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Fishing regulators approve some New England habitat changes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:59
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England's fishing grounds.

Prosecutors boost claims against ex-NY Assembly speaker

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:52
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors added charges Thursday against former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, saying he did "certain official" favors for an investor who had access to high-yield investment opportunities so he could earn higher rates from his criminal proceeds.

Judge who was censured over rape comments to receive award

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:52
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge who was censured by the state's high court for his comments about a 14-year-old rape victim has been chosen for a lifetime achievement award by his local bar association.

Blue Bell closing all 3 creameries for training, cleaning

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:49
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries says it will close all three of its creameries in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama for intensive cleaning and employee training in response to listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream.

Atlantic City power supplier agrees to turn the lights on at Revel

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:48
By William H. Sokolic ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Reuters) - After a two-week blackout at Atlantic City's Revel Casino, a power supplier has agreed to turn the lights back on at the failed gambling resort under a temporary deal reached in court with its new owner. With a hearing scheduled for Monday to reconsider a temporary restraining order to block owner Glenn Straub from using generators, ACR Energy Partners agreed to supply enough electricity to run a fire control system for two weeks. "The parties have said that they are interested in exploring with each other whether there is any meeting ground for a long-term agreement or a buyout," Judge Jerome Simandle said on Tuesday. ACR, formed to supply the Revel complex with electricity when it opened in 2012, has said it would shut off power until Straub agreed to abide by a 30-year supply agreement it had with the Revel's former owners, and pay the hefty bills they accrued.

Two Dallas police officers cleared of wrongdoing in fatal shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:39
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two Dallas police officers who shot and killed a mentally ill man holding a screwdriver last year will not be indicted, a grand jury decided on Thursday. Officers John Rogers and Andrew Hutchins shot Jason Harrison, 38, who suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, after they ordered him to drop the screwdriver he was holding, according to the Dallas Morning News. A Dallas Police spokesman said when the video was released that the officers feared for their lives. Harrison’s mother called police on June 14, 2014, to ask them to help her son who was suffering a mental crisis, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Minnesota declares state of emergency over bird flu in poultry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:31

An egg-producing chicken farm run by Sunrise Farm is seen in HarrisBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country. It followed Wisconsin's action on Monday. The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of bird flu has been identified on 46 Minnesota farms in 16 counties and affected more than 2.6 million birds in the state. State health officials said they were expediting prescriptions for the antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks.

Woman accusing Las Vegas police, officer of excessive force

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:29

Ariana Mason attends a news conference as her attorney E. Brent Bryson holds up a picture of her Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Mason is suing Las Vegas police and an officer she says smashed her face into a glass topped table during her arrest during a scuffle last August at a Strip resort nightclub. The excessive force lawsuit says Mason suffered broken teeth and facial gashes from broken glass. The lawsuit concedes that she punched the officer, but it alleges he didn't initially identify himself. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 21-year-old Los Angeles fashion designer said Thursday she's suing Las Vegas police and a uniformed officer she says smashed her face into a marble and glass table during her arrest in the lobby of a Strip casino resort.

Factbox: U.S. bird flu outbreak in poultry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:27
(Reuters) - Minnesota has joined Wisconsin in declaring a state of emergency over an outbreak of bird flu in poultry that has led to the deaths of more than 7 million birds this year. Minnesota is also speeding up prescriptions of antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks. No infections have been reported in humans. ...

Rescuers free worker trapped at Northeast Philadelphia construction site

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:26

Rescuers free worker trapped at Northeast Philadelphia construction siteA worker has been freed following a construction accident in Northeast Philadelphia.

Reports say Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:22

Reports say Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bidComcast is abandoning its $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, according to media reports.

Judge in Colorado theater shooting case won't move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:18
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied defense attorneys' longstanding request to move the trial to another county.

Ex-NY Assembly speaker faces new charges, including over investment

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:18

Former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver arrives for his arraignment hearing, at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors unveiled new charges against former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Thursday, accusing him of taking official actions on behalf of an investor who provided access to a high-return, low-risk investment vehicle. A revised indictment issued by a Manhattan federal grand jury added four new counts to three earlier ones facing the Democratic politician, who was first hit with public corruption charges in January. Beyond charges of honest services mail and wire fraud and extortion, the indictment says Silver engaged in monetary transactions involving crime proceeds by investing money from the scheme in a private investment vehicle. His lawyers, Joel Cohen and Steven Molo, said in a joint statement that the filing was "an attempt by the government to address defects in the indictment that we raised in our motion to dismiss." Silver, 71, was previously accused of using his position at a law firm to conceal more than $3 million earned referring asbestos sufferers to the firm from a doctor whose research received secret benefits, including $500,000 in state grants.

Microsoft results show company's shift, but is it enough?

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:13

This Jan. 21, 2015 photo shows Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaking at an event demonstrating new features of its flagship operating system Windows at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft will report earnings Thursday April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is changing its business. The question is whether it's changing fast enough.

Dog rescued in Kansas after 13 days under concrete slab

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:11

Lucy, a 4-year-old miniature dachshund, at her Derby, Ks home Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Lucy was rescued from underneath a concrete slab in her backyard, where she had been trapped for 13 days. (Matt Riedl/The Wichita Eagle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT LOCAL STATIONS OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTDERBY, Kan. (AP) — A miniature dachshund has been rescued after spending 13 days trapped underneath a concrete slab at her home in Kansas.

Coyote urban: String of sightings in Manhattan this year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:07

In this photo taken the morning of April 22, 2015, and released by the 24th Precinct of the New York City Police Dept., on Thursday April 23, 2015, a coyote walks in New York City's Riverside Park, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. While the animals have been spotted periodically in New York since the 1990s and have taken up residence in some Bronx parks, a string of sightings and captures in Manhattan and other unexpected locales in recent months has drawn new attention to them. And experts expect to see more of the adaptable animals in the nation’s biggest city. (New York City Police Dept. via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — One moseyed around Manhattan's East Village. Another was caught in trendy Chelsea. Yet another rambled through a Hudson River park this week.

Ex-general, CIA chief Petraeus gets probation, $100,000 fine in leak case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:02

Former CIA director David Petraeus arrives at the Federal Courthouse in CharlotteBy Colleen Jenkins CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) - Former U.S. military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a$100,000 fine but was spared prison time on Thursday after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information. He agreed under a plea deal to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler raised the fine from the $40,000 that had been recommended to the maximum possible financial penalty for that charge, noting it needed to be higher to be punitive and reflect the gravity of the offense. He resigned from the CIA in 2012 after it was revealed that he was having an affair with the biographer, Army Reserve officer Paula Broadwell.

Colorado driver shot in neck; similar incidents investigated

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:56
WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — A 20-year-old woman was shot in the neck while driving on a major highway in Colorado and investigators were trying to determine if the attack was related to three similar incidents in the area, authorities said Thursday.

Judge in Colorado movie massacre case denies request to move trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:54
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The judge overseeing Colorado's movie theater massacre case denied a request by lawyers for James Holmes to move his upcoming trial out of the county where he fatally shot 12 people, court papers showed on Thursday.

Utah sex offender stole school bus, tried to lure kids -police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 06:52
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender in Utah stole an empty school bus and tried to pick up children in a small town before residents called police and he was arrested, authorities said on Thursday. Patrick James Fredericksen, 30, found a list of names and directions aboard the vehicle when he stole it in Cleveland on Monday, said Janalee Luke of the Emery County Sheriff's Office. Fredericksen then asked a woman for directions to another child's house, but she also thought he looked suspicious and called authorities, police said. In jail, he broke a water pipe in his cell, flooding it and the booking area, police said.