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California escalates legal action over methane leak near Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:47
California's attorney general sued Southern California Gas Co on Tuesday over a huge methane leak near Los Angeles, escalating legal action sparked by an underground pipeline rupture that has forced thousands of residents from their homes since October. The latest civil complaint accuses the utility, a division of San Diego-based Sempra Energy of violating state health and safety laws by failing to promptly control the escaping gas and report the leak to authorities. The lawsuit also cites environmental damage caused by the uncontrolled release of 80,000 metric tons of methane, the prime component of natural gas and a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

District of Columbia lawmakers extend ban on pot in private clubs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:43
A temporary ban on smoking marijuana in private clubs was unanimously extended by the District of Columbia Council on Tuesday as lawmakers debated limits on pot in the U.S. capital. A final vote on a permanent ban was delayed by at least two weeks as a task force explores alternatives and the District of Columbia nears its first anniversary of legal pot. The law that took effect in February 2015 allows adults to possess small amounts of marijuana and grow and consume it at home.

Lockdown at Kensington school lifted after missing gun report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:42

Lockdown at Kensington school lifted after missing gun reportA lockdown at a Kensington school is over following a report of a missing gun.


The Latest: Florida high court delays inmate's execution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:37
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a Florida death row inmate who is scheduled to die Feb. 11 (all times local):

UConn setting up living-learning community for black men

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:36
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is creating a community for black men inside a new dorm on its campus, following the lead of some other predominantly white schools in an effort to boost low graduation and retention rates among male African-American students.

VA leader vows penalty for officials accused in job scam

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:34

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2015 file photo Veterans Affairs Department Philadelphia and Wilmington Regional Offices Director Diana Rubens appears on Capitol Hill in Washington. A judge has overturned a decision by the Veterans Affairs Department to demote a senior official accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for her own gain. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs says he still intends to punish two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain.


Georgia mayor charged with impersonating police and DUI

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:28
JACKSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The mayor of a tiny Georgia town has been jailed on criminal charges after sheriff's deputies pulled him over for driving a city police cruiser.

Los Angeles cabbies could lose permits over prejudice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has approved a policy banning cabdrivers from the airport for refusing to accept black customers.

Fmr. Montco DA: Decision to not prosecute Cosby is binding

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:17

 Decision to not prosecute Cosby is bindingA former district attorney who decided not to charge Bill Cosby in a 2004 sexual assault case says he believes his decision is binding on his successors.


2nd ex-official gets probation, fine in W.Va. chemical spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:02
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former owner of Freedom Industries has been sentenced to three years of probation and a $20,000 fine for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.

Kerry to announce 'significant' boost in U.S. aid for Syrian refugees: White House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:57

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni following a ministerial meeting of the so-called "anti-Islamic State coalition" in RomeU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will announce "significant new contributions to support relief efforts" for Syrian refugees on Thursday at an international donor conference in London, the White House said on Tuesday. President Barack Obama discussed Syria and Libya with British Prime Minister David Cameron during a phone call, the White House said, and received an update on negotiations over the United Kingdom's membership in the European Union. "The president reaffirmed continued U.S. support for a strong United Kingdom in a strong European Union," the White House said.


Companies release Super Bowl ads to maximize exposure

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:56

This image provided by Mini USA shows a still from the company's Super Bowl 50 "Defy Labels" ad spot featuring tennis star Serena Williams. Williams is one of several celebrities being featured in Mini USA's Super Bowl spot. (Mini USA via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — With Super Bowl Sunday less than a week away, a flurry of advertisers including Budweiser and LG Electronics have already released their game-day ads in the hopes of stoking excitement and building up shares on social media.


White Michigan ex-policeman sentenced in beating of black motorist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:52
A white former suburban Detroit police officer was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 months to 10 years in prison for the beating last year of a black motorist during a traffic stop caught on video. William Melendez, 47, was found guilty last November of assault and misconduct in office by a jury in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit for the Jan. 28, 2015, incident in Inkster, Michigan. Melendez, who can be considered for parole after serving 13 months, did not testify during the trial and has been held since his conviction on Nov. 19.

The Latest: Patient in Dallas County gets Zika through sex

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:43

 Patient in Dallas County gets Zika through sexThe Latest on the battle against the Zika virus (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Health officials say a patient in Dallas County, Texas, has acquired the Zika virus through sex. Dallas County Health and Human ...


Prosecutor: Virginia girl stabbed to death day she vanished

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:41

 Virginia girl stabbed to death day she vanishedSeventh-grader Nicole Madison Lovell was stabbed to death the same day she climbed out her bedroom window, authorities said Tuesday.


State manager for Detroit schools leaving job months early

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:26

This Sept. 21, 2012 file photo shows Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley at a news conference in Saginaw, Mich. Earley, the state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit's troubled school district, is leaving the job about 4½ months early, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Saginaw News, Jeff Schrier, File) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUTLANSING, Mich. (AP) — Criticized on two fronts for his role in Flint's lead-tainted water crisis and his handling of teacher sick-outs and building conditions in Detroit's troubled public schools, Darnell Earley has decided to step down from his job as the state-appointed emergency manager for Michigan's largest school district before the end of his 18-month term.


Top U.S. generals: Women should have to register for draft

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:18

U.S. Army convoys are given the thumbs up from a fellow soldier after crossing into Kuwait during the last convoy out of IraqThe top U.S. Marine Corps and Army generals said on Tuesday that women should be required to register for the military draft, along with men, as the armed forces move toward integrating them fully into combat positions. "I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft," General Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on women in combat. General Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, also backed registration for women, although two other witnesses, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy, said only that there should be a discussion of legislation requiring women to register for the Selective Service.


Judge delays decision on new child-sex trial for priest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:08
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge heard evidence that prosecutors may have wrongly withheld evidence against a Pennsylvania priest convicted of sexually abusing children in Honduras but didn't immediately decide whether he deserves a new trial.

Pa. Lottery: 2 local tickets hit big

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:08

 2 local tickets hit bigTwo local, and lucky, Pennsylvania lottery ticket holders have some big dreaming to do.


Ohio city offers compromise so officer can keep K-9 partner

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 04:02
MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials say they have offered a compromise to a recently retired police officer who wants to keep his K-9 partner.