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Mixed reviews for healthier school lunch fare

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:25
BOSTON (AP) — School cafeteria managers on the hunt for foods that are healthy and will also please finicky students are sampling bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and other alternatives at a convention in Boston.

Man arraigned in shooting caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:20

This booking photo released by the Stamford Police Department shows Dayron Wills, charged with spraying gunfire into a crowd early Sunday, July 13, 2014, outside a downtown Stamford, Conn., nightclub. Five were injured, and the incident was captured in video taken on a mobile phone by someone standing near the shooting. (AP Photo/Stamford Police Department)STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawyer says his client was defending himself when he was caught on video spraying gunfire into a crowd outside a nightclub, injuring five people.

Second probe details more CDC anthrax lab problems

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:18
NEW YORK (AP) — A second investigation has detailed additional safety problems at federal health laboratories in Atlanta, including the use of expired disinfectants and the transfer of dangerous germs in Ziploc bags.

Ex-Minnesota governor says TV career halted by sniper's claims

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:18

VENTURA SPEAKS AFTER BARKLEY REPLACEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT.By David Bailey ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura told a court on Monday his annual income dropped sharply after his reputation was damaged by what he called a fictitious passage in a book by a former Navy SEAL who said the two had gotten in a bar fight. Seeking unspecified damages for defamation, Ventura testified on Friday that he has not been in a fight since he left the Navy decades before the alleged encounter described by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," published in early 2012.

Jails struggle to deal with flood of mentally ill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:11

In this June 26, 2014 photo, a U.S. veteran with post-traumatic stress sits in a segregated holding pen at the Cook County Jail after he was arrested on a narcotics charge in Chicago. The Chicago complex, with more than 10,600 inmates, is one of the country's largest single-site jails. From big cities to rural counties, the nation’s 3,300 local jails have turned into treatment centers of last resort for people with serious mental illnesses, most arrested for non-violent crimes. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — The numbers, posted daily on the Cook County sheriff's website, would be alarming at an urgent care clinic, let alone a jail: On a Wednesday, 36 percent of all new arrivals report having a mental illness. On a Friday, it's 54 percent.

Gore, Kennedy clan at Tenn. funeral for press icon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:02

Former Vice President Al Gore, third from right, and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, left, attend the funeral for John Seigenthaler on Monday, July 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Seigenthaler, a journalist who edited The Tennessean newspaper, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the John F. Kennedy administration, died July 11. He was 86. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore and members of the Kennedy family joined hundreds of other mourners Monday for the funeral of renowned journalist and press freedom champion John Seigenthaler, whose career spanned the civil rights struggle in the South and contemporary battles for media openness in the digital age.

Residents returning after evacuation due to odor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:02

Kourtnay Loughin waits with neighbors for her home to be tested by officials for an odor that begun a voluntary evacuation, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Skippack, Pa. Residents of 150 suburban Philadelphia homes are being allowed to return as their houses are tested after a voluntary evacuation overnight due to a mysterious odor. Officials are awaiting lab results to try to identify the substance responsible for Sunday evening’s problem in the neighborhood in Skippack. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)SKIPPACK, Pa. (AP) — Residents of about 150 homes in suburban Philadelphia began returning to their neighborhood Monday after a mysterious odor prompted a voluntary evacuation.

Mayor lashes out over memorial for cop-killer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:02

This is an undated photo of Lawrence Campbell provided by the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Campbell allegedly shot Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Campbell was then killed by police gunfire. (AP Photo/New Jersey Department of Corrections)A New Jersey mayor is lashing out at residents who are memorializing a man who killed a police officer over the weekend.

Anti-fracking protesters arrested in U.S. capital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:01
By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two dozen protesters were arrested in Washington on Monday while demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing and the U.S. gas industry's push to sell "fracked" liquefied natural gas abroad. Protesters blocked entrances to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's headquarters for more than 90 minutes, holding signs calling the agency the "Fracking Expansion Rubberstamp Commission" and chanting "Wake up FERC." Some workers were forced to step over the protesters to access the government building's main entrance. Police eventually began directing FERC employees around the protesters to an alternate doorway. The sit-in, organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, also left confused motorists shut out of the driveway adjacent to FERC.

UN authorizes cross-border aid to Syrians

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:00
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday authorizing cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-held areas in desperate need of food and medicine, without government approval.

Marathon survivor announces birth of baby girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:57
BOSTON (AP) — A man who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombing is now the father of a baby girl.

After appeal, jail in NYC Dead Sea Scrolls case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:46

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2010 file photo, Raphael Golb enters a courtroom in New York. Golb, who was convicted in 2010 of using digital-age tools to impersonate and malign his father's academic rivals on the ancient subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls, was sentenced on Monday, July 14, 2014, to two months in jail. Golb had been sentenced in 2010 to six months in jail but was free on bail during his appeal.(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A man convicted of using digital-age tools to impersonate and malign his father's academic rivals on the ancient subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls was sentenced Monday to two months in jail after the state's highest court tossed out some of his convictions — and with them a widely used harassment law.

