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Keystone XL clears hurdle in Senate despite Obama veto threat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:35

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne North DakotaBy Timothy Gardner and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans on Thursday advanced a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, their top priority in a new campaign to push back President Barack Obama's policies now that they fully control Congress. The Republican-led Senate Energy Committee approved the measure on a 13-9 vote, sending it to the full Senate for consideration next week. The House of Representatives has scheduled a vote to approve the pipeline on Friday. ...


5 things to look for as govt writes new dietary advice

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:35

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, a cow eats in a feedlot at Suwannee Farms in O'Brien, Fla. Dietary guidelines released by the government every five years lay out recommendations for healthy eating. Next year's version may look at what is healthy for the environment, too. The idea of looking at how food is grown _ not just how it is eaten _ has already provoked outrage from the agriculture and food industries and even Congress. They say an environmental agenda doesn't belong in what has always been practical guidelines for a healthful lifestyle. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the government has told Americans to eat their vegetables. A rewrite of the government's dietary guidelines could include some new advice, too, on sugar, salt, meat and caffeine.


Family identifies worker presumed dead after silo collapse in Bristol Township

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:24

Family identifies worker presumed dead after silo collapse in Bristol TownshipAuthorities say a worker is presumed to have been killed when a silo collapsed at an industrial site in Bristol Township overnight.


Cold comfort: US weather in 2014 not too hot, disastrous

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day when much of the U.S. struggled with bone-chilling cold, federal meteorologists said America's weather in 2014 wasn't really that bad.

France hunts for 2 suspects; Nation mourns their victims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:16

France hunts for 2 suspects; Nation mourns their victimsWith tensions high across Paris, French authorities hunted Thursday for two heavily armed brothers they feared would strike again after the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.


Selfie sticks: Tourist convenience or purely narcissi-stick?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:14

In this Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 photo, Rasul Alekberov holds a selfie stick next to his friend Gudrat Aghayev both tourists from Republic of Azerbaijan while they take a selfie in front of "Burj Khalifa", world's tallest tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Selfie sticks have become popular among tourists because you don’t have to ask strangers to take your picture, and you can capture a wide view in a selfie without showing your arm. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)NEW YORK (AP) — Selfies at tourist attractions are nothing new. But until recently, if you wanted a perfectly composed picture of yourself with Times Square or the Colosseum in the background, you might have asked a passer-by to take the photo.


Philadelphia police officer struck by car, shoots at driver

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:02

Philadelphia police officer struck by car, shoots at driverA Philadelphia police officer fired his weapon at a driver after being run over in Strawberry Mansion, a law enforcement source tells Action News.


2 students taken to hospital after Bustleton school bus accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:00

2 students taken to hospital after Bustleton school bus accidentA school bus was involved in a crash on Thursday morning in the Bustleton neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia.


Dartmouth students charged with cheating

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 01:57
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College has charged 64 students accused of cheating in a sports ethics class with violating the Ivy League school's honor code.

Viewing tonight for Shane Montgomery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 01:51

Viewing tonight for Shane MontgomeryFamily and friends will gather in Manayunk Thursday evening to begin saying goodbye to Shane Montgomery.


2-year-old found outside, alone, with no shirt on

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 01:45

2-year-old found outside, alone, with no shirt onThey were scary moments Thursday morning when a toddler was found outside in the frigid cold, wearing very little clothing.


School bus involved in Northeast Philadelphia crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 01:42

2 students taken to hospital after Bustleton school bus accidentA school bus was involved in a crash on Thursday morning in Northeast Philadelphia.


Ohio bridal shop visited by Ebola patient closing down

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 01:39
(Reuters) - An Ohio bridal shop that temporarily closed after it was visited by an Ebola-affected Texas nurse announced on social media this week that it was closing down. "I am sad to announce that Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal is being forced to wind down its operations after thirty years of service due to the devastating effect that recent events have had on our business," said a message posted on the Akron shop's Facebook page on Wednesday. "Despite our best efforts, we simply have been unable to recover. ...

Missouri town surprises sick 'Princess Molly' with fireworks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 01:31

In this Jan. 7, 2015 photo, Molly McKinley sits with her mom Dawn Bricker during a surprise party for her in Hannibal, Mo. The 11-year-old, who has a life-threatening neurological disorder, had asked Make-A-Wish Missouri for a trip to Disney World, but when her illness made that impossible the organization sought to give her a Disney-like party with fireworks in her hometown. Despite bitter temperatures, people in her northeast Missouri community found a way to grant the wish and crown her “Princess Molly.” (AP Photo/The Courier-Post, Bev Darr) MANDATORY CREDITHANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Never mind the bitter cold of January. When a sick little girl wanted a fireworks show, people in her northeast Missouri community found a way to grant the wish and crown her "Princess Molly."


UN: Ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Central African Republic

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 01:30
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations commission of inquiry says it has found evidence of ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Central African Republic, but it couldn't prove that genocide has occurred amid months of unprecedented sectarian violence that left thousands dead.

Presley's first record, 'My Happiness,' up for auction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 01:26
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — In 1953, Elvis Presley walked into Sun Records in Memphis and recorded the song "My Happiness." He was only 18.

Police identify man shot by officers at Ohio airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:55
(Reuters) - Police on Thursday identified a knife-wielding man who officers shot and killed just outside a terminal at the Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio's capital city. Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed, 41, lunged at an officer with a knife Wednesday afternoon, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the Columbus Division of Police said in a statement. Police wanted to question the man because an airline ticket agent reported someone had attempted to buy an airplane ticket using identification that belonged to a woman, police said. ...

2 dead in 18-vehicle pileup on Pennsylvania highway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:48

In this photo provided by exploreClarion.com/Bauer Truck Repair, vehicles remain at the scene of a fatal 18-vehicle pileup that occurred in whiteout conditions Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, on Interstate 80 near Clarion, Pa. State police said that two people who died were struck after exiting their vehicles at the scene. The victims' identities were not being released until families could be notified. (AP Photo/exploreClarion.com/Bauer Truck Repair)CLARION, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania motorist and a Kentucky trucker were identified as those who died in an 18-vehicle crash caused by a snow squall that left drivers with little visibility on Interstate 80, authorities said Thursday.


Coast Guards begin Great Lakes icebreaking operations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:19
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have begun icebreaking operations to keep shipping lanes open in the Great Lakes.

Massachusetts court mulls case reviews after crime lab scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 00:13

Annie Dookhan, a former chemist at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute, listens to the judge during her arraignment at Brockton Superior Court in Brockton, MassachusettsBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Civil rights lawyers on Thursday asked Massachusetts' top court for measures that would help thousands of people overturn drug convictions based on evidence tainted by a rogue crime lab scientist, in a case that could have national implications. The American Civil Liberties Union told Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justices that a huge number of defendants have not yet been notified they can challenge their convictions in the wake of one of the country's biggest crime lab scandals, and that those who do may be afraid to act. "There are ...