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MGM Resorts tells drought panel it's saved 2 billion gallons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:23

FILE - In this April 15, 2015 file photo, a man takes a picture of the fountains in front of the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The vice president of sustainability for MGM Resorts International, Chris Brophy, told a panel of the Nevada Drought Forum on Friday, July 17, the company saved 2 billion gallons of water since 2008 through a variety of conservation efforts. The company has 15 properties on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/John Locher,File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought, but casino-resorts say their fountains and greenery are well-crafted illusions.

35,000 gallons of oil spills after Montana train derailment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:21

Crews with cranes attempt to raise derailed oil tanker cars near Culbertson, Montana, Friday, July 17, 2015. The tank cars were hauling fuel from North Dakota and derailed Thursday in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said. (AP Photo/Richard Peterson)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said.

Boeing warns airlines against flying battery shipments

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

FILE - This file frame grab from video, provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows a test at the FAAs technical center in Atlantic City, N.J. Boeing, one of the world’s two largest aircraft makers, warned its passenger airline customers on July 17, 2015, that flying bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries can cause fires capable of destroying the planes. the guidance sent to airlines around the globe urged that they not carry the batteries as cargo "until safer methods of packaging and transport are established and implemented," Boeing spokesman Doug Alder told The Associated Press in an email. (FAA, via, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Boeing, one of the world's two largest aircraft makers, warned its passenger airline customers on Friday that flying bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries can cause fires capable of destroying the planes.

Police: 2 dead, 3 wounded in shootings in northern Maine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:12

This undated photo from the Maine Sex Offender Register released Friday, July 17, 2015, by the Maine State Police shows Anthony Lord, being sought in connection with the shootings of four people in three different communities in northern Maine on Friday. (Maine State Police via AP)LEE, Maine (AP) — A former convict beat a man and stole guns and a pickup truck before shooting five people, two of them fatally, during a rampage across several northern Maine towns, state police said Friday.

Ex-mail carrier pleads guilty to charges he delivered heroin in Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:06
Michael Trento entered the plea on Thursday in federal court before Chief Judge Susan Mollway in Honolulu, and he was allowed to remain free on bail until he is sentenced on Nov. 9, according to minutes from the court proceedings. Trento faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced, said Elliot Enoki, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Hawaii. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Trento was based in Maui.

Maine police capture man suspected of killing two, wounding three

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 08:05
Anthony Lord, 35, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping, Maine State Police said. Police said the kidnap victim was Brittany Irish, 22, who was with Lord when he was taken into custody. Lord is suspected of fatally shooting Irish's boyfriend, Kyle Hewitt, 22, of Caribou, and wounding her mother, Kim Irish, 55, at the Irish home in Benedicta, police said.

Utah police arrest 15-year-old boy in young girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:56

In this aerial photo, investigators look for evidence in the field where the body of a 12-year-old girl found on Friday , July 17, 2015, in West Valley City, Utah. West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo said Friday the girl left her house about midnight with someone her parents didn't know. Police believe she was killed in an altercation in the field near where her body was found in the suburb of Salt Lake City.(Tom Smart/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITWEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — Police arrested a 15-year-old boy Friday in the death of a young neighbor whose body was found in an overgrown horse pasture near her home in suburban Salt Lake City.

Thunderstorm brings snow to Hawaii in July

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:53
MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — An overnight thunderstorm dropped 1½ to 2 inches of snow on the summit of Hawaii's tallest peak in July.

Statoil says crude on derailed BNSF train complied with volatility limit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:53
By Kristen Hays HOUSTON (Reuters) - The North Dakota crude on a Berkshire Hathaway Inc-owned BNSF Railway Co train that derailed this week in Montana was produced by Norway's Statoil and complied with regulations that limit flammability, a Statoil spokesman said on Friday. Statoil spokesman Peter Symons said the crude was "fully compliant" with North Dakota regulations imposed in April that limit vapor pressure in crude before it is loaded into railcars for transport to market. The state has used vapor pressure as a proxy for measuring the amount of flammable natural gas liquids that are present in crude that can ignite in a crash.

Four Marines slain in Chattanooga united in pride in serving

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:50
Three of the Marines killed on Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee were battle-hardened veterans who survived tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fourth was relatively new to the Marine Corps, fresh out of boot camp. Outlines of the lives of the four slain Marines have started to emerge from online posts and photos, as well as from interviews with close friends and family.

Most new California licenses go to drivers in US illegally

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:47
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a new law went into effect in January, more than half of all new driver's licenses issued in California this year have gone to people who are in the country illegally, the state said Friday.

Tribes push to end Affordable Care Act coverage requirement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:36
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Representatives of several Indian tribes say they support legislation introduced by congressional Republicans this week that would exempt tribes nationwide from being classified as large employers under the federal Affordable Care Act — a designation that requires tribes to pay higher insurance costs or face federal penalties.

Seattle's long-broken tunnel-boring machine set to resume Nov. 23

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:35

Workers lift machine head from Bertha, the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, from access pit for repairs in SeattleThe world's largest-diameter tunneling machine could resume drilling under downtown Seattle in late November after repairs are completed, allowing a central part of a years-delayed highway project to go forward, Washington state officials said on Friday. The broken machine, known as Bertha, stopped working in December 2013 after digging just 10 percent of a planned tunnel to replace an aging waterfront highway. It was stuck for more than a year underneath downtown Seattle.

Suspect in slaying of U.S. Marines made 2014 trip to Mideast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:35

In this aerial image taken from video, law enforcement personnel work the scene of a shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center Chattanooga Thursday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Authorities say Kuwait-born Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, of Hixson, Tenn., unleashed a barrage of gun fire from his car at a recruiting center and the U.S. military site, killing at least four Marines before he was shot to death by police. (WTVF via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALESCHATTANOOGA, Tenn./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspect in the fatal shootings of four U.S. Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries last year, authorities said on Friday, as the investigation focused on any signs of a connection to Islamist militants. Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, died on Thursday in a firefight with police after a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 24-year-old engineer traveled to Jordan, possibly between April and November, U.S. government sources and friends of Abdulazeez in Chattanooga told Reuters.

Requiring condom use in porn films gets enough signatures for California vote

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:26

Moulds are dipped into latex to make condoms at Malaysia's Karex condom factory in PontianBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A campaign to require condom use in pornographic film productions in California has collected enough signatures to put a ballot measure before state voters in 2016, organizers said. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation said in a statement late on Thursday it had amassed more than 371,000 signatures, above the 366,880 threshold set by the state. The signatures must still be validated by California election officials.

Hitchhiking robot embarks on coast-to-coast tour across US

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:25

HitchBOT co-creator David Harris Smith adjusts its position as co-creator Frauke Zeller, right, says farewell as the hitchhiking robot starts its journey Friday, July 17, 2015, in Marblehead, Mass. HitchBOT is beginning its' first cross-country hitchhiking trip of the U.S., in Marblehead with a final destination goal of reaching San Francisco. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada embarked on a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. on Friday.

Arizona mother gets life in prison for killing five-year-old daughter

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:23
    Jerice Hunter stared straight ahead as her fate was read by Judge Rosa Mroz at the Maricopa County Superior Court. After the child was killed, prosecutors said, Hunter stuffed her body in a suitcase and tossed it in a dumpster. When another relative said he could forgive Hunter, she sobbed and said: "I didn't do it.

Boston Marathon bomber is moved to Colorado Supermax prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:20

FILE - In this June 24, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing, in federal court in Boston. He is now detained in the highest-security prison in the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colo., after being sentenced to death in June. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP, File)BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is now detained in the highest-security prison in the country.

Final California beach fouled by oil spill is reopened

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:19

FILE - Int his June 10, 2015, file photo, Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique team members evaluate oil coverage, far left, as workers clean up areas affected by an oil spill at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. Nearly two months after an oil pipeline break fouled beaches near Santa Barbara, California, the costly cleanup is about finished, officials said Thursday, July 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The last of several Southern California beaches soiled by last spring's massive oil spill reopened Friday to enthusiastic crowds that quickly jammed its campgrounds to capacity.

Man killed by SEPTA train in Southwest Philadelphia ID'd

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 06:52

Man killed by SEPTA train in Southwest Philadelphia ID'dOfficials have identified the man killed in an accident on a SEPTA rail line in Southwest Philadelphia.