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Feds allow Shell to drill for oil in Arctic Ocean off Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:39

FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of the Transocean Polar Pioneer, a semi-submersible drilling unit that Royal Dutch Shell leases from Transocean Ltd., as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific before its eventual Arctic destination. The U.S. government on Monday gave Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government on Monday gave Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades.


Actor Emile Hirsch pleads guilty to assault on studio exec

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:32

Actor Emile Hirsch appears in court on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Park City, Utah, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault after being accused of putting a female studio executive in a chokehold at a Utah nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival. The 30-year-old from Encino, Calif., will spend 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine and do 50 hours of community service. If he completes the sentence, the charge will be dismissed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actor Emile Hirsch began serving 15 days in a Utah jail Monday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for putting a female studio executive in a chokehold and body-slamming her at a nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival


Ohio trooper advertised 'traffic stop sex' on Craigslist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:31
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state trooper accused of forcing female motorists into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges used Craigslist to offer "traffic stop sex," according to records released Monday that highlight the women's fear of reporting him.

Army skydivers returning to Fort Bragg after member's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:30

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood. A parachutist the Army Golden Knights, Hood died Sunday after suffering severe injuries from an accident during a stunt on Saturday at the Chicago Air & Water Show, the Cook County medical examiner's office said. (U.S Army via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — Members of a U.S. Army skydiving team were grieving and regrouping Monday after one of their parachutists died from injuries suffered during a stunt at the Chicago Air & Water Show. Team members returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for counseling, and the team canceled an appearance at the Kansas City Air Show this weekend. Experts say there are always dangers when free-falling at 120 mph, but they are compounded in stunts involving multiple skydivers.


What you can and cannot bring to papal events

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:29

What you can and cannot bring to papal eventsIf you plan to take part in the historic visit of Pope Francis next month you will need comfortable shoes and your patience.


Complaint filed against Texas judge over 'get married or go to jail' order

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:27
A misconduct complaint has been filed against an East Texas judge for giving a man who pleaded guilty to assault a choice of going to jail or getting married and ordering him to write Bible verses, officials said on Monday. The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed the complaint with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Friday, seeking to disbar Smith County Court-at-Law Judge Randall Rogers. The judge last month gave Josten Bundy, 21, a choice of marrying his girlfriend Elizabeth Jaynes, 19, and being released on probation or spending 15 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

U.S. judge stays order for Kentucky clerk on gay marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:27
A federal judge in Kentucky on Monday said he would give a county clerk time to appeal before her office needs to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, an act she has said would violate her religious beliefs. U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in his ruling said he was temporarily staying his order for the office of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to resume issuing marriage licenses while the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati weighs her appeal.

McAuliffe plans to reappoint high court pick

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:19

Judge Rossie D. Alston, from Manassas, Va, smiles as he leaves the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Va., Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, after appearing before the Joint Judicial Panel where he was interviewed for the Virginia Supreme Court. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A rancorous partisan battle over Gov. Terry McAuliffe's pick for the state Supreme Court quickly escalated Monday and could be headed to court.


China chemical firm warns that auditor questioning finances

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Morgan Stanley-backed Chinese chemical manufacturer that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation last year has informed investors that auditors may not stand behind the company's financial statements.

IRS: Computer breach bigger than first thought; 334K victims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:06

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. The IRS says thieves used an agency website to steal tax information from as many as 220,000 additional taxpayers. The agency first disclosed the breach in May. Monday’s revelation more than doubles the total number of potential victims, to 334,000. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A computer breach at the IRS in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally disclosed.


Calmer weather helps crews fighting Western wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:50

Lorne Brunson stands on a hill overlooking remains of his homestead on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, which was lost to a wildfire Saturday near Coyote Canyon in Fruitland, Wash. Firefighters across the Pacific Northwest are working to protect property from fast-moving wildfires that destroyed multiple homes in eastern Oregon, cut off power in Washington and forced thousands of evacuations throughout the region. (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review, via AP) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITFire crews stepped up their attack Monday against wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes and forced hundreds to flee in Western states.


Death toll from California mid-air collision rises to five

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:50

Authorities investigate the crash site where a twin-engine Sabreliner collided with a single-engine Cessna 172 as both were on approach to land at Brown FieldThe death toll from a mid-air collision between an executive jet used by military contractor BAE Systems Inc and a small plane over Southern California on Sunday has risen to five, according to a fire department spokesman. The fiery crash left debris and bodies scattered over more than a mile (1.6 km) and sparked brush fires in the area where the wreckage landed near the U.S border with Mexico, San Diego-based Cal Fire Division Chief Nick Schuler said on Monday. A twin-engine Sabreliner crashed with a single-engine Cessna 172 at around 11 a.m. on Sunday some two miles (3 km) from Brown Field Airport in San Diego County, Schuler said.


San Antonio police probe second anti-Semitic vandalism case in a week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:46
Anti-Jewish vandalism was discovered on Monday at a San Antonio synagogue, the second anti-Semitic vandalism case in the city in the past week, police said. The two incidents raised concern among authorities and prompted Governor Greg Abbott to call the incidents offensive and disturbing. In the most recent incident, the words "JEW" and "JEWS" were spray painted on a storage building at Congregation Agudas Achim, the largest conservative synagogue in the city.

Amazon's data-driven approach becoming more common

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:45

FILE - In this June 16, 2014, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. A New York Times article portrayed Amazon’s work culture as “bruising” and “Darwinian” in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff. Amazon’s CEO said in a memo to staff on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, that the article doesn’t accurately describe the company culture he knows. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon isn't the only company that is using data on employees to improve productivity.


UN approves statement aimed at restoring peace to Syria

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:45
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council unanimously approved a statement backing intensive preparatory talks on key issues to restore peace to Syria on Monday, a sign of possible change in the U.N.'s most powerful body which has been deeply divided over how to end the war which has killed more than 250,000 people.

Search for Good Samaritans that lifted car off little girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:45

Search for Good Samaritans that lifted car off little girlThis weekend a group of everyday heroes came together to lift a car off a little girl, saving her life.


Grief and memories at funeral for 8 fatally shot in Houston

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:44

Members of the Jackson family arrive for a memorial service at Fallbrook Church, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Houston for a couple and six children killed in a mass shooting Aug. 8 in northwest Harris County. David Conley, the father of one of the children, faces capital murder charges from the shooting. Killed in the Aug. 8 shooting were Conley's former domestic partner, 40-year-old Valerie Jackson, her husband, 50-year-old Dwayne Jackson; 13-year-old Nathaniel, 11-year-old Honesty, 10-year-old Dwayne, 9-year-old Caleb, 7-year-old Trinity and 6-year-old Jonah. Authorities say Nathaniel was Conley's son with Valerie Jackson. The Jacksons were the parents of the other five children. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP )HOUSTON (AP) — Dozens of relatives, friends, teachers and classmates converged on a Houston church Monday to share grief, hope and memories of a family of eight, including six children, who were killed at their home earlier this month.


Man says he killed neighbor because he threatened wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:43
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with killing a neighbor in a long-running feud testified Monday that he believed the man was threatening his wife, even though he couldn't hear what his neighbor was telling her.

Woman believed to be nation's oldest veteran dies at age 110

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:41

FILE - In this July 17, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Emma Didlake, 110, of Detroit, the oldest known World War II veteran, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The Michigan woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran has died a month after meeting the president. The Oakland County medical examiner's office says Didlake died Sunday, Aug. 16 in West Bloomfield, northwest of Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who was believed to be the nation's oldest veteran at 110 has died, about a month after meeting President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.


Planned Parenthood seeks injunction against Florida health agency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 05:36

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in Vista, CaliforniaPlanned Parenthood sought an emergency legal injunction on Monday against Florida health officials to block the use of what it says are new and unpublished standards to define pregnancy gestation periods. The legal move filed in circuit court in Tallahassee came after Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott ordered a probe last month of the state's 16 Planned Parenthood locations, resulting in three clinics being cited on Aug. 5 for illegally performing abortions in the second trimester. Planned Parenthood said the abortions in question were first-trimester abortions and that the state appeared to have arbitrarily shortened its measurement of the first trimester.