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California coyote-killing contests face ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:05

In this January 2014 photo provided by Curtis Wright shows Wright holding up a coyote he shot during a prize hunt near California City, California. Curtis shot the large coyote, weighing 45 pounds, from a distance of 60 yards. Wright says he has participated and won many prize coyote hunts. The California Fish and Game Commission is considering a ban on awarding prizes for coyote hunting, which critics considered to be cruel and unsportsmanlike. (AP Photo/Terry Wright)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Organized coyote hunts that award prizes to the top marksman have sparked a culture clash in California between wildlife advocates who value the animals as an essential part of the landscape and people who view coyotes as wily varmints to be hunted down to protect livestock.


Diablo Canyon at issue as panel gauges nuke safety

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:01

FILE - This Nov. 3, 2008, file photo, shows one of Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon Power Plant's nuclear reactors in Avila Beach on California's central coast. With several faults nearby, federal regulators need to reassess seismic standards at California's last operating nuclear power plant and determine if earthquake risks are properly accounted for in its structural strength, a former Calif., state senator says. In testimony to be submitted Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 to a Senate panel, Sam Blakeslee argues that the public safety requires closer scrutiny of Diablo Canyon’s twin reactors, which are located on a seaside bluff midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — With several faults nearby, federal regulators need to reassess seismic standards at California's last operating nuclear power plant and determine if its operating rules are sufficient in light of earthquake risks, says a former California state senator.


Bill would cap Russian engines on U.S. satellite launches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:21

The smoke trail from the launch of the space shuttle Discovery STS-131 is illuminated by the rising sun at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FloridaBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A compromise defense policy bill in Congress would bar the purchase of more Russian-made rocket engines to launch U.S. military satellites, clearing the way for competitive bids for 14 future launches, senior congressional aides said on Tuesday. The proposal is one of several new agreements included in a compromise version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) filed in the House of Representatives and expected to be debated as early as this week. The NDAA, which is approved annually, sets U.S. ...


Bill Cosby accused in lawsuit of molesting girl in 1974

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:49

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bill Cosby was sued on Tuesday by a woman alleging he molested her in 1974 at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles when she was 15, in what is believed to be the first court case arising from a recent wave of sexual misconduct accusations against the comedian. The five-page complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, charged that Cosby sexually abused plaintiff Judy Huth by putting his hand down her pants, and then "taking her hand in his hand and performing a sex act on himself without her consent. ...


Bensalem boy wins big on Jeopardy! Kids Week

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:49

Bensalem boy wins big on Jeopardy! Kids WeekA young man from Bensalem, Bucks County represented the Delaware Valley Tuesday night on Jeopardy! Kids Week.


4 Pearl Harbor survivors gather for reunion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:44

USS Arizona survivors from left, John Anderson, Don Stratton, Louis Conter and Lauren Bruner arrive Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Four of the remaining nine USS Arizona survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack are vowing this year's anniversary of the 1941 attack won't be their last reunion. Even though it's the last official survivor gathering of the USS Arizona Reunion Association, the men say they still plan to get together, even if not in Hawaii. Sunday marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed roughly 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Four of the remaining nine USS Arizona survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack are vowing this year's anniversary won't be their last reunion.


Former Eagle Troy Vincent delivers emotional Senate testimony

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:38

Former Eagle Troy Vincent delivers emotional Senate testimonyMinnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson squares off with the NFL today in a hearing over his punishment for child abuse.


Meek Mill leaves jail after 5 months on violation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:36

Meek Mill leaves jail after 5 months on violationThe rapper known as Meek Mill was released from a Philadelphia jail after serving five months for violating parole in a 2009 drug case.


Security experts doubt North Korea hacked Sony

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:29

Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.


Woman sues Bill Cosby, claiming underage abuse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:28

Woman sues Bill Cosby, claiming underage abuseA Southern California woman has sued Bill Cosby, claiming the comedian molested her around 1974 when she was 15 years old.


FBI seizes Los Angeles schools' iPad documents

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:08
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office subpoenaed the Los Angeles Unified School District for records pertaining to its $1 billion iPad project as part of a federal grand jury probe.

W.Va. shooter held personal, professional grudges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:50

This undated photo provided by the West Virginia State Police shows Jody Hunt, who authorities said is a suspect in three shootings in West Virginia, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/West Virginia State Police)MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — An ex-convict who owned a towing company made good on his grudges, police said Tuesday, killing his partner, his business rival, his ex-girlfriend and the woman's new boyfriend before firing a bullet through his head in the cab of his pickup truck.


California rain brings mudslide fears, evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:49

Tom Smisek, who has lived in Silverado Canyon, Calif., since 1970, points out an area where the mountains were burned by a wildfire in September and now threaten the community with potential mudslides, as a powerful Pacific storm swept through California on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Smisek was concerned about the threat of mudslide. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Mindy Schauer) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT, MANDATORY CREDITLOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavy rain from a powerful Pacific storm swept through parched California on Tuesday, providing some relief from a three-year drought but prompting evacuations in wildfire-scarred communities threatened by mudslides and flooding.


Michael Brown's stepdad investigated for comments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:30
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police are investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for angry comments on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Fargo, ND, mayor known for flood fights dies at 73

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:29

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 10, 2014 file photo, Mayor Dennis Walaker smiles in Fargo, N.D. while he celebrated his re-election for a third term in the North Dakota primary election. Walaker, the man known as the "flood mayor" for leading the state’s largest city through several successful fights against the Red River, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at his home, city officials said. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo, North Dakota, Mayor Dennis Walaker, the man known as the "flood mayor" for leading the state's largest city through several successful fights against the Red River, died Tuesday at his home, city officials said. He was 73.


Family says little girl with autism turned away by mall Santa because of service dog

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:21

Family says little girl with autism turned away by mall Santa because of service dogA Southern California shopping mall has apologized to the family of a young girl with autism after the family said she was turned away from visiting the shopping center's Santa Claus because the Santa was allegedly afraid of the girl's service animal.


American Indian groups argue over settlement money

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:59

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2009 file photo, George and Marilyn Keepseagle talk about the lawsuit, at their kitchen table, in Fort Yates, N.D. American Indian groups are fighting a plan to create a charitable foundation with almost $400 million in federal dollars left over fro a 2010 government discrimination settlement. A federal judge will review the matter Tuesday. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than $380 million in government dollars left over from a federal discrimination settlement with American Indians is in limbo amid disagreements over how the money should be spent.


U.S. House votes to end retirement benefits for suspected Nazis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:47
By Amanda Becker (Reuters) - As the U.S. Congress haggles over a budget deal, tax-break extensions and other thorny matters, lawmakers from both parties appear united on one thing: Nazis should not receive government retirement benefits. The No Social Security for Nazis Act sailed without opposition through the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. The Senate will vote on an identical bill at a later date. ...

About 100 brains missing from University of Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:46
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains — about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:35

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2006 file photo Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni speaks to firefighters as she visits the fire station in the town of Nahariyah, northern Israel. Israel’s divided government fell apart Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two Cabinet ministers Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid and called for a new election more than two years ahead of schedule. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: