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California Chinook salmon fall run slowed amid warm weather, drought

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:24
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The annual fall migration of Chinook salmon has been delayed by warmer water temperatures and slow-flowing streams in parts of California as the state's three-year drought drags on, hatchery officials said Monday. Cool November temperatures usually bring thousands of adult salmon from the Pacific Ocean into streams and rivers to spawn. ...

Gay couples wed in Kansas, but not in all counties

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:16

Krista Casmaer, left, and Mindy Kufahl trade wedding bands with Kufahl's daughter Phoebe Edgerton-Kufahl, 7, as witness during a mass same-sex marriage ceremony on the steps of the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gay and lesbian couples have wed on the steps of a historic courthouse in Wichita.


Minnesotan who lived on yacht and collected welfare pleads guilty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:12
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A Minnesota man who collected food stamps and other public assistance while living on a yacht with his wife pleaded guilty on Monday to two felony charges, prosecutors said. Colin Chisholm III, 62, pleaded guilty in a court hearing to theft by swindle and wrongfully obtaining public assistance, Hennepin County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement. Prosecutors said Chisholm and his wife, Andrea Chisholm, 54, illegally received more than $167,000 in public benefits from 2005 to 2012 before their benefits were terminated. ...

White House threatens to veto EPA related bills

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:09
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is issuing veto threats against House Republican legislation that places new reporting requirements on the Environmental Protection Agency. The White House says the measures could delay or prevent environmental decisions.

Police: Iowa man charged in random shootings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:05
PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) — A man with a handgun randomly targeted people while driving through a Des Moines suburb early Monday, shooting and injuring two men at separate locations and prompting several schools to tell students to stay home, authorities said.

Missouri governor declares state of emergency ahead of ruling on Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:00

Demonstrators march through the streets during a protest over the shooting death of Michael Brown in ClaytonBy Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized the state's National Guard to support police in case of violence after a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. "Our goal here is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard," Governor Jay Nixon told reporters on a teleconference. "People need to feel safe and to achieve those goals, we need to be prepared." The order also puts the St. ...


Active Alaska volcano calms down _ for now

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:48

In this Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 photo provided by the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a view of the Pavlof volcano's eruption plume is seen from an aircraft. The National Weather Service warned airplanes to avoid airspace near the erupting volcano as it spewed ash 30,000 feet above sea level. Pavlof is Alaska's most active volcano and is located about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's had more than 40 recorded eruptions, including earlier this year and last year.(AP Photo/Alaska Volcano Observatory)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of Alaska's most active volcanos has calmed down since spewing ash up to 35,000 feet into the air over the weekend, but scientists said Monday the volcano has a pattern of prolonged eruptions of varying intensity. They're not ready to consider this explosion over.


Missouri governor activates National Guard

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:45

Missouri governor activates National GuardMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.


FBI looking into laws about body parts shipments

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:23
LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. investigators are trying to determine whether any laws were broken by two American tourists who police say tried to ship preserved human parts from Thailand to Las Vegas.

US pension insurer ran record $62B deficit in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — The deficit run up by the federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans has nearly doubled, to $62 billion. And the agency says that without changes, its program for pension plans covering 10 million of those workers will be insolvent within 10 to 15 years.

Priest who was appealing sex abuse conviction dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:18
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has died in custody while appealing his child sexual abuse conviction.

Latest spill-related grants announced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:17
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A conservation agency has announced more than $99 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — including more than $13 million for restoration work on Louisiana's coast.

Man killed when car plows into care home in Arizona

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 08:07
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona man who may have been trying to commit suicide slammed his car into a group care home, killing one of the residents inside, and will be booked on suspicion of murder, police said on Monday. The 61-year-old victim was carried about 20 feet by the impact and died in hospital on Monday following Sunday night's incident at an assisted care home in Phoenix which helps people with brain injuries, a police spokesman said. ...

Harvard and UNC sued over their admission policies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:58

Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, speaks to reporters during a news conference in Washington, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, announcing the filing of two lawsuits challenging the alleged racial preference admissions policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)BOSTON (AP) — Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the nation.


Police: Math teacher pulled knife on student

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:50
BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico middle school teacher is facing charges that allege he threatened a student with a knife for talking during a pop quiz, police said Monday.

AP PHOTOS: 50 years of papal visits to the US

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:49

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 1965 file photo, Pope Paul VI, left, sits in front of the rostrum before addressing the United Nations General Assembly. Pope Francis is scheduled to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia 50 years after Pope Paul VI made the first papal visit to the United States. (AP Photo/File)Pope Francis is scheduled to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia 50 years after Pope Paul VI made the first papal visit to the United States. Here's a look at the nine previous visits:


Pilot in Pennsylvania admits cargo was pot, not hot water tanks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:45
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A pilot who initially claimed his small plane's cargo was hot water tanks has admitted it was actually 252 pounds of marijuana, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Pennsylvania said on Monday. Ken Barton Burrows, 54, of Provo, Utah, pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh on Friday to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry on Feb. 20. ...

Truck driver's negligence blamed for Washington bridge collapse

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:44
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state bridge collapse that sent two cars tumbling into a frigid river last year was primarily the result of negligence on the part of a commercial truck driver who should have known his rig was too tall to clear the span, the state patrol said on Monday. The truck hauling an oversized load clipped the truss of the Skagit River Bridge along Interstate 5 in May 2013, causing a section of the span about 55 miles north of Seattle to buckle. ...

Man pleads guilty in ricin plot; now charged over threats

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:42

Man pleads guilty in ricin plot; now charged over threatsThe man who pleaded guilty to charges he laced a card with poison has now been charged with threatening a number of people involved in the case.


Mom turns self in decade after fleeing with child

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 07:41
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman who fled with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago during a custody dispute turned herself in Monday to face trial.