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Tracing the bird flu outbreak in North American poultry flocks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:39
(Reuters) - The United States is facing its worst outbreak on record of avian influenza as three deadly strains have hit North American poultry flocks since December, with the spread of infection picking up speed in the last few weeks. More than 32 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states - Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa - have declared a state of emergency. Exports, which totaled more than $6 billion last year, have been hit as buyers, including China and Mexico, slap bans on U.S. supplies. Below is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Canada's Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and responses by the industry and trade partners.

Arizona AG's office: Woman faked cancer to get an abortion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:38
PHOENIX (AP) — Charges have been filed against a woman accused of faking cancer in 2010 to get Arizona to pay for her late-term abortion, state prosecutors said Tuesday.

Obama library locale a lift to Chicago hometown's South Side

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:34
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama will establish his presidential library on the South Side of Chicago, a part of the city where his political career began and where some of the issues that he plans to devote himself to when he leaves the White House are playing out on the streets.

Wisconsin officer will not face charges in killing of biracial teen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:32
By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot an unarmed biracial teenager in March, prompting several days of peaceful protests, will not be charged, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. Officer Matt Kenny used justified lethal force in the March 6 shooting of Tony Robinson, 19, who struck the 12-year police veteran in the head, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said. "I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly police force and that no charges should be brought against officer Kenny," Ozanne said in a 25-minute statement, during which he repeatedly mopped his face. The shooting in Madison, Wisconsin's capital, was one of a number of officer-involved deaths that have led to increased scrutiny of police use of force in the United States, particularly against young black men.

William Zinsser, author of 'On Writing Well,' dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:30
NEW YORK (AP) — William Zinsser, the much-consulted teacher, author, journalist and essayist whose million-selling book "On Writing Well" championed the craft of nonfiction and inspired professionals and amateurs to express themselves more concisely and vividly, died Tuesday at age 92.

Idaho schools warned not to force girls to wear dresses to graduation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:27
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A civil liberties group warned Idaho's public school districts on Tuesday that a secondary school's decision to require girls to wear white or pastel dresses or skirts to graduation could be discriminatory. Declo High School in southern Idaho has banned graduating girls from wearing slacks during commencement ceremonies set for May 27, a move the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho said was gender discrimination.

Judge throws out part of suit against Louisiana abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:25
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Louisiana's law requiring abortion clinic doctors to gain hospital admitting privileges could pose too great an obstacle to abortions even though there's a rational reason for the law.

Texas set to execute man convicted of murdering three in Houston

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:19

Texas death row inmate Derrick Charles is seen in an undated handout pictureBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas is set on Tuesday to execute Derrick Charles, 32, who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather in their Houston home in 2002. If the execution goes ahead, it will be the 525th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, with the state accounting for 37 percent of all executions in the country during that time. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition seeking to halt the execution. Prosecutors said he sought revenge on Brenda Bennett, 44, because she was trying to stop her underage daughter Myiesha Bennett, 15, from having sex with him.

Temple golfer sets school record

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:07

Temple golfer sets school recordWith a swing as sweet, as his smile, Brandon Matthews has success written all over his face.

Oil industry challenges rules meant to stop train explosions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:02

FILE - This May 6, 2015 file photo shows a line of oil tanker cars sit on the BNSF railroad tracks in Harvey, N.D. The U.S. oil industry is challenging new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail. The American Petroleum Institute petitioned the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. to block a requirement that railroad tank cars known to fail be phased out or upgraded. The petition filed late Monday, May 11, 2015, also challenges a requirement for more advanced braking systems on fuel-hauling trains. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following a string of fiery derailments in recent years.

US doctor returning from Nepal reacts to 2nd quake

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:59

US doctor returning from Nepal reacts to 2nd quakeAn American doctor who was there for the initial quake in Nepal has returned home to West Reading.

A look at the players in unarmed Wisconsin man's shooting

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:52

FILE - In this March 7, 2015, file photo, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval appears at a news conference in Madison, Wis., where he released the name of the officer involved in the shooting of 19-year old Tony Robinson on the night of March 6. A prosecutor is set to announce Tuesday, May 12, whether the officer, Matt Kenny, will face charges for killing the young unarmed biracial man in Madison. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A look at some of the key figures in the case of Tony Robinson Jr., the biracial 19-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Madison in March. The shooting came amid a string of incidents around the country over the last year involving white officers killing black men, adding to growing tension and distrust between the black community and police. A prosecutor announced on Tuesday that no charges would be filed against the officer.

Russian bank paying banker's legal fees in NY spy ring case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:52
NEW YORK (AP) — A bank owned by Russia will pay the legal costs for a banker charged with participating in a Cold War-style Russian spy ring, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Southern California man gets jail for poodle killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:43
BALDWIN PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who beat to death his miniature poodle has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Close dilapidated, rodent-infested prison, California lawmaker says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:42
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California should shut down a state prison in Riverside County that is dilapidated, infested with vermin and expensive to operate, the chairwoman of the state Senate's public safety panel said on Tuesday. The California Rehabilitation Center at Norco houses 2,400 inmates in unsafe conditions that include standing pools of water, rodents and cockroaches, and water that does not come out of the pipes at temperatures deemed safe for food preparation, according to Democratic state Senator Loni Hancock. "CRC is dilapidated and unsafe," Hancock wrote in a letter to Jeffrey Beard, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's secretary for corrections and rehabilitation. "Many of the buildings are nearly a century old." The Southern California facility opened in 1928 as a lakeside resort, was used as a naval hospital during World War Two and eventually became a narcotics center that also housed felons.

Jeb Bush backs off support of Iraq invasion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:40

Bush addresses the National Review Institute's 2015 Ideas Summit in WashingtonRepublican Jeb Bush said on Tuesday that "mistakes were made" in the Iraq war, moving to disavow a controversial statement he made in support of the 2003 invasion ordered by his brother, then-President George W. Bush. The former Florida governor, who is likely to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, had told Fox News in an interview broadcast on Sunday that "I would have" authorized the invasion. The comment fed a narrative pushed by Democrats that Jeb Bush is little different from his brother, who left office in early 2009 with his popularity weakened by the Iraq war and a faltering U.S. economy. Jeb Bush on Tuesday went on the talk radio show conducted by conservative Sean Hannity to try to quiet the controversy.

Brady and NFL prepare to battle over 'Deflategate' suspension

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:39

A fan wearing a souvenir t-shirt from Super Bowl XLIX and listing New England Patriots players including quarterback Tom Brady waits in line to hear Brady speak at Salem State University in SalemThe National Football League's hardline stance on Tom Brady and his role in "Deflategate" sparked predictions on Tuesday that the star quarterback could see his four-game suspension reduced through an appeal. The severity of the punishment for the New England Patriots star combined with a spate of overturned NFL sanctions bode well for Brady in the appeals process, experts said. The appeal, which must be lodged by Thursday at 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT), would follow a flurry of questions about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of other high-profile cases last season. Brady's four-game suspension is seen as harsh by many, who note it is the same as what is handed to first time offenders violating the league's rules on performance-enhancing drugs, and double the number of games Goodell initially gave Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice for a domestic violence incident.

Christie: Fed partly to blame for U.S. income inequality

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:39

A man looks at his phone as he walks out of courthouse past man arranging bags in Los AngelesBy Lisa Lambert and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In unusual remarks for a moderate Republican who may run for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday the Federal Reserve deserved part of the blame for a widening gulf between the rich and the poor. The Obama administration's regulatory policies, along with the Fed's monetary policies, have stymied economic growth by allowing financial assets to grow substantially in value while wages have stagnated, Christie said. Christie said he would create conditions for the economy to grow at a brisk annual rate of 4 percent through policy changes such as overhauling the tax code and rolling back what he said were burdensome regulations put in place by President Barack Obama. Matthew Green, a politics professor at Catholic University in Washington, said Christie's speech appeared to be an effort to distinguish himself from other candidates and to appeal to members of the Republican conservative base who are critical of the Fed. The sharpest criticism of the Federal Reserve typically comes from the Tea Party and libertarian wings of the Republican party, including from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who in April said he is seeking the presidency and favors opening up the Fed's policy decisions to congressional audits.

Virginia couple testifies about bizarre home-invasion attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:37
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A lawyer and his wife have testified about surviving a brutal home-invasion attack in a Washington suburb that prosecutors say was carried out by another pair of lawyers.

Climbers who stomped 'SOS' in snow rescued from mountain

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:36
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — National Park Service officials say two climbers from Idaho who stomped out "SOS" in the snow were rescued unharmed from an Alaska mountain after triggering an avalanche.