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Obama, Mich. Senate candidate call for higher wage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:25

President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using his call for a higher minimum wage to help boost a Michigan congressman running for the Senate.


It's not too late to get health coverage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:22

FILE - This March 31, 2014 file photo shows applicants waiting to be called during a health care enrollment event at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, Calif. It’s not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law’s big enrollment deadline. Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance. And people who get coverage after the deadline can still avoid, or at least reduce, the fine for going uninsured. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's big enrollment deadline.


GOP's small-state edge boosts its Senate hopes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:21

From left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., listen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, following a Republican policy luncheon with Senate Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are entrenching themselves in small states that elected Democrats a few years ago, brightening the GOP's future if Americans continue their trend of voting for the same party in Senate and presidential races.


Scandal-tainted Washington mayor loses Democratic primary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:29

D.C. Mayoral candidate, and Council Member Muriel Bowser gestures as she addresses her supporters at her election night watch party to await the Democrate Primary results in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia city council member Muriel Bowser swept to victory over scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray in the U.S. capital's crowded Democratic Party primary on Wednesday. Winning the Democratic primary is seen as tantamount to taking the general election in the heavily Democratic city. "God bless you, and let's go to work," Bowser, a city council member for the past seven years, told cheering supporters. In the November election, Bowser will face David Catania, an openly gay independent member of the city council who is seen as the strongest challenger.


PG&E criminally charged in fatal pipeline blast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:20
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged on Tuesday with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Texas pushes to keep execution drug source secret

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:07

FILE - Convicted killer Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas is shown in this file image provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, two days before Texas is scheduled to execute Hernandez-Llanas, its first inmate with a new batch of lethal injection drugs obtained last month, the state prison agency again is seeking to keep the source of the drugs secret, citing threats of violence to pharmacies that sell drugs used in lethal injections. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Texas is set to execute its first inmate with a new batch of drugs, but the state prison agency remains determined to keep its supplier a secret, citing threats of violence to pharmacies that sell drugs used in lethal injections.


Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:33

D.C. mayoral candidate and council member Muriel Bowser watches returns at her election night watch party in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Bowser is the top challenger to Mayor Vincent Gray. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Muriel Bowser won the District of Columbia's Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday, defeating incumbent Vincent Gray in a race defined by a scandal involving Gray's campaign four years ago.


Iraqi murder trial focuses on troubled family

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:17
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi man accused of killing his Muslim wife in their California home in what initially appeared to be a hate crime lied to police about his whereabouts on that fateful day and his troubled marriage, prosecutors say.

Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:55

D.C. Mayoral candidate, and Council Member Muriel Bowser addresses her supporters at her election night watch party to await the Democrate Primary results in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Muriel Bowser won the District of Columbia's Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday, defeating incumbent Vincent Gray in a race defined by a scandal involving Gray's campaign four years ago.


Colorado town rejects drone-hunting licenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:54
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Voters in the small farming town of Deer Trail, Colorado, on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a tongue-in-cheek proposal to issue hunting licenses to shoot down unmanned drones that fly over the hamlet's airspace, an election official said. The ballot question, which would have allowed the town of 600 to issue mock $25 permits for the supposed targeting of unmanned aerial vehicles, was rejected by 73 percent of voters, said Town Clerk Kim Oldfield. While Deer Trail became a center for anti-drone activism, the proliferation of unmanned vehicles for commercial, government and other uses has lawmakers across the United States looking at how to regulate the aircraft. Aside from military operations, they have applications that range from law enforcement to wildlife tracking, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Colorado town rejects drone-hunting licenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:54
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Voters in the small farming town of Deer Trail, Colorado, on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a tongue-in-cheek proposal to issue hunting licenses to shoot down unmanned drones that fly over the hamlet's airspace, an election official said. The ballot question, which would have allowed the town of 600 to issue mock $25 permits for the supposed targeting of unmanned aerial vehicles, was rejected by 73 percent of voters, said Town Clerk Kim Oldfield. While Deer Trail became a center for anti-drone activism, the proliferation of unmanned vehicles for commercial, government and other uses has lawmakers across the United States looking at how to regulate the aircraft. Aside from military operations, they have applications that range from law enforcement to wildlife tracking, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

No immediate US tsunami threat from Chile quake

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:09
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. officials say they've found no threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile, with danger to Hawaii limited to potentially strong currents at beaches.

