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California permitted oilfield discharge in protected water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:23

A farmworker ties almond tree branches with strings as a pumpjack operates near the orchard, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Shafter, Calif. California regulators authorized oil companies more than 2,500 times to inject wastewater and other production-related fluids into federally protected aquifers potentially suitable for drinking and watering crops in the nation’s agricultural center, state records show. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Regulators in California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show.


Attention shoppers: Catalogs making comeback

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:22
For many brands, catalogs are the single most effective driver of online and in-store sales,

Expedia misses Street 4th-quarter forecasts, shares slip

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:21
Expedia Inc. shares slid in after-hours trading Thursday after the travel website operator posted disappointing quarterly results.

‘The SpongeBob Movie’: sweet, shrieky, laugh-out-loud fun

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:16
A movie review of “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”: This megadose of Spongeyness is packed with pop-cultural references and clever humor. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.

Roundup: Survey finds more college students feel depressed; Highline tries again with bond

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:16
Survey finds more college students feel overwhelmed (The New York Times): An annual survey of freshmen college students conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute found high numbers of students begin college feeling depressed and overwhelmed. Of the 150,000 students who comple

Democrats hit GOP plan for replacing Obama health care law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:13

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who also serves as the Senate's president pro temp ore, returns to his office following votes, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Sen. Hatch and other Republican lawmakers eager to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are touting tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveiled its first plan this year for replacing the law that the party reviles. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A plan by three Republican lawmakers for replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul would leave Americans with less coverage and higher costs than the landmark law they want to repeal, Democrats said Thursday.


LinkedIn's 4Q tops analyst views, stock surges to new high

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:09

In this Nov. 6, 2014 photo, a LinkedIn employee walks past a company logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. LinkedIn reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — LinkedIn maintained its perfect record of pleasant financial surprises as the online professional networking service extended its reach during the fourth quarter and added more tools to help connect salespeople with potential customers.


Sony's Amy Pascal Steps Down in Wake of Hacking Scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:06
The Sony studio head whose hacked emails revealed some of Hollywood's dirty laundry is moving on.

Twitter shares spike as 4Q results fly above expectations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:05

FILE - This Nov. 4, 2013 file photo shows the sign outside of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Twitter reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter shares flew nearly 10 percent higher aftermarket, as the messaging service shrank losses and nearly doubled quarterly revenue by drawing more users and expanding its advertising offerings.


Regulators: Design flaws led to DuPont plant deadly gas leak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 07:05
HOUSTON (AP) — A poisonous gas leak that killed four workers at a Houston-area chemical plant in November can be traced to the design of a network of pipes and valves inside the facility, federal investigators said Thursday.

Utah lawmaker wants sex traffickers eligible for execution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:59

Republican Rep. Paul Ray is shown on the house floor Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Ray says he plans to introduce a bill that would allow the state to execute criminals convicted of child sex trafficking, calling it a necessary protection for defenseless children. The hardline plan from Ray faces several legislative hurdles before it could become law, and it would test the boundaries of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the death penalty. But the Clearfield Republican said he welcomes the challenge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker has said he plans to introduce a bill that would allow the state to execute criminals convicted of child sex trafficking, calling it a necessary protection for defenseless children.


Twitter earnings beat expectations

BBC World News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:56
Twitter reports a net loss of $125m (£82m) in the fourth-quarter, beating investor expectations, but says it added just four million users during the past three months.
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2 girls slip on ice, fall into uncovered basement in Trenton

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:56

2 girls slip on ice, fall into uncovered basement in TrentonTwo girls slipped on ice and fell at least six feet through an uncovered basement door of a vacant building as they walked to school in Trenton.


Arkansas' 1st-in-the nation Medicaid expansion survives

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:54

Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, argues for reauthorizing a program using federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor in the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The Arkansas House voted 82-16 to reauthorize funding through June 2016 for the "private option," which was crafted two years ago as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' first-in-the-nation program using federal funds to buy private health insurance for the poor will survive another year after the Legislature reauthorized the program Thursday, despite an influx of new Republican lawmakers elected on a vow to kill the hybrid Medicaid expansion.


River the dog rescued from brutal cold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:53

River the dog rescued from brutal coldRiver, a 6-year-old German shepherd rescue, is recovering from a near-death experience.


Force India block Marussia comeback

BBC World News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:50
Marussia's request to use last year's car in 2015 is rejected after Force India vote against them.
Categories: BBC World News

Nigeria to press ahead with election

BBC World News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:48
Nigeria's influential council of state decides to press ahead with presidential elections on 14 February, rejecting calls for a postponement.
Categories: BBC World News

Kentucky sued over lost tax incentive for Noah's Ark park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:45
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Christian ministry building a Noah's Ark theme park sued Kentucky tourism officials Thursday, saying they violated the group's free speech rights by denying them an $18 million tax incentive.

Noah's Ark theme park developers sue Kentucky over lost tax rebates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:44
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Kentucky officials committed religious discrimination when they pulled tax rebates from a planned Noah's Ark-based theme park attraction, the project's developers charged on Thursday in a federal lawsuit. State tourism officials in December told the Ark Encounter developers they were pulling the tax incentives from the theme park proposal because the plans had evolved from a tourist attraction into a ministry seeking to advance religion.

Attorneys for NASCAR driver Busch say ex-girlfriend lied

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:42

Attorneys for NASCAR driver Busch say ex-girlfriend liedAttorneys for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch are accusing his ex-girlfriend of lying repeatedly on the witness stand during a court hearing in Delaware regarding her request for a no-contact order.