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Water picture improves for some California towns

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 48 min ago

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Forrest Clark loads five-gallon bottles of water purchased at a local store into his car in Willits, Calif. State public health officials have reduced the number of communities at risk of losing their drinking water due to California's drought from 17 to three. In the Mendocino County town of Willits, which was two months from losing its drinking water, well drilling efforts and rain have helped officials ease restrictions. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry.

U.S. seeks $700,000 in illegal proceeds traced to ex-South Korea leader

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 53 min ago
The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it has sued in court to recover $700,000 in alleged corruption proceeds traced to former South Korean President Chun Doo-Hwan. The money, seized from a California bank account, comes from the sale of a home in Newport Beach, California, that Chun's son bought in 2005 using funds allegedly traced to his father's corruption, the department said. Chun, a general who seized power in a 1979 coup, was convicted in South Korea in 1997 of receiving more than $200 million in bribes. He and his relatives laundered some of the money through shell companies in South Korea and the United States, the Justice Department said.

Gaga over gorillas? 2 babies arrive at Bronx Zoo

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 55 min ago

In this photo taken on April 11, 2014, and provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a female Western Lowland gorilla clings to her baby at the Bronx Zoo in New York. With the addition of two new baby gorillas recently born at the zoo, the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest is now home to 20 gorillas. (AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher)NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City zoo is celebrating the arrivals of two baby western lowland gorillas.

Oregon energy plant halts Canada medical waste over fetal tissue concerns

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 56 min ago
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Commissioners in an Oregon county have temporarily stopped accepting boxed medical waste from British Columbia over fears they may have been burning fetal tissue at a plant that converts waste to energy, officials said on Thursday. Marion County said it had stopped taking the boxes in response to an article it became aware of late on Wednesday in a Vancouver-based newspaper about the possibility the plant had accepted human tissue from outside sources. "We are outraged and disgusted that this material could be included in medical waste received at the facility," Commissioner Janet Carlson said in a statement at the time. On Thursday, the two-member Marion County Board of Commissioners directed staff to draft an ordinance excluding fetal tissue from medical waste allowed at the waste-to-energy facility, and stopped accepting all such waste until the ordinance can be passed.

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was outside 'the system'

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 57 min ago
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A one-time follower of mass murderer Charles Manson who in 1975 tried to assassinate then-President Gerald Ford told a mental health examiner in a decades-old taped interview that an "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to set her apart from "the system." The Sacramento Bee won a release of the tape from a federal judge and posted portions of the recording involving now-65-year-old Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme on its website late on Wednesday. In 1975, Fromme aimed a semi-automatic pistol at Ford at an appearance in Sacramento and was restrained by a Secret Service agent. At one point, the psychiatrist asked Fromme about an "X" she marked on her forehead. Fromme and other followers of Manson marked their foreheads during Manson's 1970 murder trial.

Bird flu on California farm prompts HK, others to bar poultry imports

Yahoo! National News - 1 hour 59 min ago
An avian-borne virus outbreak on a California quail farm has fueled fears that the disease known as bird flu could spread, prompting investigators to continue their probe and five key export markets to bar imports of poultry from the state. A state diagnostic laboratory confirmed on April 18 that a quail flock in Stanislaus County, California, tested positive for low-pathogenic avian influenza virus. On Thursday, Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety announced a ban on the import of all poultry and poultry produced from Stanislaus County. Taiwan, too, has blocked chicken imports from California, while Japan has banned poultry slaughtered and eggs laid in California on or after March 24, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 39 sec ago

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, a horse-drawn carriage stands in front of the Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands that was used for dozens of U.S. nuclear tests after World War II is taking on the United States and the world’s eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of 'flagrant violations' of international law. The suit was filed on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the ICJ. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.

UN chief: Syria war threatens Lebanon's stability

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 3 min ago
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is warning that the 3-year-old conflict in Syria poses a serious threat to the stability of neighboring Lebanon, as thousands of refugees stream into the small country and weapons and fighters are transferred out.

In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 4 min ago

In this Tuesday, April 8, 2014 photo, Theresa Muller prepares to move out of her motel room she shares with her boyfriend, father and three children in Kissimmee, Fla. Muller and her family have been homeless but plan to move to a home in a neighboring county. (AP Photo/John Raoux)KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192.

Google's top social networking executive departs

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 12 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's top social networking executive is leaving the Internet company after a nearly eight-year stint highlighted by an audacious challenge to Facebook.

FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 16 min ago

Daryl Cura demonstrates an e-cigarette at Vape store in Chicago, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.

Residents of Wyoming town allowed to return home

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 17 min ago

This image provided by Rachel Anderson shows officials at the site of an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Opal, Wyo. Officials said there are no reports of injuries and the residents of Opal have been evacuated to an area about 3 miles outside the town as a precaution. Opal has about 95 residents and is about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rachel Anderson)OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents were allowed to return home Thursday, nearly 22 hours after an explosion at a natural-gas processing plant forced the evacuation of their small southwestern Wyoming town.

Fake mayoral Twitter account yields no charges

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 26 min ago
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — No charges will be filed over a fake Twitter account that purported to be a central Illinois mayor's lewd thoughts on sex and drugs.

Feds weigh protecting orcas in West Coast waters

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 27 min ago
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal agency is weighing whether to protect endangered orcas in the waters off the West Coast.

Italian pleads guilty to marine-hose price-fixing in U.S.

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 27 min ago
A former executive of Parker ITR Srl pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to rig bids for marine hose and was sentenced to two years in prison, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Romano Pisciotti, who is Italian, had been flown into the United States from Germany in early April in the first extradition on charges of breaking antitrust law, the department said. Marine hose is used to move oil between storage facilities and tankers. Five companies - Parker ITR, Bridgestone Corp, Trelleborg, Dunlop Marine and Oil Ltd, and Manuli Rubber Industries SpA, a Florida subsidiary of Manuli SpA - have pleaded guilty to price-fixing in the marine hose industry, the department said.

Family of slain TSA agent files claim for $25M

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 27 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The widow and two children of a security screener killed in an attack at Los Angeles International Airport last year have filed a $25 million claim against the city of Los Angeles.

Briton jailed for 27 years to get new hearing in Miami murder case

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 34 min ago

Krishna Maharaj sits for an interview in Miami Dade county jail in MiamiBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami judge on Thursday ordered a rare hearing to hear new evidence in the 1987 conviction of Krishna Maharaj, a British businessman who was found guilty in a grisly double-homicide at a downtown Miami hotel that his defense team blames on Colombian drug traffickers. Judge William Thomas cited new evidence presented by the defense implicating another person and perjured testimony by state witnesses, as well as the failure of prosecutors to turn over evidence that could potentially have exonerated Maharaj at trial.

Chicago to name high school after President Obama

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 46 min ago
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago plans to name a high school after him.

9/11 museum film draws heat for portrayal of Islam

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 49 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — A film that will be shown at the National September 11 Memorial Museum when it opens next month unfairly links Islam and terrorism, clergy members said in letters demanding it be changed.

Bernie Goetz headed for trial in NYC pot-sale case

Yahoo! National News - 2 hours 58 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Goetz (GEHTS) is headed toward a trial in his New York marijuana case after rebuffing a plea offer involving 10 days of community service.