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Proposed Christie-Exxon Mobil contamination deal criticized

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 40 min ago
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists have assailed a proposed court settlement of about $250 million between Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Exxon Mobil in an oil and chemical contamination case in which the state originally sought nearly $9 billion.

Small plane crashes in botanical garden in Virginia; 3 dead

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 41 min ago

A Coast Guard vessel searches the Chesapeake Bay for signs of a small airplane that crashed in dense early morning fog while attempting to land at Norfolk International Airport, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Virginia Beach, Va. The wreckage was later found at Norfolk Botanical Garden. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Rich-Joseph Facun) MAGS OUTNORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A small airplane approaching a runway in heavy fog crashed into an adjacent botanical garden, killing three people inside the plane early Wednesday.

AccuWeather: Rain Changes to Sleet & Snow Overnight

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 44 min ago

 Rain Changes to Sleet & Snow OvernightMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking snow for Thursday, the heaviest across our southern areas.

Judge: More time needed to seek higher Revel bids

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 47 min ago
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A bankruptcy court judge says more time is needed to seek higher bids for Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel.

U.S. had tried to deport man later killed by Los Angeles police

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 50 min ago

Pitts views a memorial for a man killed by police on skid row in Los AngelesBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. authorities had tried to deport a homeless man fatally shot by police this week in Los Angeles but had to release him after authorities in his native Cameroon failed to provide a travel document, a U.S. immigration official said on Wednesday. The man, known by his street name "Africa," was killed by police on Sunday in a videotaped encounter on Los Angeles' skid row in which police said he grabbed for an officer's holstered gun as police tried to arrest him as a robbery suspect.

Gov. Christie declares State of Emergency in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 51 min ago

Gov. Christie declares State of Emergency in New JerseyGovernor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency in New Jersey.

Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 51 min ago

In this Jan. 27, 2015, photo, Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, right, speaks to reporters while Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, left, listens during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, will unveil a compromise bill that protects LGBT individuals against discrimination in housing and employment while also protecting religious rights. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals.

California man sought to travel to Syria to join Islamic State: prosecutors

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 52 min ago
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California man who prosecutors say sought to travel to Syria last year in a bid to join Islamic State fighters has been indicted on federal charges, prosecutors said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Ian Simpson and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

Highlights of Justice Department report on Ferguson police

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 53 min ago

This photo taken Wednesday, March 4, 2015, shows the entrance to the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department. The Justice Department cleared a former Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law-enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The Justice Department has released its investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, concluding that city law enforcement practices are discriminatory and unconstitutional and calling for sweeping changes. Here are some of the highlights of the report:

Feds: Evidence backs Ferguson officer's account in shooting

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 55 min ago

FILE - This 2014 file photo provided by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office is Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo.  (AP Photo/St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, File)A federal investigation that cleared a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer for killing Michael Brown concluded that the physical evidence and credible witnesses all bolster the officer's account that he feared for his life when he fatally shot the black 18-year-old.

Monkeys infected by deadly bacteria at Louisiana lab

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 56 min ago
(Reuters) - Five monkeys at a high-security primate research lab in Louisiana were accidentally infected with or exposed to a deadly bacteria being analyzed at the lab, officials told Reuters on Wednesday. A federal investigator also became sick a day after entering the Tulane National Primate Research Center near New Orleans in January and tested positive for the bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei, but it was unclear whether she had been exposed to the bacteria at the center or before her visit, said Tulane spokesman Mike Strecker. The rhesus macaque monkeys had been housed in the veterinary clinic of the center, which is about 40 miles (65 km) north of New Orleans. Research on the bacteria, which was being done to find a vaccine, has been halted while the incident is being investigated, Strecker said.

Passengers, crew evacuate safely from American Airlines flight in Denver

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 57 min ago
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Passengers and crew aboard an American Airlines flight were safely evacuated by emergency slides on Wednesday after possible smoke was detected inside the cabin after the aircraft landed at Denver International Airport, officials said. Shortly before noon local time, the pilot of Flight 445 from Charlotte, North Carolina to Denver was alerted to reports of smoke as the plane was taxiing to a gate, American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said in a statement. Denver International Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale said the incident occurred on a taxiway, and not a runway, so airport operations were unaffected. The Denver Fire Department found no signs of a fire on the aircraft after its preliminary investigation, Coale said.

Utah lawmakers file anti-bias bill, with backing of Mormon Church

Yahoo! National News - 5 hours 59 min ago
Lawmakers in conservative Utah on Wednesday introduced a landmark anti-discrimination bill, with the backing of the Mormon Church, that they said would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation while also protecting religious freedom. The proposal, which supporters hailed as a model for the rest of the country, would prohibit employers, landlords or property owners from discriminating against job applicants or tenants based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supports the bill. At the same time, religious conscience and the right to protect deeply held religious beliefs is protected by robust legislation." While none of the parties got everything they wanted, the Church said, there was now a chance "to lessen the divisiveness in our communities without compromising on key principles." The bill proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity clauses to the state's existing anti-discrimination laws for housing and employment, which already prohibit bias on the grounds of race, sex, age and other factors.

California mom charged with manslaughter in death of infant

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 1 min ago
WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mother of an infant found dead near the Sacramento River was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and abusing or endangering the health of a child.

SKorean media say US ambassador attacked and hurt

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 3 min ago

SKorean media say US ambassador attacked and hurtSouth Korean media say U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert has been attacked while giving a lecture and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Deal with 72 Asiana passengers leaves many cases unresolved

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 4 min ago

File - In this July 6, 2013, aerial file photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, more than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While 72 passengers have settled their personal-injury claims stemming from the crash of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco two years ago, other people are continuing their legal fight with the airliner and others involved in the accident that killed three Chinese teenagers and injured nearly 200 people.

2 killed in shootings at California nightclub, gas station

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 5 min ago

A man is comforted in the parking lot outside of the emergency room at Loma Linda University Medical Center on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Loma Linda, Calif. Several friends and family members gathered at the hospital where a loved one was taken following an early morning shooting that occurred outside of Stingers Bar and Nightclub in San Bernardino. (AP Photo/The Sun, Micah Escamilla) MANDATORY CREDIT NO SALES NO MAGSSAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed and five others were wounded in shootings at a Southern California nightclub and a nearby gas station early Wednesday, authorities said.

3rd time the charm for sale of former Revel casino?

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 7 min ago

 More time needed to seek higher Revel bidsWill the third time be the charm for attempts to sell Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel?

Former South Korean dictator's family forfeits $1.2M to US

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 11 min ago

A Thursday, Apr. 23, 2014 photo shows a home bought with allegedly corrupt money from the activities of Chun Doo-hwan, the former President of the Republic of Korea, in Newport Beach, Calif. Relatives of Chun Doo-hwan agreed Wednesday, March 4, 2015, to forfeit $1.2 million in bribery proceeds laundered in the U.S., federal prosecutors said. The forfeiture settlement comes from the Newport Beach, California, house the family sold last year for $2.1 million and an investment they made in a Philadelphia limited partnership. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Anna Reed) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTLOS ANGELES (AP) — Relatives of South Korea's corrupt former dictator agreed Wednesday to forfeit $1.2 million in bribery proceeds laundered in the U.S., federal prosecutors said.

Libya makes urgent appeal to UN to lift embargo on weapons

Yahoo! National News - 6 hours 11 min ago
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya made an urgent appeal Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council to either lift an arms embargo completely or allow exemptions so that its army can fight the rising threat of the Islamic State and other militant groups. Diplomats said Libya has made a sizeable request in the past few days for dozens of fighter jets, tanks, helicopters and grenade launchers.