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PETA sues wildlife service, accuses it of 'pay-to-play'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 04:31
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — An animal-rights group sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday to stop a policy it says allows trophy hunters, circus acts and others dealing with threatened species to skirt the Endangered Species Act by making token donations to conservation groups.

Small plane crashes into busy Atlanta interstate; 4 killed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 04:21

A firefighter walks past the wreckage of a plane crash on Interstate 285, Friday, May 8, 2015, in Doraville, Ga. Spokesman Capt. Eric Jackson of the DeKalb County Fire Department told reporters that four were onboard, and all died. He says the east-west highway is shut down in both directions. He says he doesn't know any details about where the plane was headed. (AP Photo/David Goldman)DORAVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A small passenger airplane dropped from the sky, grazed the hood of a tractor-trailer and crashed into an Atlanta interstate Friday, killing all four people aboard and starting an intense fire on the busy highway.


Man who used Facebook to lure teen to death gets 60 years

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 04:12

Kyle Dube is escorted into the courtroom at the Penobscot Judicial Center before his sentencing on Friday, May 8, 2015 in Bangor, Maine. Dube, who used a phony Facebook profile to lure a teenage girl to her death was sentenced to 60 years in prison. A jury convicted the 22-year-old in March of kidnapping and murder of 15-year old Nichole Cable. (Gabor Degre/The Bangor Daily News via AP, Pool)BANGOR, Maine (AP) — As another Mother's Day approaches — the last day of 15-year-old Nichole Cable's life — her grandmother is bracing for what should be a day of celebration but what is instead an unbearable reminder of what she lost two years ago.


DRPA asks for money to reopen 'Ghost Station'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 04:10

DRPA asks for money to reopen 'Ghost Station'The Delaware River Port Authority will ask the federal government for money to reopen a station that's been closed for decades.


New York man pleads guilty to sexually exploiting Amish sisters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 04:08
By Matthew Liptak NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state man pleaded guilty on Friday to federal charges of sexually exploiting two Amish sisters, ages 12 and 7, abducted last summer from a roadside farm stand near the Canadian border as well as four other young children. Stephen Howells II, 39, pleaded guilty to 21 criminal counts in U.S. federal court in Syracuse. Howells and his girlfriend, Nicole Vaisey, both from Hermon, New York, are accused of kidnapping the two sisters from the rural Amish community of Oswegatchie and then sexually exploiting them to make child pornography.

Multiple vehicles involved in King of Prussia crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 04:03

Multiple vehicles involved in King of Prussia crashMultiple vehicles were involved in a crash on Friday afternoon in King of Prussia, Pa.


Man struck, killed by dump truck in Bucks County identified

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:56

Man struck, killed by dump truck in Bucks County identifiedPolice say a motorist whose SUV broke down on a busy Bucks County highway was killed Friday morning after he stepped out into traffic and was struck by a passing dump truck.


CDC to help Washington state find source of E. coli outbreak at milk fest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:52
Public health officials in Washington state said on Friday they had asked for assistance from the federal government in tracking the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than 40 people who attended a milk festival last month. So far, eight people have been hospitalized, including a teenager treated for acute kidney failure, after being sickened by E. coli bacteria during the three-day Milk Makers Fest in Lynden, Washington, state health officials said. On Friday, the Washington State Department of Health said it had asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for assistance in tracking the source of the outbreak, since it was unknown whether it was linked to food, milk, livestock, a petting zoo or another source. There have been 22 confirmed cases and 20 probable cases linked to the festival, Whatcom County officials said.

5 things to know about the NSA court ruling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline telephone records of nearly every American. The ruling Thursday, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes as Congress considers whether to continue, end or overhaul the program before June 1, when the legal provisions authorizing it expire.

At New York officer's funeral, police reflect on tough time

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:37
SEAFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of police from around the country spilled out of a church into the streets surrounding a slain New York City officer's funeral on Friday, calling for respect and understanding at a time when law enforcement is being deeply scrutinized.

Mistrial declared in case of missing boy Etan Patz

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:36

Mistrial declared in case of missing boy Etan PatzThe murder trial of the man accused in the disappearance of first-grader Etan Patz ended Friday with the jury hopelessly deadlocked after 18 days of deliberations, leaving unresolved a case that has haunted New York City for 36 years.


