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'Dancing With The Stars' season 20 finale: Mirrorball champions crowned (SPOILER ALERT)

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:12

 Mirrorball champions crowned (SPOILER ALERT)After 10 years of competition, 'Dancing With The Stars' awarded its gold Mirrorball Trophy to one special couple. (SPOILERS AHEAD).


Small business is key in presidential campaign playbook

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:06

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton talks to Brad Magg, left, owner of Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe and Magg Family Catering, during a meeting with small business owners, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Bike Tech cycling shop in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses aren't in the dire straits they were four years ago, but presidential candidates aren't letting go of an issue they think will get them votes.


Ex-councilman wins crucial primary for Philadelphia mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:35

Democratic mayoral candidate and former City Councilman Jim Kenney, center, reacts onstage after winning the primary election, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Philadelphia. The former longtime Philadelphia councilman with broad union backing is poised to become the next mayor of the nation's fifth largest city after his resounding win Tuesday in a six-way Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A veteran Philadelphia councilman who is likely to become the city's next mayor credited a coalition of union members, immigrants, public school parents and others for his easy victory in a crowded Democratic primary.


Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:17

Patrick Conner' shows how to plug his Nissan Leaf electric car at a charging station at the public library in Hillsboro, Ore., Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars are a boon for the environment, but their growing popularity means shrinking fuel tax revenues for state coffers and less money to pay for road and bridge projects. Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to address this shortfall by testing the feasibility of taxing motorists not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.


Oklahoma set to overturn local drilling controls as backlash brews

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:18
By Heide Brandes and Yeganeh Torbati OKLAHOMA CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing a backlash over the side effects of its oil and gas boom, Oklahoma is poised to overturn an 80-year-old statute that allows cities and towns to ban drilling operations within their borders. The legislation, now being finalised, would help insulate energy companies from local movements that have grown in response to the rapid expansion of oil and gas drilling and a dramatic spike in earthquakes across the central state. Oklahoma now sees 600 times more tremors than it did before 2008, a surge seismologists say is linked to vast amounts of wastewater injected into the ground as a result of drilling for oil and from hydraulic fracturing - a process to extract natural gas that is also known as fracking.

Prosecutor: Border Patrol agent justified in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:03
SUMAS, Wash. (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent was justified in fatally shooting a 20-year-old Canadian man who crossed the U.S.-Canada border illegally in March and sprayed the agent with bear spray, a prosecutor in Washington state said Tuesday.

Wolves win NBA lottery for rights to top pick; Lakers get No. 2, 76ers No. 3

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:59
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost 66 games during the 2014-15 season, but they won big on Tuesday night. The Wolves won the NBA lottery and will pick first in this year's draft.

Motorcycle gang shootout started with parking dispute

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:58
WACO, Texas (AP) — A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member's foot, police said Tuesday.

Oil pipeline spills about 21K gallons off California coast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:56

This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Capt. Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department says the pipeline on the land near Refugio State Beach broke Tuesday and spilled oil into a culvert that ran under the U.S. 101 freeway and into the ocean. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A broken pipeline spilled 21,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean before it was shut off Tuesday, creating a slick stretching about 4 miles along the central California coastline, the U.S. Coast Guard said.


No charges for St. Louis officer who killed 18-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:54

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, people gather for a candlelight vigil to remember Vonderrit Myers Jr., in St. Louis. An attorney for the family of the black 18-year-old shot and killed last October by an off-duty, white St. Louis police officer said Tuesday, May 19, 2015 he plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit, after a prosecutor said the officer would not face criminal charges. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — An attorney for the family of a black 18-year-old shot and killed last October by an off-duty, white St. Louis police officer said Tuesday he plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit, after a prosecutor said the officer would not face criminal charges.


Minnesota Timberwolves win lottery for rights to No. 1 pick in NBA draft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:54
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost 66 games during the 2014-15 season, but they won big on Tuesday night. The Wolves won the NBA lottery and will pick first in this year's draft.

California farmers propose voluntary cuts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:32
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.

What you need to know about the Takata air bag recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:31

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, left, accompanied by NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, talks about the Takata air bag inflator recall, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Transportation Department in Washington. Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)DETROIT (AP) — A recall of air bags made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. now has the dubious distinction of being the largest in U.S. history.


U.S. charges six Chinese nationals with economic espionage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:23
By Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S government charged six Chinese nationals with economic espionage, saying they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. It was the third time in as many years that U.S. authorities have made accusations of economic espionage conducted on behalf of China, a sign that the United States is increasingly focused on what it has termed a top national security concern. The charges against the six could exacerbate tensions between China and the United States, coming two days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's China visit was overshadowed by concerns over Beijing's maritime ambitions in the South China Sea.

Groups warn Oregon mine militia dispute threatens democracy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:07
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A coalition of public policy advocates warned on Tuesday that a group of armed conservative activists who have been guarding a mine in southern Oregon for over a month are a sign of an emerging violent anti-government movement. Created by seven organizations including the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Catholics in Alliance for Common Good, Ballots Not Bullets is a response to an ongoing legal battle between the owners of a mining claim outside the small Oregon town of Medford and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  Sugar Pine Mine co-owner Rick Barclay summoned guards from the conservative Oath Keepers activist network following a stop-work order he received in March after BLM officials said equipment found on site did not meet requirements.     The armed guards were still guarding the mine as of Tuesday, Oath Keepers spokeswoman Mary Emerick said, although she would not say how many.

Expert panel criticizes medical care at Illinois prisons

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:55
CHICAGO (AP) — A scathing new report by court-approved researchers paints a bleak picture of medical care in Illinois prisons, describing treatment delays, haphazard follow-up care, chaotic record keeping and a litany of other problems that may have cut short the lives of some inmates.

Primary win sets up ex-councilman to be Philadelphia mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:51

Democratic mayoral candidate and former City Councilman Jim Kenney, center, reacts onstage after winning the primary election, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Philadelphia. The former longtime Philadelphia councilman with broad union backing is poised to become the next mayor of the nation's fifth largest city after his resounding win Tuesday in a six-way Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former longtime councilman with broad union backing is poised to become the next mayor of the nation's fifth-largest city after his resounding win Tuesday in a six-way Democratic primary.


Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma, at least one person hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:49
(Reuters) - Tornadoes spun through parts of northern Texas and southern Oklahoma on Tuesday, damaging buildings and injuring at least one person, officials said. The National Weather Service said several twisters were reported in the region and at least one person was injured at a Ramada hotel in Lee County, Texas when a tornado hit just after noon local time. Local broadcaster KEYE said the man was hurt after debris smashed through a window and hit him in the face.

Judge allows union-fee lawsuit to proceed _ without Rauner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:47
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit over forced fees paid by non-union state workers may proceed, but without the governor participating, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Victim of sex assault in Philadelphia parking garage speaks, company responds to security inquiry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:45

Victim of sex assault in Philadelphia parking garage speaks, company responds to security inquiryIt has been more than four months since a young woman endured 20 minutes of a violent beating and sexual assault that has left her dealing with a number of physical repercussions and an infinite amount of emotional trauma.