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U.S. lawmakers to examine worst-ever bird flu outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:12

An egg-producing chicken farm run by Sunrise Farm is seen in Harris, IowaBy Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is set to hold a hearing next month on the deadliest-ever outbreak of bird flu in U.S. poultry amid mounting criticism from Iowa lawmakers about the speed of the U.S. Agriculture Department's response. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican and committee chairman, is expected to hear testimony on the USDA's response and funding for its efforts on July 7, spokeswoman Meghan Cline said. More than 47 million chickens and turkeys have been killed in the past six months because of bird flu or are set to be culled to prevent the spread of the disease.


Shell's Alaska Arctic spill response plan wins court approval

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:05
A divided federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by a coalition of environmental groups to revoke federal approval of Royal Dutch Shell Plc's oil spill response plans related to drilling on Alaska's remote Arctic coast. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is part of the Department of the Interior, acted lawfully in approving the plans, which relate to Shell oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas from 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Groups sue over Florida's 24-hour wait period for abortions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:03
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two groups sued the state of Florida on Thursday seeking to stop a 24-hour waiting period for abortions from taking effect, arguing that it imposes an unnecessary burden on women seeking to end their pregnancies.

'Black Madam' sentenced 10 to 20 years in buttocks-enhancement death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:03

'Black Madam' sentenced 10 to 20 years in buttocks-enhancement deathA former madam who performed illegal "body sculpting" was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison after the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks.


Health officials tell US doctors to watch for MERS

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:01
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are advising U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for people sickened by Middle East respiratory syndrome, also called MERS, following an outbreak in South Korea.

Bucks County man arrested in church arson, BB gun shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:01

Bucks County man arrested in church arson, BB gun shootingA man has been arrested in a series of crimes over the past few months in Bucks County.


EU launches antitrust investigation into Amazon over e-books

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:59
LONDON (AP) — The European Union has launched an antitrust investigation into online retailer Amazon over its distribution of e-books, which have become increasingly popular in recent years.

5th man charged in New York in ISIS recruitment plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:55
NEW YORK (AP) — A fifth man pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges in New York City that he was involved in a plot to recruit U.S. fighters to join the Islamic State group.

Most inmates who escape get caught: How some were nabbed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:52

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2010 file photo, former escaped fugitive John McCluskey arrives for his initial appearance at Apache County Superior Court in St. Johns, Ariz. McCluskey escaped from a Kingman, Ariz. prison and had been on the lam since July 30, 2010 with his fiancee Casslyn Welch. As the hunt for two escaped killers in New York stretches to almost a week, a review of past high-profile escapes shows most do in fact get caught sooner or later, tripped up by any number of missteps or miscalculations. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)One escaped inmate was captured wearing his victim's baseball cap. Two other fugitives were too busy enjoying wine and cheese to stay ahead of police.


Former Al Jazeera America journalist claims bias

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:47

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Al Jazeera America editorial newsroom staff prepare for their first broadcast in New York. Shannon High-Bassalik former head of Al Jazeera America’s documentary unit has sued the news network, claiming it is biased against non-Arabs in stories that it produces and how it treats employees. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The former head of Al Jazeera America's documentary unit has sued the news network, claiming it is biased against non-Arabs and women in stories that it produces and in how it treats employees.


Man pleads not guilty in NYC police officer's shooting death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:46

Demetrius Blackwell appears in Queens criminal court, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in New York. Blackwell has been indicted on first-degree murder and other charges in last month's killing of a New York Police Department officer Brian Moore, a district attorney announced Thursday. (Elis Kaplan/New York Post via AP, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — An ex-con with a long criminal record pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in last month's killing of a New York Police Department officer while 100 fellow officers stood watch in the courtroom.


3-year-old hit by school bus in Camden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:43

3-year-old hit by school bus in CamdenA 3-year-old has been taken to the hospital after being struck by a school bus in Camden.


New York man pleads not guilty to murdering police officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:42

Suspect Demetrius Blackwell walks into court for his arraignment in Queens County Criminal Court in New YorkA New York man accused of shooting a plainclothes police officer last month pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Thursday. Demetrius Blackwell, 35, was arrested hours after he allegedly shot New York police officer Brian Moore, 25, in the head after Moore attempted to question him in a middle-class section of the borough of Queens on May 2. Blackwell was also charged with the attempted murder of Moore's partner, Erik Jansen.


Union rejects contract for 900 workers at Stillwater Mining

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:34

FILE - In this March 17, 2015 file photo, Stillwater Mining Co. CEO Mick McMullen, left, talks about the company's mine near Nye with geologist Robbie McMahon during a visit to the underground operation. Union workers at Montana’s largest mining company have rejected a proposed four-year contract affecting more than 900 workers that they said would have reduced take-home pay, Stillwater Mining Co. announced Thursday, June 11, 2015. McMullen said the company would continue to negotiate with the union. The current contract runs out at midnight Friday, June 12. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Union workers at Montana's largest mining company have rejected a proposed four-year contract that could have reduced their take-home pay, as Stillwater Mining Co. executives seek to cut costs amid declining precious metals prices.


Library official resigns after fracas over missing art

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:29
BOSTON (AP) — The chairman of the Boston Public Library board of trustees has announced his resignation after a fracas over valuable art that was misplaced but later found.

Police: Woman was killed by onetime love interest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:26

In this image taken from video made available by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Charlie Enice Brooks greets Joseph Pope after Brooks arrived from Colorado at the Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, June 7, 2015. Brooks flew to Florida for a reunion with Pope — her teenage sweetheart — and was found murdered and floating in a canal on Monday, June 8. Pope later killed himself. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP)SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) — A woman who flew from Colorado to Florida to reconnect with an old flame turned up dead days later, and her onetime boyfriend killed himself as investigators zeroed in on him as the prime suspect, authorities said.


Parents of 3-year-old girl plead not guilty to murder, abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:11
PHOENIX (AP) — The parents of a 3-year-old Arizona girl who weighed just 15 pounds when she died have pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges in a case that has renewed scrutiny of Arizona's child protection system.

Kentucky death row inmates lose challenge of clemency system

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:08
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two death row inmates who challenged Kentucky's clemency system lost their appeal Thursday to the state's highest court, which upheld the process by which life-and-death decisions are concentrated in the hands of the governor.

PHOTOS: Suspects arrested in Jersey Shore drug bust

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:07

 Suspects arrested in Jersey Shore drug bustState police say a police officer and a public works employee are among 32 people arrested in connection with two independent drug trafficking organizations operating at the Jersey Shore.


Officials: 200-300 inmates involved in Oklahoma prison brawl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 04:04
CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — Between 200 and 300 inmates at a private prison in Oklahoma were involved in a brawl, state corrections officials said Thursday, and the facility is on indefinite lockdown.