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Judge won't dismiss 'pink slime' defamation suit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:08
ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime."

Weary mudslide rescuers battle rain, exhaustion

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:07

Four search and rescue workers wade through water covering Washington Highway 530 Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the eastern edge of the massive mudslide that struck Saturday near Darrington, Wash. as heavy equipment moves trees and other debris in the background. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Weary rescuers in hip waders pressed through rain and their own exhaustion Thursday, searching for more bodies and perhaps a miracle atop the pile of filth and debris that laid waste to a Washington town and killed at least 25 people.


Police probe baggage thefts at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:43

A passenger enters the terminal Thursday March 27, 2014 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. Police say six people were arrested Wednesday March 26, 2014, after officers served more than two dozen search warrants after a months-long investigation into baggage theft at Los Angeles International Airport. Officials say those arrested were primarily employees or ex-employees of contracting companies hired to handle luggage and do not work for the airport itself. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $15,000 camera, Gucci bags, name-brand clothing, electronics and jewelry are among the thousands of dollars in valuables stolen by baggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport, police said Thursday.


Team to re-enter New Mexico nuclear waste site after radiation leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:23
An investigative team plans to re-enter an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico next week for the first time since an accidental release of unsafe levels of radiation there last month, a U.S. Energy Department official said Thursday. U.S. authorities now say that 21 workers at the Carlsbad-area "waste isolation pilot project" (WIPP) were exposed to radiation after the accidental leak from the site, which stores waste from U.S. nuclear labs and weapons production facilities. Eight workers will test air for contamination as they seek to make their way into an ancient salt formation half a mile below ground where radioactive waste is stored, Energy Department spokesman Bradley Bugger said in a statement. Testing of surface air in and around the Energy Department complex has shown elevated levels of radiation since the mishap, but those have steadily decreased.

Connecticut becomes first state to pass $10.10 minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:20
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Thursday signed into law a measure that will phase in the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state, in line with a push by Democrats nationwide to raise the entry-level wage. The bill, which was approved by state legislators a day earlier, will raise the state's minimum hourly rate to $10.10, a figure that matches what U.S. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to consider imposing nationally. Malloy signed the legislation on Thursday evening in the same New Britain diner where he appeared earlier this month with Obama and three other New England governors: Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Peter Shumlin of Vermont and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island. All are Democrats who have pushed to raise the minimum wage in their states.

Ronald McDonald: A brief history

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:18

FILE - In this file photo taken May 18, 2006, Ronald McDonald visits with children at a McDonald's Restaurant in Roswell, N.M. Taco Bell is using real-life people named Ronald McDonald in a marketing campaign to promote its new breakfast menu, a nod to the famous clown known for his bright red hair and a yellow jumpsuit. The chain is hoping to go after McDonald’s, the No. 1 player in breakfast. (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record, Andrew Poertner, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ronald McDonald evidently hasn't lost his magic.


State attorney: Montana rapist can't blame victim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:15
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana teacher convicted of rape wrongly blamed his 14-year-old victim when he argued that she bore responsibility in the case, an attorney for the state said Thursday in a court filing.

California case challenges teacher job protection laws

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:10
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Incompetent teachers in California are holding back poor and minority children, an attorney for several students said on Thursday in closing arguments for a closely watched trial that could change the way public school teachers are hired and fired in the most populous U.S. state. The lawsuit, opposed by teacher union leaders and the state, comes at a time of bitter political wrangling over how best to reinvigorate a U.S. public school system that leaves American children lagging counterparts in countries such as Finland and South Korea. The two-month trial has focused on whether five laws meant to protect teachers' jobs are unfair to poor and minority students by putting them at a disproportionately greater risk of being taught by less effective teachers. "We know that grossly ineffective teachers harm students," plaintiffs' attorney Ted Boutros said before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

Indicted California state senator ends Secretary of State campaign

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:09

FILE - This July 6, 2011 file photo shows State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, speaking during a news conference in San Francisco. Yee, the 65-year-old San Francisco Democrat was arrested Wednesday March 26, 2014, during a series of raids by the FBI in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. He was later arraigned on charges that alleged illegal dealing in firearms, wire fraud and trading the influence of his office for money. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A prominent state senator withdrew from a race for California Secretary of State on Thursday, a day after he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with corruption and conspiring to import and traffic firearms, his attorney said. Democratic state Senator Leland Yee said he would end his campaign to become California's chief elections officer in a letter submitted to Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office on Thursday, his attorney Paul DeMeester told reporters. A former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, Yee had been considered a strong candidate for the seat, but now risks becoming the first California state senator ever suspended. "This was a very personal decision on the part of the senator," DeMeester told a news conference.


Pa. official: Deadly fire apparently set by child

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:55
MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says a deadly fire that claimed the life of a young girl near Pittsburgh apparently was started by her 5-year-old cousin.

Texas executes man who killed food delivery woman with bat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:54

Texas Department of Criminal Justice photo of Anthony DoyleBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed convicted murderer Anthony Doyle on Thursday as it kept the pace of executions steady while other states have had to postpone capital punishments because they cannot obtain drugs used in lethal injections. Doyle was pronounced dead at 6:49 p.m. CDT (2349 GMT) at the state's death chamber in Huntsville after receiving a lethal injection. He did not make a last statement, a Department of Criminal Justice spokesman said. Texas, which has executed more people than any other state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, has obtained a fresh batch of its execution drug pentobarbital, the Department of Criminal Justice said this month, without revealing the source.


Customer refunds proposed in nuke-plant deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:47
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Utility customers would see an estimated $1.4 billion in savings, including $600 million in refunds, in a proposed settlement over costs tied to the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California, officials said Thursday.

Texas must tell attorneys execution drug supplier

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:44
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge ordered Texas prison officials Thursday to disclose the supplier of a new batch of lethal injection drugs to attorneys for two inmates set to be executed next month, but she stopped short of revealing the identity of the manufacturer to the public.

Judge: Bride showed no remorse in husband's death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:44

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry, File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman was sentenced Thursday to more than 30 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park after they argued over her regrets about the marriage.


Navy's Sikorsky helicopters cancellation would cost government $250 million: Levin

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:39
The U.S. Navy's plan to cancel an order for 29 MH-60 Sikorsky helicopters under a current five-year agreement would trigger termination fees of at least $250 million and raise the cost of Army helicopters covered by the same contract, a top U.S. senator said Thursday. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, criticized the Navy's plan to "break" the multi-year purchase agreement during a hearing on the Navy and Marine Corps budget requests. Levin dismissed the Navy's claim that scrapping the fiscal 2016 order of helicopters was related to the planned retirement of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier, noting that each carrier had only five MH-60 helicopters on board. The Navy had no immediate comment on the amount of the projected termination fee.

Crews preparing to enter underground nuke dump

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:29
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Energy said Thursday it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating the cause and extent of a mysterious radiation leak from the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Probe: Errors let autistic boy slip from NY school

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:22

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2013, file photo, a missing poster displayed in a New York subway station asks for help in finding Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who was last seen on Oct. 4 walking out of his Queens school toward a park overlooking the East River. Avonte's remains were found near the East River on Jan. 16, 2014. A report released Thursday, March 27, 2014, says many factors led to Avonte walking out of his New York City school to his death — including a safety agent distracted by a hug and a principal who didn't want to alarm children with a lockdown. (AP Photo/Barbara Woike, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A tragic confluence of errors including a school safety agent being distracted by a hug and a principal refusing to order a lockdown led to an autistic boy's disappearance from his school and his death, an investigator said Thursday.


5 victims of Colorado crash recovered, identified

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:20

This photo released by Ouray County, shows Ouray County, federal officials and Beegles Aircraft Service Inc. of Greeley, Colo., preparing salvage operations to recover the victims and plane, Thursday March 27, 2014, at the Ridgway Reservoir near Ridgway, Colo., at the site of a downed aircraft, The plane crashed on Saturday, March 22, 2014, killing five people from Alabama. (AP Photo/Ouray County, William Woody)DENVER (AP) — The bodies of five people from Alabama were pulled from a southwestern Colorado reservoir on Thursday, five days after a single-engine plane crashed into the cold, murky water.


Chief: 25 could be detained in airport bag thefts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:18

A passenger enters the terminal Thursday March 27, 2014 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. Police say six people were arrested Wednesday March 26, 2014, after officers served more than two dozen search warrants after a months-long investigation into baggage theft at Los Angeles International Airport. Officials say those arrested were primarily employees or ex-employees of contracting companies hired to handle luggage and do not work for the airport itself. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say as many as 25 baggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport could be detained by the end of an investigation into the theft of thousands of dollars in valuables from luggage.


U.S. appeals court upholds restrictive Texas abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:10
By Jon Herskovitz and Lisa Maria Garza AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court upheld a Texas law on Thursday that places restrictions on abortions, saying a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was a reasonable regulation. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit found on Thursday that a federal judge erred last year in blocking the law. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed it to go into effect but had sent parts of the case back to the appeals court for review. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges, the ability to admit a patient for treatment at a hospital usually by being recognized as a doctor who can use hospital facilities, at an adequately equipped hospital within 30 miles of their practice.