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Ax throw, log climb at Adirondack lumberjack class

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:17

In this July 10, 2014 photo, Tommy Grunow of Riverside, Conn., peels the bark from a white pine log at the Adirondack Woodsmen's School at Paul Smith's College in Paul Smiths, N.Y. Eighteen young students in matching gray sports shirts took part recently in a weeklong crash course on old-school lumberjack skills such as sawing, chopping, ax throwing, log boom running and pole climbing. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP) — Ax throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class. It's also OK to dump your classmate in the lake — as long as you're both frantically trying to stay upright on a floating log.


Fresh wildfires gain ground in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 14:12

In this Sunday July 13, 2014, photo released by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, the Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, Ore. Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, touching off small fires by the dozens. Such a barrage can be expected to cause numerous "sleeper" or holdover fires in coming days. (AP Photo/Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Dennis Lee)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A handful of new wildfires, some started by lightning, grew dramatically Tuesday in central Washington, and several threatened homes even as firefighters made progress against a destructive Oregon blaze.


Denton could become 1st Texas city to ban fracking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:47

Area residents and registered speakers watch proceedings on a television screen from one of the three overflow rooms as others wait their turn to address the city council during a public hearing, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas. The North Texas city could become the first in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing if city leaders approve a citizen-led petition to outlaw the drilling method. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas community that sits on a large natural gas reserve could become the first city in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing, with city leaders in Denton set to vote late Tuesday on a citizen-led petition to outlaw new permits for the drilling method.


Missouri execution on hold after late stay granted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:38

FILE - In this 2007 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is John Middleton. Middleton is scheduled to die for the 1995 murder of Alfred Pinegar, a suspected drug snitch in rural Missouri. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri execution has been delayed until at least midday Wednesday after a federal judge granted a last-minute stay.


Tocco, believed to be longest-serving U.S. mob boss, dies in Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:11
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Jack Tocco, believed to be the longest-serving mob boss in the United States and the last living person with first-hand knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the death of Jimmy Hoffa, has died aged 87. Tocco, who died on Monday, was the godfather in Detroit for 35 years, longer than any current godfather in the country, according to Scott Burnstein, an author and expert on organized crime in the city. Since the 1930s, when Jack Tocco's father and uncle founded the Mafia in Detroit, a Tocco has led the mob in the city, Burnstein said.

Drought-parched California tightens curbs on wasting water

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:10

A buoy meant for boaters rests on the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, a key Mendocino County reservoir, in UkiahBy Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Water regulators in California approved tough new conservation measures on Tuesday to limit outdoor water use, including daily fines of up to $500 for using a hose without a shut-off nozzle. "We are facing the worst drought impact that we or our grandparents have ever seen," said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. "An emergency requires action, and today’s announcement is a much-needed response to California’s drought emergency," said Ed Osann, senior policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which supported the regulations. California is in the third year of a catastrophic drought that has diminished the Sierra Nevada snow pack, which normally feeds the state's rivers and streams with cool water.


Sugar rush at ethanol plant fuels fight with Nebraska corn farmers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:03

File photo shows E85 Ethanol fuel being pumped into a vehicle at a gas station in IowaBy Michael Hirtzer CHICAGO (Reuters) - An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it - a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar and corn subsidies. The dispute in Aurora, population about 4,400, brings into conflict two of the largest U.S. farm programs, one promoting sugar production and the other corn-based ethanol. Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc, a privately held Illinois firm, is reaping profits producing ethanol with cheap sugar, thanks to a U.S. Agriculture Department subsidy of beet sugar. Local corn farmers, who benefit from a government rule that forces oil companies to blend ethanol into gasoline, say in court documents that Aventine's action violates an agreement to use their grain exclusively as a feedstock for the firm's recently reopened plant in Aurora.


Stay granted in Missouri execution; state appeals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:31

FILE - In this 2007 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is John Middleton. Middleton is scheduled to die for the 1995 murder of Alfred Pinegar, a suspected drug snitch in rural Missouri. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday refused to halt the execution of a Missouri inmate accused of killing three people in 1995, but defense attorneys said they were continuing to fight in the courts and had requested a stay at the district court level.


Last-minute appeals could delay Missouri execution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:18

FILE - In this 2007 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is John Middleton. Middleton is scheduled to die for the 1995 murder of Alfred Pinegar, a suspected drug snitch in rural Missouri. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hours before a condemned man is scheduled to be put to death, court filings continue to create uncertainty about if or when the execution will take place.


Pennsylvania lawmaker portraits to include criminal history

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:10
Visitors to the portrait gallery at the Pennsylvania state Capitol in Harrisburg will see more than simple images of the state's past lawmakers - new plaques unveiled on Tuesday include a listing of any well-known criminal history as well. The new bronze plaques beneath the portraits of four former House speakers were added as a compromise with lawmakers who wanted the portraits removed altogether after the politicians went to prison, said Stephen Miskin, a spokesman for Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith. "We didn't paint bars across the portraits," quipped Miskin, but the new tags do "give a fuller depiction of these individuals." Labels were changed for former House speaker Bill DeWeese, a Democrat from Greene County, who was released from prison in 2014 after serving time for using public resources for political purposes.

Convicted Missouri killer faces execution after stay lifted

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:55

Missouri Department of Corrections handout shows death row inmate John Middleton(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request to stay the execution of a convicted triple murderer who says he suffers from mental incapacity, ruling within hours after an appeals court lifted a stay granted by a federal judge. Missouri prison officials were planning to put John Middleton to death by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. CDT on Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry issued a stay of execution on Tuesday morning after Middleton's attorneys argued that he was not competent to be executed. But the 8th U.S. ...


Princeton professor arrested on theft charges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:36

Princeton professor arrested on theft chargesA professor at Princeton University has been arrested on theft charges.


Pa. girl, 12, survives getting swept away in drainpipe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:34

Pa. girl, 12, survives getting swept away in drainpipeA 12-year-old girl in Schuylkill County survived being swept nearly a half mile in an underground drainpipe.


Teen struck by lightning in Glenolden out of hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:34

Teen struck by lightning in Glenolden out of hospitalThe teen boy who was struck by lightning in Glenolden, Delaware County has been released from the hospital.


1 injured in middle school hazmat in Torresdale

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:20

1 injured in middle school hazmat in TorresdaleOne person was injured after a hazmat incident at a middle school in the Torresdale section of Philadelphia.


Thousands without power after latest storm

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:17

Thousands without power after latest stormThousands of people are without power after the latest round of severe weather moved through the region.


Reporter who spoke about black families suspended

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:15
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A white TV reporter who voiced his opinions about black families and relations with police during a segment about a fatal police shooting said Tuesday he was suspended from his station and won't return.

1 wounded in Las Vegas shopping mall shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:56
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a gunman after one person was shot in the shoulder at a Las Vegas mall.

California approves fines for water-wasters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:43

Eighi Hiastake, of the San Francisco Dept. of Public Works, retracts a hose onto his truck after washing a city sidewalk with a mixture of water and disinfectant on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in San Francisco. In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines of up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. The rules would prohibit watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks, driveways and other hard surfaces would be prohibited, as would washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.


Appeals court: Texas can use race in admissions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:34

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, Abigail Fisher, right, who sued the University of Texas, walks outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has sent a Texas case on race-based college admissions back to a lower court for another look. The court's 7-1 decision Monday leaves unsettled many of the basic questions about the continued use of race as a factor in college admissions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)A federal appeals court panel has ruled that the University of Texas can continue using race in its undergraduate admissions.