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Florida girl was alive when tossed from bridge by father, police say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:07

John Jonchuck Jr. is seen in an undated picture released by the St Petersburg Police Department in St Petersburg, FloridaBy Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A 5-year-old Florida girl was likely alive when her father dropped her 62 feet off a bridge into the choppy waters of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg police said on Friday. Phoebe Jonchuck, a kindergarten student, was found in the water about an hour and a half later and pronounced dead at a hospital early on Thursday. Her father, 25-year-old John Jonchuck, has been charged with murder. "Based on preliminary evidence, our investigators believe Phoebe was alive when Jonchuck dropped her from the bridge," St. Petersburg Police said in a statement. ...

Theater shooting prosecutors object to requested trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:06
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case are asking the judge to reject the latest defense request to delay the trial that's scheduled to start Jan. 20.

State seeking two-tier system for driver’s license, ID cards

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:04
Washington state officials are seeking to redesign the state’s driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to comply with tougher federal requirements for proof of U.S. residency for government-sanctioned identification.

California Governor Brown announces $113 billion budget for 2015-16

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:03

California Governor Brown gives his inaugural address with First Lady of California Anne Gust and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye at his historic fourth inauguration at the State Capitol in SacramentoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown on Friday released his 2015-16 state budget, calling for $113 billion in proposed general fund spending, up just 1.4 percent from the year before despite the state's substantial economic recovery. Brown, a fiscal moderate whose tight-fisted policies helped stabilize state finances, proposed modest increases in spending on public schools and for health and human services, but tightened the budget for some departments. "We have a carefully balanced budget - more precarious than I would like," Brown ...

Snow, wind close roads, schools; cap bitter week in Buffalo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:03
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lake-effect snow closed roads and schools in and around northern New York Friday, and police were investigating whether a man whose frozen body was found in Buffalo died from the frigid temperatures and below-zero wind chills.

Obama proposes publicly funded community colleges for all

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:02

President Barack Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn., about new initiatives to help more Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college "down to zero" for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state's Republican governor.

Farm stand-style honor system used for Pennsylvania heroin deals: police

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:01
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania teacher is due in court next week on charges he dealt heroin at a suburban home rented from a local police chief and used a farm stand-style honor system for buyers to pick up and pay for drugs left on the front porch. Charles Schaldenbrand, 44, a high school special education teacher, faces four felony drug charges for sales to an undercover informant working for the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics, according to the criminal complaint. ...

Coming up: Events beyond Seattle

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:01
Plan ahead with this roundup of regional festivals and celebrations.

Final injury report out for Seattle-Carolina game: TE Tony Moeaki questionable

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 06:01
There are no surprises on the final injury report for Saturday's Seattle-Carolina playoff game.

Jeb Bush swings through Boston for fundraising luncheon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:56
BOSTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has stopped in Boston for a fundraising luncheon as he gears up for possible 2016 presidential campaign.

NYC considers extending letter-grade system to salons

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:55

 barbershops, hair salons and nail salons. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Dirty nail clippers could get the same treatment as spoiled food under a proposal to expand New York City's restaurant letter-grade system to a new frontier: barbershops, hair salons and nail salons.

Music Review: New York Philharmonic Responds to Attacks in Paris

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:51
A response to the killings at Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper, was woven into the New York Philharmonic’s program on Thursday.

How the Seahawks regained trust on defense

Seattle Seahawks - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:46
The Seahawks began watching film as a defensive unit rather than in separate position groups, a trend that coincided with their season-ending six-game winning streak and their best defense of the year.
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Christie to pay his own way to Sunday's Cowboys game

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:44

In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry laugh on the field before the NFL wildcard playoff football game between the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Christie has taken some heat for being an unabashed, gushing Cowboys fan, instead of backing teams closer to home, such as the New York Jets or Giants. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie will be attending this weekend's Dallas Cowboys game in Wisconsin — and paying for it on his own dime.

US bishop to face hit-and-run charge

BBC World News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:40
Maryland's first female Episcopalian bishop will face charges over a hit-and-run crash that killed a cyclist in Baltimore, prosecutors say.
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Ben Bolton, former Vatican correspondent for AP, dies at 82

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:37

FILE - In this Dec. 1965 file photo, Pope Paul VI, left, greets Ben Bolton, Associated Press Vatican Correspondent, at the Vatican Palace in Vatican City, Italy. Bolton was presenting the pontiff with a 30 page album of Associated Press photographs of the pontiff's trip to the UN Headquarters in New York. Msg. Paul Marcinkus of Chicago, center, staff member of the Vatica Secretariate of State and English Advisor to the Pontiff translates the conversation. Bolton, who covered the Second Vatican Council and two papacies for The Associated Press, has died, his family said Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. He was 82. Metastatic cancer had been discovered throughout Bolton's body after a hospitalization for a fall last month, his daughter Catherine said. Bolton died Dec. 28, 2014, at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland. (AP Photo/File)Ben Bolton, who covered the Second Vatican Council and two papacies for The Associated Press, has died, his family said Friday. He was 82.

Vietnam veteran in Georgia pleads to be spared the death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:34
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Lawyers for a decorated Vietnam War veteran due to be executed in Georgia next week say his life should be spared because he was suffering from a combat-related mental disorder when he killed a sheriff’s deputy in 1998. Andrew Brannan's guilt is not disputed. He shot Laurens County Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller, 22, nine times during a traffic stop, a scene caught on tape by the deputy's patrol car camera. ...

Huskies' Lincoln Kennedy elected into College Football Hall of Fame

WA Huskies - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:31
Lincoln Kennedy, the most decorated offensive lineman in Washington football history, has been elected into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced Friday morning.
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Q&A with Washington State's Jordan Railey

WA Huskies - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:31
Had a fun time talking to Washington State center Jordan Railey earlier this week for this story about his recent success on the basketball court and his relationship with his 20-month-old daughter Blakeley.
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Aer Lingus rebuffs higher offer

BBC World News - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 05:30
Ireland's flagship carrier, Aer Lingus, has rejected a revised offer from British Airways owner IAG.
Categories: BBC World News