

This undated photo provided by DynCorp International shows pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt who was killed Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, while fighting the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite National Park. Hunt, 62, a 13-year veteran pilot of Dyncorp International, was flying a S-2T air tanker, similar to the plane in the photo, under contract with the state, when his plane hit a canyon wall while fighting the blaze that has caused the closure of the major western entrance into the heart of the park. CalFire has temporarily grounded it's fleet of S-2T's for inspection.(AP Photo/DynCorp International)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With wildfire danger peaking, California's fleet of 22 air tankers was cleared Friday to return to the skies after investigators found no evidence that a fatal crash of one of the tankers earlier in the week was the result of faulty equipment.


Senator Walsh of Montana stripped of degree for plagiarism

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 04:49

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh speaks to reporters after being named to replace Baucus in Helena(Reuters) - The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master's degree of U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, both Walsh and the college said on Friday. "The board found that then-Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his master's degree and status as a graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked," said Carol Kerr, a spokeswoman for the college, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. ...