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Feds reach out to kids over online predators

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:57
Federal agents are reaching out to children to get them to use street smarts online in a nationwide push to prevent sexual exploitation cases.

Obama to propose ending NSA's phone call sweep

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:57

FILE - In this Monday, March 17, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. The New York Times reported late Monday, March 24, 2014, that the Obama administration this week will propose that Congress overhaul the NSA's electronic surveillance program. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — To assuage privacy concerns, the White House and some lawmakers are pushing forward with changes to a surveillance program that would leave the bulk storage of millions of Americans' telephone records in the hands of phone companies, even though they are convinced the information now held by the government is protected and question whether the changes would actually do more to protect privacy.


Ruling: Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood funds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:56
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood of federal family planning money.

Houston firefighters battle large apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:55
HOUSTON (AP) — A large apartment complex under construction in Houston has been consumed by fire, sending thick, black smoke billowing into the sky and drawing hundreds of emergency personnel.

Obama administration touts 'carrot' approach on U.S. education reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:54

U.S. President Obama gestures as he speaks during the closing news conference of the Nuclear Security Summit in The HagueBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after President Barack Obama launched his "Race to the Top," education initiative, the administration said on Tuesday the program was boosting high school graduation rates and encouraging reform at U.S. schools. Since the first competitive grant was awarded in 2010, 18 states and the District of Columbia have received a total of $4.35 billion in federal grants. "The compelling need for change was as clear as it was urgent," Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters on a conference call following the release of a report that assesses the progress of the program. "Race to the Top reflected our deep belief that carrots, rather than sticks, lead to lasting change." The Race to the Top grant program was part of the president's 2009 economic stimulus package and was intended to encourage reforms in K-through-12 education.


Obama administration touts 'carrot' approach on U.S. education reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:54

U.S. President Obama gestures as he speaks during the closing news conference of the Nuclear Security Summit in The HagueBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after President Barack Obama launched his "Race to the Top," education initiative, the administration said on Tuesday the program was boosting high school graduation rates and encouraging reform at U.S. schools. Since the first competitive grant was awarded in 2010, 18 states and the District of Columbia have received a total of $4.35 billion in federal grants. "The compelling need for change was as clear as it was urgent," Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters on a conference call following the release of a report that assesses the progress of the program. "Race to the Top reflected our deep belief that carrots, rather than sticks, lead to lasting change." The Race to the Top grant program was part of the president's 2009 economic stimulus package and was intended to encourage reforms in K-through-12 education.


Feds want to expand Hanford Reach

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:54
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to study the possible expansion of the Hanford Reach National Monument.

After giraffe uproar, Copenhagen zoo kills 4 lions

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:49
A Danish zoo that faced protests for killing a healthy giraffe to prevent inbreeding says it has put down four lions, including two cubs, to make room for a new male lion.

Ebola victims quarantined in Guinea

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:49
Health workers in protective hazmat suits treated patients in quarantine centers on Tuesday in a remote corner of Guinea where Ebola has killed at least 60 people in West Africa's first outbreak of the deadly virus in two decades.

Emergency break failed to stop Chicago train

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:44

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early in the morning, injuring more than 30 people, in Chicago. Had the crash occurred during the day, when the trains are often full and the escalator packed with luggage-carrying travelers, far more people likely would have been injured, some even killed, said Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — An emergency track-side breaking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday.


Emergency break failed to stop Chicago train

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:44

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early in the morning, injuring more than 30 people, in Chicago. Had the crash occurred during the day, when the trains are often full and the escalator packed with luggage-carrying travelers, far more people likely would have been injured, some even killed, said Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — An emergency track-side breaking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday.


Houston Daughter Bobbi Kristina Says Music Career Coming

Yahoo! Music News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:39
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown might try and be a singer like her mother. On Twitter, the daughter of the late, great Houston has revealed her desire to pursue music. After one fan wrote, "omg I can't wait to here some of your music," Brown responded with "I can't wait for you all to hear it either ! L O V E." She continued with a tweet implying she inhereted her mother's greatness.
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Italy confirms release of citizen in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:37
MILAN (AP) — The Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome has confirmed the release of an Italian citizen working for the United Nations who had been kidnapped in Yemen.

Italy confirms release of citizen in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:37
MILAN (AP) — The Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome has confirmed the release of an Italian citizen working for the United Nations who had been kidnapped in Yemen.

DealBook: I.R.S. Says Bitcoin Should Be Considered Property, Not Currency

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:35
Adding clarity to the regulatory landscape, the agency said it would consider Bitcoin property for tax purposes, since it “does not have legal tender status in any jurisdiction.”
    





DealBook: I.R.S. Says Bitcoin Should Be Considered Property, Not Currency

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:35
Adding clarity to the regulatory landscape, the agency said it would consider Bitcoin property for tax purposes, since it “does not have legal tender status in any jurisdiction.”
    





DealBook: I.R.S. Says Bitcoin Should Be Considered Property, Not Currency

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:35
Adding clarity to the regulatory landscape, the agency said it would consider Bitcoin property for tax purposes, since it “does not have legal tender status in any jurisdiction.”
    





DealBook: British Government to Sell a Big Stake in Lloyds Banking

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:33
In a sign that Britain’s financial sector is strengthening, the sale of shares will reduce the government’s stake in Lloyds to about 25 percent from about 32.7 percent.
    

DealBook: British Government to Sell a Big Stake in Lloyds Banking

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:33
In a sign that Britain’s financial sector is strengthening, the sale of shares will reduce the government’s stake in Lloyds to about 25 percent from about 32.7 percent.
    

DealBook: British Government to Sell a Big Stake in Lloyds Banking

New York Times Headlines - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:33
In a sign that Britain’s financial sector is strengthening, the sale of shares will reduce the government’s stake in Lloyds to about 25 percent from about 32.7 percent.