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Water, air quality concerns heighten conflict with pig farms

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 22:58

In this Jan. 29, 2015 photo, Richard Brown walks around his trailer in Duplin County, N.C., that is adjacent to a hog farm, background, owned by Butch Norman, who fattens pigs for slaughter for pork producer Murphy-Brown. Richard Brown lives in the nation’s top county for hog production and is one of the hundreds who’ve joined the federal lawsuits against Murphy-Brown over air and water quality concerns. (AP Photo/Emery Dalesio)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.


Hog grower's lawyers object to mentions of Chinese ties

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 22:55

In this Jan. 29, 2015 photo, a sprayer soaks a field with liquefied manure and urine from a large-scale hog farm in Duplin County, N.C. A driving force behind some of these large-scale hog farms is Murphy-Brown LLC, which became part of the world’s largest pork producer when China-based WH Group bought corporate parent Smithfield Foods in 2013. WH Group aims to feed China’s appetite for meat with cheaper hogs from the United States according to lawsuits filed by more than 500 people across eastern North Carolina. (AP Photo/Emery Dalesio)ROSE HILL, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for the world's largest pork producer say it is bad enough being told your product stinks, but it's going too far to mention that a Chinese company is behind it.


Cops: Man kills girlfriend, her teen daughter, then himself

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 22:52
WADING RIVER, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a Long Island man fatally shot his live-in girlfriend and her 17-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself.

Woman found dead in snow outside neighbor's New Jersey home

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 22:47
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey woman has been found dead in the snow just two doors from her home amid single-digit temperatures and subzero wind chills.

UN secretary-general condemns Libya mass killing, blames IS

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 22:29
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is condemning "in the strongest terms" the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages in Libya and is blaming the Islamic State group.

A comparison of projections with actual casino revenue

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 22:02
In several of the last states to open casinos, revenue has been coming in below levels projected during the planning stages. Here is a look at how estimates compare with actual revenue in Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania:

Police still seek to ID man killed on I-495

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 22:01

Police still seek to ID man killed on I-495Delaware State Police are still seeking the identity of a man who was struck by multiple vehicles and killed on Interstate 495 in January.


Police: Florida man kills self after shooting girlfriend

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 21:49
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Miami businessman shot and wounded his former girlfriend shot before leading police on a 40-mile chase down Interstate 95 and fatally shooting himself.

Teen siblings killed in Exton crash ID'd, driver charged

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 21:48

Teen siblings killed in Exton crash ID'd, driver chargedAction News has learned the identities of the teen siblings killed when a pickup truck crashed into their minivan in Exton - and authorities say the driver of the truck is now facing charges.


Official: Dulles International flights return to normal

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 19:51
WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for Washington's airports says all arriving and departing flights at Dulles International have returned to normal.

Struggle to understand family slaying in small Kentucky town

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 19:38

Yellow tape surrounds a home in southeast Kentucky on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2014, where a family was found slain. A couple and a young girl were reportedly found dead in the home on Saturday. Police are investigating to see if the case is connected to the shooting death of a young man in Baltimore on Saturday. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — Friends and relatives of a 16-year-old boy killed in a shootout with police in Maryland struggled to understand how the faithful churchgoer and high school ROTC student could end up as the suspect in the slaying of his parents and younger sister in Kentucky.


Flames engulf 3-story building in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 19:28

Flames engulf 3-story building in West PhiladelphiaFirefighters are on the scene of a 2-alarm building blaze in West Philadelphia early Monday morning.


Oscar Mayer Wienermobile crashes in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 19:26
ENOLA, Pa. (AP) — An iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has crashed into a pole in central Pennsylvania.

Man shot inside house in Mayfair

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 18:42

Man shot inside house in MayfairPolice say a man was left in critical condition after being shot inside a house in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia late Sunday night.


Managers bunk down at U.S. refineries as strike enters third week

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 18:21

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Lyondell-Basell refinery in Houston, Texas.By Jarrett Renshaw TOLEDO, Ohio (Reuters) - U.S. oil refinery managers are going to the mats, literally, during the biggest fight with union workers in 35 years, bedding down for a third strike week that experts and some employees say raises concerns over safety and operations. At the 135,000 barrel-per-day refinery just outside of Toledo, Ohio, run by BP Plc and Husky Energy Inc, most of the nearly 300-person staff have been calling the refinery home since Feb. 9. For the last week, they have slept on recently purchased mattresses inside rental trailers to rapidly respond to any problems and avoid striking workers, sources say. On Tuesday, a van full of washing and drying machines gingerly cut through about a dozen United Steelworkers carrying pickets and walking a strike line at the facility's front gate.


JetBlue's CEO battles to appease passengers and Wall Street

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 17:19

In this Feb. 5, 2015 photo, Robin Hayes, the new CEO of New-York based JetBlue Airways, walks through the aisle of an Airbus A321 at JFK airport in New York. Hayes takes over as CEO of JetBlue on Monday, Feb. 16. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Hayes, the new CEO of JetBlue Airways, is balancing between passengers and Wall Street.


Boehner: Shutdown of Homeland Security Department possible

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:15

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Democrats, calls on their GOP colleagues to pass a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not contain provisions aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington5. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down at month's end because of a budget impasse, and he's blaming Senate Democrats if that happens.


Boehner: Shutdown of Homeland Security Department possible

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:15

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Democrats, calls on their GOP colleagues to pass a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not contain provisions aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington5. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down at month's end because of a budget impasse, and he's blaming Senate Democrats if that happens.


A look at proposed drone rules

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:10

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, the Aerialtronics Altura Zenith drone is seen at an event at the National Press Club in Washington. An economic analysis by the Federal Aviation Administration indicates the agency, citing economic and safety benefits, is seeking regulations largely favorable to companies that want to use small drones. The analysis, which was posted online, describes draft rules that would clear the way for widespread use of small drones for all manner of chores, including aerial photography, crop monitoring, and inspections of cellular towers, bridges and other tall structures. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Some highlights of rules proposed Sunday on routine flights by small, commercial drones and on privacy protections when the government uses drones to collect information:


A look at proposed drone rules

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:10

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, the Aerialtronics Altura Zenith drone is seen at an event at the National Press Club in Washington. An economic analysis by the Federal Aviation Administration indicates the agency, citing economic and safety benefits, is seeking regulations largely favorable to companies that want to use small drones. The analysis, which was posted online, describes draft rules that would clear the way for widespread use of small drones for all manner of chores, including aerial photography, crop monitoring, and inspections of cellular towers, bridges and other tall structures. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Some highlights of rules proposed Sunday on routine flights by small, commercial drones and on privacy protections when the government uses drones to collect information: