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Arizona to pay firefighter families $670,000 over wildfire deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:07
Arizona will pay a total of $670,000 to the families of the 19 elite firefighters killed in the country's deadliest wildfire in 80 years and has agreed to reform the way it fights wildfires, state officials said. Under two agreements, the state will pay $50,000 to each of a dozen families to settle their wrongful death lawsuit filed last year stemming from the deaths of the 19 men. Another $10,000 will be paid to each family of the other seven firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013.

Sketch released of Camden sex assault suspect

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:38

Sketch released of Camden sex assault suspectCamden County police have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in a sexual assault.


Men found shot, burning in Northern California die

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:29
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Two men have died days after they were found shot in the head and burning alive in a rural part of Northern California.

Oregon bumblebee deaths prompt state investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:28
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Hundreds of bumblebees have been found dead in downtown Portland during the past two weeks, prompting agriculture officials in Oregon to investigate whether the die-offs may be connected to other bee deaths reported across the country over recent years. Bumblebees and their cousins, the honey bee, have been dying off at alarming rates. In particular, honey bees, which are critical agents in the pollination of important U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year when losses of managed bee colonies topped 42 percent year-on-year in April.

Early, weighty choices in 'Frontline' doc 'Growing Up Trans'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:15

This image released by PBS shows transgender teen Ariel, formerly Ian, in a scene from "Growing Up Trans", from the "Frontline" series airing on PBS on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. “Growing Up Trans” explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever and their parents are now experiencing it. (Frontline/PBS via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — "Growing Up Trans" explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices for these youngsters as they also navigate the changes adolescence brings.


Crashes in Alaska brought safety steps for tourism flights

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:12

This photo, posted Sunday, June 28, 2015, on the Twitter page of the National Transportation Safety Board, shows NTSB investigator Brice Banning examining the sightseeing plane that crashed in remote, mountainous terrain about 25 miles from Ketchikan in southeast Alaska on Thursday, June 25. All eight passengers and the pilot were killed. The plane was on its way back from the Misty Fjords National Monument when it crashed. The passengers were on the floatplane side trip from a cruise ship, sold through the cruise company Holland America. (National Transportation Safety Board via AP)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency installed weather cameras and took other steps in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes like the one that crashed last week and killed all nine people aboard, officials said Monday.


Fight over gumbo spices leads to fatal stabbing in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:11
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Police say a fight over gumbo spices ended with the fatal stabbing of a Florida restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:02

FILE - This Friday, July 25, 2014 file photo shows bottles of midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City. On Monday, June 29, 2015, The Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma saying that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


Wawa Welcome America festivities begin under heightened security

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:55

Wawa Welcome America festivities begin under heightened securityAfter a weekend of attacks in other countries, there are new security concerns here for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.


Family of businessman killed in train crash sues Amtrak

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:52

Family of businessman killed in train crash sues AmtrakThe family of a businessman killed when a speeding passenger train derailed in Port Richmond accused Amtrak of negligence and outrageous conduct in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed Monday.


A world apart: 2 women with birthdates in 1800s still alive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:48

In this Friday, June 26, 2015 photo, Emma Morano, 115, smiles at her physician, Carlo Bava, in her apartment in Verbania, Italy. Morano and Susannah Mushatt Jones, also 115, of the Brooklyn borough of New York, are believed to be the last two people in the world with birthdates in the 1800s. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s.


Police ID plane crash victims as Tennessee doctor, family

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:40

Police ID plane crash victims as Tennessee doctor, familyThe three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been tentatively identified as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday.


Families, Arizona settle suit in deaths of 19 firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:21

Deborah Pfingston, mother of Granite Mountain Hotshot Andrew Ashcraft, and Roxanne Warneke, wife of Granite Mountain Hotshot Billy Warneke, listen as Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich discusses the status of the Yarnell Hill Fire settlement negotiations, Monday, June 29, 2015, at the Arizona Attorney General's office in Phoenix. A dozen families who lost members when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell settled the suit they filed against the state of Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX (AP) — The state of Arizona settled a lawsuit Monday brought by a dozen families who lost loved ones when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell.


Theater shooter: 'I took the blood that wasn't mine to take'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:20
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes told a psychiatrist who treated him months after the attack that he was in jail because "I took the blood that wasn't mine to take, and it was unfair, and I was selfish."

Chobani selected as Greek yogurt provider for school lunches

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:14

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2012 photo, Chobani Greek Yogurt is seen at the Chobani plant in South Edmeston, N.Y. Public schools across America will soon offer Greek yogurt as a meat substitute in school lunches beginning this fall. Chobani, a manufacturer of Greek yogurt, officials announced Monday, June 29, 2015, it had been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to supply the yogurt as part of the federal school lunch program. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Public schools across America will soon offer Greek yogurt as a meat substitute in school lunches beginning this fall.


Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in SC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:05

Supporters of keeping the Confederate battle flag flying at a Confederate monument at the South Carolina Statehouse wave flags during a rally in front of the statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Gov. Nikki Haley and a number of other state leaders have called for the removal of the flag following the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners in a church in Charleston. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.


Rider softball coach sues university over her dismissal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:04

Rider softball coach sues university over her dismissalThe former softball coach at a New Jersey university has sued the school, claiming it decided to let her go after she complained that women's sports teams got fewer resources than men's teams.


White House to make more workers eligible for overtime: Bloomberg

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:55
Millions more U.S. workers will be eligible for overtime pay under a draft rule to be announced by the federal government as early as Tuesday, Bloomberg News said on Monday, citing an Obama administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Department of Labor would raise the minimum salary for exempting employees who work more than 40 hours a week from the requirement to be paid overtime to $970 a week, or about $50,440 a year, in 2016, Bloomberg said. The increase in the salary limit would make overtime available to 15 million more workers, Bloomberg said, citing an estimate by Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning research body partly funded by unions.

PETA sues California over chicken slaughter methods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:46
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims in the lawsuit that up to one-third of the birds, about 7 million a year, are inadequately stunned by the procedure, leaving them conscious and able to feel pain when their throats are slit. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, argues that electric stunning of chickens violates the state's humane slaughter law, which requires that animals be rendered unconscious and unable to feel pain before they are killed. A spokesman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture declined to comment, saying the agency's lawyers had not yet reviewed the lawsuit.

Backers of California pot-legalization ballot measure given OK to get signatures

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:38

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market in Los AngelesSupporters of a California ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use may begin gathering signatures to place it before voters in 2016, a state official said on Monday. The proposal is the latest of four marijuana-related initiatives vying for a spot on the ballot at a time when many believe the most populous U.S. state is on track to join Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon in legalizing recreational pot. Legal sale of marijuana for recreational use in Oregon is set to begin on Wednesday.