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Subway employee fired for posts celebrating police deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:19
LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Subway restaurant employee has been fired after posting a photo on Facebook that appeared to show her in uniform celebrating the killing of two police officers in Hattiesburg.

Suspect arrested for Dunkin' Donuts smash-and-grab in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:57

Suspect arrested for Dunkin' Donuts smash-and-grab in West PhiladelphiaA suspect is in custody for allegedly robbing a Dunkin' Donuts in West Philadelphia.

Dad avoids jail time in amusement park fight over knife ban

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:56
BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A Vermont man has received a six-month suspended sentence on several charges following a fracas last summer that erupted at a New Hampshire amusement park when his family was told they couldn't carry their knives.

Texas, Arkansas governors declare disasters after deadly tornadoes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:49

A young boy rests his head in his hands in front of a house which was destroyed after a tornado swept through the area in Van, TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza and Steve Barnes VAN, Texas/LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - The governors of Texas and Arkansas declared disasters on Monday in parts of their states hit by tornadoes and floods in a storm series that slammed central states, leaving at least five people dead, injuring more than 50 and reducing buildings to splinters. A husband and wife were killed near a trailer park in Van, Texas, about 70 miles (115 km) southeast of Dallas, a town of about 2,500 people where scores of homes were shattered. The National Weather Service said an EF3 category tornado packing winds of around 140 mph (225 kph) hit the town. Near the west Arkansas town of Nashville, a baby girl was pulled from the wreckage of a mobile home where her parents died in a tornado.

Another Major Earthquake Strikes Nepal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:32
An earthquake struck Nepal Tuesday, weeks after the country was devastated by a massive earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Former CIA officer sentenced to 3½ years in Iran leaks case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:24

Jeffrey Sterling and his wife Holly, leave federal court in Alexandria, Va., Monday, May 11, 2015, after he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for leaking details of a secret mission to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The list of leakers sent to prison for exposing government secrets is one name longer with Monday's 3 ½-year sentence for former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling.

Amidst an oil boom, North Dakota produces premium caviar

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:02

Crews from North Star Caviar weigh and measure female paddlefish in Williston, North DakotaBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota is known globally not just for prolific oil production, but also, it turns out, for caviar. As paddlefish, one of North America's largest freshwater fish, make their way north to spawn, their eggs, or roe, are processed at the water's edge to make more than 2,000 pounds of caviar prized by clients from Tokyo to Toronto to New York. "Everyone will tell you that Russian sturgeon caviar is the best, and since the quality of our caviar is so close, we feel like we're second," said June Sheaks, executive director of North Star Caviar, the nonprofit company behind the caviar operation. Before North Star was formed about 25 years ago, roe from female paddlefish was discarded by North Dakota fishermen.

Self-driving cars can't avoid accidents on California roads

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 16:34

FILE - This May 13, 2014 file photo shows a row of Google self-driving Lexus cars at a Google event outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Of the nearly 50 self-driving cars rolling around California roads and highways, four have gotten into accidents since September, 2014. That’s when the state officially began permitting these cars of the future, which use sensors and computing power to maneuver around traffic. Three accidents involved Lexus SUVs run by Google Inc. The fourth was an Audi retrofitted by the parts supplier Delphi Automotive. Google and Delphi said the accidents were minor and their cars were not at fault.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The self-driving cars that Google Inc. has been testing on California's roads and highways were involved in 11 minor accidents over the past six years, according to the tech giant.

Oregon governor signs gun background check bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 15:20
(Reuters) - Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Monday signed into law a bill that will require background checks on nearly all gun buyers in the state. The Oregon Firearms Safety Act expands background check requirements, already in place at stores and gun shows in the state, to include person-to-person and online gun sales. Supporters say that tighter background checks are key to preventing violence by people already prohibited from owning guns, such as those with domestic violence or felony convictions. Oregon is now that eighth state to require universal background checks, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, including six that have taken action since the 2012 killings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Judge hearing closing arguments in Hinckley case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 15:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge who will decide whether to let the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan live full time outside a mental hospital will hear closing arguments in the case.

US judge won't to block contact lens anti-price fixing law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:11
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Monday refused to block a Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses that has drawn the ire of the nation's largest manufacturers.

At least three hurt in shooting near California university campus

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 14:04
(Reuters) - At least three people were hurt in a shooting on Monday evening near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara, officials said. Three young men, one of whom was believed to be a suspect, were taken to a hospital after the incident in the community of Isla Vista at around 7.15 p.m, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said. Three people were shot, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said on its website, but the sheriff's office did not give details of the injuries. The shooting comes about a year after Elliot Rodger, 22, stabbed three men to death in his Isla Vista apartment before fatally shooting three more people near the campus.

Shell clears major US government hurdle for Arctic drilling

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 13:53

FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, with the Olympic Mountains in the background, a small boat crosses in front of an oil drilling rig as it arrives in Port Angeles, Wash. aboard a transport ship after traveling across the Pacific. Royal Dutch Shell hopes to use the rig for exploratory drilling during the summer open-water season in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast, if it can get the permits. Royal Dutch Shell cleared a major hurdle Monday, May 11, 2015, when The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved Shell's exploration plan. However, this isn't the final step that Shell needs for Arctic drilling. (Daniella Beccaria/ via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic drilling program has cleared a major bureaucratic hurdle to begin drilling for oil and gas off Alaska's northwestern coast this summer.

In Detroit, Jewish cemetery survives within GM auto plant

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 13:33

In a photo from Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Hamtramck, Mich., Gino Cardillo closes the gates of the Beth Olem Cemetery on the grounds of the General Motors Co.'s Detroit Hamtramck Plant. For plant security, public access is limited to a couple days a year, typically Sundays nearest to the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Passover, and some special events. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — Beth Olem Cemetery is like many aging, final resting places, with assorted tombstones in varying condition, sizes and styles, surrounded by a brick wall and iron gate.

Woman freed from prison after 42 years, awaits new trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 13:29
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — After 42 years behind bars, a central Pennsylvania woman has been released from prison, pending a new trial in a double-murder arson case.

Company: Giant oil rig to be towed to Seattle this week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 13:26
SEATTLE (AP) — A giant floating oil rig currently anchored off Port Angeles, Washington, will be towed to Seattle this week despite the Seattle mayor's assertion that the Port of Seattle can't host the rig until it gets a new land-use permit, a Royal Dutch Shell spokesman said Monday.

2 shot, 1 assaulted near UC Santa Barbara campus

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 13:25
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Two people were shot and a third was assaulted Monday night in an attack near the University of California, Santa Barbara in the same neighborhood where a man staged a killing rampage last year.

Study: Americans becoming less Christian, more secular

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:46

FILE-This photo taken May 3, 2013, shows a long time exposure showing the stars in the sky over a cross of "Panagia Chrisospiliotissa", a Christian Orthodox monastery outside of capital Nicosia, Cyprus. The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.

California judge refuses to revoke release of serial rapist

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:43
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A California judge refused Monday to revoke the release of a serial rapist amid fears by his neighbors that he would rape again.