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Court dismisses 3rd lawsuit against hen cage law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:10
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit by a farmer that challenged a law banning the inhumane confinement of egg-laying hens.

Elderly man struck, killed in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:01

Elderly man struck, killed in South PhiladelphiaA man in his 70s is dead after he was struck by a car in South Philadelphia.


Train cars carrying ethanol derail, catch fire in Iowa

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:54

Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff are on the scene of a train derailment in which three railcars caught fire and another three plunged into the Mississippi River. In all, 11 cars derailed, and 10 of them were carrying ethanol, north of Dubuque, Iowa, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Mike Burley)(Reuters) - Eleven railway cars carrying ethanol fuel derailed on Wednesday in a remote location north of Dubuque, Iowa, and three of them caught on fire, Canadian Pacific (CP) railway said. There were no injuries in the accident involving an eastbound 81-car freight train, said Jeremy Berry, spokesman for the railway. A total of 12 railway cars derailed, and 11 of those were carrying ethanol, Canadian Pacific said in a statement. The railway did not confirm reports in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald that three cars had fallen into the Mississippi River.


10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:34

Safi al-Kaseasbeh, left, father of slain Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh receives condolences at the Kaseasbeh tribe's gathering divan at their home village of Ai, near Karak, Jordan, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Outrage and condemnation poured across the Middle East on Wednesday as horrified people learned of the video purportedly showing the Islamic State group burn a Jordanian pilot to death. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Amid 'Mockingbird' sequel buzz, worries about Lee's wishes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:29

This May 19, 2010 photo provided by Penny Weaver shows author Nelle Harper Lee in her assisted living room in Montoeville, Ala. Friends and fans of the "To Kill A Mockingbird" author are having trouble reconciling a publisher's Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 announcement that her decades-old manuscript for a sequel has been rediscovered and will be released. (AP Photo/Penny Weaver)MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Hometown friends and fans of "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee are struggling to reconcile a publisher's sensational announcement — that her decades-old manuscript for a sequel had been rediscovered and will be released — with the image of the elderly writer at her sister's recent funeral.


California appeals ruling that allowed foie gras again

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:56

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2006 file photo, Todd Stein, the executive chef at MK, a trendy downtown Chicago restaurant, slices a portion of foie gras. The attorney general's office filed an appeal Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, of a ruling that blocked the state ban on selling fatty goose or duck liver produced out of state. A federal judge ruled last month that the law doesn't trump federal poultry regulations. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — California filed an appeal Wednesday of a federal judge's ruling that blocked the state's ban on the sale of foie gras — a delicacy that gourmets consider heaven and animal rights groups call hell.


West Coast port employers: Shutdown could be 5 days away

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:53

In this Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, incoming container ships line up outside the Port of Los Angeles as they await for dock space. Employers could lock out West Coast dockworkers in as few as five days if the two sides do not reach a new contract. That warning came Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, from the head of a maritime association who is negotiating a new deal with a union representing longshoremen at 29 ports that handle about $1 trillion in trade annually. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract, the head of a maritime association warned Wednesday in remarks intended to pressure an agreement after nine months of negotiations.


California lawmakers aim to limit vaccine exemptions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:45

Jennifer Wonnacutt holds her son, Gavin, 8 months, as she joins other mothers and children at a news conference to show their support for proposed legislation that would require parents to vaccinate all school children in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015. If approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor, the bill, co-authored by Senators Richard Pan, D-Sacramento and Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, that would make California one of only three states requiring such restrictions.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions.


Netflix coming to Japan this fall in service's Asia debut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:37
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix is expanding into Japan this fall, marking the first time that the Internet video service will be available in Asia.

A look at victims of New York commuter train-SUV wreck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:36
NEW YORK (AP) — A driver heading home from her jewelry shop-job, a Metropolitan Museum of Art curator taking the train home, and a fellow train commuter with a long career in finance were among those killed when a commuter train hit an SUV stopped on the tracks at a suburban rail crossing. A look at the victims, whose employers and friends have identified them as among the dead:

Police: Flight attendant in NY stole $5K intended for UNICEF

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:02
NEW YORK (AP) — An American Airlines flight attendant has been arrested after 700 pounds of coins intended for UNICEF were found in his car at Kennedy International Airport.

Kentucky teen charged with rape, theft after multi-state spree

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:42

Runaway teens say they were escaping abusive familyBy Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A Kentucky teenager arrested last month along with his underage girlfriend after an alleged crime spree has been charged with second-degree rape and is set to appear in court on Monday, according to court documents and the court clerk. Hayes and Cheyenne Phillips, 13, surrendered without incident on Jan. 18 after they were surrounded by local law enforcement in Panama City Beach, Florida. Besides Kentucky, law enforcement officials suspect the two of stealing vehicles in South Carolina and Georgia. Under Kentucky state law, second-degree rape occurs when someone aged 18 or older has any sexual contact, consensual or not, with a minor under the age of 14.


Texas executes 'Texas 7' prison escapee for officer's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:21

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Donald Newbury. Newbury, one of the fugitives in the notorious "Texas 7" prison gang, is set for execution Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 for the slaying of a suburban Dallas police officer during the escaped prisoners' holdup of a sporting goods store more than 14 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A three-time convicted robber who helped engineer the biggest prison break in Texas history was executed Wednesday evening for killing a suburban Dallas police officer while the notorious gang was on the run.


SUV driver in train crash wasn't a risk-taker, friend says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:07
NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen Brody was driving home from her jewelry-store job, inching her SUV through suburban traffic toward a railroad crossing, when she became the center of a commuter-train crash that killed her and five rail riders.

Death toll hits 31 in Taiwan plane crash, with 12 missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:07
Rescuers were searching for 12 people Thursday morning after using a crane to hoist the fuselage of a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan's capital following a crash that killed ...

'Texas Seven' prison escapee executed for policeman's murder

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:02

Death row inmate Donald Newbury is seen in an undated picture released by the Texas Department of Criminal JusticeBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A man who was in a group of seven inmates behind one of the biggest prison escapes in Texas history was executed on Wednesday for taking part in the murder of a suburban Dallas police officer on Christmas Eve 2000, a prisons official said. Donald Newbury, 52, was pronounced dead at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6:25 p.m. CST after receiving a lethal injection. He was the 521st person executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. I love you all, that's it," he was quoted as saying in his last words by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


Stray goat found wandering in Bridgeton

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:53

Stray goat found wandering in BridgetonIf you have been searching for your missing goat, you are in luck.


Michigan man threatened to behead NYPD 'chokehold' officer: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:47
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit-area man has been accused of threatening to behead a New York City police officer whose fatal choke-hold on an unarmed black man led to protests around the United States over police use of force. Alvaro Eduardo Guzman-Telles, of Hamtramck, is accused in a federal indictment of posting the threat on Facebook in mid- December against New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was not charged in the death of Eric Garner. According to FBI Special Agent Juan Herrera, Guzman-Telles posted on Facebook that, "I'm going to personally kill and behead Daniel Pantaleo.

Tractor-trailer carrying Girl Scout cookies overturns on I-76

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:41

Tractor-trailer carrying Girl Scout cookies overturns on I-76A tractor-trailer carrying Girl Scout cookies was involved in a crash that shut down parts of I-76 westbound.


Texas executes inmate convicted of killing a police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:41
A man who was in a group of seven inmates behind one of the biggest prison escapes in Texas history was executed on Wednesday for taking part in the murder of a suburban Dallas police officer on Christmas Eve 2000, a prisons official said. Donald Newbury, 52, was pronounced dead at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6:25 p.m. CST after receiving a lethal injection. He was the 521st person executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.