WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ National News National News en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:10:38 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Group argues Redskins lawsuit should be tossed http://www.wbrz.com/news/group-argues-redskins-lawsuit-should-be-tossed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/group-argues-redskins-lawsuit-should-be-tossed/ National News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 1:42:21 AM Jessica Gresko Group argues Redskins lawsuit should be tossed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five Native Americans are asking a Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed after the group successfully challenged the team's name, arguing it is offensive.

Lawyers for both sides are expected in federal court in Alexandria on Friday, where a judge is scheduled to hear arguments on whether the lawsuit should be thrown out.

The five won a victory earlier this year when a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office board ruled that six trademark registrations on the team's name should be canceled because they were "disparaging to Native Americans" when registered.

After the board's action, the team in August sued the five Native Americans, asking a federal court to stop the cancellation from happening.

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Gas headed below $3 for 1st time in 4 years http://www.wbrz.com/news/gas-headed-below-3-for-1st-time-in-4-years/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gas-headed-below-3-for-1st-time-in-4-years/ National News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 1:37:53 AM Hunter Robinson Gas headed below $3 for 1st time in 4 years

NEW YORK - The average price of gasoline in the U.S. hit $3 a gallon Friday, and should soon drop below the benchmark for the first time since December 2010.

The price at the pump fell 33 cents in October, thanks mainly to plunging oil prices, according to AAA.

Many exuberant drivers have taken to social media to post pictures of gas station signs with prices of $2.99 or lower. Drivers in South Carolina and Tennessee are paying the lowest prices, with an average of $2.75 a gallon.

Drivers in New York are paying the most in the continental U.S., at an average of $3.37. That's still 22 cents cheaper than a year ago.

Gasoline is cheaper than milk again. In September the national average price of milk was $3.73 per gallon.

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Train collides with SUV, kills three http://www.wbrz.com/news/train-collides-with-suv-kills-three/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/train-collides-with-suv-kills-three/ National News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:32:46 AM Hunter Robinson Train collides with SUV, kills three

VANDALIA, IL - Officials say three members of a family were killed when their SUV was struck by a freight train at a crossing in southern Illinois.

Fayette County coroner Bruce Bowen says a woman, a boy and a girl, all related, died in the Thursday evening collision in Vandalia, 70 miles northeast of St. Louis.

Bowen didn't provide names or ages of the victims.

Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray says two other people in the car were airlifted to a hospital, but has no information on their conditions.

Ray says the accident occurred just minutes before the start of the city's Halloween Parade, which went ahead as planned.

He had no information on the cause of the accident. He said he believes the bars and lights at the crossing were functioning properly.

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Before midterms, Obama to plug policies for women http://www.wbrz.com/news/before-midterms-obama-to-plug-policies-for-women/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/before-midterms-obama-to-plug-policies-for-women/ National News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:31:06 AM Darlene Superville Before midterms, Obama to plug policies for women

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - President Barack Obama wants women to know what his administration is doing to help them succeed.

Four days before midterm elections in which Obama's fellow Democrats need a big turnout from female voters, Obama is delivering a speech Friday in Rhode Island on growth in the U.S. economy and administration policies directed at women.

Before the address, Obama planned to discuss these policies with working parents, small-business owners and students and faculty at Rhode Island College in Providence.

Obama was supposed to give this speech in Rhode Island last week. He put it off to stay at the White House to focus on cases of Ebola in the U.S.

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Medicare bought meds for dead people http://www.wbrz.com/news/medicare-bought-meds-for-dead-people/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/medicare-bought-meds-for-dead-people/ National News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:26:55 AM Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Medicare bought meds for dead people

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A government watchdog agency says Medicare's prescription drug program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead.

The problem apparently started with a bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look.

A report coming out Friday from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general says Medicare has been allowing payment for prescriptions filled up to 32 days after a patient's death.

The report looked at a tiny sliver of Medicare prescriptions - those for HIV drugs. It found that Medicare paid $292,381 for AIDS drugs for 158 dead beneficiaries in 2012.

Investigators say they think the problem is much bigger, because the same payment rule applies to all medications dispensed through the $85 billion program.

Medicare says it's working on a fix.

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Crews to begin work to recover plane crash victims http://www.wbrz.com/news/crews-to-begin-work-to-recover-plane-crash-victims/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/crews-to-begin-work-to-recover-plane-crash-victims/ National News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:06:49 AM Hunter Robinson Crews to begin work to recover plane crash victims

WICHITA, KS - Authorities say the "real work" will start Friday to recover the remains of four people who died when a small plane crashed into a building at a Kansas airport.

