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On L.A.'s Skid Row, a judge leads pack on run to recovery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 21:19

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell, 58, leads runners from the Midnight Mission Running Club on a sunrise run through Skid Row in Los AngelesA year ago, Oscar Knight, 53, couldn't stop drinking and lost everything. The dozens of recovering and homeless addicts who have taken up running to help stay sober say they owe much to an unlikely benefactor - in Knight's words, "the glue of the group." Craig Mitchell, dressed in running gear, peels away from the group on Crocker and heads to his chambers where he will don the black robe of a Superior Court judge.

U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 21:17

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, shows eggs for sale in a Des Moines, Iowa, grocery store. Egg prices reached record levels on Friday, May 22, 2015, after a bird flu outbreak decimated a flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)By P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps - importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland Co said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing and commodities company has received numerous inquiries from manufacturers about the plant-based egg substitutes it makes. With a strong dollar bolstering the buying power of U.S. importers, some companies are scouting for egg supplies abroad.

Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 20:33

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2009 file photo, Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans, an association representing member companies that provide medical insurance coverage speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington. A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party’s pitch to workers and middle-class voters. It’s not the uninsured, but the problem of high out-of-pocket costs for consumers who already have coverage. “It can’t be looked at in isolation,” said Ignagni. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections.

Sea urchin haven disturbed by Santa Barbara oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 20:08
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Stephanie Mutz makes a living plucking sea urchins from the Santa Barbara coast and selling the prickly treasure to upscale restaurants in Southern California. The coast, thought to be one of the world's best places for harvesting sea urchins, suffered its worst oil spill in 46 years this week, forcing authorities to ban fishing in an area 23 miles (37 km) long by seven miles (11 km) wide. "That was one of my predominant fishing spots, so I just have to think of a Plan B," said Mutz, who supplies restaurants from Santa Barbara to Orange County, including the Michelin-starred Providence in Los Angeles.

House fire in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 19:36

House fire in North PhiladelphiaCrews were called to battle a house fire in North Philadelphia.

AccuWeather: Cool Start to Memorial Day Weekend

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 18:55

 Picture Perfect This Holiday Weekend!Meteorologist Chris Sowers is tracking a dramatic temperature swing over the holiday weekend.

'19 Kids and Counting' Pulled From Schedule

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 17:15
"19 Kids and Counting" was pulled today, just days after Josh Duggar responded to reports and admitted that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago.

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 16:31

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

Another patch put in place for highway and transit funding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 16:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 15:53
"The tools it contains will allow us to knock down unfair foreign trade barriers that discriminate against American workers and products stamped 'Made in the USA.'" — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Obama administration's hand in global trade talks.

DC authorities: Ex-con had help in wealthy family's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 15:50

This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint. The police issued a news release late Wednesday, May 20, 2015, saying they are looking for Wint in connection with last Thursday's quadruple homicide of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said.

California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 15:10

In this photo taken Monday, May 18, 2015, Gino Celli inspects wheat nearing harvest on his farm near Stockton, Calif. Celli, who farms 1,500 acres of land and manages another 7,000 acres, has senior water rights and draws his irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. 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.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.

50 million gallons of water lost after California dam vandalized: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 14:56
Some 50 million gallons of water were lost after an act of vandalism damaged an inflatable dam near San Francisco, the local Oakland Tribune newspaper reported on Friday. The loss comes as the state is in its fourth year of a devastating drought that has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to impose the state's first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, up to 36 percent in some communities. Alameda County Water District officials told the newspaper that the agency reported the incident, which caused the water to run into the San Francisco Bay, to police around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Police: Man sought in death of woman kept in box likely near

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 13:54

A tactical team from the Missouri Highway Patrol monitor a house in Sedalia, Mo. Thursday, May 21, 2015 where police thought a suspect in the slayings of Sandra Sutton and Zachary Wade Sutton had taken shelter. The Suttons were found dead earlier Thursday in Clinton, Mo. The police raided but failed to find anyone inside the home. (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP)SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a former girlfriend and her teenage son, weeks after he was charged with restricting her to a crate in their western Missouri home, is likely still near his hometown, authorities said Friday.

Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 13:50
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects.

Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 13:38

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act.

Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 13:33
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of interceptors in the ground in Alaska and California. Raytheon Co, Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp are competing to build the new radar, which is expected to cost just under $1 billion. It said the new long-range discrimination radar (LRDR) will help the multi-layered U.S. ballistic missile defense system better address potential countermeasures that could be launched by potential foe to confuse U.S. defensive systems.

B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 12:35

People wait in line to view the body of B.B. King during a public viewing of the blues legend Friday, May 22, 2015, in Las Vegas. A pu(AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King kept drawing fans Friday in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the Mississippi Delta.

Missouri governor commutes man's life sentence for drug charge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 12:28
(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of a man serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for a drug possession charge, his office said on Friday. Jeffrey Mizanskey was convicted in 1996 on the drug charge, and due to prior drug-related convictions and persistent offender laws at the time he has been in prison since, Nixon's office said in a statement. St. Louis Public Radio reported that Mizanskey, who is in his early 60s, was convicted for participating in a friend's sale of marijuana to an undercover police officer.

Fire out at old Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 11:29

Fire out at old Sunoco refinery in South PhiladelphiaFire crews responded quickly to the scene of a fire at an old Sunoco refinery in South Philadelphia.