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Gas leak forces students from Delaware school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:25

Gas leak forces students from Delaware schoolA gas leak caused the evacuation of 500 students at the Harlan School in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday morning.

Florida man who produced and sold deadly ricin gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:11
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Florida man who admitted he produced and sold potentially deadly toxins and plotted to kill a woman in London has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison.

Coast Guard in Texas rescues family of 4 from grounded boat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 04:08
PORT MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) — The Coast Guard has rescued a couple and two children after their pleasure boat ran aground during chilly, gusty conditions in South Texas.

No citation for 92-year-old driver who hit 9 vehicles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:51
MAYVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Police say a 92-year-old driver who struck nine vehicles in the parking lot of a Wisconsin grocery store won't be cited.

Muslims finding voice in wake of North Carolina slayings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:50
The circumstances were horrific, but Zahra Billoo was greatly encouraged by the vigil marking the slayings of three young Muslims near the University of North Carolina.

College student arrested in roommate's stabbing in dorm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:44

30 a.m. Wednesday at Santa Clara University. (AP Photo/Santa Clara Police Department)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A university student has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing and wounding his roommate in their dormitory on a Northern California campus.

U.S. deciding whether to extend Obamacare enrollment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:38

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the website in New York in this photo illustrationAmericans who have started enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act can still sign up, and the U.S. government is weighing whether to open a special enrollment period for those who missed Sunday's deadline, the health secretary said on Wednesday. So far, 11.4 million Americans have enrolled in private health insurance through the health reform law known as Obamacare during the open enrollment period that ended on Sunday, according to the White House. The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to have health insurance or face a financial penalty. HHS will decide within the next two weeks whether to allow another special enrollment period for consumers, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters in response to a question about those consumers amid the looming April 15 tax-filing deadline.

Lawsuit: State lost millions in cigarette tax because of UPS

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:27
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — UPS deprived New York of millions of dollars in revenue by shipping nearly 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations to smokers statewide despite an earlier agreement to stop, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Obama picks Clancy as Secret Service director

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:25

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Testifies To House Committee On Recent Security Breaches At White HouseWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday chose the former Secret Service special agent he installed temporarily in the wake of security breaches to become the agency's next director, brushing aside an independent panel's conclusion that the job should go to an outsider.

Oklahoma lawmakers aim to halt Advanced Placement history course

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:22
By Heide Brandes and Jon Herskovitz OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma lawmakers are trying to block funding for Advanced Placement U.S. history courses, saying the curriculum is not patriotic enough, as they aim to join others in halting a program designed to prepare top students for college. Cultural conservatives blast the changes they see as questioning American exceptionalism, while supporters say the course offers students a balanced way to analyze how American history has unfolded. This week, a bill to cut funding for Advanced Placement U.S. History courses in the state passed an Oklahoma House committee along party lines, with 11 Republican voting for the measure and 4 Democrats opposed. Opponents say the revised guidelines for the history course cast the United States in a harsh light by giving undue emphasis to topics such as slavery and the treatment of Native Americans, while distorting events such as the U.S. involvement in World War Two.

Farmers disappointed by restrictions in proposed drone rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 03:17
By Karl Plume and P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. farmers hoping to use drones to locate lost livestock or monitor trouble spots in their fields were disappointed by what they say are overly restrictive commercial drone rules proposed Sunday by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Two of the long-awaited draft rules were singled out for particular criticism: a requirement that pilots remain in visual contact with their drones at all times and a height restriction that limits the crafts to flying no more than 500 feet above ground.  These constraints, farmers and drone operators say, would limit a drone’s range – and consequently its usefulness. Leading drone makers PrecisionHawk and Trimble Navigation Limited, farm data services firms, including ones run by Monsanto and FarmLogs, and even some federal lawmakers are saying the proposed rules could delay the development of drone-assisted agriculture in the United States if they are finalized as currently written.

Testimony: After killing, Hernandez said endorsements gone

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:53

Aaron Hernandez listens during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Hernandez is accused in the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancée's sister. (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez told his fiancee's family members that his endorsements were gone the day after Odin Lloyd was killed, according to testimony Wednesday from her uncle.

Ferguson attracts large pool of applicants to police jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:49

FILE- In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police watch the street as protesters gather outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Mo. The city of Ferguson is making progress in attracting African-American applicants to police jobs, including the position left vacant by the resignation of Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, Mayor James Knowles III said. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The city of Ferguson is attracting a large pool of applicants to police jobs, including minority candidates seeking the position left vacant by the resignation of Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, the mayor said.

Washington state quake shows early warning system is slow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:44
SEATTLE (AP) — A magnitude-4.3 earthquake that rumbled under Washington state's Cascade Range early Wednesday was "not a great advertisement" for an early warning system undergoing tests, an official said.

Stabbing at meat processing plant leaves 1 dead, 1 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:42
FRANCONIA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead and another injured.

Trial set for June 29 for suspect in killing of Virginia student Hannah Graham

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:37

Jesse Matthew is pictured in this booking photoBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - The man accused of murdering University of Virginia student Hannah Graham will go on trial starting on June 29 in Charlottesville, officials said on Wednesday. The trial of Jesse Matthew Jr., a 33-year-old Charlottesville hospital worker, is scheduled to last three weeks, an Albemarle County Circuit Court spokesperson said. "I won't know whether the trial will actually go forward on June 29 or whether the defense will ask for a continuance," Albemarle County prosecutor Denise Lunsford told reporters after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. Matthew was indicted this month on charges of first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile.

UN rights experts demand that Iran halt planned execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:36
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. human rights experts are demanding that Iran halt the planned execution of a man who was arrested at age 17 and says he was tortured into confessing.

Kate Brown, Oregon's new governor, at a glance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:31

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown speaks to the media outside of her office at the Oregon Capitol in Salem, Ore. Brown faces a monumental challenge as she takes the reins of a state government mired in scandal on less than a week’s notice and with a special election already looming. America’s first bisexual governor will be sworn in Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, becoming Oregon’s 38th leader after fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned amid ethics questions. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez, file)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — NAME — Kate Brown

Schools told to 'shelter in place' after incident at Exxon Torrance refinery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:31
(Reuters) - Students in about 30 schools were told to shelter in place after a possible incident at Exxon Mobil Corp's Torrance, California, refinery on Wednesday, a report on the CBS Los Angeles news website said. In a filing with state pollution regulator, the 149,500 barrel-per-day Torrance refinery reported "an incident" that caused flaring at the refinery.

Video shows man shooting at passengers on Kansas City bus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:22
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City Area Transportation Authority video shows a man shooting at a city bus, seriously wounding a 15-year-old girl.