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Exclusive: USDA Secretary orders update of agency's animal welfare research strategy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:22

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivers keynote remarks at the public launch of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba while at the National Press Club in WashingtonBy P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - (This Jan 23 story corrects name of service throughout to Agricultural Research Service) U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. The emailed memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, head of the agency's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), was sent to all ARS employees on Friday afternoon in response to recent media reports over controversial animal welfare conditions at its U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. In addition, an independent panel will be convened to review the group's animal handling protocols, policies and research practices. Agricultural Research Service officials could not be reached for comment on Friday evening.


Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:15

This undated photo provided by the Westchester County District Attorney’s office shows Lacey Spears, who was indicted June 17, 2014, in White Plains, N.Y., on charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the death of her son, 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears. Her trial begins Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Westchester County District Attorney)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.


Court rules for company seeking to trim retiree health costs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court is ordering lower courts to take a new look at a dispute over a chemical company's efforts to cut costs in its health plan for retired workers.

6abc School Closings and Delays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:49

6abc School Closings and DelaysSee the latest school closings, delays and early dismissals sent to Action News and 6abc.com.


California turkey farm quarantined after bird flu detected

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:43
By Theopolis Waters CHICAGO (Reuters) - A California turkey farm has been quarantined after confirmation of the first case of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Pacific Northwest and in a commercial flock, the U.S. government said. The news on Saturday came just weeks after China banned U.S. poultry after an outbreak of another strain of bird flu in the Pacific Northwest. In the latest outbreak, Foster Farms said in a statement that it had informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture after detecting the H5N8 strain on a single turkey ranch in Stanislaus County following routine testing. State and government labs confirmed the findings from samples submitted by Foster Farms, which had experienced a spike in bird deaths, according to the USDA.

NY man is lone combat vet returning to scene of WWII battle

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:43
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A World War II combat veteran from upstate New York is returning to the scene of a bloody Pacific island battle as an army of one.

Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:05

In this Jan. 4, 2015 photo, the computer, modem and intranet network cabling belonging to Rafael Antonio Broche Moreno sits on a desk at his home in Havana. Home Internet connections are banned for all but a handful of Cubans, and the government charges nearly a quarter of a month’s salary for an hour online in government-run hotels and Internet centers. But a small minority have covertly engineered a partial solution by pooling funds to create a private network of more than 9,000 computers with small, inexpensive but powerful hidden Wi-Fi antennas and Ethernet cables strung over streets and rooftops spanning the entire city. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.


Students, teachers hospitalized after chemistry lab mishap in N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:03

Students, teachers hospitalized after chemistry lab mishap in N.J.Gloucester County emergency crews responded to a high school after a chemistry lab mishap Monday morning.


Man apparently commits suicide with gun in midtown Manhattan

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:46

News Corp buildingPolice say a man has apparently shot himself to death outside the News Corp. building in midtown Manhattan. The 41-year-old man died after the shooting at about 9 a.m. Monday. Authorities aren't certain ...


New Jersey school evacuated after chemistry lab 'mishap'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:41
WOOLWICH, N.J. (AP) — Students have returned to class in a New Jersey high school that had been evacuated after what police called a chemistry lab "mishap" that sent a dozen students and five faculty members to a hospital.

U.S. markets stick to regular hours with pending storm

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:31
U.S. financial markets sought to do business as usual on Monday even though a potentially historic blizzard might dump up to 3 feet (90 cm) of snow on the East Coast and disrupt travel for tens of millions of people. The New York Stock Exchange said it currently plans to stay open for normal operating hours Monday and Tuesday, a NYSE spokesman said. Meanwhile, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, which represents U.S. bond dealers and investors, said the domestic fixed income market will stick to its regular trading hours Monday and Tuesday, a SIFMA spokeswoman said. I don’t suspect it will be an issue at all," said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O’Neil Securities in New York.

United Airlines cancels all Tuesday flights from major Northeast hubs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:25
(Reuters) - United Airlines said on Monday it will cancel all of its Tuesday flights from the New York area, Boston and Philadelphia as a potentially historic blizzard rips through the Northeast. The carrier said its operations at other airports throughout the Northeast will be affected as well. Certain Monday evening flights will be delayed and canceled because of the weather conditions, it added. United is waiving change fees to rebook travel for affected customers, the release said. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

United Airlines cancels all Tuesday flights from major Northeast hubs

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:25
(Reuters) - United Airlines said on Monday it will cancel all of its Tuesday flights from the New York area, Boston and Philadelphia as a potentially historic blizzard rips through the Northeast. The carrier said its operations at other airports throughout the Northeast will be affected as well. Certain Monday evening flights will be delayed and canceled because of the weather conditions, it added. United is waiving change fees to rebook travel for affected customers, the release said. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

Don't risk a heart attack! Here's how to safely shovel snow

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:23

Don't risk a heart attack! Here's how to safely shovel snowShoveling snow is a tough job, and the increased workload and the risks associated with cold weather could be a dangerous combination.


Don't risk a heart attack! Here's how to safely shovel snow

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:23

Don't risk a heart attack! Here's how to safely shovel snowShoveling snow is a tough job, and the increased workload and the risks associated with cold weather could be a dangerous combination.


Judge puts Alabama same-sex marriages on hold after striking down ban

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 22:49
(Reuters) - Same-sex couples in Alabama will have to put their wedding plans on hold after a federal judge issued a two-week stay on her ruling that struck down the state's laws banning gay marriages, including those performed legally in other states. U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade said in an order issued on Sunday that she would give the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals until Feb. 9 to decide whether gay marriages should continue to be delayed in the state. The stay came two days after Granade ruled that Alabama's prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, clearing the way for the conservative southern state to become the 37th U.S. state to allow same-sex couples to wed. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange immediately asked for a stay, arguing it was best to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court decides later this year whether states can ban gay marriage.

Police ID 2 co-workers killed in NYC Home Depot shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 22:27
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have identified the two co-workers killed in a shooting at a Home Depot store in Manhattan.

Photographer, wife conspire to surprise husband with baby news during photo shoot

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 22:10

Photographer, wife conspire to surprise husband with baby news during photo shootPhotographer Kendra Swalls had an idea she had always wanted to try. During a husband-wife photo shoot, she captured the moment when the husband read the words, "We've having a baby!"


Malaysia Air site hacked, some customer data appears online

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 21:56

Workers stand behind a computer which shows the hacked website of Malaysia Airlines, at a cafe in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The airline's site was changed on Monday, at first with a message saying "404 - Plane Not Found" and that it was "Hacked by Cyber Caliphate." The browser tab for the website said "ISIS will prevail." (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)HONG KONG (AP) — Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines on Monday and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.


Seekers of the Hollywood Sign disrupt nearby neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 21:46

Tourists take their pictures with the Hollywood Sign in the background, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar - the people they see on TV and in the movies. They are the seekers of the Hollywood Sign, that symbol of the Land of the Rich and Famous. And just like those on pilgrimages to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome or the Acropolis in Greece, they press to get just as close as they can to the immortality the symbol represents. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like pilgrims flocking to a holy shrine, they come from all over the world to pay homage, not to a deity but to something similar — the people they see on TV and in the movies.