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Slow start to elver season means high price for baby eels

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:39

FILE- In this March 23, 2012 file photo, elver fisherman Bruce Steeves checks his dip net while fishing by lantern light on a river in southern Maine. The 2015 season for the baby eels, which began March 22, is off to a slow start and pushing prices to more than $1,800 per pound, as they were in 2012 and 2013, state regulators and fishermen say. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's baby eel season is off to a slow start, causing prices to balloon back to historic levels as fishermen wait for waterways to finish thawing.


Worker dies after 80 foot fall in University City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:38

Worker dies after 80 foot fall in University CityA worker is dead after an approximate 80 foot fall at a construction site in Philadelphia's University City section.


Philadelphia Flyers fire head coach Craig Berube

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:36

Philadelphia Flyers fire head coach Craig BerubeCraig Berube is no longer the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced Friday.


Ex-US Sen. Griffin, who hastened Nixon resignation, dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:35

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 1978 file photo, Sen. Robert Griffin, R-Mich., left, greets President Jimmy Carter at the Bishop Airport in Flint, Mich. Former Sen. Robert Griffin, a staunch Michigan Republican whose withdrawal of support hastened Richard Nixon's resignation, has died. He was 91. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File)DETROIT (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin, a Michigan Republican whose withdrawal of support hastened President Richard Nixon's resignation during the Watergate scandal, has died at age 91.


Police recover car from deadly West Kensington hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:35

Police recover car from deadly West Kensington hit-and-runPhiladelphia Police say they have recovered the car that struck and killed a 2-year-old boy and injured his mother in West Kensington.


Texas House approves gutting municipal fracking bans

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:33
The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday that would give the state the exclusive right to regulate the oil and gas industry, and gut the power of municipalities to pass anti-fracking rules. In Texas, the top U.S. crude producer and the birthplace of fracking, the bill also needs to be passed by the state's Senate and signed by the governor before it becomes law. In fracking, a mixture of pressurized water, sand and chemicals is used to unlock oil and natural gas from rock. Most of the crude output in Texas comes, however, from the growing Eagle Ford and Permian fields to the south and west.

Patient suspected of selling meth from hospital bed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:31
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a woman is suspected of dealing drugs from her Vancouver, Washington, hospital bed.

Teachers in 8 districts plan strike to protest lack of funding

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:31
Teachers in eight northwest Washington school districts are planning one-day strikes to draw attention to what they say are inadequate school-funding proposals in the Legislature.

Night Out: Don’t Confuse Jeremy Piven with Ari Gold

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:30
“I’m looking for great artistic possibility. And Ari has no time for that,” Mr. Piven said over lunch at Bubby’s, a favorite haunt in TriBeCa.

AG: 22 child predators nabbed in local sweep

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:30

 22 child predators nabbed in local sweepThe Pennsylvania Attorney General's office says there were 22 arrests during a sweep of suspected child predators in our area.


No verdict yet in case of missing New York boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:30

Stanley Patz, father of Etan Patz, arrives at the state Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in the murder trial of a man who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 ended deliberations on Friday without reaching a verdict in the case, one of the first to highlight the plight of missing and abducted children. During the third day of deliberations in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, the panel asked to examine a missing-child poster featuring the boy, which had been introduced as evidence. The suspect, Pedro Hernandez, 54, a former Manhattan deli worker, had written on the poster: "I am sorry (and) choke him." The jury was due to resume deliberations at 9:45 a.m. (1345 GMT) on Monday. It inspired a national campaign to put the photographs of missing children on milk cartons to raise public awareness and solicit tips to locate them.


Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:29

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Meredith Barber poses with her daughter Gabrielle Schwager, 10, at their home in Penn Valley, Pa. Barber, a psychologist from the Philadelphia suburb of Penn Valley, has decided Gabrielle will not be taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment this year and has been encouraging other parents to opt out. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.


No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:29

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2009 file photo, chickens stand in their cages at a farm near Stuart, Iowa. Discovery of the bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the bird killer could find its way into chicken barns in the nation’s top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate the flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple.


12 hurt in Denver-area crash involving tour buses amid fog

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:25

Investigators look over a tour bus involved in an accident with a tractor trailer Friday, April 17, 2015, in Aurora, Colo. At least 11 people were injured, two of them critically, in the four-vehicle wreck that shut down Interstate 70 for several hours during a spring storm packing heavy rains and fog. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — A dozen people were injured in a crash involving tour buses for two different bands and two trucks on a foggy stretch of Interstate 70 east of Denver on Friday, as a spring storm made driving dangerous across Colorado and Wyoming.


Puzzling Death of Chicago’s Whirlwind Chef, Homaro Cantu

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:22
Questions linger in Chicago after the suicide of the inventive and ambitious star chef.






Police say Phoenix gunman 'snapped,' killed four, then himself

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:21
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A man apparently upset over a family business dispute "snapped" before fatally shooting his two brothers, his mother and his sister-in-law and then killing himself at a home in Phoenix, police said on Friday. The shooter was found by police in an upstairs bedroom with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after Thursday's incident, said Sergeant Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman. Crump said witnesses described how one of the brothers "snaps or loses it." He said the man apparently killed his brothers with a semi-automatic handgun downstairs, then shot and killed his mother when she arrived at the house to see what was happening. He then went upstairs and fatally shot his sister-in-law before turning the gun on himself, investigators said.

Yemeni Army Tries to Safeguard Oil Fields as Qaeda Fighters Advance

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:17
With no abatement to the fighting in Yemen, the United Nations and other aid agencies said the humanitarian crisis there was worsening.






Controversial oil-drilling rig arrives in Port Angeles

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:16
A 400-foot-long drilling rig, a key piece of equipment in Shell’s efforts to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska, arrived in Port Angeles early Friday. The rig is a focal point for protests by environmentalists opposed to Arctic drilling.

Airline seats getting even smaller as service declines

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:13
Carriers’ strategy is “more seats in coach and to hell with passenger comfort,” says one industry observer.

Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:07

President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015. The president hosted the prime minister to discuss issues including Ukraine, Libya and Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."