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Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:48
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been discovered in a water system that serves more than 12,500 people in southeast Louisiana.

Four killed in New Mexico medical transport flight crash

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:36
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A small medical transport plane bound for Arizona crashed in New Mexico outside of Las Cruces late on Wednesday, killing a patient and three crew members aboard, a state police official said on Thursday. The plane, en route to Phoenix, crashed shortly after take-off from Las Cruces Airport, according to Lieutenant Emmanuel Gutierrez. "When officers arrived on scene, the twin engine plane was fully engulfed in flames about a mile south of Interstate 10," Gutierrez said in a statement. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Why was a 9-year-old allowed to use an Uzi?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:34

Why was a 9-year-old allowed to use an Uzi?A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun.

Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:26

This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows Augustine Goba, laboratory director at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. On Thursday, officials at the National Institutes of Health announced that they were launching safety trials on a preliminary vaccine for Ebola. Researchers have already checked that still-not-tested vaccine against some of the more than 350 mutations in this strain of Ebola to make sure the changes the disease is making won’t undercut science’s hurried efforts to fight it, said Pardis Sabeti, a scientist at Harvard University and its affiliated Broad Institute. She and Gire, also at Broad and Harvard, are two of the lead authors of a study published Thursday in the journal Science that maps the killer disease strain based on specimens collected from 78 patients. (AP Photo/Stephen Gire, Science)WASHINGTON (AP) — A single funeral caused many.

Governor: Utah should defend anti-polygamy law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:24

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013, file photo, Jonathan Turley, attorney for Kody Brown and his four wives, the stars of the reality show "Sister Wives," leaves the Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse after a hearing on whether Utah can prohibit plural marriage, in Salt Lake City. A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law, in a lawsuit filed by a family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives." The Brown family was overwhelmed and thankful for the ruling, said their attorney, Turley. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor says the state should appeal a court ruling that favors the family on the TV show "Sister Wives" and strikes down key parts of a law criminalizing polygamy.

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:23

In this undated photo provided by the Gilbert family shows Dylan Gilbert, 7, of Naperville, Ill., demonstrating how he helped collect samples of bacteria from his foot during a 2012 study. Dylan’s father, microbiologist Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory, led the Home Microbiome Project that analyzed bacteria in seven homes around the country, including his own, and found the microbes that normally live in people’s bodies quickly move onto their doorknobs, countertops and floors. (AP Photo/Gilbert Family)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too.

Santa Fe council votes to decriminalize pot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:14

Legal marijuanaThe cost of getting caught with a little weed in Santa Fe will drop to just $25 max, thanks to a City Council vote Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana.

Matt Stroud named AP reporter in Morgantown, W.Va.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:01

In this Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 photo Matt Stroud poses for a photo. Stroud, 32, a reporter covering criminal justice for technology website The Verge, is joining The Associated Press as a correspondent based in Morgantown, home of West Virginia University. (AP Photo/Matt Stroud)MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Matt Stroud, a reporter covering criminal justice for technology website The Verge, is joining The Associated Press as a correspondent based in Morgantown, home of West Virginia University.

New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 02:51

This undated product image provided by Samsung shows the Gear S watch. Samsung unveiled the new Gear S, the company’s fourth major smartwatch in a year, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Samsung)NEW YORK (AP) — With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers.

Florida man caught killing, and eating, threatened tortoises

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 02:39

A gopher tortoise moves through freshly sprouted vegetation in this undated handout photoBy Daniel Wallis MIAMI (Reuters) - Wildlife authorities in Florida caught a man who killed and ate 15 gopher tortoises and planned to slaughter 11 more of the threatened reptiles, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a tip-off led an officer to woods in Citrus County on Florida's west coast where he found tire tracks and shells dumped on the ground. Returning the next day, he found a container holding 11 live gopher tortoises. "He hid himself and waited, figuring the subject would return that afternoon," the FWC said in a statement, adding that when the man came back he admitted to feasting on the threatened species.

Abercrombie name to shrink from clothing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 02:31
NEW YORK (AP) — The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded.

