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Americans back federal funds for Planned Parenthood health services: poll

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 05:08

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in Vista, CaliforniaBy Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans broadly support providing federal funding for free women's health exams, screenings and contraception services, a Reuters/Ipsos poll has found, suggesting risks for Republicans criticizing Planned Parenthood as part of the 2016 campaigns.   Support for federal funding of Planned Parenthood itself to provide those services was even stronger, according to the Reuters/Ipsos released on Wednesday. The non-profit's image has taken a hit, the poll found, after an anti-abortion group earlier this year began releasing videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood, which provides health services to millions of women at hundreds of centers nationwide, came under a storm of criticism after the videos were released by an activist group called the Center for Medical Progress.


Zoo vets think mom of giant panda Bao Bao is pregnant again

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 05:07

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast. Zoo officials think the mother of 2-year-old giant panda Bao Bao is pregnant again. Veterinarians performing an ultrasound Wednesday detected what they think is a developing fetus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials at Washington's National Zoo say they believe the mother of nearly 2-year-old giant panda Bao Bao is pregnant again.


Officials: Man ran onto Denver airport ramp to stop plane

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 05:02
DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a man who was arrested after he ran onto a ramp at Denver International Airport had missed his flight to a high school reunion and was trying to stop the plane.

'Felt like I was frozen': accuser in prep school rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:36
The girl, who is 16 years old and was 15 at the time of the alleged attack, testified that Owen Labrie quickly became rough when he brought her to the top floor of a building at St. Paul's School. Carney has said that Labrie, who is from Tunbridge, Vermont, was raised by a single mother and was only able to attend St. Paul's on a scholarship, and that he had distinguished himself as a student leader and athlete and hoped to attend divinity school.

AP poll: Minority of US Catholics know pope's climate views

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:34

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 file photo, Pope Francis rides in his rain-covered vehicle after his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. A survey conducted July 17-19, 2015 has found fewer than half of U.S. Roman Catholics said they knew of Pope Francis' bombshell encyclical on curbing climate change — and only a fraction of those heard about it from the pulpit — in the month after he released the document with an unprecedented call for the church to take up his message. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)NEW YORK (AP) — A new survey has found fewer than half of U.S. Roman Catholics said they knew of Pope Francis' bombshell encyclical on curbing climate change — and only a fraction of those heard about it from the pulpit — in the month after he released the document with an unprecedented call for the church to take up his message.


O'Malley calls Clinton's email issues a distraction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:33

Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, speaks at a news conference in front of the Trump International hotel, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Las Vegas. O'Malley, who is scheduled to speak at the AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention Wednesday in Las Vegas, spoke in front of the hotel to highlight employee's attempts to unionize. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley on Wednesday called email allegations swirling around front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton a distraction and said the party is making a mistake if it lets it define the nomination contest.


Woman admits lying when buying gun used to kill officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:30
ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors say a Georgia woman pleaded guilty to lying when she bought a gun that her boyfriend used to kill a police officer in Nebraska.

Army pilot, military cop are 1st women to pass Ranger School

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:27

In this photo taken on April 26, 2015, one of the 20 female soldiers, who is among the 400 students who qualified to start Ranger School, tackles the Darby Queen obstacle course, one of the toughest obstacle courses in U.S. Army training, at Fort Benning, in Ga. Two women have now passed the U.S. Army's grueling Ranger test, and even tougher and more dangerous jobs could lie ahead. The military services are poised to allow women to serve in most front-line combat jobs, including special operations forces, senior officials told The Associated Press. (Robin Trimarchi/Ledger-Enquirer via AP)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An Apache helicopter pilot from Texas and a military police officer from Connecticut are the first women to complete the Army's grueling Ranger School, families of the soldiers confirmed Wednesday.


Latest on Fogle case: Jared Fogle's wife files for divorce

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:21
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The latest on federal documents accusing longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle of engaging in sex acts with minors and receiving child pornography (all times local):

Billy Graham's son-in-law dies days after found in pool

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:18
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The son-in-law of the Rev. Billy Graham has died after being found unresponsive in the swimming pool of the Raleigh home he shared with evangelist Anne Graham Lotz.

Prosecutor: Mom, not legal system, to blame in sons' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:13

This photo provided by the Logan County Jail shows Brittany Pilkington, who calmly called 911 to report her baby son wasn't breathing on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, and then hours later confessed to killing him and her two other young sons over the past several months, police said. Pilkington was charged with three counts of murder and was jailed Tuesday, said police in Bellefontaine, Ohio. (Logan County Jail via AP)BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — Three young boys in Ohio died because their mother decided to suffocate them, not because children's services or the legal system somehow failed, a prosecutor said Wednesday.


Likely months until Jared Fogle's guilty plea is finalized

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 04:02
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jared Fogle's journey through federal court on criminal charges tied to child pornography is far from over after the former Subway pitchman made a brief court appearance Wednesday.

The Latest: Military cop long had goal to pass Ranger School

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 03:59

In this photo taken on April 19, 2015, one of the 20 female soldiers, top left, who is among the 400 students who qualified to begin Ranger School, does lunges in between obstacles on the Darby Queen, one of the toughest obstacle courses in U.S. Army training, at Fort Benning, Ga. Two women have passed the Army’s grueling Ranger test, but tougher and more dangerous jobs could lie ahead, senior officials told The Associated Press. The military services are poised to allow women to serve in most front-line combat jobs, including as special operations forces. (Robin Trimarchi/Ledger-Enquirer via AP) MANDATORY CREDITFORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — The latest on the first female Army soldiers to complete the military's elite Ranger School (all times local):


Court in Pennsylvania upholds release of Korean businessman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 03:52
Han Tak Lee spent 24 years in a Pennsylvania prison before a federal magistrate last year ordered him freed, concluding that nearly all the technical evidence used to convict Lee was based on beliefs about arson fires that have since been discredited. "It should be over now,” said Peter Goldberger, an attorney for Lee. Lee was serving a life prison sentence after a jury in 1990 convicted him of murder by arson of his daughter Ji Yun Lee, 20, at a religious retreat in the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania.

Chicago-area man who won $25 million wrongful conviction case arrested in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 03:51
A man who received a $25 million wrongful conviction settlement in 2012 from the city of Chicago in a gang-related murder case has been accused of shooting a man in the legs in another alleged gang-related incident and was due in court on Wednesday. Police arrested Thaddeus Jimenez, 36, in connection with a shooting on Monday in north Chicago.

Wife of ex-Subway pitchman seeks divorce amid child sex case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 03:47

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle leaves the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 following a hearing on child-pornography charges. Fogle agreed to plead guilty to allegations that he paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography in a case that destroyed his career at the sandwich-shop chain and could send him to prison for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle said Wednesday that she's seeking a divorce as her husband faces charges alleging that he engaged in sex acts with underage girls and traded in child pornography.


Wildfires trigger new evacuation orders across U.S. Northwest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 03:46

Firefighters from the Washington National Guard battle the First Creek Fire in Chelan, WashingtonBy Eric M. Johnson and Laura Zuckerman SEATTLE/SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Wildfires raging across the U.S. Northwest triggered new evacuation orders for hundreds of homes as firefighters battled more than a dozen major blazes across drought-parched Western states, authorities said on Wednesday. In north-central Washington state, about 200 people were forced from their residences as a cluster of fires bore down on the town of Conconully late on Tuesday, said Lorraine Utt at the county's emergency operations center. To the south, firefighters by Wednesday managed to dig containment lines around about half of a wildfire burning on the outskirts of Chelan, Washington, a resort town at the southern tip of Lake Chelan, fire information officer Lorena Wisehart said.


New hole opens up at site of fatal Florida sinkhole

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 03:25

New hole opens up at site of fatal Florida sinkholeNew hole opens up at site of fatal Florida sinkhole


1 dead after chemical tank explosion at fertilizer plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 03:21
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died following a chemical tank explosion at a fertilizer plant in southwest Georgia.

Second airship launched in test of missile defense system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 03:15
On Wednesday, The North American Aerospace Defense Command launched the second of two helium-filled airships near Baltimore to test an East Coast missile defense system. The launch at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground completes the aerial part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS. Here's what it's all about: