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Road salt cause of strange tasting water in Delaware Country

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:30
Some residents in Delaware County might notice a funny taste from their tap water over the next couple of days. Turns out, that taste is the result of road salt that ended up in the water supply.

Powerball jackpot winner in North Carolina: Single mom of 4

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:11

In this undated photo provided by the North Carolina Education Lottery, shows Powerball jackpot winner Marie Holmes, second from left, after she received a check from North Carolina Education Lottery executive director Alice Garland, second from right, in Raleigh, N.C. To the left is financial adviser Dexter Perry and attorney Charles Francis, right. Holmes, a single mother of four, came forward Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, as one of three winners in a huge Powerball jackpot drawn earlier this month. (AP Photo/North Carolina Education Lottery)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A single mother of four from a small North Carolina town came forward Monday as one of three winners in a huge Powerball jackpot drawn earlier this month.

Shooting victim stumbles into Philadelphia fire station

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:59
Police are investigating a shooting near a North Philadelphia fire station.

No talks expected this week in refinery strike: sources

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:53

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Lyondell-Basell refinery in Houston, Texas.By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Talks to end the largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years are not expected to resume this week, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Monday after the number of plants hit by walkouts increased over the weekend. Face-to-face meetings between the United Steelworkers union (USW) and lead refinery owner representative Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, might remain on hold until the second week of March, the sources said. The halt in talks comes after the USW pulled workers from three Motiva Enterprises LLC [MOTIV.UL] refineries in Louisiana and Texas co-owned by Shell after oil companies balked at a possible settlement. About 6,550 workers are walking picket lines at 15 plants, including 12 refineries that account for one-fifth of U.S. refining capacity.

Missouri man accused of luring girl with snacks, killing her

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:41
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who was released on bond in a burglary case used snacks to lure a 6-year-old girl into his motel room in the southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson and strangled her, court records say.

3 evidence boxes in Etan Patz case found in police station

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:29
NEW YORK (AP) — Three boxes of evidence from the investigation into the 1979 disappearance and presumed death of schoolboy Etan Patz have turned up while a suspect is on trial for the killing, and his attorney said Monday she could have to seek a mistrial or at least recall witnesses who have already testified.

SeaWorld Orlando ends public dolphin feedings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:29
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Guests at SeaWorld's theme park in Orlando, Florida, will no longer be allowed to feed the dolphins.

Lawmaker asks if swallowed camera be used for female exam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:16

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2012 file photo, Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri talks with reporters at the Capitol building in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam. The question Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, from Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley, File)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:01

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, center, leaves the hotel following a bilateral meeting with US negotiators, among them U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, for a new round of nuclear talks in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

Study: Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:58
Study reverses current practice for high-risk kids

Three students shot and wounded on campus of Florida university

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:54
(Reuters) - Three students were shot and wounded at an historically black university in Florida on Monday and two people, at least one of them also a student, were taken into custody in connection with the incident, a school official said. The victims, who are students at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, were grazed by bullets, said school spokeswoman Beverly James. James had earlier said that two students were shot, that neither of them went to the hospital and that both of those taken into custody were students. A spokesman for the Daytona Beach Police Department, whose officers responded to the incident, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

US jury finds Palestinian groups liable for terror attacks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:54

Attorney Kent Yalowitz, representing those affected by attacks in Israel in the early 2000s, comments about the conclusion of he case outside a federal courthouse in New York Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The court found the Palestinian authorities liable in the attacks, with jurors awarding the victims $218.5 million in damages at a civil trial. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority backed a series of terrorist attacks in the early 2000s in Israel that killed or wounded Americans, a U.S. jury found Monday in awarding hundreds of millions of dollars in damages at a high-stakes civil trial.

Texas court halts man's execution after petition challenges trial evidence

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:52
By Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas court on Monday halted next week's scheduled execution of convicted murderer Rodney Reed after his backers petitioned a state court for a stay, saying he was wrongly convicted due to faulty evidence and unreliable testimony. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals did not elaborate on its decision. Reed's backers for years have questioned his conviction for capital murder and filed a petition this month with affidavits from forensics experts who faulted evidence used in his trial. Reed, 47, was scheduled to be executed on March 5 for the 1996 murder of Stacy Stites.

2 Californians get 25 years in federal prison for terror try

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:47
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Two California men were sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas, federal prosecutors said.

OSCE says Ukraine cease-fire has lowered military exchanges

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:46
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Monday that the latest cease-fire in Ukraine has "very significantly" lowered the level of military exchanges between government and separatist forces but violations are still taking place and must end.

Slain Mexican man's family views body, seeks 'justice'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:46

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2014, file photo, Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump speaks during a news conference in St. Louis County, Mo. Crump, the high-profile attorney for the family of a black teenager killed by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri, says he's representing the parents of an unarmed Mexican man who was shot to death by police this month in Washington state. Crump told The Associated Press he's meeting with Antonio Zambrano-Montes' parents Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Pasco, Wash. The Florida-based Crump, who has represented the families of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, says Zambrano-Montes' family worries about the fairness of an investigation into the Feb. 10 shooting. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The mother of an unarmed Mexican man fatally shot by police officers in Washington state viewed her son's body for the first time Monday and said she hopes for justice in the case that has sparked protests and calls for a federal investigation.

Appeals court tosses aggravated assault conviction over HIV

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:28
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation's highest military court on Monday reversed the aggravated assault conviction of a Kansas airman accused of exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita, while upholding other charges against him.

High cost, slow pace of Guantanamo proceedings become issue at hearing

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:24
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - The years-long pace of bringing al Qaeda suspects at Guantanamo Bay to trial emerged as a key issue in a hearing on Monday for the accused mastermind of the USS Cole bombing as his lawyers warned that speeding up tribunal proceedings risked sacrificing justice. Defense attorneys accused U.S. military prosecutors of exercising “unlawful influence” in trying to bring the cases to a conclusion more rapidly. “Unlawful influence in any form is incredibly destructive to our process,” said the judge, Air Force Colonel Vance Spath. He also ordered the release of 40 of the 47 documents sought by defense lawyers regarding military commanders’ complaints about the cost and pace of proceedings.

Arkansas enacts law that opponents say targets gays

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:22
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - An Arkansas bill that prohibits cities and local governments from establishing anti-discrimination codes that differ from state law was enacted on Monday, with opponents saying the measure is aimed at blocking moves to protect gays in the state. Left-leaning pockets in the socially conservative state have enacted, or are looking to enact, legislation that forbids discrimination in their jurisdictions based on sexual orientation and gender. "It’s definitely targeting us," said Tippi McCullogh of Little Rock, a teacher who is president of the Arkansas chapter of Stonewall Democrats, an advocacy group for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals.  "It takes away what little protections LGBTs in Arkansas have," McCullogh said. Backers of the law said it is aimed at promoting a healthy business climate by letting employers know there is one set of laws when it comes to protecting people from discrimination in Arkansas.

Driver of stolen car crashes into ambulance on highway, dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:22

Driver of stolen car crashes into ambulance on highway, diesAuthorities say a man driving a stolen car has crashed into an ambulance on a New Jersey highway and has been killed.