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US to spend $328 million on conservation easements

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:15
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $328 million in funding Monday to protect and restore farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the country.

US job market's lingering weak spot: Stagnant pay

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:14

 Pay. Wages are up just 1.3 percent for employees in education and health care. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market has steadily improved by pretty much every gauge except the one Americans probably care about most: Pay.

'Guardians' lands $10.4 million at box office

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:12
"Guardians of the Galaxy" keeps orbiting the top spot at the box office.

4 children killed in fire on Chicago's South Side

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:05

Fire marshals sift through debris in an apartment building where four children died in an early morning fire Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Chicago. Two adults were also injured in the blaze and about 50 other residents escaped the fire. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Four children died when fire raced up a stairwell early Monday in an apartment building on Chicago's far South Side, trapping them in their bedrooms and forcing their mother and her boyfriend to leap from a third-story window, fire officials said.

Widow of slain Plymouth Township cop sues gun store

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:51

Widow of slain Plymouth Township cop sues gun storeThe widow of a slain Plymouth Township police officer has filed suit against the store that sold the gun that claimed her husband's life.

Judge won't disband polygamous sect police

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:46

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, heavy machinery clears the former home-polygamist compound of Warren and Rulon Jeffs in Salt Lake City. A federal judge has rejected a request from the Arizona attorney general to disband the police department in Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border. Arizona prosecutors filed court documents earlier this summer, citing new proof that the agency is the splinter religious group's de facto law enforcement arm. U.S. District Judge James Teilborg said in a ruling that he doesn't doubt disbanding the police unit would decrease discrimination, but he said doing so would be too burdensome on the community. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, File) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUTSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The police agency that oversees Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border will remain intact after a federal judge rejected the latest request from the Arizona attorney general to disband the department.

Arrest made, victim ID'd in Deptford fatal hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:45

Arrest made, victim ID'd in Deptford fatal hit-and-runAn arrest has been made in a hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of a man in Deptford, New Jersey.

Former Virginia political candidate indicted in three killings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:44
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An eccentric former Virginia political candidate was indicted on Monday in three killings that had sparked fears a serial killer could be loose in the Washington area. A grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, charged Charles Severance with 10 counts, including murder and firearms charges, the commonwealth attorney's office said in a statement. The seemingly random killings in Alexandria, a Washington suburb, had aroused concerns about a possible serial killer. "We've been waiting for this day for a long time," Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook told a news conference that was carried online.

Hearings pushed back in Michigan child abuse case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:39
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Preliminary examinations have been pushed back for a man and his mother charged with torture and child abuse after authorities said plumber's tape was used to keep an 11-year-old boy restrained for several hours at a time at a southwestern Michigan home.

Homeland Security botched pandemic preparedness : U.S. report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security failed to assess the supplies it needed to deal with a potential pandemic and now has expired stockpiles including medications, 200,000 respirators and 4,184 bottles of hand sanitizers, an inspector general report showed. The department bought 16 million surgical masks and 350,000 white coverall suits without establishing the need for them, according to its inspector general's report, which included photographs of stacks of unopened boxes piled high in a storeroom. ...

Twitter tests shopping service with 'Buy' button

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:21

FILE - This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, file photo shows a Twitter app on an iPhone screen, in New York. Twitter is testing a way to let users go shopping or make charitable contributions between tweets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is taking its users shopping.

Rescue crews called to Wissahickon Park after fall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:18

Rescue crews called to Wissahickon Park after fallAuthorities were called to Wissahickon Park for a possible rescue.

Mayor of 'dry' Alabama city arrested on charge of driving drunk

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:13
(Reuters) - The mayor of one of Alabama's largest "dry" cities - where the sale of alcohol is still banned - has been arrested on a drunken driving charge, authorities said on Monday. Don Hall, mayor of Hartselle, about 25 miles southwest of Huntsville, was arrested on Friday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, the Limestone County Sheriff's Office said. Hartselle, with a population of about 14,500, last voted to keep its ban on alcohol sales in place in 2012, with Hall in support of keeping the city dry, the Alabama Media Group reported. ...

New York officials face off with Times Square superheroes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:59

People dressed in costumes pose for a photograph with a family in the Times Square region of New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City officials on Monday tackled Spider Man, Elmo and other fictional favorites with a proposal to intensify a crackdown on the costumed street performers who wander Times Square and pose with tourists for tips. If passed, the law would require licensing, background checks and other regulatory measures for the costumed characters in what City Council member Andy King, author of the measure, called a public safety concern. "This is not about violating anybody's First Amendment rights," King said on a busy Times Square sidewalk to jeers from nearby protesters. ...

Missing autistic boy, six, stumbles into California homeless camp

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:46
(Reuters) - A 6-year-old autistic boy who apparently wandered away from his Northern California home over the weekend has been reunited with his family after stumbling into a homeless encampment miles away, where he was taken in by people staying there, police say. Sergio Zapata, who is non-verbal, was reported missing from his home in San Jose on Saturday morning, possibly wearing only a diaper, prompting a frantic search by local authorities who asked the public for help. ...

Police: Man put toddler in dryer, turned it on

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:42
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A man is accused of putting a 2-year-old Maine toddler in a clothes dryer and turning it on, burning the boy.

U.S. Ebola patient at Nebraska hospital eats, listens to music

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:36

International Christian mission organization SIM missionary doctor Rick Sacra(Reuters) - A U.S. medical missionary infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa was able to eat breakfast on Monday and was listening to music at the Nebraska Medical Center where he was taken for treatment last week, his wife said. "He hasn't been able to eat much since he got here, but he had some toast and apple sauce. He also tolerated the research drug well – better than he had the previous doses he was given," Debbie Sacra said in a statement. Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, arrived at the hospital on Friday. ...

Southern California commuter train ridership down

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:34

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2008 file photo, commuters wait at the Chatsworth Metrolink train station in Chatsworth, Calif. The once-booming regional rail service Metrolink has been shedding riders in big numbers. Metrolink has seen a drop of nearly 600,000 annual passengers since its 2008 peak. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the economy may be recovering from the Great Recession, ridership on Southern California's once-booming regional rail service has not.

NY lawmakers: Reauthorize 9/11 compensation law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Days before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, elected officials from New York called on Congress to reauthorize federal legislation to compensate first responders who became ill working at ground zero.

3 family members hit, killed by car in California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 03:23
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Police say three family members, including a 4-year-old boy, were killed when a driver plowed into them as they walked in a Central California neighborhood.