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'Lasso' trick topples casino tower after Vegas implosion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:29

The Clarion hotel and casino is imploded, early Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Las Vegas. The 200-room casino-hotel opened in 1970 as the Royal Inn and was called the Debbie Reynolds, for its one-time owner, as well as the Greek Isles and the Paddle Wheel. The Clarion is the first hotel to be imploded since 2007. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus)LAS VEGAS (AP) — In the end, demolition workers used an Old West method on Tuesday to finish an incomplete casino implosion in Las Vegas.

Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:27

Pediatric residents from the Batson Children's Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center wear stickers calling for the lawmakers to support immunizations during a visit to the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippi has the highest measles immunization rate in the country for children entering kindergarten. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With rampant diabetes and obesity, Mississippi and West Virginia have struggled with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don't mess around.

US withdrawing most troops fighting Ebola in West Africa

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:23

US withdrawing most troops fighting Ebola in West AfricaThe United States is preparing to withdraw nearly all of the military troops deployed to West Africa to help with the response to the Ebola outbreak.

San Diego TV sports anchor Kyle Kraska shot outside his home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:22

San Diego TV sports anchor Kyle Kraska shot outside his homeThe sports director for a San Diego television station has been wounded in a shooting outside his home.

High wind scraps SpaceX observatory launch, rocket landing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:20

Maintenance is performed by workers on the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket at launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The Sunday launch attempt was scrubbed and SpaceX will try again on Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/John Raoux)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Dangerously high winds kept a deep-space observatory grounded Tuesday and put off a radically new landing test of the booster rocket.

Pennsylvania trooper escapes homicide charges in shooting death of colleague

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:08
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A state police officer in Philadelphia was charged with reckless endangerment on Tuesday but avoided homicide charges for the September shooting death of a fellow trooper. Prosecutors say Corporal Richard Schroeter, 42, was discussing the trigger mechanism on his weapon in front of a group of five officers when the incident occurred at the Montgomery County Public Safety Complex in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. His finger pulled the trigger, discharging a bullet that struck and killed Trooper David Kedra, 26. Schroeter faces one count of reckless endangerment for each officer in the room when the gun discharged.

Colorado's 2014 taxes on recreational pot come in at $44M

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:06
DENVER (AP) — Colorado finally learned Tuesday how much tax revenue it collected from recreational marijuana in the first year of sales, and the haul was below estimates — about $44 million.

Kansas governor rescinds protections for gay state workers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:59

Republican Kansas Governor Brownback speaks to supporters after winning re-election in the U.S. midterm elections in TopekaKansas Governor Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican re-elected in November, on Tuesday rescinded an executive order issued by a Democratic predecessor that offered protections for gay and bisexual state workers. Brownback said he was rescinding a 2007 order signed by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius that established a "protected class of rights" for state employees specifically for sexual orientation and gender identity. In its place, Brownback said he was issuing an executive order that would boost state employment-related aid for veterans and disabled people, while reaffirming the state's "commitment" to employment practices that do not discriminate based on "race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age." Thomas Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, said Brownback's order was an outrage and erases job protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees who had trusted they would be safe from harassment and discrimination.

News guide: Dietary guidelines evolve, stay the same

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:57

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2009, file photo, strips of sizzling bacon crown a breakfast platter with fried eggs and potatoes at a diner in Arlington, Va. Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt? The dietary guidelines are issued every five years. The federal government uses them to set standards for school lunches and other federal feeding programs, and they serve as the basis for information on the nutrition facts panel on the backs of food packages. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt?

Palestinian official testifies at U.S. trial over Israel attacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:57

Palintiff lawyer Kent Yalowitz makes his opening statement in this court sketch during Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation Organization in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi took the witness stand in New York on Tuesday as the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization fight a lawsuit that would force them to pay up to $3 billion to victims of attacks in Israel. Victims and their families have sued the authority and the PLO over six shootings and bombings in the Jerusalem area from 2002 to 2004 that killed 33 and wounded more than 450, claiming the defendants provided support to the militants who carried out the attacks. Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, said she and other leaders, including the late Yasser Arafat, worked with U.S. and Israeli officials to combat terrorism during those years. “It didn’t serve the cause of the Palestinian Authority or the PLO, nor the cause of freedom,” she said of the attacks.

