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Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, lifts ban on drinking tap water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 00:11

Local residents wait in line to receive drinking water outside Waite High School in ToledoBy George Tanber TOLEDO Ohio (Reuters) - A ban on drinking tap water in Toledo was lifted early Monday after tests showed that toxins were no longer at dangerous levels from algae on Lake Erie, the mayor's office said. "Our water is safe," Mayor Michael Collins said at a Monday news conference announcing the latest results from city tests. Some 400,000 residents had been told not to drink the water in the Toledo area on Saturday after health officials found the lake, which supplies most of the area's drinking water, may have been affected by a harmful algal bloom. Tests run Sunday by the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicated toxin levels in the water were clean or acceptable but Collins was waiting for city tests to confirm those results before lifting the ban, he said.


Ag tourism touted as way to boost rural economies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 00:09

This photo taken June 26, 2014 shows Bloomery Plantation Distillery employee Allison Manderino, 28, transforming into The Lemon Dancer to entertain visitors to the distillery in Charles Town, W.Va. With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters— including a dancing lemon — Bloomery Plantation Distillery has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as Laos and Iceland. The West Virginia mini-distillery is part of a growing agriculture tourism trend that advocates say can help revive struggling rural economies. Ag tourism refers to working farm enterprises geared to visitors, encompassing farm stands, pumpkin patches, barn dances, zip-line rides, pick-your-own berries, corn mazes and even weddings. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters— including a dancing lemon — Bloomery Plantation Distillery has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as Laos and Iceland.


Mom accused of killing daughter to be arraigned

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 00:06
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter at an Oregon coastal inn goes to court Monday.

Police: Family of 5, including 3 children, shot to death in Virginia home

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 00:04

 Family of 5, including 3 children, shot to death in Virginia homeA family of five, including three children, was found shot to death inside their home in a quiet area of north-central Virginia, and authorities said Monday that they're investigating the case as a murder-suicide.


Stocks give up an early gain, mixed at midday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 00:00

Trader Steven Kaplan, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening mostly higher as the market recovers from a two-day slide last week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)U.S. stocks are losing momentum in midday trading following a major sell-off last week that put caution back into the market.


Sunset Boulevard reopens after flooding near UCLA

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:52

This image provided by the Los Angeles Department off Water and Power shows workmen putting together the replacement pipe before final testing on Saturday Aug. 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. Crews have finished repairs on an old water main that burst and poured 20 million gallons of water onto the UCLA campus. (AP Photo/LADWP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sunset Boulevard reopened early Monday after crews completed repairs following a water main break that created a sinkhole and inundated parts of the University of California, Los Angeles.


Detective: Shooting deaths of family of 5 in their Virginia home apparently a murder-suicide

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:52
CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Detective: Shooting deaths of family of 5 in their Virginia home apparently a murder-suicide.

Ousted Market Basket CEO offers to return to work

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:43
BOSTON (AP) — As the beleaguered Market Basket supermarket chain prepared Monday to replace workers protesting the firing of their popular leader, the ousted CEO offered to return to work to stabilize the company while negotiations continue over his bid to buy the New England chain.

Police: Family of 5 shot to death at Virginia home

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:32

police investigate the home where a family of five, including three children, were found shot to deathCULPEPER, Va. (AP) — A family of five, including three children, was found shot to death inside their home in a quiet area of north-central Virginia, and police would not say Monday whether they're seeking a suspect in the case.


Porch shooting trial resumes in Detroit court

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:25
DETROIT (AP) — Testimony has resumed in the trial of a suburban Detroit man who fatally shot a young, unarmed woman on his porch.

Banks reportedly discuss Argentina default exit

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:24
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Several international banks are reportedly in talks that could end the legal battle that pushed Argentina into a default that threatens its economy.

Police to charge Guatemalan man in Boston body-in-box case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:17
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Guatemalan man will be charged on Monday with lying to Massachusetts police investigating human remains found in a cardboard box outside Boston last month, officials said. Jose Milthon Freddy Azurdia-Montenegro, 55, was scheduled to be arraigned in Brockton District Court in a case involving the death of a fellow Guatemalan man whose remains were found July 27 in a foul-smelling, partially opened box on a street in Duxbury, 20 miles (32 km) south of Boston. The victim was identified as Estuardo Leonel Melgar Perez, 44, who had a 14-inch (36 cm) incision on his abdomen, the Plymouth County District Attorney's office said.   Investigators said Perez arrived in the United States from Honduras on July 25. Perez and Azurdia-Montenegro had been booked on the same return flight to Honduras on Saturday, they said.

Suburban NY mayor remains jailed over day camp

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:15
SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — The mayor of a suburban New York village remained jailed Monday over a dispute involving a children's day camp.

Walgreen CFO leaves, replaced with Kraft exec

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 22:59
Walgreen's top financial officer is leaving the largest U.S. drugstore chain as it nears a key decision about its future that could involve a politically touchy overseas reorganization.

Man who died during California storms identified

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 22:59

damage on the property following thunderstorms on SundayMOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) — The person found dead in a car that was swept into a flooded creek after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California has been identified as a 48-year-old Los Angeles County man.


All-clear given after security alerts at White House, U.S. Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 22:54
The U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Capitol Police responded to two security incidents on Monday - both of which proved to be false alarms - as Washington, D.C., hosted a summit gathering nearly 50 African leaders. The U.S. Secret Service cleared Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House and closed one of its gates for more than an hour after a bomb-sniffing dog alerted them to a car in a nearby garage. Pedestrians had earlier been told by the Secret Service and U.S. Park Police that the area was closed. White House staff and journalists were not allowed through the northwest gate but some personnel were allowed to use the east gate.

Hurricane Bertha forms in the Atlantic

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 22:54
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Bertha has formed in the Atlantic off the U.S. East Coast but isn't expected to be a threat to land.

Hurricane Bertha forms in the Atlantic; no immediate threat to land

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 22:48
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Bertha forms in the Atlantic; no immediate threat to land.

Mom of teen suicide victim sues Fla. school board

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 22:28
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a 13-year-old girl who authorities say jumped to her death because she was bullied is suing the Polk County School Board, a construction materials company and a teenager accused of stalking her daughter.

U.S. chicken farmers latest caught in Russia sanction crosshairs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 22:27

Caged hen feeds at egg farm in San Diego CountyRussia's threatened ban on U.S. poultry imports, the latest move in a sanctions skirmish over Moscow's support of rebels in Ukraine, has agriculture companies alert to the risks of a conflict that's already roiled trading of crops ranging from soy, beef and fruit to California pistachios. Moscow has struck back against trade sanctions following the downing of a Malaysian jetliner last month by imposing food restrictions, and would add U.S. chickens to Ukrainian soy and other products Russia has blocked since it seized Crimea earlier this year: Australian beef, Latvian and Lithuanian pork, Moldovan fruit and Ukrainian juice. Sanderson Farms Inc, the third-largest poultry producer in the U.S., is among American agricultural companies preparing to respond if Russia carries out plans, reported in Russian media this week, to restrict imports of U.S. poultry. Russia is "using foreign trade as a political football" by threatening to limit poultry imports, Sanderson's Chief Financial Officer Mike Cockrell said.