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Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 07:06
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of abortion providers by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader.

U.S. Marines declare initial F-35 squadron ready for combat

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:55

Two U.S. Marine F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters complete vertical landings aboard the USS Wasp during operational testingU.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford has declared an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets ready for combat, marking a key milestone for the Pentagon's biggest weapons program, the Pentagon said on Friday. The decision makes the Marines the first U.S. military service to declare an "initial operational capability" for the stealth supersonic F-35 fighter under the $391 billion arms program that first kicked off in 2001. Lockheed is developing three models of the jet, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, or Lightning II.


Injured nurses file lawsuit over Colorado helicopter crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:52
Two Colorado flight nurses critically injured in the fiery crash of a medical transport helicopter that killed the pilot earlier this month sued the aircraft's manufacturer and operator on Friday, court records showed. David Repsher, 45, and Matthew Bowe, 32, were injured on July 3 when the Flight For Life helicopter they were aboard crashed on take-off from the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, a mountain town about 70 miles west of Denver. The pilot, Patrick Mahany, was killed in the crash.

Ohio shooting stokes debate over U.S. campus police forces

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:49

An impromptu memorial for Samuel Dubose is posted near the crime scene in Cincinnati OhioFor all that was shocking about a university police officer shooting a man at point blank range during a routine traffic stop near the University of Cincinnati campus this month, one thing was not. It is just one of the many powers held by the majority of campus police forces that have become a daily part of university life in the United States but this month came under unprecedented scrutiny. Ranks have grown since campus policing began in earnest amid civil unrest in the late 1960s, as have resources, helping campus police departments become the well-equipped, career-based force they are today.


Some Alaska Natives allowed visa-free travel to Russian area

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:47
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some western Alaska Natives can again travel back and forth to Russia's Chukota region without a visa under a decades-old agreement that was recently revived.

Ethics panel clears lawmakers in 2013 Azerbaijan trip

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Friday it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government.

Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:36

In this photo taken Monday, July 27, 2015, Bob Donegan, president of Ivar’s Seafood Restaurants, stands below a Native American artwork in one of the company's restaurants in Seattle. After Seattle's new minimum wage law took effect last April 1, Ivar’s announced that it was jacking up its prices by about 21 percent, eliminating tipping as a routine procedure, and immediately paying all its hourly workers a $15 per hour. They began the new pay rate three years earlier than the law required. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE (AP) — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.


Doctor who was father of in vitro fertilization in US dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:35

FILE- In this May 14, 1998, file photo, Dr. Georgeanna and Dr. Howard Jones, right, pose for a photo in Norfolk, Va. Howard Jones, who pioneered in vitro fertilization in the United States died Friday, July 31, 2015. He was 104. The work of Howard Jones and his late wife, Dr. Georgeanna Jones, at Eastern Virginia Medical School led to the nation’s first child born as a result of in vitro fertilization in 1981. Since then, more than 5 million births have stemmed from in vitro fertilization around the world. (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDITNORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Dr. Howard Jones, who pioneered in vitro fertilization in the United States, died Friday at a Virginia hospital surrounded by family.


Judge approves place for Mel Reynolds to stay while on bond

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:34

Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds talks on his cell phone as he leaves federal court in Chicago, Thursday, July 30, 2015, after pleading not guilty to federal tax charges. Reynolds, with no home of his own, is scrambling to find a place to stay after prosecutors told the hearing that restrictions on sexual offenders should apply to the Chicago Democrat. Reynold's resigned from Congress in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape. The housing issues arose when the hearing moved to questions about bond. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has approved a long-term residence for former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds to stay while free on bond on tax charges.


Man accused of shooting family recently released from jail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:34

This undated booking photo provided by the Park County, Wyoming, Sheriff’s Office shows Jesus Deniz Mendoza (A.K.A Jesus Deniz), age 18 of Worland, Wyo. suspected of shooting a family in Montana. The FBI confirmed two people were killed and a third injured Wednesday, July 29, near the town of Pryor on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation. (Park County, Wyoming, Sheriff’s Office via AP)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An 18-year-old man accused of shooting a family that stopped to help him on a Montana roadside was released from a Wyoming jail two weeks earlier while facing unrelated burglary and drug charges, a court official said Friday.


Sailboat with dead person aboard washes ashore near park

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:31
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — A sailboat with a dead person aboard has washed ashore near a public park in northeastern Massachusetts.

Former governor to lose pension based on a law he signed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:07
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's pension benefits can be taken away based on a law he signed while governor, according to a legal opinion issued Friday by Attorney General Mark Herring.

Police: Mother murdered in Port Richmond home; 2-year-old was next to her

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 06:05

 Mother murdered in Port Richmond home; 2-year-old was next to herPolice don't believe it was a random act, but rather that the home was targeted.


With protest over, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean drilling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 05:51

Boaters gather as the Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica heads up the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., Thursday, July 30, 2015. The Fennica left dry dock and made its way down the Willamette River toward the Pacific Ocean soon after authorities forced the demonstrators from the river and the St. Johns Bridge. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating off the coast of Alaska in hopes of confirming the presence of billions of barrels of crude below the ocean floor.


Brothers charged with 5 counts of murder in stabbing deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 05:45

FILE - In this July 23, 2015, file photo provided by the Broken Arrow Police Department, 18-year-old Robert Bever, a suspect in the stabbing deaths of an Oklahoma family in Broken Arrow, Okla., is pictured in Broken Arrow, Okla. First-degree murder charges were formally filed Friday, July 31, 2015 against Robert Davis Bever, 18, and Michael John Bever, 16, both accused in the July 23, 2015 stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings. (Broken Arrow Police Department via AP, File)TULSA, Okla. (AP) — First-degree murder charges were formally filed Friday against two Oklahoma brothers accused in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings.


Mother pleads not guilty in birthday cake beating of boy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 05:41
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The mother of a 9-year-old boy who was fatally beaten over what police say was a piece of missing birthday cake has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges.

Army Corps: Savannah harbor expansion taking big steps ahead

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 05:40
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency overseeing the $706 million deepening of the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah says it now expects dredging to start three months sooner than expected.

Pot industry's bank bid rejected by federal regulators

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 05:34

FILE - In this May 8, 2014 file photo, an employee works the register, receiving cash at a retail marijuana store, in Denver. A new credit union serving marijuana businesses has been rejected by federal banking regulators, snuffing another attempt by the federally illegal industry to access financial services. The credit union was granted a state license last year, but it needed permission from the Federal Reserve before opening for business. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)DENVER (AP) — A Colorado credit union is hoping a federal judge will intervene to let the booming marijuana industry move its finances from cash-stuffed suitcases to the regulated banking system.


Amid California drought, fears rise of trees dying, falling

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 05:31

TreePeople volunteers water a tree at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Martinez Arena in Griffith Park, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. As Californians and the communities they live in cut back water usage and let lawns go golden, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect. Nearby trees are going neglected and becoming diseased or dying. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Californians and the communities they live in cut back water use and let lawns turn brown, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect: City trees going neglected and becoming diseased or even falling.


Judge deems gay couple as spouses after 1 partner's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 05:29
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania even though one partner died before gay marriage became legal, a ruling that has family lawyers across the state buzzing about the potential implications.