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Appeals court revives Abu Ghraib torture lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:21
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — A lawsuit by four former Iraqi detainees who said they were tortured at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq may go forward, a U.S. appeals court said Monday.

N.Y. top court decides towns can ban fracking

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:20
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - New York state's top court ruled on Monday that towns have the authority to ban gas drilling within their borders, giving a boost to opponents of the drilling method known as fracking. The Court of Appeals in a 5-2 decision upheld drilling bans in the Ithaca suburb of Dryden and in Middlefield, near Cooperstown, saying the laws were extensions of the towns' zoning authority. Drilling company Norse Energy USA and an upstate dairy farmer separately sued the towns, claiming the bans violated a law designed to create uniform statewide regulations on the oil and gas industry.

U.S. top court turns away Arab Bank appeal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:17
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a lower court ruling against Jordan-based Arab Bank Plc for failing to supply documents in lawsuits accusing it of providing services to groups the United States brands as terrorist organizations. The court rejected Arab Bank's appeal of a U.S. federal judge's ruling. Plaintiffs accuse the bank of providing banking services to front groups for Hamas and other militant groups the United States has put on its list of terrorist organizations. Arab Bank said the judge's ruling was forcing it to choose between running afoul of the U.S. court and violating bank secrecy laws in Jordan, Lebanon and other countries.

NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:13

This Jan. 22, 2014, artist concept rendering provided by NASA shows their Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2. The OCO-2, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a Delta II rocket on July 1, 2014. Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy _ this time on a different rocket. The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy — this time on a different rocket.

Driver severely burned when cigarette ignites car

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:13
ELSMERE, Del. (AP) — Fire officials say a Delaware driver was severely burned when the lighted cigarette he threw out his car window was blown back in by the wind and ignited the interior of the vehicle.

2 dead in fiery plane crash at Colorado ski area

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:12
GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) — Two people are dead after their small plane crashed into a slope at the Loveland Ski Area in Colorado.

Abu Ghraib torture lawsuit revived by U.S. appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:10

DETAINEE GESTURES TOWARD U.S. SOLDIER THROUGH BARS OF HIS CELL AT ABU GHRAIB PRISON OUTSIDE BAGHDAD.A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit against CACI International Inc by four former Iraqi detainees who claimed the U.S. defense contractor's employees directed their torture at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said the claims had sufficient ties to the United States to be heard in U.S. courts. Writing for a unanimous three-judge 4th Circuit panel, Circuit Judge Barbara Milano Keenan also said Congress has a "distinct interest" in not turning the United States into a "safe harbor" for torturers. The lawsuit accused CACI employees who conducted interrogation and other services at Abu Ghraib of directing or encouraging torture, in part to "soften up" detainees for questioning, while managers were accused of covering it up.

Hearing for mom accused of throwing 2 from window

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:02
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge is airing concerns about the mental state of a 34-year-old mother accused of trying to kill her two children by throwing them out a window.

Boy at Boy Scout camp dies from gunshot wound

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:01
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say an 11-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego has died from a gunshot wound.

Vice President Biden to visit Philadelphia for July 4th

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:46

Vice President Biden to visit Philadelphia for July 4thVice President Joe Biden plans to visit Philadelphia for the Fourth of July.

Timberwolves owner closes Star Tribune purchase

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:46

FILE - In this June 6, 2014 file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves team owner and printing company billionaire Glen Taylor speaks in Minneapolis. The Star Tribune said Monday, June 30, 2014 that Taylor has completed his purchase of the Minneapolis newspaper and is now the sole owner. Terms were not disclosed, but Taylor has put the purchase price around $100 million. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves owner and printing company billionaire Glen Taylor completed his purchase of the Star Tribune on Monday, the newspaper said.

New Jersey hotel settles Sandy price gouging claim

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:46
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State authorities say a northern New Jersey hotel will pay $110,000 to resolve claims that the business gouged dozens of customers following Superstorm Sandy.

Ex-BP exec can be tried on obstruction charge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:45
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal appeals court in New Orleans said in a ruling posted Monday.

Illinois governor signs FY 2015 budget, vows to cut more

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:42
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the state's $35.7 billion operating budget for fiscal 2015 on Monday, vowing to continue to chisel away at spending approved by the legislature. The General Assembly's budget is peppered with one-time measures after House Democrats in May could not muster enough votes to make a temporary income tax hike permanent. Higher personal and corporate income tax rates, which were passed in 2011 during one of the state's budget pinches, are set to partially expire on Jan. 1, causing an estimated $2 billion revenue decline in the fiscal year that begins on Tuesday.

Feds mull Grand Canyon, Iowa for relocating bison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:38
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials have identified 20 parcels of public lands in 10 states they say could be suitable for bison relocated from Yellowstone National Park.

Railroad in explosion has its Canadian assets sold

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:29
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With completion of the sale of the bankrupt railroad responsible for an oil train derailment that killed 47 people, attention now turns to creation of a settlement fund with hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate victims.

Robert Downey Jr.'s son arrested in drug case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:21

FILE - In this March 1, 2007 file photo, Robert Downey Jr. and his son Indio arrive at a premiere in Los Angeles. Authorities say Indio, the 20-year-old son of actor Robert Downey, Jr. is out on bail after being arrested with what deputies believe was cocaine Sunday, June 30, 2014, after a car he was in was pulled over in West Hollywood. Downey was released shortly after 9 p.m. on $10,250 bail. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon,File)WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Actor Robert Downey Jr. thanked authorities Monday for arresting his 20-year-old son on suspicion of cocaine possession and said the family was determined to get him the help he needs.

White House says Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes women's health

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:21
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that some business owners are not required to provide birth control coverage to employees puts women's health at risk, the White House said on Monday, and called on Congress to make contraception widely available. "Today's decision jeopardizes the health of women who are employed by these companies," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a briefing. "We will work with Congress to make sure that any women affected by this decision will still have the same coverage of vital health services as everyone else," he said.

USDA: Farmers plant record soybean crop, less corn

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:20
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — American farmers have planted less corn than in any year since 2010 but more soybeans than ever, as expected.

U.S. Supreme Court will not intervene in fight over California cross

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:06
The U.S. Supreme Court has for the second time declined to take up the question of whether the cross atop a San Diego war memorial constitutes an illegal endorsement of religion by the federal government. In an unusual statement Monday supporting the decision not to hear the case, Justice Samuel Alito said that because a lower court's order to remove the massive cross atop a war memorial overlooking the city had been stayed pending appeal, there was no need for the high court to step in at this time. "The court of appeals has not yet reviewed that order." The 43-foot structure has been the subject of litigation since 1989, when two veterans sued San Diego to get it off city land. Erected in 1954 and later declared a national war memorial, it was located on the same spot where an earlier cross, once considered by some to be an indication that Jews were not welcome in the suburban community of La Jolla, was built in 1913.