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Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:09

Workers have their temperature taken before entering the Freeport area, an important commercial port facility, Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Experts say fear and misunderstanding of Ebola have led many to ignore medical advice, fueling the disease's spread. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia announced Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors, making them the first Africans to receive some of the scarce treatment in a spiraling outbreak.


Repaving project begins on Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:06

Repaving project begins on Roosevelt BoulevardThe Roosevelt Boulevard is getting a $5.8 million facelift and the work started Monday night.


Ward crafted reputation as wheelman before death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:05

A small memorial of flowers is seen at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Canandaigua, N.Y. On Saturday night, Tony Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race at the track in upstate New York. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department's investigation is not criminal and that Stewart was "fully cooperative" and appeared "very upset" over what had happened. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear.


Unrest breaks out near St. Louis where teen shot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:02

Lesley McSpadden, center, and Michael Brown Sr., left, the parents of Michael Brown, listen as attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Jennings, Mo. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Unrest has broken out for a second night in a St. Louis suburb where a young unarmed black man was fatally shot by police.


Construction begins on Roosevelt Boulevard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:01

Repaving project begins on Roosevelt BoulevardThe Roosevelt Boulevard is getting a $5.8 million facelift and the work started Monday night.


Depression treatment and suicide prevention

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 09:38

Depression treatment and suicide preventionThe U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has resources for both treating depression and preventing suicide.


Obama calls Robin Williams 'one of a kind'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 09:32

A photo of the late actor Robin Williams as Mork from Ork hangs with flowers left by people paying their respects, in Boulder, Colo., Monday Aug. 11, 2014, at the home where his hit 80's TV series "Mork & Mindy", was set. Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — President Obama called Robin Williams "one of a kind" who shared his talent "freely and generously with those who needed it most."


Robin Williams' most memorable quotes and phrases

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 09:30

Robin Williams' most memorable quotes and phrasesThe dearly departed comedian truly had the gift of gab.


Lawyers for accused Colorado theater gunman want media leaks probed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 09:11

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for accused movie theater gunman James Holmes are seeking a special prosecutor to probe whoever leaked to Fox News details about their client's plans to commit mass murder, a motion made public on Monday showed. As part of their effort to identify law-enforcement sources used in a story published five days after the July 2012 massacre, defense lawyers asked Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour to appoint an outside agency to trace the source of the leaks. Citing two unnamed law-enforcement officials, the online article by New York-based Fox News reporter Jana Winter said Holmes had sent a notebook outlining his plans to commit mass murder to a psychiatrist who was treating him. In their strongest words to date on the topic, public defenders said they reached an "almost inescapable conclusion that one or more of the law enforcement sources who testified... lied under oath and committed perjury," the motion said.


Alum: Fired Ohio band director protected students

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:43
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A witness in the investigation of Ohio State's marching band says it's "absurd" to suggest fired director Jonathan Waters was dismissive of sexual harassment.

Florida lawmakers OK new voting map for Congress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:20
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state's congressional districts after a judge ruled the current districts were illegally drawn to benefit the GOP.

Boy accused in fatal stabbing to have mental exam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:13

a memorial dedicated to Michael Connor VerkerkeGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered a mental competency exam for a 12-year-old boy charged with murder in the stabbing of a 9-year-old boy at a western Michigan playground.


NYC official wants police to wear cameras after choke-hold death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:08
Following public outrage at the death of a New York City man who was put in a choke hold while being arrested, the city's public advocate called on Monday for police officers to be outfitted with body-worn cameras. Public Advocate Letitia James recommended a pilot plan, costing about $5 million, that would start in the city's most crime-plagued neighborhoods and would seek to restore public trust in the police department as controversy over aggressive policing tactics continues to mount. To start, roughly 15 percent of all patrolling police officers would be required to wear the cameras and record every stop. Public debate on policing in the city has raged following the July 17 death of Staten Island man Eric Garner, who was placed in a choke hold by officers and died a short time later.

Union says Detroit bankruptcy disrupting contract negotiations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:08

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of DetroitDetroit's largest union said on Monday that the city's historic bankruptcy proceedings have given the management of the water and sewer department opportunities to disrupt bargaining units and strip union members of job protections. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Michigan Council 25 filed a motion late Monday to clarify or lift an automatic court stay on litigation against Detroit during the bankruptcy process. The state's employment commission, which settles labor disputes, has decided against holding hearings regarding the city until after the bankruptcy process is concluded.


Man struck by 3 vehicles, including 2 patrol cars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:03
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by three vehicles on U.S. Highway 395 south of Gardnerville, including two Douglas County sheriff's patrol cars.

Witnesses: Teen had hands raised when he was shot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:00

FBI 'Reviewing' Police Shooting of Unarmed Missouri TeenA black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer had his hands raised when the officer approached him with his weapon drawn and fired repeatedly, according to two men who said they witnessed the shooting, which sparked a night of unrest in suburban St. Louis.


Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:58

Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drugMONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The Liberian government says it will receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug to treat doctors in the West African country.


U.S. can keep court orders, phone cos secret in NSA spy case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:57

Former monitoring base of the NSA, which belongs to the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND), is seen in Bad AiblingThe U.S. government need not turn over a secret surveillance court's orders or the names of phone companies helping it collect call records, because it might reveal methods needed to protect national security, a federal judge decided on Monday. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California, rejected the Electronic Frontier Foundation's argument that the U.S. Department of Justice should turn over the materials, in the wake of unauthorized disclosures last year by a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden. The EFF noted that the government had already declassified hundreds of pages of other documents discussing data collection under the U.S. Patriot Act, including some that the data privacy advocacy group had requested. Rogers, though, said disclosing orders of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which handles federal requests for surveillance warrants, could "provide a roadmap" for targets of national security investigations to evade surveillance.


Energy secretary to visit troubled nuke dump

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:56
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz traveled to southeastern New Mexico on Monday to visit the government's troubled nuclear waste dump and talk with residents about the mysterious radiation leak and truck fire that have shuttered the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant indefinitely.

Foreign policy crises intrude on Obama vacations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:55

President Barack Obama, center, and golf partner Robert Wolf, right, walk toward a green while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama on Saturday left Washington for his familiar spot on Martha's Vineyard for a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — Foreign policy crises have a way of intruding on President Barack Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacations.