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Montana insists it can't release child death information

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 21 min ago
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana child welfare officials have reiterated their position that state law prohibits disclosure of information about child abuse deaths despite a warning from the federal government that continued secrecy could jeopardize grant money.

Extended power outages hit home for Phoenix residents

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 23 min ago

Dromedary camels are tied up, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 201 at the Phoenix Zoo, away from a large pine tree that fell into their exhibit late Monday evening. Monsoon storms hit the Phoenix area Monday night and knocked out power to thousands, delayed air travel, and stranded motorists in flash floods. The Phoenix Zoo had to close for the day to remove storm-damaged and fallen trees throughout the park. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — A savage storm with wind, rain and lightning that damaged buildings, knocked down trees, utility poles and power lines added up to sweaty predicaments for many Phoenix residents.

Chair built for Pope Francis for his Mass in NYC is unveiled

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 24 min ago

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, unveils the Pope's chair during a media event at New York's Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The simple wooden chair has been built for Pope Francis when he celebrates Mass at the sports and entertainment arena on Friday, Sept. 25. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — A wooden chair that will be used by Pope Francis when he celebrates Mass at Madison Square Garden was unveiled Wednesday, with church officials saying its simple design reflects the pontiff's wishes.

Indian man injured by police testifies against officer

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 26 min ago

Former Madison, Ala. police officer Eric Sloan Parker walks into a federal courthouse, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Huntsville, Ala. Parker is on trial on a federal charge of using excessive force against an Indian man, 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel, who was thrown down and partially paralyzed during a confrontation in a suburban neighborhood. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Indian man who was partially paralyzed when a police officer slammed him to the ground in Alabama says he never resisted officers.

Police seize over 260 pounds of synthetic drugs worth $2.3M

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 27 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police say they've made the largest seizure of synthetic drugs in the city's history — more than 260 pounds. That's a street value of roughly $2.3 million.

NASA vehicles maintenance contractors in federal fraud lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 27 min ago

Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, FloridaORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Two contractors hired to manage NASA's vehicle fleet at the Kennedy Space Center defrauded the agency of at least $387,000 for unnecessary tire replacements, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Florida.

Washington state sues U.S. over toxic vapors at nuclear waste site

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 29 min ago
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. government has failed to adequately safeguard crews involved in the decades-long cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, leaving workers sickened by exposure to toxic vapors, the state alleged in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. The 18-page complaint, filed in federal court in Spokane, cited more than 50 instances since January 2014 of cleanup workers being exposed to hazardous fumes at the sprawling World War Two-era site along the Columbia River. One worker was treated last year for chemical pneumonitis, an inflammation of the lungs caused by chemical exposure, the complaint said.

Police officer killed in Illinois was on brink of retirement

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 29 min ago

CORRECTS SPELLING FROM GLINIEWITZ TO GLINIEWICZ- This undated photo provided by the Fox Lake Police Department shows Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who was shot and killed Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt Tuesday in northern Illinois for the individuals believed to be involved in the death of Gliniewicz. (Fox Lake Police Department photo via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was on the brink of retiring after a 30-year-career in law enforcement. At 52, the tall, tattooed police officer with a shaved head could still be tough and intimidating if the job called for it.

Defense portrays teen as deeply troubled at murder trial

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 31 min ago
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The stepfather of a 13-year-old boy who killed another boy at a park said Wednesday that he beat the teen with a belt, testimony that was intended to reinforce an insanity defense during the murder trial.

'Three trillion trees on Earth'

BBC World News - 1 hour 31 min ago
What is said to be the most robust estimate yet finds there to be just over three trillion trees on Planet Earth.
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Video of Arizona police officer whipping dog prompts probe

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 32 min ago
PHOENIX (AP) — A suburban Phoenix police officer is being investigated after a video posted online purportedly shows him whipping and kicking a police dog.

The Latest: Clerk says she is unable to follow judge's order

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 35 min ago
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The latest on a county clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses (all times local):

Obama Clinches Vote to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal

New York Times Headlines - 1 hour 36 min ago
Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland on Wednesday announced her support of the nuclear accord, ensuring enough votes to put the deal into effect.

AccuWeather: Heat Wave Continues

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 38 min ago

 Heat Wave ContinuesMeteorologist Adam Joseph says there's a temporary break in the heat before another heat wave sets in

Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 40 min ago
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from underground waste-storage tanks.

Selfie sticks not allowed at pope's Philadelphia events

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 41 min ago
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If you want to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia later this month, you'll have to leave your selfie stick at home.

Pedestrian map, prohibited items released for papal visit to Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 41 min ago

Pedestrian map, prohibited items released for papal visit to PhiladelphiaThe United States Secret Service released a map on Wednesday detailing the pedestrian routes that will be open during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia later this month, along with a list of prohibited items.

4 dead in Jersey shore house fire that may be murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 41 min ago

Police tape cordons off the area as officials investigate a house fire, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Long Branch, N.J. Authorities say the house fire reported late Tuesday night at the Jersey shore, in which four people died, does not appear accidental and could possibly be a murder-suicide. (Tom Spader/The Asbury Park Press via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITLONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities responding to a report of a house fire on the Jersey shore found a family of four mortally wounded inside a bedroom, and investigators believe they might be victims of a murder-suicide, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Backlogged rape kits in Detroit head for further investigation

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 44 min ago
Most of the 11,000 rape-evidence kits left languishing in a Detroit warehouse have been analyzed since they turned up several years ago, with DNA matches leading to further investigation in 35 states, Michigan's governor said on Wednesday. The rape kits, which were found abandoned on a storage shelf in 2009, contain DNA samples from hair and swabs of bodily fluids recovered from victims. Since their discovery, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has lobbied to get the stockpiled kits processed.

Judge enters not guilty plea for Oklahoma politician's son

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 44 min ago

Christian Costello, 26, appears in a video arraignment before Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall in connection with the stabbing death of his father, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. Christian Costello said nothing as Hall entered a not guilty plea on his behalf on a first-degree murder charge and appointed the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office to represent him. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge entered a not guilty plea Wednesday on behalf of the son of Oklahoma's labor commissioner on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of his father.