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California becomes first U.S. state to ban plastic grocery bags

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:36

California Governor Jerry Brown gestures during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico CityBy Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Single-use plastic bags are set to disappear from California grocery stores over the next two years under a first-in-the-nation state law signed on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite opposition from bag manufacturers. The law would ban grocery stores from handing out such bags with customers' purchases, and provide money to local plastic bag companies to retool to make heavier, multiple-use bags that customers could buy. ...

NASA to conduct helicopter crash test at Langley

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:28
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — NASA engineers on Wednesday will crash a former military helicopter that's been retrofitted with various composite subfloors to see how the material affects the likelihood of injuries.

Louisville police: 1 child injured, high school evacuated after report of weapons on campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:20
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville police: 1 child injured, high school evacuated after report of weapons on campus.

Brookfield bids for Atlantic City's Revel Casino: WSJ

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:06

A man reads a sign at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City notifying the public about its closure(Reuters) - An affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management has topped Florida real estate developer Glenn Straub's $90 million bid for the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources. The auction started on Wednesday with Straub's all-cash bid, but was adjourned until Tuesday for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah holiday. Brookfield, which owns the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, declined to comment on the report. If Straub loses the auction, he will collect a $3 million breakup fee for serving as the lead bidder, the newspaper said. ...

Secret Service information should be made public soon: White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Information about a recent security breach at the White House should be made public as soon as possible, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday. Press secretary Josh Earnest said it is the Secret Service's responsibility to investigate security for the White House and the president. He said President Barack Obama is confident the Secret Service will implement necessary reforms. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was questioned by a congressional committee on Tuesday about how a man managed to jump the White House fence and enter the building earlier this month. ...

Colorado student protests spread to a middle school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 02:01
DENVER (Reuters) - Protests against a proposed curriculum change that saw hundreds of high school students walk out of class in a Colorado district spread to a middle school on Tuesday. Several dozen students staged a demonstration outside the Carmody Middle School in the Jefferson County School District and chanted slogans including "Don't censor history," local TV news footage showed. Last week hundreds of students walked out of nearly all the district's 17 high schools to protest the curriculum change proposal, which is being floated by a school board with a conservative majority. ...

Utah man attacked with chemical lye

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:54
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man is facing assault and mayhem charges, accused of attacking another man by spraying him in the face with chemical lye.

UN: Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:54

A Turkish soldier holds the hand of Sidra, 12, a Kurdish refugee girl from Kobani who lost her parents after their arrival at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against a Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the militants' advance, activists said. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N humanitarian chief on Tuesday said tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country despite a U.S.-led airstrike campaign.

Feds: More reforms needed at Rikers jail complex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:52
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor cautioned Tuesday that New York City's efforts to curb abuses of youth offenders at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex need to go further.

Police: Naked woman in semi that hit school bus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:49
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a naked woman was riding in the tractor-trailer that struck a school bus in north Florida, injuring 10 people.

Colorado court hears appeal of worker fired for medical marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:47

A marijuana leaf is displayed at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in SeattleBy Brendan Pierson (Reuters) - The Colorado Supreme court on Tuesday heard arguments over whether employees can be fired for using medical marijuana, which is legal in the state but illegal under federal law. The case was brought by Brandon Coats, a former customer service representative for Englewood, Colo.-based Dish Network who was fired in 2010 after testing positive for marijuana. Coats is quadriplegic as a result of a car accident and has a license to use marijuana to treat painful muscle spasms. ...

Inmate convicted of police killing to speak at Vermont graduation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:42
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A former death row inmate, now serving a life sentence for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, will deliver a graduation speech at a liberal arts college in Vermont at the request of students there. At a Oct. 5 ceremony, Goddard College in Plainfield will play a speech recorded by Mumia Abu-Jamal at the Pennsylvania prison where he is incarcerated. ...

Novartis ordered to face U.S. lawsuit over doctor kickbacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:37

A Novartis logo is pictured on its headquarters building in MumbaiBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge said Novartis AG must face a U.S. government lawsuit accusing the Swiss drugmaker of paying multimillion-dollar kickbacks, including a $9,750 dinner for three at a Japanese restaurant, to induce doctors to prescribe its drugs. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan on Tuesday let the government pursue its entire lawsuit, brought under the federal False Claims Act. He also said New York can pursue most of its state law claims in a related lawsuit. ...

Bahamas strikes tough tone on immigration at UN

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:31

Frederick A. Mitchell, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of the Bahamas said Tuesday his country is determined to control illegal immigration, saying that allowing it to balloon could be a "recipe for civil strife."

Oklahoma suspect in beheading death charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:28

Alton Alexander Nolen is seen in a picture from the Oklahoma Department of CorrectionsBy Heide Brandes NORMAN Oklahoma (Reuters) - Oklahoma authorities on Tuesday filed murder charges against Alton Nolen, who is suspected of beheading a former co-worker at a food distribution center last week shortly after being fired, and may seek the death penalty, prosecutors said. The state is not pursuing a terrorism charge and will leave that matter to federal authorities, Greg Mashburn, the Cleveland County district attorney, said at a news conference. "There is not a terrorism statute in the state of Oklahoma," he said. ...

Decorated NYPD officer indicted on assault charge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a newly decorated New York City police officer has been indicted after a woman was beaten in her home.

Florida loud music shooting not accidental, shooter testifies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:26

Michael Dunn raises his hands in disbelief as he looks toward his parents after the verdicts were announced in his trial in JacksonvilleBy Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - A middle-aged white man on trial for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager during a dispute about loud music told a Florida jury on Tuesday he thought his life was in danger and showed little remorse as he described pulling the trigger. "I meant to pull it 50 times if that’s what it took to save my life. I was going as fast as I could," said Michael Dunn, 47, a software engineer who is being retried for first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. ...

School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:18

Marisela Martinez-Cola, right, a lawyer and a parent living in an Atlanta suburb with her husband Greg, left, and their 7-year-old son, David, pose for photos as they prepare for a typical school and work day Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Lawrenceville, Ga. The couple send their son to private school and have hired a tutor to improve David's reading _ expenses made possible by Greg’s salary as a regional buyer for Costco Wholesale. (AP Photo/David Tulis)WASHINGTON (AP) — Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:

Miami commissioners approve billion-dollar downtown complex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:14

The Miami skyline is pictured from a causeway on a rainy day in MiamiBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - The city of Miami has given the nod to a $1.5 billion mixed-use project boosters said will transform downtown Miami, adding retail and public spaces to a destitute neighborhood squeezed between condominium towers and the home of the Miami Heat basketball team. City commissioners late Monday voted unanimously to allow Miami developers Miami Worldcenter Associates, together with Michigan-based shopping center developers Taubman Centers and The Forbes Company, to move forward with plans for a sprawling complex that will span several city blocks. ...

Police find explosive in manhunt for Pa. trooper shooting suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 01:07

Police find explosive in manhunt for Pa. trooper shooting suspectInvestigators now say they've found an explosive device and other items they believe were left behind by Eric Frein.