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Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:52

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, center, thanks Diana Gregg, of Kennewick, Wash., following a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Seattle. Gregg was injured in a vapor release at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in 2007. Ferguson announced the filing of a lawsuit by his office against the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions, alleging that hazardous tank vapors at Hanford pose serious risk to workers there. In June, Ferguson said he would oppose a U.S. Department of Energy request to have more time to empty the next group of waste storage tanks at Hanford. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from underground waste-storage tanks.

Court strips lesser prairie chicken of federal protection

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:47

FILE- This undated file photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a male lesser prairie chicken in southeastern New Mexico. A federal court in Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, has vacated Endangered Species Act protections for the lesser prairie chicken, a victory for oil and gas companies that argued conservation efforts are working. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A federal court in Texas has stripped the lesser prairie chicken of Endangered Species Act protections, a victory for oil and gas companies that argued conservation efforts are working.

A look at the case of Texas man killed by deputies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:26
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The fatal shooting of a San Antonio-area man by sheriff's deputies is drawing scrutiny because the man had both hands in the air at the time he was shot. Officials say a video appears to show 41-year-old Gilbert Flores was armed with a knife during the confrontation Friday outside a home northwest of San Antonio, and are examining the images as part of their investigation.

Suspect in Florida doctor's death violates federal probation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:20
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of two Missouri men charged with killing a southwest Florida doctor was sentenced Wednesday for a probation violation that investigators allege put him in the same county where the physician was killed — more than 1,100 miles from his eastern Missouri home — a day before her body was found.

Papal visit: Ticket info, pedestrian walkways, banned items

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:19

 Ticket info, pedestrian routes, banned itemsMore information has been released concerning the Papal Mass and World Meeting of Families events on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia later this month.

Kentucky clerk seeks same-sex marriage license reprieve

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:18

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis gestures as she refuses to issue marriage licenses to a same-sex couple in MoreheadBy Steve Bittenbender MOREHEAD, Ky. (Reuters) - A county clerk in Kentucky sought an emergency injunction on Wednesday to temporarily block a federal court order requiring her to issue same-sex marriage licenses as she prepares to go to court on Thursday to face contempt charges. Kim Davis, the elected Rowan County clerk, says her religious beliefs as an Apostolic Christian stop her from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as ordered by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:12

President Barack Obama, accompanied by local fishermen, speaks to members of the media on Kanakanak Beach, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Dillingham, Alaska. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.

Nuclear regulators boost oversight of Massachusetts plant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:11
BOSTON (AP) — Federal inspectors said Wednesday they're increasing their oversight of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in the wake of a shutdown during a winter storm.

Autopsy: Football player shot by police had drugs in system

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:11
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A black college football player killed by a white police officer likely used a synthetic psychedelic drug and marijuana prior to the deadly confrontation at a Texas car dealership, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

Kentucky clerk gets help from GOP state Senate president

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:09

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Republican president of the Kentucky state Senate has asked a federal judge to withhold his ruling ordering a county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Missouri man gets 50 years for killing father with hammer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:07
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for beating his father to death with a hammer.

U.S. police slayings raise pressure on officers at time of tension

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:04

A statuette is seen near other mementos and messages left at the scene of a policeman's shooting in HoustonAt the current rate, the number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty this year would fall short of the 51 who died last year. On average, 64 officers have been killed annually in the United States since 1980, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data.

Timeline of events in slaying of Illinois police officer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:02
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Just 17 minutes elapsed between the time Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz first radioed that he was pursuing three suspicious men and when his fellow officers found his body.

Fun, excitement fly high at AC Air Show

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 06:57

Fun, excitement fly high at AC Air ShowHump day brought sunshine and blue skies, the perfect set up for this year's Atlantic City Air Show.

Obama heads to remote reaches of Alaska on last day of tour

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 06:57

Obama performs a traditional Yup'ik dance at a school in Dillingham, AlaskaBy Roberta Rampton DILLINGHAM, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama headed to remote fly-in native villages of Alaska on Wednesday on a trek the White House hopes will bring attention to how climate change is affecting Americans. Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a community north of the Arctic Circle when he flies into Kotzebue, an Arctic town of about 3,000 that is battling coastal erosion caused by rising seas. Before going to Kotzebue, Obama went to Dillingham, home to one of the world's largest sockeye salmon fisheries, where residents are fighting the Pebble Mine copper and gold project that has been proposed by Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. Ignoring a light drizzle, he walked down the banks of the Nushagak River where women who fish for a living had anchored fishing nets to shore to catch a silver salmon.

Pennsylvania judge rejects parents' move to stop gender change surgery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 06:56
A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday rejected an effort by the parents of a 48-year-old transgender woman to block her gender reassignment surgery after they said she is incompetent. Christine Kitzler's surgery had been scheduled to take place in New Hope, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, but on Monday her parents filed an emergency petition in a Bucks County courthouse in suburban Philadelphia to stop the surgery. Kitzler, who lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was in a pre-operative appointment when she received news the surgery was halted, her lawyer, Angela Giampolo, said.

Trial set for February for 7 Minnesota men in terror case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 06:54
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seven Minnesota men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group are scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 16, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Oregon resident could face fines for lawnmower-sparked wildfire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 06:54
Fire investigators say a lawnmower sparked a costly 26,000-acre (10,520-hectare) blaze in Oregon, one of dozens that have roared across the state in recent weeks, and the home owner accused of cutting grass during restricted hours could face fines or restitution. The Oregon Department of Forestry is considering whether to cite the unidentified resident for defying a lawn-mowing curfew enacted this summer after extremely dry, hot weather gave way to an unusually early start to the state's fire season. "In this case it appears the person was mowing grass outside of the prescribed hours that it could be done," forestry spokesman Rod Nichols said on Wednesday.

Nearly $32M in state funding to help renovate Alamo

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 06:32

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, right, arrives for a news conference to celebrate the $31.5 million the General Land Office received for the preservation and development of the Alamo, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas officials unveiled a nearly $32 million state effort Wednesday to renovate the Alamo and its grounds with the public's help.

Partial list of people compensated for wrongful conviction

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 06:31
Here's a partial list of people who were compensated by the government after they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned: