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Ted Turner ranch aims to aid endangered black-footed ferrets

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:09

This undated image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a black-footed ferret at the Vermejo Park Ranch in northern New Mexico. The agency is working with landowners such as media mogul Ted Turner, who owns the ranch, to recover the endangered species across 12 western states. (AP Photo/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kimberly Fraser)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A more than half-million-acre ranch that straddles the New Mexico-Colorado border and is owned by media mogul Ted Turner has asked for permission to import endangered black-footed ferrets.


Court upholds $5 million cap in Indiana stage collapse case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:00
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the state's $5 million cap on liability damages Wednesday in a case brought by a 13-year-old Ohio girl who was hurt when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair.

Children die in fire while mom at hair salon

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:58
BASTROP, La. (AP) — Authorities say a mother in Louisiana will face negligent-homicide charges after her two small children died in a house fire while she was getting her hair styled.

Oklahoma, Florida lethal injections to use same method

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:56

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 photo, the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla. Oklahoma plans to resume executions Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, after botching its last one and will use the same three-drug method as a Florida lethal injection scheduled for the same day. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to resume executions Thursday after botching its last one and will use the same three-drug method as a Florida lethal injection scheduled for the same day.


Judge overturns home health care wage, overtime rules

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday overturned Labor Department regulations requiring overtime and minimum wage protection for 2 million home health care workers.

Florida man sentenced to 20 years for seeking to join al Qaeda group

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:46
(Reuters) - A Florida man was sentenced to two decades in prison on Wednesday for conspiring to train for an Islamic holy war or jihad and traveling to the Middle East intending to fight with an al Qaeda-affiliated group, according to court records. Shelton Thomas Bell, 21, pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. In a plea agreement announced in Jacksonville, he admitted to recruiting a juvenile to join a jihad. In September 2012, the two flew from Jacksonville to the Middle East, planning to go to Yemen to join the Ansar al-Sharia group. ...

U.S. journalist indicted in Iran, to be tried by hardline court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:45
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's judiciary has indicted American journalist Jason Rezaian and sent his case to be tried in a hardline Revolutionary Court, the official IRNA news agency reported late on Wednesday. Rezaian is the Washington Post's bureau chief in Tehran and holds Iranian-American dual citizenship. He was arrested five months ago along with his wife and two associates on unspecified charges. All but Rezaian have since been freed. "Rezaian has been charged and his case has been forwarded to the Revolutionary Court," IRNA quoted Tehran Chief Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying. ...

Washington state school, scene of 2014 shooting, evacuated after bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:43
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state high school that was the scene of a shooting rampage in October was evacuated on Wednesday after a bomb threat, a school district spokesman said. The bomb threat was made in a robotic phone message at about 1:45 p.m. PST to an office at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, the site of a shooting last year in which five teenage students were killed, including the gunman. "Police are on the scene now and sweeping the campus with bomb-sniffing dogs," Marysville School District spokesman Aaron Toso said. ...

Justice Dept. unveils new guidelines for US news leak probes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:35

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2014 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The Justice Department on Wednesday announced revised guidelines for obtaining records from the news media during leak investigations, removing language that news organizations said was ambiguous and requiring additional consultation before a journalist can be subpoenaed. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday announced revised guidelines for obtaining records from the news media during criminal leak investigations, removing language that news organizations said was ambiguous and requiring additional levels of review before a journalist can be subpoenaed.


BlackBerry denies report of takeover talks with Samsung

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:30
BlackBerry Ltd. denied a report Wednesday that it has had talks with Samsung over a possible takeover of the Canadian company.

United, American owe World Trade Center developer billions: lawyer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:21

A single rose is seen on inscribed names during memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The developer rebuilding the World Trade Center in New York told a federal appeals court on Wednesday that he is entitled to recoup billions of dollars from two airline companies, even though he has already collected $4 billion in insurance money for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the site. Lawyers for Larry Silverstein and his World Trade Center Properties urged the 2nd U.S. ...


8 water main breaks in 24 hours in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:19

8 water main breaks in 24 hours in PhiladelphiaCrews worked to repair a busted water main in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia - but it turns out, this was just one of many over the past two days.


Orthodox Jewish rabbi admits role in religious divorce plot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:09
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An Orthodox Jewish rabbi on Wednesday admitted conspiring to travel from New York to New Jersey to force a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce through threats of violence, federal prosecutors said.

Judge in Colorado cinema massacre case refuses to delay trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:07
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado judge presiding over the murder case against accused movie theater gunman James Holmes denied on Wednesday a bid by defense attorneys to delay the high-profile trial that is set to begin next week. Public defenders argued in seeking a continuance that there would not be enough time for them once the trial started to review “a vast amount” of new information that prosecutors recently turned over to them. ...

Ohio man arrested for planning attack on U.S. Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:07

FILE - This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol Building illuminated by the setting sun on the National Mall in Washington. When the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee meet Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, they'll be deciding on more than a city to put in the running to host the 2024 Summer Games. They'll be picking a partner that will help shape their near- and long-term future. Leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington made their presentations last month and will not be present while the 15 USOC board members debate the pros and cons of each offering at their meeting at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Ohio man claiming sympathy with Islamic State militants was arrested and charged on Wednesday in connection with a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol with guns and bombs, court documents disclosed. Christopher Cornell, 20, of Cincinnati researched the construction of pipe bombs, purchased a semi-automatic rifle and 600 rounds of ammunition and made plans to travel to Washington to carry out the plot, according to an FBI informant's legal testimony. ...


New York judge delays decision on teacher tenure lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:06
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge on Wednesday delayed a decision on a lawsuit aimed at weakening tenure and seniority policies for the state's public school teachers, plaintiffs said. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of students against New York City and state, follows a similar case in California in June in which a judge found that five teacher tenure statues violated that state's constitution. The defendants in the New York case had asked a Richmond County Supreme Court judge in the city's Staten Island borough to dismiss the lawsuit. ...

Orthodox rabbi pleads guilty in New Jersey kidnap scheme

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:04
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Orthodox Jewish rabbi pleaded guilty on Wednesday to playing a role in a scheme to kidnap Jewish men and force them to grant divorces to their unhappy wives, said federal authorities in New Jersey. Martin Wolmark, 56, pleaded guilty to conspiring to travel to New Jersey to coerce a man to give his wife a "get" - a religious document that Orthodox Jewish women are required to get from their husbands in order to secure a divorce, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. ...

Former Pennsylvania police chief resentenced in sting case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:02
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Reuters) - A federal judge imposed a prison term of more than seven years on a former Pennsylvania police chief on Wednesday after an appeals court vacated his initial 11-year sentence for accepting money in exchange for helping FBI agents posing as drug traffickers. Donald Solomon, formerly chief of police in East Washington, Pennsylvania, had pleaded guilty of extortion for agreeing to provide security and weapons while in uniform to people he thought were drug traffickers transporting kilograms of cocaine, according to court documents. ...

Study: $18B to divert Missouri River to irrigate farms

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:56
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Building a 360-mile aqueduct to reroute water from the Missouri River to irrigate crops in western Kansas where underwater stores are being exhausted would cost $18 billion and require an additional $1 billion each year to operate, a new draft report shows.

Chipotle's pork plight could hurt first-quarter results

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 06:54
(Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's decision to suspend purchases from a pork producer that ran afoul of its animal welfare rules could bolster its reputation with diners but threatens sales and profits this quarter. The burrito chain's move caused a supply shortfall that is hitting about one-third of its roughly 1,800 U.S. restaurants. Chipotle shares fell 0.6 percent to $709.74 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. ...