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Nebraska court could hold up Keystone pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:49

FILE - In this March 11, 2013 file photo is a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" placed in a field near Bradshaw, Neb. Even if the Republican-led Congress approves the Keystone XL pipeline, not a drop of oil will flow through the system until Nebraska signs off on its route. The routing process is still before the state Supreme Court, and depending on how justices rule, it could be months or longer before any construction in Nebraska begins. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but no matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire 1,179-mile project could be delayed until Nebraska signs off on the route.


Federal judge makes foie gras sales legal in California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:49
By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) - Foie gras is back on the menu in California, after a federal judge on Wednesday struck down the state's controversial law banning the production and sale of the culinary delicacy that comes from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn. While some California chefs planned to celebrate the return of fatty duck liver, animal rights activists said the state's hard-fought foie gras battle was far from over. California's bill outlawing foie gras passed in 2004 but the ban didn't go into effect until 2012. ...

Judge rules against florist who didn't want to serve gays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:28
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A judge has decided the state of Washington has the authority to bring a consumer protection lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding.

Judge keeps most of gag order in former W.Va. coal exec case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:25
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge is upholding most of a gag order in a criminal case against ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was in charge of the Upper Big Branch mine when it exploded and killed 29 men.

Official says he was wrong to ask that his name not be used

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:14

Frederick County Council member Kirby Delauter makes a point during a meeting of the recently formed 7-member council Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2015, at Winchester Hall in Frederick, Md. The Republican councilman is threatening to sue his local newspaper if they dare put his name on their pages. Delauter, who made the threat in a Facebook post lat Saturday, didn't respond Tuesday to phone and email messages. (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Bill Green)EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — An elected county official in Maryland who threatened to sue a newspaper for publishing his name dropped that threat Wednesday after his angry Facebook post generated an avalanche of mocking messages on social media.


'Baby, It's Cold Outside': large part of U.S. in deep freeze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:56

Icicles are seen near a beach on Lake Michigan in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Schools in large cities across the Midwest and into the Northeast announced they will close on Thursday to protect children from bitterly cold temperatures as wind chill warnings were issued for most of the eastern half of the United States. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned of an Arctic air blast from Canada continuing to provide subzero temperatures for the U.S. Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday evening and into Thursday. ...


Coldest temps since polar vortex test U.S. transport network

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:46
By Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) - Armed with lessons learned from last year's polar vortex, the U.S. transportation and shipping network faces its first big test of the winter this week as harsh cold and dangerous wind chills buffet the Plains to the East Coast. Moving people and products has proved tedious but not impossible as upper Midwest temperatures topped out in the single digits to below zero Fahrenheit on Wednesday, with gusty winds making it feel like 20- to 40-below. ...

Arizona lawmaker proposes legalizing recreational marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:38
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona Democratic lawmaker has introduced a bill to make marijuana legal for recreational use by adults, but it is expected to face tough opposition in the conservative southwestern U.S. state. If the bill is voted down in the legislature, it could serve as an opening salvo to put a legalization ballot measure before voters, State Representative Mark Cardenas, who introduced the measure, said on Wednesday. Arizona is one of 23 states that allow medical marijuana. ...

Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7, gets official pack status

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:35

FILE - This remote camera photo taken May 3, 2014, and provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows the wolf OR-7 on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. State and federal wildlife agencies said Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, they have designated OR-7, his mate and their pups the Rogue Pack, for their location in the Rogue River drainage in the Cascades east of Medford. It's the first pack in western Oregon and the ninth in the state since wolves from Idaho started swimming the Snake River in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, File)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, is now officially the leader of his own pack.


Kentucky lawmaker charged with DUI on 1st day of session

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:35
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky state senator was charged with driving under the influence about nine hours after the legislative session opened.

