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USDA chief orders improved animal welfare protocols at research center

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:56

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivers keynote remarks at the public launch of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba while at the National Press Club in WashingtonBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - No new research projects will begin at the U.S. government's key livestock study center until animal welfare is improved through stronger oversight and better training of standards, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Monday. Vilsack also ordered that USDA staff update electronic record-keeping practices at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) facility in Nebraska, to ensure all animals are being appropriately monitored and cared for. The agency announced in January it was looking into livestock conditions at the center, which seeks ways to improve profitability of the U.S. livestock industry, such as by making pork loins less fatty, after a New York Times report said staff had failed to follow basic animal welfare standards during decades of research. While "no instances of animal abuse, misuse, or mistreatment were observed," according to a draft of the report released Monday by USDA, the facility was not in compliance with Agricultural Research Service policies, in part because the center's committee charged with keeping track of animal care had fallen short of its oversight duties.

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill limiting union heft

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:53

Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des MoinesBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican presidential hopeful, signed a bill into law on Monday that stops private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment. The law takes effect immediately, making Wisconsin the 25th state to approve a so-called right-to-work law and marking the latest victory for Republicans targeting labor unions, following adoption of similar laws in Michigan and Indiana in 2012. "It sends a powerful message across the country and around the world," Walker said, adding that what he called freedom to work is one of the three or four things that people ask about when he is on trade and investment tours for Wisconsin. "This is one more tool that will help grow good paying, family supporting jobs here in the state of Wisconsin, particularly in the areas where you need them in manufacturing," Walker said.

Supreme Court rejects cases on Guantanamo detainee treatment

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:40

A Guantanamo detainee's feet are shackled to the floor as he attends a "Life Skills" class at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval BaseBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday spurned two appeals involving U.S. treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees, barring a Syrian man from suing the United States over alleged torture and blocking the release of images purported to show evidence of a Saudi man's mistreatment. In one case, the court left in place a January 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against a Syrian former detainee, Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al Janko. He had sought to sue the United States for damages stemming from his treatment during seven years at the U.S. facility in Cuba. Janko says he was tortured and suffered physical and psychological degradation at Guantanamo from 2002 to 2009 after being detained in Afghanistan in 2001.

Emotions Raw as Madison Faces Police Shooting of Unarmed Teen

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:38
Friends and family gathered in front of the home where 19-year old killed.

University of Oklahoma closes fraternity linked to racist video

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:36
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma has closed a fraternity linked to a racist video and ordered its members to remove their belongings from the house, University President David Boren said on Monday. "Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between the University and the local SAE (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) chapter are hereby severed," Boren said in a statement. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas)

New York Catholic shrine's repair estimate climbs to $5M

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:32
AURIESVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A Mohawk Valley shrine built on the birthplace of the Roman Catholic Church's first Native American saint needs millions of dollars more in repairs than what was originally estimated, shrine officials said.

Geography questions take back seat on NYC yellow cab exam

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 22:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Questions about local geography are taking a back seat on the exam drivers must take to operate a New York City yellow cab.

U.S. top court refuses to shield former Somali official from suit

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 22:07
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to block a lawsuit filed by a group of Somalis against their country's former prime minister seeking to hold him responsible for torture and human rights abuses in Somalia. The justices declined to review a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that allowed a lawsuit to proceed against Mohamed Ali Samantar, who served as Somalia's defense minister in the 1980s and then as prime minister from 1987 to 1990. Samantar is attempting to claim immunity from the lawsuit. When the case first came to the court in 2010, the justices ruled that Samantar could not claim immunity via the federal Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act but might be able to claim immunity under common law.

Reggie Jackson to sell big letters from old Yankee Stadium

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 22:03

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2008, file photo, shows the old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York, on the day of the final regular season game at the stadium. The 10-foot high letters that spelled “Yankee Stadium” atop the original ballpark are being offered for sale at Sotheby’s on April 1, 2015. The owner is Yankee legend Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson, who bought the letters after the Yankees’ last game at the stadium. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Some very big, familiar pieces of New York City sports history are going on the auction block — courtesy of a baseball star.

