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Tesla to appeal changed New Jersey car regulations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:50

FILE - This June 22, 2012 file photo shows a Tesla Model S driving outside the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to sue New Jersey over a ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla claims it was unfairly targeted in March 2014 when the state Motor Vehicle Commission amended its regulations. The regulations require new-car dealers to have franchise agreements before they can be licensed. That prohibits companies from using a direct-sales model as Tesla does. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.

Man charged in porch shooting wants new judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:49

FILE - In a Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Theodore Wafer, left, listens to his attorneys while appearing at his preliminary examination in district court in in Dearborn Heights, Mich. The 55-year-old awaits trial on second-degree murder charges for fatally shooting a young, unarmed woman through the screen door on his front porch. His lawyers are seeking to have the Wayne County Circuit Court trial judge take herself off the case because of her ties to prosecutors. A hearing is scheduled Friday, April 4, 2014. Defense attorneys say he feared for his life, but prosecutors say the shooting of Renisha McBride, 19, was not justified. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for a Detroit-area man who fatally shot a young, unarmed woman on his porch are asking a rookie judge to step aside and are signaling that the victim's lifestyle should be fair game at a June trial.

Exchange student falls to death in Denver after eating marijuana cookie

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:49

Marijuana plants are displayed for sale at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in SeattleBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An African exchange student plummeted to his death from a hotel balcony after eating a marijuana-infused cookie, in the first reported pot-related death in the city since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, the Denver coroner's office said on Wednesday. Levi Thamba Pongi, 19, died on March 11 from injuries related to the fall and marijuana intoxication is listed as "a significant condition" that contributed to the accident, said Michelle Weiss-Samaras, spokeswoman for the Denver medical examiner's office. Possession and use by adults of small amounts of recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado. He went on a spring break in Denver with three other exchange students from the school to try marijuana, Weiss-Samaras said.

Connecticut blocks chimp-attack victim's bid to sue state

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:48

Charla Nash attends her hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, ConnecticutBy Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A Connecticut woman whose face and hands were ripped off in an attack by a friend's pet chimpanzee in 2009, on Wednesday was denied a bid to sue the state for up to $150 million to cover her medical expenses. The state legislature's judiciary committee voted 35-3 against Charla Nash's request to sue the state to cover injuries she suffered when the 200-pound (90 kilogram) chimpanzee mauled her while she was visiting the home of her friend and employer, who owned the animal. State Attorney General George Jepsen had said that allowing the suit to proceed would "open the floodgates for unlimited lawsuits and liability that would bankrupt the state." Attorneys for Nash had argued that the state should have removed the animal from her friend's home, noting that the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was aware of its presence and, in one report, had called it "an accident waiting to happen." Nash, 60, has undergone a face transplant, a failed double-hand transplant and many other surgeries since the attack.

Texas appeals halt of executions over drug secrecy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:47

File - In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction halting the executions of Tommy Lynn Sells, a convicted serial killer who was set to die Thursday April, 3, 2014, and Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, another inmate scheduled to die April 9, 2014. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore declared that the state's prison system must disclose to defense attorneys more information about the supplier of a new batch of lethal-injection drugs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday halted two executions in Texas, declaring that the state's prison system must disclose to defense attorneys more information about the supplier of a new batch of lethal-injection drugs.

DC mayoral nominee can't breeze to victory

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:41

Washington Democratic Mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser smiles as she discusses her primary victory during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Councilmember Bowser defeated Mayor Vincent Gray in Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary, leaving Gray to serve nine months as a lame duck with potential criminal charges hanging over his head. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Muriel Bowser's decisive victory in the District of Columbia's Democratic mayoral primary makes her the presumptive favorite to become the city's eighth mayor, but she can't expect to breeze through the general election like Democratic nominees have in four decades of mayoral elections.

Duke Energy says it needs time to clean coal ash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:41
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy's chief executive said Wednesday the company is putting together a detailed plan to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash pits across the state.

Burned parts of Yosemite National Park reopening

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:41
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Areas of Yosemite National Park that were burned in a massive wildfire last year are being opened to the public again, but with a word of caution.

