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Study: More pilots testing positive for drugs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:27

Acting National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart speaks during a hearing at the NTSB in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Tests of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Hart said the board "is concerned about possible safety implications of increased drug use in all modes of transportation." He called the report "an important first step toward understanding those implications." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Tests of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

News Guide: Primary election highlights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:11

Scott Brown, a former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, greets volunteers at his campaign headquarters Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014, in Manchester, N.H. Brown moved to New Hampshire and is seeking the Republican party nomination for U.S. Senate hoping to unseat Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:01

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio waits to speak on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, following a Republican strategy session after returning from a five-week recess. Boehner said Islamic State militants are a serious threat that must be dealt with in Iraq, Syria or wherever they exist and insisted that no decision would be made on a congressional vote until President Barack Obama lays out his strategy to defeat the militants. Boehner and other congressional leaders are heading to the White House this afternoon for a meeting with Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

Montana governor issues sage grouse conservation plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:56
Montana's governor on Tuesday signed an executive order creating a habitat conservation plan for sage grouse in a bid to keep management of the imperiled bird in state hands rather than see it come under strict federal Endangered Species Act protections. The greater sage-grouse, a chicken-sized bird dependant on shrinking sagebrush ecosystems in Montana and 10 other Western states, is at the center of a battle that pits environmentalists against industries such as ranching and energy development. "Montanans recognize that it is in the best interest of our state, its economy and our quality of life to maintain state management of the greater sage-grouse," Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, said in a statement. Montana is the latest of core sage-grouse states, including Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, to craft a plan aimed at increasing populations of the bird to avoid federal listing.

'Peeping Tom' sought in Radnor Township

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:56

'Peeping Tom' sought in Radnor TownshipPolice in Radnor Township are searching for a 'peeping Tom' suspect.

Police: Apparent double stabbing in Levittown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:46

 Apparent double stabbing in LevittownBucks County officials are investigating an apparent double stabbing in Levittown.

U.S. states probe Home Depot breach, senators seek FTC investigation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:36

A shopping cart is seen in a Home Depot location in NilesBy Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two senators asked the federal government to investigate a data breach on the payment-card processing systems of Home Depot Inc and five U.S. The retailer has yet to say what was stolen, though experts fear the attackers may have gotten away with more than 40 million payment cards, which would exceed the number taken in last year’s unprecedented attack on Target Corp . Home Depot said customers who shopped at its stores as far back as April were exposed, meaning the breach extended for more than four months including the busy summer season. An Illinois customer sued Home Depot saying the company failed to properly safeguard customer data from hackers, a lawsuit filed in a Chicago federal court showed on Tuesday.

Five children aged two to eight found dead in Alabama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:30

Timothy Ray Jones is seen in an undated picture provided by the Smith County Sheriff's Department in Smith County, MississippiBy Therese Apel JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - The decomposed bodies of five children aged between 2 and 8 were found stuffed into garbage bags on Tuesday near a logging road in Alabama after their father confessed to killing them and led police to the scene, authorities said. Timothy Ray Jones, the father of the children, did not reveal a motive for the killings, which he confessed to authorities in Mississippi, Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton said. "I'm a father of two, and I can't imagine what goes through a man's head when he does this," Crumpton said. "It was a horrible, horrible crime. ...

Apple unveils smartwatch, bets on wearable devices

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:26

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch Tuesday, introducing a device that transplants the features of an iPhone onto a smaller screen that's never more than an arm's length away.

Montana college student missing after fishing trip found alive

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:08
A University of Montana student who disappeared over the weekend during a fishing trip was found alive on Tuesday near the state's border with Idaho where his sport utility vehicle had broken down, authorities said. Dozens of law enforcement officials and volunteers had been scouring the winding canyons and trout streams of the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana in a search for August Kramer, 21, after he failed to return to the Missoula campus as planned on Sunday. Kramer, who grew up in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, was driving on Sunday on a dirt road toward Idaho from Montana to go fly fishing when his vehicle broke down, stranding him for two nights in temperatures that dipped below freezing, said Paige Pavalone, spokeswoman for the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.