Argentina, Malaysia in deal to develop oil field

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 02:24
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — State-run Argentine oil company YPF SA said Thursday it has reached a deal with Malaysia's Petronas to develop what is believed to be massive deposits of shale oil and gas in the vast Vaca Muerta formation in Patagonia.

Woman dies when run over by bus at Burning Man, police say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 02:23

An aerial view during the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada(Reuters) - A woman at the week-long Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants, police and organizers said. The woman, whose name and age was not immediately released, may have been riding on the bus before she fell under the wheels and was run over by it, said Sheila Reitz, dispatch supervisor for the Pershing County Sheriff's Office. "This is a terrible accident," said Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell in a statement on the event's website. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and campmates." Burning Man canceled its first day on Monday as rare rain storms drenched the area, but it opened on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Air quality problems dog Irving's New Brunswick oil-by-rail terminal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:42

Irving Oil workers inspect rail cars carrying crude oil at the Irving Oil rail yard terminal in Saint John, New BrunswickBy Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Irving Oil's oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, has seen increasing air quality problems since it started up in 2012, undermining the company's assurances to regulators the project would likely not impact the environment, according to documents obtained by Reuters. New Brunswick's Department of the Environment approved the 145,000-barrel-per-day Saint John rail terminal project in June 2012 without requiring an environmental impact study after Irving said it did not expect it to trigger new odors or emissions and was just a variation on its existing marine terminal facility on the same site, according to the documents obtained through a Right to Information Act request.

Source: Joan Rivers hospitalized, upgraded to stable

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:38

 Joan Rivers rushed to hospitalComedienne Joan Rivers is hospitalized in stable condition, a law enforcement source tells ABC News.

Bait dumping offers invaders path to Great lakes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:28

FILE - In this June 13, 2012, photo an Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumps from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill., during a study on the fish's population. Inadequate regulation of the bait fish trade and carelessness on the part of anglers may be allowing invasive species — including widely feared Asian carp — to reach the Great Lakes and inland waterways, according to a scientific paper released Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Inadequate regulation of the bait fish trade and carelessness on the part of anglers may be allowing invasive species — including widely feared Asian carp — to reach the Great Lakes and inland waterways, according to a scientific paper released Thursday.

U.S. lists 20 corals as threatened; activists want more

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:26
Environmentalists urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday to extend the protection to all threatened marine species. "We are concerned with NOAA's unwillingness to acknowledge the widespread threats to the coral species not receiving protections," said Bethany Cotton, wildlife program director for environmental advocacy group WildEarth Guardians. NOAA was considering 66 coral species when it embarked on its study two years ago.

Surprise! Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie are now married

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:24

Surprise! Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie are now marriedAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says.

Gay rights activists face charges over sit-in at Utah Legislature

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:23
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Thirteen Utah gay rights activists briefly arrested six months ago during a sit-in at the State Capitol to demand lawmakers consider an anti-discrimination bill are now facing misdemeanor charges linked to the protest, according to state court records. Salt Lake City prosecutors filed a single misdemeanor count of disrupting a meeting or procession against each of the 13 late on Wednesday. The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in the county jail.  All 13 - eight men and five women - plan to enter not guilty pleas when they appear at a Sept. 26 arraignment in the Salt Lake City Justice Court, group spokesman Troy Williams said on Thursday. The activists were arrested in February after blocking access to the governor’s office and a Capitol meeting room in hopes of forcing state lawmakers to advance a bill that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in housing and employment matters.

Gun company cuts ties with reality TV star

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:10

This Aug. 27, 2014 booking photo released by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office shows reality television star Will Hayden, after he was arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish on a charge accusing him of raping a child. Hayden, whose show “Sons of Guns” appeared on The Discover Channel, had been free on $150,000 bond after an Aug. 9 arrest for alleged child molestation. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman says she cannot say whether both arrests involve the same child. (AP Photo/East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana firearms company at the center of the reality TV show "Sons of Guns" distanced itself from the program's star this week after he was arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a child.