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Top Romney '12 aide joins La. Gov. Bobby Jindal

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:09

Romney spokeswoman to work on Jindal's 2016 PAC

       

Pennsylvania trooper escapes homicide charges in shooting death of colleague

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:08
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A state police officer in Philadelphia was charged with reckless endangerment on Tuesday but avoided homicide charges for the September shooting death of a fellow trooper. Prosecutors say Corporal Richard Schroeter, 42, was discussing the trigger mechanism on his weapon in front of a group of five officers when the incident occurred at the Montgomery County Public Safety Complex in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. His finger pulled the trigger, discharging a bullet that struck and killed Trooper David Kedra, 26. Schroeter faces one count of reckless endangerment for each officer in the room when the gun discharged.

A little-known 2016 frontrunner

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:08
Could this man be the next occupant of the White House?
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Archbishop calls boycott: '50 Shades' attacks marriage

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:07

Archdiocese urges Catholics to boycott movie about sex, bondage.

       

Colorado's 2014 taxes on recreational pot come in at $44M

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:06
DENVER (AP) — Colorado finally learned Tuesday how much tax revenue it collected from recreational marijuana in the first year of sales, and the haul was below estimates — about $44 million.

VIDEO: The Japanese town that was poisoned

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:05
In the 1950s an industrial disaster devastated the Japanese town of Minamata.
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VIDEO: 'We cross ourselves then help people'

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:02
BBC News joined a team of paramedics in Donetsk and witnessed the danger and challenges they face every day.
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Kansas governor rescinds protections for gay state workers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:59

Republican Kansas Governor Brownback speaks to supporters after winning re-election in the U.S. midterm elections in TopekaKansas Governor Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican re-elected in November, on Tuesday rescinded an executive order issued by a Democratic predecessor that offered protections for gay and bisexual state workers. Brownback said he was rescinding a 2007 order signed by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius that established a "protected class of rights" for state employees specifically for sexual orientation and gender identity. In its place, Brownback said he was issuing an executive order that would boost state employment-related aid for veterans and disabled people, while reaffirming the state's "commitment" to employment practices that do not discriminate based on "race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age." Thomas Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, said Brownback's order was an outrage and erases job protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees who had trusted they would be safe from harassment and discrimination.


The town destroyed to stop black and white people mixing

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:58
The town destroyed to stop black and white people mixing
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The bull whose semen is worth $3,000 a shot

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:57
The animal whose semen is worth $3,000 a shot
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News guide: Dietary guidelines evolve, stay the same

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:57

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2009, file photo, strips of sizzling bacon crown a breakfast platter with fried eggs and potatoes at a diner in Arlington, Va. Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt? The dietary guidelines are issued every five years. The federal government uses them to set standards for school lunches and other federal feeding programs, and they serve as the basis for information on the nutrition facts panel on the backs of food packages. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt?


Palestinian official testifies at U.S. trial over Israel attacks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:57

Palintiff lawyer Kent Yalowitz makes his opening statement in this court sketch during Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation Organization in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi took the witness stand in New York on Tuesday as the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization fight a lawsuit that would force them to pay up to $3 billion to victims of attacks in Israel. Victims and their families have sued the authority and the PLO over six shootings and bombings in the Jerusalem area from 2002 to 2004 that killed 33 and wounded more than 450, claiming the defendants provided support to the militants who carried out the attacks. Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, said she and other leaders, including the late Yasser Arafat, worked with U.S. and Israeli officials to combat terrorism during those years. “It didn’t serve the cause of the Palestinian Authority or the PLO, nor the cause of freedom,” she said of the attacks.


Oil firms 'need fresh strategies'

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:54
Many oil and gas firms will need to transform the way they operate in order to grasp future opportunities in the sector, according to a report.
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Oil firms 'need fresh strategies'

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:54
Many oil and gas firms will need to transform the way they operate in order to grasp future opportunities in the sector, according to a report.
Categories: BBC World News

Oil firms 'need fresh strategies'

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:54
Many oil and gas firms will need to transform the way they operate in order to grasp future opportunities in the sector, according to a report.
Categories: BBC World News

Sturgeon: UK austerity 'has failed'

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:53
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will attack the UK government's economic policy during a speech in London later.
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Three white Mississippi men sentenced for hate crimes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:48
By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Three white men who pleaded guilty in Mississippi to hate crimes that included a black man's death after he was beaten and run over were sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to between seven and 50 years in prison. The three defendants included Deryl Dedmon, 22, who was driving the truck that ran over James Craig Anderson, killing him in a hotel parking lot in 2011. "The defendants targeted African-American people they perceived as vulnerable for heinous and violent assaults," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. "These sentences bring a fitting end to the case against these three men." Dedmon received a 50-year federal prison sentence.

Jury gets case in trial of man with bodies in his backyard

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:43
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A jury began deliberating Tuesday in the trial of a man charged with strangling a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend more than a dozen years ago as part of a plot to rob him of the proceeds of an illegal drug ring.

Last US Islamic State hostage killed

BBC World News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:42
The US confirms the death of aid worker Kayla Mueller, the last US hostage known to be held by Islamic State militants in Syria.
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Contamination still high near ND spill, dropping downstream

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:31

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, crews dig at a spill site where a leak from a four-inch pipeline spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater brine near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. Officials said Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 that contamination levels have started to drop along waterways affected by a massive wastewater spill. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson, File)High contamination levels persist along a North Dakota creek more than a month after a massive wastewater spill was found in the state's oil patch, but levels have dropped considerably in larger rivers downstream, according to documents released by the state Tuesday.