Three white Mississippi men sentenced for hate crimes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:48
By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Three white men who pleaded guilty in Mississippi to hate crimes that included a black man's death after he was beaten and run over were sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to between seven and 50 years in prison. The three defendants included Deryl Dedmon, 22, who was driving the truck that ran over James Craig Anderson, killing him in a hotel parking lot in 2011. "The defendants targeted African-American people they perceived as vulnerable for heinous and violent assaults," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. "These sentences bring a fitting end to the case against these three men." Dedmon received a 50-year federal prison sentence.

Jury gets case in trial of man with bodies in his backyard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:43
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A jury began deliberating Tuesday in the trial of a man charged with strangling a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend more than a dozen years ago as part of a plot to rob him of the proceeds of an illegal drug ring.

Contamination still high near ND spill, dropping downstream

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:31

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, crews dig at a spill site where a leak from a four-inch pipeline spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater brine near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. Officials said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 that contamination levels have started to drop along waterways affected by a massive wastewater spill. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson, File)High contamination levels persist along a North Dakota creek more than a month after a massive wastewater spill was found in the state's oil patch, but levels have dropped considerably in larger rivers downstream, according to documents released by the state Tuesday.

Gay rights advocates in Alabama sue for right to marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:28

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamA U.S. judge in Alabama said on Tuesday she will hear arguments later this week on whether to force a local judge to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day after officials in most of the state refused to do so in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawyers for same-sex couples unable to obtain marriage licenses in Mobile County filed separate legal challenges against the county's probate court judge late on Monday, part of a series of events echoing the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 1960s. Mobile County was the most populous of the 42 of Alabama's 67 counties that continued to refuse to provide marriage licenses to gay couples on Tuesday, advocates said, down from 52 counties a day earlier.

University of Texas investigates fraternity party

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:27
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A University of Texas fraternity is under investigation following complaints about how Hispanics were portrayed during a weekend party, university officials said Tuesday.

Jon Stewart retiring from 'The Daily Show'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:27

Jon Stewart retiring from 'The Daily Show'Comedy Central announced Jon Stewart's departure from The Daily Show on Tuesday.

Montana coal-fired power plant is latest to shut down

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:23

FILE - This June 17, 2011 file photo shows PPL Montana's J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant along the Yellowstone River in Billings, Mont. The power plant will shut down in August, 2015, owner PPL Montana said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, marking the latest in a wave of closures across the country that have left the coal industry reeling. The 153-megawatt plant has operated since 1968 along the Yellowstone River in Billings and burns coal from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings will shut down in August, its owner said Tuesday, making it the latest casualty in a wave of closures across the country that have left the coal industry reeling.

Cornell sophomore charged with fatally shooting CEO dad

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:23
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A Cornell University sophomore was charged Tuesday with murder in the shotgun slaying of his CEO father inside the family's home, authorities said.

Puerto Rico focuses on consumption in tax overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:19

Padilla addresses the legislature in San Juan(Reuters) - Puerto Rico announced on Tuesday night a long awaited overhaul of its tax system as it struggles to revive a moribund economy and stabilize the finances of the indebted U.S. commonwealth. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla promised "a new tax system" in Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island of 3.6 million that is struggling with debt of over $70 billion. Puerto Rico has long had an issue with poor collection rates and Tuesday's reforms are aimed at reversing that. "The tax system that we have penalizes work and productivity while rewarding evasion," the governor said.

Dead infant's mom says 11-year-old suspect wanted sleepover

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:03

This undated family photo provided by Trina Whitehead shows her infant daughter, Zuri Whitehead. An 11-year-old suburban girl has been charged with murder in the beating death of the 2-month-old, who was staying overnight with her and her mother to give the baby's mom a break. (AP Photo/Trina Whitehead) NO SALESCLEVELAND (AP) — The mother of a 2-month-old who police suspect was beaten to death over the weekend by a friend's 11-year-old daughter said Tuesday it was the girl who asked that the baby stay overnight with her and her mother.