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California senate suspends three lawmakers in criminal probes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:40
The California state Senate suspended three Democratic lawmakers on Friday who have been the subject of criminal probes, including Leland Yee, who was arrested this week in an FBI sweep on corruption and gun trafficking charges. The Senate voted 28-1 to suspend the three, all of whom have been charged with or convicted of criminal wrongdoing in separate cases, in a move that further erodes what had once been a Democratic two-thirds super-majority in the Senate. "An affirmative suspension puts this house on formal record that we unequivocally distance ourselves and the senate from the unfathomable allegations contained in the Yee indictment as well as the other case," California Senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg said during the meeting. Yee, a former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, was criminally charged in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms, and six corruption counts.

GM tells dealers to stop selling some Chevy Cruzes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:28
General Motors Corp. has told dealers to stop selling about 21,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars from the 2013 and 2014 model years. But the company won't say why. The order covers Cruzes equipped with ...

Los Angeles couple get three years in jail in Qatar for death of adopted child

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:24

Matthew and Grace Huang, a U.S. couple who were accused of murdering their adopted daughter Gloria, stand outside the entrance of the Court of First Instance after their trial in DohaA Los Angeles couple was sentenced to three years in jail in Qatar on Thursday for causing the death of their adopted African-born daughter, who was found to have died of starvation, in a case that has raised concern in Washington. Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested in January last year after their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, died unexpectedly.

US lawmakers eye attack at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:23
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of Congress and local officials were meeting Friday at Los Angeles International Airport to discuss lessons learned from an attack last fall that killed a security officer and injured three other people.

Los Angeles festival offers Stradivarius violins

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:14

In this Thursday, March, 27, 2014 photo, three Stradivarius violins are seen, from left, South Korean Chee-Yun, plays the 1714 "Leonora Jackson,” Russian-American Philippe Quint plays the 1708 "Ruby,” middle and Margaret Batjer, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, right, plays the the 1716 "Milstein” during a rehearsal at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Xiang "Angelo" Yu is holding the nearly 350-year-old Stradivarius violin casually by the neck and explaining why he'd like a little more time to make its acquaintance.

Feds support Hawaii driver's license lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 04:10
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is supporting a lawsuit alleging Hawaii discriminates against those who struggle with English by making it too difficult to obtain a driver's license.

US recognizes Michigan same-sex couple marriages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:59

FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo Pennye Mattson, right, places a wedding ring on Sherrie Tyler, left, while being married in a group by the Oakland County Clerk in Pontiac, Mich., after a federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday, March 28, 2014 extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

BMW plans $1 billion expansion in South Carolina

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:55

U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, center, shakes hands with Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW Group, left, as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, right, watches after a news conference at the BMW manufacturing plant in Greer, S.C., Friday, March 28, 2014. The company announced a $1 billion expansion for the plant. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)GREER, South Carolina (AP) — BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles at the facility that ushered in a wave of foreign automakers building Southern plants.

NC regulators cite Duke Energy for crack in dam

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:55
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators say they've cited Duke Energy for a crack in a dam at a coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River.

White House plan targets methane emissions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:54
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced a wide-ranging plan Friday aimed at cutting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, landfills and other sources, part of President Barack Obama's strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

U.S. college, athletes wanting to unionize face long battle

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:52
Northwestern University football players who tentatively won the right to unionize are digging in for a lengthy legal and political battle with the Illinois school that could reshape the multimillion-dollar sports business U.S. colleges have built around unpaid amateur players. As politicians and college sports officials warn that the athletes' push to be paid as university employees - rather than be compensated through scholarships alone - could lead to calamity at many schools, the issue has begun to shift to Washington. That is where the five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will consider Northwestern's bid to reverse a regional NLRB director's ruling on Wednesday in favor of the players. The regional director, Peter Sung Ohr, rejected Northwestern's contention that its football players are amateur athletes, and granted the players the right to unionize as school employees.

Jet diverts safely to NYC with damage from birds

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:50
NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue says an airliner was slightly damaged in a bird strike soon after takeoff from a suburban New York airport but was safely diverted to Kennedy International.

Workers escape large garage collapse in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:46

A worker walks near the site where section of a parking structure under construction collapsed Friday March 28, 2014 in Los Angeles. No one was trapped or hurt, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A portion of a parking garage being built to house buses in downtown Los Angeles collapsed on Friday, just minutes after nearly 200 construction workers were alerted that something was wrong and fled to safety, officials said.

Washington landslide one of nation's deadliest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:45

Search workers wearing red are dwarfed by the mud and debris filled landscape they were searching Thursday, March 27, 2014, where a massive mudslide struck Saturday near Darrington, Wash. The searchers shown had to use a boat to reach the area shown. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)The landslide that destroyed a rural community in Washington state was one of the deadliest in U.S. history.

Judge eases restrictions on Pa. fracking activist

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:43
MONTROSE, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has modified an order barring an anti-fracking activist from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by a natural gas driller.

Texas loses appeal to hide execution drug supplier

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:37
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled the state prison agency must tell attorneys for two death row inmates the name of the supplier of a new batch of drugs used for lethal injections.

NJ Gov. Christie defends integrity of report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:35

In this photo provided by ABC News, ABC News’ Diane Sawyer speaks exclusively to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at his home in Mendham, N.J., Thursday, March 27, 2014. The Governor insisted that he “did nothing to create the environment” that prompted some of his former top aides to cause a traffic nightmare at the George Washington Bridge last fall. Portions of the interview aired on World News with Diane Sawyer and will also air on Nightline. Good Morning America Also plans to air some of the interview on Friday, March 28. (AP Photo, ABC, Ida Mae Astute) NO BOOK PUBLISHING WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL,; NO ARCHIVE; NO RESALE.TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Friday defended a report by taxpayer-funded lawyers who cleared him of any involvement in closing lanes near the George Washington Bridge for political reasons, saying it "will stand the test of time."

Acid spill injures 8 at Indiana Rolls-Royce plant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:31
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rolls-Royce says eight people have been injured in an acid spill at the company's plant near the Indianapolis International Airport.

Obama considers new climate regulations for oil, gas sector

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:31

A view of the White House as snow begins to fall during expected blizzard in Washington DCBy Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change. The suggestion drew a sharp rebuke from the main oil and gas lobby group. The American Petroleum Institute said its members were already taking steps that will cut emissions and expressed concern that more regulations could put a damper on natural gas drilling by raising costs. But environmental groups said regulations are needed to make sure all players take action to reduce methane emissions.

Ohio woman arrested in husband's poisoning death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:21
CINCINNATI (AP) — A northeastern Ohio woman whose husband died after authorities say he unwittingly ingested a drink spiked with antifreeze was arrested Friday on a murder charge.