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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.

June trial set for man charged in Virginia student slaying

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:21
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student watched by video feed from jail Wednesday as a judge scheduled his trial for June.

NYC and state sue UPS for illegally shipping cigarettes

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

An airplane is seen on the tarmac at the United Parcel Service (UPS) Regional Air Hub in RockvilleBy Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City and New York state sued United Parcel Service Inc. on Wednesday, seeking over $180 million in damages and penalties against the shipping company for allegedly delivering nearly 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes across the state. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, accuses UPS of cheating the state and city of $29.7 million and $4.7 million, respectively, in tax revenue, according to a statement from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The deliveries mostly originated from smoke shops on Indian reservations in New York state and were shipped to unlicensed wholesalers and retailers as well as residences in New York and nationwide, according to the lawsuit. The deliveries, which violated both federal and state laws, were made despite a 2005 agreement between UPS and the state in which the company agreed to stop cigarette shipments to individual consumers and unlicensed dealers, Schneiderman said.

Cops stop man's suicide attempt at George Washington Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:13
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Two police officers are being credited with stopping a man from committing suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge in northern New Jersey.

U.S. tries to salvage ex-Jefferies trader's fraud conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:12
By Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has urged a federal appeals court not to throw out a former Jefferies Group Inc managing director's conviction for defrauding mortgage bond investors after the financial crisis, which the court had warned it might do. In a Tuesday filing with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly of Connecticut said jurors could have reasonably concluded that defendant Jesse Litvak intentionally lied to customers from 2009 to 2011 about trades he handled for them. Daly said the government also presented "overwhelming" evidence that Litvak's lies were material to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which was trying to bail out the economy through the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. Litvak, 40, was sentenced to two years in prison following his conviction last March by a federal jury in New Haven, Connecticut, on all 15 counts he faced.

Dozens of New England roofs buckling under 8 feet of snow

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

Workers clear snow from a roof in Boston, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. New England remained bitterly cold Monday after the region's fourth winter storm in a month blew through. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — No building is safe from the incredible stress of the 8 feet of snow that has piled up on roofs across New England, and things are expected to get worse before they get better, experts said Wednesday.

AccuWeather: Cold Today, Bitter Again Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 01:46

 Cold Today, Bitter Again ThursdayMeteorologist David Murphy says snow showers are possible this evening in advance of our next shot of arctic air.

CSX oil train still on fire after West Virginia derailment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 01:40

A CSX Corp train continues burning a day after derailing in Mount Carbon, West VirginiaBy Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tank cars from a derailed oil train were still on fire in West Virginia on Wednesday, two days after an explosive accident in which 25 cars went off the rails, a CSX Corp spokeswoman said. "We still have some fires on and near tank cars," CSX railroad spokeswoman Melanie Cost said, without giving an exact number. The burning cars were being left to burn out, and some cars were still leaking oil. Booms were deployed in the nearby Kanawha River to collect any leaking oil but none was detected in water tests carried out by local water provider West Virginia American Water.

1 dead, 1 in custody after double stabbing at meat processing plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 01:39

1 dead, 1 in custody after double stabbing at meat processing plantMontgomery County authorities have responded to a fatal double stabbing incident at a meat processing plant in Franconia Township.

Body of missing Japanese woman recovered from Montana lake

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 01:31
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Authorities in northern Montana have recovered the body of a Japanese woman who went missing during a fishing trip in November.

Sister of 'American Sniper' defendant testifies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 01:28

Eddie Ray Routh's sister Laura Blevins testifies during the capital murder trial of the former Marine Cpl. at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Routh, 27, of Lancaster, is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — The sister of the former Marine accused in the fatal shootings of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man has testified that when he came to her home on the day of the killings she told him she loved him but hated his demons.