Jet fuel from the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air burned so hot after the crash Thursday morning that portions of the building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport remained unsafe all day.

Wichita Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell says heavy equipment will arrive Friday to remove portions of the building so emergency personnel can reach the victims' bodies. Crews are expected to be at the site for several days.

A federal investigator says the pilot reported a problem with the aircraft's left engine soon after taking off from the airport.

Three of the dead were inside the building and the pilot was the fourth victim.

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Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola http://www.wbrz.com/news/life-goes-on-for-nurse-in-standoff-over-ebola/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/life-goes-on-for-nurse-in-standoff-over-ebola/ National News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:05:31 AM Robert F. Bukaty Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola

FORT KENT, ME - The nurse who's become the public face of health care volunteers who're being scrutinized upon returning from West Africa is doing cleaning and laundry while she waits to learn whether she'll be quarantined until the 21-day incubation period ends on Nov. 10.

Kaci Hickox, who returned to the U.S. last week, has been under what Maine is calling a voluntary quarantine after returning from treating Ebola patients.

She has rebelled against the restrictions, saying that her rights are being violated and that she is no threat to others because she has no symptoms.

The standoff has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola. State officials have been negotiating with her while threatening to go to court to force her into quarantine.

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Death penalty sought for trooper ambush suspect http://www.wbrz.com/news/death-penalty-sought-for-trooper-ambush-suspect/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/death-penalty-sought-for-trooper-ambush-suspect/ National News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:03:01 AM Michael Rubinkam Death penalty sought for trooper ambush suspect

LORDS VALLEY, PA - Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty for a survivalist accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in an ambush.

Survivalist Eric Frein was captured Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a lengthy manhunt that rattled the nerves of area residents. The takedown of Frein ended seven weeks of tension and turmoil, as authorities at times closed schools, canceled outdoor events and blockaded roads to pursue him.

Frein is accused of opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding another trooper.

Police said they linked him to the ambush after his SUV was found in a nearby swamp. They called him armed and extremely dangerous.

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Suicide guns at auction http://www.wbrz.com/news/suicide-guns-at-auction/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/suicide-guns-at-auction/ National News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 5:51:18 PM Michael Marsh Suicide guns at auction

GREENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA- A coroner in western Pennsylvania is about to auction off about 100 guns used in suicides and other accidental shooting deaths.

Coroner Ken Bacha says state law says local governments have to sell unclaimed property with the proceeds going to help fund county government.

The office took possession of the guns during death investigations and family members had a year to get them back before they became county property. Some of the guns remained unclaimed for decades.

The coroner says 34 of the county's suicides were by gun last year.

Guns used in murders are kept as evidence.  

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Denver pleads for Denver http://www.wbrz.com/news/denver-pleads-for-denver/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/denver-pleads-for-denver/ National News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 5:44:33 PM Michael Marsh Denver pleads for Denver

DENVER, COLORADO- There is a call in Denver for vandals to return a bust of singer John Denver that disappeared during a Halloween party hosted by a radio station.

Someone pried the bronze bust off its base during KBPI's Saints and Sinners Ball on Tuesday and the station asked for it back. The bust is owned by the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and was donated by Denver's family when he became the hall's first inductee three-years ago.

Police say they have no leads.

The station wants whoever took it to return it undamaged to its studio, no questions asked.  

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Judge: Trial needed to clear up "Blurred Lines" case http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-trial-needed-to-clear-up-blurred-lines-case/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-trial-needed-to-clear-up-blurred-lines-case/ National News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 1:32:50 PM Anthony McCartney Judge: Trial needed to clear up

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge says a trial is needed to determine whether the hit song "Blurred Lines" copied elements of Marvin Gaye's music.

The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt says there is a genuine dispute about whether the song by Robin Thicke and Pharrell copied elements of three Gaye songs.

Thicke and Pharrell have been fighting with Gaye's children in court for more than a year. The song was one of 2012's biggest hits.

Thicke and Pharrell sought a ruling that "Blurred Lines" did not infringe on copyrights to Gaye's song "Got to Give it Up."

The Gaye family also claims Thicke improperly used Gaye's "After the Dance" for his No. 1 R&B hit "Love After War."

Kronstadt ruled a trial would be needed to decide that issue as well.

