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Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:50

Keystone XLBy Timothy Gardner and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for passage, despite frantic last-minute lobbying by supporters, especially Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who faces a runoff election on Dec. 6. She has staked her hopes of winning a fourth Senate term on the Keystone gambit. ...

Kansas Supreme Court allows more gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:43

Krista Casmaer, left, and Mindy Kufahl trade wedding bands with Kufahl's daughter Phoebe Edgerton-Kufahl, 7, as witness during a mass same-sex marriage ceremony on the steps of the Historic Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for additional gay marriages in the state's most populous county while declaring that it would defer to the federal courts on whether Kansas' ban on same-sex marriages is constitutional.

Murder suspect let out of jail returns willingly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:37
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A murder suspect released from a Northern California jail by mistake last week turned himself in voluntarily, authorities said.

San Diego jury awards woman $186 million in bias case against AutoZone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:34

The entrance to AutoZone store is pictured in Temple CityBy Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A federal jury in California awarded nearly $186 million to a San Diego area woman who sued AutoZone Inc. saying she was demoted and fired after being told pregnant women can't do the job of managing a store, her attorney said on Tuesday. "This is the third or fourth time they've been hit with punitive damages for doing the same thing," said attorney Sean Simpson, who is part of the legal team representing plaintiff Rosario Juarez, 43. "Let's hope they get the message. ...

2 penguin chicks hatch at California academy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:24

In this Nov. 17, 2014 photo, California Academy of Sciences veterinarian Freeland Dunker, right, and biologist Crystal Crimbchin examine one of two African penguin chicks at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The two penguin chicks recently hatched as part of the aquarium’s Species Survival Plan program. The Academy plans to hold a naming contest for the chicks once they are on public exhibit in late January. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, officials announced Tuesday.

Man convicted of killing teens must pay $21,000

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:19
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man convicted of killing two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home in 2012 has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to the victims' families.

Factbox: Supporters, foes react to Keystone's narrow defeat in U.S. Senate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline was narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, failing one vote short of the 60 needed to get the measure to President Barack Obama's desk. Following are selected responses: SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL “We came up one vote short on the Keystone pipeline today. This will be an early item on the agenda in the next congress, and I’m very confident that Senator Hoeven’s bill will succeed and we’ll be able to get it down to the president. ...

Missouri governor appoints Ferguson Commission

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:10
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday named 16 people to the new Ferguson Commission, an independent panel tasked with helping the St. Louis County suburb of Ferguson heal after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Here is a look at the commission and its members:

Police launch porn probe over Oregon teen sex videos

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:00
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Police in Oregon are investigating reports that high school students videotaped peers engaging in sexual activity and distributed the footage via social media in a case that could lead to child pornography charges, authorities said on Tuesday. Portland police Sergeant Pete Simpson said a small group of students were involved in the case, but he declined to say how many or elaborate on the content of the videos. It was also not clear whether the teens depicted in the footage consented to being filmed. ...

Other times snow has stranded motorists en masse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:57
The storm that has stranded motorists on a western New York highway is far from the first to do so. Some other examples in recent years of many motorists being stranded on the same highway during a snowstorm:

Senate Democrats reject bill to build oil pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:43

Senate Democrats reject bill to build oil pipelineThe Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday aimed at forcing completion of a Canada-to Texas oil pipeline, a massive project at the center of a fierce environmental dispute

Stranded on a snowy highway? Here's what to do

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:43
Heavy snow has stranded many motorists on a western New York highway. Some tips on what to do if you find yourself stuck in the snow:

Baby giraffe steps out at Santa Barbara Zoo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:38

This Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 photo provided by the Santa Barbara Zoo shows a new born baby giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo in Santa Barbara, Calif. Buttercup, who was born last Thursday, is already 186 pounds and over 6 feet tall. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara Zoo, Sheri Horiszny)SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The public is getting its first glimpse of a baby giraffe born last week at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Powerful Texas school board hears testimony on contentious textbooks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:38
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The Texas Board of Education, a group whose decisions can set the tone for school districts nationwide, heard testimony on Tuesday on a new set of school history and social studies textbooks that critics say advance Christian ideology. The Republican-controlled 15-member body will be voting this week on whether to approve more than 100 books for use by students from elementary to high schools in the second-most populous U.S. state. Once textbooks are approved by Texas, they often are marketed nationally. ...

Six Flags, coaster-maker settle in woman's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:34
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Six Flags Over Texas and the German manufacturer of a roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death last year have reached a settlement with the victim's family.

Report on tribal youth and violence urges action

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:29
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — American Indian and Alaska Native children are exposed to violence at rates higher than any other social group in the nation, according to a new report that urges creation of a new Native American affairs office, additional federal funding and other measures to combat the problem.

U.S. judge overseeing San Bernardino bankruptcy sets deadline for city plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:27
By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - More than two years after San Bernardino filed for bankruptcy, a judge on Tuesday set a deadline for the California city to propose a plan to manage its Chapter 9 protection. U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said she was surprised to see how the case had progressed and hoped "the city has a game plan." Jury set a May 30 deadline for the city to submit a blueprint to exit bankruptcy. "Let's know sooner than later," Jury told attorneys. ...

University of California wants tuition hike or more funding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:23
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - University of California president Janet Napolitano would back off a proposed tuition hike if the state increases funding by $100 million next year, a spokeswoman said, the latest in a very public battle over higher education in the most populous U.S. state. Napolitano, the former U.S. ...

Task force recommends changes to Ohio State band

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:22

FILE-This Jan. 3, 2007 file photo shows former Attorney General Betty Montgomery in Columbus, Ohio. Montgomery, who was hired by Ohio State University to review the culture inside its celebrated marching band after the group's director was fired, is releasing her report Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An "undercurrent of inappropriate behavior" inside Ohio State University's celebrated marching band was fueled by a combination of societal pressures faced by students, unclear expectations set by band leaders and ineffective university oversight, according to a report released Tuesday.

UN committee demands that Iran stop executions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:17
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly human rights committee approved a resolution Tuesday expressing deep concern about rights violations in Iran, including the "alarmingly high frequency" of the use of the death penalty.