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Small copter lands on Capitol lawn; pilot in custody

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:18

Small copter lands on Capitol lawn; pilot in custodyPolice arrested a Florida Postal Service worker who steered his tiny aircraft onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after flying through restricted airspace around the National Mall on Wednesday.


Actress helps promote Phoenix jail's all-vegetarian meals

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:11

Actress Pamela Anderson takes the cover off a tray of steamed broccoli as she joins Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to serve the first all-vegetarian meal to inmates at the Maricopa County Jail Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Phoenix. Anderson, a PETA honorary director and long-time vegan, also toured Tent City after serving meals to the inmates. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Some inmates at the Maricopa County Jail did a double-take after seeing actress Pamela Anderson serving their lunches.


2 displaced in West Deptford house fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:00

2 displaced in West Deptford house fireTwo people were displaced after a fire damaged a home in West Deptford, New Jersey.


Man injured in fall on SEPTA tracks in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:58

Man injured in fall on SEPTA tracks in Center CityA man suffered injuries during a fall on SEPTA tracks in Center City.


California vaccine bill stalls; will come back next week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:57

Rhett Krawitt, 6, who could not be vaccinated while he was being treated for leukemia, speaks to lawmakers about approval of a measure requiring California schoolchildren to be vaccinated during a hearing of the Senate Education Committee, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. The bill authors, Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, agreed to postpone a vote until next week after lawmakers expressed concerns. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California vaccination bill that has generated intense debates pitting personal rights against public health stalled in the state Senate Wednesday, with lawmakers saying it could unconstitutionally deprive unvaccinated children of an adequate education by barring them from schools.


Marine helicopter is forced to land on California beach

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:38

30 a.m. after a low oil-pressure indicator light went on in the cockpit, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar said in a statement. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A huge Marine Corps helicopter made an emergency landing on a Southern California beach on Wednesday, bringing no damages or injuries but leaving an unforgettable spectacle for surrounding swimmers and sunbathers.


In drought-stricken California, cities push back against steep water cuts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:31

A man waters down the sidewalk outside Taco Bell in Los AngelesBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Cities set to feel the brunt of California's mandated cutbacks in water use pushed back on Wednesday, calling a plan by regulators to demand reductions of as much as 35 percent in some communities unfair. Water utilities in the areas surrounding the state capital of Sacramento, in line to face steep rationing despite years of conservation said factors such as leaks in the delivery system from streams and reservoirs, and the needs of big local water consumers like prisons and hospitals should be considered before a region was penalized. "I am not against severe conservation," said Rob Roscoe, General Manager of the Sacramento Suburban Water District, which serves about 173,000 people in Sacramento's northeastern suburbs. "But I want everybody playing from the same rulebook." Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown, standing in a dry mountain meadow that in a typical year would have been covered with five feet of snow, ordered a 25-percent statewide reduction in water use for urban areas.


Georgia police chief who shot ex-wife faces misdemeanor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:27

FILE - In this undated file photo released by the Peachtree City Police Department, Chief William McCollom poses for a photograph. The Georgia police chief who said he accidentally shot his ex-wife while they slept was indicted Wednesday, April 15, 2015, on a misdemeanor reckless-conduct charge, a prosecutor said. (Peachtree City Police Department via AP, File)ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia police chief who said he accidentally shot his ex-wife while they slept was indicted Wednesday on a misdemeanor reckless-conduct charge, a prosecutor said.


Man shot during attempted robbery in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 10:25

Man shot during attempted robbery in West PhiladelphiaA man was shot during what appears to have been an attempted robbery in West Philadelphia.


Common Core tests halted in 3 states because of server issue

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:59
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A problem with a computer server is stopping Common Core testing in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota after a previous technical issue delayed it last month, officials said.

Florida mayors call on residents to fight nuclear expansion project

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:58
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A group of South Florida mayors are escalating their campaign against plans to expand a nuclear power plant near Miami that involves constructing 100-foot (30-meter) tall transmissions lines through some of the area's toniest neighborhoods. Florida Power & Light Co [NEEPWR.UL] is seeking federal approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to add nuclear reactors to its Turkey Point plant in south Florida. Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado urged residents to speak against the project, which was approved by the Florida legislature last year.

Sterling's companion done in by her own words, recordings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:54

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, sits with V. Stiviano as they watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge ruled Tuiesday April 14, 2015 that the wife of the former Clippers owner is owed $2.6 million by V. Stiviano, a woman Donald Sterling showered with gifts. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recordings that Donald Sterling's companion made of his off-color remarks cost him ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers and cost her the benefits of a sugar daddy.


Home damaged in West Deptford fire

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:50

2 displaced in West Deptford house fireFlames and smoke damaged a home in West Deptford, New Jersey.


Coroner: Woman skirts crossing gate, is killed by train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:50
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An official says a woman drove her SUV around an active crossing gate and collided with an Amtrak train in Mississippi, dying within seconds.

U.S. defense official cites concerns about attacks on satellites

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:46

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Work speaks next to Strategic Command commander Adm. Haney at a news briefing to announce reforms to the nuclear enterprise at the Pentagon in WashingtonBy Andrea Shalal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on Wednesday underscored growing concerns about potential threats to key military and intelligence satellites, and said the U.S. government needed innovative and integrated ways to respond to any such attacks. Work told a classified session at the annual Space Symposium conference that space assets were "absolutely critical" to the U.S. military's ability to operate and fight future wars, and the Pentagon would take action to defend those assets, according to his spokeswoman, Lieutenant Commander Courtney Hillson. Work said government and industry needed to work together to find innovative ways to protect satellites and the networks used to operate them, she said. Work also said it was important to emphasize control of space assets as challenges arose, and that the U.S. government needed to respond in an integrated and coordinated manner if an adversary targeted those systems and capabilities.


Court rules GM shielded from death claims before bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:46

FILE - This April 21, 2009, file photo shows General Motors world headquarters in Detroit. A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday, April 15, 2015, that General Motors is shielded from death and injury claims potentially totaling billions of dollars tied to defective ignition switches in certain GM small cars. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars.


Chicago not releasing video of officer-involved shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:33

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, with corporation counsel Steve Patton by his side, presides over the Chicago City Council for the first time after being re-elected mayor, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Chicago. The Chicago City Council has approved a $5 million settlement with the family of a teenager who died after being shot by a police officer 16 times last October. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT CHICAGO TRIBUNE; CHICAGO SUN-TIMES OUT; DAILY HERALD OUT; NORTHWEST HERALD OUT; THE HERALD-NEWS OUT; DAILY CHRONICLE OUT; THE TIMES OF NORTHWEST INDIANA OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESCHICAGO (AP) — Months after a teenager was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the city is still refusing to release the dash-cam video of the fatal shooting and didn't even show it to aldermen Wednesday before they approved a $5 million settlement with the family.


Lawsuit alleges deputies fatally beat LA County jail inmate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of a Los Angeles County jail inmate has filed a $25 million lawsuit alleging guards fatally beat her son and then tried to cover up the attack.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:08

Ursula Ward, mother of shooting victim Odin Lloyd, looks up to the heavens as she talks about her deceased son outside Bristol County Superior Court Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Fall River, Mass., after former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Federal fisheries regulators halt West Coast sardine season

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 09:07
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators on Wednesday approved an early closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California to prevent overfishing.