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People not vaccinated for measles urged to avoid Disneyland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — People who haven't been vaccinated against measles, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disneyland after new infections were linked to the theme park, California public health officials said Wednesday.

U.S. refinery workers, oil firms start talks for new contract

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:05
Union and oil company negotiators began talks on Wednesday for a new nationwide contract covering hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity, according to a union spokeswoman. The current three-year agreement between the United Steelworkers union (USW) and oil companies is set to expire on Feb. 1. Royal Dutch Shell Plc is leading the talks on behalf of companies ranging from supermajors such as Exxon Mobil Corp and BP Plc to smaller companies such as HollyFrontier Corp and Delek. USW International Vice President Gary Beevers will be across the negotiating table on behalf of hourly workers along with the union's Administrative Vice President Tom Conway.

Georgia man pleads guilty in airline-booking scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:02
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Georgia man who posed as an airline employee to make cut-rate reservations, then resold the tickets for thousands of dollars, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Jailed Virginia lawmaker charged with forgery, perjury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:44

In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 photo, Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico, watches the proceedings during the House of Delegates session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Morrissey, elected while jailed for a sex scandal, say voters rewarded him for his responsiveness to their concerns and ability to relate to their legal and economic struggles. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker who was just re-elected despite being jailed for a sex scandal with a teenager has been indicted on four new felony charges.

Nearly 3M gallons of brine spill; ND oil boom's largest leak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:40

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2015, crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)Nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling have leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, an official said Wednesday, the largest such spill since the state's current oil boom began and nearly three times worse than previous record spills. Two creeks have been affected, but the full environmental effect might not be clear for months.

Texas executes man convicted of killing 3 in San Antonio

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:31

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Arnold Prieto. Prieto is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015, for the 1993 slayings of three people during a robbery in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 41-year-old Texas prisoner was put to death Wednesday evening for the slayings of three people during a robbery at their San Antonio home more than 21 years ago.

California lawmakers introduce Oregon-style assisted suicide bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:27
California lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, an effort tearfully welcomed by a woman whose daughter moved to Oregon last year to avail herself of a death-with-dignity law there. The bill proposed by two Democratic state senators is similar to the physician-assisted suicide statute approved by Oregon voters in 1994. As in Oregon, it would require a determination from two doctors that a patient has six months or less to live before a drug to hasten death could be prescribed. The California bill also would emulate Oregon's law by requiring a patient seeking life-ending medical assistance to present two separate requests to an attending physician and for two witnesses to attest to the patient's wish to die.

Man gets 25-50 years in prison in medical student's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:24
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A 22-year-old man offered an apology Wednesday before being sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for his involvement in the 2013 fatal shooting of a University of Michigan medical student.

Boy, 3, dies after California condo fire that injured 9

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:15

Firefighters fight a blaze at an condominium complex in the 26000 block of La Zanja Street in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Southern California authorities say eight people were rushed to local hospitals with burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries after the apartment fire. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Fred Swegles) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say a 3-year-old boy has died after being severely injured in a fire that tore through a condominium without working smoke alarms.

Newtown votes to raze home of gunman in school massacre

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:09

In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza, in Newtown, Conn. The Newtown Legislative Council is voting Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 on a proposal recommended by the board of selectmen to raze the 3,100-square-foot home and keep the land as open space. The Colonial-style home where Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother has been transferred to the town in a deal with a bank. Nancy Lanza was killed there by her son before he forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, where he killed 20 first-graders and six educators. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Officials in Newtown have voted to tear down the home where Adam Lanza lived before he carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Officials begin testing mystery goo as bird death toll rises

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:07

A male surf scoter is washed at International Bird Rescue, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Fairfield, Calif. The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the feathers of the birds were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area officials have begun laboratory tests and necropsies on dead seabirds found coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like dirty rubber cement.

Judge: Jeffs' brothers can avoid some queries in labor probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:01

Nephi, left, and Lyle Jeffs leave the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. A federal judge says the brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm. Nephi and Lyle Jeffs, who are considered high-ranking members of the secretive sect, testified that their church doctrine bars them from talking about the group's dealings. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs can cite their religion in refusing to answer some questions about suspected child labor violations on a Utah pecan farm, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Texas executes man for 1993 triple murder in San Antonio home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:52

This May 27, 2008, file photo, shows the gurney in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the state paid $13,500 for its most recent batch of pentobarbital at a cost of $1,500 per vial. This compares to $350 per dose paid last year to a previous supplier that cut ties after backlash from death penalty opponents. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 41-year-old man convicted of stabbing three people to death with a screwdriver, including his great-uncle and great-aunt, in a San Antonio home robbery in 1993, a prison officials said. Arnold Prieto died at 6:31 p.m. CST at the state's prison death chamber in Huntsville after receiving a lethal injection, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. He was the 519th person executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Prieto and two other men went to the home of Rodolfo Rodriguez, 72, and his wife, Virginia, 62, who cooked the visitors breakfast.

Leaky breast implants delay bigamy trial in divorce of Florida congressman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:46

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson arrives for a classified meeting for Congress on the crisis in Syria on Capitol Hill in WashingtonU.S. Congressman Alan Grayson's divorce saga took another twist this week when his wife requested a court delay to seek emergency medical attention for leaky breast implants, according to court records. A trial in the Grayson divorce had been scheduled for Thursday, until chest pains sent Lolita Grayson to the hospital over the weekend, her attorney wrote in an emergency motion to continue the trial. The pain was "due to her breast implants leaking and a large amount of scar tissue in the chest area," said attorney Mercedes Wechsler in the filing, noting that emergency surgery was scheduled. Lolita Grayson filed for divorce last year, calling their marriage broken.

Montana oil spill renews worries over pipeline safety

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:44

Eric Held carries water to his vehicle at a public distribution center, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Glendive, Mont. A cancer-causing component of oil has been detected in the Glendive drinking water supply, just downstream from a crude oil spill that entered the Yellowstone River. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A second large oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about oversight of the nation's aging pipeline network.

Newtown council votes to raze home of man who killed 26 students, educators at Sandy Hook

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:44
NEWTOWN, Conn (AP) — Newtown council votes to raze home of man who killed 26 students, educators at Sandy Hook .

Ex-New Mexico lawman gets 10 years in bizarre road rage case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:41

Rep. Debbie Rodella, D-Espanola, the wife of former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, center, wearing sunglasses, is helped from the federal courthouse as family members and supporters leave, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Albuquerque, N.M., after the former lawman was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in a road rage case. Rodella was convicted in September 2014 of brandishing a firearm and depriving a motorist of his rights during a March traffic stop. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former New Mexico sheriff to 10 years in prison for abusing a driver in a bizarre, off-duty traffic stop that prosecutors described as a fit of road rage.

Fired teacher asks judge to reject request to reject verdict

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:40
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese's request that a federal judge throw out a jury's verdict that it discriminated against a former teacher fired for trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization raises arguments already decided, the woman's lawyer said in a document filed Wednesday.

11 of 12 Pats footballs underinflated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:37
Eleven of 12 footballs were inflated 2 pounds per square inch below what's required by NFL regulations during the Pats' 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, according to sources.

2 firefighters fired after homicide sparks ethics probe

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:25
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two state firefighters were fired Wednesday and another has resigned after an ethics investigation that stemmed from the killing of a battalion chief's girlfriend.