Unbuckled driver falls out of seat, bus nearly hits train

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:31
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia bus driver is facing disciplinary action because she was not buckled in when she fell out of her seat and nearly hit a freight train.

Mistrial declared in murder trial of suspect charged with abducting, killing Etan Patz in 1979

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:29
NEW YORK (AP) — Mistrial declared in murder trial of suspect charged with abducting, killing Etan Patz in 1979.

Illinois governor calls for constitutional amendment

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:28

Republican candidate for governor of IllinoisRauner prepares to speak at a public forum at the University of Chicago(Reuters) - Illinois' governor Bruce Rauner said a constitutional amendment clarifying the distinction between currently earned benefits and future benefits should be part of any solution to the state's pension problems. The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday voided the state's 2013 pension reform law, in a ruling hailed as a win for retired state workers and public employees, but one that also raises the prospect that the state's dire finances will deteriorate further. "What is now clear is that a Constitutional Amendment clarifying the distinction between currently earned benefits and future benefits not yet earned, which would allow the state to move forward on common-sense pension reforms, should be part of any solution,” Rauner said in a statement.


Judge says he'll dismiss jury in Etan Patz case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:28

Mistrial declared in case of missing boy Etan PatzThe judge in the New York murder trial involving the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz says he is planning to call the deliberations to an end after jurors announced for a third time they were deadlocked.


Arkansas veterinarian operates on dog that ate 23 bullets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:26

In this photo taken April 27, 2015, in Mountain Home, Ark., an x-ray reveals 17 live .380 caliber rifle rounds in the stomach of “Benno”, a 4-year-old dog that chewed and swallowed the ammo. The Belgian Malinois is expected to fully recover from the two-hour surgery that removed the rounds. (Josh Dooley/The Baxter Bulletin via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITMOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas veterinarian has kept a dog from going out with a bang after the animal ate 23 live rifle rounds.


Jurors deadlocked in New York's Etan Patz trial: defense attorney

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:25

Hernandez appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New YorkA jury on Friday said it was unable to reach a verdict in the murder trial of a former deli worker who confessed to killing Etan Patz, whose disappearance in 1979 changed the way the United States handles reports of missing children, defense attorneys said. The panel was in its 18th day of deliberations in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, 54, at state Supreme Court in Manhattan. The jury passed a note to a court official who told defense attorneys that jurors were deadlocked. The defense attorney relayed the note's content to reporters.


Sabotage conviction overturned against nun, fellow activists

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:19

FILE - In this May 6, 2013 file photo, activist Sister Megan Rice attends a rally by supporters before her trial with fellow anti-nuclear weapons activists Michael Walli, 64, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 56, in Knoxville, Tenn. An appeals court has overturned the sabotage convictions of Rice, Walli and and Boertje-Obed who broke into a facility storing much of this country's bomb-grade uranium and painted slogans and splashed blood on the walls. The opinion says the vandalism at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge in 2012 did not amount to sabotage. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who splashed blood on the walls of a bunker holding weapons-grade uranium — exposing vulnerabilities in the nation's nuclear security — were wrongly convicted of sabotage, an appeals court ruled Friday.


Elderly Californian dies in BASE jump in Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:18
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A 73-year-old California man was killed after his parachute deployed late during a 500-foot jump from a bridge into the Snake River in Idaho, the second death there this year tied to the extreme sport of BASE jumping, authorities said on Friday. Jim Hickey of Claremont, California, likely died on impact after hitting the water at a high rate of speed on Thursday evening, according to the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office. Hickey, a retired accountant, had participated in well over 1,000 jumps in the decade since he took up a sport in which parachutists free-fall from such fixed points as cliffs, bridges and buildings, said Tom Aiello, a friend and owner of a BASE jumping school in Twin Falls.

Obama at Nike promotes trade deal, says 'Just do it'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 03:16

President Barack Obama smiles as he greets people in Portland, Ore., Thursday, May 7, 2015. On Friday, the president will visit Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., to make his trade policy pitch as he struggles to win over Democrats for what could be the last major legislative push of his presidency. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — When President Barack Obama promotes trade, he likes to say that 95 percent of the world's markets are outside the nation's borders — a potential goldmine for U.S.-made products. But Nike, where Obama made a pitch Friday, wants easier access to the U.S. market for the products it makes overseas.