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Obama: Students need help to get 'in-demand jobs'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:22

In this April 3, 2014, photo, President Barack Obama listens on stage before speaking about the shooting at Fort Hood, during an event welcoming members of the U.S. teams from the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in the East Room of White House in Washington. The roller coaster of health care enrollment behind him, Obama is using a lull between foreign travel to refocus on his economic agenda, using executive actions to push for greater gender pay equality and to promote better technical skills for U.S. students.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)BLADENSBURG, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the "in-demand jobs of the future."

Judge disqualifies MLK estate lawyer from case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:15
ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawyer for the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. cannot participate in a dispute over the ownership of King's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.

Trooper: Woman hit 123 mph with kids in backseat

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 01:13
SACO, Maine (AP) — Police say a woman was arrested for driving at 123 mph on the Maine Turnpike with her two children in the backseat.

Navy holds memorial for slain sailor from Md.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:59
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — In a somber, tear-filled ceremony, the Navy on Monday remembered a sailor who was fatally shot aboard a destroyer as a selfless hero who saved the lives of others.

Survey confirms gains in health insurance sign-ups

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:58

Obamacare overhaulWASHINGTON (AP) — A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released Monday has found.

Washington state mudslide death toll rises to 33

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:54

Local residents attend a community prayer service at the Haller Middle School in Arlington(Reuters) - The death toll from a massive mudslide that devastated a rural community in Washington state last month rose by three to 33 on Monday, with a dozen people still unaccounted for, county officials said. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning on March 22, above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River, sending a torrent of mud over the river and across state Highway 530, engulfing some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the tiny community of Oso.

Car rental companies ramp up exotic offerings

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:47

In this Wednesday, March, 26, 2014 photo, A rented 2013 Dodge Viper checks out at the Enterprise Exotic Car Collection showroom near Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LAS VEGAS (AP) — There's a chance now for the middle class to feel like movie stars. Or for a movie star to feel like a movie star away from home.

Southwestern CEO interrupted by protestor at NY conference

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:40
By Ernest Scheyder NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bare-chested protester interrupted a presentation by Southwestern Energy Co Chief Executive Steven Mueller at an investment conference on Monday, an apparent outburst against the natural gas producer's plans to expand into Canada. The protester interspersed the imperative with a vulgarity followed by the word "you." The protester, who could not be identified, also accused Mueller of genocide before he was removed from the room by conference security. The company signed a deal with the province's government in 2010 to explore more than 2.5 million acres for natural gas. A Canadian court last year rejected Southwestern's request for an injunction against the protesters.

GOP seeks coverage choices in health law they hate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:38

FILE - In this April 1, 2014, photo, President Barack Obama, waves to the audience as he leaves the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, after speaking about the Affordable Care Act. At the behest of business groups, congressional Republicans quietly sought and won a recent change in Obama's health care overhaul that expands coverage options under the law, a striking departure from their customary high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember the law. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama's health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it.

Teva asks Supreme court to stay ruling in Copaxone case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:24

An employee of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries watches pill bottles on a conveyor belt in Jerusalem oral solid dosage plantBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to stop a lower court ruling from going into effect while the justices consider an appeal in a patent fight over Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone. On March 31, the high court agreed to hear Teva's appeal of a July 2013 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of two teams developing cheaper generic forms of Copaxone: one involving Novartis AG's Sandoz Inc and Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc, and the other involving Mylan Inc and Natco Pharma Ltd. The appeals court had upheld some of the nine patents involved in the drug, or portions of them, but declared several invalid, meaning patent protections were set to expire in May 2014 instead of September 2015.

Hagel tours China's new aircraft carrier

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:16

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is welcomed by Rear Admiral Guan Youfei, Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Chinese Defense Ministry and U.S. Ambassador to China, Max Baucus, upon his arrival at Qingdao International Airport in Qingdao, China, Monday, April 7, 2014. Hagel is currently on his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — The United States' campaign to encourage China to be more open about its military growth and intentions got a symbolic boost Monday with a tour for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel of the country's first aircraft carrier, but efforts to get the Asian giant to be more transparent about cyberattacks and other defense operations has been less successful.