Voting machines lead to delay in DC results

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia elections officials say some problems with electronic voting machines have led to a delay in reporting results from the city's Democratic mayoral primary.

Iraqi man cries out at start of his murder trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:49
EL CAJON, California (AP) — Two years after the fatal beating of a Muslim woman in her California home sparked fears it was a hate crime, prosecutors told jurors Tuesday that her Iraqi husband turned out to be the killer, lying to police about his troubled marriage and apologizing to his wife as she lay dying in a hospital.

DC mayor trails challenger in initial returns

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:38

FILE - In this March 19, 2014, file photo, Mayor Vincent Gray answers a reporter's question during a media availability with former mayor and DC City Council member Marion Barry, left, in Washington. Gray was facing seven challengers in the city’s Democratic primary on April 1, 2014, which historically has decided the mayoral election in the overwhelmingly Democratic District of Columbia.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — The embattled mayor of the nation's capital was trailing his top challenger in initial returns from the city's Democratic primary on Tuesday, with many voters saying the city needed a fresh start amid a federal investigation of the mayor's 2010 campaign.


Savings and loan figure Charles Keating dies at 90

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:38

FILE - In this May 9, 1990, file photo, savings and loan financier Charles H. Keating Jr., appears at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington. Keating, the financier who was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90. A person with direct knowledge of the death confirmed that Keating died but didn't provide further details. The person wasn't authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Charles H. Keating Jr., the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90.


Early voting results show DC mayor trailing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:34

FILE - In this March 19, 2014, file photo, Mayor Vincent Gray answers a reporter's question during a media availability with former mayor and DC City Council member Marion Barry, left, in Washington. Gray was facing seven challengers in the city’s Democratic primary on April 1, 2014, which historically has decided the mayoral election in the overwhelmingly Democratic District of Columbia.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — The embattled mayor of the nation's capital is trailing his top challenger in early voting results.


U.S. eyes lessons learned from Malaysia jet at Asia defense talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:26

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to members of a travel press pool en route to HonoluluBy Phil Stewart HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday he expected to discuss lessons learned from the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner at talks with southeast Asian defense chiefs, but stopped short of criticizing Malaysia's coordination effort. The so-far fruitless search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 has been a massive international military undertaking that has included patrol flights by state-of-the-art U.S. spy planes. Hagel did not direct blame at Malaysia, which has sent its defense chief to Hagel's three-day gathering of ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). A senior U.S. defense official, briefing reporters ahead of Hagel's trip, which will continue to Japan, China and Mongolia, said the Malaysia jet search effort highlighted "the importance of working together and cooperating." "On the one hand it has shown that we have a number of countries that can come together and put aside rivalries and differences to work together," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.


NATO allies pledge to beef up eastern defenses

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:23

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at NATO Headquarters in Brussels Tuesday April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO foreign ministers moved Tuesday to beef up the defenses of front-line alliance members feeling menaced by a more assertive Russia, with Secretary of State John Kerry proclaiming the U.S. commitment to their security is "unwavering."


California runner survived by sleeping in bushes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:21

This image from video provided by KTXL Fox 40 Sacramento, shows trail runner Robert Root after being rescued Tuesday, April 1, 2014, near Foresthill, Calif., in Placer County. Root was found alive in snowy conditions, two days after he went missing near a trail in a mountainous region of Northern California, authorities said. Root, 55, of Modesto, Calif., was wearing only a light running shirt, shorts and running shoes when he was discovered by rescuers on the Western States trail. (AP Photo/KTXL Fox 40 Sacramento)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A missing Northern California runner survived two days in a treacherous and snowy mountainous region by sleeping on a cliff and kept warm in freezing conditions by curling up in bushes, authorities said Tuesday.