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Feds say balance struck in California logging plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:24

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Scott Small, and other National Forest Service crew members work to restore terrain that was bulldozed for a firebreak in the battle against Rim Fire on a nordic ski trail along Dodge Ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest, near Tuolumne City, Calif. The Forest Service says it will release a final decision Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, on how much timber to log from the Sierra Nevada's largest wildfire in recorded history. Last year's Rim Fire burned 400 square miles including parts of Yosemite. A debate has since raged about sending burned and dead trees to lumber mills or leave them and let nature take its course. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.

Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:13
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.

Teen shot, wounded in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:07

Teen shot, wounded in WilmingtonAuthorities are investigating a shooting in Wilmington that wounded a teenage boy.

Flight diverts to Boston over reclined-seat upset

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:06
BOSTON (AP) — An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.

Florida appeals court says state can rule on gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:59
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - An appeals court in Florida on Thursday rejected a motion by its attorney general that urged the state's top court to delay a ruling on its same-sex marriage ban until the U.S. Supreme Court eventually decides on the issue. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi argued that the debate about gay nuptials involves issues central to the U.S. In a brief ruling, a judge in Florida's Miami-based Third District Court of Appeal rejected Bondi's motion.

No criminal charges in fatal gun range shooting by 9-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:58

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White HillsBy Alexia Shurmur WHITE HILLS Ariz. (Reuters) - County law enforcement officials in Arizona said on Thursday no criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was "being viewed as an industrial accident." But state occupational health and safety officials were conducting their own probe of the Monday morning incident that was captured on video at a gun range that caters in part to tourists visiting nearby Las Vegas. The shooting at the Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, near the Nevada border, has touched off debate over shooting ranges offering machine guns to casual visitors and the wisdom of giving children access to high-powered firearms.

Group trips across Grand Canyon will need permit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:54

FILE- In this file photo taken Tuesday, April 28, 2009, Eliza Anti, 31, and Michael Parker, 32, of Hardwick, Vt., near the end of their days-long hiking and camping trip at the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is imposing new restrictions on hikers who are turning up in larger numbers to complete grueling "rim to rim" excursions from one end of the canyon to the other. The popularity of the hikes have created problems with litter and safety as people need to be rescued. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Groups of hikers and runners who want to do grueling excursions across the Grand Canyon will soon need a permit — a move officials say will cut back on overcrowding, litter and safety issues at the popular tourist attraction in Arizona.

CORRECTS: Warren Buffett's son says foundation he runs has bought Rosa Parks archive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:47
DETROIT (AP) — CORRECTS: Warren Buffett's son says foundation he runs has bought Rosa Parks archive. (Corrects APNewsAlert with correct spelling of Buffett)

Suit claims police brutality at Ferguson protests

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:46
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Official: Bidders compete for Uruguay pot business

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:45

 Bidders compete for Uruguay pot businessMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's new market for legalized marijuana has attracted at least 20 companies bidding for the right to supply pot to the country's pharmacies, a government official said Thursday.

Lawsuit says police altered video in West Virginia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:40
Police in a West Virginia city altered video evidence in the death of a mentally ill black man who was shot and killed last year during a confrontation with officers, a lawyer for the victim's family said on Thursday. Sherman L. Lambert Sr., an attorney representing the estate of Wayne A. Jones, filed a legal motion on Wednesday in a $200 million lawsuit against five Martinsburg police officers. The officers were cleared of wrongdoing in a report from West Virginia State Police investigators in April. Across the country, video evidence is playing an increasingly important role in such cases.

Oklahoma loses federal 'No Child Left Behind Waiver'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:37
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma lost its federal "No Child Left Behind” waiver on Thursday after it dropped education standards adopted by almost all states, a move that could lead to cuts in the $500 million in U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle said in a letter to Oklahoma Schools State Superintendent Janet Barresi the state can no longer demonstrate that it had college- and career-ready standards. Earlier this year, the state repealed Common Core for English and math due to concerns that the federal government was trying to take over the state's education policy. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, lashed out at President Barack Obama, saying his Democratic administration was punishing the state because of the repeal.

Syrian charged in plot against troops is now in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:31
PHOENIX (AP) — A Syrian man has been extradited to Arizona to face charges that he supplied components of improvised explosive devices to a jihadist group in Iraq that mounted attacks against the U.S. military.

Opponents of tuition vouchers file lawsuit in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:29
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Opponents of tuition vouchers in Florida filed suit on Thursday against the state's corporate tax credit scholarship program, saying it illegally subsidizes religious schools and violates the state's requirement to guarantee uniform public education for all. Former Governor Jeb Bush had originally introduced "opportunity scholarships" 15 years ago. Bush and Governor Rick Scott and have championed the scholarship program, saying it helps students get into schools that their parents otherwise could not afford.    The lawsuit by the Florida Education Association (FEA), a federation of teacher and education workers' labor unions, and other critics of the plan was filed in Leon County Circuit Court.

Arizona mom who left children in hot car regains custody

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:28
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona woman who attracted national attention in March when she left her two young children in a hot car while at a job interview regained custody of them on Thursday, her lawyer said.     Shanesha Taylor, whose tear-stained mug shot was broadcast widely and generated nearly $115,000 in donations, will be allowed to take her two sons home from state care immediately and without restrictions under a ruling by a juvenile court judge, said attorney Benjamin Taylor.     “Today is a great day,” the lawyer told Reuters. “She is very happy that she will be reunited with her children and be able to care for them again.”     Taylor's children were taken away after police found her two boys, a 6-month-old infant and a 2-year-old, alone in a locked vehicle in March, with temperatures inside surpassing 100 degrees F.     Her children were buckled into the backseat of the vehicle, sweating profusely and in apparent distress, police said.

Man shot during robbery in Pathmark parking lot in NE Phila.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:23

Man shot, robbed of $70,000 in supermarket parking lotPolice say a man was shot during a robbery in the parking lot of a supermarket in Northeast Philadelphia.

US rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:21
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama's administration on Thursday stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core, in a rebuke that a union official said could lead to teacher layoffs.

White House orders U.S. labs to take inventory of infectious agents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:20
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The White House has ordered federally funded labs working with infectious agents to conduct an immediate inventory of the pathogens in their labs and review their safety and security protocols, according to a memo released on Thursday. The order follows a trio of high-profile mishaps at federal labs in recent months, including the mishandling of anthrax and bird flu by researchers at the U.S.

Minimum 17-year sentence sought in porch shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:15

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, Theodore Wafer, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., testifies in his own defense during his trial for the Nov. 2, 2013, killing of Renisha McBride in Detroit. Wafer is scheduled to return to court for sentencing next Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, about a month after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of Renisha McBride. Prosecutors want the judge to follow sentencing guidelines and send Wafer to prison for at least 17 years for murder and the unlawful use of a gun. Defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter is asking for as little as six years. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr., File)DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors are recommending at least 17 years in prison for a Detroit-area man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch, while his lawyer is urging a judge to go as low as six years.

Judge: rule Friday if no abortion law agreement

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:01
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.