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One killed, two hurt in West Virginia coal mine accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 01:18
(Reuters) - One miner was killed and two injured in an accident at a Murray Energy Corp [MUYEY.UL] coal mine in West Virginia, the company said on Monday. The accident took place late on Sunday at the Marshall County Coal Co's Marshall County Mine near Cameron, West Virginia, said Murray Energy, the biggest privately owned U.S. coal company, in a statement. WTRF-TV in Wheeling, West Virginia, quoted the state's Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training as saying initial reports indicated that a roof and mine rib had fallen. U.S. Department of Labor numbers show that there were 16 coal mining deaths nationwide last year.

Suspect robs 2 stores at knife point in Oxford Circle

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 00:57

Suspect robs 2 stores at knife point in Oxford CirclePolice are searching for a suspect who robbed two stores at knife point in the city's Oxford Circle section.

Documents: Wisconsin shooting victim suffered from anxiety

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 00:36

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval appears at a press conference on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Madison, Wis., where he released the name of the officer involved in the shooting of 19-year old Tony Robinson on Friday night. Robinson was shot after assaulting Officer Matt Kenny, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The unarmed black man who died at the hands of a white Wisconsin police officer suffered from attention deficit disorder and tended to be an impulsive risk-taker, court documents show.

Supreme Court shunts Amtrak case down the line

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 00:27

An Amtrak passenger train rolls past the Tesoro refinery in MartinezBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ducked a major ruling on whether Amtrak, the government-owned passenger rail company, wields too much clout in setting regulations that private freight carriers also must follow. The court, on a 9-0 vote, threw out a lower court ruling against the government by finding that Amtrak is a government entity, not a private company. Kennedy wrote that the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was based on the "flawed premise" that Amtrak was a private entity. The case was brought by the Association of American Railroads, which had challenged a federal law that gives Amtrak a key role in setting standards for railroads, including for on-time performance.

16-year-old girl robbed at gunpoint in Pennsport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 00:25

16-year-old girl robbed at gunpoint in PennsportPhiladelphia police are looking for three suspects who robbed a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint in the city's Pennsport neighborhood last month

Supreme Court revives Notre Dame's Obamacare contraception objections

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 00:20

Supreme Court revives Notre Dame's Obamacare contraception objectionsBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived the University of Notre Dame's religious objections to the requirement for contraception coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, throwing out a lower court decision in favor of the federal government. The justices asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision against the South Bend, Indiana-based Roman Catholic university in light of the June 2014 Supreme Court ruling that allowed certain privately owned corporations to seek exemptions from the provision.

Partial collapse at East Mt. Airy apartment building

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 00:16

Partial collapse at East Mt. Airy apartment buildingOfficials are investigating a partial building collapse in East Mount Airy.

Family of 4 survives partial house collapse in Camden, New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 00:15

Family of 4 survives partial house collapse in Camden, New JerseyIt was a close call for a family of four in Camden after their home cracked open and partially collapsed.

U.S. offers $5 million for missing American, appeals to Iran

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 00:06

Wife of missing former FBI agent Levinson attends news conference in TehranBy Mark Hosenball and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States offered $5 million on Monday for help in finding an American who disappeared in Iran eight years ago and appealed to Tehran to cooperate in the search for the former FBI agent, Robert Levinson. "We ask the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to work cooperatively with us on the investigation into Robert Levinson’s disappearance so we can ensure his safe return," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement. The White House National Security Council said it was "committed to the safe return of Bob Levinson to his family." Levinson disappeared from Kish Island, an Iranian resort in the Gulf, on March 9, 2007, while on a business trip as a private investigator. Levinson traveled to Kish to meet Daoud Salahuddin, an American wanted in the murder of an Iranian diplomat in a Washington suburb in 1980.

USDA chief orders improved animal welfare protocols at research center

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:56

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivers keynote remarks at the public launch of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba while at the National Press Club in WashingtonBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - No new research projects will begin at the U.S. government's key livestock study center until animal welfare is improved through stronger oversight and better training of standards, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Monday. Vilsack also ordered that USDA staff update electronic record-keeping practices at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) facility in Nebraska, to ensure all animals are being appropriately monitored and cared for. The agency announced in January it was looking into livestock conditions at the center, which seeks ways to improve profitability of the U.S. livestock industry, such as by making pork loins less fatty, after a New York Times report said staff had failed to follow basic animal welfare standards during decades of research. While "no instances of animal abuse, misuse, or mistreatment were observed," according to a draft of the report released Monday by USDA, the facility was not in compliance with Agricultural Research Service policies, in part because the center's committee charged with keeping track of animal care had fallen short of its oversight duties.

