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Lawsuit filed against Gov. Jindal over Common Core

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:23
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards are suing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.

Ohio man accused of enslaving woman gets 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:21

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office shows Jordie L. Callahan. A jury there found Callahan guilty of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and a drug charge in March. His sentencing is Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ashland County Sheriffs Office, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man convicted along with his girlfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison.


Explosion levels home in Central Texas; 3 hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:13

Debris is seen in a tree after a home exploded, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Willis, Texas. Three adults were flown by LifeFlight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center. Details of their injuries were not released, but they were in critical condition, said Jason Oliphant, chief of Montgomery County Emergency Services District No. 1. Oliphant said the home was totally destroyed and small fires burned after the explosion, and it was unclear what sparked the blast. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)WILLIS, Texas (AP) — Officials say an explosion that destroyed a house in Central Texas resonated for miles, and yet three occupants survived the blast.


Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:12

FILE - In this June 5, 2014 file photo, Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, is interviewed in Washington. The United Negro College Fund announced a $25 million grant from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, a large donation from the conservative powerhouse Koch name that Democrats have sought to vilify heading into the 2014 mid-term elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.


Hunt on for possible anaconda in New Jersey lake

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:12
JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water.

To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:06

In this July 15, 2014 photo, Mariama Bangura, 17, poses for a portrait on the Northwest side of Chicago. Bangura, 17, was arrested last year after she was accused of threatening a teacher. Though she was never charged, she worries that the incident could sink her adult ambitions. Chicago lawmakers, desperate to curb gun violence in their city, are giving tens of thousands of teens a better chance to find work or get into college, rather than letting a minor episode with police possibly doom them to a life on the gang-dominated streets of some of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. A law recently passed by the state Legislature made Illinois one of the few states to automatically expunge the criminal records of juveniles who were arrested but never charged. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Desperate to curb the gun violence wracking their city, Chicago lawmakers are leading the way toward a counterintuitive idea — fighting crime by making it easier for young people to wipe away minor arrest records.


Cause of Williston fire unknown, flights cancelled

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:05

CORRECTION TO REMOVE REFERENCE THAT POLICE ATTRIBUTED THEM TO BARRELS - A fire burns at Red River Supply, an oil supply company, in an industrial part of Williston, N.D., in the early hours of Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The site is near three oil companies and a rail line, just east of Williston's downtown. Explosions could be seen and heard at the scene, but it wasn't immediately clear what caught on fire. No injuries were immediately reported. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)A massive fire was still burning Tuesday afternoon 12 hours after it began at an oil supply company in an industrial part of the western North Dakota oil patch town of Williston.


Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:56

David Vernon, 18, takes a break while reading on his porch in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, July 21, 2014. Both Republicans and Democrats are seeking voters like Vernon, a self-described moderate and an avid social media user who says he has seen a steady increase in tweets from both parties aimed at attracting younger African-American voters to get involved in political campaigns. (AP Photo)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging more outreach to a broader coalition of demographic groups.


Taping of James Holmes sanity exam mulled in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:55

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge in the Colorado theater shooting cases says he will rule this week on whether a doctor will be allowed to videotape the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes.


Chinese woman in seed corn case released on bond

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:54
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Chinese woman charged as part of what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is free on bond after a judge said she is a flight risk but can be closely monitored until trial.

Judge nixes lawsuit over Empire State Building IPO

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:53
NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of onetime investors in the Empire State Building can't sue over claims they were shortchanged by the deal that turned the iconic skyscraper into a public stock, a judge has ruled.

Bond insurers vow to fight Detroit financial plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:52

FILE - In a Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, Detroit retirees Mike Shane, left, and William Davis protest near the federal courthouse in Detroit. Workers and retirees approved pension cuts in Detroit's bankruptcy by a landslide, the city reported Monday, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal insolvency in U.S. history. The city disclosed results from two months of balloting, which ended July 11. Judge Steven Rhodes still must hold a trial in August to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible to all creditors, from Wall Street to Main Street, but support from retirees is vital. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Companies that insure Detroit's bonds are repeating their pledge to aggressively challenge the city's plan to get out of bankruptcy.


Montana judge to be censured over rape comments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:50
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday will publicly reprimand a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.

Last body found in Washington mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:44

A flag honoring victims of the Oso mudslide hangs at half staff , Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Oso, Wash. The local access road has opened through the Oso mudslide, connecting the stretch of Highway 530 blocked by the March 22 landslide. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Ellen M. Banner, Pool)The Snohomish County sheriff's office in Washington state says search and rescue personnel believe they have found the last body from the March 22 mudslide that killed 43 people at Oso, Washington.


Air France suspends all flights to Tel Aviv due to security situation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:32
Air France said on Tuesday it had decided to suspend all flights to Tel Aviv until further notice due to the evolution of the security situation in Israel. "For security reasons linked to the evolution of the local situation, Air France has decided to suspend its flights to Tel Aviv," a spokesman said.

Lufthansa says suspends service to Tel Aviv for 36 hours

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:31
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's largest airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG said on Tuesday it would suspend flights to Tel Aviv for 36 hours, citing security concerns. The suspension would also affect its Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss divisions. Earlier on Tuesday, U.S. air carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group and United Airlines halted flights to Israel to ensure passenger safety. (Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Alison Williams)

Maryland road rage murder trial underway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:21
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Lawyers for a New Jersey detective charged with killing a Maryland man say their client thought he, his wife and three children were in danger when he fired his gun during a confrontation fueled by road rage.

Race for North Dakota's agriculture commissioner is all about oil

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:19

Ryan Taylor, the Democratic candidate for North Dakota agriculture commissioner, repairs a cattle fence with a rope tie on his 2,900-acre ranch in TownerBy Ernest Scheyder TOWNER North Dakota (Reuters) - North Dakota's biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state's agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines. With a legislature that meets only every two years, North Dakota has given an unusual amount of power to the agriculture commissioner and two other members of the state's Industrial Commission, charging the triumvirate with oversight of permitting and other issues critical to the oil industry, which hopes to drill 35,000 new wells within 15 years. North Dakota produces 1 million barrels of oil each day - more than any state except Texas and even some OPEC members - affording Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, a Republican, outsized influence over energy development thanks to his seat on the commission alongside the governor and attorney general. Now, Goehring, armed with donations from executives and political action committees at Continental Resources Inc, Whiting Petroleum Corp, Marathon Oil Corp and other companies active in the state's Bakken shale oil formation, is in the fight of his political life.


Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:08

President Barack Obama speaks about the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, Monday, July 21, 2014. A US appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low-and middle-income people who have bought policies. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.


Appeals court in Va. upholds health care subsidies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:00
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Virginia has upheld tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy insurance under the Obama administration's health care reform law.