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'Great Green Fleet' using biofuels deployed by U.S. Navy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:26

U.S. Navy Secretary Mabus speaks in front of the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier, as it arrives at the U.S. naval base in YokosukaThe U.S. Navy formally deployed its "Great Green Fleet" on Wednesday, sending warships powered by alternative energy to conduct operations in the Pacific three years after controversy over the price of developing new fuels provoked a fight in Congress. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off the deployment in a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island near San Diego, saying the use of biofuels would improve the Navy's operational flexibility while boosting the U.S. rural economy. The Navy's focus on developing alternative fuel sources comes despite a 70 percent drop in oil prices since it first tested its Great Green Fleet in exercises in 2012.


In Tech: Minecraft for schools, Amazon Dash, data encryption

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:22
Microsoft is buying the educational version of Minecraft and has plans to create a bigger and better version of the popular world-building video game that's designed for classrooms.

Texas executes its first inmate of 2016 after late appeals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:21

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows condemned Texas inmate Richard Masterson. Masterson doesn’t deny being at a Houston apartment where a female impersonator was asphyxiated while he and the victim were having sex but insists the death 15 years ago was an accident. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, Masterson is set for execution for the slaying of Darin Shane Honeycutt. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man put to death Wednesday for a killing 15 years ago became the busy death penalty state's first prisoner executed in 2016.


Regulatory moves don't dampen big gun industry show in Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:20

A woman looks at a handgun at the Glock booth at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Weapon enthusiasts had their sights set on the latest and newest guns and gear at a big industry trade show this week, not on President Barack Obama's efforts to tighten gun-ownership regulations following mass shootings around the country.


Viacom slashes exec pay amid lawsuit over Redstone's health

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viacom Inc. has pre-released details about its executives' pay that show an 85 percent drop in compensation for its ailing 92-year-old executive chairman, Sumner Redstone, amid legal battles questioning his health and competence.

Dalai Lama at Mayo Clinic for prostate treatment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:14
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The Dalai Lama is at the Mayo Clinic in the United States for treatment of a prostate condition.

The Latest: Texas executes its first inmate of the year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:02

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows condemned Texas inmate Richard Masterson. Masterson doesn’t deny being at a Houston apartment where a female impersonator was asphyxiated while he and the victim were having sex but insists the death 15 years ago was an accident. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, Masterson is set for execution for the slaying of Darin Shane Honeycutt. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The latest on the scheduled execution of Texas inmate Richard Masterson, who was convicted in a 2001 strangulation that he claimed was accidental (all times local):


Woman shot, killed in West Philadelphia; suspect in custody

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:01

Woman shot, killed in West Philadelphia; suspect in custodyPolice are investigating after a woman was killed in a shooting in West Philadelphia.


Massive search off Hawaii for 12 missing Marines suspended

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 09:00

This Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows a Marine Officer attached to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 uses binoculars to search for debris of a helicopter mishap in Haliewa Beach Park, Hawaii. Rescuers battled winds of up to 23 mph and waves up to 30 feet as they searched for 12 Marines who are missing after two helicopters they were in crashed off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.(Cpl. Ricky S. Gomez/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — A massive search for 12 Marines who were aboard two helicopters that crashed off Hawaii has been suspended, after the five-day effort failed to locate any sign of them.


Emergency planners plan for deadly 'Big One' earthquake

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:57

Lt. Col. Clayton Braun, of the Washington State Army National Guard, poses for a photo, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state in front of a military helicopter that could be used in response to a major earthquake. Since 2013, Braun has led a team putting together a military response plan should an earthquake and tsunami happen in Washington state, as part of federal, state and military preparation for the "Big One" along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As military helicopters ferry search and rescue teams over the Pacific Northwest, below them are scenes of devastation from a giant earthquake that could strike the region at any time.


2 children injured in Fairmount Park crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:49

2 children injured in Fairmount Park crashTwo children are injured after an accident in the city's Fairmount Park section.


Gas leak pollution monitoring took months to put in place

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:44

CORRECTS TITLE OF BELLOMO - Angelo Bellomo, deputy director for Health Protection Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, speaks as he joins other health and county fire officials during a news conference on the Aliso Canyon storage facility gas leak during a news conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Bellomo said that better testing was delayed in part because officials believed Southern California Gas Co. would plug its leaking well faster. The three-month old leak has been blamed for a variety of ailments and driven thousands of residents from the Porter Ranch community. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive natural gas leak that has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes had been out of control for more than a month when the county's acting health director said in November that long-term impacts of the cancer-causing chemical benzene should be measured.


Attorneys: 'Affluenza' teen to return to Texas within weeks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:44

FILE - This Dec. 28, 2015 file photo, released by Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office shows who authorities identify as Ethan Couch, after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Lawyers in the U.S. for Couch, known for using an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck said Tuesday Jan. 19, 2016, that the 18-year-old is dropping his deportation fight in Mexico as they investigate whether he willingly fled the country. (Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office via AP, File)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck will return to Texas from Mexico within weeks, and his case will likely be transferred from the juvenile to the adult system, his attorneys said in a statement Wednesday.


Audit: Vegas cabs overcharging public by $47 million a year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:36
LAS VEGAS (AP) — If the cash you doled out for a Las Vegas cab ride hurt your wallet, it's not all in your head — auditors in Nevada also think taxi rates are outrageous.

Star of reality show 'Wicked Tuna' pleads guilty to fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:25
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man featured on the reality television show "Wicked Tuna" has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Vermont he received government disability benefits while he was fishing on the show.

The Latest: Haley asks lawmakers to follow survivors' lead

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:25
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's State of the State address (all times local):

Colorado theater shooter moved to undisclosed prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:25
DENVER (AP) — One of Colorado's most infamous prisoners, theater shooter James Holmes, has been transferred to another prison, but officials won't tell the public or the families of the people he killed where or why.

Planned Parenthood to reopen clinic 6 months after arson

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:19
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Planned Parenthood says it will reopen its clinic in Pullman, Washington, six months after the facility was damaged by arson.

St. Paul officer apologizes for Facebook post on protesters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:13
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul police officer apologized Wednesday for a post he made on Facebook urging drivers to run over protesters who rallied against the police killings of two black men in the Twin Cities last year.

5 charged in alleged scheme to steal drug secrets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:13
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Five people were indicted in federal court on charges they took part in an alleged scheme to steal biopharmaceutical trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline and sell them to competitors in China.