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Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:40

A pelican covered in oil sits on a beach about a mile west of Refugio State Beach, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off. (Kenneth Song/The News-Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; SANTA MARIA TIMES OUTGOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.


Parishioners appealing judge's order to vacate closed church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:07

FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, Marc Dean, a parishioner who has been in a vigil at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church leaves in Scituate, Mass. For nearly 11 years now, parishioners have protested the closing of their church on the Massachusetts seacoast, keeping round-the-clock vigil there and holding Sunday services even though the Roman Catholic Church has de-consecrated the sanctuary. Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Friends of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church continued to stand their ground, announcing plans to appeal a judge's order to vacate the church by May 29. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)BOSTON (AP) — For nearly 11 years now, parishioners have protested the closing of their church on the Massachusetts seacoast, keeping round-the-clock vigil there and holding Sunday services even though the Roman Catholic Church has de-consecrated the sanctuary.


Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:06

President Barack Obama smiles as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Washington, as he returns from Connecticut where he delivered the commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy and attended a Democratic National Committee event. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment.


Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach could take months

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:32

Workers clean up an oil slick along the coast of Refugio State Beach in GoletaBy Steve Gorman SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard captain overseeing cleanup of oil spilled from a pipeline rupture that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters near Santa Barbara said on Thursday it may take months to restore the area to its natural condition. Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst. As much as a fifth of the amount was believed to have reached the ocean, leaving oil slicks that stretched for more than 9 miles (15 km) along the coast.


Florida expands gun owners' rights during emergencies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:26
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida gun owners who do not have concealed-weapons permits could pack their firearms for two days during an emergency evacuation, under a law signed on Thursday by Governor Rick Scott. The measure was among 44 bills passed during the recently concluded legislative session and approved on Thursday by the Republican governor.    Florida has had a concealed-weapon permit system since 1987 for licensed gun owners. The new measure expands the law to include non-licensees who are forced to leave their homes during hurricanes, wildfires or other emergencies.    Opponents of the bill said evacuations were already high-stress situations and that guns would make public shelters more dangerous.

Prosecutors would face high bar in filing Amtrak charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:15

An Amtrak train travels northbound from 30th Street Station, Monday, May 18, 2015 in Philadelphia. Amtrak's Northeast Corridor trains resumed service Monday following last week's deadly derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Amtrak engineer at the controls of a train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people, remains the focus of an inquiry by federal transportation safety investigators. But a second probe could prove more personally devastating: Prosecutors are trying to determine if he committed a crime.


10 Things to Know for Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:09

FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Islamic State militants seized parts of the ancient town of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday after fierce clashes with government troops, renewing fears the extremist group would destroy the priceless archaeological site if it reaches the ruins. (SANA via AP, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Appeals court delays transgender California inmate's surgery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 09:09

Inmate Michelle-Lael Norsworthy speaks during her parole hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, Calif., Thursday, May 21, 2015. A federal judge ordered The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide the transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state. The parole board granted Norsworthy's request for parole which could change her possibility of surgery while in custody. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.


Police: Woman held in box for months found dead, man sought

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:30

FILE - This file photo provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows James Barton Horn Jr., of Sedalia, Mo. Police are searching for Horn after finding Sandra Kay Sutton, 46, and her son, Zachary Wade Sutton shot to death Thursday, May 21, 2015, at a relatives home in Clinton, Mo. Authorities say Sutton's former boyfriend, 47-year-old Horn, was charged earlier this month with kidnapping, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly keeping Sutton in a wooden box for four months. He was freed about three weeks ago. (Missouri State Highway Patrol via AP, File)SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — The hunt for a registered sex offender suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son intensified Thursday after police raided but failed to find anyone inside a home in western Missouri, where the man was charged last month for allegedly keeping the woman confined in a wooden box.


Prosecutor: 6 officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:29

These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department, show Baltimore police officers, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray. A grand jury indicted the six officers, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)BALTIMORE (AP) — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state's attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite criticism that she was part of an "overzealous prosecution."


Ex-jail guard cites poor legal help, gets sentencing delayed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:26
NEW YORK (AP) — A former jail guard convicted of ignoring the pleas of a dying inmate made a last-minute claim that his legal representation had been insufficient, leading a federal judge to postpone his sentencing on Thursday.

US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:22
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has sent a top official to Israel amid an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a landmark treaty review conference that some fear will end Friday without progress on global disarmament.

California oil spill ignites array of protests against industry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:22
By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - This week's oil spill in California has become a springboard for environmental groups to attack the oil industry, with calls ranging from a ban on fracking in the Golden State to a halt to drilling in the far-flung Arctic. Two days after a pipeline rupture began spilling 105,000 gallons of crude oil onto a beach and into the Pacific Ocean west of Santa Barbara, several environmental groups held a rally on the steps of the town's Spanish-style County Courthouse on Thursday to call for an end to fracking in California.

Massachusetts House speaker stuck in school during lockdown

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:18
WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy whose boast of having a gun led to a lockdown at a Massachusetts high school during a visit by Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and another lawmaker.

Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:08
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.

Vermont man becomes keeper of cousin's Purple Heart

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:08

Paul Pike, left, of Roxbury, Vt., looks at a Purple Heart and other medals earned by his father's cousin, also named Paul Pike, who was killed during World War II, that he was presented on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Worcester, Vt. Audrey Richardson, partially hidden, of the Worcester Historical Society, watches during a ceremony arranged by the society and the organization Purple Hearts Reunited. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)WORCESTER, Vt. (AP) — Paul Pike never knew his namesake but now is keeper of the man's legacy for whom he accepted the Purple Heart on Thursday.


Cousins shot at same Wilmington intersection weeks apart

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:00

Cousins shot at same Wilmington intersection weeks apartTwo cousins were shot, one fatally, at the same Wilmington intersection just weeks apart.


Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach could take months

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:50

Paige Thelen, 22, and Paige Craine, 22, pose for a photo at a protest calling for a ban on fracking and a phasing out of oil development in California, in Santa BarbaraBy Steve Gorman SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) - Cleanup crews labored through a third day to scoop up patches of crude oil from a pipeline spill that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters, shattering an environmental balance that U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Thursday may take months to restore. Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway inexplicably burst. As much as a fifth of the amount was believed to have reached the ocean, leaving oil slicks that stretched for more than 9 miles (15 km) along the coast.


Judge: Gay couples across Alabama have right to marry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:50
MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage.