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Fuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:05

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, an automobile emissions test facility stands empty while waiting for customers in Panama City. The energy-efficiency push is all but absent in Panama, where gasoline sells for about $1 a gallon. The government discounts the price because the fuel is dirtier than what foreign refiners charge for cleaner blends of U.S. gasoline. Among the things they are not enforcing are tailpipe tests aimed at making sure cars are running efficiently and releasing the least amount of pollution. The workers and owners said no one comes for the $16 test. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) — Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.


New York prosecutor seeks to probe police killings of unarmed civilians

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:50
By Scott Malone, Karen Freifeld and Emmett Berg NEW YORK/BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - New York State's top prosecutor on Monday sought the power to probe all police killings of unarmed civilians in his state, following sometimes violent U.S. protests over two grand juries' moves to clear officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. The day after angry crowds in northern California hurled rocks and other objects at police who responded with tear gas, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said action was needed to address a "crisis of confidence" in the criminal justice system. ...

Two Pennsylvania men get life in prison in murder of disabled woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:47
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Two Pennsylvania men received life prison sentences on Monday after pleading guilty to charges they beat, stabbed and burned to death a mentally disabled woman one of them had befriended. Ryan Matthew Schannauer, 20, of Sinking Spring, and Adam Morning Star Lynch, 21, of Reading, each avoided a possible death sentence by agreeing to the plea in the Dec. 30, 2013, murder of Ashley Kline, 23, of Robesonia, Pennsylvania. Judge David Ashworth of Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas sentenced each man to life plus up to 40 years in prison. ...

Central Bucks counselor on leave after Facebook post on 'die-in'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:43

Central Bucks counselor on leave after Facebook post on 'die-in'The peaceful 'die-in' demonstration outside the Linc attracted critics who questioned the timing, but it was one social media post in particular that's attracting a lot of attention.


Chicago museum lifts lid on Egyptian mummy coffin

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:41

In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Chicago, the mummified body of Minirdis, a 14-year-old Egyptian boy and his burial mask lie in his opened coffin after J.P. Brown and his team of curators at the Field Museum opened the coffin for the first time. Brown and his team will begin conservation work on the 2,500-year-old boy before it becomes part of a traveling exhibition. Brown says they have to fix his burial mask, shroud, reconnect his detached feet, and do work to shore up the coffin and mummy so they can withstand travel. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — Not until the lid was off the wood coffin — exposing the 2,500-year-old mummified remains of a 14-year-old Egyptian boy — could J.P. Brown relax.


Security guard found tied up, dead at storage facility in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:40

Security guard found tied up, dead at storage facility in Southwest PhiladelphiaA security guard was found tied up and dead inside a van at a storage facility in Southwest Philadelphia.


Next steps uncertain for women with dense breasts

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:35

These two undated photos, provided by the American Society of Radiology shows an extremely dense breast, left, and a least dense breast. More women are learning their breasts are so dense that it’s more difficult for mammograms to spot cancer. But new research suggests automatically giving them an extra test isn’t necessarily the solution. (AP Photo/American Society of Radiology)WASHINGTON (AP) — More women are learning their breasts are so dense that it's more difficult for mammograms to spot cancer. But new research suggests automatically giving them an extra test isn't necessarily the solution.


Scientists re-create what may be life's first spark

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:34

This handout photo provided by Svatopluk Civis, taken in 2014, shows the Prague Asterix Laser System in Prague. Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what could have been the original spark of life on primordial Earth, possibly ignited by a crashing asteroid. Researchers said they zapped clay and a chemical soup with the laser to simulate the energy of a speeding asteroid smashing into the planet. That cooked up from scratch what can be considered crucial parts of the building blocks of life. They created all four chemical bases that are needed to make RNA, a simpler relative of DNA, the blueprint of life. (AP Photo/Dagmar Civisova)WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what might have been the original spark of life on Earth.


Man charged with mailing cyanide denied bail

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:32
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge denied bail Monday to a Maine man who has been charged with sending poison to a depressed Englishman who used it to kill himself.

