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Wisconsin asks federal court to clarify food stamp drug testing law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:56
Wisconsin's attorney general on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, asking a federal judge if the state can drug test some food stamp recipients, a policy supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker, a presidential candidate. The lawsuit asks a judge to clarify whether federal law allows Wisconsin to drug test food stamp recipients who participate in the state's Foodshare employment program, which is required for able-bodied adults without dependents. "Our reforms offer a hand up to those who need it, so they can get back on their feet through drug treatment and access to employment training," Walker said in a statement.

Missouri man is first to be executed since Supreme Court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:54

David Zink is seen in an undated photo provided by the Missouri Department of CorrectionsDavid Zink, 55, was pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m. CDT after receiving a fatal dose of drugs at a state prison, said Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections. "David Zink callously took a young woman's life, and it is fitting he pay by losing his own," Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said in a statement.


Planned Parenthood slams secret video as false portrayal of fetus tissue program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:53

The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in BostonThe non-profit organization said the video had been heavily edited and recorded by a group that was established to damage its reputation. The video, which has gotten widespread exposure on the Internet, was produced by the California-based Center for Medical Progress, a self-described organization of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting on medical ethics and advances.


Truck hits driver's ed car, killing 2 teenagers, injuring 2

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:41
WARWICK, N.Y. (AP) — A truck slammed into a driving lessons car in a rural intersection on Tuesday, killing two 16-year-old high school students and injuring two others and their instructor.

Diplomat: US to circulate UN resolution on Iran agreement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:39
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. Security Council diplomat says the United States will circulate a draft resolution Wednesday that will authorize the agreement between six major powers and Iran to rein in its nuclear program.

Pluto close-up: Spacecraft makes flyby, then calls home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:39

 Spacecraft makes flyby, then calls homeNASA's New Horizons spacecraft got humanity's first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home.


2 dead, 6 missing in Kentucky floods; storms strike again

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:36

Doris Hardin talks on the phone as she takes a break from looking for her missing cats and other belongings from her trailer which was swept away after deadly flooding in Flat Gap, Ky., Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Flash floods in northern Johnson County outside of Paintsville destroyed homes and vehicles and residents were reported missing a day after the floods. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) — Doris Hardin watched the water rise from the window of her mobile home in rural Johnson County. Her lights flickered off then her neighbor banged on the door, shouting for her to flee.


The Latest: 2 killed by severe flooding in Kentucky

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:31
FLAT GAP, Ky. (AP) — Floodwaters in Kentucky have killed one man and one woman, left six more missing and sent rescue crews to comb the hilly Appalachian terrain Tuesday, as the threat of more floods bore down on rescue efforts.

Correction: Books-Harper Lee story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:25

This book cover released by Harper shows "Go Set A Watchman," a follow-up to Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird." The book will be released on July 14. (AP Photo/Harper)NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 11 about Harper Lee, The Associated Press erroneously identified a senior editor for The New Republic. His correct name is Jeet Heer.


Missouri executes first inmate since Supreme Court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:24

David Zink is seen in an undated photo provided by the Missouri Department of CorrectionsDavid Zink, 55, was pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m. CDT after receiving a fatal dose of drugs at a state prison, said Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections. "David Zink callously took a young woman's life, and it is fitting he pay by losing his own," Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said in a statement. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 29 that a lethal injection drug used by Oklahoma did not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.


10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:24

Austin Martin inspects his father's trailer after flooding destroyed it and others in a mobile home park in Flat Gap, Ky., Tuesday, July 14, 2015. "I've never in my life seen a flood like this," he said. Flash floods in northern Johnson County outside of Paintsville destroyed homes and vehicles and residents were reported missing a day after the floods. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Tale of beer served for fallen U.S. soldier spreads online

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:22
The woman ordered a Blue Moon and a Corona at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Tacoma on July 9, telling a bartender the second bottle was for her fallen brother, bartender Brian Avey said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. "When I brought her bill I told her Buffalo Wild Wings will be buying that beer," he wrote.

'Gone Girl' Victims Say Crooks Used Zip Ties, Nyquil, Goggles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:20
Warrant reveals new information from the victims about what they say happened.

Man charged in California kidnapping had bright resume

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:12

Purported kidnappers want apology from California policeSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matthew Muller had a resume built for success — a U.S. Marine veteran, Harvard Law School graduate and member of the California bar.


Deputy fatally shoots man during Florida home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:07
MASCOTTE, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who authorities say pointed an assault rifle at him during a home invasion.

Smithsonian to post sign outside Bill Cosby's art collection

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 08:47

Smithsonian to post sign outside Bill Cosby's art collectionThe Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art says it will post a sign telling visitors that an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby's art collection is about the artists, not a tribute to the comedian.


Buffett may benefit as train lobby bids to weaken safety rule

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 08:44

File photo of Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett talking in front of a mock BNSF railroad engine at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meetingBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is set to be a chief beneficiary of a bid by Senate Republicans to weaken new regulations to improve train safety in the $2.8 billion crude-by-rail industry, a key cog in the development of the vast North American shale oil fields. A series of oil train accidents, including the July 2013 explosion of a train carrying crude in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people, led U.S. and Canadian regulators to announce sweeping safety rules in May. Among other things, U.S. oil trains are required to install new electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes. On Wednesday, the panel will decide whether to send the measure to the full Senate, setting the stage for a fight with Democrats who say the repeal would delay the use of feature that can help avoid catastrophic derailments and minimize the consequences of accidents that do occur.


Greece pledges to get rid of tax evasion as a way of life

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 08:40

In this photo taken on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 a woman pays at Varvakios market in central Athens. The experts say Greece has largely failed in previous crackdowns on tax evasion, which has been rampant for generations. An estimated euro10 billion in taxes never makes it into government coffers annually. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dimitris Bokas keeps meticulous records of the bathroom fixtures he sells from his small shop in the quiet middle-class residential neighborhood of Koukaki near the center of Athens — just in case a tax inspector makes a surprise visit to ensure Greece's 23 percent sales tax is being collected and reported correctly.


James Holmes' trial: Things to know as jury gets case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 08:39

A woman and a boy walk to the entrance to the Arapahoe County District Court on the day of closing arguments in the trial of Aurora movie theater massacre defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)Attorneys delivered closing arguments Tuesday in the long trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. Here's a look at top elements in the case:


Actor Jesse Eisenberg compares Comic-Con to genocide

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 08:35

Actor Jesse Eisenberg compares Comic-Con to genocideJesse Eisenberg compared his experience of facing screaming fans at Comic-Con to genocide, saying the raucous crowd was "terrifying."