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California blaze grows, prompting more evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:32

In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, photo, a section of brush flares up near power lines at the Willow Fire in Mohave Valley, Ariz. Authorities said 300 firefighters are battling the fire amid strong winds and low humidity. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires are charging through several states in the parched West, scorching homes and forcing people to flee. Flames are plaguing some California residents, who had to evacuate for the second time in recent weeks after blazes exploded in size.


Restrictions to remain for rivers hardest hit by Colorado mine waste spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:18

Yellow waste water that had been held behind a barrier near an abandoned mine is seen in the Animas River in Durango, ColoradoTwo rivers in Colorado and New Mexico hit hardest by toxic waste spilled from a defunct gold mine will remain closed to drinking water and irrigation intakes for at least another week, but test samples show a gradual ebbing of contamination, environmental officials said on Tuesday. The San Juan River and its northern tributary, the Animas River, have been fouled by the release of more than 3 million gallons (11.3 million liters) of acid mine drainage inadvertently triggered by a team of Environmental Protection Agency workers last Wednesday. The discharge has continued to flow at the rate of about 500 gallons (1,900 liters) a minute from the site of the century-old Gold King Mine, near the town of Silverton in southwestern Colorado, into a stream below called Cement Creek.


U.S. judge strikes down New Hampshire ban on ballot photos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:15
A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a New Hampshire law barring voters from sharing photos of their filled-out ballots online, saying the statute violated constitutional free speech laws. New Hampshire's so-called "ballot selfie" law was enacted ahead of the 2014 election. It was intended to revise laws passed about a century ago when vote-buying was relatively widespread and voters shared their marked ballot to redeem promises of cash or other inducements.

Drugmaker Glaxo shuts down plant over Legionnaires' bacteria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:58
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline shut down a plant Tuesday that produces inhaled medications after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.

NOAA announces plan for endangered Hawaiian monk seal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:53

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2009, file photo, a Hawaiian monk seal basks in the late afternoon sun on the beach in Hau'ula, Hawaii, on the north shore of Oahu. Federal fisheries authorities want to more than double the small population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the state’s main islands. Authorities on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, released a draft management plan for the endangered species, of which approximately 200 live in the main Hawaiian Islands. (AP Photo/Jim Collins, File)HONOLULU (AP) — Federal fisheries authorities want to more than double the small population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals in the state's main islands.


Proposed UN statement would back preparatory talks on Syria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A draft U.N. Security Council statement that could be adopted this week strongly backs intensive preparatory talks on key issues to restore peace to conflict-torn Syria, including a political transition and fighting terrorism.

San Francisco sheriff says he has valid driver's license

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:25
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi says he now has a valid driver's license.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 09:06

Commissioner of the U.S. Security Exchange Commission Mary Jo White speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. An international group of hackers and stock traders made $30 million by breaking into the computers of newswire services that put out corporate press releases and trading on the information before it was made public, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:


Homeless man ID'd as target of 2-week-old California manhunt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:53
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A homeless man with a long criminal history was identified Tuesday as the target of a two-week-old manhunt for a gunman thought to have killed a retiree, taken people hostage and wounded Kern County sheriff's deputies.

Second grizzly cub captured at scene of fatal attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:28
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Biologists in Yellowstone National Park have captured a second grizzly bear cub at the scene of an attack in which an adult bear killed a Montana man.

Second grizzly cub captured at scene of fatal attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:28
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Biologists in Yellowstone National Park have captured a second grizzly bear cub at the scene of an attack in which an adult bear killed a Montana man.

Second grizzly cub captured at scene of fatal attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:28
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Biologists in Yellowstone National Park have captured a second grizzly bear cub at the scene of an attack in which an adult bear killed a Montana man.

Second grizzly cub captured at scene of fatal attack

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:28
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Biologists in Yellowstone National Park have captured a second grizzly bear cub at the scene of an attack in which an adult bear killed a Montana man.

Los Angeles City Council OKs 20-year transportation plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:26
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Car-loving Los Angeles has approved a transportation plan that would add 300 miles of bicycle lanes to existing roads.

Los Angeles City Council OKs 20-year transportation plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:26
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Car-loving Los Angeles has approved a transportation plan that would add 300 miles of bicycle lanes to existing roads.

Los Angeles City Council OKs 20-year transportation plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:26
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Car-loving Los Angeles has approved a transportation plan that would add 300 miles of bicycle lanes to existing roads.

Los Angeles City Council OKs 20-year transportation plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:26
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Car-loving Los Angeles has approved a transportation plan that would add 300 miles of bicycle lanes to existing roads.

Drugmaker Glaxo shuts down plant over Legionnaires' bacteria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:22
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline shut down a plant Tuesday that produces inhaled medications after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.

Drugmaker Glaxo shuts down plant over Legionnaires' bacteria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:22
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline shut down a plant Tuesday that produces inhaled medications after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.

Drugmaker Glaxo shuts down plant over Legionnaires' bacteria

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 08:22
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline shut down a plant Tuesday that produces inhaled medications after discovering the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.