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Possible tornadoes in the forecast for Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:49
By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A large swath of the U.S. Midwest is bracing for potentially dangerous weather including possible tornadoes as an intense storm system moves through the region on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The area of greatest risk includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, southern Missouri and Illinois and western Kentucky and Tennessee, where significant tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds could strike Thursday afternoon and evening, said John Hart, a meteorologist in the service's storm prediction center.

Artist plants fake Bieber CDs in LA stores

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:47

In this image an album that appears to be Justin Bieber's "Believe" sits on the rack at the Best Buy in Culver City, Calif., Tuesday April 1, 2014. Paz, whose full name is Paz Dylan, a 25-year-old electronic musician and artist, says he's planted 5,000 copies of an album that appears to be Bieber's "Believe" but that actually contains a copy of his own CD in retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target on April Fool's Day. This album turned out to be a copy of Paz's own CD. (AP Photo/Derrik J. Lang)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An artist is making it difficult to believe there's actually a copy of Justin Bieber's latest album for sale in Los Angeles.


High court loosens reins on big campaign donors

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:45

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2013 file photo shows Cornell Woolridge of Windsor Mill, Md., takes part in a demonstration outside the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments on campaign finance. The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.


Teen who climbed World Trade Center faces judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:42
NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager who climbed to the top of 1 World Trade Center will be assessed in a program for youthful offenders.

Houston train strikes SUV that evaded safety gates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:39
HOUSTON (AP) — Police have released video showing an SUV being struck by a Houston passenger train after the driver went around crossing gates.

Houston train strikes SUV that evaded safety gates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:39
HOUSTON (AP) — Police have released video showing an SUV being struck by a Houston passenger train after the driver went around crossing gates.

Urban League: Blacks doing worse in the job market

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:30

 Jobs Rebuild America,” noted that African Americans are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed. The unemployment rate for blacks was 12 percent in February, compared to 5.8 percent for whites. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — While unemployment has been a major impediment to African-Americans' economic progress, underemployment is a bigger obstacle for them than it is for whites or Hispanics, the National Urban League says in its latest State of Black America report.


Another poll shows Drug War policies rejected

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:22

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, a worker processes marijuana in the trimming room at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver. Nationwide marijuana legalization seems inevitable to three-fourths of Americans, whether they support it or not, according to a new poll out Wednesday, April 2, 2014, by the Pew Research Center on the nation’s shifting attitudes about drug policy. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)DENVER (AP) — Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting in attitudes following an era of drug war and "tough on crime" legislation.


Another poll shows Drug War policies rejected

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:22

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, a worker processes marijuana in the trimming room at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver. Nationwide marijuana legalization seems inevitable to three-fourths of Americans, whether they support it or not, according to a new poll out Wednesday, April 2, 2014, by the Pew Research Center on the nation’s shifting attitudes about drug policy. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)DENVER (AP) — Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting in attitudes following an era of drug war and "tough on crime" legislation.


Lawmakers accuse GM of possible criminal cover-up

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:18

General Motors CEO Mary Barra listens as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee. Barra is back before Congress, where members of a Senate subcommittee are expressing doubts that the culture at the nation's No. 1 automaker has really changed. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill accused General Motors of a potentially criminal cover-up of its defective ignition switches and fumed at the lack of answers from its new CEO during a second day of hearings Wednesday into why GM waited a decade to recall cars with the deadly flaw.


Bankruptcy judge OK's $120 million loan for Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:13

A man rides his bike past graffiti in Detroit(Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved Detroit's plan to borrow $120 million from Barclays PLC to improve services in the cash-strapped city. Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case, overruled objections by city creditors who took issue with the timing and structure of the loan. Detroit has said it plans to use some of the loan proceeds on public safety improvements. The previous loan, backed largely by city casino tax revenue, included $165 million that Detroit wanted to use to pay two investment banks to end soured interest rate swap agreements that contributed to the city's filing of the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history in July.


Nebraska is new front in battle for control of GOP

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:12

In this March 12, 2014 photo Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse, the president of Midland University, campaigns in Elmwood, Neb. Nebraska, home of nice-guy politics, is a new front in the bitter national struggle inside the Republican Party between established leaders determined to maintain control and right-wing insurgents trying to change the party’s direction. Tea party groups are endorsing Sasse and party powerbrokers including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies are quietly backing his opponent, Shane Osborn, and steering the majority leader’s donors his way. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)ELMWOOD, Neb. (AP) — Compared with the acrimonious primary campaigns elsewhere, the race for the GOP Senate nomination in Nebraska sounds like two nice guys running for local Rotary Club president.


With an eye on 2016, Louisiana's Jindal offers healthcare plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:05

Louisiana Gov Jindal attends Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon HillBy Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is testing the waters for the 2016 presidential race, on Wednesday unveiled a set of ideas on U.S. healthcare policy that he said could take the place of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Republicans have put their call to repeal Obamacare at the center of their campaigns for November's congressional elections, but have yet to coalesce around an alternative to the health law. Jindal said his proposal could be a model for the Republican alternative.


With an eye on 2016, Louisiana's Jindal offers healthcare plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:05

Louisiana Gov Jindal attends Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon HillBy Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is testing the waters for the 2016 presidential race, on Wednesday unveiled a set of ideas on U.S. healthcare policy that he said could take the place of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Republicans have put their call to repeal Obamacare at the center of their campaigns for November's congressional elections, but have yet to coalesce around an alternative to the health law. Jindal said his proposal could be a model for the Republican alternative.


Former CIA official: No politics in Benghazi memo

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 03:02

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, prior to testifying before the House Intelligence Committee. Morrell, who edited the widely debunked talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack, answered questions from the House intelligence committee in a rare open session. The hearing provides Morrell with a chance to explain why he deleted references to al-Qaida. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's former deputy director said Wednesday he deleted references to terrorism warnings from widely disputed talking points on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack to avoid the spy agency's gloating at the expense of the State Department.


2nd suit filed challenging Texas' new abortion law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:57
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An advocacy group filed another federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a new provision in Texas' tough restrictions on abortion, less than a week after a federal appeals court reversed a previous suit and found that the stricter limits don't impose an undue burden on women's health.

Judge halts 2 Texas executions over drug secrecy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:52

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2011, file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, two days before Texas is scheduled to execute convicted killer Ramiro 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/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas attorney general's office says it is appealing a federal judge's order stopping the state from executing two condemned inmates until prison officials disclose information about the supplier of a new batch of drugs that would be used to kill them.


Los Alamos resumes nuclear-waste shipments

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:51

In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, and provided by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a truck hauls a shipment of nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste off its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas. (AP Photo/Los Alamos National Laboratory)LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory, under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste off its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking containers to temporary storage in west Texas while the government's only permanent nuclear dump remains shuttered by a radiation leak.


Former U.S. analyst sentenced to 13 months in rare leak case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:48
By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced a former State Department analyst on Wednesday to 13 months in prison for sharing classified information about North Korea with a reporter in 2009 without authorization. Stephen Kim, 46, told U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly at a hearing that he took full responsibility for violating a law designed to protect national defense information and that he planned to restart his life after prison. "He is rightly being held accountable for his criminal conduct," Michael Harvey said in court. Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, prosecutors have brought charges in eight cases for disclosing information to a newspaper, blog or other media outlet.

Former U.S. analyst sentenced to 13 months in rare leak case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 02:48
By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced a former State Department analyst on Wednesday to 13 months in prison for sharing classified information about North Korea with a reporter in 2009 without authorization. Stephen Kim, 46, told U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly at a hearing that he took full responsibility for violating a law designed to protect national defense information and that he planned to restart his life after prison. "He is rightly being held accountable for his criminal conduct," Michael Harvey said in court. Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, prosecutors have brought charges in eight cases for disclosing information to a newspaper, blog or other media outlet.