Ex-bodyguard to Guinea-Bissau ex-navy chief gets five years in U.S. prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:29
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A onetime bodyguard to a former navy chief of Guinea-Bissau was sentenced on Monday to five years in a U.S. prison for engaging in a scheme to import hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into the United States. Tchamy Yala, an ex-aide to former Rear Admiral Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in New York after pleading guilty to a conspiracy count in April. "I made a mistake," Yala told the judge through a translator. "Nobody forced me to do what I did, and I did it willingly. ...

NYC council introduces bill saying 'neigh' to horse and buggy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:18

Members of Central Park's carriage drivers, their fellow Teamsters and other unions rally on the steps of City Hall against the introduction of legislation to ban the industry in New YorkBy Sascha Brodsky NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bill to ban horse and buggy rides - a campaign promise of Mayor Bill de Blasio - was introduced at New York City Council on Monday as supporters and opponents rallied outside city hall. Under the bill to phase out the rides, which the mayor called inhumane, the city would offer carriage drivers training and licensing fee waivers to drive taxis in Manhattan's four neighboring boroughs. But union officials at Monday's rally said that carriage drivers would have a hard time adjusting to driving cars. ...


Lawmakers squabble over probe of lane closures

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:16
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — After a second report found no proof GOP Gov. Chris Christie was involved in the politically motivated bridge scandal, the investigation devolved into political sniping Monday as Republicans charged that Democrats might have illegally leaked information and Democrats fired back that Republicans were distracting from the report's findings.

State lawmakers launch gun control coalition

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:00

Handguns are seen for sale in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies in BridgetonBy Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - State lawmakers have launched a nationwide non-partisan coalition to combat gun violence, in part because the Congress has failed to reform gun laws, members of the group said on Monday. Some 200 lawmakers from 50 states have joined the alliance, American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, said the group's founder, Democratic New York State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh. ...


Tamir Rice's mom wants Cleveland officer convicted

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:53

Tamir Rice's mom wants Cleveland officer convictedThe mother of a 12-year-old boy shot by a Cleveland policeman says she wants him convicted for killing her son, who was carrying a pellet gun that police say looked real.


Death toll now at 6 after plane hits home in Maryland

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:48

Death toll now at 6 after plane hits home in MarylandThree residents of a house hit by a small, private jet were among six people killed in the crash in Maryland's Montgomery County.


Cosby performance in Iowa postponed indefinitely

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:41

 African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, " at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, in Washington. A Los Angeles police spokeswoman says detectives are meeting with a woman who is a possible victim of sexual assault by Cosby. Officer Jane Kim says detectives were meeting with the woman Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, but could not release any additional details. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Iowa venue says a Bill Cosby performance scheduled for next year has been postponed indefinitely.


Applicants, protestors at Philly charter school hearing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:38

Applicants, protestors at Philly charter school hearingThe Philadelphia School Reform Commission held hearings Monday on dozens of new charter schools in the city.


Man charged after woman's body found in car trunk

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:23

Man charged after woman's body found in car trunkA man has been charged after a woman's body was found in the trunk of a car outside a hotel in Maple Shade, New Jersey.


Los Angeles freeways jammed after huge construction site fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:12

Un gigantesque incendie au coeur de Los AngelesBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Flames destroyed a massive seven-story apartment building under construction next to a fire station in downtown Los Angeles and spread to a nearby high-rise on Monday, forcing the shutdown of a major freeway through the morning rush-hour. Northbound commuter traffic into the nation's second-largest city was snarled for several hours due to the blaze, which fire officials said erupted overnight and took three hours to bring under control. No injuries were reported. ...


Judges hear arguments over NSA surveillance

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:12

Idaho real estate attorney Peter Smith, left, and his wife, nurse Anna J. Smith, pose for a photo outside the federal appeals court building Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in downtown Seattle. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday in Anna Smith’s case challenging the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records; Peter Smith argued the case on her behalf. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)SEATTLE (AP) — A federal appeals court is considering an Idaho woman's challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records.