Judge won't release any Brown juvenile records

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:04
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A judge has denied a request to release any juvenile records of an unarmed 18-year-old shot to death last month by police.

Oregon nurse pleads guilty to sexually abusing emergency room patients

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:56
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon nurse pleaded guilty on Tuesday to sexually abusing women in a Portland hospital's emergency room and is expected to be sentenced to 15 years in prison under terms of a deal with prosecutors, a court administrator said. Jeffrey McAllister, 39, was accused of assaulting nine patients and a hospital colleague at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center between 2009 and 2013, including two woman hospitalized for miscarriages, several with psychological problems and one immobilized by a broken back, charging documents show. McAllister pleaded guilty to seven counts of felony sex abuse, one count of unlawful sexual penetration, one count of attempted sex abuse and one count of patronizing a prostitute, a court administrator said. Eight of McAllister’s victims are suing Legacy Emanuel for failing to investigate the nurse despite multiple patient complaints.

Arizona sheriff calls for felony charges in deaths of 21 dogs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:52
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona sheriff on Tuesday called for felony animal cruelty charges against the owners of a kennel who he said left 21 dogs to die of suffocation and overheating while they were in Florida. He said an investigation into the incident in June had been completed, and that 21 felony charges and other misdemeanors are being sought each against kennel owners Todd and Maleisia Hughes, and caretakers Austin and Logan Flake.

Teen pleads guilty in fatal shootings of 3 youths

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:48
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting three other youths on a New Jersey street on Christmas night last year.

Sheriff accused of allowing inmates furloughs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:47
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Gadsden County sheriff was accused Tuesday of allowing inmates — including violent felons — out of jail without court permission for short periods so they could visit with family or meet girlfriends in motel rooms.

Researchers studying Pacific walrus population

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:46

This June 2014 released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows Pacific walruses in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. Researchers are trying to get a better handle on the size of the Pacific walrus population ahead of an expected decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on whether the animals need special protections. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Researchers are trying to get a better handle on the size of the Pacific walrus population ahead of an expected decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on whether the animals need special protections.

Football's return means big win for NBC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:45

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, file photo, a giant Super Bowl championship banner is unfurled on the field before an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers in Seattle. The Nielsen company said Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, that Thursday's kickoff game between Seattle and Green Bay was up 7 percent over the corresponding opening game a year ago, while the inaugural Sunday night matchup of Indianapolis and Denver was down 7 percent from 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File)NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is certainly ready for some football, given how the NFL's return enabled the network to flatten its competition last week.

U.S. House formally condemns Obama for Guantanamo prisoner swap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:40

A billboard calling for the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl near Spokane WashingtonHouse of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give Congress a 30-day notice before exchanging prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl for five members of the Taliban who were being held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The House voted 249 to 163, with 22 Democrats joining the Republican majority in favor of the resolution. The measure has no legal clout, but it castigates Obama a day before he is due to address the American public to seek support for military action against Islamic State in Iraq and, possibly, Syria. The House debated the measure as Obama met at the White House with congressional leaders, including Republican House Speaker John Boehner, to discuss his plans.

Co-founder of elephant care center killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:39

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Jim Laurita, executive director and foounder of Hope Elephants, feeds a carrot to one of the two retired circus elephants at his not-for-profit rehabilitation and educational facility in Hope, Maine. Knox County Sheriff deputies said Laurita was found dead Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in the animals' barn. Police say Laurita appeared to have fallen and struck his head on a cement floor. A medical examiner will determine his cause of death. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A veterinarian and co-founder of Hope Elephants, which cares for retired circus elephants, was killed Tuesday when one of the animals stepped on him, police said in ruling his death an accident.

In Missouri, Michael Brown memorial preserved, protected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:34

A makeshift memorial is seen near the site where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, MissouriBy Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - It's still there. The stuffed animals, flowers, and candles mounded into a memorial in the middle of the street where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer changes almost daily. It has been a month since the unarmed Brown was shot at least six times in an altercation with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Crowds no longer gather daily at the site where Brown died, a quiet street that runs between the Canfield Green apartment buildings.