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California residents to vent frustrations over state's biggest gas leak

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:40

Handout photo of the Aliso Canyon gas storage field that is leaking in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, CaliforniaCalifornia residents sickened and forced to evacuate their homes because of the biggest methane gas leak in state history will have a chance Friday to voice frustrations and demand answers from top officials at a community meeting. Neither the state nor the utility have been able to stop the leak that has affected thousands of residents since it was detected on Oct. 23 at an underground natural gas storage field in Porter Ranch in northern Los Angeles. Environmental activists such as Erin Brockovich have called it the worst leak in the United States since the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


U.S. top court to hear Missouri church's religious rights case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:39

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonThe Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide a religious rights case from Missouri in which a church contends the state violated the U.S. Constitution by denying it funds for a playground project due to a state ban on aid to religious organizations. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri, which operates a daycare center, had wanted funds from a state program that awards grants for resurfacing playgrounds using recycled tires so it could replace its playground's rock surface. The church's legal argument is that Missouri's action effectively discriminates against religious groups by banning them from a program that is wholly secular.


U.S. top court to hear Missouri church's religious rights case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:39

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonThe Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide a religious rights case from Missouri in which a church contends the state violated the U.S. Constitution by denying it funds for a playground project due to a state ban on aid to religious organizations. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri, which operates a daycare center, had wanted funds from a state program that awards grants for resurfacing playgrounds using recycled tires so it could replace its playground's rock surface. The church's legal argument is that Missouri's action effectively discriminates against religious groups by banning them from a program that is wholly secular.


Tennessee couple with one of three winning Powerball jackpot tickets to keep jobs

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:31
By Harrison McClary NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A Tennessee couple holding one of three winning tickets for this week's record $1.6 billion U.S. Powerball lottery jackpot said on Friday they will keep their jobs because "you just can't sit down and do nothing." Lisa and John Robinson of Munford, Tennessee, appeared at a press conference at the Tennessee Lottery's offices with their adult daughter Tiffany and black and white dog Abby and said they would take their $528.8 million share in an immediate cash payment instead of annual payments over 29 years. "We're going to take the lump sum because we're not guaranteed tomorrow," John Robinson said.

Coroner IDs suspect who died while in police custody

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:30
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis authorities are investigating the death of a domestic violence suspect who was arrested "without incident," complained of chest pain, went into cardiac arrest and died.

Stock market slides again; worst two-week start to a year

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:27

Stock market slides again; worst two-week start to a yearNever before has Wall Street gotten off to a worse start to a year.


Botched French drug trial leaves 1 brain dead, 5 in hospital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:27

French Health Minister Marisol Touraine, left, and Professor Gilles Edan, the chief neuroscientist at Rennes Hospital, address the media during a press conference held in Rennes, western France, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Six previously healthy medical volunteers have been hospitalized — including one man who is now brain dead — after taking part in a botched drug test at the Biotrial lab in western France, the French Health Ministry said Friday. (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS (AP) — One man was brain dead and three others faced possible permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a drug trial for a painkiller based on a natural brain compound similar to the active ingredient in marijuana, French authorities said Friday.


Should lottery winners' names be secret? States debate issue

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:23

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, a customer buys six Powerball tickets in hopes of winning a 500 million dollar jackpot at a BP gas station in Calumet Park, Ill. Even an eye-popping jackpot isn’t enough to buy anonymity for many lottery winners, whose names are often made public by state law. But now it’s becoming increasingly possible for big winners to hide their identity, and lottery executives are trying to strike a balance between ensuring privacy and safety while still proving to the public that real people can win. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even a jackpot isn't enough to buy anonymity for many lottery winners, whose names are often made public by state law.


U.S. top court to hear Virginia ex-governor's corruption appeal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:16

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell addresses the media after his sentencing hearing in RichmondThe U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell's appeal of his conviction on corruption charges involving a businessman seeking to promote a dietary supplement. McDonnell, once a rising star in the Republican Party, and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in 2014 of taking $177,000 in gifts and loans from Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams in a trial that laid bare the couple's financial and marital troubles.


Man critical, driver at large after hit-and-run crash in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:16

Man critical, driver at large after hit-and-run crash in Hunting ParkPhiladelphia police say a 45-year-old man is in critical condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Hunting Park.


The Latest: Phoenix bus drivers' union accepts new deal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:06
PHOENIX (AP) — The latest on a tentative agreement in Phoenix's weeklong bus strike (all times local):

Arkansas jury convicts man of capital murder, kidnapping in real estate agent's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:03
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas jury convicts man of capital murder, kidnapping in real estate agent's death.

Woman trapped, driver hurt after car slams into home in Wilmington, Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:02

Woman trapped, driver hurt after car slams into home in Wilmington, DelawareFirefighters had to rescue a woman after a vehicle crashed straight into her house in Wilmington, Delaware.


The Latest: Cosmopolitan says no parking fees like MGM

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 06:01

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, cars drive into the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Casino giant MGM Resorts International will announce Friday, Jan. 15, that it plans to begin charging visitors for parking this year at some of its properties in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest on the plan by MGM Resorts International to charge for parking on the Las Vegas Strip (all times local):


Virginia, Missouri limit media access at state Capitols

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 05:53

FILE - In this May 15, 2015 file photo, Missouri Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, left, talks with Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Richard sponsored a rule change that will remove the press from the senate floor, a move that came after some lawmakers complained that reporters had quoted them on Twitter from conversations they deemed to be private. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — For decades, reporters in Virginia have been allowed to sit on the Senate floor so they could fully see the arm-twisting and other interactions between lawmakers. That suddenly changed this week: Media arrived to find their work tables removed, with security guards telling them they would be relegated to an upstairs visitors' gallery.


Immigration lawyer pleads guilty in forged document case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 05:50
SEATTLE (AP) — A former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney pleaded guilty Friday after prosecutors said he forged a document to make it look like a Mexican citizen who wanted to stay in the U.S. was not eligible to do so.

S. Phila. man ordered to rehab after hitting dog with baseball bat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 05:48

S. Phila. man ordered to rehab after hitting dog with baseball batA South Philadelphia man has been ordered to complete a rehab program after being charged with hitting his ex-girlfriend's dog with a baseball bat.


Flames rip through 4 homes in Burlington, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 05:37

Flames rip through 4 homes in Burlington, N.J.Almost two dozen people are out of their homes because of a massive fire that ripped through a block of row homes in South Jersey on Friday.


U.S. justices take no action on Obama immigration case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 05:35

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at naturalization ceremony at the National Archives Museum in WashingtonThe U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took no immediate action on whether it will hear President Barack Obama's bid to revive his plan to shield more than 4 million immigrants from deportation, a move that bypassed the Republican-led Congress. The court could make an announcement next week on whether it will hear the immigration dispute. If the justices hear the case it would become one of the centerpiece cases of its current term, which runs until June.


Gov. Snyder asks Obama for federal aid in Flint water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 05:33
DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan can't meet all the needs of Flint residents whose water system has been contaminated by lead, Gov. Rick Snyder said in a request for a federal disaster declaration and millions of dollars that could pay for clean water, filters and other essentials.