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Court finds fault with federal water transfer regulation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:57
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday threw out a federal regulation that allowed government agencies to transfer water between different water bodies, such as rivers and lakes, without needing to safeguard for pollution. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas of the Southern District of New York ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to go back to the drawing board on one aspect of the 2008 regulation. The regulation, known as the water transfers rule, exempts transfers from the national water discharge permit program that is administered by the EPA.

How the fire-damaged USS Miami will be scrapped

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:56
The USS Miami, a submarine that sustained $700 million in damage in a shipyard fire, is being decommissioned and scrapped at a cost of $54 million. Some details on the process:

Opening brief filed in Virginia gay marriage case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:56
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawyer defending Virginia's gay marriage ban says a federal judge who struck down the law usurped authority the U.S. Supreme Court has reserved for states.

Man guilty in meat cleaver killing of NY therapist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:54
NEW YORK (AP) — A schizophrenic who killed a New York City psychotherapist in a meat cleaver attack he said he was too sick to know was wrong has been convicted of murder.

Judge eases ruling on Pa. anti-fracking activist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:50
A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has loosened restrictions on an anti-fracking activist who had been barred from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by a natural gas driller.

Christian school pressures 'tomboy' to transfer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:50

Sunnie Kahle, 8, puts on her shoes before leaving her home in Forest, Va. on March 26, 2014. Kahle recently withdrew from Timberlake Christian School in Forest, Va. after the school sent a letter asking her to either dress and act more feminine or not enroll again because she looked too much like a boy. (AP Photo/The News & Advance, Jill Nance)FOREST, Va. (AP) — Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle likes to keep her hair short, wear boys' clothes, collect hunting knives and shoot her BB gun.

Pentagon to triple cyber staff to thwart attacks

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon plans to more than triple its cybersecurity staff in the next few years to defend against Internet attacks that threaten national security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.

Oklahoma arrests woman for triple murder committed 22 years ago

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:47
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma police on Friday arrested a 67-year-old woman suspected of murdering two women and a child who went missing more than 20 years ago and whose skeletal remains were discovered in 2013. Beverly Noe was arrested on Friday in the murders of Wendy Camp, 23, her daughter Cynthia Britto, 6, and Camp's sister-in-law Lisa Kregear, 22, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said. The three have been missing since May 1992, after Noe picked up Camp, Britto, and Kregear in Oklahoma City to take them to see Camp's son. At the time, Noe told investigators she dropped off the three at a Wal-Mart in Chandler, about 40 miles from Oklahoma City.

California senate suspends three lawmakers in criminal probes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:40
The California state Senate suspended three Democratic lawmakers on Friday who have been the subject of criminal probes, including Leland Yee, who was arrested this week in an FBI sweep on corruption and gun trafficking charges. The Senate voted 28-1 to suspend the three, all of whom have been charged with or convicted of criminal wrongdoing in separate cases, in a move that further erodes what had once been a Democratic two-thirds super-majority in the Senate. "An affirmative suspension puts this house on formal record that we unequivocally distance ourselves and the senate from the unfathomable allegations contained in the Yee indictment as well as the other case," California Senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg said during the meeting. Yee, a former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, was criminally charged in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms, and six corruption counts.

GM tells dealers to stop selling some Chevy Cruzes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:28
General Motors Corp. has told dealers to stop selling about 21,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars from the 2013 and 2014 model years. But the company won't say why. The order covers Cruzes equipped with ...

Los Angeles couple get three years in jail in Qatar for death of adopted child

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:24

Matthew and Grace Huang, a U.S. couple who were accused of murdering their adopted daughter Gloria, stand outside the entrance of the Court of First Instance after their trial in DohaA Los Angeles couple was sentenced to three years in jail in Qatar on Thursday for causing the death of their adopted African-born daughter, who was found to have died of starvation, in a case that has raised concern in Washington. Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested in January last year after their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, died unexpectedly.

US lawmakers eye attack at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:23
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of Congress and local officials were meeting Friday at Los Angeles International Airport to discuss lessons learned from an attack last fall that killed a security officer and injured three other people.

Los Angeles festival offers Stradivarius violins

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:14

In this Thursday, March, 27, 2014 photo, three Stradivarius violins are seen, from left, South Korean Chee-Yun, plays the 1714 "Leonora Jackson,” Russian-American Philippe Quint plays the 1708 "Ruby,” middle and Margaret Batjer, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, right, plays the the 1716 "Milstein” during a rehearsal at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Xiang "Angelo" Yu is holding the nearly 350-year-old Stradivarius violin casually by the neck and explaining why he'd like a little more time to make its acquaintance.

Feds support Hawaii driver's license lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:10
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is supporting a lawsuit alleging Hawaii discriminates against those who struggle with English by making it too difficult to obtain a driver's license.

US recognizes Michigan same-sex couple marriages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:59

FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo Pennye Mattson, right, places a wedding ring on Sherrie Tyler, left, while being married in a group by the Oakland County Clerk in Pontiac, Mich., after a federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday, March 28, 2014 extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

BMW plans $1 billion expansion in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:55

U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, center, shakes hands with Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW Group, left, as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, right, watches after a news conference at the BMW manufacturing plant in Greer, S.C., Friday, March 28, 2014. The company announced a $1 billion expansion for the plant. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)GREER, South Carolina (AP) — BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles at the facility that ushered in a wave of foreign automakers building Southern plants.

NC regulators cite Duke Energy for crack in dam

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:55
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators say they've cited Duke Energy for a crack in a dam at a coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River.

White House plan targets methane emissions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced a wide-ranging plan Friday aimed at cutting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, landfills and other sources, part of President Barack Obama's strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

U.S. college, athletes wanting to unionize face long battle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:52
Northwestern University football players who tentatively won the right to unionize are digging in for a lengthy legal and political battle with the Illinois school that could reshape the multimillion-dollar sports business U.S. colleges have built around unpaid amateur players. As politicians and college sports officials warn that the athletes' push to be paid as university employees - rather than be compensated through scholarships alone - could lead to calamity at many schools, the issue has begun to shift to Washington. That is where the five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will consider Northwestern's bid to reverse a regional NLRB director's ruling on Wednesday in favor of the players. The regional director, Peter Sung Ohr, rejected Northwestern's contention that its football players are amateur athletes, and granted the players the right to unionize as school employees.

Jet diverts safely to NYC with damage from birds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:50
NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue says an airliner was slightly damaged in a bird strike soon after takeoff from a suburban New York airport but was safely diverted to Kennedy International.