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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:57

F ILE - In this Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 file image provided by Greenpeace, coal ash slurry left behind in a containment pond near the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant is shown in Harriman, Tenn., after the dyke at left broke Dec. 22, 2008. The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ending a six-year effort that began after the massive spill at the Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the Environmental Protection Agency has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. (AP Photo/Greeenpeace, Wade Payne)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.


PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:53
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:26

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, fans gather behind a Rose Bowl banner presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif. This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands. The bowls haven't disclosed their asking prices, but sports marketing experts contacted by The Associated Press estimated the annual cost for the top-tier games ranges from $25 million to more than $30 million. That's up from $16 million to $20 million previously. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.


Court finds Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfair

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:23

FILE - In this June 27, 2012, file photo, Raul Rodriguez looks at the Danaher family and friends after hearing victim impact statements in the 178th State District Court at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center in Houston. A Texas appeals court has ruled Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, that Rodriguez, convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim, didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled that a man convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one.


Cops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:20

Tiffany Van Alstyne is led to a police vehicle after her arraignment in Knox town court on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Knox, N.Y. The 19-year old has been accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)BERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year old New York woman is accused of killing a 5-year-old cousin in her care and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home.


Obama says U.S. blacks better off overall than when he began presidency

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:19

U.S. President Barack Obama reponds to a question during his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that U.S. blacks are better off now than they were when he began his presidency in 2009, but that the gap between blacks and whites remains. "Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office," he told reporters in an end-of-year news conference. "The gap between income and wealth of white and black America persists, and we've got more work to do on that front. ...


Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:18
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest.

Ohio Muslim woman sues over jail church attendance

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:11
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Muslim woman who says she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge has sued the county.

ACLU seeks halt U.S. detentions of immigrant families seeking asylum

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:10
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union and others have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Central American immigrants seeking to halt the Obama administration from placing immigrant women with children seeking asylum in detention centers. The lawsuit, filed this week at a federal court in Washington D.C., comes as the United States opens what is billed as the largest family detention facility in the country for immigrant families, located in the southern Texas town of Dilley. ...

Man on death row gets new sentence, may go free

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 04:08
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man sentenced to die for a 1998 murder has been issued a new sentence that gives him credit for 16 years of time served and makes him eligible for parole immediately.

Jerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:59

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.


2 killed, 3 hurt in Oklahoma oil rig explosion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:57
COALGATE, Okla. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a southeastern Oklahoma oil rig early Friday killed two workers and injured three others, two of them critically.

Judge says pet bobcat Rocky must live at the zoo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:56
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pet bobcat that has escaped from its owner's home multiple times since April will be made to live at a zoo, a judge ruled Friday, and its owner will be fined for letting it run free.

Skier digs head out of snow after Alaska avalanche

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:39
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska backcountry skier walked away uninjured after being completely buried under a 350-foot-wide avalanche, and survived because he was initially able to dig his head out of the snow, officials with the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center said.

Lawyer: Shooter may have thought flashlight was gun

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:38
RENO, Nev. (AP) — An unarmed trespasser who was shot to death in a vacant Nevada duplex had been investigated in a previous killing, and a woman who was wounded had conspired to take items from the residence, a defense lawyer said.

Obama: Debate to lift Cuban trade embargo not expected soon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, which must be done by Congress.

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:23

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest cityANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.


U.S. offers reward for poacher who shot bald eagle in Connecticut

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 03:18
BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. wildlife authorities are on the hunt for a poacher who shot a bald eagle to death last week in Connecticut, officials said on Friday, announcing a $5,000 reward. The bald eagle, the national bird of the United States, is protected from hunting by federal law and killing one is punishable by up to two years in prison. The dead eagle was found on a roadside on Dec. 13 in the Hartford suburb of Rocky Hill. An autopsy revealed that it was killed by a gunshot wound, the state's environment department said in a statement. "The U.S. ...

Man allegedly used Ponzi scheme proceeds to freeze deceased wife

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:59
By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man U.S. prosecutors say bilked investors out of $5 million by telling them he would invest it in commodities and currencies allegedly used some of the money to have his wife cryogenically frozen after she died, according to a court filing on Friday. A federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted Whileon Chay, 38, with three counts of fraud for soliciting investor funds he said he would manage through a number of businesses, including New York-based 4X Solutions, according to the filing. ...

California's winter storms spark hope for recovery from three-year drought

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 02:56
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The wet weather that has soaked California for the past few weeks may be a sign that the state is beginning to pull out of its devastating three-year drought, climate experts said on Friday. With precipitation already higher than normal for this time of year and rain in the northern part of the state on Friday, experts are "cautiously optimistic" that the dry cycle may be starting to ease, said Courtney Obergfell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. ...