WR Maclin leaving Eagles for Chiefs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 21:57
Free-agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin plans to reunite with former coach Andy Reid in Kansas City once free agency officially begins Tuesday, according to league sources.

High-fashion stylist turns focus to all women with QVC line

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 20:49

In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 photo, Ohio native Lori Goldstein poses for a photograph at the home shopping network QVC headquarters in West Chester, Pa. Goldstein spent years as a stylist determining the right look for subjects of award-winning ad campaigns, chart-topping music videos and iconic magazine covers. Now she is focused on offering style to the masses with an original line on QVC and she recently started a new weekly show. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Lori Goldstein was beginning her career in the late 1970s, stylists weren't a staple of the fashion industry, home shopping networks didn't exist and a naked and pregnant Demi Moore had yet to bare her belly at checkout counters everywhere from the cover of Vanity Fair.

Fire forces 2 families from their homes in Millville, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 20:46

Fire forces 2 families from their homes in Millville, NJFire has forced two families from their homes in Millville, Cumberland County.

Toddler found alive 14 hours after car crash in Utah river

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 20:19
SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — An 18-month-old girl survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for some 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said.

Racist fraternity video results in suspensions, closure at University of Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 19:39

Racist fraternity video results in suspensions, closure at University of OklahomaA University of Oklahoma fraternity will close and its members will be suspended after the group's national headquarters says a video of members participating in a racist chant was posted online.

Man killed by pit bull while trying to help dog's ill owner

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 19:31
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Police in West Virginia say a pit bull attacked and killed a man who was trying to help the dog's ill owner.

Viewer video shows wrong-way crash on Route 1 in Langhorne

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 18:54

Viewer video shows wrong-way crash on Route 1 in LanghorneVideo obtained by Action News shows the moment of impact in a wrong-way crash on Route 1 in Langhorne, Bucks County that left several people injured.

Multiple people injured in wrong-way crash on Route 1 in Langhorne

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 18:40

Viewer video shows wrong-way crash on Route 1 in LanghorneSeveral people were injured in a wrong-way crash on Route 1 in Langhorne, Bucks County.

Credit-reporting agencies agree to overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 18:25

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during a press conference about a settlement announced against the Bank Of America in the Manhattan borough of New York(Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached a settlement with the three biggest U.S. credit-reporting agencies in a deal that will change the way they handle errors and treat medical debt. Under the agreement, set to be announced on Monday, Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc and TransUnion LLC, will be more proactive in resolving disputes over information contained in their reports. The three credit-reporting agencies (CRAs) collect and provide credit information on more than 200 million consumers in the United States. Credit reports provided by the CRAs are used to assign numerical ratings called "credit scores," which help lenders determine whether they should grant loans to consumers and at what interest rates.

Bloody Sunday 50th anniversary: Weeklong march begins Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:40

In this aerial photo, crowds of people move in a symbolic walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Selma, Ala. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday,' a civil rights march in which protestors were beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A march commemorating the historic "Bloody Sunday" demonstration was set to begin Monday afternoon after several speakers at the 50th anniversary commemoration pushed visitors to fight to restore the Voting Rights Act.

Solar-power plane airborne on historic round-the-world trip

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:24

A Swiss solar-powered plane takes off at an airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, early Monday, March 9, 2015, marking the start of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. Solar Impulse founder Andre Borschberg was at the controls of the single-seater when it took off from the Al Bateen Executive Airport. Borschberg will trade off piloting with Solar Impulse co-founder Bertrand Piccard during stop-overs on a journey that will take months to complete. (AP Photo/Aya Batrawy)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — With its wings stretched wide to catch the sun's energy, a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi just after daybreak Monday in a historic first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fossil fuel.