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U.S. earthquake fears spur more drills: 'Drop, cover, hold on'

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 03:05
"I froze," said Hart, who leads the school district of 650 students in the small community north of Oklahoma City. School district officials are now planning their first earthquake drills, Hart said. On Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)and other government agencies are organizing the "Great ShakeOut" earthquake drill, a series of events across the United States aimed at preparing people to survive damaging seismic activity.

Democrats get do-over on Black Lives Matter

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 01:18

A pointed question at Tuesday's debate tests their response to an issue that has caused some of them headaches.

Lamar Odom found unconscious at brothel

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 01:18

Former NBA forward Lamar Odom was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel on Tuesday and rushed to the hospital, according to several reports.

Clinton 'sick' of Planned Parenthood attacks

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 01:18

The Democratic front-runner blasts Republicans for their "big government" hypocrisy.

Sanders: America is 'sick and tired of hearing about' Clinton's 'damn emails'

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 22:18

The Democratic rivals found something they could agree on at Tuesday's debate.

Video appears to show Baltimore policeman spitting on handcuffed suspect

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 20:14
Cell phone video captured from the incident on Monday appeared to show Sergeant Robert Mesner, a 34-year veteran of the force, spitting on a detained man in a "prone position," interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis told a media conference. Davis said internal and criminal investigations have been launched.

Watch live: Yahoo News breaks down the first Democratic debate

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 19:18

Katie Couric anchors as Barney Frank, Grover Norquist, and Matt Bai join our panel of experts.

Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom found unresponsive at Nevada brothel: sheriff

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 19:04

(Reuters) - Former NBA star Lamar Odom was hospitalized on Tuesday after he was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel, law enforcement officials said. Odom, 35, the ex-husband of reality television personality Khloe Kardashian, suffered a "medical emergency" at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, about 80 miles (50 kms) northwest of Las Vegas, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said in media release. Odom was stabilized at the scene and was prepared to be airlifted to a Las-Vegas area hospital, but his "stature" made it impossible to transport him by helicopter, the release said.

Union: Chronic shortage of air traffic controllers a crisis

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 17:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — A chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked, officials for the union that represents air traffic controllers said Tuesday.

Washington Post reporter held in Iran angry, depressed, brother says

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 13:48

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter jailed in an espionage case in Tehran, heard of his conviction on Iranian state TV and is depressed and angry about being deprived of information about his case, his brother said on Tuesday. Ali Rezaian said their mother, Mary Breme Rezaian, spoke with the reporter in a room at Tehran's Evin prison on Tuesday and described him as "terribly depressed" at the way the case had been handled. Jason Rezaian, who was arrested in July 2014 and holds U.S. and Iranian citizenship, was given 20 days to appeal, the Iranian news service ISNA said on Sunday, when the verdict was announced.

Paul Ryan weighs pros, cons of becoming next House speaker

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't feel like a character in the classic film "The Godfather," weighing an offer he can't refuse. But with Republican Party elders practically begging him to become the next House speaker, the pressure on him to seek the post is immense.

Planned Parenthood revises reimbursement policy after video uproar

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 10:28

Planned Parenthood would no longer accept reimbursement for fetal tissue donated for medical research after abortions, the women's healthcare provider said on Tuesday, a response to allegations by anti-abortion campaigners that it profited from abortions. The policy change was announced amid a months-long controversy after the release of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists that grew into demands by some Republicans in Congress to cut off funding to the group, even threatening a government shutdown last month. Planned Parenthood said the videos inflamed anti-abortion sentiment in the United States and in Congress by falsely portraying its participation in tissue donation programs for medical research.

Planned Parenthood to forgo payment in fetal tissue programs

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 09:34

NEW YORK (AP) — Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will no longer accept any sort of payment to cover the costs of those programs.

White House says 'not much clarity' about Iran's trial of reporter

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 09:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that there was "not much clarity" about the current trial of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter jailed in an espionage case in Tehran. The U.S. government has heard reports that Rezaian has been convicted, but has not received any announcement through official channels, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton, Susan Heavey, Lisa Lambert)

Four officers' statements admissible in Baltimore death case

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 09:23

Statements given during an internal police investigation by four Baltimore officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in police custody were made admissible in court on Tuesday. Ruling against a defense motion, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams found that Sergeant Alicia White, one of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, had spoken without duress to internal investigators probing Gray's death.

A viewers' guide to the first Democratic debate of 2016 race

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 07:36

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Democrats vying to be President Barack Obama's successor meet Tuesday night for their first televised debate of the 2016 election, a confrontation between one of the best-known women on the planet and four men seeking to unseat her as the party's front-runner.

Muslim groups' lawsuit over N.Y. surveillance revived by U.S. court

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 07:18
A coalition of Muslim groups can pursue a civil rights lawsuit that accuses New York City police of conducting secret surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey without suspicion of criminal activity, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia reversed a lower court's decision to throw out the case, finding the plaintiffs had legal standing to assert claims that the counter-terrorism program violated their rights. "We have learned from experience that it is often where the asserted interest appears most compelling that we must be most vigilant in protecting constitutional rights," Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro wrote for a three-judge panel, invoking the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two.

Police make arrest in abduction of Oklahoma girl nearly 20 years ago

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 07:06
Oklahoma police using DNA evidence arrested a man in a child abduction case from nearly two decades ago that saturated local news coverage and led to a national manhunt for the girl and her assailant. Joseph Palma, 56, was arrested on first-degree murder and kidnapping charges on suspicion of breaking into the bedroom of a neighbor, 8-year-old Kirsten Hatfield, in 1997 in Midwest City, just east of Oklahoma City, officials said on Tuesday. "Numerous leads were investigated in the case immediately after the crime was discovered but the juvenile was never found and the trail went cold," Midwest City Police Detective Darrell Miller said in an arrest affidavit.

Dutch Safety Board: Buk missile downed MH17 in Ukraine

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 06:46

GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands (AP) — A missile launched from rebel-held Ukraine smashed into Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, ripping off the cockpit, Dutch investigators reported Tuesday, adding that some passengers may have remained conscious for another minute or so as the airflow tore off their clothes and objects spinning through the cabin killed people in neighboring seats.