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California's plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:45

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2014 file photo, a man carries plastic single-use bags past the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Election officials said Monday, Feb. 23, 201 that a trade group had turned in enough signatures to qualify a referendum on California’s plastic bag ban law, suspending implementation of the nation’s first statewide ban until voters weigh in on the November 2016 ballot. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

NY governor's administration to raise tipped wage to $7.50

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:40

Desiree Norris, center, and union members of the Hotel and Motel Trades Council cheer during a speech by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 in New York. The Cuomo administration announced Tuesday that restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers in New York will soon make $7.50 an hour before tips, a change that will translate into a big raise for thousands of workers throughout the state. Norris works as a housekeeper for the St. Regis Hotel in the city. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers in the state will soon make $7.50 an hour before tips, a big raise for them and a significant increase in labor costs for business owners.

Agency issues recommendations after girl kills man with Uzi

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:39
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The state's workplace safety agency has issued several recommendations that it says could help prevent accidental shootings like the one at a northwestern Arizona shooting range last year involving a 9-year-old girl using an Uzi.

U.S. rights group urges federal probe into Mexican farmworker's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:36
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union urged the Justice Department on Tuesday to launch an investigation into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Mexican farmworker in Washington state, saying a local police probe was needlessly focusing on his activities prior to the incident. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an unemployed orchard worker from Mexico's Michoacan state, was killed earlier this month in the Pasco, a city of some 68,000 residents in Washington state's agricultural heartland after he threw rocks at them and tried to flee. The ACLU said in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that the investigation by a special investigative unit comprised of neighboring departments but does not include Pasco police, is unnecessarily focusing on Zambrano's activities in the weeks preceding the shooting.

Snowbound campers rescued by helicopter from Grand Canyon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:34
Twenty campers stranded by a snowstorm on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon were safely rescued by helicopter on Tuesday, local sheriff's officials said. The group, consisting of students and faculty from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, began their outing last Wednesday in the Sowats Point area of Kaibab National Forest, a popular spot for hiking and camping adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park. They were on a back country field trip for students majoring in parks and recreation management, said Gerry Blair, a spokesman for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. Because the campers were well-equipped with adequate provisions and clothing, authorities decided to wait until daybreak on Tuesday before beginning rescue operations, using a helicopter to airlift the group two or three individuals at a time, Blair said.

Residents have their fill of landfill smelling up neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:32
Residents of Lower Saucon Township have an unseemly problem on their hands.

20 staff and university students rescued near Grand Canyon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:32
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Twenty Northern Arizona University students and staff who were stranded in the snow near the Grand Canyon's North Rim have been rescued.

AP source: Ohio's Strickland to seek Portman US Senate seat

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:32

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2012, file photo, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Strickland jumped into the U.S. Senate race against Republican Rob Portman on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, adding a formidable contender with statewide name recognition to the 2016 contest, a Democrat with knowledge of Strickland's plans said. The person was not authorized to release the information and spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland plans to jump into the U.S. Senate race against Republican Rob Portman, adding a formidable contender with statewide name recognition to the 2016 contest, a Democrat with knowledge of Strickland's plans said Tuesday.

Lawyer: Toss politician's bribe case over prosecutor's words

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:29

 honest services mail fraud, honest services wire fraud and extortion under the color of his official duties. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara didn't mince words after bringing bribery charges against then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, saying the powerful lawmaker practiced "the greedy art of secret self-reward." Now Silver's lawyers say the prosecutor's rhetoric went so far that the case should be thrown out.

Trial begins in high-profile Silicon Valley sex bias case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:23

FILE - In this April 4, 2006 file photo, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers senior partner John Doerr poses for a portrait with partner Ellen Pao outside of their office in Menlo Park, Calif. A jury is set to hear opening arguments this week in a multimillion-dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Pao, currently interim chief of the news and social media site Reddit, against the prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lawyer for a former junior partner suing a venture capital firm in a Silicon Valley sex bias suit contended Tuesday that his client was passed over for promotions because she was a woman and then fired after she complained.

