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Year after blast, Texas town ponders new plant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:05

The slab remains of an apartment complex, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in West, Texas, that was destroyed when a nearby fertilizer plant exploded. Today marks the one year anniversary of the explosion at a fertilizer plant that killed fifteen people, including 12 volunteer firefighters and others responding to the fire, and more than 200 were injured. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)WEST, Texas (AP) — Leaders in a Central Texas town that was devastated last year by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion are contemplating building a new facility, calling it a crucial step toward West's economic recovery.


Teck's Red Dog zinc mine still operating after quakes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:03
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teck Resources said on Friday its Red Dog operation in Alaska, the world's largest zinc and lead mine, is operating as usual after two earthquakes struck a few miles from the site. Two extremely shallow earthquakes, a magnitude 5.6 and a magnitude 5.3, struck just minutes apart on Friday afternoon just a few miles (km) southeast of the mine in remote northwest Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Red Dog, located just over 100 miles above the Arctic Circle and employing 550 full-time staff, is expected to produce between 500,000 and 525,000 tonnes of zinc and 95,000-100,000 tonnes of lead in 2014, according to Teck's 2013 annual report.

Man sentenced in USC shooting that wounded 4

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:38
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who shot and wounded four people outside of a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison.

Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:34

Edible marijuana products are pictured on display at a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver on Friday, April 18, 2014. Many of the items are far more potent than a single marijuana joint. Two recent deaths have raised concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a smoked joint. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)DENVER (AP) — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.


Deputies: Man smothered crying son over video game

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:30
HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff's deputies said Friday.

Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:29
NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

Second wave of milder flu hitting Northeast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:16
NEW YORK (AP) — A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast.

Teck's Red Dog zinc mine 'operating as normal' after earthquakes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:15
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teck Resources said on Friday its Red Dog zinc mine, the world's largest, in Alaska is operating as usual after two earthquakes struck a few miles from the site. "Mild tremors were felt at Red Dog operations. There were no safety concerns and the mine is currently operating as normal," a spokesman said in an email. (Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Richard Chang)

Railroad says it's committed to hauling fertilizer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:04
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Canadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.

Prosecutor: Body fits description of missing boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:00

Massachusetts State Police stand along Interstate 190 where police said a child's body was found Friday, April 18, 2014, near Sterling, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., said the body has not been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, of Fitchburg, but that the height and weight of the body was consistent with Oliver's size. Jeremiah Oliver was last seen by relatives in September 2013 but wasn't reported missing until December. His mother Elsa Oliver and her boyfriend Alberto Sierra are both charged in the case. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Tom Rettig)WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A child's body found off a highway in central Massachusetts on Friday matches the height and weight of a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for seven months, and whose disappearance led to calls for changes in the state's child welfare agency, authorities said.


TransCanada CEO 'disappointed' with Keystone XL pipeline delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:55
(Reuters) - TransCanada Corp Chief Executive Russ Girling said on Friday he was "extremely disappointed and frustrated" with yet another delay in making a decision on a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The statement followed the decision by the U.S. State Department to extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that likely postpones a final decision on the controversial project until after the November 4 mid-term elections. By linking Canadian fields to refiners on the Gulf Coast, the 1,200-mile (1,900-km) Keystone XL pipeline would be a boon to an energy patch where oil sands are abundant but that produce more carbon pollution than many other forms of crude. Keystone opponents say that burning fossil fuels to wrench oil sands crude from the ground will worsen climate change, and that the $5.4 billion pipeline, which could carry up to 830,000 barrels per day, would only spur more production.

Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:41
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:40

FILE - This March 23, 2014 file photo shows the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flying over during the national anthem before the NASCAR Sprint Series auto race in Fontana, Calif. The Navy says a California-based officer, Capt. Gregory McWherter, has been relieved of duty because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said.


Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.

Landslide gains speed, threatens Wyoming resort homes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:37
A slow-moving landslide threatening the affluent Wyoming community of Jackson is picking up speed, and efforts to stabilize the area were called off because of safety concerns, city officials said on Friday. The mass movement has displaced residents of several homes and two apartment buildings that sit near the base of the East Gros Ventre Butte which geologists said was slumping at a rate that this week increased to a foot a day from four inches. "The fractured mass wants to slide down and gravity is pulling it down," Peter Ward, a retired geologic hazards expert with the U.S. Geological Survey, said on Friday at a town meeting.

Woman finds body while hunting for Easter eggs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:33
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman says she made a grisly discovery while hunting for Easter eggs in her back yard with her 3-year-old son: a dead body.

AP PHOTOS: Sailors return from 9-month deployment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:32

Six-week old Ewan Bingham, takes a look at his dad, Lt. Chris Bingham, of Cranford, N.J., after Chris disembarked from the nuclear aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Friday, April 18, 2014. The carrier strike group is returning from a 9-month deployment. There were 171 babies born to sailors aboard the ship during the deployment, according to the Navy. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Thousands of sailors were greeted Friday by cheerful friends and family who packed a pier at Naval Station Norfolk to welcome them home from a nine-month deployment.


Man who avoided prison is overwhelmed by support

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:28

In this photo provided by attorney Patrick Megaro is his client, Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, with a birthday cake. Anderson, who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years, said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public. Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general signaled that he would look for a way to take Anderson's many years of clean living into account in attempting to resolve the "difficult situation." (AP Photo/Courtesy Patrick Megaro)ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public.


Lawmakers, green groups weigh in on Keystone XL delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:14
(Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Friday it would extend the period of time for federal agencies to weigh in on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, giving no new deadline. The move, which likely delays a final decision beyond November mid-term elections, angered Republican and some Democrat lawmakers who have urged President Barack Obama to make the final decision on TransCanada's project after more than five years of government reviews. Here is a selection of key comments from various groups: LAWMAKERS: Mitch McConnell, Republican leader in the Senate: "It is crystal clear that the Obama administration is simply not serious about American energy and American jobs. At a time of high unemployment in the Obama economy, it's a shame that the administration has delayed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for years.

APNewsBreak: Vengeful note left in 2 boys' murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 04:09

FILE - This file photo released by the Connecticut State Police Feb. 26, 2013, during an Amber Alert shows Alton Perry, left, 2, and Ashton Perry, right, 6 months old, who were taken from their daycare by their grandmother. Debra Denison, 47, who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children. The letter described in a police report suggests a vengeful motive for the shootings by Denison. The report was obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request. (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children, according to a police report.