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US settles with New York coke plant for $12M over pollution

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:43
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an "environmental outlaw" has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals, authorities said Monday.

Body found on cargo ship from Africa docked in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:41
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say workers unloading a cargo ship from West Africa that was docked in Philadelphia have found a body aboard.

Fox calling an end to 'American Idol'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:30

FILE - In a Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, from left to right, singer Keith Urban, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, and singer Harry Connick, Jr. arrive on set of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. Fox announced announced Monday, May 11, 2015 that "American Idol" will go off the air after its 15th and final season next spring. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Fox is lowering the curtain on "American Idol," ending a series that dominated television throughout the 2000s and made stars of the likes of Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.


Wide disparities remain in access to state pre-K

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:29

FILE - In this April 2, 2014 photo, Pre-K students educational toys at the South Education Center, in San Antonio. Enrollment in state pre-K programs inched up slightly last year but the overall percent of children participating has remained flat for the last five years and wide disparities remain between states, according to a national study on early education released Monday, May 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disparities in access to early learning opportunities have increased, with some states enrolling nearly all children in their pre-kindergarten programs and others not offering any services, according to a national study on early education released Monday.


Jet with landing gear problem touches down at Los Angeles airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 02:28
A United SkyWest Airlines regional jet that was unable to extend part of its landing gear safely touched down at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday with 43 people on board, officials said. The plane, which the airline identified as SkyWest Flight 5316 operating as United Express, came to a rest tilting to one side with its left wing pressed against the tarmac. The pilot of the plane, which was traveling from Monterey, California, to Los Angeles, did not report any injuries among the people on board, who all deplaned onto the runway after the emergency landing, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email. The jet was unable to extend its left main landing gear anthe pilot reported the mechanical problem on approach, officials said.

Dems claim recruiting successes in bid to retake Senate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 01:54

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks in Concord, N.H. Senate Democrats are claiming early recruiting successes in Republican-held states as they fight to retake the majority after last year's midterm bloodletting. But in several states the party is still searching, with the Democrat who looks like the strongest candidate holding out for now. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are claiming early success in recruiting strong candidates in Republican-held states as they fight to retake the majority after last year's midterm bloodletting. But in several states the party is still searching, with the Democrat who looks like the strongest candidate holding out for now.


Migrants will not be sent back against will: EU top diplomat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 01:52

Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs, speaks to reporters after a security council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Monday, May 11, 2015. The European Union's top diplomat has assured the U.N. Security Council that under a proposed EU maritime operation against the growing wave of migrant smuggling, "no refugee or migrant intercepted at sea will be sent back against their will." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Refugees and migrants intercepted at sea will not "be sent back against their will," the European Union's top diplomat assured the U.N. Security Council on Monday, citing a proposed EU maritime operation against the growing wave of migrant smuggling from north Africa.


Slayings of police officers climbed 89 percent in 2014: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 01:41
The number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty last year nearly doubled from 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a report on Monday. Forty-nine were accidentally killed in 2013, the FBI said. An average of 64 law enforcement officers per year were intentionally killed on duty between 1980 and 2014, according to the FBI. There is intense controversy over the use of deadly force by U.S. law enforcement officers.

Sea rise threatens Florida coast, but no statewide plan

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 01:31

In this Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 photo, the Castillio de San Marcos fort, built over 450 years ago, is separated from the Matanzas River by a sea wall in St. Augustine, Fla. St. Augustine is one of many chronically flooded Florida communities afraid their buildings and economies will be inundated by rising seas in just a couple of decades. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — America's oldest city is slowly drowning.


Frank DiPascali, Madoff aide-turned-government witness, dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 01:25
NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff's former right-hand man, who once admitted he was loyal to his boss "to a terrible, terrible fault," has died less than a month before he faced sentencing for his role in the multi-billion dollar fraud.

Crews search for missing after twisters hit Texas, Arkansas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 01:23

Crews search for missing after twisters hit Texas, ArkansasEmergency responders searched through wreckage in parts of Texas and Arkansas early Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities, killing a young couple whose daughter survived and injuring dozens of others.


Starbucks hopes 'Mini Frappuccino' tempts new customers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 01:21

This photo provided by Starbucks shows the Mini Frappuccino. Starbucks says it will start selling Frappuccinos in a miniature size starting Monday, May 11, 2015, making it the latest company to court customers by going smaller. (Anna Carson/Starbucks via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — If a small Frappuccino seems like too much of an indulgence, Starbucks is now selling a more petite version of the sugary coffee drink.


Ex-President Carter says 'bad cold' shortened Guyana trip

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 01:11

FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, former President Jimmy Carter speaks during the memorial service for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, inside the Purcell Pavilion at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Carter Center officials said Sunday, May 10, 2015, that the former President has cut short an election observation visit in Guyana due to health reasons. The statement from the Center says the 90-year-old ex-president is returning to Atlanta. It did not disclose specifics, only saying Carter was “not feeling well.”(AP Photo/Robert Franklin, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has made his first public appearance since cutting short an election observation visit in Guyana.


Mississippi city mourns 2 officers slain in weekend shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 00:56

Mississippi city mourns 2 officers slain in weekend shootingWith lowered flags and prayers, a southern Mississippi city is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance Monday.


AccuWeather: Warm and Humid Today

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 00:50

 Warm and Humid TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says a spotty shower or thunderstorm is possible, but we're mainly dry.


Group identifies more 3 soldiers who died at Revolution site

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 00:48
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A historical preservation group working to identify some of the hundreds of soldiers believed buried at a Revolutionary War site in the Hudson Valley has attached names to another three of the fallen, including an officer from Maryland and two German mercenaries who fought for the British.

Judge upholds arbitrator's ruling in ex-Compuware CEO's case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 00:42
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has upheld an arbitrator's ruling that Compuware must pay $16.5 million to the company's co-founder and longtime CEO after he was fired in 2013 from a consulting job.

UN chief, head of North Korea's parliament met in Moscow

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 00:42
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A spokesman says the U.N. secretary-general had a brief meeting with the head of North Korea's parliament when both were in Moscow over the weekend.

A look at the top 7 record art auction prices

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 00:32
NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by Pablo Picasso and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti could sell for $130 million or more at auction Monday. Only seven other works have sold at auction for $100 million or more. Christie's is offering Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)," which it says could sell for more than $140 million. At the same sale, Giacometti's life-size sculpture "Pointing Man" is estimated to bring $130 million.

Autopsy underway for baby allegedly thrown in river

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 00:26

Autopsy underway for baby allegedly thrown in riverAn autopsy is underway on the 1-year-old boy who died six days after authorities allege he was thrown into a river by his mother.