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Finding oil with sound blasts, by the numbers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:16
The Obama administration on Friday approved using sonic air cannons to map offshore oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean by measuring sound reverberating through waters shared by whales and other marine life. Some numbers to help explain it:

Feds approve oil exploration off US Eastern Coast

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:14

In this Feb. 2009 photo provided by the New England Aquarium, a North Atlantic right whale swims with her calf in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the United States near the border between Florida and Georgia. The Obama Administration is opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades. The announcement made Friday, July 18, 2014, also approved the use of sonic cannons to map the ocean floor identifying new oil and gas deposits in federal waters from Florida to Delaware. The sonic cannons pose real dangers for whales, fish and sea turtles.(AP Photo/New England Aquarium) ** NO SALES **ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.


Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:56

A woman walks past a body covered with a plastic sheet near the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners were combing a sprawling area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border where the Malaysian plane ended up in burning pieces Thursday, killing all 298 aboard. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane.


Delaware woman has lunch with President Obama

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:38

Delaware woman has lunch with President ObamaA Delaware woman got the chance to have lunch with President Obama during his visit to the area.


Pit bull found brutally stabbed in Chester

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:37

Pit bull found brutally stabbed in ChesterA friendly dog was brutally stabbed in Chester and investigators are asking for the public's help to find the person responsible.


Search called off for missing swimmer in Island Beach State Park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:37

Search called off for missing swimmer in Island Beach State ParkThe Coast Guard has suspended their search for a missing swimmer off the coast of Island Beach State Park, New Jersey.


American in Ukraine crash had lived in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:37

Flowers are arranged in a makeshift memorial during a vigil for victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The only American identified so far as a victim of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine lived in New Jersey as a child and returned to the Netherlands when he was 5.


2 persons of interest in deaths of Strawberry Mansion couple

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:36

2 persons of interest in deaths of Strawberry Mansion coupleAction News has learned that two men are being questioned in connection with an elderly couple found dead in their Strawberry Mansion home.


Victim pistol whipped in Lawndale robbery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:36

Victim pistol whipped in Lawndale robberyPolice say a person was hospitalized after being pistol whipped during a robbery in Philadelphia's Lawndale section.


2 women killed in Atlantic City apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:35

2 women killed in Atlantic City apartment fireAuthorities say a two alarm apartment fire claimed the lives of two women in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Local Ukrainian-Americans rally against plane disaster

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:34

Local Ukrainian-Americans rally against plane disasterLocal Ukrainian-Americans held an impassioned rally along the Ben Franklin Parkway to condemn those responsible for the Malaysia Flight 17 tragedy and to mourn the victims.


Car involved in bank robbery-hostage taking found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:45

This undated photo released by the Singh family shows Misty Holt Singh who was taken hostage and killed in Stockton, Calif. following a bank robbery and gun battle on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. An attorney representing family said Friday, July 18, 2014 that he is seeking documents, dispatch logs, video and other evidence authorities gathered during the chaotic incident that ended with the death of Misty Holt-Singh and two gang members thought to have participated in the robbery of the bank where the mother of two was abducted. (AP Photo/Singh Family)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Police in the Northern California city of Stockton have located a vehicle that was involved in a bank robbery and running gun battle that ended with the death of a hostage.


Obama to meet Central America leaders, migrant numbers fall: officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:28

U.S. President Obama discusses the situation in Ukraine during White House news conference in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States, the White House said on Friday. The meeting comes as the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has begun to drop off, senior administration officials said, seeking a victory in a crisis that has consumed significant attention from the White House and the Obama administration in recent weeks.


AP WAS THERE: Man walks on the moon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:25

FILE - This July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Apollo 11 astronauts trained on Earth to take individual photographs in succession in order to create a series of frames that could be assembled into panoramic images. This frame from Aldrin's panorama of the Apollo 11 landing site is the only good picture of mission commander Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP Photo/NASA, Buzz Aldrin, File)EDITOR'S NOTE:


US: Can't rule out Russian role in plane downing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:21
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

California reviews fracking water disposal amid contamination concerns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:08

A naturally occurring oil seep is seen in McKittrickBy Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California on Friday said it would review wells where oil drilling waste water from the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is disposed to ensure they are not contaminating drinking water. The move comes after the state ordered oil companies to shut down 11 wells on July 1 in Kern County, an area in the state’s Central Valley that is home to the bulk of its crude oil production. Like the rest of the state, Kern County is being ravaged by a severe drought that has led to mandatory water restrictions. The agency said there is no direct evidence that any drinking water has been affected and said the stop orders were issued out of "an abundance of caution." The companies operating the 11 wells are Longbow, Macpherson Operating Co, Race Diversified Corp, R&R Resources, Redbank Oil Co, SOC Resources Inc and CMO Inc. Since the initial orders were issued, two of the wells have been authorized to resume operations, the agency said on Friday.


U.S. federal court throws out case against FAA's drone policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:04

 A Rally Against Mass Surveillance" near U.S. Capitol in Washington(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's informal email orders enforcing its drone policy are not legally binding, a federal court ruled in a case filed by a Texas group. A Texas search-and-rescue group, Texas EquuSearch, had challenged the FAA's drone policy against using unmanned aerial vehicle for search-and-rescue operations in a case filed in April. Texas EquuSearch, which is a privately funded not-for-profit organization, uses sonar boat, an unmanned aircraft, foot searchers, ATVs, horses and helicopters to find missing persons, according to information available on its website. The FAA had argued in a June letter to the court that anyone wishing to operate an aircraft in the United States - other than hobbyists operating model aircraft - must obtain FAA approval.


Obama to sign order Monday barring federal discrimination against gays

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:52

U.S. President Obama speaks about situation in Ukraine from the White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said on Friday. The order does not include new exemptions for religious organizations, a fact that was cheered by gay rights activists. Some religious leaders had pressed Obama for added flexibility in executing the rules, but senior administration officials said that had not been granted. Religious organization would be barred from making hiring decisions based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but exceptions would be allowed for ministers, and groups would be allowed to favor individuals of a particular religion.


Alaska's largest paper undergoes name change

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:22
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More than two months after it was purchased by an online competitor, Alaska's largest newspaper will undergo a name change with Sunday's edition.

NBC sends reporter back to Gaza after sudden exit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:13
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC said Friday it was sending Middle East correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin back to the Gaza strip this weekend after he left the region for unexplained reasons following his eyewitness report on the killing of four Palestinian boys on a beach this week.