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U.S. refinery strike passes 18th day but talks resume

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:35

A view of an entrance to the Tesoro refinery in MartinezBy Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - The largest U.S refinery workers strike since 1980 passed its 18th day on Wednesday but talks between union and oil company representatives over safety and pay restarted after a gap of a week and went into the night, according to a union text message. "Industry responded to the information request and engaged in discussions into the evening," the text message to United Steelworkers union (USW) members read. Bargaining continues tomorrow." Talks between the USW and lead oil company negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc had been on hold as the company drew up a response to an information request and a counterproposal from the union. "Shell resumed negotiations with the USW on Wednesday and continues to work towards reaching a mutually satisfactory agreement," spokesman Ray Fisher said.

Woman struck along Roosevelt Boulevard in Feltonville

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:28

Woman struck along Roosevelt Boulevard in FeltonvilleA woman was struck by a car along Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia's Feltonville section.

Snow falls off ice rink roof buries 1 man, pummels 4 others

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:09
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Police say snow falling off the roof of a Boston-area ice rink buried a man and pummeled four other people as they were walking on a path nearby.

First phase of National Cathedral's restoration finished

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:49

Head Mason Joe Alonso stands next to a boss stone in the ceiling 100 feet above the nave floor of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, as he talks about repairs and cleaning of the stonework at cathedral, The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of restoration work needed after an earthquake in 2011. The iconic Episcopal cathedral in northwest Washington is holding a news conference Wednesday to discuss details of the restoration work, estimated to cost $32 million overall. Additional restoration work is expected to take years. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington National Cathedral has finished the first phase of work to repair damage from a 2011 earthquake, but the church must still raise $22 million to complete exterior repairs.

Dentist charged in death of patient getting 20 teeth pulled

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:48

This photo provided by the Enfield, Connecticut Police Department shows dentist Rashmi Patel, who has been charged in the death of a patient who became unresponsive while having 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed last year. Patel faces a misdemeanor count of criminally negligent homicide and a felony count of tampering with evidence, according to police. (AP Photo/Enfield, Connecticut. Police Department)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A dentist has been charged in the death of a patient who became unresponsive while having 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed.

Hawaii takes campaign against waterfall trespassers online

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:40

This Oct. 11, 2014 photo provided by the Hawaii state Department of Land and Natural Resources shows Sacred Falls in Hauula, Hawaii. The state is pushing back against hikers who continue to illegally visit the waterfall in a closed state park with an online video showing people being cited for trespassing. (AP Photo/Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Dan Dennison)HAUULA, Hawaii (AP) — The managers of Hawaii's state parks are turning to social media to counter online photos and statements encouraging people to visit a waterfall where a landslide killed eight people more than 15 years ago.

Vanilla Ice arrested for home burglary

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:38

Vanilla Ice arrested for home burglaryThe infamous rapper was arrested in connection with a Florida home burglary, police say.

University of California delays tuition hike as lawmakers take on budget

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:38
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The University of California will delay implementing a tuition hike, the latest move in a test of wills that has pitted U.C. President Janet Napolitano against state Democrats including Governor Jerry Brown. Napolitano announced the delay at a speech in Los Angeles on Wednesday, even as a committee of lawmakers, many of whom oppose the tuition hike, convened a hearing on the university's budget in the state capital, Sacramento. "Because these discussions are still ongoing, and because the legislature is still at work putting together the state budget, I am announcing here today that UC will not implement a previously approved tuition increase of up to 5 percent for the summer quarter," Napolitano said, according to a written text of her remarks provided to Reuters.

Former Missouri school principal charged with dealing heroin

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:34

This photo provided by Marion County Sheriff's Office via Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force shows Ryan Thompson. Joshua Foust, who resigned from his job as an elementary school principal this month, was arrested Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015, on charges alleging that he had been dealing heroin. Thompson was also arrested on drug charges as part of the same investigation. (AP Photo/Marion County Sheriff's Office via Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force)HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who resigned from his job as an elementary school principal this month was arrested Wednesday on charges alleging that he had been dealing heroin.

UC President Napolitano postpones proposed tuition increase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:26
LOS ANGELES (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday she is postponing a proposed tuition increase as a good-faith gesture stemming from her ongoing negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown to resolve their standoff over higher education funding.

