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Iraqi convicted in terror case wants conviction thrown out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:52
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An Iraqi man convicted of terrorism charges in Kentucky is asking a federal judge to change his conviction and prison sentence because he says he was misrepresented by his court-appointed attorney.

Plumber testifies drug squad burst in, took tuition money

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:51
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A plumber told jurors in a police corruption trial that undercover agents burst into his home, took $10,000 in tuition money from a safe and planted methamphetamine and a digital scale.

U.S. calls for more oil train inspections, other safety measures

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:50
Oil train operators must have detailed information on hand about the possible risks of their cargo in case of an accident and perform more thorough checks before moving on the tracks, U.S. transportation officials said on Friday. In March there was an oil train accident in Galena, Illinois, although it did not lead to an injury. New measures announced Friday are meant to reduce the chance that a routine train mishap would lead to the kind of fiery explosion that followed several other oil train accidents, officials said. The measures were announced jointly by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Phmsa).

Warrant for mom accused of contaminating son's IV withdrawn

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:46
CINCINNATI (AP) — An arrest warrant for a woman accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick by contaminating his IV with fecal matter at a Cincinnati hospital has been withdrawn after she showed up in court.

Texas House approves bill that limits city bans on fracking

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:44
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A bill that would stop Texas cities from enacting their own bans on hydraulic fracturing in the nation's top crude oil and natural gas producing state was approved on Friday in the state House of Representatives. The bill bars cities from overly regulating the industry, targeting a ban on fracking, a method of extracting oil and gas that uses high pressure, adopted by voters in Denton, Texas, a college town about 30 miles (50 km) north of Dallas. Representatives voted 122-18 to advance the bill. The Texas Senate has yet to vote on a similar bill.

Cops: Parents OD'd on heroin while giving toddler son a bath

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:41
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police say the parents of a 3-year-old boy have been charged with endangering his welfare after they overdosed on heroin while giving him a bath in New Hampshire.

Kansas lays groundwork for $1 billion pension bond sale

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:37
(Reuters) - Kansas has begun a search for underwriters to sell $1 billion of taxable pension bonds that won final approval this week, the state's Development Finance Authority said on Friday. A bill signed into law Wednesday by Governor Sam Brownback authorizes 30-year bonds backed by annual state appropriations and limits the bond interest rate to 5 percent. Kansas sold $500 million of insured pension bonds through the authority in 2004 with interest rates topping out at 5.5 percent for bonds due in 2034. States and local governments have sold about $105 billion of taxable pension bonds since 1986, according to a July 2014 report by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

Authorities investigate possible pot brownies at DA's office

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 02:03
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — Two employees with a district attorney's office in Alabama have gotten sick from eating brownies that may have been laced with marijuana. One employee was hospitalized.

From beef tongue to beef on weck, menus tell culinary story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:56

Buffalo History Museum library director Cynthia Van Ness holds a menu from the Anchor Bar, where chicken wings were invented in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 15, 2015. The menu is part of a collection of vintage and present-day menus being amassed by the museum as a way to help trace the city's culinary and social history. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Before beef on weck and chicken wings became staples of the city's restaurants, there was beef tongue and woodcock.

Union postpones election at Boeing South Carolina plant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:49

Sections of a 787 Dreamliner being built for Air India are seen at Boeing's final assembly building in North CharlestonThe union trying to organize Boeing Co's South Carolina plant withdrew its petition for an April 22 election, citing "a toxic environment and gross violations of workers' lawful organizing rights." The decision, which delays the date for an election by at least six months, was made after organizers for the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers conducted home visits with more than 1,700 Boeing workers, the union said in a statement on Friday. The IAM said it withdrew its petition for the vote after two organizers "were threatened at gunpoint" during home visits that began last week. About 125 IAM representatives from around the country were conducting the home visits, the union said, adding that it had filed unfair labor practice charges in relation to the organizing drive. Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

North Carolina community college receives new threat days after deadly shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:45
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina community college evacuated earlier this week after the fatal shooting of an employee by a former student closed again Friday morning following a telephoned threat to the school, officials said. "We are treating the threat as credible," said Kim Best, spokeswoman for the city of Goldsboro, where Wayne Community College is located. The community college will remain closed for the weekend as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of employees and students, according to its website. On Monday, the school's print shop director, Ron Lane, was shot and killed in a campus building by Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, a former work-study student he had supervised.

LGBT-rights group urges Guam governor to allow gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:44

FILE - In this July 27, 2012 file photo, Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo and his wife Christine Lujan Sonido arrive at Buckingham Palace in London for a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II prior to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The nation's largest gay rights organization and Guam's largest newspaper are blasting the governor for not allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples. James Perez Servino with the Human Rights Campaign issued a statement on the group's website Thursday, April 16, 2015 saying Calvo is "standing in the way of marriage equality." (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The nation's largest gay rights organization and Guam's biggest newspaper are blasting the territory's governor for not allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples.

Interior seeks feedback on fees for drilling on federal land

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:44
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration took a first step Friday toward a possible increase in fees charged for oil and gas companies to drill on federal lands.

Verizon slices up the bundle, lets customers choose

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:41

FILE - This April 7, 2013 photo shows the Verizon Studio booth at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J. Verizon is giving its customers have more control over the channels they pay for as the cacophony of cord cutting reshapes cable TV. Verizon's FiOS Custom TV, available Sunday, April 19, 2015, gives customers the option to buy a $55 base package with more than 35 channels plus two additional themed channel packs. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.

Frederick's of Hollywood reveals closing of retail stores

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:39
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After years of struggling to keep up with Victoria's Secret, Los Angeles-based lingerie brand Frederick's of Hollywood Group Inc. is switching to a web-only retail model.

'Star Wars: Battlefront' unleashed at fan convention

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:37

 The Ultimate Fan Experience held at the Anaheim Convention Center on Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Force isn't merely awakening on the big screen. It's also returning to the video game realm.

Boston officials lay out security plans for marathon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:27

Woman walks near the Boston Marathon finish line in BostonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston officials outlined a safety plan on Friday for the 2015 Boston Marathon that would protect runners and spectators while maintaining an upbeat mood two years after an attack at the event killed three people and wounded many others. Police will limit the crowds near the finish line on Boylston Street, where a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers set off twin pressure-cooker bombs that injured 264 people and set the stage for the most chaotic week in Boston's living memory. "The city will be the same positive environment that people are used to enjoying during the marathon," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, describing the impending event on Monday as a "safe and joyful day for everyone." More than 100 cameras will oversee the route through eastern Massachusetts, from a suburb of Hopkinton to downtown Boston, with 50 observation points near the finish line, said Police Commissioner William Evans, adding: "Don’t leave backpacks laying around."   Emergency medical services for the race will include two large medical tents near the finish line, 14 ambulances and a 30-bed ambulance bus parked in a downtown Boston park.

Hamptons town limits aircraft noise amid growing complaints

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:23
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — After receiving tens of thousands of complaints about noise from planes and helicopters shuttling the rich and famous into the Hamptons, an eastern Long Island town has passed new laws aimed at curtailing the cacophony.

Motorist injured in crash on I-95 in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:23

Motorist injured in crash on I-95 in DelawareDelaware State Police were on the scene of a crash on I-95.

Mystery man who rescued driver from cliff comes forward

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 01:20
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Jason Warnock's attempt to be an anonymous hero worked out in part. The hero part.