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VA study on whether dogs can heal vets with PTSD has critics

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 01:45

In this Thursday, March 24, 2016 photo, Army veteran Joe Aguirre drapes a tattooed arm across the back of his service dog, Munger, in Fayetteville, N.C. The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the middle of a multi-year study to determine whether it should pay for such psychiatric service dogs. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Army veteran Joe Aguirre opens a restaurant door, then steps aside to let his golden retriever take point. "Clear," Aguirre commands, and 3-year-old Munger pivots right, left, then right again, sweeping the room for potential threats.


APNewsBreak: No more ties? Spelling Bee to get harder words

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 01:43

FILE - In this May 28, 2015 file photo, the remaining two spellers Vanya Shivashankar, left, of Olathe, Kan., and Gokul Venkatachalam, of St. Louis, sit onstage during the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — After two straight years of ties, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is adding more sting: The championship rounds will last longer, and the words will be harder.


Dallas grand jury considers assault charge against quarterback Manziel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 01:41

Johnny Manziel gestures after being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft in New YorkA Dallas grand jury deciding whether to bring assault charges against Johnny Manziel heard evidence on Thursday that the former Cleveland Browns quarterback's ex-girlfriend told police he beat her, a district attorney’s office said. The former Heisman Trophy winner, 23, is being investigated on suspicion of hitting, kidnapping and threatening to kill 23-year-old Colleen Crowley in January, police said. A decision on the case, which could bring a class A misdemeanor assault-domestic violence charge, will likely be announced on Monday, a spokeswoman for Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk said.


The Paris climate deal at a glance

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 01:30

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 file photo, US President Barack Obama speaks about the Paris climate agreement from the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. About 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday, April 22, 2016, in a symbolic triumph for a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on track to enter into force years ahead of schedule. The U.S. and China, which together account for nearly 40 percent of global emissions, have said they intend to formally join the agreement this year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Four months after negotiating a global climate agreement in Paris, government officials are coming to New York on Friday to sign the pact in a ceremony at the United Nations.


The Latest: LGBT law's backers seek attorney general records

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 01:22
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on reaction to a North Carolina law that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms conforming to the sex on their birth certificates and restricts protections for LGBT people. (all times local):

The Latest: Body of missing priest is positively identified

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 01:16

This photo provided by St. Johns County Sheriffs Office shows Father Rene Wayne Robert, a Roman Catholic priest in Florida whose body was found in rural east Georgia, who dedicated his life to working with prisoners and society's downtrodden. He was reported missing April 12 after church officials became concerned when he missed an appointment. (FHSMV/St. Johns County Sheriffs Office via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on charges related to a missing Florida priest whose body was found in Georgia (all times local):


Phoenix area has 5 of 15 rail crossings with most accidents

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 01:03
PHOENIX (AP) — Crossings along a roughly 4-mile stretch of track in metro Phoenix account for five of the top 15 U.S. road-railroad crossings with the most accidents in the past decade.

Pennsylvania fines Uber $11M for operating without approval

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:58
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania regulators fined Uber $11.4 million on Thursday — a record for the utility commission — for operating for six months in 2014 without the required approval. The company said it would appeal.

Man hurt when crew tries to demolish trailer with him inside

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:56
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 59-year-old man suffered broken bones and a deep cut to his head after a crew tried to demolish a trailer with him inside.

Paris climate agreement on track for early start

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:51

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2015, file photo, French President Francois Hollande, right, French Foreign Minister and president of the COP21 Laurent Fabius, second right, United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres, left, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hold their hands up in celebration after the final conference at the COP21, the United Nations conference on climate change, in Le Bourget, north of Paris. About 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday, April 22, 2016, in a symbolic triumph for a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on track to enter into force years ahead of schedule. The agreement, the world’s response to hotter temperatures, rising seas and other impacts of climate change, was hammered out in December outside Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As many as 170 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday in a symbolic triumph for a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on track to enter into force years ahead of schedule.


Feds: Minnesota men spoke of terrorist attacks in US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:44
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some of the four Minnesota men facing trial next month for conspiring to join the Islamic State group had discussed the possibility of attacks in the United States, according to a document filed by prosecutors.

The Latest: Solar-powered plane leaves Hawaii

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:37

The Solar Impulse 2 solar plane flies out of the Kalaeloa Airport, Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Kapolei, Hawaii. The solar plane will fly a two-and-a-half day journey to Northern California. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on a solar plane flying from Hawaii to California (all times local):


Top Pennsylvania official uses private email against policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:36

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives for a pretrial hearing in her grand jury leak case, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information to the press, lying under oath and ordering aides to illegally snoop through computer files to keep tabs on an investigation into the leak. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general has routinely used personal email accounts to conduct official business, transmitting confidential information and the identities of undercover agents, despite an office ban that says doing so risks security.


The Latest: Christie disappointed transit pick backed out

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:34
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey Transit's new director deciding he doesn't want the job. (all times local):

Egypt's pound flops on black market amid exchange crackdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:26
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's currency fell to new lows on the black market this week, with traders selling it on Thursday from between 11 and 11.15 Egyptian pounds to the dollar amid speculation it will be officially devalued further.

The Latest: Judge: VW owners get option of buybacks, fixes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:22

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, the Volkswagen logo is seen on the grill of a Volkswagen on display in Pittsburgh. A person briefed on the matter said Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that Volkswagen has reached an agreement with the U.S. government to spend just over $1 billion to compensate owners of diesel-powered cars that cheat on emissions tests. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on an agreement in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal (all times local):


Judge: Volkswagen owners can pick buybacks, fixes in emissions deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:07

 Volkswagen owners can pick buybacks, fixes in emissions dealAn agreement will give consumers who bought nearly 600,000 Volkswagen vehicles rigged to cheat on emissions tests the option of having the automaker buy back the cars or fix them, a judge said Thursday.


Camden man charged in double fatal shooting inside home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 00:00

Camden man charged in double fatal shooting inside homeAuthorities say a Camden man has been arrested and charged in one of the two double fatal shootings in Camden this month.


Correction: Harvey Milk Boulevard-Salt Lake City story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 23:58

Cars ride along 900 South, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake City Council has voted to hold a public hearing on whether to name a street after pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk alongside thoroughfares honoring civil rights icons like Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In a story April 21 about a street named for gay leader Harvey Milk, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Milk was the first openly gay person elected to public office in the U.S. He was one of the first.


One-time star in solar energy, SunEdison seeks protection

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 23:51

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 8, 2016, file photo, specialist Gregg Maloney works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, adjacent to the SunEdison post. SunEdison, a one-time star in the alternative energy field, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday, April 21, 2016, after years of rapid-fire acquisitions left the solar company in a desperate cash situation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — SunEdison, a one-time star in the alternative energy field, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday after years of rapid-fire acquisitions left the solar company in a desperate cash situation.