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Man pleads guilty in 2014 attack inside Greyhound bus

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:40
A California man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to assault charges related to his 2014 alleged attack inside a Greyhound bus that forced the vehicle off the road west of Phoenix, injuring more than two dozen passengers, court officials said. Maquel Morris, 27, entered the guilty plea to three counts of aggravated assault during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court. Morris, from Los Angeles, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 24.

Oklahoma drilling regulator calls spike in quakes a 'game changer'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:28
From June 17 to 24, there have been 35 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in the state, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Particularly worrying for regulators, some of the recent quakes occurred in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, where there are no high-volume wastewater injection wells. Drillers were directed by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), which regulates the oil and gas industry, to stop disposing wastewater below the state's deepest rock formation, believed to be one of the main causes of the quakes, and to reduce the depth of wells that already go that deep.

Confederate symbols of Civil War divide U.S. 150 years on

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:11

A horse drawn carriage carries the casket of the late South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney past the Confederate flag and onto the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol in ColumbiaBy Wayne Hester BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - More and more voices across the U.S. South called for banishing the banner of the pro-slavery Confederacy on Wednesday in a fast-growing movement that adds new emotion and tensions to a year of soul-searching over race in America. From Alabama to Mississippi, Louisiana to Tennessee and beyond the South, politicians distanced themselves from Confederate flags and monuments memorializing southern heroes of the 1861-65 War Between the States. Alabama's governor ordered the Confederate flag and three other flags of the Confederacy removed from the grounds of the state's Capitol in Montgomery, a historically significant city in America's civil rights movement where Martin Luther King Jr. led protests in the 1950s.


Former Chicago Little League team suing over stripped title

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:10

Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team player Cameron Bufford listens as team attorney Victor Henderson addresses reporters at a news conference Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Chicago. Henderson announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the sport's governing body, accusing it of improperly stripping it of the national title that had catapulted the young athletes to hometown hero status.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago Little League team announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the sport's governing body, accusing it of improperly stripping the young athletes of the national title that made them hometown heroes and nationally known and refusing to provide the information used to make the stunning decision.


Pastor-politician slain in Charleston is mourned at state capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:09

Eliana Pinckney and mother Jennifer hug mourners as the late South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney lies in state inside the rotunda of the State Capitol in ColumbiaThe body of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the state senator and pastor gunned down with eight others at a historic black church in Charleston, was taken on Wednesday to the South Carolina capitol to lie in state inside the rotunda. Pinckney's casket arrived on a horse-drawn carriage, passing by the hotly disputed Confederate battle flag flying on the State House grounds in Columbia. Governor Nikki Haley and other politicians came onto the State House steps to pay their respects to the 41-year-old Democrat, who had been widely admired for the way he blended politics with his faith.


Federal agency awards Washington state $12.6 million for 2014 mudslide relief

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:59
A federal relief agency will give at least $12.6 million to emergency officials in Washington state for debris removal and to acquire property destroyed during a 2014 mudslide that killed 43 people, a state official said on Wednesday. The funds are added to the roughly $16.5 million the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has already made available to harmed communities and local agencies through several disaster-relief grant programs, said state Emergency Management Division spokesman Mark Stewart. FEMA will reimburse state and Snohomish County officials for debris removal costs up to $7.6 million, Stewart said.

Ex-Vanderbilt football players released on bond in rape case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:58
A Tennessee judge on Wednesday ordered two former Vanderbilt University football players released on bond while they await retrial on charges they raped an unconscious female student. Judge Monte Watkins on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case against Cory Batey, 21, and Brandon Vandenburg, 22, setting aside the verdicts from a January trial in which they were found guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. Watkins ruled on Tuesday that a juror's failure to disclose during the jury selection process that he was a rape victim brought a presumption of bias to the jury.

Shark bites 8-year-old boy in NC; no warning to swimmers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:58
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after being bitten by a shark Wednesday while swimming in knee-deep water in Surf City, N.C.

California coal divestment bill clears assembly panel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:57
A bill to require California's state pension funds Calpers and CalSTRS to sell their investments in companies that generate at least half their revenue from coal mining passed an Assembly committee by a vote of 5-1 on Wednesday. Pension funds are under pressure from environmental activists to halt investing in fossil fuels, and the vote could increase the momentum for other funds to sell such assets as this has become a hot-button issue both domestically and internationally.

