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Almanac predicts colder winter, hotter summer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:11
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

Obama condemns killing of reporter, U.S. hits militants in Iraq

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:11
President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the beheading of an American journalist by Islamist militants and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens as international condemnation of the insurgents grew. Not long after Obama called Islamic State a "cancer" with a bankrupt ideology, the Pentagon said U.S.

Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:06

This photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, and provided by Robert A. Franco, shows a billboard in Coshocton, Ohio opposing deep-injection wells . Michael Boals, an Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing local deep-injection gas wells is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on grounds he’s exercising his free speech. (AP Photo/Robert A. Franco)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.


Drug czar promotes treatment, tells personal story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:00

Acting U.S. drug czar Michael Botticelli, second from left, talks with U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon, left, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Ward County State's Attorney Rosa Larson before a press conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Botticelli was in North Dakota to announce the administration's updated northern border policy. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)MINOT, N.D. (AP) — As the nation's drug czar continues to warn people about the potential death and destruction from substance abuse, he's also encouraging them to tell their stories about treatment and recovery. Usually he starts with himself.


Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:52

FILE - In a Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Jodi Arias, right, looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. An Arizona judge on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 granted Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8, 2014 penalty phase retrial. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool,File)PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge on Wednesday granted Jodi Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8 penalty phase retrial.


Lightning hits New Mexico school football practice, six hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:41
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Six people were injured, one critically, when a lightning bolt struck during a middle school football practice in southern New Mexico, a school spokesman said on Wednesday. The Picacho Middle School football team stopped training as the skies darkened and a light drizzle began to fall on Tuesday afternoon over the city of Las Cruces. "It was totally out of the blue, with no warning," said Jo Galvan, spokeswoman for the Las Cruces School District. "They fell over as the current went through the ground." The Las Cruces Police Department said one student was taken to a burns unit at an El Paso, Texas, trauma center.

Lightning hits New Mexico school football practice, six hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:41
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Six people were injured, one critically, when a lightning bolt struck during a middle school football practice in southern New Mexico, a school spokesman said on Wednesday. The Picacho Middle School football team stopped training as the skies darkened and a light drizzle began to fall on Tuesday afternoon over the city of Las Cruces. "It was totally out of the blue, with no warning," said Jo Galvan, spokeswoman for the Las Cruces School District. "They fell over as the current went through the ground." The Las Cruces Police Department said one student was taken to a burns unit at an El Paso, Texas, trauma center.

Virginia prosecutor questions accountant in ex-governor's trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:37

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the bribery and corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell tried on Wednesday to cast doubt on an accountant’s testimony for the defense that the governor's personal finances were sound. Attorney Ryan Faulconer presented documents showing McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, had used loans from businessman Jonnie Williams to pay off credit card and other debt and make it seem as if their finances were in good order. District Judge James Spencer also questioned Connecticut accountant Allen Kosowsky about numbers and examples he used to conclude that the McDonnells were on solid financial footing. Kosowsky asserted that the ex-governor’s ability to write cash advances, transfer money from one credit card to pay off another and to borrow money from credit card accounts was a sign of financial well-being.


Forbes values Eagles at $1.75 billion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:30

Forbes values Eagles at $1.75 billionThe Philadelphia Eagles are worth $1.75 billion, according to Forbes.


Forbes values Eagles at $1.75 billion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:30

Forbes values Eagles at $1.75 billionThe Philadelphia Eagles are worth $1.75 billion, according to Forbes.


Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:27

Residents from an area close to the West Point Ebola center, protest as they are not allowed to enter the area leading to their homes, after Liberia security forces blocked roads, as the government clamps down on the movement of people to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government’s fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.(AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises questions about how late after infection treatments might work.


US government sells 400,000 acres offshore Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:23
The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management ...

Judge denies class action status in Paulsboro leak case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:22

Judge denies class action status in Paulsboro leak caseA federal judge has denied class-action status to those suing a rail company and others over a 2012 train derailment that leaked a hazardous gas into the air in New Jersey.


Convicted Arizona killer Jodi Arias wins delay in penalty phase retrial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:15

Jodi Arias looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Willmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in PhoenixConvicted killer Jodi Arias, who could face the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend at his Phoenix area home more than six years ago, won a three-week delay on Wednesday in the retrial of the penalty phase of the case. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens granted a request by Arias, who is acting as her own attorney in the penalty phase retrial, to push back jury selection until Sept. 29, according to a court spokeswoman.    Arias, 34, asked for the delay from Sept. 8 because of problems meeting with a potential witness, the spokeswoman said. The judge’s decision came after a closed-door hearing on Wednesday morning and was announced later by the court.     A state jury convicted Arias in May 2013 of killing Travis Alexander in a headline-grabbing case that was broadcast live on the Internet and attracted thousands of avid trial watchers nationwide.


Wisconsin priest punished for celebrating Mass with woman dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:00
A Wisconsin Jesuit who was punished by Catholic Church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woman priest in violation of Church rules has died at the age of 94, his nephew said on Wednesday. Rev. Bill Brennan, a Milwaukee-area peace activist who had done missionary work in Central America, died of natural causes earlier this month, according to his nephew Timothy Brennan. Bill Brennan celebrated Mass in late 2012 with Janice Sevre-Duszynska of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. Though Brennan remained Jesuit and could hear confessions with other Jesuits, he was no longer able to celebrate Mass or other sacraments publicly under his Church sanction.

Review: Video blackouts impede baseball online

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:54

 Video blackouts impede baseball onlineLA PORTE, Ind. (AP) — Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.


Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:51

People watch a fire burning from the Highway 41 overlook on the way north into Oakhurst, Calif., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. The fire is burning north of the community. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.


Bighorn sheep escapes canal in California desert

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:50

This Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 photo provided by Riverside County Animal Control shows a bighorn sheep stuck in a canal near the Arnold Palmer course at the PGA West Country Club in La Qunita, Calif. Peninsula bighorn sheep, an endangered species, often roam onto golf courses to graze on soft grass. Animal Control Officer Kyle Stephens said the animal appeared lethargic and he could see hoof marks where the sheep had tried to pull himself out, but algae or moss made the sloped surface too slick to climb. Stephens used his control stick to loop one of the sheep’s horns and pulled the animal out. Its gender wasn't noted. (AP Photo/Riverside County Animal Control, Kyle Stephens)LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — A bighorn sheep is back in the hills of Riverside County after being rescued from a golf-course canal in the desert near Palm Springs.


Remembering James Foley, the journalist

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:48

Remembering James Foley, the journalist"It's part of the problem with the conflicts. We're not close enough to it and if reporters, if we don't try and get really close to what these guys... we don't understand the world essentially," said Foley.


Pennsylvania psychologist charged with sexual assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 02:47
(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania psychologist was arrested on charges of sexual assault for treating patients with a special brand of "touching therapy" he practiced, the state attorney general said on Wednesday. Dr. Richard Lenhart, 53, of State College, Pennsylvania, sexually assaulted two female patients at his private practice under the guise of treatment and then billed insurers as if he had provided legitimate services, prosecutors said. The therapy allegedly included stroking, sexual contact and rubbing of genitals," according to a news release from state Attorney General Kathleen Kane. From 2008 to 2011, Lenhart submitted nearly 700 insurance claims seeking a total of more than $71,500 in reimbursement, falsely indicating he was rendering proper treatment, the attorney general’s office said.