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Exclusive: Air quality problems dog Irving's New Brunswick oil-by-rail terminal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:42

Irving Oil workers inspect rail cars carrying crude oil at the Irving Oil rail yard terminal in Saint John, New BrunswickBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Irving Oil's oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, has seen increasing air quality problems since it started up in 2012, undermining the company's assurances to regulators the project would likely not impact the environment, according to documents obtained by Reuters. New Brunswick's Department of the Environment approved the 145,000-barrel-per-day Saint John rail terminal project in June 2012 without requiring an environmental impact study after Irving said it did not expect it to trigger new odors or emissions and was just a variation on its existing marine terminal facility on the same site, according to the documents obtained through a Right to Information Act request.


Source: Joan Rivers hospitalized, upgraded to stable

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:38

 Joan Rivers rushed to hospitalComedienne Joan Rivers is hospitalized in stable condition, a law enforcement source tells ABC News.


Bait dumping offers invaders path to Great lakes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:28

FILE - In this June 13, 2012, photo an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumps from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish's population. Inadequate regulation of the bait fish trade and carelessness on the part of anglers may be allowing invasive species — including widely feared Asian carp — to reach the Great Lakes and inland waterways, according to a scientific paper released Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Inadequate regulation of the bait fish trade and carelessness on the part of anglers may be allowing invasive species — including widely feared Asian carp — to reach the Great Lakes and inland waterways, according to a scientific paper released Thursday.


U.S. lists 20 corals as threatened; activists want more

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:26
Environmentalists urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday to extend the protection to all threatened marine species. "We are concerned with NOAA's unwillingness to acknowledge the widespread threats to the coral species not receiving protections," said Bethany Cotton, wildlife program director for environmental advocacy group WildEarth Guardians. NOAA was considering 66 coral species when it embarked on its study two years ago.

Surprise! Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie are now married

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:24

Surprise! Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie are now marriedAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says.


Gay rights activists face charges over sit-in at Utah Legislature

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:23
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Thirteen Utah gay rights activists briefly arrested six months ago during a sit-in at the State Capitol to demand lawmakers consider an anti-discrimination bill are now facing misdemeanor charges linked to the protest, according to state court records. Salt Lake City prosecutors filed a single misdemeanor count of disrupting a meeting or procession against each of the 13 late on Wednesday. The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in the county jail.  All 13 - eight men and five women - plan to enter not guilty pleas when they appear at a Sept. 26 arraignment in the Salt Lake City Justice Court, group spokesman Troy Williams said on Thursday. The activists were arrested in February after blocking access to the governor’s office and a Capitol meeting room in hopes of forcing state lawmakers to advance a bill that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in housing and employment matters.

Gun company cuts ties with reality TV star

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:10

This Aug. 27, 2014 booking photo released by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office shows reality television star Will Hayden, after he was arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish on a charge accusing him of raping a child. Hayden, whose show “Sons of Guns” appeared on The Discover Channel, had been free on $150,000 bond after an Aug. 9 arrest for alleged child molestation. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman says she cannot say whether both arrests involve the same child. (AP Photo/East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana firearms company at the center of the reality TV show "Sons of Guns" distanced itself from the program's star this week after he was arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a child.


5 things to know about earthquake faults

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:08

Contractors pull loose bricks from the roof of an earthquake damaged 36,000 square foot former boat shop on Mare Island Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Vallejo, Calif. The building dates from 1904 and was used by the Navy. The bayside city that twice was briefly the capital of California sustained more than $5 million in damage and dozens of injuries. It was the latest blow to a town that has weathered years of bankruptcy and is now beset by gangs and crime. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.


See Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie's romantic wedding location

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:50

See Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie's romantic wedding locationThe Hollywood 'It' couple wed in a private ceremony in France.


Testimony wraps up in former Va. governor trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:43

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, answers reporters' questions as he leaves the Federal Courthouse in Richmond with his daughter Rachel McDonnell, left, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. On the right is one of McDonnell's lawyers, Daniel Small. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, have been on trial under federal corruption charges. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An FBI agent testified Thursday that former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife spent many nights together in the governor's mansion, a final effort to undercut the defense argument that the couple's failing marriage made a conspiracy implausible.


Search resumes in Virginia for pilot of crashed U.S. fighter plane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:41
Search resumed on Thursday for the pilot of a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter that crashed in mountainous western Virginia, officials said. The plane went down on Wednesday in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Washington, sending up a thick plume of smoke. More than 100 police and rescue personnel searched the rugged area on Wednesday, backed by helicopters and other aircraft, Massachusetts' Barnes Air National Guard Base said in a statement. The single-seat, twin-engine plane was part of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, stationed at the Barnes base in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Source: Joan Rivers hospitalized in critical condition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:34

 Joan Rivers hospitalized, upgraded to stableComedienne Joan Rivers is hospitalized in critical condition, a law enforcement source tells ABC News.


Sources ID survivor of Philly abductions, stabbings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:33

Buckets similar to anchors on Schuylkill River bodies foundInvestigators say drug gangs may be at the center of a case in which three victims were abducted, stabbed and thrown in the Schuylkill River.


Israeli police find body in search for missing U.S. student

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:32

Concern Growing For New Jersey Yeshiva Student Missing In IsraelIsraeli police and volunteers found a body near a forest in Jerusalem on Thursday while searching for a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week, but said no formal identification had yet been made. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished on Friday while walking in woods not far from Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. In June, three Israeli seminary students, all teenagers, were kidnapped while hitch-hiking in the occupied West Bank, some 30 km (20 miles) south of Jerusalem, and later found dead. The Palestinian militant group Hamas later acknowledged responsibility for the killings, which helped precipitate seven weeks of war between militants in Gaza and Israel that ended with an open-ended ceasefire on Tuesday.


USDA launches new dairy insurance program

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:30
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dairy farmers squeezed in recent years by low milk prices and high feed costs can begin signing up next week for a new program replacing old subsidies that didn't factor in the price of corn.

Spokesman: Body found in Jerusalem forest is NJ man Aharon Sofer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:25

 Body found in Jerusalem forest is NJ man Aharon SoferA police spokesman in Jerusalem has confirmed that a body found near a forest there is that of Lakewood, New Jersey man Aharon Sofer.


US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus.

Texas abuzz about possible Perry-Cruz 2016 battle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:07

In this Aug. 8, 2014 photo Governor Rick Perry pauses as he addresses attendees at the 2014 Red State convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 Republican campaign trail big enough? After plummeting from a front-runner to political punchline three years ago, Governor Perry appears poised to run again _ hoping to convince conservatives he can better cope with the national spotlight. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 Republican campaign trail big enough?


CDC worker flown home to US over Ebola concerns

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:40
ATLANTA (AP) — A CDC staff member who worked in close proximity to someone infected by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been flown by charter jet back home to Atlanta to monitor potential symptoms, officials said Thursday.

In town halls, U.S. lawmakers hear voter anger over illegal migrants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:39

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Hensarling speaks during the testimony of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Cordray in WashingtonBy Gabriel Debenedetti DALLAS (Reuters) - When Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling sat down with colleagues and constituents at a recent Chamber of Commerce lunch in Dallas, the first question he faced was whether Congress planned to address immigration policy and a burgeoning border crisis. While he was optimistic about long-term prospects for dealing with border security and immigration, he said, "between now and the end of this Congress, I'm a little less sanguine about it." It has been a question heard repeatedly by lawmakers this month in "town hall" district meetings punctuated - and sometimes dominated - by concerns and angry outbursts over immigration policy and the crisis caused by a flood of child migrants at the southwestern border in recent months.