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Verizon gets $15B from wireline sale, tower leasing deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:34
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Communications will make almost $15 billion from selling part of its wireline business and leasing thousands of wireless towers.

RadioShack files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection, will sell up to 2,400 stores

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:33

RadioShack files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection, will sell up to 2,400 storesStruggling electronics retailer RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and says it will sell up to 2,400 stores.

Jersey shore town aims to get last 2 Sandy families home

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:31
Just before the floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy inundated Krista Sperber's home, she had her two children grab what they could from their rooms and hop in the car for a ride to a relative's home away from the coast. She figured they'd be gone for a few days.

2 Snohomish girls missing and believed endangered

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:30
Snohomish County sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in locating two Snohomish 16-year-olds.

AP-GfK Poll: Support of gay marriage comes with caveats

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:30
While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons.

Obama condemns those who seek to 'hijack religion'

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:30
President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world. "No god condones terror," he said.

Swarm of earthquakes rattles parts of northern Oklahoma

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:28
A 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattled Alfalfa County in northern Oklahoma Thursday, damaging the county courthouse but causing no injuries.

US moves pilot-rescue aircraft closer to battlefields

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:27

A Jordanian Air Force fighter jet flies over the village of Ai as Jordanian King Abdullah II visits to offer his condolences to the tribe of the slain Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh at their home village near Karak, Jordan, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Jordan's king vowed to wage a "harsh" war against the Islamic State group after the militants burned a captive Jordanian pilot in a cage and released a video of the killing. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)WASHINGTON (AP) — The gruesome killing of a Jordanian pilot who had crashed in Islamic State territory laid bare a problem of the U.S.-led coalition — there's no sure way to rescue an airman who's down behind enemy lines. Now, in response, the U.S. has moved search-and-rescue aircraft closer to the battlefield, defense officials said Thursday.

Hackers access records for millions of Anthem customers

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:26
Hackers broke into a health insurance database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information.

Man with bodies in yard discussed slayings with family

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:25
In a jailhouse conversation with his father and brother, Hugo Selenski seemed nonchalant about the slayings of a Pennsylvania pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend, whose bodies had been found buried behind his house along with three other sets of human remains.

Girl, 15, boyfriend, 23, to be tried in parents killing plot

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:24
A judge has ordered a 15-year-old Detroit-area girl and her boyfriend to stand trial on accusations they plotted to kill her family.

Probe into fatal crash centers on how SUV ended up on tracks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:23

Probe into fatal crash centers on how SUV ended up on tracksAn investigation into what caused a fiery crash that killed a motorist and five rail riders is focusing on how a mother of three described by friends as safety conscious ended up between two crossing gates in her SUV as a commuter train barreled toward her.

Man charged with having sex with 14-year-old runaway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:18

Man charged with having sex with 14-year-old runawayA man from Maine is behind bars in Delaware after police say he admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook.

Jordan 'bombs IS' after pilot death

BBC World News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:18
Jordan says it has carried out its first air strikes on Islamic State since the group released a video showing the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot.
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Ghana 3-0 Equatorial Guinea

BBC World News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:18
Crowd trouble forces a 30-minute interruption of Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations semi-final victory over Equatorial Guinea.
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Zealous Texas gun rights group may be shooting itself in the foot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:16
By Jon Herskovitz and Lisa Maria Garza AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Gun rights bills proposed for gun-friendly Texas and backed by a supportive Republican majority in the statehouse have hit a speed bump because zealous campaigning by a gun rights advocacy group has slowed momentum for the measure. The leader of Open Carry Tarrant County, criticized for extreme tactics that have alienated some gun rights supporters, came under further scrutiny this week for indirectly threatening death for those who did not approve a proposed measure allowing Texans to openly carry handguns in public. "These are our rights that they're playing with," Kory Watkins said in a video posted on Facebook.

Outgoing FDA chief saw changes to food safety, tobacco rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:11

FILE - In this May 30, 2014 file photo, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg answers questions during an interview at The Associated Press in Washington. Hamburg has told employees she is resigning her post in March. Hamburg told employees of the Food and Drug Administration in an email Thursday that the agency's chief scientist, Stephen Ostroff, will serve as acting commissioner. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — From food safety to tobacco regulation and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration.

IRS rehired hundreds of former workers with behavior problems: audit

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 06:03
By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Poor screening led the IRS to rehire hundreds of former employees with records of bad behavior including falsifying forms and unauthorized access to taxpayer information, an internal government watchdog found. Auditors found the Internal Revenue Service between 2010 and 2013 gave jobs to 323 former employees who had displayed unsavory conduct during prior stints at the agency, according to the U.S. Treasury's Inspector General for Tax Administration on Thursday. Among the 323, five of the rehired workers had "serious misconduct" issues, a category that includes threats and sexual harassment. "Based on the types of prior performance and conduct issues we identified, rehiring certain employees presents increased risk to the IRS and taxpayers," said J. Russell George, the inspector general for tax administration.

AccuWeather: Dropping Temperatures, Gusty Winds Today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 05:59

 Dropping Temperatures, Gusty Winds TodayMeteorologist David Murphy says it stays cold on Friday. A light wintry mix arrives Sunday.

Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 05:58

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during new conference in Washington. Whose Internet is it anyway? Wheeler says he’s keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the “information superhighway” as a fun way to buy books or check the weather. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Few members of Congress appear willing to move toward a bipartisan update to the 80-year-old, Depression-era law that top U.S. regulators say gives them the authority to regulate the Internet.