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill limiting union heft

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:53

Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des MoinesBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican presidential hopeful, signed a bill into law on Monday that stops private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment. The law takes effect immediately, making Wisconsin the 25th state to approve a so-called right-to-work law and marking the latest victory for Republicans targeting labor unions, following adoption of similar laws in Michigan and Indiana in 2012. "It sends a powerful message across the country and around the world," Walker said, adding that what he called freedom to work is one of the three or four things that people ask about when he is on trade and investment tours for Wisconsin. "This is one more tool that will help grow good paying, family supporting jobs here in the state of Wisconsin, particularly in the areas where you need them in manufacturing," Walker said.

Supreme Court rejects cases on Guantanamo detainee treatment

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:40

A Guantanamo detainee's feet are shackled to the floor as he attends a "Life Skills" class at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval BaseBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday spurned two appeals involving U.S. treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees, barring a Syrian man from suing the United States over alleged torture and blocking the release of images purported to show evidence of a Saudi man's mistreatment. In one case, the court left in place a January 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against a Syrian former detainee, Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al Janko. He had sought to sue the United States for damages stemming from his treatment during seven years at the U.S. facility in Cuba. Janko says he was tortured and suffered physical and psychological degradation at Guantanamo from 2002 to 2009 after being detained in Afghanistan in 2001.

Emotions Raw as Madison Faces Police Shooting of Unarmed Teen

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:38
Friends and family gathered in front of the home where 19-year old killed.

University of Oklahoma closes fraternity linked to racist video

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:36
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The University of Oklahoma has closed a fraternity linked to a racist video and ordered its members to remove their belongings from the house, University President David Boren said on Monday. "Effective immediately, all ties and affiliations between the University and the local SAE (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) chapter are hereby severed," Boren said in a statement. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas)

New York Catholic shrine's repair estimate climbs to $5M

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:32
AURIESVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A Mohawk Valley shrine built on the birthplace of the Roman Catholic Church's first Native American saint needs millions of dollars more in repairs than what was originally estimated, shrine officials said.

Geography questions take back seat on NYC yellow cab exam

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 22:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Questions about local geography are taking a back seat on the exam drivers must take to operate a New York City yellow cab.

U.S. top court refuses to shield former Somali official from suit

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 22:07
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to block a lawsuit filed by a group of Somalis against their country's former prime minister seeking to hold him responsible for torture and human rights abuses in Somalia. The justices declined to review a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that allowed a lawsuit to proceed against Mohamed Ali Samantar, who served as Somalia's defense minister in the 1980s and then as prime minister from 1987 to 1990. Samantar is attempting to claim immunity from the lawsuit. When the case first came to the court in 2010, the justices ruled that Samantar could not claim immunity via the federal Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act but might be able to claim immunity under common law.

Reggie Jackson to sell big letters from old Yankee Stadium

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 22:03

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2008, file photo, shows the old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York, on the day of the final regular season game at the stadium. The 10-foot high letters that spelled “Yankee Stadium” atop the original ballpark are being offered for sale at Sotheby’s on April 1, 2015. The owner is Yankee legend Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson, who bought the letters after the Yankees’ last game at the stadium. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Some very big, familiar pieces of New York City sports history are going on the auction block — courtesy of a baseball star.

WR Maclin leaving Eagles for Chiefs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 21:57
Free-agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin plans to reunite with former coach Andy Reid in Kansas City once free agency officially begins Tuesday, according to league sources.

High-fashion stylist turns focus to all women with QVC line

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 20:49

In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 photo, Ohio native Lori Goldstein poses for a photograph at the home shopping network QVC headquarters in West Chester, Pa. Goldstein spent years as a stylist determining the right look for subjects of award-winning ad campaigns, chart-topping music videos and iconic magazine covers. Now she is focused on offering style to the masses with an original line on QVC and she recently started a new weekly show. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Lori Goldstein was beginning her career in the late 1970s, stylists weren't a staple of the fashion industry, home shopping networks didn't exist and a naked and pregnant Demi Moore had yet to bare her belly at checkout counters everywhere from the cover of Vanity Fair.