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Teen taking Lamborghini test drive dies in crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 22:45
MOUNT SINAI, N.Y. (AP) — A New York teen taking a test drive of a family friend's Lamborghini has died after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail.

California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 22:38

State Senators Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, celebrate after lawmakers approved Padilla's bill to ban single-use plastic bags at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. By a 22-15 vote, the Senate approved SB270 that makes California the first state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The bill now goes to Gov Jerry Brown. De Leon had previously opposed the bill, but gave his support after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.


In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 22:36

File - This Aug. 24, 2014 file photo shows barrels filled with Cabernet Sauvignon that toppled on one another following an earthquake at the B.R. Cohn Winery barrel storage facility in Napa, Calif. Napa Valley’s seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file)NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.


Obama's visit comes amid tight governor's race

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 22:35

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama greets supporters before speaking on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest in Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. The last time President Barack Obama came to Wisconsin to celebrate workers' rights on Labor Day, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that was to come just months later as public employees fought unsuccessfully to retain their ability to collectively bargain. Now, four years later, as the architect of the law that stripped unions of that power faces re-election, Obama is coming back to Milwaukee for an event also featuring Gov. Scott Walker's Democratic challenger Mary Burke. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The last time President Barack Obama celebrated workers' rights at a Wisconsin Labor Day event, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that would embroil the state later when public employees staged massive protests in an unsuccessful bid to keep their collective bargaining rights.


Transgender women's killings test police outreach

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 22:31

In this Aug. 28, 2014 picture, Kayla Gilchrist Jones stands outside her workplace in Baltimore. Four killings of transgender women in Baltimore in two years is highlighting the strained relationship between law enforcement and the LGBT community and sparking conversations about how to ease the tension. Jones, who spent four years working as a sex worker, said the police were aggressive and dismissive when she became the victim of sexual violence in 2008. “I wish I had never said a damn thing,” Jones said. “The first thing the cop asked me was, ‘What were you going to charge him?’” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — The day after Mia Henderson's body was found in a Baltimore alley, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts invited members of the city's LGBT community to a meeting. "We are listening. We are paying attention," he told them. "We are responding, and we are taking this very seriously."


Suspects sought for 2 Camden robberies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 22:28

Suspects sought for 2 Camden robberiesPolice are searching for the suspects involved in two robberies in East Camden, New Jersey Friday.


A history of casino revenue, jobs in Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 20:58

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 file photo, the Showboat Casino Hotel, left, and the Revel Casino Hotel, right, are seen along the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Showboat is due to close on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 and Revel will close its hotel Monday and casino on Tuesday. Although, Caesars Entertainment spokesman Gary Thompson told The Associated Press that Caesars officials were showing the Showboat on Tuesday afternoon to a party that had expressed interest. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file)Here is a look at how gambling revenue and employment have changed since casinos launched in Atlantic City in 1978:


50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 20:46

Janet Barresi, state superintendent, gestures as she speaks during a State Board of Education meeting in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:


Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 20:42

This photo taken Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 shows hearings on legislation to repeal Common Core academic standards in the House Finance Hearing Room at Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer’s remorse. The fight to repeal the standards has heated up in Ohio, where Republican legislators such as state Rep. Andy Thompson saying it’s kind of “creepy the way this whole thing landed in Ohio with all the things prepackaged.” (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Kyle Robertson)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse.


Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculum

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:06
By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. (Reuters) - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-year-olds in one of Florida's largest school districts furrow their brows as they plot moves toward a checkmate. The chess games are part of a weekly lesson given to all 34,000 second- and third-graders in Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-biggest district in the nation, in one of the largest such curriculum experiments in the country. "The act of sitting and filling in a bubble sheet is work." The initiative builds on growing numbers of school-age children playing chess in the United States. Along with Florida, thousands of students in New York City and Chicago are learning chess in school, also taught in major districts in Texas, Michigan and Washington state, among others.

Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 19:02
A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade. Doctors say that a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug cut the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

Death of man after New York police restrain him ruled a homicide

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:38
The death of a man who was restrained by police during a drug-fueled outburst was ruled a homicide by the city's medical examiner, New York police said, as the department faces accusations of overly harsh arrest tactics. Ronald Singleton had taken the illegal narcotic PCP, also known as angel dust, police said. He was "overly irate and irrational, cursing and screaming" in the back of a taxi on July 13 and then attempted to fight a police officer whom the driver had alerted for help, the New York Police Department said in statement on Friday. Singleton, who was not arrested, went into cardiac arrest in an ambulance and was pronounced dead at hospital.

Bill to regulate California groundwater passes in state legislature

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:17
By Joaquin Palomino SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies were passed on Friday despite efforts by some agricultural interests to block bills in the waning days of the state legislative session. The trio of bills, which would allow the state to take over management of underground aquifers and water accessed via wells, aim to tighten oversight of water at a time when groundwater levels are shrinking in the third year of a catastrophic drought. The final two measures passed by identical 24-10 votes in the Senate on Friday night, and now go to Governor Jerry Brown for review. “An increasing number of groundwater basins are in extreme overdraft and others are approaching that status,” said Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, who authored one of the bills in the package.

California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 16:01
By Aaron Mendelson SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America. The California Senate voted 22-15 for the bill, which must be signed into law by Sept. 30 by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has not signaled a position on the measure. "Single-use plastic bags not only litter our beaches, but also our mountains, our deserts, and our rivers, streams and lakes," said state Senator Alex Padilla, who sponsored the bill. The measure would ban grocery stores from handing out single-use grocery bags with customers' purchases, and provide money to local plastic bag companies to retool to make heavier, multiple-use bags that customers could buy.

Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:57

This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. The Obama administration has offered a wide range of assessments of the threat to U.S. national security posed by Islamic State extremists in an area straddling eastern Syrian and northern and western Iraq, and whose actions include last week’s beheading of American journalist James Foley. Some officials say the group is more dangerous than al-Qaida. Yet intelligence assessments say it currently couldn’t pull off a complex, 9-11-style attack on the U.S. or Europe. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office)WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.


California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:32

State Senators Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, celebrate after lawmakers approved Padilla's bill to ban single-use plastic bags at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. By a 22-15 vote, the Senate approved SB270 that makes California the first state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The bill now goes to Gov Jerry Brown. De Leon had previously opposed the bill, but gave his support after protections were added for plastic bag manufacturers.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.


Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:27

This photo taken Aug. 21, 2014 shows health care tax form 1095-A in Washington. The federal agency that brought you the glitchy HealthCare.gov website has a massive new project. Technical difficulties on this one could delay tax refunds for millions of Americans. That agency is the Health and Human Services department. To facilitate complicated connections between the new health care law and income taxes, HHS will have to send some 5 million households new tax forms that are like W-2s for health care. Those forms are called 1095-As, and they’re being introduced next year. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.


California appeals teacher tenure ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:24
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California's teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or at least raise the standards for obtaining them.

California says to appeal against teacher protection lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 14:12
By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California will appeal a controversial court decision that overturned some job protections for public school teachers and could change the way educators are hired and fired in the state, the office of Governor Jerry Brown said on Friday. In a notice of appeal filed late on Friday and obtained by Reuters, the California Attorney General's office, with the backing of Brown, said the ruling must be reviewed by a higher court if it is to have statewide legal impact. A Los Angeles Superior Court in June ruled five California laws meant to protect teachers' jobs by granting tenure and other job protections to public school teachers hurt students and are unconstitutional.

Oil train regulation passes in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 12:31
By Jennifer Chaussee SANFRANCISO (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. The bill would require railroads to notify the state's Office of Emergency Services when trains carrying crude oil from Canada and North Dakota are headed to refineries in the most populous U.S. It passed its final vote in the Assembly 61-1, with strong bipartisan support in the state legislature in Sacramento. “We have a spotlight on this issue because of the seriousness of the risk to public safety that it presents,” said the bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, whose district encompasses parts of Sacramento along the trains’ route.