Cosby's Canadian shows go ahead in midst of new sex claims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:30

File photo of comedian Bill Cosby playing the vibraphone at a concert in BostonBy Andrea Hopkins and Eric Kelsey TORONTO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bill Cosby, the subject of more than a dozen sex abuse allegations over the past three months, will go ahead with three Canadian shows this week, coming as more women leveled accusations against the comedian. Protesters geared up to heckle Cosby and some fans tried to offload their tickets for the three performances in Ontario beginning on Wednesday. Cosby, best-known as Dr. ...


California health officials link measles outbreak to Disneyland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:28
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nine cases of measles have been confirmed in people who visited Disneyland or its adjacent California Adventure park in late December, state health officials said on Wednesday, urging anyone who may have been exposed to contact a doctor. All nine of the confirmed cases are in people who visited at least one of the two amusement parks in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, said Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health. ...

Syria war photo exhibit at UN draws opposition's protest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:27
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. representative of the opposition Syrian National Coalition demanded Wednesday that the United Nations take down a new photo exhibit sponsored by the Syrian government, saying Syria is using it to "whitewash the regime's war crimes."

Police fatally shoot man at Ohio airport amid confrontation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:21

Emergency vehicles converge at the ticketing level at Port Columbus International Airport after officials say an airport police officer shot and killed a man after a confrontation, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Airport spokesman David Whittaker says the officer was not injured and airport operations are normal. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who tried to buy an airline ticket using a fake ID was fatally shot Wednesday after returning to his illegally parked car, where he lunged at an airport police officer with a knife during a confrontation, police said.


Victims of the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:14
Twelve people died and 11 others were injured today in Paris after gunman opened fire at Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris. Here are some of the dead: Charlie Hebdo Editor, Cartoonist Stéphane Charbonnier Charbonnier was arguably the most ..

California girl, 15, arrested over social media threats to school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:11
By Marty Graham (Reuters) - A 15-year-old California girl has been arrested on accusations of using Instagram to anonymously threaten her San Diego-area high school, which was closed for two days this week as a result, police said on Wednesday. Carlsbad High School, about 20 miles north of San Diego, closed mid-morning on Monday and sent students home after learning of the anonymous threat, Carlsbad School District spokesman Rick Grove said. The school remained closed on Tuesday and re-opened on Wednesday after the girl was identified and arrested. ...

UVa has new frat, sorority rules after alleged-rape story

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:10

FILE - This Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, shows the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Greek organizations at the school have until Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, to agree to new drinking rules as a condition for ending a temporary ban on social activities, which UVa. President Teresa A. Sullivan imposed following a November Rolling Stone article describing a campus culture that fosters violence against women. The article was later discredited by the magazine's editors. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)Fraternities at the University of Virginia can get their parties started again with the blessing of the school's president after a semester of blistering criticism over campus sex assaults. But they'll have to do it without kegs.


2 men plead guilty in 2011 racial beatings in Mississippi

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:08

John Louis Blalack enters the federal courthouse in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 for a change-of-plea hearing in relation to a series of 2011 racial beatings that resulted in the death of a Jackson man. Blalack was indicted in 2014 at the end of a long investigation sparked by the June 2011 death of James Craig Anderson who was run over by a pickup truck outside a Jackson motel. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A group of young white men and women who killed a black man in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2011 had periodically roamed the city that spring, attacking African Americans at random, and police never heard about it.


NYC mayor happy to not hold a groundhog this year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:06
NEW YORK (AP) — The groundhog might see his shadow on Feb. 2 — but he won't be seeing Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Arrest made in 'Mrs. Doubtfire' arson in San Francisco

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:03
(Reuters) - Police arrested a woman on Wednesday suspected of setting small fires at the San Francisco home featured in the 1993 Robin Williams comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire" and owned by her former physician, officials said. Tyqwon Eugenen Welch, 25 of Los Angeles, was arrested in San Jose and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, criminal threats, trespassing, arson and possession of an incendiary device, San Francisco police said in a statement. Police spokesman Albie Esparza said the suspect had been a patient of the house's owner, plastic surgeon Dr. Douglas Ousterhout. ...