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Schools in Ohio town closed for third day over lead contamination

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:19
Schools in the Ohio village of Sebring were closed for a third day on Tuesday after elevated levels of lead were found in pipes serving some homes and buildings, making it the second Midwestern region to be plagued by tainted water. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency hit the village with a violation notice last week requiring it to notify residents of the lead problem, after first warning about risks to pregnant women and children on Dec. 3. An EPA report on Tuesday found that two samples from Sebring's McKinley Junior/Senior High School had lead levels above federal standards.

Appeals court: Airports have wide latitude to kill birds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:15
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in Manhattan says the operator of New York City's airports has the legal right to kill migratory birds when necessary to protect planes.

Idaho police pick up Santa Claus for driving the wrong way

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:09
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man legally named Santa Claus was arrested after police in Idaho said they saw him driving on the wrong side of the street.

Washington to lift snow emergency as it digs out from blizzard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:07

A dump truck piles a load of snow in front of the White House after a major winter storm swept over WashingtonBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington, D.C., will end its snow emergency on Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a sign that the U.S. capital is returning to normal after a deadly weekend blizzard on the U.S. East Coast. The federal government remained closed on Tuesday and Congress put most activity on hold as the Washington region continued digging out from the snowstorm, which killed at least 35 people in 10 states and the U.S. capital. Washington's snow emergency would end at 6:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Bowser said.


Kentucky won't fight tax break ruling for Noah's Ark project

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:06
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say they won't fight a federal court ruling that supports a tax incentive for a religious theme park featuring a 510-foot long Noah's Ark.

Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 02:03
By Curtis Skinner and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on Monday announced that he is banning solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons, citing concerns about its harmful psychological effects. In the opinion piece, Obama also said solitary confinement could no longer be used as a punishment for low-level infractions. Obama cited the story of Kalief Browder, a black 16-year-old who was arrested in 2010 and spent almost two years in solitary confinement in New York City's Rikers Island jail before his release in 2013 and eventual suicide two years later.

Florida may pay for burials of students who died at school

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:59
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida may pay to rebury students whose remains were once interred on the grounds of a now shuttered reform school.

City residents wait for streets to be cleared

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:56

City residents wait for streets to be clearedThe emergency number 311 has had nearly 25,000 calls and most are reports for plowing and salting needed on city streets.


Active shooter reported at Naval Medical Center San Diego

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:56

Navy finds no sign of shooting at San Diego medical centerMilitary authorities have responded to the report of an active shooter at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California.


VIDEO: Deputy hit, thrown by tractor-trailer miraculously survives

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:49

 Deputy hit, thrown by tractor-trailer miraculously survivesTerrifying dash cam video shows a tractor-trailer hitting and running over a sheriff's captain.


Factory village's trail of cancer leads to tap water probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:47

In this Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 photo, Michael Hickey poses near Hoosick Falls municipal well 7 between two baseball fields in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Federal regulators have warned residents of an upstate New York factory village near the Vermont border not to drink water from municipal wells, and a plastics plant has agreed to supply bottled water and pay for a new filtration system. The action this month resulted from a quest by Hickey to find out why so many people in Hoosick Falls had cancer. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — After his factory worker father died a painful death from kidney cancer at age 68 in 2013, Michael Hickey made it his mission to find out why so many people in his hometown along the Hoosic River were getting sick.


U.S. Air Force confirms sending Lockheed F-35 jets to UK air shows

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:47

Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet is seen in its hanger at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in MarylandThe U.S. Air Force on Tuesday confirmed that it will send a pair of F-35A fighter jets to two air shows in Britain this summer, joining two U.S. Marine Corps jets and at least one British jet that are also slated to appear. The two F-35 jets from Luke Air Force Base will be on static display at the shows, and one will participate in so-called "heritage flights" with vintage warplanes at both the annual Royal International Air Tattoo and the world's biggest air show in Farnborough, outside London in July, said Air Force spokeswoman Major Kelley Jeter. "We're very excited about demonstrating this capability to the world," the Air Force's chief of staff, General Mark Welsh, said in a statement.


Residents frustrated over snow-filled Philadelphia neighborhoods

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:42

Residents frustrated over snow-filled Philadelphia neighborhoodsOn snow clogged side streets, mountains of snow are nearly three feet high and tempers are elevated.


Brown to open entrepreneurship center with $25M gift

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:40
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University says it will create a center for entrepreneurship with a $25 million gift it has received from a 1977 graduate who founded a private equity firm.

Police: Homeless woman smashed window to escape cold

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:40
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia authorities say a homeless woman threw a piece of concrete through a window at the General Assembly Building in an apparent attempt to get arrested so she could escape the cold.

Police: Suspect in deputy shooting in drug raid to be charged with attempted 1st-degree murder

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:38
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Police: Suspect in deputy shooting in drug raid to be charged with attempted 1st-degree murder.

Washington mayor says snow emergency to be lifted Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:35
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington, D.C., snow emergency will be lifted on Wednesday, the mayor said on Tuesday, five days after a blizzard pummeled the region with two feet of snow and shut down schools and the federal government.

61 pythons caught so far in Florida's 'Python Challenge'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:32

Bill Booth of Bradenton, Fla., turns in a dead python to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission seasonal employee Bob Besherse, left, at a Python Challenge checkpoint, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Florida Everglades, Fla. A cold snap may be giving humans an edge early in a state-sanctioned hunt for elusive Burmese pythons in the Everglades. Since the second Python Challenge began a week ago, hunters have turned in 39 of the invasive snakes by Jan. 22, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say 61 Burmese pythons have been caught so far in a state-sanctioned hunt.


Safe found in debris of mansion once owned by Pablo Escobar

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:28

Christian De Berdouare sits on the newly discovered second safe found during demolition of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's former mansion, Monday Jan. 25, 2016 in Miami Beach, Fla. De Berdouare and his wife say the safe will remain locked in a bank vault until they finish filming a documentary about Escobar's link to the property. (C.M. Guerrero/El Nuevo Herald via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A locked safe has been found in the debris of a Miami Beach mansion once owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.


Woman stranded in car buried in snow for 3 days rescued

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 01:27
ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) — Maryland authorities say a woman has been rescued after being stranded inside a car buried in snow for three days.