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Minnesota Timberwolves win lottery for rights to No. 1 pick in NBA draft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:54
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost 66 games during the 2014-15 season, but they won big on Tuesday night. The Wolves won the NBA lottery and will pick first in this year's draft.

California farmers propose voluntary cuts

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:32
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.

What you need to know about the Takata air bag recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:31

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, left, accompanied by NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind, talks about the Takata air bag inflator recall, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Transportation Department in Washington. Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)DETROIT (AP) — A recall of air bags made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. now has the dubious distinction of being the largest in U.S. history.


U.S. charges six Chinese nationals with economic espionage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:23
By Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S government charged six Chinese nationals with economic espionage, saying they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. It was the third time in as many years that U.S. authorities have made accusations of economic espionage conducted on behalf of China, a sign that the United States is increasingly focused on what it has termed a top national security concern. The charges against the six could exacerbate tensions between China and the United States, coming two days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's China visit was overshadowed by concerns over Beijing's maritime ambitions in the South China Sea.

Groups warn Oregon mine militia dispute threatens democracy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:07
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A coalition of public policy advocates warned on Tuesday that a group of armed conservative activists who have been guarding a mine in southern Oregon for over a month are a sign of an emerging violent anti-government movement. Created by seven organizations including the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Catholics in Alliance for Common Good, Ballots Not Bullets is a response to an ongoing legal battle between the owners of a mining claim outside the small Oregon town of Medford and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  Sugar Pine Mine co-owner Rick Barclay summoned guards from the conservative Oath Keepers activist network following a stop-work order he received in March after BLM officials said equipment found on site did not meet requirements.     The armed guards were still guarding the mine as of Tuesday, Oath Keepers spokeswoman Mary Emerick said, although she would not say how many.

Expert panel criticizes medical care at Illinois prisons

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:55
CHICAGO (AP) — A scathing new report by court-approved researchers paints a bleak picture of medical care in Illinois prisons, describing treatment delays, haphazard follow-up care, chaotic record keeping and a litany of other problems that may have cut short the lives of some inmates.

Primary win sets up ex-councilman to be Philadelphia mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:51

Democratic mayoral candidate and former City Councilman Jim Kenney, center, reacts onstage after winning the primary election, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Philadelphia. The former longtime Philadelphia councilman with broad union backing is poised to become the next mayor of the nation's fifth largest city after his resounding win Tuesday in a six-way Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former longtime councilman with broad union backing is poised to become the next mayor of the nation's fifth-largest city after his resounding win Tuesday in a six-way Democratic primary.


Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma, at least one person hurt

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:49
(Reuters) - Tornadoes spun through parts of northern Texas and southern Oklahoma on Tuesday, damaging buildings and injuring at least one person, officials said. The National Weather Service said several twisters were reported in the region and at least one person was injured at a Ramada hotel in Lee County, Texas when a tornado hit just after noon local time. Local broadcaster KEYE said the man was hurt after debris smashed through a window and hit him in the face.

Judge allows union-fee lawsuit to proceed _ without Rauner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:47
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit over forced fees paid by non-union state workers may proceed, but without the governor participating, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Victim of sex assault in Philadelphia parking garage speaks, company responds to security inquiry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:45

Victim of sex assault in Philadelphia parking garage speaks, company responds to security inquiryIt has been more than four months since a young woman endured 20 minutes of a violent beating and sexual assault that has left her dealing with a number of physical repercussions and an infinite amount of emotional trauma.


Residents demand change from Wilmington mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:40

Residents demand change from Wilmington mayorThe mayor of Wilmington, Delaware went face-to-face with his constituents Tuesday night and found out what he already knew: a lot of them are really concerned about their city and its problems.


2 dead, 2 injured in Philadelphia shootings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:37

2 dead, 2 injured in Philadelphia shootingsTwo people are dead and two others injured after two shootings in Philadelphia Tuesday night.


Jim Kenney wins Democratic nomination for mayor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:33

Jim Kenney wins Democratic nomination for mayorA former longtime Philadelphia councilman with broad union backing is poised to become the next mayor of the nation's fifth largest city after his resounding win Tuesday in a six-way Democratic primary.


Beau Biden Undergoing Treatment at Walter Reed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:25
The vice president's son, Beau Biden, is undergoing treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Office of the Vice President confirmed to ABC News.

Minnesota Timberwolves win lottery, will pick first in NBA draft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:08
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost 66 games during the 2014-15 season, but they won big on Tuesday night. The Wolves won the NBA lottery and will pick first in this year's draft.

GOP primary for governor in Kentucky too close to call

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:03

Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer, left, signs in with poll worker Cybil Gordon before casting his vote in the state's Republican primary, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Tompkinsville, Ky. Candidates Matt Bevin, James Comer and Hal Heiner are in a tight race to decide who will represent the Republican party in November's election against likely Democratic nominee Jack Conway. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's volatile Republican primary for governor ended in a virtual tie Tuesday night as less than 100 votes separated Matt Bevin and James Comer.


Train derails in Louisiana; precautionary evacuation ordered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:57
ADDIS, La. (AP) — Four chemical tanker cars derailed in Louisiana on Tuesday, prompting emergency officials to order a precautionary overnight evacuation of two nearby subdivisions.

Timeline: Takata air bag recalls

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:47
(Reuters) - Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective air bags made by Japanese firm Takata Corp .

Dougherty, Olson nominated for Pennsylvania's highest court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:45

Dougherty, Olson nominated for Pennsylvania's highest courtDemocrats on Tuesday nominated Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty, whose family ties to organized labor helped bankroll his campaign, for one of three open seats on the state Supreme Court.


Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:37

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks about the Takata air bag inflator recall, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Transportation Department in Washington. Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.