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Seattle suspends plan to fine residents over food scraps in garbage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:50
Seattle has suspended plans to fine homeowners who fail to comply with the city's food waste composting program, which has seen early success but also a lack of awareness over the rules, a public utility official said on Thursday. The West Coast city, seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change, last year became the second major U.S. city after San Francisco to pass a law prohibiting most food or food scraps from being disposed of in residential and commercial garbage. The city authorized a plan to impose a $1 fine on residents each time they filled a significant portion of their home garbage with compostable waste, such as food scraps and paper products.

SkyWest unclear on why plane passengers lost consciousness

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:48

Emergency vehicles surround a SkyWest Airlines plane, operating as United Express, that made an emergency landing at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Cheektowaga, N.Y. A SkyWest spokeswoman said one passenger aboard Flight 5622, lost consciousness and the pilots rapidly descended "out of an abundance of caution." (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)A day after three passengers lost consciousness on a commercial plane traveling from Chicago to Hartford, Connecticut, airline officials remained unclear on what had caused the travelers to pass out. The pilot of SkyWest Airlines flight 5622, operating as United Express, began a rapid descent of the plane after learning that a passenger had passed out from possible cabin pressure issues, said airline spokeswoman Marissa Snow. After making an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, medics on the ground determined that two additional passengers sitting nearby had also lost consciousness, Snow said. The airline said the three affected passengers had been seated near one another in rows 11 and 12 in the middle of the plane.

American Indian actors quit Adam Sandler movie over names

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:43
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of American Indian actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie over complaints about stereotypes and offensive names.

Phoenix police arrest WNBA star Griner and fiancee for assault

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:42

WNBA players Griner and Johnson are shown in this combo of police booking photos in PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. women's basketball star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, have been arrested on disorderly conduct and assault charges after a fight at their Phoenix home, police said. Griner, who has played with the Phoenix Mercury team since 2013, and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, were booked into the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix on Wednesday and released early on Thursday, authorities said.

Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:42
The Senate narrowly confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general Thursday, 166 days after she was first nominated for the post.

Jury to rehear investigators' testimony in Etan Patz case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:31
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York jury deliberating at the trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979 has asked to hear hours of testimony from two federal agents who investigated another suspect.

Major Florida school district dumps almost all yearend testing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:15
By David Adams and Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami school district, the nation's fourth largest, said on Thursday it was eliminating most end-of-course exams, including all those for elementary school students, the latest blow to standardized testing in the state. "We have taken a responsible and logical approach to assessing students, in order to restore valuable teaching and learning time," Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, said in an announcement on Facebook. The move comes amid mounting statewide pressure to roll back standardized testing in Florida public schools, as well as recent computer glitches on computerized tests. It is also puts a dent in the educational legacy of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a possible Republican presidential candidate, who championed standardized testing while in office to grade schools and teachers based on student achievement.

Philadelphia college mistakenly congratulates the rejected

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:15

Philadelphia college mistakenly congratulates the rejectedDrexel University in Philadelphia is apologizing to hundreds of applicants who were denied admission but then mistakenly received follow-up emails congratulating them on getting in.

Pennsylvania university sends 495 false acceptance-like emails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:14
By Elizabeth Daley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Drexel University mistakenly sent emails to 495 non-admitted students indicating they had been accepted to the Philadelphia university, a school spokeswoman said on Thursday.  The emails, which were delivered this week as a follow-up to acceptance letters, were "inadvertently sent to 495 applicants who had previously been denied admission to Drexel or who had incomplete applications," according to university spokeswoman Niki Gianakaris. Upon realizing the error, the university sent out emails within hours to the rejected students apologizing for the mistake, Gianakaris said. With an increasing reliance on email to deliver acceptance letters, the university is not the first to deal a blow to prospective students. In February, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh mistakenly sent out 800 acceptance emails to students who had been rejected from its small prestigious graduate program in computer science.  "You are one of the select few," the congratulatory email said.

Rights group to probe Baltimore man's death, cites no confidence in police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:13

Demonstrators protest outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a rally for Freddie Gray, in BaltimoreBy Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The U.S. Southern Christian Leadership Conference will independently investigate the death of a black Baltimore man in police custody, with the local head of the civil rights group saying it lacked confidence in a police probe into the death. The man, Freddie Gray, 27, was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday. Cortly Witherspoon, head of the Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said the SCLC had hired Cherry Hill, New Jersey, investigator Terence Jones to look into Gray's death. "We're here to fight for justice for Freddie Gray," Witherspoon said on the street corner where Gray was arrested.

Man fatally shot by police outside NY bar; weapon recovered

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:12

Police gather evidence at the scene of a shooting, Thursday, April 23, 2015 in the Jamaica, Queens section of New York. According to police a man suspected of firing a gun inside a New York City bar was killed in a police-involved shooting after he fired at responding officers Wednesday evening. (Mike Balsamo via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — A man who fired his gun inside a New York City bar was fatally shot by two police officers after he shot at police chasing him on foot, the authorities said Thursday.

Prince, 20, is youngest to chair UN Security Council meeting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:07

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, left, shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations headquarters, Thursday, April 23, 2015. On Thursday, Jordan's 20-year-old crown prince became the youngest person ever to chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council. (Mark Garten/The United Nations via AP)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Jordan's 20-year-old crown prince has become the youngest person ever to chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, to applause and some "He's cute!" sighs.

Government wants strict conditions for man who shot Reagan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:06

John Hinckley's attorney Barry Levin arrives at the federal courthouse in Washington, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, for hearings on whether John Hinckley, the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, should spend more time outside a mental hospital that has been his home for decades. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — If the man who shot President Ronald Reagan is allowed to leave a mental hospital for good, he should have to live under strict conditions, wearing an ankle monitoring device and driving a car with a GPS tracking device, government lawyers said Thursday.

First lady: Tech industry to train, hire 90,000 veterans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 02:55

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at Micron Technology, Inc., a semiconductor manufacturer, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Manassas, Va., to announce new commitments to train and hire veterans, and military spouses. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Michelle Obama says the technology industry has committed to hiring or training 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years.

Remains of Missouri soldier killed in 1970 return home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 02:54
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The remains of a Missouri soldier killed more than four decades ago when his Army helicopter crashed in Cambodia during the Vietnam War are back home.

Buildings where The Walking Dead was filmed are up for sale

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 02:51

This Oct. 1, 2013 photo shows the archways and brick wall of an old building in Grantville, Ga., that is used to film a scene in the AMC TV drama “The Walking Dead.” Nine buildings in downtown Grantville where hit television drama The Walking Dead was filmed are up for sale. Grantville's former mayor says the structures, virtually the entire downtown, are on the eBay online auction block until Friday, April 24, 2015, in hopes of finding a buyer who can breathe new life into the town on the southern fringe of metro Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jeff Martin)ATLANTA (AP) — Nine buildings in downtown Grantville, Georgia — where hit television drama The Walking Dead was filmed — are up for sale.

U.S. House panel rejects currency changes for fast track trade bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 02:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday rejected a push to beef up rules against currency manipulation in a key trade bill. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 24 to 14 against an amendment that would have allowed sanctions against countries that deliberately weaken their currencies to make their exports cheaper and removed trade deals that do not contain such rules from streamlined congressional procedures. (Reporting by Krista Hughes)

Transgender inmate's attorneys oppose delay in surgery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 02:48
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys representing a transgender prison inmate want a judge to stand by his order that California officials must immediately provide the inmate with sex reassignment surgery that they say is urgent and critical to her health.

INCREDIBLE VIDEO: GoPro camera captures terrifying motorcycle crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 02:47

 GoPro camera captures terrifying motorcycle crashA man riding his motorcycle crashed into a mountain after another man on a motorcycle driving in the wrong direction nearly hit him.

Philadelphia police officers arrested in 3 separate incidents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 02:43

Philadelphia police officers arrested in 3 separate incidentsThree Philadelphia police officers have been arrested for their roles in three separate cases for charges that include animal cruelty, perjury and theft, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday.