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Foreign-matter contamination prompts Pilgrim's Pride recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:15
WACO, Texas (AP) — Pilgrim's Pride ordered a massive recall of cooked chicken products Tuesday after consumers and federal meat inspectors found contamination by such foreign material as wood, plastic, rubber and metal.

Attorneys ask to unseal records in Phoenix freeway shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:12

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, accused freeway shooter Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr., appears in Maricopa County Superior Court for his arraignment in Phoenix. A judge has dismissed a criminal case against Merritt, who had been accused of carrying out freeway shootings in Phoenix last summer that put drivers on edge. The ruling came Monday, April 25, after prosecutors had asked for charges against Merritt to be dismissed amid undisclosed questions about evidence. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)PHOENIX (AP) — A day after a judge dismissed charges against the man arrested for last summer's freeway shootings, his attorneys are calling on the court to release all previously sealed documents.


Pentagon aims to curb tobacco use by military: memo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:10

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter attends a joint news conference with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani in RiyadhBy Jilian Mincer and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has issued new policy guidelines aimed at curbing tobacco use within America's military that include raising the prices of tobacco on military bases to match local market prices. Officials within the U.S. military were now meeting to discuss ways to implement the policy guidelines describe by Carter in his memo, the defense official told Reuters. R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Company declined to comment, but Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association said in a statement that this is "an important step in the right direction." "The American Lung Association urges the DOD to follow all of the steps outlined in the Institute of Medicine’s Combatting Tobacco Use in Military and Veterans Populations to ultimately phase out tobacco use in the military, which will be a win-win for health and spending,” he said.


EPA calls for U.S. drinking water plan in wake of Flint crisis

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:02

Flint Michigan residents wait in line for a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on "Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part III" on Capitol Hill in WashingtonA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official on Tuesday called for the development of a national plan to better protect the nation's drinking water, citing the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. Joel Beauvais, deputy assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Water, said in a blog post that agency management will meet with state, local government and public health officials next month. The EPA will release an action plan by the end of the year, he said.


14 people fatally overdose on 'painkiller' in California

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:58

This undated photo released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shows seized counterfeit hydrocodone tablets from an investigation involving at least a dozen people in the Sacramento, Calif., area who have fatally overdosed on a pill disguised as a popular painkiller. The drug has now turned up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bay Area hospitals have treated seven patients who ingested what they thought was the painkiller Norco in recent weeks, according to a report released Tuesday, April 26, 2016, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via AP)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fourteen people in the Sacramento, California, area have fatally overdosed on a pill disguised as a popular painkiller, and now the drug has turned up in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Kentucky Noah's Ark attraction gets tax incentive approval

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:56
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A battle over a Kentucky tax incentive for a religious theme park featuring Noah's Ark has ended in a win for the big boat.

Jury deadlocks on key charges against state auditor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:54

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley can be seen in the background at far right rushing to an exit staircase as his attorney, Angelo Calfo, center, talks to reporters following the conclusion of Kelley's federal fraud trial Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Tacoma, Wash. A jury on Tuesday failed to reach a verdict on key charges against Kelley, and acquitted him on the single count where they could agree. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The first Washington state official indicted in 35 years won at least partial vindication on Tuesday, as jurors in his federal fraud trial failed to reach a verdict on the key charges against him — and cleared him of lying to the IRS on the one count where they could agree.


Wood, plastic, rubber contamination prompts Pilgrim's Pride chicken recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:54

Wood, plastic, rubber contamination prompts Pilgrim's Pride chicken recallPilgrim's Pride has ordered a massive recall of cooked chicken products after consumers and federal meat inspectors found contamination by such foreign material as wood, plastic, rubber and metal.


San Francisco police text scandal at odds with diverse image

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:52

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi gestures while standing beside a picture of police officer Jason Lai during a news conference Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Adachi released text messages Tuesday he says were written by Lai, disparaging blacks, Latinos and others. The text messages, which were exchanged with other officers at the time, also make derogatory references to President Barack Obama and NBA superstar LeBron James. The text messages were found on Lai's personal cellphone. He resigned from the department earlier this month. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Details of a second batch of racist and homophobic text messages sent by a San Francisco police officer seem at odds with the image of a rainbow-flagged city that prides itself on diversity.


Kansas governor withdraws from Syrian refugee program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:50

Republican Kansas Governor Brownback speaks to supporters after winning re-election in the U.S. midterm elections in TopekaKansas is withdrawing from plans to resettle Syrian refugees in the state after the federal government failed to provide security information on them, Republican Governor Sam Brownback said on Tuesday. Brownback said in a statement that he repeatedly asked the administration of President Barack Obama for documentation on the screening of refugees who would be relocated from Syria to Kansas. "Because the federal government has failed to provide adequate assurances regarding refugees it is settling in Kansas, we have no option but to end our cooperation with and participation in the federal refugee resettlement program," Brownback said.


Arizona faces drug-expiration deadline for executions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:47
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's supply of a crucial lethal injection drug is set to expire as a federal judge decides the fate of a lawsuit that has stopped all executions in the state.

White House urges Congress to move on Zika funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:46

An aedes aegyti mosquitoes is pictured on a leaf in San JoseBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two senior Obama administration officials wrote congressional leaders on Tuesday to urge legislation be passed to fund the fight against the Zika virus, as concerns mount the United States will soon face locally transmitted cases of the disease. U.S. health officials concluded this month that the virus, spreading rapidly in the Americas, was a cause of microcephaly, a rare birth defect defined by unusually small head size that can hamper development. Zika is also linked to other health problems.


Driver fatally shot by child in back seat in Milwaukee

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:44
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a 26-year-old woman driving in Milwaukee was shot to death when a child in the back seat got hold of a gun.

Reporter jailed in Iran to spend year as Harvard fellow

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:43
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Washington Post reporter who was detained for more than 18 months in Iran after being accused of espionage will spend the coming year at Harvard University as a Nieman journalism fellow.

The Latest: Governor awaiting next move in auditor case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:41

Mike Lowey, center, a juror in the federal trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, talks to reporters following the conclusion of the trial Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Tacoma, Wash. A jury on Tuesday failed to reach a verdict on key charges against Kelley, and acquitted him on the single count where they could agree. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on the federal fraud trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley (all times local):


Wisconsin prom shooter was aiming at officer when he was hit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:40
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The 18-year-old gunman who opened fire on students exiting the prom at his former school in northern Wisconsin was aiming a rifle at a police officer when he was fatally shot, preventing what authorities have said could have been a far worse attack.

Michelle Obama encourages New York students to reach higher

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:36

First lady Michelle Obama greets members of the audience while hosting the 2016 College Signing Day, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — High school seniors on their way to college were feted by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and a host of celebrities on Tuesday as she encouraged them to make the most of their college experiences, get involved in campus life and ask for help when they need it.


Stanford climate activists slam university over fossil fuel vote

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:23

The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New YorkBy Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Stanford University's announcement on Monday that it will not rid its $22 billion endowment of oil and gas companies has raised the ire of campus climate activists, who said on Tuesday they will protest the decision. Activists felt they had momentum on their side after Stanford two years ago said it would no longer invest in coal mining companies, whose products are a major contributor to global climate change. The University of California last year agreed to sell off about $200 million in direct holdings in coal and oil sands companies.


Philadelphia letter carriers get much-deserved recognition

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:15

Philadelphia letter carriers get much-deserved recognitionLetter carriers loaded up for another day of work in Fox Chase. But today some of them had a little extra to carry.


Stepfather accused of toddler's murder pleads not guilty

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:05
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered his infant stepson 14 years ago.