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Winds blow smoke from forest fires in Canada into Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 01:03
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A haze blanketed much of the Midwest on Tuesday as strong winds carried smoke from forest fires in Canada thousands of miles to the south, prompting health warnings in at least two states.

California tribe eyes bid for gun maker Colt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 01:02
"Colt is an iconic business and we're sort of intensely interested in helping a business like that," Drew Ryce, attorney for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, told Reuters on Tuesday. "Colt is the Gun that Won the West. Ryce said the Banning, California-based tribe was looking to diversify its economy and an East Coast manufacturer would balance the tribe's focus on retail, gambling and hospitality in Southern California.

Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:53
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Supreme Court says the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state's constitution.

Nearly one in three Americans owns a gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:44

Gloria Lincoln-Thompson carries her 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol in her waist band during a rally in support of the Michigan Open Carry gun law in Romulus, MichiganGun ownership was closely tied to “social gun culture,” wherein family and friends also own guns and think less of non-gun owners, researchers found. “Considering the presence of deeply rooted gun culture and the estimated number of guns in the U.S. to be 310 million, we (suspected) that social gun culture is associated with gun ownership,” said lead author Dr. Bindu Kalesan of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. “This association was strong even after removing the effect of other factors such as presence of gun laws and gun deaths,” Kalesan told Reuters Health by email.


Nearly one in three Americans owns a gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:44

Gloria Lincoln-Thompson carries her 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol in her waist band during a rally in support of the Michigan Open Carry gun law in Romulus, MichiganGun ownership was closely tied to “social gun culture,” wherein family and friends also own guns and think less of non-gun owners, researchers found. “Considering the presence of deeply rooted gun culture and the estimated number of guns in the U.S. to be 310 million, we (suspected) that social gun culture is associated with gun ownership,” said lead author Dr. Bindu Kalesan of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. “This association was strong even after removing the effect of other factors such as presence of gun laws and gun deaths,” Kalesan told Reuters Health by email.


AccuWeather: Warm and Humid, T'Storms Today

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:44

 Warm and Humid, T'Storms TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says some storms could be gusty with drenching downpours.


Maryland governor feeling 'really strong' amid chemotherapy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:42
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's "feeling really strong" as he nears the end of his first round of cancer chemotherapy.

ConAgra to sell store-brand food business

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:42

Flags fly over ConAgra Foods world headquarters in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to sell its faltering business that makes store-brand packaged food just two years after spending $5 billion to beef it up by buying the private-label food maker Ralcorp. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)NEW YORK (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to sell its faltering business that makes store-brand packaged food just two years after spending $5 billion to beef it up by buying the private-label foodmaker Ralcorp.


ConAgra to sell store-brand food business

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:42

Flags fly over ConAgra Foods world headquarters in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to sell its faltering business that makes store-brand packaged food just two years after spending $5 billion to beef it up by buying the private-label food maker Ralcorp. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)NEW YORK (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to sell its faltering business that makes store-brand packaged food just two years after spending $5 billion to beef it up by buying the private-label foodmaker Ralcorp.


Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:36

In this June 26, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will propose requiring overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week, three individuals familiar with the plan said Monday, June 29. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.


Baby dies after pregnant woman shot in West Oak Lane

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:31

Baby dies after pregnant woman shot in West Oak LanePolice are looking for two suspects after a shooting in West Oak Lane that left a pregnant woman and a man wounded and claimed the life of the woman's unborn child.


UCC church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:30
NEW YORK (AP) — The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy.

4th set of triplets delivered at California hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:28
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors at a Central California hospital have delivered a fourth set of triplets in the last four weeks.

4th set of triplets delivered at California hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:28
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors at a Central California hospital have delivered a fourth set of triplets in the last four weeks.

Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:23

Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world'New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepared Tuesday to launch his 2016 campaign for president, telling his most loyal supporters that he's ready to begin what he called a "noble" effort to "lead our country and to change the world."


Obama seeks overtime rules revamp that could help 5 million workers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:18

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after signing the Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act and Trade Preference Extension Act of 2015 during ceremony at White House in WashingtonUnder the proposal, the maximum income a salaried worker could earn and still be eligible for mandatory overtime pay would rise to $50,440 from $23,660, the first significant change in four decades. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said millions of workers would earn an estimated $1.3 billion in additional wages annually. Others would work less hours for the same amount of money, and many businesses would create new part-time positions to fill the gap, he said.


All lanes reopened after dump truck overturns on Pa. Turnpike

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:18

All lanes reopened after dump truck overturns on Pa. TurnpikeAll lanes and ramps from I-276 westbound to I-476 northbound and southbound have reopened, nearly five hours after a dump truck overturned, trapping the driver in the wreckage.


Florida cracks down on people posing pets as service animals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:10
People who try to sneak their pets into restaurants, airplanes and other public places by claiming they are specially trained service animals could face 60 days in jail under a Florida law taking effect on Wednesday.    "I love my cat," Florida state Representative Jimmy Smith, a Republican who sponsored the legislation, said on Tuesday. Pet owners can easily obtain service animal vests and registration documents, even for untrained pets, by sending as little as $75 to otherwise legitimate training facilities.

Florida cracks down on people posing pets as service animals

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:10
People who try to sneak their pets into restaurants, airplanes and other public places by claiming they are specially trained service animals could face 60 days in jail under a Florida law taking effect on Wednesday.    "I love my cat," Florida state Representative Jimmy Smith, a Republican who sponsored the legislation, said on Tuesday. Pet owners can easily obtain service animal vests and registration documents, even for untrained pets, by sending as little as $75 to otherwise legitimate training facilities.

US church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:09
NEW YORK (AP) — The United Church of Christ has voted to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.