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NJ panel OKs bill banning smoking in vehicles when kids present

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 08:21

NJ panel OKs bill banning smoking in vehicles when kids presentA New Jersey state Senate panel has advanced legislation that would bar smokers from lighting up in vehicles if children 16 and younger also are present.

Feds project higher Lake Mead level following wet May

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 08:21
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A wet May across the West boosted monthly projections of water levels at Lake Mead through next year and into 2017, federal water managers said Monday, offering hope that supply cuts can be avoided in the Southwest.

Sudanese refugee killed by police had violent history

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 08:14

This photo provided by the Louisville (Ky.) Police Department shows Louisville Metro Police Officer Nathan Blanford. An African man was shot and killed by Blanford, a Louisville Metro Police officer Saturday afternoon, June 13, 2015 after police say he grabbed a flagpole and swung it at the officer. (Louisville (Ky.) Police Department via AP)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Deng Manyuon stood in the middle of an intersection on a 33-degree morning in March 2013, wearing just shorts and a T-shirt and shouting at passing cars.

Judge denies Toyota new trial in fatal Minnesota crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 08:05
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has denied a new trial for Toyota Motor Corp. in a lawsuit resulting from a fatal crash in Minnesota.

Photos of ruptured oil pipeline provide clues of spill cause

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:57

In this May 28, 2015 photo from the County of Santa Barbara, investigators measure and photograph the about 8-inches-long break where a pipeline ruptured, spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean on May 19, polluting beaches and killing hundreds of birds and marine mammals north of Goleta, Calif. The pictures released to The Associated Press on Monday, June 15, 2015 under a California Public Records Act request show the 8-inch tear that spilled up to 101,000 gallons of oil. Civil engineer Robert Bea says the amount of corrosion visible and the documented wear inside the pipe lead him to believe the pipe burst during a pressure spike when the operator restarted pumps that had failed earlier in the day.(Bruce Reitherman/County of Santa Barbara via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Photos of the pipeline that spilled oil on the Santa Barbara coast show extensive corrosion and provide clues about the cause of the rupture, experts said.

Court to hear appeal from gangster Whitey Bulger next month

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:48
BOSTON (AP) — A federal court is set to hear an appeal by gangster James "Whitey" Bulger nearly two years after he was convicted in 11 killings and other underworld crimes during the 1970s and '80s.

12 people fall ill on LA-bound Fiji Airways flight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:41

12 people fall ill on LA-bound Fiji Airways flightTwelve passengers, who reportedly stayed in the same hotel during their travels, fell ill with symptoms consistent with norovirus on a Fiji Airways flight from Nadi to Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, officials said.

Theater shooter's hatred for therapists kept them in dark

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:33

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. The person closest to the murderous thoughts of Holmes before he carried out his attack could take the witness stand the week of June 15, 2015, as the prosecution wraps up its case. Holmes' death penalty trial has revived unresolved questions about whether he could have been stopped. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The person closest to the murderous thoughts of James Holmes before the neuroscience student unleashed an attack on a Colorado movie theater — someone Holmes tried very hard to keep in the dark — will take the witness stand Tuesday.

Washington state NAACP leader embroiled in race controversy resigns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:23

Activists prepare signs for a demonstration against Rachel Dolezal near a NAACP office in Spokane, WashingtonRachel Dolezal, a civil rights advocate who has been accused of falsely claiming she is black, announced her resignation on Monday as leader of a local branch of the NAACP in Washington state. Dolezal, 37, who served as president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the country's oldest and largest civil rights organization, said the controversy over her race had shifted dialogue away from key social and political issues. "It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the presidency and pass the baton to my vice president, Naima Quarles-Burnley," Dolezal said in a statement on the NAACP Spokane chapter's Facebook page.

Prosecutors won't re-try man in 1994 Massachusetts killing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:21
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A man who spent 21 years behind bars for a killing he insisted he did not commit will not face a second trial, prosecutors announced Monday.

