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Noble Energy agrees to settle Colorado air pollution case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:45
DENVER (AP) — Large oil and gas driller Noble Energy has agreed to a settlement over alleged air-pollution violations north of Denver, a deal federal officials say could cost the company up to $73.5 million.

Jury asks to see testimony from Etan Patz's best friend

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:40
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York jury deliberating in the murder trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979 has asked to hear the testimony of the boy's best friend.

Streets near White House closed over suspicious package: Washington Post

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:34

 Washington Post(Reuters) - Streets around the White House were shut down because a suspicious package, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Police were investigating a package found several blocks east of the White House at 15th Street and F Street NW, the newspaper said. Nearby streets were closed to vehicles. (Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Fiona Ortiz and Sandra Maler)

Smoking inside bars is officially off-limits in New Orleans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:31

Barry Rutherford smokes a cigarette inside Kajun's Pub, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in New Orleans. Starting at midnight Tuesday, smoking will no longer be permitted in bars, gambling halls and many other public places such as hotels, workplaces, private clubs and stores. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — City Council members who led the push to ban smoking in bars and gambling venues in this notoriously libertine city hailed the start of the smoke-free ordinance Wednesday as a historic step in making the city healthier.

UPDATED PHOTOS: More suspects in local child predator sweep

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:27

 More suspects in local child predator sweepThe Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has announced 6 more arrests from a sweep of suspected child predators in our area.

Top question for first lady? 'Can I have a hug?'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:27

Anaya Brodie runs to give first lady Michelle Obama a hug during the White House’s annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" in the East Room on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Washington. Obama took questions from children of Executive Office employees, and local young people from the Boys and Girls Club and D.C. Child and Family Services. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The most popular question put to Michelle Obama during a question-and-answer session with the children of White House employees on Wednesday was "Can I have a hug?"

Officer who shot Washington state farm worker had aided him in house fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:26
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - One of three police officers who fatally shot a Mexican orchard worker in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks had come to the immigrant's aid during a house fire weeks before the February slaying, police said on Wednesday. Antonio Zambrano-Montes was killed in the southeastern farming city of Pasco in an incident captured on video that sparked outrage in a majority Latino majority community that has likened his death to police slayings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York. The shooting, which occurred at a busy intersection after Zambrano-Montes threw rocks at the officers, triggered protests by demonstrators who complain Pasco police were too quick to use lethal force in their fourth slaying in seven months, and fueled a national critique on police use-of-force against minorities. Weeks before the shooting, on Jan. 22, Zambrano-Montes was pulled from a house fire at a converted garage where he was living by public works employees who were in the area, a Pasco Fire Department report said.

APNewsBreak: Officer who shot man dragged him from fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:07

In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Pasco firefighters and Dean Perry, right, a Pasco police officer, help Antonio Zambrano-Montes, second from right, to an ambulance following a house fire in Pasco, Wash. On Feb. 10, 2015, Zambrano-Montes was fatally shot by police after he ran from them after throwing rocks at cars at an intersection in Pasco. Reports about Zambrano-Montes' interactions with police, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, provide new details about his behavior and the extent to which the Pasco Police Dept. was aware of his issues. (Bob Brawdy/Tri-City Herald via AP)SEATTLE (AP) — One of the officers who killed an immigrant farmworker in Washington state in a shooting that helped fuel the nationwide debate over police use of force had dragged the man away from his burning rental home just weeks earlier.

Beverly Hills approves new water restrictions, fines

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 02:02
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Beverly Hills residents and business owners could be fined up to $1,000 for violating new water restrictions passed by the city following an order from the governor to limit water use amid California's drought.

Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:59

FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a government program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties group fear too much about the surveillance still remains hidden from view to allow for a comprehensive public understanding. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate its reach or effectiveness.

AccuWeather: Spotty, Gusty Storms Possible Today

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:55

 Spotty, Gusty Storms Possible TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says any storm that forms could feature strong, sudden wind gusts.

Training expert says Oklahoma police laws need changes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:54

Robert Bates, left, leaves his arraignment with his daughter, Leslie McCreary, right, in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Bates, a 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy who fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, pleaded not guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma law allows former law enforcement officers to return to the profession as reservists with little training, but the state's top law-enforcement trainer is pushing for changes after a volunteer deputy — a patrolman for only a year in the 1960s — fatally shot an unarmed suspect.

Florida House OKs bill on 1-day waiting period for abortions

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:54
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Women seeking an abortion would face a one-day waiting period under a bill that appears likely to go to Gov. Rick Scott for approval.

Another witness: I saw 2 defendants hitting FAMU drum major

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:52
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Another former band member said Wednesday that she recalled seeing two of three defendants charged with manslaughter in the death of a FAMU drum major hitting him during a hazing ritual the night he died.

Planned 1,000-foot Miami tourist tower sparks politics scrum

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:49

In this Monday, March 30, 2015 photo, developer Jeff Berkowitz talks about the SkyRise project at his office in Miami. Last summer Miami voters approved a $430 million downtown tourist tower to be built beside Biscayne Bay with the understanding no public money would be spent. Now that Miami-Dade County is proposing a $9 million subsidy for infrastructure improvements, the Miami mayor’s politically ambitious daughter, Raquel Regalado, and billionaire car dealer Norman Braman, are suing to stop it. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Last August, Miami voters gave a developer permission to lease land on the city's sparkling downtown waterfront to build a 1,000-foot, hairpin-shaped tourist tower complete with thrill rides, breathtaking observation decks, restaurants and clubs. There was one key promise: No public money would be spent on the $430 million project.

Protesters take to Baltimore streets after man's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:44

Protesters take to Baltimore streets after man's deathAmid tears and cries for justice, demonstrators poured into the streets of Baltimore carrying signs emblazoned with the name of a man who died from a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody. Tuesday's demonstration marked the beginning of a week of protests and rallies planned across the city.

States where health law seems to increase food-stamp use

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:29
President Barack Obama's health care law seems to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps in 11 states, despite significant improvement in the economy.

Transgender teen settles with state over license photo

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:28
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A transgender South Carolina teenager who was told to remove her makeup for a driver's license photo has settled her lawsuit over the incident and a state agency has agreed to handle such cases differently, according to court documents.

Chocolate milk catching on as sports drink

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:25

Chocolate milk catching on as sports drinkThe next sports drink success may not be green, orange, or blue.

Florida Legislature passes bill to outlaw ticket quotas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 01:25
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The "Waldo Bill" — inspired by a city considered one of the nation's worst speed traps — is about to become law in Florida.