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Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:38

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in TorontoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The measure was one of several anti-tobacco bills that advanced in the Senate on Thursday, including one to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18. The e-cigarette regulations, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco, would ban use of the devices, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, in the workplace, at schools and other places where cigarettes already are forbidden, and would require that they be sold in child-resistant packaging.

Contact lens makers take fight over price law to court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:28

FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, a contact lens is displayed in front of a 1-800-Contacts shipping box in Salt Lake City. A legal battle over a hotly contested Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses is set to come before a federal appeals court on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)DENVER (AP) — Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry.

Dallas police fatally shoot suspect armed with box cutter: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:19
(Reuters) - A Dallas police officer shot and killed a robbery suspect on Thursday who was armed with a box cutter and fought with officers while attempting to evade arrest, police said.

Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:14

UPDATES CAPTION TO REFLECT JUDGE’S RULING THURSDAY - This June 11, 2015, photo shows a dry water ditch next to a corn field in Cordova, Md. A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, blocked a new Obama administration, which would have given the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect.

N.Y. man convicted of trying to buy ricin 'death pills' online

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:10

Defendant Cheng Le in government evidence photo which was released during his trial in New YorkProsecutors said Le tried to buy ricin from an undercover FBI employee posing as a vendor on a website called Evolution. The case is U.S. v. Le, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 15-cr-00038.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Chairman promises review of unspent charity

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:06

In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo Erin Stennis poses for a photo in Los Angeles. Stennis helped a lawmaker pass legislation allowing California taxpayers to donate to colon cancer prevention after her husband died of the disease in 2003. Stennis says it's a missed opportunity that the state hasn't spent any of the donations on cancer awareness a decade after the legislation passed. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly $10 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year, The Associated Press has found, and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee chairman said Thursday that he wants a review of state accounts and will hold a hearing to find out why the money hasn't been spent.

'Sister Wives' clan uses same-sex marriage ruling in polygamy case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:03
(Reuters) - The stars of the reality television show "Sister Wives" used the U.S. Supreme Court's recent same-sex marriage ruling to support their case against Utah's polygamy ban, court records show. The filing with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by Kody Brown and the four women he considers his wives - Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Sullivan - came in response the Utah Attorney General's appeal of a lower court's ruling in their favor.

Fatal shot in San Francisco pier shooting was ricochet

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:56

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2015 file photo, Francisco Sanchez walks into court for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. Prosecutors have charged the Mexican immigrant with murder in the waterfront shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle. Competing versions of the same event emerged Wednesday during the second day of the preliminary hearing held to determine if there's enough evidence for Lopez-Sanchez to stand trial on murder charges. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The murder suspect at the center of a national immigration debate admits he fired the shot that killed a young San Francisco woman on an evening stroll with her father.

Portland, Oregon, Catholic school changes gay hiring policy after backlash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:53
The school had come under fire after it last month withdrew plans to give Lauren Brown a job as a counselor because of her sexual orientation. Brown had accepted the job in the spring but was told by the school in July that she would not get it because of her "impending marriage to a same-sex partner," according to Brown's attorney, Gloria Trainor.

Black Lives Matter boos Washington mayor's anti-crime plans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:47
WASHINGTON (AP) — The boos began as soon as Washington's mayor said she was putting more police officers on the streets in neighborhoods affected by violent crime. They didn't let up for the next 18 minutes as Democrat Muriel Bowser laid out her plans to address an increase in homicides in the nation's capital.

Teacher describes handling gun-wielding teen hostage taker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:41

A West Virginia State Police Officer speaks with parents of children from Philip Barbour High School in Philippi, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, after a "hostage-like" situation occurred in the cafeteria of the school. State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says a suspect was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at Philip Barbour High School. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Ben Queen)CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thirty-year veteran teacher Twila Smith had scarcely started a new school year when a 14-year-old freshman entered her world studies class and drew a gun Tuesday.

Kentucky clerk again refuses to grant license

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:40

April Miller, left, and her partner Karen Roberts read the decision of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refusing to hear Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' appeal ordering her to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs in Morehead, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.

Ruling could ease way for unionizing at fast-food chains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:38
NEW YORK (AP) — It could be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday.

Families speak out after bodies found in Strawberry Mansion garage

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:29

Families speak out after bodies found in Strawberry Mansion garageEarlier this week three decomposing bodies were discovered in a garage around the corner from a funeral home in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section.

Pro: Borgata uses booze, sexy servers to distract gamblers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:21
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A professional gambler accused of cheating an Atlantic City casino out of $9.6 million by seeking an unfair edge at cards says the casino has its own method of gaining an advantage: plying gamblers with free booze served by flirty, scantily clad waitresses.

Woman gives birth to conjoined twins in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:16

In this Aug. 25, 2015 photo provided by KUSA-TV, expectant mother Amber McCullough is pictured during an interview with Colorado's KUSA-TV, a day before she was to give birth to conjoined twins in Aurora, Colo. McCullough, of Hastings, Minn., was scheduled to deliver twin girls at the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children's Hospital Colorado by C-section on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Hospital officials said Wednesday they had no update on the surgery. (KUSA-TV Photo via AP)AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado hospital where a Minnesota woman gave birth to conjoined twins said Thursday that one of the babies died after a complicated five-hour separation procedure.

Houston police officer shoots hospital patient during struggle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:16
A Houston police officer working a second job as a hospital security guard shot and critically wounded on Thursday a patient who had been combative with staff and fought with security, a Houston police spokesman said. The officer was one of two off-duty police officers working as security at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston who were called into the room to subdue the suspect, described as a 26-year-old male, the spokesman said. One of the officers deployed his Taser but that did not appear to have any effect, spokesman Kese Smith said.

Gap to end on-call scheduling

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:16
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gap Inc. is ending its practice of requiring workers to remain on-call for short-notice shifts following an inquiry from New York's attorney general.

AP PHOTOS: Before and after images of areas hit by Katrina

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:16

This combination of Aug. 30, 2005 and July 29, 2015 aerial photos shows downtown New Orleans and the Superdome flooded by Hurricane Katrina and the same area a decade later. Katrina's powerful winds and driving rain bore down on Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005. The storm caused major damage to the Gulf Coast from Texas to central Florida while powering a storm surge that breached the system of levees that were built to protect New Orleans from flooding. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Gerald Herbert)When Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast nearly 10 years ago, it left a mammoth trail of damage in its wake.

Records: Parents of slain Ohio boys rejected state care plan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:11
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The parents of three boys whose mother is suspected of suffocating them rejected the state's care plan for the family earlier this year, according to records released Thursday shedding light on the state's inability to refer the couple for psychological assessments.