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Report faults Chevron in deadly gas well fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 03:43
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Environmental investigators have faulted Chevron site managers in a report on a natural gas well fire in western Pennsylvania that killed one worker.

Baboon, lynx, zebra among seized zoo of taxidermy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 03:40

Officer Owen Teruya, U.S. Customs and Border Protection holds deer antlers in Carson, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced and displayed the taxidermy take with an estimated value of nearly $9,000 on Wednesday. They were seized last month at a port inspection when officers found seven boxes with “animal heads” written on them. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )LOS ANGELES (AP) — Customs officers in Los Angeles have seized a vast menagerie of stuffed-and-mounted animals including a wildebeest, a zebra, a gazelle and a baboon.

Michigan voters approve plan to end some business-tied property tax

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 03:36
Michigan voters have approved a measure to end property taxes on some business equipment and funnel replacement money to local governments for services that were backed with the tax revenue, according to results posted by the Michigan Department of State. Michigan law requires voters to sign off on new local taxes. It also will shift a portion of the state's use tax revenue, which includes taxes on out-of-state purchases, used car and boat sales and rental receipts, to local governments to cover services such as policing. According to an analysis of the measure by Michigan's senate, "local unit revenue in aggregate will be unaffected." Local governments will receive $96.1 million in fiscal 2015, $380.6 million in the subsequent fiscal year, and $410.5 million in the following fiscal year, the analysis showed.

Man shot with crossbow in Wildwood, suspect sought

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 03:33

Man shot with crossbow in Wildwood, suspect soughtPolice say one person has been arrested while a second person is being sought after a man was shot with a crossbow in Wildwood, New Jersey.

U.S. marijuana industry group launches first food safety course

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 03:27
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A national marijuana industry group launched the first food safety basics course in Colorado on Wednesday for producers and retailers of pot-infused edibles, and another for so-called budtenders who work in the state's legal weed stores. Colorado and Washington this year became the first U.S. states to allow recreational sales of the drug to adults. Last week a Colorado task force unveiled proposed new rules to limit potency levels, and on Wednesday the National Cannabis Industry Association launched its first Food Safety Basics course specifically for marijuana industry professionals. It is based on a curriculum originally developed by the National Restaurant Association, and participants in Denver will learn about subjects including food borne illnesses, proper personal hygiene, how to prevent cross-contamination, sanitizing, and more.

Report: Russia to block US agricultural imports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 03:23

 Russia to block US agricultural importsMOSCOW (AP) — The Russian state news agency RIA Novosti is quoting an official of Russia's sanitary oversight agency as saying all imports of agricultural products from the United States to Russia will be banned.

Court hearing gay marriage arguments from 4 states

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 03:12

Gay marriage supporters cheer during a rally in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on challenges to state bans on gay marriage in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)A federal appeals court began to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — in the biggest such session on the issue so far, and hundreds of supporters rallied near the courthouse.

Mother charged with abandoning newborn in trash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 03:10
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis woman said she gave birth in a warehouse restroom and expected the newborn boy to die after she dumped him in a garbage can and returned to her work station, according to court documents.

Wife of man who filmed NYPD choke hold is charged with assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:57
Police have arrested the wife of a New York City man who filmed an officer using a choke hold on a suspect who later died, authorities said on Wednesday, charging her with misdemeanor assault days after her husband was detained on unrelated gun charges. The woman, Chrissie Ortiz, 30, has been a vocal critic of the police following the arrest on Saturday of her 22-year-old husband, Ramsey Orta, on weapons possession charges. She has claimed that police arrested Orta because of the July 17 cellphone video he shot during the arrest of Eric Garner, who was placed in a choke hold by a police officer while being detained for allegedly peddling illegal cigarettes. The choke hold is banned by the NYPD, which is investigating the incident.

Jurors begin deliberating in porch shooting case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:47

Theodore Wafer testifies in his own defense during the seventh day of testimony for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Detroit. He said he feared for his life when he fired at McBride on his porch in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Wafer is charged with second-degree murder and could be sentenced to up to life in prison with the chance for parole, if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit homeowner who opened his front door and blasted an unarmed woman on his porch should have called 911 instead of becoming "judge, jury and executioner," a prosecutor said Wednesday in urging jurors to convict him of second-degree murder.

