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List of 18 people honored with Carnegie Medals for heroism

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:20
Winners of Carnegie Medals formally announced Tuesday:

Washington Legislature cuts state tuition by 15-20 percent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:19
SEATTLE (AP) — A decision this week to cut tuition for Washington state's public universities by 15 to 20 percent over the next two years is a rare move that national experts believe could influence other states as they come out from under the recession.

Authorities: Boy found in park swing died of cold, thirst

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:18
BALTIMORE (AP) — A mother placed her living toddler in a swing at a Maryland park one morning and he remained there until he was found dead of cold and thirst two days later when someone spotted the mother pushing her lifeless child in the swing, authorities said Tuesday.

Texas county claims religious rights to deny same-sex marriage licenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:13
A Texas county clerk said on Tuesday it will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of religious objections, after the state's Republican attorney general said his office supported such moves. Some counties in other socially conservative states such as Kentucky have also taken a similar position since the U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, and the controversy could result in another round of lawsuits over gay marriage. Katie Lang, the clerk of Hood County, southwest of Fort Worth, said issuing the licenses would violate her Christian beliefs, arguing her religious liberties are protected under the U.S. Constitution.

Candidate Jeb Bush bares 33 years of tax returns in show of transparency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:05

Bush speaks at a town hall meeting in Henderson, NevadaBy Steve Holland and Linda Stern WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday showing that his net worth of between $19 million and $22 million has been amassed largely through investments and speaking fees that have been as high as $75,000 per engagement. In a show of transparency expected to pressure his rivals to bare their tax records, Bush revealed that since the end of his tenure as Florida governor in 2007, his annual income has risen sharply to nearly $7.4 million in 2013 from $260,580 in 2006. Talking to a handful of reporters in Washington about the 1,150 pages of returns made public, Bush, 62, said his hope was to "give people a sense of who I am." He said, "It's not a life that has been scripted to run for president.


Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil companies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:53
An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state's energy companies.     Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and gas industry's practice of injecting massive volumes of saltwater left over from oil and gas drilling.     The state saw nearly 600 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in 2014, compared to just one or two per year prior to 2009, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

Prosecutor: Woman shot firearms instructor in face

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:46
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A woman brought a hammer to a firearms lesson and then tried to kill her instructor by shooting him in the face with a revolver, a prosecutor said.

VIEWER PHOTOS: Storm brings dark clouds, hail, rain to area

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:28

 Storm brings dark clouds, hail, rain to areaAction News viewers joined the action, sharing photos as a severe storm approached the area.


Escapee practiced fleeing New York prison where chief now on leave

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:26

Handout photo shows a note with a caption "Have a nice day" left on an opening in the pipe, where two inmates are suspected to have cut open as part of their escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New YorkEscapee David Sweat made a practice run before he and Richard Matt broke out of an upstate New York prison where on Tuesday the superintendent and 11 other workers were put on leave. Sweat, 35, who was shot and captured on Sunday after a three-week manhunt, told investigators he completed a test run before they made their elaborate escape from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said. Matt, 49, was shot and killed on Friday.


Hole found in engine of small plane that crashed into house

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:25
PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — There was internal damage to the engine of a small plane that crashed into a home and burned over the weekend, killing three people onboard, a federal safety investigator said.

White Texas man admits hate-crime attack on black man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:25
HOUSTON (AP) — A white Houston-area man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for the surprise punching of an elderly black man.

Family: Girl, 4, shot by officer firing at dog is recovering

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:21
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 4-year-old girl who was shot in the leg when a police officer fired at a dog is recovering after surgery as her family questions how the officer responded.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Watches en effect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:20

 Severe Thunderstorm Watches in effectMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says localized storms have already produced damaging winds, flooding rains and hail.


Kidnapped Oregon woman rescued after calling 911 from car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:11
An Oregon woman who was kidnapped, bound and held captive in her car was rescued by police after she seized the moment to call 911 when her captor left the vehicle to change a flat tire, authorities said on Tuesday. Police arrested William Cooter, 42 of Greeneville, Tennessee, on Sunday after the woman called the emergency number. The woman had stopped in Arlington, in northern Oregon, to rest in her car when Cooter broke into her vehicle early on Sunday, hit her, bound her hands and mouth with electrical tape and took off on a remote road along the Columbia River, Gilliam County District Attorney Marion Weatherford said.

Oregon growers look forward to new era of retail marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:08

Oregon SunGrown Growers' Guild President Cedar Grey and his wife, Madrone, examine one of their medical marijuana plants June 25, 2015 at their garden in Williams, Ore. The Williams Valley grows some of the best marijuana on the planet, and since voters approved Measure 91 making recreational marijuana legal, growers have been getting ready for a new era when it will be legal to grow for retail sale. Starting July 1, adults in Oregon can possess and grow their own marijuana, but retail sales will not be allowed for months or more than a year, depending on what happens in the Legislature. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)WILLIAMS, Ore. (AP) — On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet.


Lawsuit challenges governor's religious objections order

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:07
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order that aims to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should be thrown out, gay rights advocates argue in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:05

The Ten Commandments monument is pictured at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Oklahoma’s Supreme Court says the monument must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state constitution. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.


Red wolf reintroductions halted while changes considered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:05

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, a male red wolf enjoys a feeding in it's habitat at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. Federal officials said Tuesday, June 30 that they won't release any more endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina while they study the viability of the only wild population of the species. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials said Tuesday that they won't release any more endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina while they study the feasibility of maintaining the only wild population of the species.


Ex-Mexican cartel leader gets 30 years prison in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:59
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A former leader of Mexico's notorious Gulf drug cartel has been sentenced to 30 years in a U.S. prison and fined $100 million.

White House fence gets spiky under security enhancement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 03:57

The White House is seen in WashingtonThe White House fence will start to get a spiked top on Wednesday in a short-term bid to thwart intrusions at the U.S. executive mansion, authorities said. The "removable anti-climb feature" with sharp metal points will be bolted on top of the black iron fence by the U.S. Secret Service and National Park Service, the agencies said in a statement on Tuesday. The feature was designed by the Secret Service and built by the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.