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Virginia woman waives hearing on Islamic State charges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:22
By John Clarke (Reuters) - A Virginia woman on Wednesday waived a preliminary hearing on terrorism charges over allegedly lying to U.S. investigators about using social media to promote and recruit for the militant Islamic State group. Heather Coffman, 29, of Henrico, Virginia, was arrested on Monday after trying to recruit an undercover FBI agent for Islamic State, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond. Authorities began investigating Coffman, the mother of a 7-year-old child, in June after noticing her Facebook activity, according to the criminal complaint. ...

Ohio panel votes to shield execution drugmaker

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:15

Jim Tobin, a lobbyist for the Catholic Conference of Ohio, asks lawmakers to reject a bill that would shield the source of execution drugs, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Tobin called moves to make executions more secret "a new and troubling aspect of the death penalty." (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The names of companies providing lethal injection drugs to Ohio would be shielded for at least two decades under fast-tracked legislation approved Wednesday by a House committee.

'Stupidity' remark leads to free health site work

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:00
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An economist who said "the stupidity of the American voter" helped pass the complex federal health care law has agreed to finish his work on Vermont's health insurance systems for free, a top state official said Wednesday.

JetBlue to charge for checked bags in new airfare class

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:59

To match Feature JETBLUE/(Reuters) - JetBlue Airways Corp announced new checked baggage fees on Wednesday and plans to stuff more seats into its aircraft, prompting praise from Wall Street, but a chorus of criticism from consumers.

Attorney general's office: No child porn found

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:58
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A pornographic email scandal involving state employees did not include any child pornography, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday, just a day after the attorney general seemed to suggest otherwise.

Backyard pesticides show up increasingly in California watersheds: report

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:56

To match feature DROUGHT/CALIFORNIASACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released Wednesday. Pyrethroid pesticides, which are similar to chemicals produced naturally in chrysanthemum flowers, have replaced older, more toxic chemicals used to kill insects and fungi, and are found in about 3,500 products, the United States Environmental Protection Agency said. But they are believed to be harmful to aquatic life when found in high levels in urban runoff. ...

Como Zoo in Minnesota welcomes baby gorilla

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:53

CORRECTS DATE TO NOV. 19TH FROM 20TH. In this photo provided by the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Alice, right, a lowland gorilla at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul, Minn., holds her newborn baby male gorilla shortly after the baby's birth inside the Gorilla Forest exhibit day room in the early hours of Wednesday, November 19, 2014. The baby is the first for 12-year-old Alice, as well as the first gorilla birth at the zoo in its 55-year history of gorilla care and conservation. (AP Photo/Como Park Zoo & Conservatory)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota zoo is welcoming the arrival of its first lowland gorilla baby.

Marijuana mistakenly mailed to Upper Darby clothing store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:42

Marijuana mistakenly mailed to Upper Darby clothing storePolice say 90 pounds of marijuana was mistakenly mailed to a clothing store in Upper Darby over two days.

Utah revives plan for executions by firing squad

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:40

FILE - This June 18, 2010, file photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, endorsed a proposal to resurrect the practice in order to head off problems with the lethal injection drugs. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to allow the practice again to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs.

Rescued sheep immobilized by 50 pounds of wool

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:40

This November 2014 photo from the Idaho's Canyon County Sheriff's Office shows a sheep that has been named Dolly before having some 50 pounds of matted wool shorn from her in Caldwell, Idaho. Officials in Idaho's Canyon County said the sheep found down in a field after more than five days without food or water had a problem beyond hunger and dehydration — she was virtually immobilized by nearly 50 pounds of matted, urine-soaked wool. Workers at the county shelter said it took three people nearly an hour "to cut her free from her wool shackles." It's not clear how long it's been since Dolly was sheared. Now she's reported to be improving daily and will be looking for a new home when she's cleared as healthy. (AP Photo/Canyon County Sheriff's Office)CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — A sheep found in a field after more than five days without food or water had a problem beyond hunger and dehydration — she was virtually immobilized by nearly 50 pounds of matted, urine-soaked wool.

Mistrial declared in plastic surgeon's murder case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:36
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in the case of a Texas plastic surgeon accused in a murder-for-hire plot to kill a pathologist who was dating his ex-girlfriend.

Obama to offer deportation relief to 250,000 farm workers: union

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:25

U.S. President Barack Obama attends the 2nd ASEAN-USA Summit in NaypyitawWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's immigration reforms would lift the threat of deportation for at least 250,000 undocumented people who work on farms, Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers union said on Wednesday after meeting with Obama. "We were pleased to learn from the president today that at least 250,000 farm workers (and at least 125,000 California farm workers) will be eligible for deportation relief under his executive action," Rodriguez said in a statement. ...

Lawyer asks judge to approve NFL concussion deal

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:19

Co-lead players' lawyer Christopher Seeger, left, and client former NFL player Shawn Wooden speak with members of the media after a hearing on the proposed NFL concussion settlement Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, outside of the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL on Wednesday urged a judge to approve an estimated $1 billion settlement of concussion lawsuits despite concerns raised by former players or survivors who feel left out.

U.S. GAO sees drop in successful contract protests

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:17
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of successful U.S. contract protests fell sharply in fiscal 2014 to 13 percent, the lowest rate seen in over a decade, but government agencies are taking other corrective actions at a higher rate, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said on Wednesday. Ralph White, GAO's managing associate general counsel for procurement law, told Reuters the drop in the percentage of protests upheld in fiscal 2014 did not reflect any change in the philosophy or staffing of the congressional agency, which rules on federal contract protests. ...

Utah's concealed carry permits popular around US

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:16
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of gun owners from around the country are taking advantage of Utah's concealed firearm permits each year — often taking a required class given by instructors licensed by Utah but who live in other states.

Man allegedly rapes 101-year-old woman, smiles at cameras in court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:12

Man allegedly rapes 101-year-old woman, smiles at cameras in courtHis alleged crime is horrific; his behavior in court - troubling.

Right-to-die advocate's video out after death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:11

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman who decided to end her life early under an Oregon law. She died Nov. 1, 2014. The Catholic Church has called Maynard's decision to die "reprehensible," and said physician-assisted suicide should be condemned. Maynard's mother, Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday, Nov. 18, saying the Vatican official's comments came as the family was grieving and were "more than a slap in the face."( (AP Photo/Maynard Family, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly three weeks after her death, on what would have been her 30th birthday, Brittany Maynard returned to the national spotlight on Wednesday in a video in which she urges states to pass laws allowing terminally ill people to end their lives on their own terms.

Deadly western New York snowstorm to get second wind

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:11

A man climbs on his roof to clear snow in the town of Cheektowaga near Buffalo, New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Western New York state braced for a fresh wave of heavy snow on Wednesday after a freakish storm swept off the Great Lakes and deposited as much as five feet (1.5 meters), killing at least seven people and stranding motorists overnight. The new bout of snow could bring three feet (1 meter) of snow in parts of Erie County, which includes the city of Buffalo. "That's a year's worth of snow," said Deputy Erie County Executive Richard Tobe, noting a state of emergency remained in effect. ...

Officials not ready to call Buffalo snow a record

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:09

A plane negotiates its way through the snow at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, N.Y., as a lake-effect snowstorm with freezing temperatures hit the area Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Temperatures fell to freezing or below at recording stations in all 50 states on Tuesday morning, from the highest elevations in the mountains of Hawaii to the snow-paralyzed Buffalo area in New York. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)A lake-effect storm that dumped more than 6 feet of snow in the Buffalo area trapped people on highways in an area where heavy snow is the norm for most of the winter. More than 2 to 3 feet is forecast to fall Thursday. Why was this storm so fierce? Some tales from the storm and tips on how to deal if you're caught in the next one:

Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking Republicans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:05

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the end of the G20 summit in BrisbaneBy Steve Holland and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy for as many as 5 million people, bypassing Congress and angering Republicans. U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on fiscal policy and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, called the plan a "partisan bomb" while a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner branded the president “Emperor Obama” for acting unilaterally. The White House said Obama will deliver a televised speech at 8 p.m. ...