IMAGE: Twitter

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Official: At least 2 dead in Kansas airport crash http://www.wbrz.com/news/official-at-least-2-dead-in-kansas-airport-crash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/official-at-least-2-dead-in-kansas-airport-crash/ National News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 9:40:01 AM Roxana Hegeman Official: At least 2 dead in Kansas airport crash

WICHITA, Kan. - Officials say at least two people are dead after a small plane reported losing engine power and crashed into a building at a Kansas airport.

Wichita Fire Chief Ronald D. Blackwell says at least four other people were taken to a hospital and five more are unaccounted for after the Thursday morning crash at Mid-Continent Airport, from which huge plumes of black smoke could be seen for miles around the city.

Blackwell says only the pilot was on the plane and that both people confirmed dead were found inside the building.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air reported trouble just after takeoff Thursday morning.

Molinaro says the plane crashed into the building on airport property while attempting to return to the runway.


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Google joins battle against cancer, other diseases http://www.wbrz.com/news/google-joins-battle-against-cancer-other-diseases/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/google-joins-battle-against-cancer-other-diseases/ National News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 7:15:25 AM Hunter Robinson Google joins battle against cancer, other diseases

BATON ROUGE - The world's top search database is joining the search for a cure to cancer.

Google is working on a device that could detect the arrival of cancer and other deadly diseases before you even have them. According to the company, you would wear the device that could detect minor swings in tumor cells and alert you to potential threats.

No word on when the device will be ready for use.

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Capitol Hill Christmas tree chosen, chopped down http://www.wbrz.com/news/capitol-hill-christmas-tree-chosen-chopped-down/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/capitol-hill-christmas-tree-chosen-chopped-down/ National News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:47:47 AM Hunter Robinson Capitol Hill Christmas tree chosen, chopped down

CASS LAKE, MN - Christmas is still nearly two months away, but the tree that will be on display in Washington, D.C. has already been chosen and chopped down.

The winner this year- an 88 ft. tall white spruce from Minnesota. This is the first time in more than two decades the tree for the nation's capitol is from Minnesota.

Ten thousand ornaments will adorn the tree as it embarks on a 28 city journey before finally ending up in D.C.

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More stores say no to Black Thursday shopping http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-stores-say-no-to-black-thursday-shopping/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-stores-say-no-to-black-thursday-shopping/ National News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:38:25 AM Hunter Robinson More stores say no to Black Thursday shopping

BATON ROUGE - Black Friday is just a month away. Some stores plan to open their doors early on Thanksgiving, while others are just saying no.

Costco, GameStop and Nordstorm all announced plans to give employees the holiday off to spend with family.

The trend to open on Thanksgiving peaked last year, when K-Mart opened at 6:00 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Wal-Mart opened 6:00 p.m.

Most stores still plan to open early Friday morning.

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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine http://www.wbrz.com/news/nurse-defies-ebola-quarantine-in-maine/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nurse-defies-ebola-quarantine-in-maine/ National News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:12:57 AM Robert F. Bukaty Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine

FORT KENT, Maine - All but daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

It was the second time in two days that she left her home in remote northern Maine, along the Canadian border. On Wednesday evening, Hickox came out and briefly spoke to reporters, even shaking a hand that was offered to her.

State officials planned to go to court Thursday to have her confined against her will in what is shaping up as the nation's biggest test case yet in the struggle to balance public health and fear of Ebola against personal freedom.

Hickox, 33, told reporters that she hoped for a compromise with health officials, but her actions indicated she had no intention of remaining in isolation for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.

"I really hope that we can work things out amicably and continue to negotiate," she said as she and her boyfriend rode on a dirt path in this town of 4,300 people.

A state police cruiser followed Hickox on her hour-long bike ride, but police could not take action to detain her without a court order signed by a judge.

After returning from Africa, where she treated Ebola victims in Sierra Leone, Hickox stepped into the media glare last week when she became subject to a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey.

After being released from a hospital there, she returned to this small town, where she was placed under what Maine authorities called a voluntary quarantine.

She said she is following the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation of daily monitoring for fever and other signs of the disease. But she said she is no threat to others because she has no symptoms.

"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," she said Wednesday evening.

States have broad authority under long-established law to quarantine people to prevent the spread of disease. But legal experts said there are differences here that could work in Hickox's favor in court: People infected with Ebola are not contagious until they have symptoms, and the virus is not spread through casual contact.

In Hickox's case, she has tested negative for Ebola so far. But it can take days for the virus to reach detectable levels.

In other developments:

- Ebola fears infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical-diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.

- Liberia is making some progress in containing the outbreak, while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.

- The World Bank announced it will give an additional $100 million to help bring in more foreign health workers. That raises the money it has given to the fight to $500 million.

Some states like Maine are going above and beyond the CDC guidelines to require quarantines. So is the U.S military.

President Barack Obama, the nation's top infectious-disease expert and humanitarian groups have warned that overly restrictive measures could cripple the fight against the disease at its source by discouraging volunteers like Hickox from going to West Africa, where the outbreak has sickened more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000 of them.

"These kinds of restrictions could dissuade hundreds, if not thousands, of skilled volunteers from helping stop Ebola's spread, which is in the national interest of every one of our countries," Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Thursday in Brussels.

She added: "The volunteers are heroes to the people they help, and they are heroes to our own countries. They should be treated like heroes when they return."

In Maine, state law allows a judge to confine someone if health officials demonstrate "a clear and immediate public health threat."

If a judge grants the request, Hickox will appeal on constitutional grounds, said Norman Siegel, one of her attorneys.

Siegel said the nurse hopes her fight against the quarantine will help bring an end to misinformation about how Ebola is spread.

"She wants to have her voice in the debate about how America handles the Ebola crisis. She has an important voice and perspective," he said.

Word spread quickly around the town about Hickox.

Priscilla Staples said that some are fearful of Hickox's presence, but Hickox "has done nothing wrong, and she has every right in the world to go for a bike ride."

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Survey: Shrimp have murky labeling http://www.wbrz.com/news/survey-shrimp-have-murky-labeling/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/survey-shrimp-have-murky-labeling/ National News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 1:56:20 AM Cain Burdeau Survey: Shrimp have murky labeling

NEW ORLEANS - An advocacy group says consumers can't be sure what kind of shrimp they're buying if they simply look at the label or menu at supermarkets, grocers and restaurants across the nation.

Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico.

The group says it found about 30 percent of 143 shrimp products it obtained from 111 vendors were not what the label said. It says cheap imported farm-raised shrimp is being sold as prized wild-caught Gulf shrimp, common shrimp sold as premium shrimp and shrimp of all kinds sold with no indication whatsoever about where they came from.

The group is urging Congress and regulators to enforce proper labeling.

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Man decapitates mom and commits suicide http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-decapitates-mom-and-commits-suicide/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-decapitates-mom-and-commits-suicide/ National News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 5:52:33 PM Michael Marsh Man decapitates mom and commits suicide

MINEOLA, NEW YORK- A college professor who was decapitated and her body dragged into he street was killed by her son who committed suicide by standing in front of an oncoming train.

Patricia Ward was a popular instructor at Farmingdale State College. Her son, Derek Ward has a psychiatric history that goes back ten years. He also had a record for illegal gun possession and criminal mischief.

Police say he killed his mother with a knife in their apartment and dragged her headless body outside. The knife was found in the apartment.

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Woman sues over breast burns http://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-sues-over-breast-burns/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-sues-over-breast-burns/ National News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 5:43:45 PM Michael Marsh Woman sues over breast burns

PHILADELPHIA- A woman claims her breasts were burned by people dancing around a stripper pole who knocked over a hookah pipe with hot coals in a lounge.

Katelyn Sobon sued the Trilogy Nightclub and Hookah Lounge and its owner. She claims she and a friend were in a booth at the lounge when someone knocked over a table holding their hookah pipe which sent the hot coals to her chest.

She wants $50,000 in damages for pain and suffering and surgery to correct scars on her breasts.

The lounge owner says he's been advised by his lawyer not to comment but was quoted as saying Sobon was "trying to make a quick buck." 

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Woman in zombie costume charged twice with DWI http://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-in-zombie-costume-charged-twice-with-dwi/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-in-zombie-costume-charged-twice-with-dwi/ National News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:59:21 PM APNewsNow Woman in zombie costume charged twice with DWI

GATES, NY - Police say a woman wearing a zombie costume and makeup was charged with drunken driving twice within three hours after attending an upstate New York bar's "zombie prom" party.

Police in the town of Gates tell the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester that 26-year-old Catherine Butler, of Rochester, was arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday when an officer spotted her driving without her headlights on.

She was taken to the police department, where a friend picked her up.

Officials say she got back in her car and was stopped again around 5 a.m. driving on the same road and still in her zombie costume and makeup. Her police mug shot shows were wearing fake blood and cuts on her face.

It couldn't be determined Wednesday if she has a lawyer.

Image: Gates Police Department (2011 booking photo)

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