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Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:22

The Aug. 1, 2014 photo shows Mayor Carol Russell showing homes of residents who have plowed up their lawns because of local mandatory water rationing in Cloverdale, Calif. California’s drought has the state Legislature considering state regulation of groundwater use for the first time. (AP Photo/Ellen Knickmeyer)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources that provide up to 65 percent of the state's water.


California Highway Patrol: Officer videotaped beating woman on road could face serious charge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:21
California Highway Patrol: Officer videotaped beating woman on road could face serious charge.

Feds say oil spill sheen dissipating in Ohio River

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:18

Cleanup is underway near the Beckjord Power Plant, in New Richmond, Ohio, after an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Rossmann)CINCINNATI (AP) — Most of a reddish-brown sheen created by thousands of gallons of fuel oil that spilled into the Ohio River from a power plant was dissipating as a cleanup estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a day continued Wednesday, federal officials said.


Taney Dragons ready for big Little League World Series game

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:16

Taney Dragons ready for 3rd Little League World Series gamePhiladelphia's very own Taney Dragons are getting ready to hit the field for their third game of the Little League World Series on Wednesday night.


New way to lose money at Atlantic City's hard-luck casino

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:15
The soon-to-be-shuttered Revel Casino in Atlantic City had another bout of bad luck earlier this month when a bag of cash fell from an armored truck. The incident, which came to light Wednesday, occurred on Aug. 6 when armed guards from GardaWorld went to Revel to retrieve cash. The Press of Atlantic City reported that one bag, containing about $20,000 in cash, was left on the roof. Joe Gavaghan, a spokesman for GardaWorld, said the company is cooperating with investigators, but that the company has a strict policy not to comment on investigations.

Bail slashed in case of slain Nevada trespasser

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:12

This photo taken in December 2013 and released lawyer Theresa Ristenpar, shows Wayne Burgarello, who is accused of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed trespasser and wounding of a woman he says he found in a vacant home he owns in Sparks, Nev., in February. Washoe District Court Judge Patrick Flanagan reduced his bail from $2 million to $150,000 at a hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Theresa Ristenpart)RENO, Nev. (AP) — A former school teacher charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed trespasser told police he had considered guarding the often-burglarized duplex in the past but was concerned he might shoot a child, a prosecutor said Wednesday.


Miami teens who sneaked into NBA star Ray Allen's home charged with trespass

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:09
Seven Miami-area teenagers who sneaked into NBA star Ray Allen's home last week were charged on Wednesday with trespassing, according to the Florida state attorney's office. The first-degree misdemeanor charges are punishable by up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. Ray Allen earlier questioned the decision of law enforcement officials when they said they were unable to charge the seven 18- and 19-year-olds with burglary or trespassing.

German retailer opening US flagship in Cincinnati

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:09

Michael Plangger, president of the German clothing store, Wiesnokoenig, poses inside his new flagship store, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, located inside the Christian Moerlein Brewery in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — Picture this: A woman walking down the street wearing a dirndl skirt and bust-hugging bodice paired with ankle boots. Or a man sporting lederhosen — leather shorts, traditionally worn with suspenders — with a T-shirt and sneakers.


Oregon holds first public hearing on proposed coastal smoking ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:06
Oregon parks officials will hold an initial public hearing on Wednesday night into a plan to would make the state the first to ban smoking along its entire coastline. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission will conduct a series of such hearings, taking opinions from members of the public, before voting in October on the smoking ban on the state's 363-mile coastline. “I imagine a ranger would say, ‘You’re going to have to stop that, it’s not allowed,’” Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Richard Walkoski said. You’d really have to be a jerk to get a citation.” A similar ban on smoking in all state parks was approved earlier this year, with several loopholes added at the urging of the public – it’s still OK to light up in a private vehicle or at a rented tent site.

Father of 'affluenza' teen arrested in North Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:05
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (AP) — The father of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck and served no prison time has been arrested on charges related to impersonating an officer.

Florida police officer fired nine times in accidental killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:55
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida police officer who fatally shot an innocent bystander fired his weapon nine times during a confrontation with an armed man at the entrance of a bar, authorities reported on Wednesday. Maria Godinez, 22, was accidentally killed early Tuesday by a stray bullet while socializing inside the Vixen Bar in downtown Orlando, police reported. The officer, Eduardo Sanguino, fired the shots from outside the bar where he was trying to subdue a man carrying a gun. Kody Roach, 23, had been thrown out of the bar earlier for displaying a gun.

New Hampshire town sued for harassing panhandlers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:50
By Ted Seifer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A civil liberties group on Wednesday sued the police department of a New Hampshire town for what it says is a pattern of harassing panhandlers in violation of their constitutional rights. The lawsuit, filed by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union in federal court in Concord, accuses Hudson and its police department of violating the First Amendment rights of people who solicit charity on the streets of the town. The group is representing Jeffrey Pendleton, 24, who was warned or cited by police for not having a solicitor's license on at least 18 occasions from March 2011 to March 2014, according to the complaint. The American Civil Liberties Union, of which the New Hampshire group is a part, has successfully challenged anti-panhandling ordinances in several states.

School sorry for making special ed kids sort trash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:47
JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California school district has apologized to parents of special education students who were outraged to learn their children had been sorting trash as a school activity.

Police: Man attacked fmr. boss dressed as ninja

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:43

 Man attacked fmr. boss dressed as ninjaPolice in Delaware County say a man was arrested for attacking his former boss with a hammer - while dressed as a ninja.


Colorado man arrested after 163-mile Wyoming chase

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:38
ELK MOUNTAIN, Wyo. (AP) — A Colorado man is under arrest after leading authorities on a 163-mile chase in a stolen car in Wyoming.

Former POW Bergdahl seeks to return to civilian life, lawyer says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:34

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. Army"He is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life," Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, told Reuters. "He would like to get a college education." Bergdahl, 28, an Army sergeant, was released by the Taliban in May in exchange for five Taliban prisoners who were taken to Qatar from the U.S. The prisoner swap triggered an outcry from critics of the Obama administration amid accusations by some members of Bergdahl’s Army unit that he had deserted before being captured by the Taliban. "People who have had this kind of experience, in my understanding, tend not to remain in the service," Fidell said. "It is time for Sergeant Bergdahl to just become plain old Bowe Bergdahl and move on with his life." An Army general is investigating how Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, came to be a prisoner of the Taliban.


FBI warns healthcare firms they are targeted by hackers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:32
By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on U.S. "The FBI has observed malicious actors targeting healthcare related systems, perhaps for the purpose of obtaining Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) and/or Personally Identifiable Information (PII)," the agency said in a "Flash" alert obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "These actors have also been seen targeting multiple companies in the healthcare and medical device industry typically targeting valuable intellectual property, such as medical device and equipment development data," the one page document said.

Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:26
SEATTLE (AP) — A Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has been ordered to reinstate a worker who the U.S. Department of Labor says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials said Wednesday.

Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:26
SEATTLE (AP) — A Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has been ordered to reinstate a worker who the U.S. Department of Labor says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials said Wednesday.

Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:25
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — The National Park Service says the bodies of three climbers have been retrieved from a glacier on Mount Rainier in the same area where six went missing in May.