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Satellite sees hot spot of methane in US Southwest

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:45

This undated handout image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan, shows The Four Corners area, in red, left, is the major US hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher. Satellite data spotted a surprising hot spot of the potent heat-trapping gas methane over part of the American southwest. Those measurements hint that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considerably underestimates leaks of natural gas, also called methane. In a new look at methane from space, the four corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah jump out in glowing red with about 1.3 million pounds of methane a year. That’s about 80 percent more than the EPA figured and traps more heat than all the carbon dioxide produced yearly in Sweden. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL-Caltech, University of Michigan)WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprising hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane hovers over part of the southwestern U.S., according to satellite data.

Gay marriage foes in Nevada drop challenge; some states push back

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:44

Jim Derrick and Alfie Travassos exchange rings as they get married at the Salt Lake County Government Complex in Salt Lake City, UtahBy Sandra Chereb and Harriet McLeod CARSON CITY Nev./CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Nevada came a step closer to issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Thursday when a conservative group withdrew last-ditch motions that sought to block an appeals court decision allowing same-sex matrimony in the state. But even as momentum appeared to favor gay marriage in Nevada, county clerks in the state's urban centers said they were refraining from issuing licenses out of an abundance of caution until any last remaining legal questions were resolved. ...

White House pans report on Colombia prostitution scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:39

White House spokesman Eric Schultz. speaks to reporters during a press briefing on Martha's VineyardWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has dismissed a report implicating a White House advance team member in a 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia and denied allegations the team member's involvement had been covered up. The White House said it stood by an internal investigation of the incident that found no wrongdoing. That probe was conducted by then-counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a former prosecutor who is seen as a possible contender to replace departing Attorney General Eric Holder. ...

UN resolution: Refer North Korea to criminal court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:38
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The European Union and Japan are encouraging the U.N. Security Council to follow the recommendations of a groundbreaking inquiry into North Korea's human rights and refer the country's situation to the International Criminal Court.

State: Ebola test negative for North Texas deputy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:36

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2014 file photo, hazardous material cleaners disinfectant their personal protective equipment after working in the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, stayed last week, in Dallas. The Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection, officials said Wednesday. Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Customs and Border Protection agents are also handing out factsheets to travelers with details of what symptoms to look for and directions to call a doctor if they become sick within 21 days. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)DALLAS (AP) — State health officials say the Dallas County sheriff's deputy who exhibited symptoms of Ebola has tested negative for the disease.

Infectious Disease Conference focuses on Ebola, Enterovirus D-68

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:31

Infectious Disease Conference focuses on Ebola, Enterovirus D-68The Infectious Disease Conference is in Philadelphia, bringing together top experts, many of whom are on the front line fighting Ebola and investigating Enterovirus D-68.

Police pepper spray N.C. teen inside his own home after he's mistaken for burglar

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:25

Police pepper spray N.C. teen inside his own home after he's mistaken for burglarA Wake County family says their foster child was racially profiled and pepper-sprayed inside their own home.

Man stabs neighbor in bed, threatens children in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:25

Man stabs neighbor in bed, threatens children in Southwest PhiladelphiaA Southwest Philadelphia man says he woke up Thursday morning to find his neighbor stabbing him in his back.

Indiana college gives pizza deliverer $1,200 tip

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:25
MARION, Ind. (AP) — A pizza delivery driver has a lot to show for a run to Indiana Wesleyan University.

Ruling against Navajo candidate in language case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:23

Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene speaks to supporters on Oct. 9, 2014, in Window Rock, Arizona. A tribal court was holding a hearing to determine whether Deschene meets qualifications for the tribe's top elected post. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A candidate for tribal president on the nation's largest Indian reservation could be removed from the ballot just weeks before the election after he refused to show whether he is fluent in Navajo as required by tribal law.

Years after shooting, ex-U.S. Marine gets $10 fine in 'unprecedented' case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:20
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - For two years, a U.S. judge railed against what she called the "unprecedented" civilian prosecution of a former Marine corporal for lying to military investigators about an accidental shooting in Iraq. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in New York rendered her final judgment of what the case was really worth - $10. That was the fine she imposed on the former U.S. Marine, Wilfredo Santiago, for his conviction on one count of making false statements. He was not charged with the shooting itself, which left a Navy corpsman partially blind. ...

Four anti-Islamic State Kurds arrested entering U.S. from Mexico

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Homeland Security chief on Thursday presented evidence countering statements from conservative lawmakers that members of the Islamic State, which is the target of a U.S.-led air campaign in Iraq and Syria, had been caught entering America. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said four members of a Kurdish group that opposes Islamic State were arrested last month trying to enter the United States illegally from Mexico. He said investigators had determined the four were members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK. ...

Three U.S. soldiers in Texas charged with smuggling immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:12
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Three soldiers at the Fort Hood Army post in central Texas were arrested on Thursday on charges of smuggling immigrants into the United States while dressed in their military uniforms.     The three were identified by U.S. immigration officials as Eric Rodriguez, 20, Brandon Robbins, 20, and Christopher Wix, 21. Lawyers for the men were not immediately available for comment. An indictment unsealed today in Brownsville on Thursday said Rodriguez was arrested on Sept. 11 at a Border Patrol checkpoint in the south Texas town of Sarita. ...

Dairy Queen latest to suffer customer card hack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:12

Dairy Queen latest to suffer customer card hackIce cream and fast food chain Dairy Queen is the latest retailer to reveal a hack of its customer data.

'Bucket list' finished, boy dies hours after birth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:07
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A couple who say they carried out a "bucket list" of trips for their unborn son, who suffered from a fatal condition, say they feel blessed he could spend his brief life with people who loved him.

Student sent home over leggings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:01

Student sent home over leggingsA Delaware family is upset after their teenage daughter was sent home Wednesday because of her outfit.

Woman survives plane crash, dies in ATV accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 05:56
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 26-year-old woman who survived a plane crash in southwest last year has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash.

27 years for stealing truck, frozen chicken

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 05:53
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Frozen chicken has helped land a career thief in prison for 27 years.

World Trade Center contractor backs out of guilty plea, again

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 05:51
By Nate Raymond and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A construction company owner, charged with defrauding a government program while his firm did nearly $1 billion in work at the World Trade Center, appeared in court on Thursday for the second time this week to plead guilty, only to change his mind. Larry Davis, 63, chief executive of DCM Erectors Inc, had told the judge that he would plead guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy charges in connection with work the company performed for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. ...

Racist graffiti found on Catholic H.S. in Spring Garden

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 05:48

Racist graffiti found on Catholic H.S. in Spring GardenOfficials say someone spray painted a racial slur on the door of Hallahan Catholic Girls High School in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section early Thursday morning.