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Obama wants $1 billion to curb Central American immigration

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:46
President Barack Obama wants to spend $1 billion to help curb illegal immigration from three Central American countries, according to the president's budget request.

Libyan MPs revoke anti-Gaddafi law

BBC World News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:45
Libya's internationally recognised parliament revokes a controversial law that banned Gaddafi-era officials from taking part in politics.
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California police probe swastika graffiti as hate crime

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:41
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — While detectives investigate spray-painted swastikas on a University of California, Davis off-campus Jewish fraternity house as a hate crime, a Muslim civil liberties group has come out in solidarity with the Jewish community.

Police sergeant accused of surrendering guns using false name

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:40

Police sergeant accused of surrendering guns using false nameA Philadelphia Police sergeant is facing charges, accused of providing false identification to law enforcement when surrendering fire arms at a police station.


Skiers with dogs discover joys of skijoring

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:38
For cross-country enthusiasts it’s like dog sledding without the sled, and pooches and their people both love it.

U.S. groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:37

Punxsutawney Phil's handler Ron Ploucha introduces the groundhog to the crowd at Gobbler's Knob in PunxsutawneyBy Elizabeth Daley PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (Reuters) - Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog famous for his weather predictions, saw his shadow after emerging from his burrow atop Gobbler’s Knob in western Pennsylvania on Monday, forecasting six more weeks of winter. Phil's prediction came at about 7:25 a.m. in the borough of Punxsutawney, where some in his audience chanted "six more weeks, six more weeks" as they waited. "I could kiss that little guy for that." The history of groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, as weather prognosticators in the United States dates to the 1800s, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. Various Groundhog Day celebrations are held throughout the United States.


Low prices raise alarm in North Dakota oil patch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:36

In this Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, photo, oil pump jacks are seen McKenzie County, in western North Dakota. Roughly 60 rigs are drilling in surrounding McKenzie County, 40 percent of the rigs statewide. But now that those prices have tumbled, the shifting oil market threatens to put the industry and local governments on a collision course. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — High crude prices catapulted North Dakota into the top tier of the global oil market and doubled or tripled the size of once-sleepy towns that suddenly had to accommodate a small army of petroleum workers.


Wyoming man arrested for threat to kill President Obama

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:34
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a Cheyenne man who has a violent criminal history for calling police and threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

Seattle's Jewish population jumped by 70 percent, study finds

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:32
As fast as Seattle has been growing lately, the area's Jewish population has grown even faster.

Inmate with more than 2 decades on death row freed _ for now

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:32

In this Jan. 30, 2015 photo provided by Herb Mondros, shows former Delaware death row inmate Jermaine Wright, right, with his mother, Delores Wright, in Wilmington, Del., after he was released from prison. Wright, who spent more than two decades on death row, was released after a judge ruled that prosecutors could not use a confession he gave to police after a 1991 killing of a liquor store clerk near Wilmington. Prosecutors dismissed charges against Wright, while they appeal the judge’s decision to the state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Herb Mondros)DOVER, Del. (AP) — A man who spent more than two decades on Delaware's death row has been set free, for now, as prosecutors appeal a judge's ruling that they cannot use a coerced confession he gave to police while high on heroin.


Obama's budget would allow pot sales in District of Columbia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:30
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's $4 trillion budget would allow legal sales of marijuana in the District of Columbia by adding one word - "federal" - to spending language Congress approved last year. The spending blueprint leaves the District of Columbia free to spend its own money on legalization. Under a $1.1 trillion budget deal in December, Congress had barred the city from spending any funds, including its own, to carry out pot sales. District of Columbia voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure, Initiative 71, in November that would let the U.S. capital join the states of Washington and Colorado in legalizing pot for recreational use.

NFL great Warren Sapp arrested for soliciting escort, assault in Phoenix

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:29

Warren Sapp talks during his acceptance into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in CantonBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - National Football League Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp was arrested at a Phoenix hotel on Monday on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and assault, authorities said. Sapp, who had been covering the Super Bowl as an analyst for the NFL Network, was booked into Maricopa County jail after an incident involving two escorts in an apparent dispute over money, said Phoenix police spokesman Sergeant Trent Crump.


Apple turning closed Arizona facility into data center

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:24
PHOENIX (AP) — Apple said Monday it will invest $2 billion over 10 years to open a data center in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will be the company's fifth in the U.S. and serve as a control facility for its global networks.

Man arrested outside White House grounds identified

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:23
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man charged with unlawful entry after he tried to climb a barrier set up outside the White House is a 23-year-old from Washington.

Four wounded in post-Super Bowl gunfight in California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:23
Four people were shot and wounded and a fifth was badly beaten during a street brawl and gunfight that erupted late on Sunday in the aftermath of a Super Bowl party in Sacramento, police said. Alcohol was a factor in the violence, which unfolded about 11:30 p.m. outside a home where a Super Bowl party had been held earlier in the evening, authorities said. Sacramento police officer Justin Brown said a number of people were detained in connection with the incident but no arrests had yet been made.

For Williams, Triumph and Pain Come at One Speed

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:18
Serena Williams, 33, who looked fit in winning the Australian Open, has had public health setbacks in recent months and said she could use someone to rein her in.

Jury selection in theater shooting going faster than planned

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:17
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting case says jury selection is going so efficiently that the first phase will be cut short by several days.

Obama's budget targets high cost of cutting-edge drugs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:16

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2014 file photo Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks in Manassas, Va. With patients facing greater exposure to the high cost of new medications, President Barack Obama on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, called for government to use its buying power to squeeze drug companies for lower prices. Burwell said the proposal aims both to control costs and improve patient care. It’s expected to be submitted as legislation. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — With patients facing greater exposure to the high cost of new medications, President Barack Obama on Monday called for government to use its buying power to squeeze drug companies for lower prices.


Obama 2016 budget urges states to cut emissions faster

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:16

Obama delivers remarks at the armed services farewell in honor of Hagel in VirginiaBy Jeff Mason and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes boosting funding for clean energy by 7 percent and a new $4 billion fund to encourage U.S. states to make faster and deeper cuts to emissions from power plants, officials said Monday. Obama's budget also calls for the permanent extension of the Production Tax Credit, used by the wind industry, and the Investment Tax Credit, used by the solar industry, the officials said. Obama has made fighting climate change a top priority in his final two years in office. The White House sees it as critical to his legacy.


U.S. Declassifies Some Information on Afghan Forces

New York Times Headlines - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 06:15
The data had been available for the past six years. But last week word leaked that it would be kept secret.