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Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:39

This photo provided by Axel Krieger/Science Translational Medicine shows Dr. Azad Shademan and Ryan Decker during supervised autonomous in-vivo bowel anastomosis performed by the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR). Scientists have created a robot that stitched up tissue in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings. Today many hospitals offer robot-assisted surgery, where surgeons control the machines by hand. But much like engineers are designing self-driving cars, the hope is to create autonomous surgical robots that could perform certain jobs all by themselves, freeing surgeons for more complex tasks. (Axel Krieger/Science Translational Medicine via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings.


Prosecutors charge man in Wisconsin interstate shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:30
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a 20-year-old man accused of killing a woman in a random drive-by shooting along an interstate while she was driving home to Illinois with her husband and two children.

UN diplomat says Islamic State seeking new revenue streams

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:29
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group is looking to increase revenue from taxation, smuggling antiquities "and potentially kidnap for ransom" after losing some territory and oil revenue following the destruction of significant oil facilities, the chair of the U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against the militant group and al-Qaida said Wednesday.

The Latest: California raises legal age to buy tobacco to 21

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:29
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco (all times local):

Authorities: Pair lived in camper, daughters in filthy house

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:13
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska couple faces child neglect charges after authorities said their two teenage daughters lived in the basement of a filthy, mold-filled house without heat or power while the couple stayed in a camper in the driveway.

Near site of 9/11 attack, courthouse gets security pavilion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:04

Chief Judge Loretta Preska, describes the new security pavilion at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse, to U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, center, and U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano after ribbon cutting ceremonies, in New York, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The new security pavilion was dedicated Wednesday at a federal courthouse where high-profile terrorism trials have taken place blocks from where the Sept. 11 attacks downed the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A new security pavilion was dedicated Wednesday at a federal courthouse where high-profile terrorism trials have taken place blocks from where the Sept. 11 attacks downed the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center.


Former Alamo managers say they've overcome Texas 'bullying'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:03
HOUSTON (AP) — A group that served as guardian of the Alamo for more than a century said Wednesday it had prevailed over the "bureaucratic bullying" of a Texas agency with the state's acknowledgement that about 38,000 books and artifacts at an Alamo library don't belong to the state.

The Latest: Police kill unarmed driver fleeing traffic stop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:58
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on a police officer shooting during a Philadelphia traffic stop (all times local):

The Latest: NC gov says federal warning on law 'overreach'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:54
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's letter Wednesday stating that a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws (all times local):

Group seeks to halt US exports of fur from bobcats, wolves

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:50

FILE - In this April 16, 2012 file photo a small, likely juvenile, bobcat is perched on a power pole in a residential neighborhood of Victorville, Calif. An environmental group is asking a federal judge to halt a United States government program that allows the export of tens of thousands of bobcat pelts and a small number of gray wolf pelts for sale on the international fur market. Attorneys for Wildearth Guardians said Wednesday, May 4, 2016, that the little-known export program should not be allowed to continue without a study of its effects on wildlife populations across the nation. (James Quigg/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates on Wednesday said they will seek a court order halting a United States government program that allows tens of thousands of pelts from bobcats and a small number of gray wolves to be exported annually for sale on the international fur market.


U.S. to boost airport staffing to manage long security lines

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:47

Security officers patrol inside New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in New YorkThe U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will add officers at airports expected to have the highest passenger volumes, said Jeh Johnson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a statement on Wednesday. On March 22, suicide bombers killed 32 people in Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train. "As we look ahead to the surge in summer travel, we will continue to consider a number of other steps to ensure enhanced aviation security while also maximizing efficiency at check points," Johnson said.


Agency: Eagle hit Alaska plane before crash that killed 4

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:46
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane hit a bald eagle before it crashed and burst into flames just north of Anchorage last month, killing all four people on board, authorities said Wednesday.

APNewsBreak: Army says troops lost their way, went off cliff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:46

FILE - In this May 27, 2015 file photo, a Stryker armored vehicle leads a group of vehicles south on I-25 south in Colorado Springs, Colo. Investigators say an Army vehicle took the wrong road in the dark and was trying to make a U-turn when it tumbled 250 feet off a cliff at a Colorado training range in Feb. 2015, killing one soldier and injuring five. Investigators also said medical personnel had recommended that the soldier who died shouldn’t go on the exercise because of an unspecified condition. But it wasn’t clear if his condition was a factor in the 2015 crash of a Stryker fighting vehicle at Fort Carson. (Mark Reis/The Gazette via AP, File) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITDENVER (AP) — An Army vehicle took the wrong road in the dark and was making a U-turn when it tumbled 250 feet off a cliff at a Colorado training range last year, killing one soldier and injuring five, according to a newly released investigative report.


Class action status OK'd in major post-Katrina flood case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:46
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge who ruled last year that the federal government is responsible for some of the flooding that hit the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina and other storms granted class-action status in the case Wednesday, meaning numerous property owners — not just the handful in the original 2005 lawsuit — could be in line for compensation.

Planned Parenthood sues Kansas for ending Medicaid funds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:41
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday over a decision by Kansas to cut off Medicaid reimbursements to the abortion provider that was largely based on allegations lodged against its affiliates in other states.

Possible flaw in weld coating cited in pipeline blast

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:38
Investigators have found evidence of corrosion on a natural gas pipeline that exploded in a massive fireball in Pennsylvania last week, scorching trees a quarter-mile away, damaging homes and burning a fleeing homeowner, the federal pipeline safety agency said Wednesday.

North Carolina transgender law violates civil rights law: U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:37

A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, North CarolinaFederal authorities told North Carolina's governor on Wednesday that a new state law limiting restroom access for transgender people violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act. In a letter to Republican Governor Pat McCrory the Justice Department said North Carolina was "engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees." The letter, seen by Reuters, said the state had until Monday to say whether it would remedy the violations. Republican state legislative leaders said they still supported the law despite the federal warning.


Alabama city abandons law targeting transgender bathroom use

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:36
The law passed last week appeared to be the first in the country to threaten violators of such bathroom rules with criminal penalties. Council members voted 3-2 at a special meeting on Wednesday to repeal the ordinance, the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights group, said in a statement. "This sends a welcome message of inclusion to Oxford's families, businesses and visitors, and sets an example for other communities that may be considering similar legislation," said the group's Alabama State Director Eva Walton Kendrick.

Flint official takes deal, pledges to cooperate in probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:33

Mike Glasgow, suspended utilities director for the City of Flint, Mich., appears in Genesee District Court before agreeing to a plea agreement in which he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor related to the Flint water crisis, Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in Flint. (Rachel Woolf/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Flint municipal official struck a deal with prosecutors Wednesday, pledging cooperation in exchange for reduced charges as authorities continue investigating lead contamination of the impoverished Michigan city's drinking water supply.


Philadelphia police kill unarmed driver fleeing traffic stop

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:30
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The police commissioner says he's "not making any judgments" pending an investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed driver by an officer during a traffic stop, one of two police shootings the same night.