Tenn. twins' autopsies show no signs of foul play

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:33

Tenn. twins' autopsies show no signs of foul playCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Autopsies have helped identify 63-year-old twin brothers who were found dead last weekend in their Chattanooga home. But the medical examiner still hasn't been able to resolve the mystery of what happened to the brothers and how their bodies could have remained in the home for about three years without anyone noticing.

DA clears officer in Hofstra student death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:31

FILE - In this May 22, 2013, file photo, Andrea Rebello's father Fernando, left, twin sister Jessica, second from left and mother Nella, third from left, follow Rebello’s casket after her funeral service at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. A Long Island district attorney has decided not to prosecute a police officer who killed the Hofstra University student and the armed intruder who was holding her hostage. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice issued a 28-page report Wednesday, April 2, 2014, stating that a prosecution of Police Officer Nikolas Budlimic is not warranted. Budlimic fired at the intruder who was holding Rebello in a headlock when he was the first officer to arrive at the report of a home invasion in 2013. One round missed the intruder but struck and killed Rebello by mistake. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer who fatally shot a Hofstra University junior and her hostage-taker during a standoff inside an off-campus house had no option but deadly force, a prosecutor said Wednesday following an 11-month investigation.

Thousands attend funeral for Boston firefighter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:21

Firefighters salute as the funeral procession of Boston Fire Lt. Edward Walsh arrives outside the Church of Saint Patrick in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Walsh and Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy died after being trapped while battling a fire in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Thousands of firefighters from across the nation gathered Wednesday to help lay to rest a colleague who died after becoming trapped in the basement of a burning Boston brownstone last week.

Border Patrol sends more agents to South Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:18
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — More than 100 Border Patrol agents from California and Arizona have been shifted to the southernmost tip of Texas, the country's busiest sector for illegal immigration, the agency announced Wednesday.

Police: 4 forcibly tattooed man they held hostage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:09
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Four people forcibly tattooed a man with racial slurs and obscene images while holding him hostage for three days in a Philadelphia basement, authorities said Wednesday.

NYC doctor on trial in patients' overdose deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:09
NEW YORK (AP) — One patient died of an overdose after getting a prescription for scores of painkillers and anti-anxiety medications despite telling the doctor he was taking the drugs faster than intended, prosecutors said Wednesday as the physician's manslaughter trial opened. Another patient was prescribed dozens of pills three times in five weeks before he took too many and died, slumped over one of the bottles. A third patient overdosed five times but survived and kept getting scripts, prosecutors said.

Coast Guard cadet accused of touching classmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:54
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A U.S Coast Guard Academy cadet should face a court martial for entering the room of a classmate and touching her leg, a government attorney said Wednesday, rejecting defense claims that the cadet accidentally went into what he thought was his girlfriend's room.

Hobby Lobby 401(k) invests in birth control makers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — The company leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under the new health care law offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs.

No verdict yet in toddler's creek-toss death trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:47
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Jurors weighing the fate of a man charged with killing his 2-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek in her car seat ended the first day of deliberations Wednesday without a verdict, though they did ask to see the defendant's video statement to police.

18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:47
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force.

Republicans say Ryan budget can pass House despite Tea Party

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:43

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy walks into a meeting with the House Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Republican leaders on Wednesday predicted passage of a budget blueprint offered by Representative Paul Ryan, despite criticism from conservative Tea Party activists who said the plan would not eliminate federal deficits quickly enough. "It'll pass," said Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 Republican in the House who, as Majority Whip, is responsible for rounding up votes for legislation. The Ryan plan, which proposes deep cuts to healthcare, social safety net and other domestic programs in order to reach a small surplus by 2024 while boosting defense spending, could face resistance from the most conservative Republicans in the House. That's the most I can say right now," said Representative Justin Amash, a libertarian Republican from Michigan, when asked if he would support the plan from Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee.

Court halts enforcement of Arizona abortion drug curbs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 04:37
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked Arizona from enforcing regulations that restrict access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the statute while opponents, including Planned Parenthood, sought to overturn it in court. The FDA has approved RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill," for use within seven weeks' gestation. Doctors who have prescribed it later than that have made an off-label use that is not allowed under the Arizona rules.