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Gag order lifted in Massey ex-CEO's trial over fatal West Virginia mine blast

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 07:00
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A federal appeals court lifted a sweeping gag order on Thursday that sealed court documents and barred participants from talking about a West Virginia criminal case stemming from the worst U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ordered the U.S. District Court in Beckley, West Virginia, to lift the gag order in the case against former Massey Energy Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship.

Can Etsy keep its folksy brand and make shareholders money?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:58

This Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 photo shows an Etsy mobile credit card reader, in New York. If craft seller Etsy goes public later this year it will be a test of how well the company can balance an explicit social mission with shareholder expectations for making money. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — If craft seller Etsy goes public later this year it will be a test of how well the company can balance an explicit social mission with shareholder expectations for making money.


US draft urges UN to condemn use of chlorine in Syria

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:54
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has circulated a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council that condemns the use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine in Syria without assigning blame, while threatening militarily enforced action in the case of further violations. The council will vote on it Friday morning.

Cardinal Edward Egan, former New York archbishop, dies at 82

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:52

Cardinal Edward Egan waves to crowd in front of St. Patricks Cathedral during Easter Parade in New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cardinal Edward Egan, a former Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, who won praise for his leadership after the Sept. 11 attacks but was criticized for his handling of a clergy sex abuse scandal, died on Thursday at age 82. Egan, considered an expert in theology and canon law, was pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m. (1920 GMT) at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he was taken after eating lunch at his residence, the archdiocese said in a statement. As archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, Egan was praised for the role he played as spiritual leader of the city's Catholic community after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center. "Cardinal Egan spread love and knowledge, and brought comfort to countless New Yorkers and others across the country and the world who sought his guidance and counsel – especially in the aftermath of 9/11," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.


Washington state woman files wrongful death lawsuit over superbug infection

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:51
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state woman has filed a lawsuit against a hospital and a leading medical-device manufacturer claiming her husband died from a drug-resistant "superbug" he contracted from a contaminated medical scope, her lawyer said on Thursday. Theresa Bigler, of Woodway, is seeking unspecified monetary damages for the death of her husband Richard Bigler, 57, who died in 2013 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Bigler's attorney, Joel Cunningham, said his death certificate also lists a drug-resistant form of E. coli bacteria as contributing to his demise. Bigler was among 31 people infected in an outbreak at Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center between 2012 and 2014 that was spread through medical devices called duodenoscopes that the hospital said harbor the germs even after being cleaned to manufacturer and federal guidelines.

Woman admits role in arson that killed 15-year-old son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:50
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri woman who authorities said schemed with her ex-husband to defraud hundreds of thousands of dollars from insurers with house fires pleaded guilty Thursday for her role in a 2001 blaze that killed the couple's 15-year-old son.

Pride, frustration in Selma 50 years after 'Bloody Sunday' march

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:46

Carter of Tuscaloosa holds a sign as she waits on a commemorative march in Selma, AlabamaBy Kia Johnson SELMA, Ala. (Reuters) - Lynda Lowery still bears a scar above her right eye from the beating she took from a policeman's club 50 years ago on "Bloody Sunday," when roughly 600 peaceful civil rights activists were attacked crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. In an interview with Reuters last week, Lowery said her frustration extended to those protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, by a white police officer last year in Ferguson, Missouri. You have elected what you hate, or what hates you," said Lowery, now a mental health counselor in Selma. Ricky Brown, 59, who returned to Selma last year from Michigan after three decades away, recalls being kept home by his mother on the day of the march.


FDA study finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:46

FILE - In this June 8, 2007 file photo, a glass of milk sits on the table in Montgomery, Ala. In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms. In response to concerns, the agency in 2012 took samples of raw milk on the farms and tested them for 31 drugs. Results released by the agency Thursday show that less than 1 percent of the total samples showed any evidence of drug residue. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.


Two GM workers sue carmaker for not allowing unpaid religious days

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:44
By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Two General Motors Co workers at its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant have sued the No. 1 U.S. automaker and are seeking class-action status, claiming the company violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by denying them unpaid religious days off. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Forth Worth, Texas, charged the company with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act "by denying a reasonable religious accommodation" to James Robinson III, a Seventh-day Sabbatarian, and Chris Scruggs, a Messianic Jew, who had previously taken off religious holidays without pay. Robinson and Scruggs are seeking class-action status for the lawsuit, an injunction allowing them and similar employees to take unpaid leave on holy days in accordance with their religious beliefs, unspecified lost wages, and punitive and compensatory damages, and legal fees, according to the lawsuit. GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey said it was premature for the company to comment because it had not formally been served with the lawsuit.