Sikh college student wins battle with Army over hair, turban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:16

This 2014 photo provided by the American Civil Liberties Union shows Hofstra University student Iknoor Singh, who sued the Army last year, claiming his goal of someday working in military intelligence was being stymied by the Army's policy. A federal judge has now ordered the Sikh college student from New York be permitted to enroll in the U.S. Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps without shaving his beard, cutting his hair, or removing his turban. (American Civil Liberties Union via AP)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Sikh college student from New York said Monday he is excited about a federal court decision that will permit him to enroll in the U.S. Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps without shaving his beard, cutting his hair, or removing his turban.

Judge tells U.S. Army to let Sikh student into reserve officer training

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:15
A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army to stop barring a Sikh college student from participating in reserve officer training because of his beard and turban, a decision welcomed on Monday as a step toward more religious Sikhs serving in the military. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a summary judgment on Friday barring the Army from using Iknoor Singh's religious dress - his beard, long hair and turban - as a basis for blocking him entering the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Hofstra University. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Army Secretary John McHugh last year after Singh was denied a religious accommodation that would have allowed him to participate in the ROTC program without cutting his hair or beard.

More states comply with federal rules to stop prison rape

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:09
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — All but four states have either met or are working toward meeting federal guidelines intended to prevent prison rape, the U.S. Department of Justice says.

Prosecutors rest in Kenyan child sex abuse trial in Oklahoma

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:05

Kyle Durham, left, and Melissa Durham, right, hold hands as they leave the Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City, following another day of testimony in the federal trial of their son, Matthew Lane Durham, Monday, June 15, 2015. Matthew Lane Durham is accused of 17 counts of sexual misconduct with children in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors questioned their final witnesses Monday, some of them children who testified through an interpreter in a closed courtroom, before resting their case against an Oklahoma man charged with sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya.

93-year-old attends Stanford graduation decades later

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:04
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Bonnie "Chuck" Gould got a master's degree in education from Stanford University in 1954, but it wasn't until this week that the 93-year-old formally graduated.

Dozens of U.S. companies bet on nuclear power revolution: report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:02

A woman and her dogs walk past the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station that sits on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in North San Diego CountyBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon's top arms provider and firms partly funded by Silicon Valley billionaires Bill Gates and Paul Allen are among dozens of companies collectively betting more than $1.3 billion that a new wave of nuclear power can be a force to fight climate change. Advanced nuclear power plants, which will employ techniques such as using fuels other than uranium and coolants other than water, have attracted private investments from more than 40 companies from Florida to Washington state, the Third Way think tank says in the first report specifying the number of firms and total money invested in the technologies. Companies expressing faith in advanced nuclear power range from Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon's largest supplier, to Holtec International, which is building a $260 million technology campus in economically depressed Camden, New Jersey.

Electronic Arts hypes 'Star Wars' games at E3

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:01

Samantha Ryan, SVP and Group GM, EA Mobile presents upcoming "Star Wars" themed games during the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Force is with Electronic Arts.

Vanderbilt rape case defendants: Juror withheld information

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 06:57
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm-room rape of a student asked a judge Monday to declare a mistrial, saying a juror intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process.

Pennsylvania man gets up to 40 years prison for ricin-laced card

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 06:57
Nicholas Helman, 20, of Hatboro, a Philadelphia suburb, had previously pleaded guilty to attempted murder, risking a catastrophe and other charges for trying to poison his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend with the lethal inhalant. After he was jailed, he was accused of seeking to have a fellow inmate "kidnap witnesses, rip their eyes out, burn their homes down and kill family members," Bucks County Deputy District Attorney Robert James said. Helman was originally arrested after police, acting on a tip from one of Helman's co-workers, intercepted the card laced with ricin, which is made from castor beans.

Bethesda kicks off E3 with 'Doom,' 'Fallout 4'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 06:55

This photo provided by Bethesda Softworks shows a screenshot of a scene for the video game, "Fallout 4." (Bethesda Softworks via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bethesda jump started the Electronic Entertainment Expo by showing off the latest installments of "Fallout" and "Doom."