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U.S. court rules for groups defending historic site from coal mining

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:42
The Sierra Club and a coalition of local historical associations sued the government for removing the Blair Mountain Battlefield in southern West Virginia from the National Register of Historic Places in 2009, a move the group said would open up the area to large-scale surface mining. The mountain was the scene of a five-day clash in September 1921 between more than 5,000 West Virginia coal miners and around 3,000 men backed by the coal companies, the largest armed labor conflict in the nation's history.

U.S. appeals court challenges states on gay marriage bans

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:38

A wedding cake is seen at a reception for same-sex couples at The Abbey in West HollywoodCircuit Court of Appeals come at a crucial stage in the legal fight over same-sex marriage as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take up the issue in its next term.


Workers approve Northwest grain contract

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:32
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Employees who had been embroiled in a lengthy and sometimes violent labor dispute have voted to return to work Wednesday for three Northwest grain merchants — in time for the wheat harvest.

Kindergartener brings loaded gun to school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:29
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — Police and school officials say a kindergarten student brought a loaded gun to a Pittsburgh-area school.

Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:23

Musicians perform during funeral service for Michael Brown at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. LouisBy Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched in St. Louis on Tuesday demanding the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The death of Michael Brown, 18, focused global attention on the state of race relations in the United States and evoked memories of other racially charged cases, including the fatal shooting of black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012. Family and supporters of Brown celebrated his life on Monday at a music-filled funeral service at a St. Louis church that rang with calls for peace and police reforms. The Aug. 9 shooting sparked two weeks of demonstrations, some with violent clashes and scores of arrests, in which protesters demanded Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson be charged in Brown's death.


Suspect in 'ninja attack' also accused of racially-charged vandalism and arson

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:23

Suspect in 'ninja attack' also accused of racially-charged vandalism and arsonThe man accused of brutally beating one of his former employers with a hammer - while dressed as a ninja - is now also accused of previously setting a fire and spraying racist graffiti at his former workplace.


Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:57

A woman dances on top of a van while other people set up camp on Blockhouse Beach at Pyramid Lake on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, northeast of Reno, Nev. Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno. Many took advantage of the opportunity to camp at Pyramid Lake and made the best of the lake's beaches. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Tim Dunn)Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.


NBC's Emmycast logs robust 15.6 million viewership

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:56

Bryan Cranston kisses Julia Louis-Dreyfus, center front, as she accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her work on “Veep” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says the Emmys thrived despite a Monday airing in the dog days of August.


2 ex-mining towns try to change their fortunes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:55

This July 22, 2014, photos shows a banner announcing the name of the city of Rocky Top, Tenn., formerly known as Lake City, Tenn. The city council voted in June to change the name in order to associate itself with the bluegrass song that declares, “Rocky Top, you'll always be home, sweet home, to me. Good ol' Rocky Top. Rocky Top, Tennessee." (AP Photo/Travis Loller)ROCKY TOP, Tenn. (AP) — In the Appalachian foothills of eastern Tennessee, Rocky Top and Briceville share a common heritage and a common problem: How to revive communities that once boasted bustling main streets and jobs for nearly anyone willing to mine the coal once plentiful in the deep shafts underground.


Four college students killed in fiery Ohio plane crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:53
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Four Ohio college students were killed late Monday in a fiery plane crash near a Cleveland-area airport, investigators and college officials said on Tuesday. The 1999 Cessna went down on Monday about 10 p.m. local time (2300 ET Tuesday) near a runway at Cuyahoga County Airport, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) from downtown Cleveland, according to Case Western Reserve University officials and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The victims, all students at Case Western in Cleveland, were on a sightseeing flight and attempting to return to the airport when the accident occurred, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.

Lightning strike kills police dog in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:46
A lightning strike apparently killed a police dog in northern Florida after the animal was left in a kennel during a thunderstorm, the local police department said on Tuesday. Announcing the news "with heavy hearts," the Panama City Beach Police Department said in a brief statement that its K-9 officer, named Argo, had served for about five years with the same handler. The News Herald, a local newspaper, said the dog's body was found with most of the hair missing from his right front leg. The police department says its two K-9 units help in the detection and seizure of controlled substances and contraband, as well as being trained in offender tracking and apprehension.

Caesars shows Showboat to 'interested party'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:46

Caesars shows Showboat to 'interested party'Caesars Entertainment is showing the soon-to-close Showboat Casino Hotel to "an interested party," but won't say who it is.


Family wants feds to probe in Wal-Mart shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:45
CINCINNATI (AP) — An attorney for the family of a man fatally shot by police while holding an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart called on the U.S. Justice Department to open a civil rights investigation and assess whether the shooting was justified and whether race played a factor.

Argentina says US-based BNY Mellon not welcome

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:45

Argentina says US-based BNY Mellon not welcomeBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Bank of New York Mellon, which has played a central role in the legal dispute that pushed Argentina into default last month, is no longer authorized to operate in the South American country, the government said Tuesday.


Officer describes helping student shot on campus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:36
SEATTLE (AP) — A police officer responding to the chaotic scene of a shooting at Seattle Pacific University tried to help a mortally wounded victim breathe who had been shot in the neck as other officers frantically searched the campus for any other possible assailants.

Dozens search Idaho mountains for missing Montana college student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:35
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Dozens of sheriffs deputies and volunteers combed the rugged canyon lands and whitewater rivers of central Idaho on Tuesday searching for a Montana college student who vanished one week ago while driving to Montana from Idaho. Lucius Robbi, 21, of Orleans, California, has not been seen or heard from since last Tuesday, when he set off for the University of Montana campus in Missoula from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, where he had worked as a guide for a second summer at a rafting company that offers trips on the Payette River.   Robbi told fellow workers at Cascade Raft and Kayak he intended to camp Tuesday evening and be on hand the following day for orientation at the university, said Anne Long, office manager at the rafting company.   Surveillance video from a gas station in southwest Idaho on Tuesday showed what appeared to be his 1997 green Subaru Legacy with California plates and two orange kayaks strapped to the hood, she said. “It’s very strange,” Long said of the disappearance.   Robbi’s parents arrived in Idaho over the weekend and were among the dozens of volunteer and law enforcement searchers who have fanned out along a route toward Montana that could have taken Robbi through the backcountry of central Idaho near the remote town of Stanley, she said.   The mountainous area borders the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and is known for whitewater rapids, rock slides and flash flooding.

Crested Butte to be Bud Light's 'Whatever' town

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:34

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2009 file photo, a crowd gathers on Elk Avenue in Crested Butte, Colo., during a Mardi Gras parade celebration. Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte, are not up for a secretive Bud Light plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an ad campaign. The Denver Post reports the company has agreed to pay the town $250,000 to fence off its main street and bring in more than 1,000 revelers for the Sept. 5-7 event. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow, File)DENVER (AP) — Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for "Whatever" — a secretive Bud Light plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign.


Suit: Church knowingly let abuser in youth program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:33
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two 50-year-old men filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the Seventh-Day Adventist Church put a man known to abuse children in charge of its youth program in the 1970s and kept him in that position even after learning he was accused of abusing a child in its ranks.

Turner Broadcasting offering buyouts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:13

This undated photo provided by Turner shows Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., John Martin. The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner. Martin has been talking for several months about a restructuring plan he has called Turner 2020. (AP Photo/Turner)NEW YORK (AP) — The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner.


Southern California prepares for big storm surf

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:05
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Southern California coastal areas were preparing Tuesday for the arrival of big and potentially damaging surf spawned by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.