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Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:44

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Richard Glossip. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Jan. 29, 2015. Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious, the state’s attorney general said in a Monday filing with the court. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious, the state's attorney general said in a Monday filing with the court.

Lawmakers hear heated testimony about sex-orientation bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:44

Hundreds of people line up to attend or testify at the House State Affairs Committee hearing on a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the state's Human Rights Act, at the state Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Supporters of religious freedom went toe-to-toe Monday against hundreds of gay rights advocates who had waited nearly a decade to speak in the Idaho Legislature for a measure that would create protections for gay and lesbian people in the state.

U.S. charges three in alleged Russian spy ring in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:42
By Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy conspired to gather economic intelligence on behalf of Russia, including information about U.S. sanctions against the country, and to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources, prosecutors said. Monday's charges stem from Buryakov's alleged covert work on behalf of Russia's foreign intelligence service, the SVR, according to a criminal complaint.

Hundreds pack Idaho hearing on gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:40
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A measure before the Idaho legislature that would grant job and housing protections for gay and transgender people drew more than 1,000 residents to the statehouse in Boise on Monday to voice their support or opposition. Gay rights advocates have sought for nine years to persuade the Republican-controlled legislature in the socially conservative state to take up the proposed addition to the Idaho Human Rights Act. The Idaho legislature's Republican leaders pledged to give the measure a hearing this year but were noncommittal about the likelihood of it ultimately being approved. Idaho last year was forced by federal court rulings to legalize gay marriage in decisions Idaho's Republican governor and attorney general have petitioned to appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

E-cigarettes would be banned in public places under California bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:37

A man uses an E-cigarette in this illustration picture taken in ParisBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and ramp up enforcement against selling them to minors under a bill introduced in the legislature on Monday. There is growing concern about the health risks from e-cigarettes, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, which are not lit or smoked like their old-fashioned counterparts, but do generally release nicotine in a heated liquid. "Whether you get people hooked on e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes, it’s nicotine addiction and it kills," Democratic state Senator Mark Leno, who introduced the bill, said in a telephone interview. California would be the fourth U.S. state to treat them like regular cigarettes, and the 23rd to regulate e-cigarettes in some way.

EPA: 4M gallons pumped from North Dakota saltwater spill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:37

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2015, crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Budget for Koch-backed network: almost $1 billion for 2016

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:32

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio seems to be moving toward a bid for the Republicans' presidential nomination, and late Sunday he joins Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky for an audience with the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016's elections.

Probation for ex-officer shot on job, lauded, later arrested

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:22
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police officer honored by the White House before a downward spiral that left him in custody on $60 million bail has been sentenced to probation.

Small plane crash reported near Washington state naval base

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:20
A small plane was reported to have crashed into the strategic Hood Canal in Kitsap County west of Seattle, and debris believed to be connected to the plane has been found, local and federal officials said on Monday. Two people called 911 just before 1 p.m. to report a light plane in distress and crashing into waters near the town of Seabeck and the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, said Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Ileana LiMarzi. The naval base, which is comprised of several sites in parts of Kitsap County, including Bremerton, Bangor, and Keyport, is home port to nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships. A boat that was dispatched to the area by Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue located what they believe is plane debris.

Ex-CIA officer convicted in New York Times leak case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:15
A former CIA officer was convicted in federal court in Virginia on Monday of leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter about a failed U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons program, the U.S. Justice Department said. Jeffrey Sterling was found guilty of nine counts, including six counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and one count of obstruction of justice, the department said. "This is a just and appropriate outcome,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. "The defendant’s unauthorized disclosures of classified information compromised operations undertaken in defense of America’s national security," Holder said.

SEPTA announces service changes due to snow

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:15

SEPTA announces service changes due to snowWith a large amount of snow expected as a Nor'easter moves through, SEPTA is announcing the following service changes.

U.S. suspends aid contractor for funding ‘misconduct’

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:14
The United States said on Monday it had suspended International Relief and Development, a non-profit aid contractor which won major U.S. contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, after finding "serious misconduct" involving funding. "The agency's review revealed serious misconduct in IRD's performance, management, internal controls and present responsibility," the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States' premier aid agency, said in a statement. USAID contracts with IRD in Afghanistan amounted to more than $1 billion and roughly $85.57 million in Iraq between 2006 and 2014, according to statistics provided by USAID.

Thousands of flights canceled as storm descends on the East

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:14

Brandon Bybee, left, and Cory McKenrick, second from left, talk with a ticket agent to try and move up their flight to Illinois in order to beat an expected snow storm at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Airlines canceled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to 3 feet of snow barrels down on the region. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Airline travelers are going nowhere fast because of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast.

Patient shoots nurse during struggle at L.A. mental clinic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:07
A 20-year-old patient shot and wounded a nurse at a Los Angeles area mental health urgent care facility during a struggle, authorities said on Monday. The man had been brought by family members to the clinic in suburban Willowbrook for treatment when a male nurse became concerned by his behavior and summoned security guards, Deputy Amber Smith of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. She said the suspect was detained by security guards until sheriff's deputies arrived and took him into custody.

List of Snow Emergencies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:58

List of Snow EmergenciesThere are several snow emergencies effective throughout our area.

Texas teen charged with drowning two-month-old baby girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:54
A 14-year-old Dallas girl was charged with capital murder for drowning a 2-month-old girl on Monday, police said. Investigators initially believed the infant and the teenager were related but later said the suspect is the daughter of a family friend, who had been caring for the baby while the baby's mother has been prison. Child Protective Services had placed the baby in the home of the family friend shortly after her birth at the request of her mother, according to police. Another teenager was home at the time and police said she is considered a witness.

Sheriff: Bodies found near vehicle of missing Ga. couple

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:53

This photo provided Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, by the Cobb County Police Department, shows Elrey “Bud” Runion, of Marietta, Ga. Runion, 69, and his wife June Runion, 66, are missing after driving across the state to check out a classic car advertised on Craigslist, and police say the man who last had phone contact with them faces charges. Investigators have obtained warrants for 28-year-old Ronnie Adrian "Jay" Towns on charges of giving false statements and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. Towns hasn't been accused of harming the couple. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Cobb County Police Department)McRAE, Ga. (AP) — The car belonging to a Georgia couple who were reported missing after traveling to meet a person claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake and two bodies were found nearby, authorities said Monday.

Senate Dems block GOP effort to wind down pipeline debate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress.

BP calls witnesses as it fights for lesser spill penalty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:46
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary.

Judge puts Alabama same-sex marriages on hold after striking down ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:46

Shanté Wolfe, left and Tori Sisson embrace near the Montgomery County Courthouse, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala., where they plan to stay overnight to be married Monday morning. A federal judge has stayed her order overturning Alabama's gay marriage ban for two weeks. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)Same-sex couples in Alabama will have to put their wedding plans on hold after a federal judge issued a two-week stay on her ruling that struck down the state's laws banning gay marriages, including those performed legally in other states. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange also filed an appeal with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday seeking a longer stay until the U.S. Supreme Court rules later this year whether states can ban gay marriage. U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade said in an order issued Sunday night that she would give the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals until Feb. 9 to decide whether gay marriages should continue to be delayed in the state.