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House GOP to vote to repeal Obama's health care law

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans launched their latest, doomed try to kill President Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Tuesday. With no chance of succeeding, the House vote was solely an exercise in election-year political messaging.

Controller: Mismanaged mail a big problem in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:38

 Mismanaged mail a big problem in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia officials unveiled some serious mismanagement at the city's mail distribution center.


Oklahoma ex-school band director charged with having sex with student

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:34
A former Oklahoma school band director was arrested on Tuesday on charges of having sex with a girl under his direction when he was working at a middle school, police said. Kyle Whitmus, 33, faces five counts of sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 14, the Oklahoma State Board of Investigation said. Investigators believe Whitmus had a sexual relationship with a preteen girl at the Luther Middle School just east of Oklahoma City.

Report finds issues in state's response to Baltimore unrest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:33
BALTIMORE (AP) — Weaknesses in Maryland's response to last year's civil unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray included the inexperience of some emergency management staff and reliance on inaccurate information, according to a new state report.

Things to know about Navajo Nation, Urban Outfitters dispute

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:32

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 201, file photo, purchased items from Urban Outfitters' Navajo line are shown in Tempe, Ariz. The Navajo Nation is suing Urban Outfitters months after the tribe sent a cease and desist letter to the clothing retailer demanding it pull the "Navajo" name from its products. The lawsuit filed late Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in U.S. Federal Court in New Mexico alleges trademark infringements and violations of the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is seeking potentially millions of dollars from Urban Outfitters Inc. over clothing, jewelry and other merchandise bearing the tribe's name that the popular retailer has sold.


Law enforcement accused of cover-up in shooting of Oregon occupier

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:29

A pro-militia supporter holds a constitution while chanting "Hands up. Don't Shoot" during a protest outside the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, OregonPORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - The family of an Oregon wildlife refuge occupier accused the FBI and state police on Tuesday of covering up the circumstances surrounding his fatal shooting last week by law enforcement.


The Latest: Expert: unarmed man could have flashed cellphone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:20
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a lawsuit filed by a young black man who was shot and paralyzed by a Florida sheriff's deputy in 2013. (all times local):

Credit card data breach at Philadelphia, New Jersey restaurants

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:19

Credit card data breach at Philadelphia, New Jersey restaurantsA number of restaurants in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area have been affected by a credit card data breach, Landry's, Inc. and Golden Nugget Hotels and Casinos announced Tuesday.


No case against topless backers of 'Free the Nipple' cause

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:18
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a case against two women ticketed for going topless at a town beach, a case that led to a Facebook spat among legislators about a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for women to expose their nipples in public.

Chaka Fattah Jr. sentenced to 5 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:17

Chaka Fattah Jr. sentenced to 5 years in prisonA federal judge has sentenced Chaka Fattah Jr. to five years in prison.


Hit-and-run leaves 2 children, woman hurt in Point Breeze

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:14

Hit-and-run leaves 2 children, woman hurt in Point BreezeA hit-and-run in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia has left a woman and two children injured.


Bid to ensure transparency of execution drugs hits roadblock

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:13
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker is joining a chorus of voices across numerous states pushing officials to reveal the source of drugs used in lethal-injection executions.

Seattle group asks USDA to investigate elephant's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:12
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle-based advocacy group on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the recent death of an Asian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo, saying it's concerned the zoo wasn't equipped to care for the animal.

Oklahoma high school wrestlers plead not guilty to rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 06:10
PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (AP) — Four Oklahoma high school wrestlers have pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting two other wrestlers.

Virginia prosecutor says teen stabbed in case linked to students

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:48

David Eisenhauer is pictured in this undated handout booking photoTammy Weeks shed no new light on how the first-year engineering students charged in daughter Nicole Lovell's death might have met the teen who lived near the university campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. Preliminary autopsy results indicate Lovell was stabbed to death, Montgomery County prosecutor Mary Pettitt said. David Eisenhauer, 18, a member of Virginia Tech's cross country team, is charged with first-degree murder and abduction and faces a possible life sentence if convicted.


California escalates legal action over methane leak near Los Angeles

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:47
California's attorney general sued Southern California Gas Co on Tuesday over a huge methane leak near Los Angeles, escalating legal action sparked by an underground pipeline rupture that has forced thousands of residents from their homes since October. The latest civil complaint accuses the utility, a division of San Diego-based Sempra Energy of violating state health and safety laws by failing to promptly control the escaping gas and report the leak to authorities. The lawsuit also cites environmental damage caused by the uncontrolled release of 80,000 metric tons of methane, the prime component of natural gas and a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

District of Columbia lawmakers extend ban on pot in private clubs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:43
A temporary ban on smoking marijuana in private clubs was unanimously extended by the District of Columbia Council on Tuesday as lawmakers debated limits on pot in the U.S. capital. A final vote on a permanent ban was delayed by at least two weeks as a task force explores alternatives and the District of Columbia nears its first anniversary of legal pot. The law that took effect in February 2015 allows adults to possess small amounts of marijuana and grow and consume it at home.

Lockdown at Kensington school lifted after missing gun report

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:42

Lockdown at Kensington school lifted after missing gun reportA lockdown at a Kensington school is over following a report of a missing gun.


The Latest: Florida high court delays inmate's execution

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:37
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a Florida death row inmate who is scheduled to die Feb. 11 (all times local):

UConn setting up living-learning community for black men

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 05:36
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is creating a community for black men inside a new dorm on its campus, following the lead of some other predominantly white schools in an effort to boost low graduation and retention rates among male African-American students.