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With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:43

In this 2012 photo provided by Bethany Hahn is a flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. Midwestern states are struggling to contain a virulent strain of bird flu that has doomed millions of turkeys and chickens since March. (Bethany Hahn via AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a vaccine to counter a deadly strain of bird flu, as losses to poultry producers mount.


UVa dean bashes Rolling Stone article in open letter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:41
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An associate dean of students at the University of Virginia said Wednesday a widely discredited Rolling Stone article caused her professional and personal harm by portraying her as insensitive and unresponsive to an alleged victim of a gang rape.

Body of missing Texas teen recovered from Colorado canyon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:37
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Recovery crews in Colorado on Wednesday retrieved the body of an 18-year-old Texas man who was killed when his truck went off a treacherous mountain pass, near where another motorist plunged to his death in February, authorities said. Edgar Alfredo Vargas was reported missing on Friday, and his truck was spotted at the bottom of a canyon off Red Mountain Pass in southwest Colorado, Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said in a statement. Whitmore said the search was hampered by the steep, rugged terrain.

Sea lion pup waddles away from water, gets ride back to sea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:36

This April 19, 2015 photo provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff shows a stranded Sea Lion pup in the back of a Mendocino County Sheriff's patrol car. Authorities in Northern California rescued the sea lion pup that waddled about a quarter-mile from the ocean. Mendocino County sheriff's deputies patrolling Highway 1, south of Fort Bragg, spotted the animal moving slowly in dark, dense fog on Sunday. They discovered the animal was a sea lion pup weighing about 20 pounds with a tag attached to its front flipper (Mendocino County Sheriff via AP)FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) — A healthy sea lion pup that was returned to the sea by deputies after waddling a quarter-mile onshore seemed to be staying in the waves on Wednesday — at least for now, officers said.


After 4 decades as fugitive, ailing man turns himself in

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:35

This undated photo provided by North Carolina Department Of Public Safety shows Clarence David Moore. Frail and tired of leading a secret life, Moore called the sheriff’s office Monday, April 20, 2015, and told a deputy he had been on the lam since the 1970s. According to authorities, Moore had escaped from custody three times, the last in 1976 in Henderson County, N.C. He had been sentenced in 1967 for two counts of larceny greater than $200. The sheriff said Moore had been living in Frankfort since at least 2009. (AP Photo/North Carolina Department Of Public Safety)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Frail and tired of leading a secret life for four decades, 66-year-old Clarence David Moore called police this week to surrender. The deputy who answered thought it was a prank. It wasn't.


CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:35

In this 2012 photo provided by Bethany Hahn is a flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. Midwestern states are struggling to contain a virulent strain of bird flu that has doomed millions of turkeys and chickens since March. (Bethany Hahn via AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.


Detroit-area police chief quits after officer is charged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:30
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area police chief has resigned, two days after one of her officers was charged with assault in the bloody beating of a motorist.

New Jersey grandma gets 55 years for killing husband, keeping remains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:28
By William Sokolic MAYS LANDING, N.J. (Reuters) - A judge compared a New Jersey grandmother to gangster Al Capone on Wednesday and sentenced her to 55 years in prison for stabbing and dismembering her husband and then keeping his remains for years. Convicted murderer Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 63, who prosecutors said carried "two Tupperware containers" of her butchered husband's remains through two home moves before being caught, will essentially serve the life sentence requested by the prosecution. Before sentencing her in New Jersey Superior Court, Judge Michael Donio admonished Burroughs for her callousness, noting she left on a family vacation the day after the 2007 murder. "There's been nothing as brutal since Al Capone ordered the St. Valentine's Day Massacre," said the judge, referring to the bloody 1929 gangster killings that allowed Capone to take control of organized crime in Chicago.

Homeowner found dead after Bucks County fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:28

Homeowner found dead after Bucks County fireOfficials say a homeowner who was unaccounted after a fire in Bucks County has been found dead inside the home.


School bus, medical transport van, and car collide in Mercer Co.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:25

School bus, medical transport van, and car collide in Mercer Co.A school bus, a medical transport van and a car collided in Hamilton, Mercer County on Wednesday, leaving several hurt, including three children.


Photo, video of Tsarnaev making obscene gesture released

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:12
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev peered into the security camera in the corner of his jail cell, fussed with his hair while looking in the reflective glass, flashed a two-digit salute like a teenager taking a selfie and then defiantly put up his middle finger.

Connecticut fraternity says wanted to resist order to admit women

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 06:07
By Richard Weizel MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Reuters) - The president of an all-male fraternity locked in a legal fight with a Connecticut university over its no-women membership policy acknowledged in court on Wednesday that his group had been reluctant to admit women but had not ruled it out. Wesleyan University advised its Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity in September that as part of a new university policy requiring all campus groups to go co-ed, it must allow at least six women to live in its on-campus houses within three years. It later told DKE members that they had to move out by the end of the current academic year because they had not made enough progress to admit women. The fraternity filed a lawsuit against the school in February in Middletown Superior Court, contending Wesleyan discriminated against its 32 members and seeking to stop the eviction.

Four decades after jail escape, inmate to return to North Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:55
After almost four decades on the run, an escaped North Carolina prison inmate is back behind bars in Kentucky, having turned himself in over medical issues, authorities said on Wednesday. Clarence David Moore, 66, called the sheriff's department earlier this week in Franklin County, Kentucky, where he had been living under an alias for years, Sheriff Pat Melton said. Moore had been convicted on larceny charges, according to North Carolina prison records. He is expected to return to the North Carolina state prison system in the coming days, where a parole commission will review his case to determine what happens next, said a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Utah lawmaker invokes Mormon prophet grandpa in medical pot plea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:54
A Utah state senator has invoked the legacy of his Mormon prophet grandfather in a video in which he describes almost overdosing on prescription opiates and vows to reintroduce a medical marijuana bill that was narrowly defeated this year. Mark Benson Madsen, a Saratoga Springs Republican, is pushing for the conservative state to permit medicinal pot and seeking to enlist the support of Mormon voters after his proposed legislation failed to pass the legislature last month by just one vote. "My grandfather was my hero and my friend long before I knew that he had been the secretary of agriculture or was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles," Madsen says in the video, referring to Ezra Taft Benson, 13th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

Paulsboro mayor pleads guilty to DWI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:53

Paulsboro mayor pleads guilty to DWIThe mayor of Paulsboro, New Jersey has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.


Synthetic marijuana believed to be cause of 8 deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:50

Synthetic marijuana believed to be cause of 8 deathsHospitals in the Lehigh Valley are dealing with an increase in drug overdoses all connected to synthetic marijuana, like K2.


House panel is told of slavery in Thai seafood industry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:49

A photograph of imprisoned Philippine children is shown as witnesses testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on the fight against human trafficking, in Washington, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Modern-day slavery persists around the world, including the abuse of fishermen in the Thai seafood industry whose catch can end up in U.S. markets, a congressional panel was told Wednesday.


Robbie Knievel charged with DUI after crash in Montana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:47

Robbie Knievel makes his initial appearance in city court Wednesday, April 22, 2015, following his arrest on suspicion of felony driving under the influence in Butte, the Montana town that his daredevil father Evel Knievel helped make famous. (Walter Hinick/The Montana Standard via AP)BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Robbie Knievel was charged with felony driving under the influence in Butte, Montana — the town his daredevil father Evel Knievel helped make famous.


New Saint Joseph's University President Named, Making History

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:47

New Saint Joseph's University President Named, Making HistorySaint Joseph's University has chosen a lay leader for the first time in its 164-year history.


Northrop drone first unmanned plane to be refueled in air: Navy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 05:41
The bat-wing Navy drone that became the first autonomous airplane to take off and land on an aircraft carrier accomplished yet another milestone on Wednesday, becoming the first unmanned aircraft to undergo aerial refueling. The U.S. Navy said in a statement the Northrop Grumman X-47B test aircraft completed the first-ever autonomous aerial refueling off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, receiving more than 4,000 pounds of fuel from an Omega K-707 tanker jet. "What we accomplished today demonstrates a significant, groundbreaking step forward for the Navy," said Captain Beau Duarte, the program manager for the Navy's unmanned carrier aviation program, in a statement. "The ability to autonomously transfer and receive fuel in flight will increase the range and flexibility of future unmanned aircraft platforms, ultimately extending carrier power projection," he said.