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Advocacy group: Wind turbine rules needed to protect birds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:25

FILE - In this April 18, 2013, file photo, a golden eagle is seen flying over a wind turbine wind farm in Converse County Wyo. An advocacy group says weak federal policies are allowing wind energy companies to place thousands of turbines in locations that are dangerous to birds. A report by the American Bird Conservancy provided to The Associated Press says more than 30,000 turbines have been installed nationwide and 50,000 others are planned in areas where birds are particularly vulnerable to fatal collisions. (AP Photo/Dina Cappiello, File)PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) — The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada's boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south. Thanks to reliably brisk winds, the ground below is dotted with hundreds of electricity-generating turbines.


1 dead, 1 critical after girls struck by car in Lehigh Co.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:23

1 dead, 1 critical after girls struck by car in Lehigh Co.Two little girls were struck by a vehicle in Emmaus, Lehigh County on Monday, killing one and critically injuring the other.


Florida students forced into vaginal probes by college: lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:23
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Two female college students said they were forced to endure almost weekly vaginal probes in front of classmates and instructors as part of a medical diagnostic sonography class at a Florida community college, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court. The lawsuit by the women, identified as Jane Doe I and Jane Doe II, accuses Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, of violating their rights to free speech and to protection from unwarranted searches under the First and Fourth Amendments. Using volunteers, including students, for medical sonography training is a nationally accepted practice, said Carol Traynor, spokeswoman for Valencia College in a statement on Monday.

Nevada stand your ground law at issue in trespasser killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:21
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Jurors at a murder trial highlighting Nevada's stand your ground law must decide whether an elderly Sparks man is a premeditated killer or justifiably acted in self-defense when he fatally shot one unarmed trespasser and seriously wounded another, lawyers on both sides said Tuesday.

Willingboro residents catch rare glimpse of seal in Rancocas Creek

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:18

Willingboro residents catch rare glimpse of seal in Rancocas CreekPeople in Burlington County, New Jersey are buzzing about a rare seal sighting along one quiet creek. A couple in Willingboro saw the animal on their very own dock and captured the moments.


Double shooting in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:12

Double shooting in West PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a double shooting in West Philadelphia.


U.S. House defense appropriations panel also funds Boeing jets

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:10

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in ChicagoThe third of four key U.S. congressional committees on Tuesday approved funding for 12 additional Boeing Co fighter jets in fiscal 2016, increasing the prospects that the company will keep its St. Louis production line running past the end of 2017. The House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee added just over $1 billion in funding for seven EA-18G electronic attack jets, or Growlers, and five F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets, according to the panel's website. Added congressional funding and a $3 billion order expected soon from Kuwait should allow Boeing to extend its production line into 2019, instead of shutting it down at the end of 2017.


Government releases fire plan to protect struggling bird

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:08
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal wildfire strategy released Tuesday aims to protect the West's sagebrush country that is home to a struggling bird species whose potential listing as a threatened or endangered species already has delayed energy projects and oil and gas deals.

Jury decides Chicago police shooting of black teen was justified

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:08
By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A civil trial jury ruled on Tuesday that a Chicago police officer did not use unjustified force in the 2011 fatal shooting of an 18-year-old black man. Plaintiff Wanda Edwards was seeking unspecified damages for the death of her son, Parise Mercer, in a trial that began last week against a backdrop of rising scrutiny over police conduct toward African Americans. Officer Noel Morgan, the defendant, who also is black, was trying to arrest Mercer after a July shooting outside a restaurant.

Unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd crew member in locomotives

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:06

Bruce Nagel, attorney for Amtrak conductor Emilio Fonseca, who was working on the first car of last week's train wreck in Philadelphia, speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Roseland, N.J. Fonseca has sued Amtrak, claiming negligence and carelessness on the part of the rail carrier. Eight people were killed in the May 12 derailment and more than 200 injured. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The union for Amtrak's locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.


Conductor sues Amtrak; unions call for 2nd engineer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:04

Conductor sues Amtrak; unions call for 2nd engineerRailroad unions are urging Amtrak to put a second engineer in locomotives in the wake of a deadly derailment last week in Philadelphia, the same day the lead conductor's lawyer announced a lawsuit.


Ex-Madoff controller avoids prison time after cooperating

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:04
NEW YORK (AP) — Imprisoned Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff's former controller won't have to go to prison after a prosecutor praised her Tuesday for helping them successfully convict others in his multibillion-dollar fraud.

Takata doubling U.S. recall for defective air bags to 34 million vehicles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:03

Visitor walks past displays of Takata Corp at a showroom for vehicles in Tokyo in this file photoWASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp is doubling a recall of potentially deadly air bags to nearly 34 million vehicles, creating the largest automotive recall in American history, U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday. The recall involves passenger and driver-side air bag inflators in vehicles made by 11 automakers, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Takata said. Regulators on Tuesday linked six deaths worldwide to defective Takata air bags which exploded with too much force and sent shrapnel into the vehicles.


Police: Vermont man held wife captive in padlocked bedroom

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 06:00
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A man charged with holding his wife captive in their home over four years by padlocking her into a bedroom and boarding the windows shut could face life in prison if convicted.

PHOTO: Power washer hangs from building before rescue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 05:56

 Power washer hangs from building before rescuePolice and firefighters rescued a power washer trapped on the side of a Wilmington, Delaware high rise Tuesday.


Police fatally shoot man; 2 officers wounded in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 05:44
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Police fatally shot a man in a northern Virginia apartment building Tuesday morning after they heard screaming upon arrival for a domestic-disturbance call, authorities said. Two officers were injured.

AccuWeather: Heading Back to the Comfort Zone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 05:44

 Heading Back to the Comfort ZoneMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says dry, comfortably cool air arrives overnight.


Woman charged with killing cats to punish grandchildren

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 05:38
GODFREY, Ill. (AP) — A 71-year-old Illinois woman faces a felony animal cruelty charge for allegedly killing a cat and four kittens to punish her grandchildren for not cleaning their rooms.

Police seek victim of assault seen on YouTube

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 05:32

Police seek victim of assault seen on YouTubePolice are looking into a YouTube video in which a man is knocked unconscious at a Delaware restaurant.


Prostitute pleads guilty in Google executive's heroin death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 05:31

Alix Catherine Tichelman sits in the courtroom with her attorney, Athena Reis, during her arraignment in Santa Cruz(Reuters) - A prostitute charged with killing a Google executive by injecting him with heroin on his yacht off the California coast pleaded guilty on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter, court officials said. Alix Catherine Tichelman, 27, was sentenced to six years in prison by a Santa Cruz Superior Court judge after she accepted a plea deal in which a manslaughter charge was reduced to involuntary manslaughter, a court official said. Prosecutors say Tichelman, a high-priced call girl, injected Forrest Hayes, 51, with heroin during a tryst aboard his yacht off Santa Cruz in November 2013.