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Opponents offer 2 alternatives to Corcoran breakup

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:47

FILE - This May, 15, 2014 file photo shows the entrance of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. A leading Washington philanthropist is presenting an alternate plan to save one of the nation’s oldest museums in court hearings this week over whether to break up the trust from 1869 that established the Corcoran Gallery of Art and later its college. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of a plan to break up Washington's nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art presented two alternatives in court this week to preserve the independent museum and art school as a judge considers its proposed merger with two larger institutions.


VP Biden praises Japan's new military policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan's decision to loosen restrictions on its military to allow greater use of force to defend other countries.

Suspect in border agent's death extradited to US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:29
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A suspect in the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the slaying at the center of the scandal over the botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious, was extradited to the United States from Mexico on Thursday.

Murder charges for couple whose dogs killed runner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:27
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed second-degree murder charges against a couple they say owned two dogs that fatally mauled a 46-year-old jogger on in rural Michigan.

New York Air Guardsman pushed down bar stairs dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:19
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An Air National Guard member has died more than two months after authorities say he was pushed down a flight of stairs at a bar.

Police: Woman attacked, dragged at Bensalem playground

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:19

 Woman attacked, dragged at Bensalem playgroundPolice say a woman was attacked and dragged by her hair while at a Bensalem playground.


Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:12

On the last day before Congress takes a five-week summer recess, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., checks her watch for a scheduled vote after speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Yesterday, Republicans pushed through legislation to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority, Democrats have branded the effort a political charade and an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.


USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:11

FILE - This Aug. 24, 2010 file photo shows chickens in Sparks, Md. The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. The final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors by around a fourth. But those that remain will focus more on food safety than quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the line for closer inspections and encouraging more testing for pathogens. There would also be more inspectors checking the facilities to make sure they are clean. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.


Couple married nearly 62 years died hours apart

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:10

Couple married nearly 62 years died hours apartA California couple married for nearly 62 years died just the way they lived, together.


Congress sends highway bill to White House

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:08

Congress sends highway bill to White HouseWASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a bill to prevent a 28 percent cut in federal highway and mass transit aid at the height of the summer construction season.


Couple married 62 years died hours apart

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:05

Couple married nearly 62 years died hours apartA California couple married for 62 years died just the way they lived, together.


Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:02

People hoping to reach the U.S. ride atop the wagon of a freight train, known as La Bestia (The Beast) in IxtepecBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner's face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitarian crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico. A carefully crafted, $659 million bill to pay for more border security and help feed and house tens of thousands of Central American children arriving illegally in the United States unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday. Tea Party-backed Senator Ted Cruz of Texas had his fingerprints all over Thursday's debacle for Boehner. The measure, complained Cruz, would not reverse President Barack Obama's 2012 policy of suspending deportations of undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children by their parents.


Oklahoma man admits killing 2 girls, fiancee

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:57

FILE - In this April 23, 2012, file photo, Kevin Sweat leaves court in Okemah, Okla. Sweat, accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008 but who was not arrested until after being questioned in his fiancee's death three years later, has pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008, but who wasn't arrested until after being questioned in his fiancée's death three years later, pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday.


Woman attacked, dragged at Bensalem playground

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:43

 Woman attacked, dragged at Bensalem playgroundPolice say a woman was attacked and dragged by her hair while at a Bensalem playground.


Sudanese woman who had faced execution for conversion arrives in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:43

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan holds one of children next to Lapo Pistelli, Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, holding her other child, as they land at Ciampino airport in RomeMariam Yahya Ibrahim arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she has relatives and where she was greeted by a crowd of people from the local Sudanese immigrant community who sang and handed her bunches of flowers. "I can't describe the feeling," said her husband, Daniel Wani, who had traveled with Ibrahim and their two children from Rome, where the couple had been recovering after Ibrahim's release by the Sudanese government. "We are so tired," Wani told reporters at Manchester airport. Since leaving Sudan after her sentence and detention triggered international outrage, Ibrahim had been in Rome, where she met with Pope Francis along with her husband and two children.


Candidate goes homeless to show economic gap

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:34

Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari discusses issues related to poverty in California during a news conference outside of the River City Food Bank in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Kashkari said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. Jerry Brown's claim that the state is making a comeback after the economic downturn. A video crew documented his week. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor in the nation's most populous state.


Woman struck and killed by train in Havertown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:19

Woman struck and killed by train in HavertownA woman was killed after being struck by a train in Delaware County.


US, UN announce deal for 72 hour Gaza cease-fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:09

US, UN announce deal for 72 hour Gaza cease-fireThe United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.


U.S. reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:01
By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed plan to speed up production. The move could prevent as many as 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year, USDA officials said. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the plan "imposes stricter requirements on the poultry industry and places our trained inspectors where they can better ensure food is being processed safely." The agriculture department said maximum line speeds for chicken and turkey processing plants operated by companies such as Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Sanderson Farms and Foster Farms would remain capped at 140 birds per minute "in response to public comment." Tom Brown, president of the National Chicken Council, said not allowing faster speeds meant "that politics have trumped sound science." A successful U.S. pilot program had been conducted with plants operating at 175 birds per minute, and broiler plants in several other countries "operate at line speeds of 200 or more birds per minute," Brown said.

WTC steel company CEO arrested on fraud charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 08:00
NEW YORK (AP) — The Canadian owner of a company that won nearly $1 billion in contracts to provide steel for the construction of the World Trade Center's tallest building and a transit center was arrested Thursday on charges he defrauded a program meant to benefit minority- and women-owned businesses.