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Monsanto fined for not reporting Idaho chemical releases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:59
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:59

MRSA bacteria strain is seen in a petri dish in a microbiological laboratory in BerlinBy Yasmeen Abutaleb and Lisa Baertlein NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters. The 60-page report is the first ever to tackle antibiotic resistance so broadly. A White House official confirmed that it would release the plan on Friday. Doctors and health experts have warned for decades that rising rates of resistant bacteria are leading to tens of thousands of deaths, threatening to nullify modern medical advancements.

Police: Intoxicated man arrived by taxi to rob Florida bank

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:54
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an intoxicated man arrived by taxi to rob a Tallahassee, Florida, bank.

Colorado lawmaker says attack on pregnant woman 'curse of God'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:53
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado lawmaker's comments that an attack on a woman whose unborn child was cut from her womb was a "curse of God" caused by U.S. policy on abortion drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike on Thursday. Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Republican member of the state House of Representatives from Colorado Springs, made the remarks on his "Pray in Jesus Name" satellite television show. "This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb," said Klingenschmitt, a minister and retired U.S. Navy chaplain. "And part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open." He was referring to the case of Michelle Wilkins, a 26-year-old Colorado woman whose fetus was cut from her last week by a woman who lured the victim using an online ad for baby clothes.

Gulf states ask UN Security Council for Yemen arms embargo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies presented powerful members of the U.N. Security Council with suggested elements for a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Shiite rebels who have thrown Yemen into turmoil and caused its Western-backed president to flee.

Father of ex-Los Angeles cop wanted for murder charged with lying to FBI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:51
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles police officer's father, who authorities say helped his son flee across the border to Mexico to avoid facing murder charges, was arrested on Thursday and accused of lying to federal agents, the FBI said. Victor Solis, 53, was taken into custody at a home where he lived in Lancaster, east of Los Angeles, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. His son, Henry Solis, who was a probationary Los Angeles police officer at the time, is accused of shooting Salome Rodriguez Jr. to death on March 13, in downtown Pomona, California following a fight there.

Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:44

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, left, sits with his defense attorney Charles Rankin during his murder trial Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

Indiana governor signs religious freedom bill that could affect gays

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:42
Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a controversial religious freedom bill that could allow businesses and individuals to deny services to gays, in a move that prompted protests from some business leaders. Supporters of the bill, which was passed overwhelmingly by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislature, say it will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it is discriminatory and broader than other state religious freedom laws. “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action," Pence said in a statement after signing the bill.

Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:41
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A hearing on whether to approve the bankruptcy sale of assets of electronics retailer RadioShack opened Thursday with the company seeking court approval of the purported winning bid, and an attorney for a losing bidder describing the auction as a sham and asking a Delaware judge to reopen the sale process.

U.S. court halts Labor Department same-sex couple protections

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:38
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Texas on Thursday issued a stay to halt the U.S. Labor Department from implementing a rule that would expand medical leave protections for same-sex couples, saying the move impinges on the rights of states that ban gay marriage. The state of Texas, which has a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, last week sued the Labor Department over the rule that would grant family medical leave protections to all married same-sex couples.

Strawberry festival poster sparks outcry about race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:36
PONCHATOULA, La. (AP) — After an outcry over an artist's depiction of two black children with no facial features except bright red lips, organizers of a Louisiana strawberry festival have agreed not to show or sell this year's festival poster, which the local NAACP president called racially offensive.

Tesoro sees restarting Martinez, Calif., refinery beginning Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:35
(Reuters) - Tesoro Corp said it anticipates restarting its strike-hit Golden Eagle refinery in Martinez, California, on Friday, according to a filing with Contra Costa Health Services. Workers at the Martinez refinery ratified a new contract and ended a 52-day strike at that plant, the United Steelworkers union (USW) said on Wednesday.

Alaska officials identify remains of two members of missing family

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:34
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - Police in Alaska said on Thursday that human remains found over the weekend belong to two members of a four-person Kenai family that has been missing since last May. The state's medical examiner's office positively identified 23-year-old Rebecca Adams and her boyfriend, 38-year-old Brandon Jividen, from human remains found over the weekend, according to a Kenai police statement. The couple, plus Adams' two daughters, ages 3 and 6, were reported missing in May 2014 from their home in Kenai, 65 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Police: 13-year-old kills brother, 6; wounds another, 16

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:33

 13-year-old kills brother, 6; wounds another, 16A 13-year-old Florida boy shot his brothers during an argument over food, killing a 6-year-old and wounding a 16-year-old before fatally shooting himself inside their mobile home north of Tampa.

California to loosen ban on sex offenders living near schools

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:31
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will no longer bar all paroled sex offenders from living near schools and parks, part of the fallout from a state Supreme Court decision that said such requirements violated the constitutional rights of parolees in San Diego. The new policy gives parole officers the discretion to decide whether offenders pose a risk to children amid concerns among corrections officials as well as the high court that the law had effectively barred many sex offenders from finding any place where it was legal to live. "We are empowering our parole agents to make a determination as to whether the restrictions should be enforced on a case-by-case basis," said Luis Patino, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. "High-risk sex offenders with a current or prior conviction for lewd acts on a child under 14 are still prohibited from living within a half-mile of any K-12 school," he said.

Life term recommended for Alabama woman who ran granddaughter to death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:29

Joyce Hardin Garrard is seen in a booking photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff?s OfficeBy Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama jury recommended on Thursday that a woman convicted of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for lying about having eaten chocolates spend the rest of her life in prison, prosecutors said. Joyce Garrard, 50, was found guilty of capital murder last week in the 2012 death of Savannah Hardin. After finding her guilty, the jury was charged with determining whether to recommend a life sentence or the death penalty. The judge in the case will ultimately decide whether to accept the jury's recommendation or sentence Garrard to death at a hearing scheduled for May 11.

UN Mideast envoy calls on Security Council for Israel action

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:21
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting it should present a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution."

Leaders urge patience in Detroit-area police beating probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:17

In this Jan. 28, 2015, frame from a dashcam video provided by the Inkster Police Department, an officer punches Floyd Dent many times in the head while another officer tries to handcuff Dent, who is on the ground in Inkster, Mich. Dent's face and shirt were bloodied. Police say Dent disregarded stop signs and refused to pull over, then resisted arrest and threatened them. (AP Photo/Inkster Police Department via Detroit News)INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — City leaders urged public patience Thursday as authorities investigate the arrest of a black motorist who was pulled from his car, repeatedly punched in the head by a white police officer and subdued with a stun gun in suburban Detroit.

Florida suspect dies after swallowing drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:16
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say a man died after swallowing drugs in an apparent attempt to avoid arrest.

Settlement reached in lawsuit filed by Ferguson protesters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:13
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents released Thursday.