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New York City bill requires reports on solitary confinement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:21
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Council approved a bill on Thursday requiring corrections officials to publish regular reports on the use of solitary confinement in city jails and the notorious Rikers Island complex. The reports will shed light on the practice of disciplining detainees by sending them to solitary confinement and end the secrecy that has allowed for abuses in the city's jail system, said Daniel Dromm, a member of the city council who sponsored the bill. The bill will "push New York City to radically rethink about how we deal with individuals incarcerated in Rikers Island and other city jails," he told a press conference before the bill was approved. Specifically, the measure calls for quarterly reports detailing everything from the age, race, gender and mental health status of inmates held in solitary confinement, to the number of recreation days and showers taken by segregated inmates.

Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:17
There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles.

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:13

 Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already gotten the drops boosted their immunity. World Health Organization officials say the combination strategy could help finally eradicate polio. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity.


Prosecutor urges Gov. Nixon to decide on removal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:53
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he has no intentions of removing himself from the Michael Brown case, and he is urging Gov. Jay Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch's ouster.

Trial on Miss. election challenge set for Sept. 15

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:51
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A trial is set to begin Sept. 15 for a lawsuit that seeks to undo a Republican runoff victory by Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.

Police shoot hit-and-run suspect who injured 2 in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:47

Police shoot hit-and-run suspect who injured 2 in CamdenPolice shot a suspected hit-and-run driver who they say injured two people and then tried to drive into officers in Camden Wednesday night.


USS Saratoga carrier heads off to be scrapped

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:45

In this photo released by the U.S. Navy, a tug works alongside the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga at Naval Station Newport Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Newport, R.I. The ship departed port Thursday for it's final journey to the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville, Texas, where it will be scrapped. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.


Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:39

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, about he would be open to sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq to fight the deadly Islamic State after its attacks on a Christian minority and the beheading of an American journalist. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops.


St. Louis police release video of shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:35

La police américaine de nouveau critiquée après la mort d'un jeune Noir dans le MissouriThe St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cellphone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater transparency on officer-involved shootings.


In case of slain journalist, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:33

Sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of RochesterBy Warren Strobel and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of Aug. 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for U.S. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which handles cases involving kidnapped American citizens, helped craft a response, pleading for mercy, said Phil Balboni, chief executive of GlobalPost, the Boston-based online news publication that employed Foley. It was a statement that Jim was an innocent journalist" who respected the people of Syria, where he was held, Balboni said in a telephone interview. Six days later, on Tuesday, Islamic State militants stunned America with a gruesome video posted on YouTube showing the beheading of Foley, 40, by a masked, black-clad man who also threatened to kill a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.


Ex-Virginia governor talks about troubled marriage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:20

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrives at federal court with his daughter Cailin Young, in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. McDonnell begins the second day of testimony in his own defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote a long, forlorn email to his wife three years ago trying to save his marriage, calling her his "soulmate," yet he also said he grew so weary of her yelling that he began taking refuge in his office late at night rather than go home.


Giant Palestine flag draped on New York bridge under investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:15
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City detectives were searching on Thursday for activists suspected of unfurling a massive Palestine flag over the side of an East River bridge during a march in support of Palestinians in Gaza, police said. The flag, draped over the south side of the Manhattan Bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn, appeared during a Wednesday evening march organized by Palestine solidarity groups, a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department said. Online photos of the banner show the phrase "Gaza in our hearts" and the words "boycott, divest, sanction" written in large letters on its black, white, green and red panels. After flapping above the East River for about 20 minutes on Wednesday evening, the flag, about 100 feet long and 50 feet wide, was removed by police.

Family of slain informant wins judgment over death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:53
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has reinstated a damage award to the family of a teenage informant killed while working for police, but lowered the amount the state must pay.

Temple University student assaulted on move-in day

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:51

Temple University student assaulted on move-in dayTemple University says it is investigating a reported attack on a student that allegedly included what the school called "religious slurs."


Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:51

FILE -- In this file photo taken June 19, 2013, Mount Rainier is seen from a helicopter flying south of the mountain and west of Yakima, Wash. Officials on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, said that the bodies of three climbers have been retrieved from a glacier on the mountain in the same area where six went missing in May. A crew on a training flight spotted the bodies in an avalanche debris field after they were exposed by melting snow. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — The location of the three bodies was revealed by the melting snow, but getting to them was another matter. They were high on a glacier at one of the most treacherous spots on Mount Rainier, an area pummeled by falling ice and rocks.


WHO holding talks next month on Ebola treatments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:30
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday it would convene talks early next month on potential treatments and vaccines to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The infectious disease has killed 1,350 people among 2,473 cases in four countries - Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone - according to the United Nations health agency. The WHO this month backed the use of untested drugs on people infected with Ebola, but the scarcity of supplies has raised questions about who gets priority access to treatment. "The consultation has been convened to gather expertise about the most promising experimental therapies and vaccines and their role in containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa," it said in a statement on the talks set for Sept. 4-5 in Geneva.

Taney Dragons have another chance after loss to Las Vegas in Little League World Series

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:28

Taney Dragons have another chance after loss to Las Vegas in Little League World SeriesPhiladelphia's Taney Dragons have another chance to keep their Little League World Series championship alive tonight.


Virginia man named Stoner busted on marijuana charge: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:23
(Reuters) - A Virginia man with the last name Stoner has been arrested for having $10,000 worth of marijuana plants, police said Thursday. Acting on a tip that Paul Scott Stoner, 42, was selling marijuana to children, police raided his Unionville home last Thursday and discovered the plants, prescription drugs, hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia and guns, according statement released by the Blue Ridge Narcotics Task Force. Stoner has been charged with growing marijuana and for having a firearm while in possession of more than a pound of marijuana, police said.

Taney Dragons lose to Las Vegas 8-1 in 3rd Little League World Series game

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:17

Taney Dragons have another chance after loss to Las Vegas in Little League World SeriesPhiladelphia's Taney Dragons took an 8-1 loss against Las Vegas in their 3rd Little League World Series game. But their championship dream is still alive.


Trial begins in kindergartner's abduction, rape

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:16

Trial begins in kindergartner's abduction, rapeOpening statements are set to begin in the trial of a woman charged with abducting a kindergartner from her Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting her.