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Michigan proposes adopting strictest lead-testing rules in country

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 23:07

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, MichiganMichigan officials and water experts on Friday proposed the state adopt what would be the nation's strictest lead-testing rules in response to a water crisis in city of Flint that has fueled widespread public outrage. A committee put in place by the state to respond to the Flint crisis recommended a lowering of the level of lead in water at which action is required by public water systems. Any implementation would be through a combination of statutory, rule and other changes, said Ari Adler, a spokesman for Governor Rick Snyder.


Report: Pilot changed course to avoid clouds before crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 22:24
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The pilot of a commuter plane that crashed in southeast Alaska had said he was going to take an alternate route due to cloudy weather before the plane went down, according to a preliminary accident report.

The Latest: Michigan, experts urge toughest lead rules in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 22:13
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's plan for lead-testing rules (all times local):

Land mines of the sea: Cleaning up lost fishing gear

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 22:06

This Feb. 26, 2016 photo shows a dead crab inside a discarded crab trap that was retrieved from Barnegat Bay in Waretown, N.J. Efforts are under way around the world to remove discarded fishing equipment from waterways, where it can kill marine animals and present a hazard to navigation. Recommended solutions include degradable panels on traps that will quickly break down and allow marine life to escape. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)WARETOWN, N.J. (AP) — They are the land mines of the sea, killing long after being forgotten.


OSHA fines hospital $55,000 over safety violations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 22:00

OSHA fines hospital $55,000 over safety violationsThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a southern New Jersey hospital $55,000 for allowing employees to be exposed to needle-stick injuries and bloodborne pathogen hazards.


Student denied probation deal for fake threats vs. blacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:57
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A former leader of a black student group accused of tweeting anonymous threats against fellow black college students in New Jersey was denied a request to enter a diversionary probation program.

SeaWorld picks two theme park veterans for its board

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:39

Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, CaliforniaAttendance at the company's parks has been falling amid negative publicity and criticism from animal rights activists upset about the treatment of captive marine mammals. The company, which operates marine parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio, said last month it would stop breeding killer whales and that those in its care would be the last. SeaWorld said on Friday that Ron Bension, the president of House of Blues Entertainment at Live Nation, would replace former chief executive Jim Atchison on its board.


Mars Food tells customers to go easy on the pasta sauce

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:39

Dolmio pasta sauces are seen in a store in in LondonMars Food plans to tell customers to eat some of its Dolmio pasta sauces and macaroni cheese only once a week to maintain a balanced diet because of the products' high levels of salt, sugar or fat. Products that are particularly high in salt, sugar or fat, including Dolmio lasagne meal kits and lasagne sauces, will come with a label advising "occasional" consumption, meaning once a week. Products with lower levels of salt, sugar or fat will be considered "everyday" products.


Dad fights to erase $250k student loan debt for his 3 kids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:23
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who owes about $250,000 he borrowed to put three children through college has won a major court victory in his effort to have the debt forgiven.

Panel OKs parole for former Manson cult member Van Houten

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 21:01

Panel OKs parole for former Manson cult member Van HoutenA California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult members went to prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy grocer and his wife.


Cop's widow wants pension; husband allegedly staged suicide

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 20:38
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The widow of a suburban Chicago police officer who authorities say staged his suicide to make it appear he was killed on duty has applied for her late husband's pension as she awaits trial on conspiracy charges.

Opening arguments to begin in trial of Ohio man charged with killing three women

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 20:21

File photo of Michael Madison, suspected of killing three women during an appearance in East Cleveland Municipal CourtOpening arguments are slated to begin on Friday in the trial of an Ohio man who may face a death sentence after being charged with killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags. Jury selection in Cuyahoga County Court in downtown Cleveland has taken nearly two weeks, and prosecutors plan to call 50 witnesses in the trial, which is expected to last for an additional three weeks.


Saudi confirms 'genuine' $681M donation to Malaysian PM

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 20:17

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak delivers his opening speech at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Saudi Arabia has for the first time publicly confirmed Malaysia's claim that $681 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts was a donation from the Saudi royal family, countering accusations that the money was siphoned from heavily indebted state investment fund 1MDB. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir called the money a "genuine donation" in comments Thursday, April 14, 2016, to Malaysian reporters in Istanbul after a meeting with Najib. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has for the first time publicly confirmed Malaysia's claim that $681 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts was a donation from the Saudi royal family, countering accusations that the money was siphoned from heavily indebted state investment fund 1MDB.


Bird strike causes plane to make emergency landing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:53

Bird strike causes plane to make emergency landingOfficials say a plane flying from New York to Tennessee made an emergency landing in West Virginia after striking a bird.


Man, 73, killed after being run over by tractor on N.J. farm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:46

Man, 73, killed after being run over by tractor on N.J. farmNew Jersey correspondent Nora Muchanic spoke with 73-year-old Anthony Russo last year during an interview.


Official: Man killed partner, 2 sons, then set house on fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:31
LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot his partner and their two children before setting their New Jersey shore house on fire and killing himself.

Son convicted of driving SUV into mother's house to kill her

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 19:18
MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been convicted of trying to kill his mother by ramming his SUV into her upstate New York home.

Highway reopens after crash downs power lines in Horsham

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:58

Driver loses control, crashes into pole in MontcoA major Montgomery County thoroughfare is back open after an overnight crash that brought down power lines.


Spain: Princess Cristina's accuser arrested by police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:50

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, file photo, Spain's Princess Cristina arrives at a makeshift courtroom for a corruption trial, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. A Spanish police official says the leader of the anti-corruption group that brought criminal tax fraud charges against Princess Cristina has been arrested by financial crimes officers. The official says Manos Limpias (Clean Hands) chief Miguel Bernad was detained at his Madrid home on Friday April 15, 2016. The group has pursued criminal tax fraud charges punishable by up to eight years in prison against Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, after prosecutors declined to do so, saying Cristina should face an administrative fine at most. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)MADRID (AP) — The leader of the anti-corruption group that brought criminal tax fraud charges against Princess Cristina was arrested Friday by financial crimes officers, a Spanish police official said


Obama backs effort to give consumers options on cable boxes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is throwing his weight behind an effort to give consumers more choice when it comes to the cable boxes that control which television channels they watch.