NWS: No tornado, but 85 mph winds in Gloucester County

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:53

 No tornado, but 85 mph winds in Gloucester CountyThe National Weather Service says is wasn't a tornado, but 85 mph straight-line winds that hit Gloucester County, New Jersey during severe storms on Tuesday, leaving massive damage behind.


Vegas-style gambling launches in Massachusetts

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:45
The first Las Vegas-style casino in Massachusetts opened its doors on Wednesday, part of a plan proponents say will add thousands of jobs and bring millions of dollars to the state. The Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, about 35 miles southwest of Boston, invited patrons to try their luck at a variety of slot machines and video card games. The casino is to operate year-round, 24 hours a day, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said in a statement.

U.S. judge deals Amtrak setback over Sandy storm losses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:44
Amtrak suffered a big setback in its attempt to recoup an estimated $1.1 billion of losses from Superstorm Sandy, when a federal judge on Wednesday rejected the railroad's efforts to recover much of that sum from its insurers. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan agreed with Amtrak's insurers that Sandy was a single "occurrence" under the railroad's policies. Amtrak had argued that its insurers should pay up to its policy limits, with a maximum of $675 million per occurrence, but that most insurers wanted to cap any payout at $125 million.

New York City to offers free eye tests, glasses to older students

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:40

New York City Mayor De Blasio holds a news conference on his progressive agenda against income inequality with labor leaders and elected officials outside the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 65,000 students in New York City's poorest-performing public schools will have their vision screened and, if needed, get a free pair of eyeglasses, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday. The new city partnership with Warby Parker, a New York-based company known for its online sales of fashion-conscious eyewear, aims to remove poor eyesight as a barrier to education, the Democratic mayor said in a news release. It expands vision screenings beyond the usual elementary school years to include middle and high school students in all 130 Community Schools, which are among the city's lowest-achieving schools, the mayor said.


Google building next data center at Alabama power plant site

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:38
STEVENSON, Ala. (AP) — Google is converting an old coal-burning power plant in Alabama into a sleek data center running on renewable energy to fuel the additional computing capacity needed to process Internet search requests, show digital video, give directions, deliver email and store photos.

Chicago Little League team files legal action over title loss

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:31

Former Chicago Little League team suing over stripped titleBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago-area Little League team stripped of its championship title last year over allegations of cheating has filed a legal action against the sport's governing body, questioning the fairness of the decision. The Jackie Robinson West team, whose victory last summer led to a celebration parade in Chicago, was stripped of the U.S. title in February for violating a rule that prohibits the use of players who live outside the team's boundaries. At a news conference on Wednesday, Victor Henderson, an attorney for Jackie Robinson West, told reporters the team wants to be sure the rules are applied equally to everyone.


News guide: What's at stake in battle over Hawaii telescope

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:29

FILE - This undated file artist rendering made available by the TMT Observatory Corporation shows the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope, planned to be built atop Mauna Kea, a large dormand volcano in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii in Hawaii. Gov. About 20 people opposed to building what would be one of the world's largest telescopes on a Hawaii mountain are camped out near the construction site, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, vowing to stop work from resuming. (AP Photo/TMT Observatory Corporation, File) NO SALESHONOLULU (AP) — Scientists hoping to build a telescope that will allow them to see 13 billion light years away, offering a look into the early years of the universe, are facing opposition from Native Hawaiian groups who say the construction site is on sacred land.


Historic Charleston church holds Bible study in room where 9 members killed last week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:16
Historic Charleston church holds Bible study in room where 9 members killed last week.

Republicans push back against proposed dietary guidelines

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:13

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2010 file photo, steaks and other beef products are displayed for sale at a grocery store in McLean, Va. Congressional Republicans are pushing back on proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what foods to eat. House and Senate spending bills approved by subcommittees in each chamber says the guidelines must focus only on nutrition and diet _ a clear effort to thwart a recommendation by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that eating a diet higher in vegetables and other plant-based foods is better for the environment than eating a diet based on foods from animals. That advice has raised the ire of the meat industry. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are pushing back against proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what foods to eat.


Medford residents picking up the pieces after storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:12

Medford residents picking up the pieces after stormResidents in Medford, New Jersey are left picking up the pieces after a damaging storm tore through the area.


Man pleads guilty in 2014 Greyhound bus crash near Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:06
PHOENIX (AP) — A California man accused of attacking the driver of a Greyhound bus and causing it to go off an Arizona freeway in 2014 has pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault.