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Florida Lionfish ban, nation's first, goes into effect

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:43

A lionfish swims in a fish tank at a pet shop in CaracasBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's ban on importing invasive lionfish, the first of its kind in the nation, goes into effect on Friday as wildlife managers look for a way to control the spread of the barbed, red-and-white striped fish. Lionfish, native to the waters off Southeast Asia, are believed to have arrived in the region as pets for aquariums. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which approved the ban in mid-June, also loosened fishing rules making it easier for recreational divers and fisherman to catch lionfish. Scientists are concerned that lionfish will decimate other species found in Florida waters.

Colorado issuing driver's licenses to immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:41

Immigrant and longtime resident in the United States Rosalva Mireles is photographed by Jesus Sanchez of Spanish language newspaper El Commercio, after Mireles was processed for her permanent driver's license, and received a temporary license, at a Department of Motor Vehicles office, in Denver, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. Colorado began issuing driver's licenses and identification cards on Aug. 1, 2014 to immigrants who are in the country, regardless of legal immigration status. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Colorado has started issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants regardless of their legal status, marking a dramatic change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.

Rare summer relief for gasoline prices

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:41

FILE - In this April 29, 2014 photo, a customer fills her car with fuel at a gas station, in Brookline, Mass. Gasoline prices are falling along with oil prices this summer because concerns of global supply disruptions have subsided somewhat despite continued violence in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The gasoline price roller coaster is running a strange course this summer.

Trappers search for Washington state otter that attacked swimmers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:37
Wildlife trappers in Washington state searched on Friday for a river otter blamed for a rare attack on humans that sent a boy and his grandmother to the hospital, wildlife experts said. The boy was swimming in the Pilchuck River in Snohomish County, about 36 miles (57 km) northeast of Seattle, when the otter repeatedly bit and scratched him, said Captain Alan Myers of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Official: Police chokehold caused NYC man's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:31

FILE- In this undated family file photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, Eric Garner is shown. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner after it was determined that a choke hold police used while trying to arrest him in July 2014, caused his death. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A chokehold used by a police officer on a New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide.

Prosecutor: Foster father high in hot car death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:28
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas foster father was high on marijuana when he left a 10-month-old girl in a hot car, where she died, prosecutors said Friday.

Utah lobbyists required to wear badges at Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:28

In this Thursday, July 31, 2014, photo, a staff member at the Utah lieutenant governor's office holds a sample badge lobbyists will be required to wear at the state Capitol after Aug. 1, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Fourteen other states require lobbyists to wear badges. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lobbyists at Utah's Capitol became marked people on Friday, as a new law went into effect requiring them to wear a badge bearing their name and the word "lobbyist" as they try to influence public officials.

Plans to kill 2,800 deer on Civil War battlefields

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:27
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service has tentatively approved a plan that envisions government sharpshooters killing more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years to curb damage to plants and trees.

Ole Miss taking more steps for racial diversity

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:20
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi, which has long struggled to distance itself from plantation-era imagery, is renaming a street known as Confederate Drive and adding historical context to Old South symbols that have long stood on the Oxford campus.

Old Lab that walked 30 miles back home adopted

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:18
SEDAN, Kan. (AP) — An aging Labrador retriever who walked 30 miles back to a Kansas family that didn't want her has found a home with an heiress in Florida.

Arizona professor gets probation for scuffle with campus police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:18
By David Schwartz MESA Ariz. (Reuters) - An Arizona professor was sentenced on Friday to nine months' probation for scuffling with campus police after being stopped for walking in the middle of a street at night. Ersula Ore, an assistant English professor at Arizona State University, must also perform 50 hours of community service stemming from the May 20 confrontation under a plea deal in Maricopa County Superior Court.     Under the agreement, the 33-year-old faculty member pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest in the incident that was captured on a police car's camera and broadcast widely.     In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of aggravated assault and three other misdemeanors.     In emotional remarks, Ore told the court the incident had changed her life forever and that she still believed she was unjustly abused.     "I am hurt. "I am humiliated." She admitted she made a mistake in questioning her arrest, but maintained she was treated like "less than a human being."     Her attorney, Alane Roby, had called for a sentence of one-day's probation, telling the court that Ore did not need court supervision and would not repeat her mistake.