U.S. preparing to sue Ferguson police over charges of racial bias: CNN

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:25

Police officers are reflected in a mirror held by a protestor during a demonstration at the Ferguson Police Department in FergusonThe U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to sue the Ferguson, Missouri, police department over allegations of racially discriminatory practices unless the police force agrees to make changes, CNN reported on Wednesday. The network, citing sources, said the Justice Department would not charge the white Ferguson police officer involved in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August but was expected to outline allegations of discriminatory Ferguson police tactics. The department would file suit if Ferguson police did not agree to review and change those tactics, CNN reported. The shooting of Brown last August by officer Darren Wilson led to months of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and galvanized critics of the treatment by police and the U.S. criminal justice system of blacks and other minority groups.

Blast devastates refinery, sends ash raining down on area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:23

A very large smokestack flare burns off flammable product after an explosion in a processing facility at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A small ground fire was quickly extinguished and the facility's flare system was triggered for safety reasons. Two workers suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Daily Breeze, Chuck Bennett)TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California.

APNewsBreak: Outgoing Gov. John Kitzhaber commutes sentence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:21

This undated photo provided by the Multnomah County Jail shows Sang Dao. As one of his final acts in office, Oregon’s outgoing governor, John Kitzhaber, commuted the prison sentence of Dao, who was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison when he was convicted of attempted murder. Dao earned a bachelor's degree from Portland State University while behind bars, and Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, spoke at his graduation ceremony last summer. Hayes was at the center of the ethics controversy that prompted Kitzhaber to step down. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Jail)SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As one of his final acts in office, Oregon's outgoing governor, John Kitzhaber, commuted the prison sentence of a young inmate convicted of attempted murder.

Anti-pot group says lawsuit will challenge Colorado marijuana laws

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:14

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year's day in Northglenn, ColoradoBy Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Opponents of Colorado's marijuana legalization are expected to file a federal lawsuit on Thursday that will seek to shut down the state's new industry and which they say will accuse participants of violating racketeering laws. Voters in Colorado chose to legalize the use of recreational marijuana by adults in a landmark 2012 ballot, even as the drug remains federally outlawed. Washington state has also legalized recreational pot, while Alaska and Oregon are following suit.

Judge: Washington florist who refused gay wedding broke law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:12
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding violated state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law, a judge ruled Wednesday.

St. Louis police dash cam shows part of contested arrest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:08
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A recently released video of an arrest in which St. Louis police are accused of using excessive force shows officers pulling a resisting suspect from a car, kicking him and shocking him with a stun gun before the camera is shut off abruptly.

Companies in West Coast port dispute make appeal to workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:05

Loaded container trucks line-up at a gate at the Port of Seattle Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Seaports in the U.S. West Coast that were all but shut over the weekend because of a contract dispute are reopening as the nation's top labor official tries to solve a stalemate between dockworkers and their employers that already has disrupted billions of dollars in U.S. international trade. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez plans to meet Tuesday in San Francisco with negotiators for both the dockworkers' union and the maritime association, which represents shipping lines that carry cargo and port terminal operators that handle it once the ships dock. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maritime companies locked in a contract dispute with West Coast dockworkers took their case directly to rank-and-file longshoremen on Wednesday, as negotiators struggled to reach a deal and break the cargo gridlock that has stalled billions of dollars of international trade.

No relief from winter: Cold lingers over much of country

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:02

Shawn Hash rides a snowmobile on a private farm near Pembroke Va. Tuesday, Feb. 17 2015. Hash, a snow sport enthusiast, and owner - operator of Tangent Outfitters river guides, took the machine out for a ride after a morning of cross country skiing, taking full advantage of a recent snowfall. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)Low temperatures gripped much of the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday, freezing and refreezing snow and ice and making roads hazardous for those who'd ventured out. In many areas, the cold was expected to stay for days.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:00

Ukrainian troops ride on vehicles outside Artemivsk, Ukraine, while pulling out of Debaltseve, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

Official: Video shows Jenner rear-ended cars in fatal wreck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:55
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video shows Bruce Jenner started a chain-reaction crash that resulted in a woman's death on a Malibu highway, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.