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ND clinic wants rehearing on medication abortions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:04

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, an abortion protester stands outside the Red River Valley Women's Clinic in downtown Fargo, N.D. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, lawyers for North Dakota's lone abortion clinic in Fargo filed a petition for a rehearing with the state Supreme Court to clarify a portion of a recent ruling that limits the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lawyers for North Dakota's lone abortion clinic in Fargo are asking the state Supreme Court to clarify a portion of a recent ruling that limits the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs.


VA fires Pittsburgh hospital network's director

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:49
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired the director of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System a month after officials determined she committed unspecified "conduct unbecoming a senior executive" and wasteful spending.

Florida to execute man who killed wife and stepdaughter in 1992

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:48

Death row inmate Chadwick Banks is seen in an undated picture from the Florida Department of Corrections in Raiford, FloridaBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A man convicted of fatally shooting his sleeping wife, then raping and murdering her 10-year-old daughter, was scheduled to die by injection Thursday evening at Florida State Prison after spending almost half his life on death row. Attorneys for Chadwick Banks, 43, unsuccessfully challenged the state's lethal-injection methods and argued that his post-conviction legal representation was inadequate. Banks, shot his sleeping wife, Cassandra Banks, at their mobile home near Quincy in north Florida in 1992. ...


McCain, other US lawmakers, vow to save A-10 'Warthog' aircraft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:46

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft from Bagram Air Base flies a combat mission over AfghanistanBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential group of U.S. lawmakers, including John McCain, in line to become the head of the Senate's powerful Armed Services Committee, on Thursday pledged to thwart the Pentagon's plans to retire the U.S. fleet of A-10 "Warthog" aircraft. The Pentagon, facing mandatory "sequestration" budget cuts, has sought to eliminate all of the tank-killer jets, saying it would save $3.7 billion over the next five years plus another $500 million in planned aircraft upgrades. ...


Overturned tractor-trailer jams traffic on Ben Franklin Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:37

Overturned tractor-trailer jams traffic on Ben Franklin BridgeA flatbed tractor-trailer overturned at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge Thursday morning, spilling its load and causing delays for Philadelphia-bound commuters for more than four hours.


Man pleads guilty to keeping sons in filthy home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:33
DENVER (AP) — A father whose four young sons could communicate only in grunts when authorities rescued them from a filthy Denver apartment could spend up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to felony child abuse.

Fire damages 3 houses in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:23

Fire damages 3 houses in Southwest PhiladelphiaOfficials say a fast-moving blaze has damaged three homes in Southwest Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Elderly woman badly burned in house fire in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:21

Elderly woman badly burned in house fire in FrankfordOfficials say an elderly woman was badly burned in a house fire in Philadelphia's Frankford section late Wednesday night.


AccuWeather: Chilly Today, Evening Rain, Wet Snow

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:16

 Chilly Today, Evening Rain, Wet SnowMeteorologist David Murphy says precipitation will be light this evening. Friday is colder.


West Virginia updates tax forms for gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:56
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is updating its tax forms to reflect court rulings overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Senator's son pleads not guilty in 21 dog deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:46
PHOENIX (AP) — A son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake and the son's wife have pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges stemming from the deaths of 21 dogs last summer.

Pot-friendly states teaming up on Capitol Hill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress from states with legal pot say their colleagues should not stand in the way of expanded legalization.

Privacy protections unite carmakers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers than many motorists realize.

Immigration, Keystone top first day of lame duck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:36

In this photo taken Nov. 4, 2014, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., acknowledges supporters at her election night headquarters in New Orleans. Republicans have promised her Senate opponent Rep. Bill Cassidy a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Landrieu in the state's runoff election next month. The move undercuts one of Landrieu's chief campaign arguments, that voters in the state with a robust oil and gas industry need her and her seniority on the committee. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House are divided over whether to fund the government for a couple of months past a December deadline to maintain leverage over President Barack Obama on immigration or to pass a full-year spending bill to clear the decks for a fresh start when the GOP gets full control of Congress in January.


5 sickened in carbon monoxide incidents in Philly, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:31

5 sickened in carbon monoxide incidents in Philly, NJCarbon monoxide filled the air in a South Philadelphia home Monday night, hours after a family was sickened by CO fumes in Winslow Township, New Jersey.


Toddler put in jail cell after mother arrested in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:24

Toddler put in jail cell after mother arrested in OhioA police department in Ohio is under fire after officers put a 3-year-old girl in a holding cell.


Woman found naked, murdered in West Philadelphia home ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:20

Woman found naked, murdered in West Philadelphia home ID'dFamily members tell Action News there is a history of a roommate abusing the victim, and that they don't believe there was a break-in.


10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:20

AP10ThingsToSee - Russian soldiers wear snow gear over Red Army World War II uniforms as they prepare to parade in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets marched across Red Square to mark the 73nd anniversary of a historic World War II parade. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Letter from North Dakota: The Oil Party Rocks On

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:16

A pickup truck bears the words "I (heart) OIL" written in dirt in WillistonBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON N.D. (Reuters) - Falling oil prices have spooked Wall Street and even parts of Texas. But in North Dakota's booming oil patch, the crude-fueled party carries on. Since June, the price of crude oil has fallen 30 percent to about $75 a barrel, raising fears that oil production would slow across the United States. But you wouldn't know it here. The state's economy remains the fastest growing in the nation, thanks to more than 1 million barrels of oil produced each day. ...


California cat cafe is catnip for feline fans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:10

In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, Dawn Piper moves in to take a closer look at a pair of cats in a tower at the Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, Calif. Pouncing on similar cafe concepts in Asia & Europe, the cafe has become America's first permanent feline-friendly coffee shop. Cafe customers pay to pet cute kitties while sipping on tea or expresso drinks. It allows customers, who may not be able to have cats in their own homes, to enjoy the benefits of furry friends for short times without the responsibility. The animals come from a partnership with a local animal shelter and are also available for adoption. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland.