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Arrest made in California tuberculosis case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:16
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California man who disappeared after refusing treatment for tuberculosis, which can be contagious and spreads by coughing or sneezing, was found and arrested on charges of refusing to comply with health officials, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:15

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, July 21, to Sunday, July 27:

Firefighters in California gain ground against Yosemite blaze

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:14
By Sharon Bernstein GROVELAND Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters gained ground on Tuesday against a blaze burning on the western edge of Yosemite National Park and an adjacent national forest, where flames have forced the evacuation of several dozen homes and the closure of three campgrounds. The El Portal fire has scorched more than 3,000 acres since it erupted on Saturday, destroying a duplex home and threatening dozens of other dwellings around the western park boundary, a spokesman for the federal fire command said. By Tuesday morning, a firefighting force of some 640 personnel had managed to carve containment lines through brush and timber around nearly 20 percent of the blaze's perimeter, up from a containment level of 5 percent reported a day earlier. A stretch of Big Oak Flat Road inside the park also was closed due to the fire, along with Crane Flat, Yosemite Creek and Bridalveil Creek campgrounds.

Maryland man leaves hospital after bout with flesh-eating bacteria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:13
By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - A Maryland man who nearly lost a leg and his life to a flesh-eating bacterial infection he contracted in Chesapeake Bay, has been released from hospital, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Rodney Donald, 66, was crabbing, swimming and kayaking in the Chesapeake Bay this month when a scrape became infected with vibrio vulnificus, an aggressive bacteria that feeds on flesh, a hospital spokeswoman said. Donald was taken to a hospital on July 11 when his right leg swelled up.

Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:11
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil liberties groups, the White House and Republicans.

Minnesota ex-Governor Ventura awarded $1.8 million in defamation suit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:11

FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR VENTURA DURING TIMBERWOLVES NBA PLAYOFF GAME.By Art Hughes ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was awarded more than $1.8 million in damages on Tuesday after a federal jury found he had been defamed in a book by an ex-Navy SEAL who claimed the two were in a bar fight. In an 8-2 decision, the jury awarded Ventura $1.35 million for unjust enrichment and $500,000 for defamation over the book, written by Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was killed in 2013 at a Texas shooting range by a troubled Iraq war veteran he was trying to mentor. Ventura feels vindicated by having a jury declare that the story about the fight was a lie, his lawyer, David Bradley Olsen, told reporters.

Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:36

William Schmid, 18 months, of Gardners, Pa., plays outside the Crayola Experience attraction Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Easton, Pa. Crayola announced Tuesday it will build a second attraction at The Florida Mall in Orlando, Fla., to open in summer 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country if the new place does well.

Highway, bridge money at risk: Senate to vote

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:33

FILE - This April 14, 2014 file photo shows a section of the I-75 Phase II modernization project under way in Dayton, Ohio. The Senate is set to take up legislation to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments. The House passed a $10.8 billion bill last week that would pay for highway and transit aid through the end of May 2015 if transportation spending is maintained at current levels. Under a schedule outlined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., the Senate would take up that bill Tuesday. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation — billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections.

Mother of slain Mexican teen sues US Border Patrol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:32
TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — The mother of a Mexican teen who was shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent nearly two years ago sued the agency on Tuesday, saying her son was walking home after playing basketball with his girlfriend and friends when he was hit in the back by 10 bullets.

Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:32

Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks to the media at a homeless shelter Monday, July 28, 2014, in Lewiston, Maine. LePage, the governor of the state with the largest percentage of white people, placed thousands of miles from the southern border, has thrust the issue of immigration to the forefront with his criticism over the federal government's placement of eight immigrants in the state. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.

Safety board finds fault in derailment, response

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:32
Systemic errors led to a 2012 train derailment in New Jersey that released a dangerous gas into the air, sickening residents and emergency responders, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday in a scathing report.

Trump says his Buffalo Bills bid unlikely to win

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:31

FILE - In this May 27, 2014 file photo, Donald Trump speaks at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington. Trump says he'll submit a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills but that it's unlikely his offer will be the winner. The billionaire businessman told Fox News that's because he's "not going to do something totally stupid" to make the team his. Trump spoke on the eve of Tuesday's, July 29, 2014, deadline for prospective owners to submit initial bids for the National Football League franchise. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump says he is unlikely to be the next owner of the Buffalo Bills because he's "not going to do something totally stupid" to make the team his.

U.S. marshals released from hospital following New York shootout

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:27
Two U.S. marshals wounded in a shootout in New York's upscale Greenwich Village neighborhood were released from the hospital on Tuesday, while a police detective remained hospitalized in stable condition, officials said. The three officers were attempting to arrest 32-year-old Charles Mozdir on Monday on child molestation charges filed in the San Diego area, when Mozdir opened fire in the smoke shop where he worked, authorities said. Mozdir was recently on CNN's "The Hunt" reality television show with former "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, which sets out to catch fugitives, said U.S. Marshals spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue. Greenwich Village, a lower Manhattan neighborhood whose residents include celebrities and New York University students, rarely experiences violent crime.

Four California teens charged in murder of China graduate student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:27
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four teenagers were charged with capital murder on Tuesday in the beating death of a graduate student from China not far from the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles, prosecutors said. Two of the suspects, 19-year-old Jonathan Del Carmen and Andrew Garcia, 18, could face the death penalty if they are found guilty at trial in the high-profile case. The other two suspects, aged 16 and 17, were also charged with first-degree murder but will not face the death penalty if they are convicted because they are minors, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:19

Clean air advocates cheer as Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, speaks at a rally outside an Environmental Protection Agency hearing, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Atlanta. Utility and coal companies are expected to argue Tuesday against proposals from the Obama administration that would force a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2030 from 2005 levels. The EPA is holding three public hearings on the proposal in Atlanta, Denver and Washington. (AP Photo/David Goldman)DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.

Guards at New York City jail accused of drug trafficking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:10
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three guards at New York City's Rikers Island Correctional Facility have been indicted on charges of smuggling drugs into the city's largest jail complex and selling contraband to inmates, authorities said on Tuesday. The charges stem from a investigation involving wire taps and undercover agents posing as friends and family members of inmates who met up with the Department of Correction officers, according to the city Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. The prosecutor's office alleged that the officers accepted contraband pills and payment from the undercover agents. Two officers face charges of drug possession and trafficking narcotics, including cocaine and the powerful painkiller oxycodone, into Rikers Island, along with other contraband, the prosecutor said.

Baltimore poised to impose strict new youth curfew

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:10
Baltimore, faced with high crime rates, is set to impose one of the strictest U.S. curfews for young people, with the mayor facing residents on Tuesday to explain the new rules. Backers of the law, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, say it will not criminalize children, but will take them off the street and put them and their families in touch with social services agencies. This is a city and we are going to make sure that we keep our kids safe,” Rawlings-Blake, a Democrat, said in May. Rawlings-Blake is holding a meeting on Tuesday night at the University of Baltimore to answer questions from residents about the law. CRIME RATE City Councilman Brandon Scott, who sponsored the bill, said the great majority of his constituents backed the new curfew.

Idaho suspends plan to kill wolves in wilderness

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:09
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Conservationists claimed victory on Tuesday after Idaho wildlife managers suspended the killing of wolves in a protected wilderness area for preying on elk prized by commercial hunters. The state's Department of Fish and Game hired a hunter last year to trap and kill wolves in the central Idaho mountains, responding to complaints from sportsmen who say the wolves threatened big-game animals. The push by state wildfire managers to kill wolves was challenged by a lawsuit from conservation groups represented by the environmental law firm Earthjustice that said it violated principles of limiting human intervention in wilderness areas. Overall, Idaho aims to reduce its total wolf population to 150, from about 600 now, through recreational trapping and hunting, and state wolf-control actions including shooting from aircraft.

Detroit water department placed in mayor's hands

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:01

In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, Mayor-elect Mike Duggan is seen during a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Detroit. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr issued an order placing control of Detroit’s water department in the hands of Mayor Mike Duggan. The move was announced Tuesday, July 29, 2014 and comes as the massive water system in the bankrupt city has received national and international criticism for shutting off service to thousands of customers who are 60 days or more behind on their bills. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Control of Detroit's massive municipal water department, which has been widely criticized by the United Nations and others for widespread service shutoffs to thousands of customers, has been returned to the mayor's office.

4 charged with murder of USC student from China

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two young men and two teenagers have been charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of California graduate student from China.