Oregon wildfire forces evacuations, destroys structures

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:42

In this photo provided by South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership, smoke from a fire is seen Sunday, July 13, 2014, near Moccasin Hill, Ore. Officials say a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon has destroyed homes and forced dozens of evacuations. (AP Photo/South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership)A fast-growing wildfire in south-central Oregon has forced more than 100 people to evacuate their homes and destroyed structures, officials said on Monday. The Oregon fire comes as California firefighters battle a 4,400-acre conflagration in a remote part of the state believed linked to an illegal marijuana growing operation, and smaller fires continue to burn throughout the West. The so-called Moccasin Hill fire erupted Sunday afternoon in the Moccasin Hill subdivision north of Sprague River in south- central Oregon, forcing the Klamath County Sheriff's Department to evacuate people in nearby homes. No injuries have been reported from the fire, Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Rod Nichols said. It has spread to 2,900 acres less than 24 hours after it began.

Change of plea hearing set in sensor case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:41
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for a Chinese national accused of trying to smuggle sensors made for the U.S. military.

NY transit official says talks end ahead of threatened rail strike

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:40
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Monday a "big gulf" between union and management proposals has scuttled contract talks ahead of a possible July 20 Long Island Rail Road strike. "We’ve done the giving. They've done the taking," MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast told a news conference after the unions representing 5,400 workers said negotiations had broken down. A strike by the nation's largest commuter railroad would leave some 300,000 daily commuters from New York's suburbs on Long Island scrambling for alternative transportation. ...

US companies look overseas for tax bill relief

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:37

This June 4, 2014 photo shows a Walgreens retail store in Boston. Walgreen Co. _ which bills itself as “America’s premier pharmacy” _ is among many companies considering combining operations with foreign businesses to trim their tax bills. These deals, called inversions, have raised concerns among some U.S. lawmakers over the potential for lost tax revenue. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)A growing number of U.S. companies are looking to trim their tax bills by combining operations with foreign businesses in a trend that may eventually cost the federal government billions of dollars in revenue.

California's 'Octomom' pleads no contest to welfare fraud

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:27

Nadya Suleman appears with her attorney Arthur J. La Cilento (L) for arraignment in Los AngelesThe California mother of 14 dubbed "Octomom" after she took fertility medication and gave birth to octuplets pleaded no contest in Los Angeles on Monday to welfare fraud and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, officials said. Nadya Suleman, 39, also was sentenced to two years of probation in the case in which she was accused of failing to report income to welfare officials while receiving public assistance, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement. Suleman was charged with failure to report nearly $30,000 in income from public appearances and videos, Lacey said.

Attorney: Only Ventura to blame for earnings dip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:07
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lawyers for the estate of late military sniper Chris Kyle went on the offensive Monday against former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, arguing in court that he can't prove any harm from a story in Kyle's autobiography that Ventura claims is a lie.

Friends of accused Boston bomber told FBI backpack was dumped -agent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 03:05

Allison Petrone cries while paying her respects to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings at a memorial at the barricade surrounding the scene of the explosions in BostonBy Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber, charged with obstructing the probe into the blasts, and his roommate "simultaneously" told the FBI a backpack belonging to the suspect had been thrown into a dumpster, an agent said Monday. Azamat Tazhayakov is the first of three friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to face trial on charges of interfering with the investigation into the blasts by removing a laptop and the backpack, which contained empty fireworks casings, from Tsarnaev's room three days after the April 15, 2013, attacks that killed three people and injured 264. FBI Special Agent John Walker interviewed Tazhayakov, his roommate and fellow Kazakh exchange student Dias Kadyrbayev and a woman described as Kadyrbayev's girlfriend in the days after the attacks, at one point recovering a baseball cap and ash tray taken from Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. On April 20, the second day of interviewing the friends, Walker told the pair that the FBI was trying to find the backpack.

Son of Dead Sea Scrolls expert sentenced for impersonating scholars

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 02:55

Raphael Golb, listens as his lawyer, Ronald Kuby (not pictured) argues on his behalf during a sentencing hearing in New York State Supreme Court in ManhattanA disbarred attorney who admitted assuming the identities of scholars in an Internet debate over the Dead Sea Scrolls was sentenced on Monday to two months in jail for charges including criminal impersonation and forgery, prosecutors said. Raphael Golb, the son of Dead Sea Scrolls expert Norman Golb, has said the campaign was designed to protest the exclusion of his father's work from a series of exhibits on the ancient texts, according to court papers. A New York jury in 2010 convicted Golb on 30 counts, including identity theft, criminal impersonation, forgery and aggravated harassment. Golb's sentence was reduced in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said.