U.S. defense chief, in first, visits China's aircraft carrier

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel walks off an aircraft upon his arrival at Yokota Air Force Base in FussaBy Phil Stewart QINGDAO, China (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took a two-hour tour around China's sole aircraft carrier on Monday, in an unprecedented opening by Beijing to a potent symbol of its military power. The carrier visit came at the start of Hagel's three day trip to China, his first as defense secretary, and was described by one U.S. official traveling with him as an apparently genuine gesture of transparency by the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Hagel's tour of the Liaoning gave him a close-up look at the carrier's flight deck, medical facilities and living quarters and also allowed him to speak directly with Chinese sailors. But, yes, we felt this was an honest, genuine effort to be open about this brand new capability that they're trying to develop," said one U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Sick baby's parents defend sailing trip with kids

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 23:48

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, sailors from Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 49) assist in the rescue of a family with a sick infant via the ship's small boat as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard rescue effort, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman said their daughter Lyra's medical condition continued to improve after they boarded the San Diego-bound Vandegrift hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast so the girl could get to a medical facility. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)SAN DIEGO (AP) — The California parents of a 1-year-old girl who fell ill on a sailing trip around the world thanked military crews who rescued them from their stalled vessel on Sunday and defended their decision to sail with young children.

NTSB issues early report on Chicago train crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 23:26
CHICAGO (AP) — A preliminary report by federal safety investigators says there wasn't enough distance between an automatic emergency braking mechanism and the end of a train track at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Supreme Court declines free speech, gay marriage case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:37

Supreme CourtBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a New Mexico photography company had free speech grounds to refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple. The court's refusal to intervene means an August 2013 New Mexico Supreme Court decision against the company remains intact. Albuquerque-based Elane Photography had said its free speech rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be a valid defense to the state's finding that it violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act. The company's owners, Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, are Christians who oppose gay marriage.

Smell from NJ brush fire carries to NYC

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:37
WASHINGTON, N.J. (AP) — The odor of smoke from a brush fire in southern New Jersey can be smelled as far away as New York City, some 90 miles away.

Supreme Court declines to hear Iowa campaign finance challenge

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:33

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ducking a new case on the divisive issue of campaign finance, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to an Iowa law that bans corporate contributions in state elections. By opting not to hear the case, the court left intact an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from June 2013 that upheld the ban. By so doing, the court indicated it was unwilling for now to press ahead with further deregulation of campaign finance following the 5-4 ruling on Wednesday in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The group sued after Iowa revised its laws in light of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in which the court said corporations and unions could make unlimited independent expenditures that are not coordinated with a campaign.

Scattered flooding as storms drench the Southeast

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 22:18

Traffic makes its way through heavy rain throughout the Jackson, Miss., area Sunday, April 6, 2014. On Sunday, street flooding plagued Jackson. Flood advisories for much of the state continued into Monday. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Rick Guy ) NO SALESBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms punching across the Southeast on Monday forced rescue crews in small boats and military trucks to rescue people trapped in an Alabama mobile home park and in cars flooded by a swollen creek.

AP PHOTOS: Mickey Rooney, a Hollywood icon

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 20:51

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 1942, file photo, Mickey Rooney, 21, Movieland's No. 1 box office star, and Ava Gardner, 19, of Wilson, N.C., pose together in Santa Barbara, Calif., shortly after the couple applied for a marriage license. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood, Calif. home. He was 93. (AP Photo/File)Mickey Rooney, Hollywood's top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s, died Sunday at his North Hollywood home at age 93. Over the course of his career, he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars for film achievements, received an Emmy and a Tony nomination.

Plane intercepted in restricted airspace around DC

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 20:36
WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a small civilian plane in restricted airspace around the nation's capital over the weekend and that the pilot reported he didn't realize he had entered an area that was off limits.