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General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 02:00

In this Aug. 26, 2015 photo, General Mills CEO Ken Powell talks about his company's plans for reducing greenhouse gases during an interview with The Associated Press in Golden Valley, Minn. The company's goal is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025, not just within its own operations but all the way up its supply chain from suppliers. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 — not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill.


Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 01:58

In this Saturday, Aug. 7, 2015 photo, day-hikers scramble over rocky boulders on the Appalachian Trail below the summit of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park in Maine. The sharp rise in the number people using the Appalachian Trail is causing headaches for officials, who say they’re dealing with increasing problems along the 2,189-mile footpath. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine (AP) — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party.


'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 01:55

FILE - This is a Nov. 26, 2008 file photo of Dr Oliver Sacks, receiving his Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE ), by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London. Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. He was 82 .Sacks died Sunday at his home in New York City, his assistant, Kate Edgar, said. (Lewis Whyld/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUTNEW YORK (AP) — There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat.


Suspect, out of hospital, awaits arraignment after officer shot in Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 01:52

Suspect, out of hospital, awaits arraignment after officer shot in Delaware CountyThe man who police say wounded a Ridley Park police officer at an apartment building in Norwood is out of the hospital and awaiting arraignment. The wounded officer has been released from the hospital as well.


Missing girl, 5, found by police

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 01:37

Missing 5-year-old girl found by Philadelphia policePhiladelphia police have found a 5-year-old girl who went missing Saturday.


Trash to treatise: NYC professor sees meaning in garbage

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 01:22

New York University professor and Department of Sanitation of New York anthropologist-in-residence Robin Nagle, right, tosses a bag of garbage into the truck as she accompanies sanitation worker Joe Damiano, during his morning rounds, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in New York. Nagle studies the refuse along the curbs of the nation's biggest city as a mirror into the lives of its 8.5 million residents. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — New York's sanitation department has its very own anthropologist-in-residence, a garbage guru who studies the refuse along the curbs of the nation's biggest city as a mirror into the lives of its 8.5 million residents.


Woman delivers hand grenade to police, prompts evacuation

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:40
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A hand grenade a woman found in her grandfather's belongings prompted police in Vermont to evacuate their department and surrounding homes after she brought it into the station.

Police search for missing girl, mother and person of interest in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:31

Missing 5-year-old girl found by Philadelphia policePhiladelphia police are searching for a 5-year-old girl, the girl's mother and a 52-year-old person of interest.


Suspect Arrested in 'Execution' of Texas Deputy

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 00:03
Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children.

Two dead, massive outages after windstorm slams Washington state

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 23:34
(Reuters) - A powerful windstorm toppled trees, killing two people in Washington state as work crews scrambled on Sunday to restore power to 450,000 customers, a TV report showed. A father driving with his three-year-old daughter in Gig Harbor, just west of Tacoma, was killed on Saturday when a tree fell on his car, KOMO 4 TV reported. Within two hours, a falling branch struck and killed a 10-year-old girl in Federal Way, just east of Tacoma, the television station reported. Gusting winds were blamed for massive power outages affecting as many as 450,000 customers. ...

Dartmouth, Vermont town have century-long tuition deal

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 23:19

In this Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015, a sign outside the town hall in Wheelock, Vt., tells of the relationship between the tiny rural community and Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Wheelock resident Noah Manning is attending Dartmouth tuition free thanks to a quirky scholarship that enables any student from his hometown who is able to get in to attend Dartmouth tuition free. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)WHEELOCK, Vt. (AP) — For more than a century Dartmouth College has been making good on a promise to students from a hardscrabble Vermont town that helped the keep the school afloat in its early years: get in, and your tuition is free.


New York town's large collection of WWII vet photos endures

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 23:11

In this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 photo, WWII veteran Francis "Dick" Varone poses with a portrait of himself that was taken in a Mechanicville tavern during the war, at the Mechanicville Public Library in Mechanicville, N.Y. Seventy years after the war officially ended with Japan’s surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, Siciliano’s Restaurant in Mechanicville is long gone, but the black-and-white portraits endure. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — During World War II, hundreds of servicemen in uniform had their photographs taken at a popular tavern near the Hudson River in upstate New York.


When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 23:01

In this June 30, 2015 photo, Gilbert Arredondo, left, looks down as he talks about his town's water crisis, standing in front of his tenant's sons, in the community of Okieville, on the outskirts of Tulare, Calif. Arredondo had just informed his tenant, Tino Lozano, that the well connecting their houses had gone dry. The water is disappearing at a particularly alarming pace in their neighborhood, forcing neighbors to rig lines from house to house to share what underground water is still reachable from the deepest wells. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets on the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now, in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's epic Dust Bowl drought. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more.


When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:45

In this June 30, 2015 photo, Gilbert Arredondo, left, looks down as he talks about his town's water crisis, standing in front of his tenant's sons, in the community of Okieville, on the outskirts of Tulare, Calif. Arredondo had just informed his tenant, Tino Lozano, that the well connecting their houses had gone dry. The water is disappearing at a particularly alarming pace in their neighborhood, forcing neighbors to rig lines from house to house to share what underground water is still reachable from the deepest wells. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more.


Man to be sentenced in suicide bomb plot at Kansas airport

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:35

FILE - This file photo provided by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Clerk’s Office shows Terry Lee Loewen. Loewen, a former avionics technician who admitted plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport, faces sentencing after striking a deal with prosecutors for a proposed 20-year imprisonment. Loewen pleaded guilty in June 2015 to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Aug. 30. (Sedgwick County Clerk’s Office via AP, File)WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man's odyssey into terrorism culminated when he tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at the Wichita airport where he worked, an attack prosecutors say was aimed at causing "maximum carnage" during which Terry L. Loewen would die as a martyr.


A timeline of Texas' 30 years of school finance legal fights

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:32
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawsuit challenging how Texas pays for its public schools will soon reach the state Supreme Court — the sixth time since 1984. Here's a look at major milestones in 30-plus years of legal battles:

Slow-moving school finance case heads to Texas Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:32

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2013 file photo, Cate Foughty, 6, of Frisco, Texas, takes part in a rally for Texas public schools at the state Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Ninth-graders who were barely a month into high school when Texas’ latest school finance trial began in 2012 are now entering their senior year. There’s no end in sight for the case, in which oral arguments begin Tuesday in front of the state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ninth-graders who were barely a month into high school when Texas' latest school finance trial began in 2012 are now entering their senior year.


AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:22

In this June 30, 2015 photo, Tino Lozano looks into a bucket as the last of his available well water drips from a hose in front of his home in the community of Okieville, on the outskirts of Tulare, Calif. "There it goes. That was all," said Lozano, masking his desperation with a smile. "That's how we do it in Okieville now." Millions of Californians are being inconvenienced in this fourth year of drought, but it's worse in places like Okieville, where wells have gone dry for many in the Central Valley community which was built by refugees from Oklahoma's epic Dust Bowl drought. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California's Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house to share water from the remaining wells deep enough to hit water. Others benefit from state drought relief that pays for trucked-in water to fill tanks.


Officer shot, wounded in Delaware County; suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 22:07

Suspect awaiting arraignment after officer shot in Delaware County"The subject, after a few minutes, opened the door," said Norwood Police Chief Mark Delvecchio. "And the officers tried to get in, at which time the subject shut the door and shot through the door, striking an officer."


PHOTOS: Deadly crash in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 08/30/2015 - 21:16

 Deadly crash in Northeast PhiladelphiaPolice say a husband and wife were trapped after their car was struck by another vehicle on Woodhaven Road.