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California governor, lawmakers announce $1 billion drought package

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:06

California Governor Brown and Assembly Speaker Atkins look on during a news conference at the State Capitol in SacramentoBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers on Thursday announced a $1 billion emergency legislative package to deal with the state's devastating multi-year drought. The proposed legislation would appropriate more than $1 billion in voter-approved bond funds to speed up water projects and programs and provide aid to struggling California cities and communities. The state Water Resources Control Board earlier this week imposed new drought regulations earlier this week, outlawing lawn watering within 48 hours of rain and prohibiting water from being served in restaurants unless a customer requests it. Consumer rights group Food & Water Watch responded that the governor and legislators were putting too much of the burden from the drought on Californians.

Healthcare worker in Nebraska tests negative for Ebola

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:55
A U.S. healthcare worker who was admitted to the biocontainment unit at Nebraska Medicine on Sunday has been released after testing negative for Ebola, the hospital said on Thursday. All had contact with an infected co-worker in Sierra Leone who is being treated for Ebola at the National Institutes of Health biocontainment facility in Maryland. The person in Nebraska is one of five who are being housed near the facility in case they develop symptoms. Officials did not release any details on the healthcare worker.

Body found in New Jersey river is missing WSJ reporter

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:54
A body found in a New Jersey river has been positively identified as David Bird, a Wall Street Journal reporter who disappeared more than a year ago, officials said on Thursday. Dental records were used to identify Bird, 55, an energy markets reporter at the Journal, published by News Corp, who had been missing since taking a walk from his home by the Passaic River in Long Hill Township, New Jersey, on Jan. 11, 2014, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office in a statement.

Mississippi gaming regulator renews Okada's license amid FBI probe

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:48
By Nathan Layne BILOXI, Miss. (Reuters) - Japanese slot machine tycoon Kazuo Okada had his license renewed on Thursday by Mississippi's state gaming regulator, but with a newly added condition that an ongoing FBI investigation related to his Philippines casino project is resolved without charges against him. The Mississippi Gaming Commission voted to approve Okada's "suitability" status, which had come up for a review after nine years. The commission, which oversees casinos in the state, also approved the license of Aruze Gaming America, Okada's slot machine subsidiary. The open-door hearing was the first known public appearance by Okada in the United States since the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2012 launched an investigation into $40 million in payments made to an associate of the Philippines' gaming regulator as Okada's company was seeking tax and ownership concessions for a $2 billion casino he is building on Manila Bay.

Ohio to open access to 400,000 adoptee birth records Friday

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:45
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - More than 400,000 Ohioans adopted between 1964 and 1996 will be given access from Friday to their birth certificates with the names of their biological parents. The bi-partisan Senate Bill 23, passed by the state legislature in 2013, closed a loophole in Ohio law that allowed adoptees born after 1963 and before Sept. 18, 1996 access to birth records, but denied those records for those born in the 32 years in between. "A judge could open the records for 'good cause' like severe medical need but very rarely did," Betsie Norris, executive director Adoption Network Cleveland said. "For a long time adoption in our country was about secrecy and thought of as shameful." Ohio was the ninth state to open adoption records as of 2013, Norris said.

Ferguson Facebook case part of debate about online threats

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:41
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington man who posted Facebook comments threatening a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer will avoid prison but has been ordered to stay off social media sites in a case that is part of a broader legal debate about when social media rants go beyond hyperbole and become a crime.

Texas Senate approves bill to allow guns on college campuses

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:35
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas Senate on Thursday approved a measure to allow licensed handguns on college campuses, part of a series of bills being considered that would expand gun rights. In a vote along party lines, the state Senate approved the bill, which will be sent to the House. "My concern is to expand freedom of the most trustworthy citizens to access property they as citizens of this state own," said Senator Brian Birdwell, a Republican sponsor of the legislation. "There is great concern that the presence of handguns, even if limited to licensed individuals age 21 or older, will lead to an increase in both accidental shootings and self-inflicted wounds," University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven wrote to lawmakers this year.

Texas Bar seeks punishment for prosecutor in death penalty conviction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:19
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The State Bar of Texas has sought punishment for the prosecutor in a 1992 trial who is suspected of withholding evidence that could have cleared a man convicted of setting a fire that killed his three daughters and was later executed. Death penalty opponents have said Texas may have executed an innocent man when it sent Cameron Todd Willingham to the death chamber in 2004 after he was convicted of murder in the 1991 house fire, largely on the testimony of a prison informant who told a jury that Willingham had confessed to the crime. The Texas Bar Association filed a petition this month with a district court to discipline the prosecutor in the case, John Jackson, who could be disbarred.

Maryland dump truck drive charged with attacking police ruled not competent

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:18
A Maryland dump truck driver who allegedly attacked two police officers with his vehicle has been ruled not competent to stand trial, police said on Thursday. The suspect, Gene Brandon Jr., 31, of Aquasco, Maryland, was charged with attempted murder for allegedly ramming his vehicle into Prince George's County Police Department squad cars in January. "Suspect in at murder of 2 of our officers found incompetent to stand trial," the department said on its Twitter feed.

US hopes reward offers can help net foreign cyber criminals

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:45

 putting a bounty on Bogachev’s head. (AP Photo/FBI)WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI considers Evgeniy Bogachev one of the world's most prolific and brilliant cyber criminals, slapping his photos — bald, beefy-faced and smiling faintly — on "Wanted" fliers posted online. The Russian would be an ideal target for prosecution — if only the Justice Department could find him.

Peerless Pierre: South Dakota city new Monopoly 'Boardwalk'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:37
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The plastic red hotel will still ruin you, but instead of advancing to Boardwalk to face your demise, you'll take a long walk off a short Pierre.

Boehner, Pelosi see victories in fixing Medicare docs' fees

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:34

Max Richtman, National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, President & CEO, listens to speakers along with several Members of the Ways & Means Committee, Social Security advocates during the announcement of the introduction of the 'Social Security 2100 Act in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. A 1997 law has left Congress repeatedly heading off deep cuts in doctors’ Medicare reimbursements. Lawmakers are tired of those showdowns. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — An uncharacteristic joint effort by House Speaker John Boehner and his usual nemesis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to resolve a gnawing problem about how Medicare pays doctors underscores the political victories each sees in finally sweeping the issue off the deck — if they can.

Jurors begin deliberations in Atlanta test cheating trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:33
ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy.

7 children burned by science project gone awry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:32
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) — Seven elementary-age children are recovering from burns sustained when a science project went awry during an after-school program in Southern California.

Judge OKs settlements for 78 World Trade Center cleanup workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:26
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday approved settlements for 78 cleanup workers who claimed to have suffered respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses while working in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks. The workers, whose settlement terms were not made public, are among roughly 1,000 to pursue damages claims in Manhattan federal court for having cleaned more than 100 privately-owned buildings in downtown Manhattan. About one-third of the workers have settled, and another 400 to 500 could follow within a month, according to Paul Napoli, a lawyer for the 78 settling workers. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan, who oversees much of the Sept. 11 litigation, approved the latest settlements.

Mom who allowed boyfriend to beat toddler son granted parole

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:26
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who fled to a Florida amusement park with her boyfriend after allowing him to severely beat her 3-year-old son has been granted parole.

Goldwyn fine art collection going to NYC auction

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:04
NEW YORK (AP) — Works of fine art collected by Hollywood film moguls Samuel Goldwyn and his son are going to auction in a series of sales in New York City beginning in May, Sotheby's announced Thursday.

Lanes reopen on Ben Franklin Bridge after big rig overturns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:02

Lanes reopen on Ben Franklin Bridge after big rig overturnsAn overturned tractor-trailer caused traffic trouble Thursday morning, more than 12 hours after it crashed on the Vine Street Expressway.

Remnants of wild winter dictate spring US weather woes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's wild Jekyll-Hyde winter will likely dictate what weather worries Americans have this spring.

Dump truck crashes and overturns in Millville, N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 00:50

Dump truck crashes and overturns in Millville, N.J.A dump truck lost control and crashed and overturned in Millville, New Jersey Thursday morning.