Washington sledders ignore police ban, slide down Capitol Hill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:44

Children sled on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol during a snow storm in WashingtonDozens of people staged a "sled-in" on Capitol Hill on Thursday during a late-winter snowstorm, ignoring a police ban on sledding on the grounds of the white-domed symbol of U.S. democracy. "We're out here sledding for America," Mai Fernandez told Reuters Television after she skidded down the hill with her dog, Ariel, in her lap. Sledding has been prohibited on Capitol Hill for security reasons since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. U.S. Capitol Police said recently they would enforce the ban.


Experts: Ferguson must move quickly to rebuild public trust

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:44

Michael Brown Sr., right, father of Michael Brown, listens as attorney Daryl Parks, center, talks to reporters during a news conference Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Dellwood, Mo. Neither his former wife Lesley McSpadden or Brown spoke or took questions. The Justice Department Wednesday cleared former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of their 18-year-old son Michael Jr., but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The federal government's withering report on the Ferguson Police Department issued a stern mandate to city leaders: Reform your law-enforcement practices and rebuild relations with the black community.


Businesses back gay marriage, top U.S. court sets argument date

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:42

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Big business rallied behind the gay marriage cause on Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments for April 28 on the contentious social issue that promises to yield one of the justices' most important rulings of 2015. A total of 379 businesses and groups representing employers across various sectors, including Google Inc, American Airlines Group Inc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Johnson & Johnson, have signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief in support of gay marriage that was filed on Thursday. Various supporters of gay marriage are filing similar briefs ahead of a Friday deadline. One was filed on behalf of dozens of prominent conservatives, including former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman and David Koch, one of the billionaire Koch brothers known for donating to right-leaning political causes.


Exclusive: White House mulled, then balked at curbing explosive gas on oil trains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:38

Train transports make their way along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail line outside of Williston, North DakotaBy Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration weighed national standards to control explosive gas in oil trains last year but rejected the move, deciding instead to leave new rules to North Dakota, where much of the fuel originates. Current and former administration officials told Reuters they were unsure if they had the power to force the energy industry to drain volatile gas from crude oil originating in North Dakota's fields. Instead, they opted to back North Dakota's effort to remove the cocktail of explosive gas - known in the industry as 'light ends' - and rely on the state to contain the risk. The administration's internal debate shows that concern about the risks associated with oil trains reached the upper level of the White House.


Man who fired at U.S. spy agency headquarters heard voices: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:36
A Maryland man accused of firing at the National Security Agency headquarters and four other shootings has said he was hearing voices when he opened fire, according to charging documents. The suspect, Hong Young, 35, of Beltsville, Maryland, told officers when he was arrested late on Tuesday that the voices made him carry out the shootings, according to charging documents provided by Anne Arundel County police on Thursday. Young admitted to police that he opened fire on the NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Tuesday, striking a building, police said. Young also admitted his involvement in four other shooting incidents in Washington's Maryland suburbs since Feb. 24.

Second man charged in deadly LA street race

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:35
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who allegedly helped organize an illegal Los Angeles street race that killed two spectators has been charged with two counts of murder.

Ride-sharing firm Uber pulling out of San Antonio over regulations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:35
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Ride-sharing firm Uber plans to pull its service in San Antonio as of April 1 after the city council there voted to revise some of the city's transportation regulations, but not enough for Uber's liking, the company said on Thursday. In December, after nearly a year of sometimes heated debate, San Antonio approved rules that would give smartphone-enabled ride services the right to compete with regular taxi drivers, but with regulations largely fashioned by the taxi industry. San Antonio, the seventh largest U.S. city in terms of population and with a major convention trade, later rolled back many of the regulations.

Police officer shot in the head in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:34

Police officer shot 3 times in North PhiladelphiaA police officer was shot in the head in North Philadelphia and at least one person has been taken in for questioning.


Military recognizes WikiLeaks defendant Manning as a woman

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — A military appeals court is recognizing the transgender defendant accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks as a woman.

Police officer shot in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 06:00

Police officer shot in North PhiladelphiaA police officer has been rushed to the hospital after being shot in North Philadelphia.