U.S. court upholds Guantanamo detainee search policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:17

Camp X-Ray detention facility in Guantanamo BayBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's new search procedures for Guantanamo Bay detainees, rejecting the argument that invasive practices such as frisking of anal and groin areas discouraged consultation with defense lawyers. In reversing a 2013 federal court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit described the new search policy and a restriction on the location of detainees' meetings with lawyers as "reasonable security precautions." "The tenuous evidence of an improper motive to obstruct access to counsel in this case cannot overcome the legitimate, rational connection between the security needs of Guantanamo Bay and thorough searches of detainees," Judge Thomas Griffith wrote in the opinion, which was unanimous. David Muraskin, an attorney for three detainees who challenged the legality of the new security policy, said the appeals court had shown "disregard for the rights of Guantanamo detainees." The ruling by the three-judge panel came just over a year after a federal district judge found that the security measures, which were introduced last year and in 2012 respectively, would restrict detainees' access to their lawyers.

Legal complication clouds medical marijuana rollout in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:13
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Prospective medical marijuana growers in Florida are struggling to figure out a legal way to obtain starter cannabis plants under a new state law allowing for limited medical use, the bill's sponsor and other experts say. Florida lawmakers failed to address how growers licensed by the state would acquire a non-euphoric strain of marijuana, such as "Charlotte's Web," named for a Colorado girl who used the drug to get relief from epileptic seizures. ...

Prosecutor: Foster dad in hot car death was high

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:08
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Kansas foster father was high on marijuana when he left a 10-month-old girl in a hot car, where she died.

UN chief blames Hamas for breaking cease-fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:08
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed Hamas on Friday for violating the cease-fire in Gaza and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of an Israeli soldier reportedly captured after it started.

School bus gets caught on ledge in Wynnewood

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 04:04

School bus gets caught on ledge in WynnewoodIt was quite a sight after a school bus went over a ledge and almost rolled into traffic on City Avenue in the Wynnewood section of Lower Merion Township.

Denver celebrates pot at the county fair

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:58

A visitor walks through the pot pavilion at Denver County Fair, the nation's first county fair to allow pot competitions, in Denver, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. There’s no actual weed at the fairgrounds. Instead, fairgoers will see photos of competing pot plants and marijuana-infused foods. A sign near the entry warns patrons not to consume pot at the fair. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Marijuana joined roses and dahlias Friday in blue ribbon events at the nation's first county fair to allow pot competitions.

Report disputes mom's claims in school altercation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:55
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A report commissioned by school officials disputes a Northern California mother's claim that she did not put her hands on a boy she accused of bullying her daughter.

2-pound Michigan baby undergoes heart procedure

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:54

In this July 30, 2014 photo, Alexandra Mae Van Kirk recovers from surgery at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. The 2-pound Michigan newborn dubbed "Mighty Girl" by her parents is one of the smallest babies in the world to undergo a heart procedure to open up a blocked artery caused by a congenital defect. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUTGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 2-pound Michigan newborn dubbed "Mighty Girl" by her parents is one of the smallest babies in the world to undergo a heart procedure to open up a blocked artery caused by a congenital defect.

Monsoon rains cause floods, but fewer wildfires, in New Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 03:54
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - In normally drought-stricken New Mexico, near-historic levels of monsoon rains this month caused a sharp rise in flash flood warnings, but have dampened the risk of devastating wildfires, experts said on Friday. The city of Albuquerque saw a total of 3.4 inches of rain in July, the highest level recorded for the month since 1930 when 4.45 inches fell. "This is the third wettest July on record," said Don Shoemaker, spokesman for the National Weather Service's office in Albuquerque. "We have also seen a significant rise in flash floods." The National Weather Service has needed to put out more than 400 flood advisories for northern and central New Mexico since January, with 300 of them issued in July alone.