American Airlines cancels 170 Wednesday flights due to storm in U.S. South

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:12
(Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc has canceled 170 flights for Wednesday because of weather conditions in the southern United States, largely affecting its Dallas-Fort Worth hub. American, the world's largest airline by passenger traffic, also canceled more than 1,000 flights Monday and Tuesday as an ice storm battered Texas, which caused traffic accidents and shut down schools. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Editing by Ken Wills)

Revel sale resurrected; $82M price agreed on for ex-casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:12

This May 10, 2012, photo shows the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City N.J. On Thursday Feb. 19, 2015, a bankruptcy judge allowed the casino's owners to terminate a deal to sell it to a Florida developer for $95.4 million because the sale deadline has passed. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Florida developer agreed to buy Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel for $82 million on Tuesday, a week after a bankruptcy judge declared his former deal to buy it at a higher price dead.

DOJ Announces No Charges in Trayvon Martin's Death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:09
Feds concluded not sufficient evidence against George Zimmerman.

Union chief says U.S. refinery strike could spread

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:08

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Shell Oil Deer Park Refinery in Deer Park, TexasThe largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years could spread if talks over improved safety conditions do not resume soon, United Steelworkers union (USW) International President Leo Gerard said on Tuesday. Union members work at more than 200 oil terminals, pipelines, refineries and chemical plants in the U.S. [ID:nL1N0VX1JM] The USW has said it is seeking to retain safety provisions from previous contracts and tighten fatigue standards for workers, as well as win back daily maintenance jobs now done by non-union contractors. Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc [RDSa.L], is the lead oil company negotiator.

Natural gas blast destroys home, injures 15 in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:02

NJ Natural Gas personnel inspect the scene after a natural gas explosion leveled a house after a gas main break in Stafford, N.J. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Fire Chief Jack Johnson was standing outside a home under renovation near the Jersey shore in the neighborhood where residents had reported a strong smell of natural gas Tuesday morning.

Body of skier who died in Colorado avalanche recovered

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:01
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Searchers have recovered the body of a skier who was killed in an avalanche on Aspen Mountain.

Residents had their fill of landfill smelling up neighborhood

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:57
Residents of Lower Saucon Township have an unseemly problem on their hands.

Chicago's Mayor Emanuel hopes to avoid run-off in election

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:41

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hug during an event in the Pullman neighborhood of ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will easily take first place in Tuesday's municipal election, but polls show he may miss the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially challenged, third-largest U.S. city. Emanuel, 55, a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama seeking a second term as mayor, has already spent millions of dollars in the non-partisan race against four challengers, and a second round will mean six more weeks of expensive campaigning. Emanuel is close to the mark, getting 48.3 percent of the vote in a recent Ogden & Fry poll. His nearest opponent is Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia at 26.5 percent, followed by businessman Willie Wilson with 15.2 percent.

NJ's Christie strikes tentative teachers' pension deal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:36

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) attends the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce 78th annual "Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner"By Luciana Lopez Trenton, NJ (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie struck a deal with the state's teachers on a "road map" for pension reform while warning of a dire future if other unions do not make similar commitments to cut the cost of workers' retirement benefits. The tentative agreement between Christie, a Republican weighing a bid for the White House in 2016, and the New Jersey Education Association marked a dramatic turn in a long-bitter relationship.

Man who confessed to Etan Patz murder was prompted, detective testifies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:34

Hernandez appears with his lawyer Fishbein in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York in this file photoBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz three decades ago was prompted by police on details of the case before he confessed to the crimes, a police detective testified on Tuesday. Pedro Hernandez, who is charged in the disappearance of the New York boy, did not know the time or date when the child vanished in 1979, New York Police Detective David Ramirez testified in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Hernandez confessed in 2012 to luring Patz into a Manhattan deli where he worked with a promise of a soda, strangling him, stuffing him in a bag and dumping him in an alley, police say. Hernandez' defense attorneys say the confession was coerced and that he is mentally ill and suffers hallucinations.