Man pleads not guilty to possessing gun believed tied to Boston bombing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:45

MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, Mass.A high school friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges including having owned a gun that prosecutors believe may have been used by suspects in the 2013 attack. Stephen Silva, 21, appeared in Boston federal court to enter his plea on charges that include drug violations as well as having possessed a Ruger P95 9mm pistol with its serial number filed off. Prosecutors say Silva possessed the firearm in February 2013, two months before the bombing suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, used a similar weapon to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer three days after the bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured more than 260. Jonathan Shapiro, Silva’s lawyer, outside court on Wednesday emphasized that the indictment does not draw a connection between Silva and the alleged Boston Marathon bombers.

Tsarnaev pal pleads not guilty in drug, gun case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:43

FILE - This Nov. 21, 2013 Massachusetts Bay Transit Police file booking photo provided by the Dorchester District Court in Boston shows Stephen Sergio Silva, after he was arrested and charged with selling marijuana at a Boston train station. Silva, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is in federal court in Boston Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 on charges of heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. (AP Photo/Massachusetts Bay Transit Police, File)BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of trafficking heroin and possessing an illegal handgun connected to the April 2013 bombings.

Police: Son in family found dead stabbed parents

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:42
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — One of two adult sons in a family of four found dead inside a California home in June fatally stabbed his parents before he and the other son died in an arson fire there, police said.

After violent Utah landslide, a community on edge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:36

A man looks at a home destroyed by a landslide in a hillside community of North Salt Lake, Utah, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. One home was destroyed and 27 others were evacuated after a landslide early Tuesday struck an upscale suburban Salt Lake City community, where officials had worried for nearly a year about cracked soil on the hillside above the houses. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) — After a landslide crushed their neighbors' home in a mountainous community north of Salt Lake City earlier this week, residents of about 25 households have been told it's best to stay elsewhere until further notice.

Amid respite, West readies for more wildfires

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:35

Donna Garner, right, embraces former employee Napua Gonsales-Merck while they shift through the remains of the Fireside Village, a restaurant and shop owned by the Garners for over 30 years, in the aftermath of the Eiler Fire on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Light rain and higher humidity are helping crews make progress in their fight against two wildfires in the Northern California forest that are just miles apart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires, like earthquakes, are a frightening fact of life in California, just more predictable. So as thousands of firefighters made progress in taming more than a dozen blazes that have pockmarked the northern half of the state, fire officials and anxious residents of drought-afflicted rural communities breathed a shallow sigh of relief they knew might not last long.

Bumpy road now paved to Grand Canyon Skywalk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:32
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Getting to the Grand Canyon Skywalk used to include a teeth-chattering drive over a washboard road fraught with dips and twists.

Life in Virginia executive mansion probed in corruption trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:30

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen probed their personal life on Wednesday, with an ex-aide saying the first lady had wanted more time with her husband and yelled at staffers. The testimony by Mary Shea Sutherland, Maureen McDonnell's former chief of staff, counters defense contentions that the marriage was so frayed that the couple could not have conspired to take $165,000 in loans and gifts from a businessman. Sutherland testified in U.S. District Court that Maureen McDonnell had asked about having more time with her husband, and staffers tried to get them together for dinner as often as possible. The McDonnells face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr in exchange for supporting his former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. Defense attorneys have asserted that the couple’s marriage was crumbling and that the first lady had a “crush” on Williams.

Search for missing Washington girl enters third day with few clues

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:28
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Authorities in Washington state said on Wednesday they had searched homes, trash bins and the woods surrounding the mobile home park of a missing 6-year-old girl but remain uncertain whether she may have been abducted. Jenise Wright was last seen Saturday night going to bed at her family's mobile home in Bremerton, on the Kitsap peninsula across from Seattle, but was not reported missing by her parents until Sunday night, about 24 hours later, law enforcement said. The girl's parents told the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office their daughter was often left to wander alone for long periods. The FBI and dozens of volunteers have joined the search, which is still considered a recovery mission, according to Frank Montoya, special agent in charge of the FBI's Seattle Division.

Venezuela considers selling US oil company Citgo

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:26
CARACS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is considering selling its oil refining and distribution network in the U.S. amid a worsening economic crisis.

Officials: Woman who sneaked onto flight arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 02:26
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a woman arrested three times trying to sneak onto flights at San Francisco International Airport managed to fly from nearby San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket — the second person to stow away aboard a flight at San Jose's airport in recent months.