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U.S. says has not received notice of China approving Viptera corn

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:44
By Krista Hughes (Reuters) - The United States has not received official notification from China of approval for imports of a type of genetically modified corn at the center of lawsuits against seed maker Syngenta AG, a U.S. government spokesperson told Reuters on Tuesday. Chinese authorities have informed some agriculture industry officials that the government has approved imports of Agrisure Viptera corn, known as MIR 162, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg. ...

China GMO corn approval not seen as windfall for U.S. exporters

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:43
By Michael Hirtzer and Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) - Despite molding corn stocks and unreliable alternate suppliers, China is not expected to immediately revive U.S. corn imports following Beijing's expected approval of a biotech variety responsible for a year-long halt to shipments. U.S. corn prices hit five-month peaks this week, partly on reports that Chinese approval of Syngenta AG's Agricure Viptera corn could come in the near future and that this could also help sales of dried distiller's grains (DDGs), a corn-based animal feed, into their biggest market. ...

Britney Spears magazine cover sparks Photoshop rumors

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:42

Britney Spears magazine cover sparks Photoshop rumorsBritney Spears is looking ab-solutely fantastic on the new cover on Women's Health magazine, but some say the pop star's face is almost unrecognizable in the image.


Obama makes Alaska's Bristol Bay area off limits for oil drilling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:41
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday designated the fish-rich Bristol Bay area of Alaska "off limits" for oil and gas leasing, the White House said, drawing praise from environmental groups. The area off Alaska's coast supports a $2 billion annual fishing industry as well as the tourism sector, the White House said. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska questioned the timing of the announcement but did not voice opposition. ...

L.A. mayor plans to equip city's police officers with body cameras

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:32
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Mayor Gil Garcetti on Tuesday announced a plan to equip 7,000 of the city's police officers on the streets with body cameras, an ambitious initiative that comes amid nationwide protests over police killings of unarmed black men. The proposal would expand a privately funded, $1.5 million pilot project launched in January to provide officers on foot patrol in downtown Los Angeles with cameras to test. ...

UN to vote on extending cross-border aid delivery to Syria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:22
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a vote Wednesday on a resolution extending cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-held areas in desperate need of food and medicine, without government approval.

Illinois city settles police shooting lawsuit for $1.1M

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:21

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2009 file photo, Ivy Wallace cheers for a speaker during a march and rally for Mark Anthony Barmore, led by the NAACP, at Kingdom Authority International Ministries in Rockford, Ill. The city of Rockford announced Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 that it has reached a $1.1 million settlement with the estate of Barmore, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot inside a church-run daycare by two white police officers in 2009. (AP Photo/Rockford Register Star, Scott Morgan,File) MANDATORY CREDITROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The city of Rockford has reached a $1.1 million settlement with the estate of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot inside a church-run day care by two white police officers in 2009, according to officials.


Bill Cosby won't be charged over molestation claim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:11

Bill Cosby won't be charged over molestation claimLos Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974.


Mom charged with murder after babies' bodies found

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:10

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Erika Murray enters a courtroom for her arraignment at Uxbridge District Court in Uxbridge, Mass. District Attorney Joseph Early announced Tuesday, Dec.16, 2014 that Murray been indicted on two murder charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home in September. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Paul Kapteyn, Pool, File)WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A woman was indicted on two murder charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home in September, a district attorney announced Tuesday.


How the NLRB may expand responsibility for labor violations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:10
By Mica Rosenberg and Lisa Baertlein NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is expected to rule soon on if, and how, companies can be held responsible for labor violations carried out by their contractors or franchisees - a move that could have far-reaching implications for businesses. If the five-member board decides to broaden the theory known as "joint employer," industry groups say it will harm businesses and could potentially set in motion a number of legal battles. ...

Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:07

Cameron Cerf holds a protest sign with Southwest Airlines employees at the entrance to Love Field in Dallas, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract after three years of negotiations. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DENVER (AP) — Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract.


Man gets seven years for mailing bomb to hardline Arizona sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:02
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Oklahoma man convicted of mailing an improvised bomb to hardline Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio from northern Arizona last year was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Gregory Lynn Shrader, 56, was sentenced in federal court in Phoenix on four charges for mailing the package to Arpaio in April 2013 as part of a scheme to frame a former business partner for the crime. ...

Relative: Anthony Flick speaking, knows nothing of shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:53

 Anthony Flick speaking, knows nothing of shootingsThe 17-year-old boy who was wounded amid the Montgomery County killing spree that left six people dead - including his parents and sister - remains hospitalized.


Obama makes Alaska's Bristol Bay area off limits for oil drilling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday designated the fish-rich Bristol Bay area of Alaska "off limits" for oil and gas leasing, the White House said, drawing praise from environmental groups. The area off Alaska's coast supports a $2 billion annual fishing industry as well as the tourism sector, the White House said. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska questioned the timing of the announcement but did voice opposition. ...

Man charged in fatal attack on shopper

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:46
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A man charged Tuesday with fatally stabbing a 75-year-old woman he didn't know in a Duluth grocery store told investigators he went to the store to "either shop or kill somebody," a criminal complaint alleges.

Pennsylvania suspect in family killings dead of self-inflicted cuts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:43

Bradley William StoneBy Daniel Kelley EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (Reuters) - An Iraq War veteran sought in the killing of six family members in Pennsylvania was found dead on Tuesday of "self-inflicted cutting wounds" following a two-day manhunt, authorities said. Suspect Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg was being sought in the deaths on Monday of his ex-wife, her mother, grandmother, sister and two other family members, including his 14-year-old niece. His 17-year-old nephew was seriously wounded. Stone's body was found on Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area in New Hanover Township, about a half mile (0. ...


Suspect in deadly Glenolden shooting identified as police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:43

Suspect in deadly Glenolden shooting identified as police officerAuthorities have identified a former police officer as the suspect who gunned down a woman in Delaware County before opening fire on her 15-year-old daughter.


U.S. court to hear case on blocking executions in Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:34
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A federal judge in Oklahoma will hear arguments starting on Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by 21 death row inmates trying to halt future executions there after a troubled lethal injection this year led the state to revamp its death chamber protocols. Lawyers for the inmates, four of whom are scheduled to be executed next year, said the new protocols were unsound and the chemical combination in a revamped lethal injection combination could result in cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. ...

Obama backs bill imposing new sanctions on Russia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:32

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. President Barack Obama will sign legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing weapons and other aid to Ukraine despite White House concerns that military assistance will further escalate the conflict, the White House said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will sign legislation imposing new economic sanctions on Russia, the White House said Tuesday, as the U.S. claimed some credit for sparking Moscow's roiling currency crisis and moved to deepen the pain.


Family sues over fatal shooting at Ohio Wal-Mart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 07:30

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the family of John Crawford III shows Crawford, right, with his mother, Tressa Sherrod. The family of Crawford, a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, charging negligence and violation of the man's civil rights. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court against the Ohio city of Beavercreek, the two Beavercreek officers involved, the police chief and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (AP Photo/Courtesy family of John Crawford III, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging negligence and violation of the man's civil rights.