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Oregon lawmakers pass expanded gun background check bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:44
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon lawmakers on Monday passed a bill that will require background checks on nearly all gun buyers in the state, which is headed to the desk of a governor who told a local newspaper she would sign the new restrictions into law. The Oregon Firearms Safety Act expands background check requirements, already in place at stores and gun shows in the state, to include person-to-person and online gun sales. "Background checks are the most systematic way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people," Representative Dan Rayfield, a Democrat who voted in favor of the measure Monday, said in a statement.

NY Senate boss, charged in corruption case, claims innocence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:30

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, right, and his son Adam arrive at FBI offices, Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. The pair surrendered to face charges including extortion and soliciting bribes amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of the New York Senate was arrested Monday on charges including extortion and soliciting bribes after investigators looking into the awarding of a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son said they captured him on wiretaps boasting of his power.


Chef at Santa Monica whale sushi restaurant sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A chef who worked at a Santa Monica restaurant that illegally served whale meat has been sentenced.

Chef at Santa Monica whale sushi restaurant sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A chef who worked at a Santa Monica restaurant that illegally served whale meat has been sentenced.

Shift in U.S. federal solar funding needed for large-scale deployment: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:03
By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States must redirect spending from wasteful solar power tax credits and prepare the electricity grid for large-scale solar energy use if the industry is to play a significant role in lowering carbon emissions, a report led by MIT researchers said on Tuesday. Current tax incentives aimed at encouraging users to install solar technologies fail to reward actual energy produced, said the authors of the report, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, which promotes adoption of renewable energy. Solar energy received approximately $5.3 billion in federal support in the 2013 fiscal year, up from about $1.1 billion in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Shift in U.S. federal solar funding needed for large-scale deployment: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:03
By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States must redirect spending from wasteful solar power tax credits and prepare the electricity grid for large-scale solar energy use if the industry is to play a significant role in lowering carbon emissions, a report led by MIT researchers said on Tuesday. Current tax incentives aimed at encouraging users to install solar technologies fail to reward actual energy produced, said the authors of the report, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, which promotes adoption of renewable energy. Solar energy received approximately $5.3 billion in federal support in the 2013 fiscal year, up from about $1.1 billion in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Boston Marathon bomber cries at federal death penalty trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:02
BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in court, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial.

Consumer Reports: Stop annoying robocalls

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:43

 Stop annoying robocallsRobocalls, those marketing junk calls you get on your phone, are getting worse.


'Exceptional' NYPD officer dies from gunshot wound to head

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:37

'Exceptional' NYPD officer dies from gunshot wound to headA 25-year-old police officer shot in the head while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun died Monday from his injuries, the third New York City officer slain on duty in five months.


Obama on protests: 'There are consequences to indifference'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:37

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Lehman College in the Bronx borough of New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. Obama announced the creation of an independent nonprofit organization that is a spin off his "My Brother's Keeper" program, which works to give young men of color more opportunities through mentoring and business partnerships. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)NEW YORK (AP) — In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of "unfairness and powerlessness."


Souderton High School evacuated over bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:34

Souderton High School evacuated over bomb threatA bomb threat led to the evacuation of a Montgomery County high school Monday afternoon.


2 women expected to be charged after child rescued from Frankford roof

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:33

2 women expected to be charged after child rescued from Frankford roofTwo women are expected to be charged after a 2-year-old child was discovered on the roof of a home in Philadelphia's Frankford section.


Wildfires burning in Pemberton Twp., N.J. are suspicious, officials say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:30

Wildfires burning in Pemberton Twp., N.J. are suspicious, officials sayFirefighters are battling several wildfires that have now burned more than 80 acres in Pemberton Township, New Jersey - fires that authorities believe may have been intentionally set.


Firefighter injured battling Hunting Park blaze

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:28

Firefighter injured battling Hunting Park blazeOne firefighter was injured battling a house fire in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section.


Fire breaks out in Springfield, Delaware County

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:27

Fire breaks out in Springfield, Delaware CountyFirefighters are investigating the cause of a fire in Springfield, Delaware County.


Family: Teens still critical 6 weeks after resort poisoning

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:58
Two Delaware teenagers sickened by a banned pesticide that was sprayed at the Caribbean resort where they were staying are still in critical condition more than six weeks later, their family said Monday.

AP PHOTOS: At the Met Gala

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:53

 Through the Looking Glass" on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Deep reds and shimmery golds dominated as celebrities attending the annual Met Gala on Monday embraced this year's inspiration: the massive exhibition "China: Through the Looking Glass," a look at Chinese fashion through the ages.


Adelson denies Vegas executives had hand in Macau CEO firing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:33

Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson testifies in court Monday, May 4, 2015, in Las Vegas. Steven Jacobs, former Sands Macau resort chief, is suing Sands China and Las Vegas Sands Corp. over a wrongful termination case. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson spent an entire day Monday denying that Las Vegas Sands officials had a hand in firing Steven Jacobs as Sands China Ltd. president in July 2010. He also denied any knowledge of an "exorcism strategy."


UC Berkeley's Mark Twain project finds cache of new writing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:20

Bob Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Project, looks through a book of 1866 Sacramento Union newspapers at The Bancroft Library at the University of California Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif., Monday, May 4, 2015. Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have pieced together a collection of dispatches written by Mark Twain when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have pieced together a collection of dispatches written by Mark Twain when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco.