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Smoking bans 'improve child health'

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:24
Laws banning smoking in public places have had a positive impact on child health, an international study in the Lancet says.
Categories: BBC World News

Team to re-enter New Mexico nuclear waste site after radiation leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:23
An investigative team plans to re-enter an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico next week for the first time since an accidental release of unsafe levels of radiation there last month, a U.S. Energy Department official said Thursday. U.S. authorities now say that 21 workers at the Carlsbad-area "waste isolation pilot project" (WIPP) were exposed to radiation after the accidental leak from the site, which stores waste from U.S. nuclear labs and weapons production facilities. Eight workers will test air for contamination as they seek to make their way into an ancient salt formation half a mile below ground where radioactive waste is stored, Energy Department spokesman Bradley Bugger said in a statement. Testing of surface air in and around the Energy Department complex has shown elevated levels of radiation since the mishap, but those have steadily decreased.

Sports of The Times: For College Players, Gaining Rights Amid Guarded Words

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:20
A ruling that Northwestern football players had won the right to be considered university employees is not only about money, some college basketball players said.

Connecticut becomes first state to pass $10.10 minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:20
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Thursday signed into law a measure that will phase in the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state, in line with a push by Democrats nationwide to raise the entry-level wage. The bill, which was approved by state legislators a day earlier, will raise the state's minimum hourly rate to $10.10, a figure that matches what U.S. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to consider imposing nationally. Malloy signed the legislation on Thursday evening in the same New Britain diner where he appeared earlier this month with Obama and three other New England governors: Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Peter Shumlin of Vermont and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. All are Democrats who have pushed to raise the minimum wage in their states.

Ronald McDonald: A brief history

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:18

FILE - In this file photo taken May 18, 2006, Ronald McDonald visits with children at a McDonald's Restaurant in Roswell, N.M. Taco Bell is using real-life people named Ronald McDonald in a marketing campaign to promote its new breakfast menu, a nod to the famous clown known for his bright red hair and a yellow jumpsuit. The chain is hoping to go after McDonald’s, the No. 1 player in breakfast. (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record, Andrew Poertner, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ronald McDonald evidently hasn't lost his magic.

Fingerprints give police new clues

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:16
Fingerprints tell more about a crime suspect's activities
Categories: BBC World News

State attorney: Montana rapist can't blame victim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:15
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana teacher convicted of rape wrongly blamed his 14-year-old victim when he argued that she bore responsibility in the case, an attorney for the state said Thursday in a court filing.

Quiz of the week's news

BBC World News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:14
How did a teacher use Game of Thrones to silence students?
Categories: BBC World News

Census: King County booming, but some state counties dying off

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:11
You might call it a "tale of two states."

California case challenges teacher job protection laws

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:10
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Incompetent teachers in California are holding back poor and minority children, an attorney for several students said on Thursday in closing arguments for a closely watched trial that could change the way public school teachers are hired and fired in the most populous U.S. state. The lawsuit, opposed by teacher union leaders and the state, comes at a time of bitter political wrangling over how best to reinvigorate a U.S. public school system that leaves American children lagging counterparts in countries such as Finland and South Korea. The two-month trial has focused on whether five laws meant to protect teachers' jobs are unfair to poor and minority students by putting them at a disproportionately greater risk of being taught by less effective teachers. "We know that grossly ineffective teachers harm students," plaintiffs' attorney Ted Boutros said before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

Indicted California state senator ends Secretary of State campaign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:09

FILE - This July 6, 2011 file photo shows State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, speaking during a news conference in San Francisco. Yee, the 65-year-old San Francisco Democrat was arrested Wednesday March 26, 2014, during a series of raids by the FBI in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. He was later arraigned on charges that alleged illegal dealing in firearms, wire fraud and trading the influence of his office for money. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A prominent state senator withdrew from a race for California Secretary of State on Thursday, a day after he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with corruption and conspiring to import and traffic firearms, his attorney said. Democratic state Senator Leland Yee said he would end his campaign to become California's chief elections officer in a letter submitted to Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office on Thursday, his attorney Paul DeMeester told reporters. A former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, Yee had been considered a strong candidate for the seat, but now risks becoming the first California state senator ever suspended. "This was a very personal decision on the part of the senator," DeMeester told a news conference.

Amazon preps video event for possible set-top box debut

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:08
The online retail giant invited media to a gathering in New York next week that could be the much-rumored unveiling of a new streaming media device.

Court Panel Upholds Texas Law on Abortion

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:04
The ruling was a victory for anti-abortion groups and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas who said the law did not pose an “undue burden” on women’s rights.

City Council query elicits new account of SPD reversals

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:03
In a pointed letter, three Seattle City Council members are questioning whether proper procedures were followed when misconduct findings against six police officers were overturned.

Report Details Claim by Ally: Christie Knew of Bridge Lane Closings

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:02
An inquiry by lawyers for Gov. Chris Christie found he did not recall the conversation and found no evidence that he was involved in the scheme, which snarled traffic in Fort Lee, N.J.

Obama Seeks to Calm Saudis as Paths Split

New York Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:01
Saudi Arabia’s leaders are feeling increasingly compelled to go their own way in dealing with Iran, Syria, Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood.

2 people in Britain catch tuberculosis from pet cat

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:01
England’s public-health agency says two people have caught tuberculosis from a pet cat, the first time the bacterial disease has been documented to spread from cat to human.

Pa. official: Deadly fire apparently set by child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:55
MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says a deadly fire that claimed the life of a young girl near Pittsburgh apparently was started by her 5-year-old cousin.

Texas executes man who killed food delivery woman with bat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:54

Texas Department of Criminal Justice photo of Anthony DoyleBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed convicted murderer Anthony Doyle on Thursday as it kept the pace of executions steady while other states have had to postpone capital punishments because they cannot obtain drugs used in lethal injections. Doyle was pronounced dead at 6:49 p.m. CDT (2349 GMT) at the state's death chamber in Huntsville after receiving a lethal injection. He did not make a last statement, a Department of Criminal Justice spokesman said. Texas, which has executed more people than any other state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, has obtained a fresh batch of its execution drug pentobarbital, the Department of Criminal Justice said this month, without revealing the source.