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Supreme Court declines to hear Arch Coal mining permit case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 22:21
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a blow to Arch Coal Inc by declining to hear its challenge to an Obama administration decision to block an environmental permit for a coal mining project in West Virginia. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it would veto a permit issued for the Spruce No. 1 mining project in 2011, four years after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had given its approval. The permit, issued under the Clean Water Act, would allow Mingo Logan, an Arch subsidiary, to discharge waste material into nearby waterways. The case will now return to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., where Arch is due to argue that the administration failed to follow the correct legal process when it made the decision to veto the project.

NYC jury hears closings in trial of bin Laden kin

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 22:13
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was recruited to be al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks and send a message that the United States got what it deserved.

Court rejects appeal in swastika branding case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 22:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to review the hate crime conviction of a New Mexico man who participated in branding a swastika on the arm of a Navajo man with mental disabilities.

Justices reject OK plea to restore death sentence

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 22:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused Oklahoma's plea to reinstate the death sentence for a man convicted of killing two people in 1994.

Not carved in stone, views of U.S. statues change with the times

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 22:03
Now civic groups are demanding a similar fate for an 1892 bronze statue in New York's Central Park of medical pioneer James Marion Sims, long revered as the father of modern gynecology, but more recently found to have experimented on female slaves. "People once taken to be heroes can, in an another era, look far less heroic," said David Greenberg, associate professor of History and of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The New York City Parks Department has deflected demands to remove the statue of Dr. Sims and instead plans to install a plaque adding historical context, said department spokeswoman Tara Kiernan. Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin, incensed over Republican Governor Scott Walker's 2011 anti-union efforts, failed in their efforts to remove the statehouse portrait of his long-dead predecessor, Governor Jeremiah Rusk, known for the violent suppression of a 1886 labor uprising.

Police: Commuter train derails at Chicago airport

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 20:29
CHICAGO (AP) — An eight-car Chicago commuter train plowed across a platform and scaled an escalator at an underground station at one of the nation's busiest airports early Monday, injuring 32 people on board, officials said.

Flood insurance still on the rise despite new law

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 20:21

The west branch of the Susquehanna River flows past Jersey Shore, Pa. on Sunday March 23, 2014. About a third of the borough (population 4,300) is in a flood hazard zone and nearly 470 homes in town are expected to see flood insurance premium hikes because of changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) — This small, central Pennsylvania river town doesn't have beach homes or boardwalks, but it shares more than a name with the famous stretch of New Jersey coastline 250 miles to the east.