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Minnesota legislators consider renaming Asian carp

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 06:06
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The troublesome fish currently known as Asian carp may be about to get an image makeover in Minnesota.

Nine officers removed, one resigns in Air Force cheating probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 06:01

Handout of Colonel Robert W. Stanley II, Commander, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, MontanaBy David Alexander and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the nuclear missile wing at a base in Montana resigned on Thursday and nine officers were removed from their jobs over a test-cheating scandal that involved 91 missile launch officers, the Air Force said. Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson, head of the Air Force's Global Strike Command, said Colonel Robert Stanley, commander of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, had resigned on Thursday and would retire from the service.

BP raises estimate of Lake Michigan oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:57
WHITING, Indiana (AP) — Oil giant BP has raised its estimate of how much crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan during a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery.

Suspects identified in Pennsylvania hazing death of NYC student - officials

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:54
By Joe McDonald East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Suspects have been identified in the death of a college student in a Pennsylvania fraternity hazing incident but authorities are waiting for forensic medical reports before making arrests, officials said on Thursday. Charges may not be filed until May in the death of Chen "Michael" Deng, a freshman at New York's Baruch College who died from brain injuries in December following a hazing game called the "glass ceiling," officials said. Each of the 30 Pi Delta Psi fraternity brothers who traveled to the Poconos area in Pennsylvania for the hazing could face possible arrest, said Tunkhannock Township Police Chief Harry Lewis. However, a source close to the investigation said the actual number was likely to be closer to 20 members of Pi Delta Psi, an Asian-American cultural fraternity.

US autism estimate rises to 1 in 68 children

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:52

Graphic compares prevalence in children with autism or related disorders since 2007; 2c x 2 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 63 mm;NEW YORK (AP) — The government's estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years.

Montana bride gets 30 years for pushing husband off cliff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:48

File photo of Jordan Graham leaving U.S. District Court in MissoulaBy Lori Grannis MISSOULA, Montana (Reuters) - A Montana bride who shoved her husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday after a federal judge denied her request to withdraw her guilty plea to a charge of second-degree murder. Attorneys for Jordan Graham, 22, had sought to rescind a guilty plea she entered in December, saying prosecutors were overreaching by seeking a life sentence and reneging on an agreement that they expected would involve less prison time. But U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy denied the request at a hearing in Missoula, and later sentenced Graham to 30 years in prison with no chance for early parole, followed by five years of supervised release. "Jordan Linn Graham didn't have the human capacity to feel the wrongfulness of what she'd done, to seek help or even tell his (her husband's) mother," Molloy said.

IMF to help Ukraine with up to $18 billion bailout

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:45

Members of the right wing ultra nationalist Right Sector group block the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Activists demanded the resignation of the Interior Minister following the recent killing of a Right Sector member Oleksandr Muzychko, who was died during a police operation to detain him. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The world rushed Thursday to help Ukraine, with the International Monetary Fund pledging up to $18 billion in loans, the U.N. condemning the vote that drove Crimea into Russian hands and the U.S. Congress backing even harsher sanctions against Russia.

As landslide risks remain, Washington state residents stay put

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:45
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Ken Root used to live just five minutes west of Steelhead Drive, an idyllic spot on the North Fork Stillaguamish River in Washington state that was washed away in a deadly landslide last Saturday. Root was just one of as many as 30,000 inhabitants of hilly Snohomish County - equal to 5 percent of the total county population - who are exposed to some kind of landslide risk, according to a report commissioned by the county in 2010. Because of glacial sediment and sand, vast tracts of Washington state are susceptible to landslides, said Daniel Miller, a geomorphologist who wrote a study of the Oso area in 1999 and warned of potential catastrophe. "Here in Washington, right around Seattle, there are areas that are built on sand.

Microsoft's Office apps for iPad ushers in new era

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:44

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures while speaking during a press briefing on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Francisco. Microsoft unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise.

Boxer, Feinstein call on Calif. lawmaker to resign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:43

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, right, D-Sacramento, is consoled by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, after Steinberg and fellow Democrats called for Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, to resign his seat in the wake of his arrest on federal corruption and firearm charges, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Steinberg said lawmakers will immediately suspend Yee unless he steps down. The announcement comes hours after Yee was arrested and appeared in federal court. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are calling on a Democratic California state senator to resign following his arrest on public corruption and firearms charges.

Charlotte mayor's arrest taints city's image

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:42

In this photo taken on Nov. 7, 2013, Charlotte Mayor-elect Patrick D. Cannon holds a post-election news conference in Charlotte, N.C. U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said Wednesday, March 26, 2014, that Cannon is facing theft and bribery charges. Tompkins says Cannon solicited and accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as real estate developers who wanted to do business in Charlotte. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Jeff Siner) MAGS OUT; TV OUT, LOCAL PRINT OUT (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, CREATIVE LOAFLING, CHARLOTEE WEEKLY, MECHLENBURG TIMES, CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE, CHARLOTTE PARENTS)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Patrick Cannon's rise to mayor began with his election to City Council in 1993, at a time when Charlotte was emerging as a major banking center.

City leaders chide store for risque shirt display

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:41
OREM, Utah (AP) — A conservative Utah city that decided it likely would lose a legal battle over a national clothing store's "offensive" mall display of T-shirts has instead sent the company a scathing letter.

Obamacare enrollment tops six million as deadline looms: White House

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:33

Cathey Park shows her cast signed by U.S. President Obama after he spoke about health insurance at Faneuil Hall in BostonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said on Thursday. The milestone gives the White House some ammunition to counter Republican critics, who have described the program as an expensive flop in the build-up to midterm congressional campaigns in November, when Democratic control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. Only 10 days ago, the administration had pegged enrollment at more than 5 million people, and enlisted celebrities and top government officials to try to persuade more uninsured people, particularly the young and healthy, to sign up. The last-minute boost has exceeded the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's estimate that 6 million people would sign up in the program's first year, down from earlier expectations of 7 million enrollees because of problems with websites used for shopping for insurance.

Prairie chicken listed as threatened

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:31

This March 2007 photo provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shows a male lesser prairie chicken in a mating stature in the Texas panhandle. The Obama administration is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states. The decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service is a step below “endangered” status and allows for more flexibility in how the protections for the bird will be carried out under the Endangered Species Act. An announcement was expected Thursday. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the listing decision in advance. (AP Photo/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Jon McRoberts)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday it is placing a grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states.

Boston mourns 2 firefighters killed in blaze

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:29

This combination made with undated photos released by the Boston Fire Department via Twitter shows firefighters Michael R. Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward J. Walsh, who were killed Wednesday, March 26, 2014, when trapped the basement while fighting a fire in an apartment building in Boston. Kennedy, 33, a Marine Corps combat veteran was assigned to Ladder 15, and had been a firefighter for more than six years. Walsh, 43, and a father of three, was assigned to Engine 33, and had been a firefighter for almost a decade. (AP Photo/Boston Fire Department)BOSTON (AP) — One was a fitness enthusiast who helped the wounded after the Boston Marathon bombings and planned to run the race himself this year. The other was a father of three young children who had firefighting in his blood.

Detroit loosens latest swaps proposal, to submit debt plan Monday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:27
(Reuters) - Detroit dropped a key requirement in its latest version of an agreement on costly interest rate swaps with two investment banks, which was filed in court late Wednesday. Under the agreement, UBS AG and Merrill Lynch Capital Services, a unit of Bank of America Corp. would no longer have to support the financially hobbled city's plan to restructure its debts. Under Chapter 9 of the federal bankruptcy code, once a city wins agreement from a single class of creditors whose interests are impaired by bankruptcy it can then impose settlement terms on other classes of creditors. On Monday, Detroit will submit to the bankruptcy court an amended adjustment plan, along with a revised disclosure statement that responds to various "informal requests for the inclusion of additional information," the city said in a filing on Thursday.

Duke shareholders want probe of coal ash spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:20

This aerial photo taken at Duke Energy’s Cape Fear Plant on March 10, 2014, by the environmental group WaterKeeper Alliance shows a large crack in the earthen dam holding back millions of tons of toxic coal ash and contaminated waste water. North Carolina regulators inspected the site twice in the following days, but now concede they failed to notice the crack clearly marked with metal stakes and bright orange streamers. State officials say they knew nothing of the potential hazard until Duke reported the crack on March 20, after the company was cited for illegally pumping 61 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into the Cape Fear River. The crack has since been repaired. (AP Photo/WaterKeeper Alliance, Rick Dove)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy shareholders called on the company's board on Thursday to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge.

More than 1,000 satellites are flying overhead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:19
NEW YORK (AP) — The spotting of ocean debris by satellites during the search for the lost Malaysian airliner has drawn attention to those orbiting platforms. A primer on what's in orbit, with help from Nicholas Johnson, who retired Thursday as NASA's chief scientist for orbital debris:

Court: Ex-Ohio death row inmate can't pursue suit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:19
CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who was freed from prison after spending 21 years on Ohio's death row because of a botched prosecution can't pursue his federal lawsuit against the county prosecutor's office, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

Newlywed gets 30 years in husband murder case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:19

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry, File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman was sentenced Thursday to more than 30 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park after they argued over her regrets about the marriage.