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Striking Lyondell Houston refinery workers to weigh final offer

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:25
More than 400 striking hourly workers represented by the United Steelworkers union (USW) at Lyondell Basell Industries' Houston refinery are scheduled to vote on the company's last, best and final offer on Monday and Tuesday, a local union official said on Sunday. "We were presented with a last, best and final offer yesterday evening," said Kent Farr, an official of USW local 13-227. Companies usually make a last, best and final offer in an attempt to bring negotiations to a close. Talks between the union and Lyondell have been focused on the company's proposal to curtail long-standing rules on overtime pay that allow a worker to receive several wage premiums when working extensive overtime hours.

Ohio zoo: Mom dangling toddler over cheetah pit when he fell

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:23
CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman was dangling her 2-year-old son over a railing at the Cleveland zoo when he fell about 10 feet into a cheetah exhibit, zoo officials said.

Rapper and reality TV star Nelly arrested on drug charges

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:23

Rapper and reality TV star Nelly arrested on drug chargesAn attorney for Nelly says the rapper and reality TV star will be exonerated of felony drug charges once the facts are out.


Ketchup nearly causes serious car crash in Georgia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:21

Ketchup nearly causes serious car crash in GeorgiaPolice say someone threw a ketchup bottle from a moving truck at a car as it passed in another lane. The bottle shattered the window and crashed onto the back seat.


Reckoning point: Ex-US guards face sentencing in Iraq case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:17

FILE - In these various file photos, Blackwater guards, from left, Dustin Heard, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Nicholas Slatten. A years-long legal fight over a deadly mass shooting of civilians in an Iraq war zone reaches its reckoning point, when four former Blackwater security guards are sentenced for the rampage. Three of the guards, Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty and Paul Slough, face mandatory decades-long sentences because of firearms convictions. A fourth, Nicholas Slatten, faces a penalty of life in prison after being found guilty of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A yearslong legal fight over a deadly shooting of civilians in an Iraq war zone reaches its reckoning point with the sentencing this week of four former Blackwater security guards.


Shop: Ban of those who nixed gay rights bill served purpose

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:14

In this April 8, 2015 photo, Joe Curry, a barista and one of the owners at Red Raven Espresso Parlor in Fargo, N.D., serves up a beverage. Curry's shop became the focal point of an anti-discrimination debate after he posted a sign mocking lawmakers who voted against a bill to prohibit discrimination in housing and government based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A worker-owner of a Fargo coffee shop who instituted a tongue-in-cheek ban on North Dakota lawmakers for opposing an anti-discrimination bill says the response has been "99.9 percent positive" and that he made his point, even if a few people didn't like it.


Refiners, retailers drop prices, chase US drivers' demand

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 01:54
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline continues to drop.

Police seek arrest of mother of disabled son left in woods

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:56
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for the mother of a severely disabled man left in the woods for several days near a Philadelphia park, authorities said.

Customers without water after Montgomery County main break

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:54

Water service restored after Montgomery County main breakAqua America customers in parts of Montgomery County woke up without water Sunday morning.


Police arrest mom accused of abandoning quadriplegic son in woods for days

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 00:51

Police arrest mom accused of abandoning quadriplegic son in woods for daysPolice have arrested a woman accused of abandoning her quadriplegic son in the woods for several days to go visit her boyfriend in Maryland.


Things to know about deliberations in the Hernandez trial

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 23:51

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez (R) waits in the courtroom during the jury deliberation in his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, 10 April 2015. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of semi-professional football player, Odin Lloyd.FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez spent nearly 20 hours last week considering whether to convict him of murder.


Modernist gem or eyesore? NY building again stirs debate

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 23:50

In this Thursday, April 2, 2015 photo, the Orange County Government Center is seen in Goshen, N.Y. The long, heated debate over suburban Orange County’s government center could finally be ending with renovations next month that would trade in stack-of-asymmetric-concrete-boxes look for a sleeker, more anonymous facade. Critics compare the plan to desecrating a Michelangelo and note the building is on the World Monuments Fund’s global watch list. Others say the building is simply ugly and poorly designed. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — From the time it was built in this quaint village 45 years ago, the county building has stirred strong opinions for its modernism-meets-Mayberry look: a geometric jumble of irregularly stacked concrete-and-glass boxes.


Old candidates, young voters and the future of Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 23:46

Democratic candidate Lynne Abraham speaks to members of the media as she arrives for the BUILDPhilly Coalition Mayoral Forum Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. A campaign spokesman for Abraham says she fainted during the Tuesday debate at the city's Kimmel Center. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The oldest of the half-dozen Democrats angling to be Philadelphia's next mayor danced into a recent youth summit to the bass-thumping beat of 50 Cent's hip-hop classic "In da Club."


Few marathon bomb survivors seek help for 'invisible' wounds

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 23:37

In this Wednesday, April 8, 2015 photo, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Lynn Crisci, of Boston, front, listens during a Massachusetts Resiliency Center meeting at the Old South Church, in Boston. Crisci, who was near an explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, has suffered from hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — Survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings have been slow to take advantage of programs meant to help them cope with what experts call "invisible injuries."


Millions facing higher premium rates for flood insurance

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 23:33

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, a boat floats in the driveway of a Lindenhurst home on New York’s Long Island, in the flooding aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Under new legislation that went into effect in April 2015, those living in high-risk flood regions, like some of the communities that experienced Sandy's wrath in 2012, are paying 18 percent increases in their federal flood insurance. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Millions of Americans including many whose homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are paying double-digit increases in flood insurance premiums.


Key events in the police shooting of Walter Scott

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:41
Radio transmissions between North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager and emergency dispatchers offers a timeline of key events in the shooting death of Walter Scott on the morning of April 4, 2015.

Obama, Cuban President Castro Hold Face-to-Face Talk in Panama

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 22:31
President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met face-to-face Saturday, holding their first-ever substantive conversation in person.

Dad: Affordable housing plan led to son's demotion in league

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 21:16

In this April 6, 2015 photo, Christopher Stefanoni poses at the Darien Little League park in Darien, Conn., Stefanoni is suing the Darien Little League in federal court, saying league officials demoted his 9-year-old son to a lower-level team as retribution for his affordable housing proposal. Lawyers for the Little League deny the allegations. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — In one of the country's richest towns — where Mercedes, BMWs and Land Rovers cruise tree-lined streets of multimillion-dollar homes — a man who proposed building more accessible housing says angry neighbors took out their frustration on his son: a 9-year-old boy who was demoted to a lower-level Little League team.


Police: Oklahoma reserve deputy accidentally shoots and kills suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 20:22

 Oklahoma reserve deputy accidentally shoots and kills suspectDisturbing video released by authorities Friday reveals the moments when an Oklahoma man was accidentally shot and killed by a deputy who meant to stun him with a Taser.


Oklahoma reserve deputy accidentally shoots and kills suspect

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 19:56

 Oklahoma reserve deputy accidentally shoots and kills suspectDisturbing video released by authorities Friday reveals the moments when an Oklahoma man was accidentally shot and killed by a deputy who meant to stun him with a Taser.