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Washington state attorney general seeks to raise smoking age to 21

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:20

A woman disposes a cigarette in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state could become the only U.S. state to raise its legal age for smoking tobacco to 21 from 18 under a measure proposed on Wednesday by its top law enforcement official. The legislation, if enacted, would also put the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobacco and nicotine-vapor products on an equal footing with the state's minimum drinking age of 21, with the goal of restricting access to teens and lowering healthcare expenses. The measure, however, would cost the state some $20 million a year in estimated tax revenue. ...

Congress: Ventilation drew smoke into stricken subway train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:20

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., center, speaks about the recent D.C. Metro subway fire earlier this month, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. One woman was killed and more than 80 were sent to hospitals with smoke inhalation after a subway train filled with smoke inside a tunnel near the busy L’Enfant Plaza station in downtown Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Ventilation fans in Washington's subway tunnels didn't work properly during a fatal accident last week in which a train filled with smoke, and fans on the stricken train actually drew smoke inside the cars, members of Congress said Wednesday.

1,200 have requested refunds for Bill Cosby's Denver shows

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:09
DENVER (AP) — The director of Denver's Arts & Venues department says nearly 40 percent of the tickets originally purchased for Bill Cosby's comedy shows in the city were returned for refunds.

Man shot multiples times at Germantown corner store

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:05

Man shot multiples times inside Germantown corner storePolice say a man is in critical condition after he was shot multiple times inside a Germantown corner store.

AP PHOTOS: Military unit trains for aeromedical evacuations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:58

Members of the Air Force Reserve 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron signal as a truck backs up to unload supplies for a training fight on a C-17 cargo plane out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Most medical evacuations of wounded military members are performed by Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Whenever and wherever wounded members of the military need a medical evacuation, they could find themselves flying with a C-17 crew from Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle.

AP source: FBI completes federal probe of Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:52

In this Jan. 19, 2015, photo, a woman takes a picture of a banner carried by demonstrators during a march protesting recent killings by police Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. A U.S. official says the FBI has finished its investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. The Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will file a federal civil rights charge against former police officer Darren Wilson. But experts have said the high legal standard of proof would make such a prosecution unlikely. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has completed its investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Justice Department said ready to clear Ferguson officer: N.Y. Times

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:50

St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office photo shows Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson photo taken shortly after August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, presented to the grand juryThe U.S. Justice Department is about to close the investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and clear the white police officer involved of any civil rights charges, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The newspaper quoted law enforcement officials as saying that federal prosecutors had begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, after an FBI investigation found no evidence to support charges against him. The Justice Department declined comment. The agency is still conducting a probe into the Ferguson police force.

Video shows man shot by New Jersey police raising his hands

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:45

A sign and cross are displayed on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Bridgeton, N.J., near where a Dec. 30, 2014 police stop resulted in the fatal shooting of Jerame Reid. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment.

New govt standards target pathogens in poultry products

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:44

FILE - In this March 29, 2006, file photo, a wide variety of cuts of meat are displayed at the meat section of Cub Foods grocery store in a Burnsville, Minn. Standards proposed Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, by the Agriculture Department aim to reduce rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in chicken parts, ground chicken and ground turkey. (AP Photo/Jayme Halbritter, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A favorite staple of American diets — chicken breasts, legs and wings — could become safer to eat.

Family of comedian killed in Wal-Mart crash settles claim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:25

Jamel, right, and Danita McNair, the children of James McNair, are interviewed in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. The family of McNair, a comedian killed in the crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer, has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart, an attorney representing the family said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a comedian killed in a New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful-death claim with Wal-Mart.

Obama pitches economic plan to conservatives in Idaho

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:13

President Barack Obama speaks with Sarah Haight with Rekluse Clutch Revolution as he tours the new Product Development Lab in Boise State University’s Micron Engineering Center, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Boise , Idaho, before speaking about the themes in his State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prodding the new Republican Congress from a conservative state, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged GOP lawmakers to work with him on an agenda that helps the middle class and insisted they offer better alternatives if they disagree with his ideas. "Tell me how we get to yes," he declared.

People not vaccinated for measles urged to avoid Disneyland

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — People who haven't been vaccinated against measles, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disneyland after new infections were linked to the theme park, California public health officials said Wednesday.

U.S. refinery workers, oil firms start talks for new contract

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:05
Union and oil company negotiators began talks on Wednesday for a new nationwide contract covering hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity, according to a union spokeswoman. The current three-year agreement between the United Steelworkers union (USW) and oil companies is set to expire on Feb. 1. Royal Dutch Shell Plc is leading the talks on behalf of companies ranging from supermajors such as Exxon Mobil Corp and BP Plc to smaller companies such as HollyFrontier Corp and Delek. USW International Vice President Gary Beevers will be across the negotiating table on behalf of hourly workers along with the union's Administrative Vice President Tom Conway.

Georgia man pleads guilty in airline-booking scam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:02
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Georgia man who posed as an airline employee to make cut-rate reservations, then resold the tickets for thousands of dollars, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Jailed Virginia lawmaker charged with forgery, perjury

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:44

In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 photo, Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico, watches the proceedings during the House of Delegates session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Morrissey, elected while jailed for a sex scandal, say voters rewarded him for his responsiveness to their concerns and ability to relate to their legal and economic struggles. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker who was just re-elected despite being jailed for a sex scandal with a teenager has been indicted on four new felony charges.

Nearly 3M gallons of brine spill; ND oil boom's largest leak

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:40

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2015, crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)Nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling have leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, an official said Wednesday, the largest such spill since the state's current oil boom began and nearly three times worse than previous record spills. Two creeks have been affected, but the full environmental effect might not be clear for months.

Texas executes man convicted of killing 3 in San Antonio

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:31

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Arnold Prieto. Prieto is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015, for the 1993 slayings of three people during a robbery in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 41-year-old Texas prisoner was put to death Wednesday evening for the slayings of three people during a robbery at their San Antonio home more than 21 years ago.

California lawmakers introduce Oregon-style assisted suicide bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:27
California lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, an effort tearfully welcomed by a woman whose daughter moved to Oregon last year to avail herself of a death-with-dignity law there. The bill proposed by two Democratic state senators is similar to the physician-assisted suicide statute approved by Oregon voters in 1994. As in Oregon, it would require a determination from two doctors that a patient has six months or less to live before a drug to hasten death could be prescribed. The California bill also would emulate Oregon's law by requiring a patient seeking life-ending medical assistance to present two separate requests to an attending physician and for two witnesses to attest to the patient's wish to die.

Man gets 25-50 years in prison in medical student's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:24
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A 22-year-old man offered an apology Wednesday before being sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for his involvement in the 2013 fatal shooting of a University of Michigan medical student.

Boy, 3, dies after California condo fire that injured 9

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:15

Firefighters fight a blaze at an condominium complex in the 26000 block of La Zanja Street in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Southern California authorities say eight people were rushed to local hospitals with burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries after the apartment fire. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Fred Swegles) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUTSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say a 3-year-old boy has died after being severely injured in a fire that tore through a condominium without working smoke alarms.