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Obama considers new climate regulations for oil, gas sector

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:31

A view of the White House as snow begins to fall during expected blizzard in Washington DCBy Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change. The suggestion drew a sharp rebuke from the main oil and gas lobby group. The American Petroleum Institute said its members were already taking steps that will cut emissions and expressed concern that more regulations could put a damper on natural gas drilling by raising costs. But environmental groups said regulations are needed to make sure all players take action to reduce methane emissions.


Ohio woman arrested in husband's poisoning death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:21
CINCINNATI (AP) — A northeastern Ohio woman whose husband died after authorities say he unwittingly ingested a drink spiked with antifreeze was arrested Friday on a murder charge.

FBI sting shows San Francisco Chinatown underworld

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:15

San Francisco police patrol the Chinatown district Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Francisco. Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation's oldest Chinatown lies an underworld, a place with a history of opium dens, gambling houses and gangland murders. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation's oldest Chinatown lies a sinister underworld, according to an FBI criminal complaint that has stunned even those familiar with the neighborhood's history of gambling houses, opium dens and occasional gangland-style murders.


Poll: Obama health law fails to gain support

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:07

FILE - In this March 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Public support for Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, even though perceptions of some of the law’s problems have improved slightly, according to a new poll. With Obama are Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right; from top left are Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Vice President Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Ryan Smith of Turlock, Calif., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a late surge in sign-ups, support for President Barack Obama's health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.


Injunction eased so PA fracking foe can go to hospital, grocery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:57
By David DeKok SUNBURY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A judge on Friday loosened an injunction restricting the movements of a Pennsylvania anti-fracking activist to allow her access to her local hospital, grocery and other places declared off-limits because they sat atop land leased for gas extraction. Until Judge Kenneth Seamans eased the terms of the injunction, Vera Scroggins, 63, of Brackney, Pennsylvania was banned from 40 percent of the land in Susquehanna County, where she lives and which is leased by Texas-based Cabot Oil & Gas Co for gas extraction. Seamans, the sole judge in Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas in Montrose, Pennsylvania, issued a new injunction on Friday barring Scroggins from the active gas extraction operations of the company and the access roads that serve them.

Authority chairman resigns amid traffic scandal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:49

In this photo provided by ABC News, ABC News’ Diane Sawyer speaks exclusively to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at his home in Mendham, N.J., Thursday, March 27, 2014. The Governor insisted that he “did nothing to create the environment” that prompted some of his former top aides to cause a traffic nightmare at the George Washington Bridge last fall. Portions of the interview aired on World News with Diane Sawyer and will also air on Nightline. Good Morning America Also plans to air some of the interview on Friday, March 28. (AP Photo, ABC, Ida Mae Astute) NO BOOK PUBLISHING WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL,; NO ARCHIVE; NO RESALE.TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has resigned amid continuing questions about lane closures near the George Washington Bridge and whether he has used his position to boost his law firm.


New Mexico police shootings get criminal review

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:45
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Department of Justice officials investigating allegations of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department told community members that some of the 37 police shootings in the past three years have been referred to criminal investigators.

Groups defend Florida's same-sex marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:45
MIAMI (AP) — A coalition of black and Hispanic civil rights groups and pastors is defending Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

US lawmakers to eye attack at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:42
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly five months after a gunman's deadly attack at Los Angeles International Airport, lawmakers and local officials will hold a congressional hearing Friday to discuss its lessons.

Defendant in Chinatown crime probe in court

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:37

San Francisco police patrol the Chinatown district Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Francisco. Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation's oldest Chinatown lies an underworld, a place with a history of opium dens, gambling houses and gangland murders. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal public defender's office says it cannot represent a key defendant in a criminal case that also includes corruption allegations against a California state senator because of potential conflicts of interest.


Christie tries to rehab image with appearances

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:22

Attorney Randy Mastro holds up a copy of his report during a news conference, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in New York. Mastro, with the law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said that the governor was not involved in a plot to create gridlock near a major bridge as part of a political retribution scheme. (AP Photo/Brendan McDermid, Pool)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie, rarely one to fall silent, was holding his first news conference in more than two months Friday to cap a week filled with events designed to clear his reputation after politically motivated traffic jams became the biggest scandal of his political career.


Slide survivor tells of 'wave' of mud hitting home

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:10

Robin Youngblood poses for a photo Thursday, March 27, 2014, with Whitehorse Mountain behind her in Darrington, Wash. Youngblood survived the massive mudslide that hit the nearby community of Oso, Wash. last Saturday, and was rescued by a helicopter as she floated on a piece of a roof. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The roar of the hillside collapsing was so loud that Robin Youngblood thought an airplane had crashed. But when she looked out the window of her mobile home, all she saw was a wall of mud racing across her beloved river valley toward her home.


Parking garage being built in California collapses

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:58
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A portion of a parking garage under construction in downtown Los Angeles collapsed on Friday but no one was trapped or hurt, authorities said.

Pennsylvania reporter won't have to testify in 'Craigslist killer' case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:57
By David DeKok SUNBURY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania journalist will not have to testify about his jailhouse interview with so-called Craigslist murder suspect Miranda Barbour, in which she reportedly claimed to be a serial killer. The subpoena seeking the newspaper reporter's testimony was withdrawn on Friday by Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini, who said he was able to get the information from another witness. Barbour, 19, was not present at Friday's hearing in Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas in central Pennsylvania but was expected to appear on April 2 for an evidentiary hearing in the murder case. She and her husband Elytte Barbour, 21, are charged in the November stabbing and strangulation of a Pennsylvania man they allegedly met via the website Craigslist, police said.

Warrant: Suspects say girl went on hunger strikes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:35
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in California say two women accused of chaining up their 8-year-old daughter to prevent her from getting food have claimed the girl weighed only 40 pounds because she went on hunger strikes.

Navy gunman originally faced murder charge in NC

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:29
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Court records show the civilian the Navy says killed a sailor aboard a ship in Virginia once faced a murder charge in North Carolina but ended up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was out of prison less than two years later.

Appeals court rules in favor of meat labels

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:27
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is allowing labels on certain cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Officials give all-clear after reported powder at Washington train station

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A suspicious white powder that sparked an emergency response at Washington's Union Station on Friday was found to be harmless, city officials said. DC fire department spokesman Tim Wilson said investigators determined "that the substance was non hazardous." Emergency responders investigated the scene after the powder was reported at the rail and bus station, which is just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Amtrak rail spokesman Steve Kulm said that there was no impact on train service. (Reporting by Susan Heavey, Lisa Lambert and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Search for mudslide missing comes down to digging

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:18

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) — There is only one way searchers are narrowing the list of 90 people still missing seven days after a landslide obliterated the mountain community of Oso: by digging.


Collapse hits LA construction site; no one hurt

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 01:13
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A section of a parking structure under construction in downtown Los Angeles has collapsed, but authorities say it appears no one was hurt.