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Investigators to look at jet's position before collision

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:50

Authorities say multiple people died following the midair collision and crash of two small planes near an airport in southern San Diego County. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the collision occurred around 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, about 2 miles northeast of Brown Field Municipal Airport. (John Gastaldo/U-T San Diego via AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal investigators examining debris from two planes that collided in clear weather over Southern California this weekend will be looking at the position of the fast-moving jet in relation to the slower, single-engine Cessna as it approached the small airport in San Diego County, officials said Monday.


Pentagon plans to increase drone flights by 50 percent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:50

FILE - In this July 9, 2015, file photo, then-Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr., testifies during his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing to become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Faced with escalating aggression from Russia and China, the Pentagon is planning to increase its use of drones by about 50 percent over the next several years. Top military leaders, including the incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Dunford, have named Russia as the nation's most serious security threat. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AP) — Faced with escalating aggression from Russia and China, the Pentagon is planning to increase its use of drones by about 50 percent over the next several years, using the Army and civilian contractors to put more of the unmanned aircraft in the air.


New Hudson rail tunnel far from panacea for commuters' woes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:50
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For train commuters into New York City who view a new tunnel under the Hudson River as the answer to all their hopes and dreams, a sobering reality is lurking down the tracks.

Officer says police saved his life by shooting homeless man

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:47

Defense attorney Sam Bregman, left, questions Albuquerque K-9 officer Scott Weimerskirch while on a 4-foot platform in Albuquerque to illustrate on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, how a knife-wielding homeless man on a hill posed a threat to officers. A judge heard testimony Monday and will decide if former Albuquerque detective Keith Sandy and Albuquerque officer Dominique Perez should stand trial for the fatal shooting of James Boyd in 2014. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A K-9 officer testified Monday that two Albuquerque police officers saved his life by shooting a knife-wielding homeless man during a tense standoff in 2014.


Starbucks, Panera tweak pumpkin spice latte formulas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:47

FILE- In this July 16, 2015, file photo, a woman walks out of a Starbucks Coffee with a beverage in hand in New York. Starbucks and Panera are each hyping reformulated versions of their pumpkin spice lattes in a fight to win over fans of the drink in coming weeks. Starbucks Corp. said Monday, Aug. 17, its version of the concoction this year will be made with real pumpkin, and without caramel coloring. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SEATTLE (AP) — The pumpkin spice latte battle is heating up just in time for fall.


Texas gay couple settles suit over marriage license denial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:28
GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a gay couple who sued a Texas county clerk who denied them a marriage license on religious grounds have announced they've reached a settlement of the lawsuit.

Records: California plans taking land for huge water tunnels

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:18
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for a pair of massive, still-unapproved water tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to documents obtained by opponents of the tunnels.

Lockdown lifted at U.S. nuke site after sniffer-dog false alarm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:15
No explosive residue or device was found on the truck after a search by law enforcement, the Savannah River Site said in a statement on its Facebook page. The dog had barked at a truck that services vending machines, said an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The facility, which was put in lockdown for a "potential security event" following the alarm, purifies highly enriched uranium and is part of the DoE's nuclear arm.

Trump takes a detour off the trail, reports for jury duty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:13

Donald Trump, center, gives a fist bump to a pedestrian as he arrives for jury duty in New York, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Trump was due to report for jury duty Monday in Manhattan. The front-runner said last week before a rally in New Hampshire that he would willingly take a break from the campaign trail to answer the summons. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump pulled up in a long black limousine and gave a very presidential wave as he made his way into the building. Then the billionaire promptly found himself seated next to ordinary, wage-earning, subway-riding New Yorkers, forced to wait — and wait some more — for the wheels of justice to turn.


Officials: Less chance of Colorado River water cuts in 2017

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:58

FILE - In this Monday, May 18, 2015 photo, wind kicks up dust on an area that was once underwater at the Boulder Harbor boat ramp in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, near Boulder City, Nev. Wet weather in May and June prompted optimistic projections Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 from federal water managers keeping close tabs on the Colorado River water supply for about 40 million residents in seven Southwest U.S. states. The West remains in a historic drought, and Lake Mead right now is just 38 percent full. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wet weather in May and June brought good news Monday from federal water managers keeping close tabs on the Colorado River water supply for about 40 million residents in seven Southwest U.S. states.


Donald Trump takes a detour off the trail, reports for jury duty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:54

Donald Trump takes a detour off the trail, reports for jury dutyDonald Trump pulled up in a long black limousine and gave a very presidential wave as he made his way into the building. Then the billionaire promptly found himself seated next to ordinary, wage-earning, subway-riding New Yorkers, forced to wait - and wait some more - for the wheels of justice to turn.


Temple junior honors late brother on the field

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:47

Temple junior honors late brother on the fieldThe Temple football team is getting ready to suit up against Penn State in their opener on September 5th, but for one Owl, putting on that jersey this season will mean more than ever.


Firm mulls suit over allegations blacks excluded from juries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:45
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A civil rights law firm has put a Louisiana District Attorney's Office on notice of a possible lawsuit over allegations the office excludes black people from juries because of their race.

Report calls for changes to crude oil transport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:45

Report calls for changes to crude oil transportGovernor Tom Wolf released an 84-page report looking at ways that the transportation of Bakken crude across Pennsylvania can be as safe as possible.


Planned Parenthood asks judge for emergency ruling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:43
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Planned Parenthood in Florida asked a judge Monday for an emergency ruling to allow them to continue performing abortions at 12 and 13 weeks after a discrepancy with the state about what constitutes first and second-trimester abortions.

Feds allow Shell to drill for oil in Arctic Ocean off Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:39

FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of the Transocean Polar Pioneer, a semi-submersible drilling unit that Royal Dutch Shell leases from Transocean Ltd., as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash., aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific before its eventual Arctic destination. The U.S. government on Monday gave Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government on Monday gave Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades.


Actor Emile Hirsch pleads guilty to assault on studio exec

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:32

Actor Emile Hirsch appears in court on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Park City, Utah, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault after being accused of putting a female studio executive in a chokehold at a Utah nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival. The 30-year-old from Encino, Calif., will spend 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine and do 50 hours of community service. If he completes the sentence, the charge will be dismissed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actor Emile Hirsch began serving 15 days in a Utah jail Monday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for putting a female studio executive in a chokehold and body-slamming her at a nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival


Ohio trooper advertised 'traffic stop sex' on Craigslist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:31
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state trooper accused of forcing female motorists into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges used Craigslist to offer "traffic stop sex," according to records released Monday that highlight the women's fear of reporting him.

Army skydivers returning to Fort Bragg after member's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:30

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood. A parachutist the Army Golden Knights, Hood died Sunday after suffering severe injuries from an accident during a stunt on Saturday at the Chicago Air & Water Show, the Cook County medical examiner's office said. (U.S Army via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — Members of a U.S. Army skydiving team were grieving and regrouping Monday after one of their parachutists died from injuries suffered during a stunt at the Chicago Air & Water Show. Team members returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for counseling, and the team canceled an appearance at the Kansas City Air Show this weekend. Experts say there are always dangers when free-falling at 120 mph, but they are compounded in stunts involving multiple skydivers.


What you can and cannot bring to papal events

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:29

What you can and cannot bring to papal eventsIf you plan to take part in the historic visit of Pope Francis next month you will need comfortable shoes and your patience.