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Spring brings invasion of eastern tent caterpillars

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:53

Spring brings invasion of eastern tent caterpillarsFrom the city to the suburbs, caterpillars seem to be invading neighborhoods.


Passenger gets probation for placing fake bomb on plane

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:48
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. passenger who placed a fake bomb in a restroom during an international flight — and then reported it to look like a hero — has avoided a prison term.

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho gear up for possible grizzly hunts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:48

This Aug. 2, 2012 photo provided by Wolves of the Rockies shows a grizzly bear near the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Three states, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, are getting ready for the possible return of grizzly bear hunting in the Rocky Mountains for the first time in four decades. The three states are coordinating their plans. Montana releases an outline for its hunting regulations on Thursday, May 12, 2016. (Marc Cooke/Wolves of the Rockies via AP)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hunters soon could be chasing grizzly bears across the ridges of the Rocky Mountains, leaving three states to drum up plans to ensure the iconic species won't be snuffed out soon after recovering from threats to their survival.


Fort Campbell soldier dies during training in Louisiana

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:41
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — The Army says a 101st Airborne Division soldier has died from injuries suffered during a live-fire training exercise at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Prince's autopsy, toxicology tests may resolve uncertainties

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:38

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. The music icon died last month at his suburban Minneapolis home at age 57. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)Prince's autopsy, particularly the toxicology report, may clarify whether prescription painkillers played any part in his death.


Florida zookeeper broke safety protocols before attack: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:38
The report summarized an inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that was performed on Tuesday. It said Stacey Konwiser, 38, a lead tiger keeper at the Palm Beach Zoo, strayed from "established safety procedures" on April 15. Zoo officials have acknowledged that Konwiser entered the enclosure while the tiger was inside, which is prohibited, according to a report published in Florida's Sun Sentinel newspaper.

Zimmerman offers gun used to kill Martin on new auction site: report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:36

Handout photo of the handgun that was used in the shooting death of Trayvon MartinThe one-day auction of George Zimmerman's pistol initially had been scheduled to start at 11 a.m. EDT, with a minimum price of $5,000. Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel the auction site was not prepared for the web traffic and publicity surrounding the sale. In the earlier auction listing, Zimmerman had described the Kel Tec 9mm pistol as "a piece of American history." He told a local television station it was his to do with as he pleased, despite receiving death threats over his plan to sell it.


Delaware faults police but no charges in shooting of black man

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:34
"Although DOJ is not able to pursue criminal charges against Senior Corporal Dellose, it is DOJ's position that Senior Corporal Dellose's conduct in this case was extraordinarily poor police work that endangered both the public and his fellow officers," the report said.

New Mexico jail inmate at large after escaping from clinic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:32

This undated booking photo provided by the Las Cruces Police Department shows Michael Derby. Authorities in southern New Mexico searched Thursday, May 12, 2016, for Derby, a jail inmate who escaped from a medical clinic after he was accused of kidnapping a driver by gunpoint in Texas and twice leading police on car chases. Police in the city of Las Cruces said Derby, is dangerous and urged the public to report tips on his whereabouts after he fled the clinic where he was taken for a medical exam Wednesday night. (Dona Ana County Detention Center/Las Cruces Police Department via AP)LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in southern New Mexico searched Thursday for a jail inmate who escaped from a medical clinic after he was accused of kidnapping a driver by gunpoint in Texas and twice leading police on car chases.


No charges for 4 officers in killing of man in wheelchair

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:32
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Criminal charges cannot be brought against four Wilmington police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair, although one officer exhibited "extraordinarily poor" police work and should not be allowed to carry a gun in public, the Delaware attorney general's office concluded in a report released Thursday.

Congress may block DC government from spending its own money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:28

Washington, D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, center, flanked by former Greenstein Delorme and Luchs partner Jacques DePuy, left, and former District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan, right, are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2016, prior to testifying before the House Government Operation subcommittee hearing on whether the District of Columbia government truly has the power to spend local tax dollars without approval by Congress. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are working on legislation that would block the District of Columbia government from spending its local tax dollars without approval by Congress, a subcommittee chairman said Thursday.


Kansas to toughen rules on transgender birth certificates

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:22
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is pursuing regulations that would give it one of the nation's toughest policies against allowing transgender people to update their birth certificates, prompting anger from advocates and threats of a lawsuit.

ACLU sues school district over transgender bathroom policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:19
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday filed a civil rights complaint against a north Florida school district over a new transgender bathroom policy that limits restroom use to students based on their birth sex.

Items belonging to George Carlin to get new home in New York

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:19

FILE - This March 19, 2004 file photo shows actor and comedian George Carlin posing for a photo in a New York hotel. The National Comedy Center currently being built in Jamestown has acquired Carlin’s archives. This is the first major donation to the center, which is scheduled to open in 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Items belonging to late comedian George Carlin will have a new home in New York.


Ex-NY Senate leader gets 5 years in prison for corruption

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:18

Former Senate majority leader Dean Skelos reacts as he leaves court in New York, Thursday, May 12, 2016. The once-powerful New York politician convicted of using his position as Senate majority leader to pressure companies to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars for his son was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, the latest in a spate of corruption cases that have roiled Albany. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A once-powerful New York politician convicted of using his position as Senate majority leader to help his son extort hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison after each asked for mercy for the other.


Push to start pipeline construction meets firm opposition

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:18
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Opponents of a proposed oil pipeline slated to run through four Midwestern states pressed Iowa regulators Thursday to keep a Texas-based petroleum company from starting construction before all federal permits are approved.

Illinois lawmakers approve $700 million to pay social services in part

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:17
A bill to send $700 million to cash-starved social services providers breezed through the Illinois Legislature on Thursday, as the state once again turned to stopgap funding measures in lieu of a budget. There was no immediate comment from Governor Bruce Rauner's office on whether he will sign it into law. Democratic State Representative Greg Harris said the money would be taken from state funds outside of Illinois' general revenue fund to cover 46 percent of what the state has failed to pay service providers due to the ongoing impasse over the fiscal 2016 budget.

Wal-Mart sharpens Amazon attack with 2-day delivery service

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:15
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is sharpening its attack on Amazon.com.

5 injured in SEPTA trolley crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:11

5 injured in SEPTA trolley crashAt least five people were injured after a SEPTA trolley and an SUV collided in North Philadelphia.


The Latest: Skelos' nephew accused of assault outside court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 05:09

Former Senate majority leader Dean Skelos arrives to court in New York, Thursday, May 12, 2016. For the second time in less than two weeks, a once-powerful New York politician is facing sentencing in a spate of corruption cases that have roiled Albany. Skelos, 68, and his son, Adam, 33, are scheduled to appear in federal court following convictions last year for extortion, fraud and bribery. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of former Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son (all times local):