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Exxon Mobil to sell troubled Southern California refinery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:30

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2015 file photo shows a structure damaged after an explosion in a processing facility at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, Calif. PBF Energy Inc. announced Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 that Exxon Mobil is selling its troubled Southern California refinery for $537 million to a New Jersey energy company. Torrance plant is expected to close next year.The refinery has been shut down since an explosion in February injured four contractors and caused heavy damage. (Brad Graverson/Daily Breeze via AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. is selling its troubled Southern California refinery for $537 million to a New Jersey energy company more than six months after an explosion crippled the plant and led to higher gas prices in the Golden State, according to an announcement Wednesday.

Woman relieved by fugitive's arrest in Mexico decades later

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:26
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An Idaho woman expressed relief Wednesday that a fugitive wanted in the kidnapping and torture of two women in suburban Portland, Oregon, nearly a quarter century ago has been arrested at a hotel in Mexico.

California offering amnesty on traffic debt for poor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:23
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is instituting an amnesty program for residents who can't afford to pay off spiraling traffic fines and court fees that have led to millions of driver's licenses being suspended.

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:20
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

Texas mom charged with neglecting 5 kids; 1 near death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:18
BOWIE, Texas (AP) — A Texas mother is accused of abandoning her five children after police found them starving, filthy and, in the case of a baby, near death while her 8-year-old son was left in charge of his siblings.

Indiana House majority leader resigns after apologetic text

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:11

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, presents a bill at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. House Republicans announced Tuesday, Sept. 29, that McMillin was resigning from the Legislature. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A ranking lawmaker who abruptly resigned from the Indiana House says he made "mistakes" that he needs to remedy with his family, a week after apologizing to friends and acquaintances for "anything offensive" they may have received from his cellphone.

The Latest: Sheriff says it's been honor to serve citizens

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:10
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The latest on the grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, which came under fire after a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man (all times local):

Vatican observers raise questions over clerk's pope visit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:58

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015 file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky. Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, says she met briefly with the pope during his historic visit to the United States. Vatican officials did not respond to an email asking for comment early Wednesday, Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The private meeting Pope Francis held with defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is a strong papal endorsement of religious resistance to gay marriage, but it doesn't necessarily mean he approves of how she's waged her fight, experts said Wednesday.

Officials: Key fishing area for Atlantic cod in dire shape

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:51

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2013 file photo, fishermen Ed Stewart, left, and Tannis Goodsen mend groundfishing nets on Merrill Wharf in Portland, Maine. One of the two critical areas where New England fishermen search for cod may be in even worse shape than suspected. The Northeast Fisheries Science Center says research boats caught less cod this past spring in 2015 than in all but one spring season dating back to 1968. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the two critical areas where New England fishermen search for cod may be in even worse shape than suspected.

Police: Officer killed in mall shooting; suspect charged

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:50

A Columbia police officer walks near the scene where a Forest Acres police officer was fatally shot in the Richland Mall Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Forest Acres, S.C. Police say a suspect is in custody. (Matt Walsh/The State via AP)FOREST ACRES, S.C. (AP) — Police Officer Gregory Alia had welcomed a baby son into the world just months before a man with a stolen gun killed the policeman at a South Carolina mall, authorities said Wednesday.

Congress OKs deal to finish over-budget Denver VA hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:38

FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, members of a construction crew work at the site of the new Veterans Administration hospital complex in Aurora, Colo. Congress could wrap up an agreement by Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, that finally clears the way to finish the over-budget medical center after months of wrangling and recriminations. The deal emerging would allow the Veterans Affairs Department to transfer $625 million to complete the hospital from other accounts within its budget. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — Congress approved a deal on Wednesday to let the Veterans Affairs Department complete a vastly over-budget medical center outside Denver, ending months of uncertainty about the future of the ambitious project.

USDA: Pig virus that struck US similar to China strain

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:29
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A virus that killed more than 8 million baby pigs in 2013 and 2014 nearly matches the DNA of a virus found in China and was likely carried into the United States on reusable tote bags used in international trade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

Clarification: Georgia Execution story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:29

Protesters sing outside of Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson, Ga., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, before the scheduled execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner. Gissendaner, who was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday, was convicted of murder in the February 1997 slaying of her husband. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITJACKSON, Ga. (AP) — In a story Sept. 30, The Associated Press reported that a Georgia woman who was about to be put to death thanked her lawyer. Based on an audio recording provided by the Corrections Department of her last words, the story should have specified that she also thanked a pastor.

Latest: Inmate 'happy to have 37 more days' after stay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:23
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest on the scheduled execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, who was convicted of ordering the 1997 beating death of his boss but claims he was framed by the actual killer (all times are local):

Federal health program for Sept. 11 responders set to expire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:21

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives for the launch of the Strong Cities Network to Strengthen Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism conference, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at United Nations Headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)WASHINGTON (AP) — A law that provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders expires at midnight Wednesday due to the failure of Congress to act.

Contractor goes on trial for Center City building collapse deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:20

Contractor goes on trial for Center City building collapse deathsA small-time contractor "valued money over human life" when he cut corners on a demolition project, causing a building collapse that killed six people inside a thrift store, prosecutors said Wednesday as his murder trial opened.

Ex-Siemens financial chief pleads guilty in $100M bribery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:17
NEW YORK (AP) — The former chief financial officer for Siemens Argentina has pleaded guilty to conspiring to pay $100 million in bribes to senior Argentine government officials.

Border militia participant convicted of federal gun charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:10
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has convicted a member of a border militia of federal firearms crimes after guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found in his motel room after a friendly fire incident involving a Border Patrol agent.

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union debit cards compromised

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:09

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union debit cards compromisedA Philadelphia Federal Credit Union customer contacted Action News saying money had disappeared from her account.

Lawsuit claiming DEA paid New Mexico man in crack tossed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:08
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a New Mexico man who says federal agents wrongfully supplied him with crack cocaine, reigniting his addiction to the drug, was dismissed Wednesday by a federal judge