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Feds project Lake Mead below drought trigger point in 2017

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:35

Water intake pipes that were once underwater sit above the water line along Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Monday, May 18, 2015, near Boulder City, Nev. Federal water managers are projecting Lake Mead will drop to levels in January 2017 that could force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal water managers released a report Monday projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.

Man freed after 21 years in prison on murder charge

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:26
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A man who had spent 21 years behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit was released from prison Monday after a Massachusetts judge threw out his sentence, ruling that the prosecution's case was flawed.

The Latest: Idaho lawmakers approve child-support bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:25

Rep. Richard "Rich" Wills, R-Glenns Ferry, and Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, confer before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Rules and the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration committees during a special session of the Idaho legislature at the state Capitol building on Monday, May 18, 2015 in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — 7:15 (MDT)

Traumatized students sue California district for support

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:13
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students with violent and traumatic pasts sued the Compton Unified School District on Monday, alleging they are legally disabled and the school has failed to meet their educational needs.

Man who admitted setting sub fire wants to revisit sentence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:12
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former shipyard worker who pleaded guilty to setting fire to a nuclear-powered submarine but now says he didn't commit the crime wants a judge to revisit his sentence based on his claim that his lawyer was ineffective.

San Diego policewoman shot in neck during gun battle will survive

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:05
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A San Diego policewoman who was shot in the neck during a gun battle after a high-speed pursuit that ended in the death of an armed suspect has undergone surgery and will recover, the city's police chief said on Monday. Officer Heather Seddon, a five-year veteran of the force, was shot on Sunday morning after police tried to stop a gray Jeep which they had been looking for in connection with several local shooting incidents. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the driver, 34-year-old Dennis Richard Fiel, fled and led the officers on a freeway chase before abandoning the vehicle on foot.

Blasts, manhunt, trial, healing: Boston's longest marathon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:04

FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, the elite men start the 117th running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)BOSTON (AP) — The champions were already across the finish line — the elite marathoners, the ones whose names would go in the books. And Associated Press photographer Charlie Krupa had set himself up amid the celebrative crowd and snapped their triumphant pictures from a makeshift overhead bridge.

Company that sold belongings of deployed U.S. Navy sailors reaches settlement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:58
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A San Diego-area moving and storage company has agreed to pay $170,000 to active duty members of the U.S. Navy whose belongings were auctioned off while they were deployed overseas, the Department of Justice said on Monday. Across Town Movers, its parent company, Horoy Inc, and owner Daniel Homan settled a lawsuit filed in March that accused them of illegally selling off the belongings of 10 Navy service members who the company knew were deployed. The settlement includes $150,000 to a single Navy sailor whose collection of vintage and rare car parts was sold off while the company billed the Navy to continue storing them, according to the Justice Department.

Rodeo founder celebrated blacks' contribution to the West

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:56
DENVER (AP) — Denver impresario Lu Vason has died, leaving a legacy of creating opportunities for black cowboys and of celebrating a little-known aspect of Western history.

Woman guilty of murder in death, dismemberment of adult son

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:50
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A jury in Michigan on Monday found a 61-year-old woman guilty of killing and dismembering her adult son, rejecting her testimony that a masked armed man killed him and kept her hostage for five days.

Texas woman gives birth to triplets; 2 babies conjoined

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:39
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A South Texas woman has given birth to triplet girls, with two of the babies conjoined at the pelvis.

Fourteen charged with smuggling drugs through U.S. airports

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:35
Fourteen people, including three baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport, were charged on Monday with being part of a ring that smuggled drugs through airport security, federal prosecutors said. Nine of the defendants were taken into custody on Saturday at the conclusion of an extensive, multi-agency investigation, U.S. attorney's spokesman Abraham Simmons said. Two other defendants were already in custody on other charges and three remained at large, Simmons said.

California concerns grow over oilfield operations near water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:33
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators on Monday expanded their list of thousands of state-permitted oil and gas wells where below-ground injections may be contaminating drinking-water reserves.

Wingsuit fliers in Yosemite knew they were cheating death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:32
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two wingsuit fliers who leaped from a cliff in Yosemite National Park were trying to zoom through a notch in a ridgeline and were airborne for about 15 seconds when they slammed into a rocky outcropping and were killed, a friend said Monday.

Warning light forces Hawaii-bound jet's return to LA airport

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:25
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Hawaii-bound jetliner returned safely to Los Angeles on Monday after a cockpit light suggested a fuel valve was open.

Painting looted by Nazis causes US extradition fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:17
NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian art dealer living in New York is fighting extradition to Poland to face charges accusing him of refusing to turn over an 18th-century painting taken from a Polish museum by the Nazis during World War II.

Facing $1 billion deficit, Arizona sharply limits welfare

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:11

In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signs the American Civics Act into law during a bill signing ceremony at the Capitol in Phoenix. Ducey faces several tough challenges in the coming weeks as he responds to Republican-passed bills on hot-button issues like abortion, guns and Common Core, presenting a dilemma as he seeks to appeal to the conservative and pro-business wings of his party.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona's Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation.

Police want bikers off streets after deadly Texas shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 08:05

Waco Police stand guard as investigators are at the scene of shooting at the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza WACO, Texas (Reuters) - The local Harley Davidson dealership was closed, motorcycle riders were asked to stay off the roads and police snipers took to rooftops to watch Waco streets after a deadly gangland shooting caused many to cast a colder eye on bikers. Police did not say how long the request would last. Riders asked the public to take a breath, relax and realize that criminality is the rare exception for members of motorcycle clubs. Waco Police said they have been threatened by motorcycle gangs after a Sunday shoot out between rivals at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine dead and 18 injured.

Boy shoots through window, kills friend trying to wake him

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:59
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana boy startled at being awakened in the middle of the night fired a shot through his bedroom window and killed the 15-year-old friend who had been knocking and throwing pebbles at his window, police said Monday.

Passengers file lawsuit against Amtrak over deadly U.S. derailment

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 07:57

 House committee to hold hearingFour passengers on the Amtrak commuter train that derailed in Philadelphia last week filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the U.S. rail service, citing "serious and disabling" injuries, as operations resumed on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor. The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, appeared to be the first brought by non-employee passengers since the derailment on May 12 that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. The plaintiffs included two Spanish citizens, Felicidad Redondo Iban and Maria Jesus Redondo Iban, as well as Daniel Armyn of New York and Amy Miller of New Jersey. Nicole Armyn, Daniel's wife, and Marino Ucero Estrades, Maria's husband, who were not aboard the train, were also named as plaintiffs.