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Deadline brings high interest for health insurance

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

Students at Central New Mexico Community College apply for taxpayer-subsidized health plans under President Barack Obama's health care law during a special enrollment event in Albuquerque, N.M., Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

Atlanta archbishop apologizes for posh residence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:57

In this March 31, 2014 photo, the former residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory sits under construction to be used as a rectory for six priests after Gregory moved to a nearby $2.2 million mansion for his own use in Atlanta. Gregory apologized for his spending and offered to put the home up for sale after Pope Francis permanently removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a renovation project. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Archbishop Wilton Gregory seems to have gotten the pope's message about modest living.

Barra says GM investigating at what level decision made on faulty switch

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors CEO Mary Barra told a congressional hearing on Friday that one aim of the company's internal investigation of deadly crashes from faulty ignition switches was to establish at what level the decision was made to use the switches. Barra told lawmakers the internal probe would also seek to establish what information was provided to U.S. federal safety regulators about the part, blamed for crashes that caused at least 13 deaths. (Reporting By David Storey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

South Carolina college students decry next president's Confederate ties

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:42
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Students and faculty at a liberal arts college in South Carolina are protesting the selection of the state's lieutenant governor as their next president, citing his record as an avid defender of Confederate history. Students at the College of Charleston have held up signs reading "This is 2014, not 1814" during protests against their new president, known as a Civil War re-enactor and for his fight to keep the Confederate flag flying at the State House. The College of Charleston's faculty Senate is expected to issue a vote of no confidence Tuesday night in the school's board of trustees for choosing Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell to lead the small, public college.

Congress demands answers on delay in GM recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:36

General Motors CEO Mary Barra pauses as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The committee is looking for answers from Barra about safety defects and mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars with a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to 13 deaths and dozen of crashes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The piece needed to fix a defective ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, according to documents submitted by General Motors to lawmakers investigating why the company took 10 years to recall cars with the flaw.

Barra: does not know if predecessor GM CEO knew of ignition switch issue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:29
General Motors CEO Mary Barra told a congressional hearing on Tuesday that as far as she knew her predecessor as CEO, Dan Akerson, was not aware of the issue of defective ignition switches that has caused a crisis for the company. Barra, who took over at GM in January, was asked by a lawmaker whether Akerson was aware of the issue. The committee is looking into who is to blame for at least 13 deaths blamed on faulty ignition switches in GM cars in the last decade. Barra also told the House of Representatives committee hearing that she had not met with the engineering team responsible for the switch, but said they were being interviewed.

5 Things To Know: Huge crane awaits NY bridge job

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:19

In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the Left Coast Lifter, one of the world's largest floating cranes, floats in a berth in Jersey City, N.J., on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The crane, using a boom longer than a football field, will help build a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River in the New York City suburbs. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Billed as one of the world's largest floating cranes, the Left Coast Lifter will be going to work this spring on a new span that will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River north of New York City. Here are five things to know about it:

Kansas man accused in guitar string decapitation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:14
LYNDON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of beheading another man with a guitar string three years ago and keeping his head has pleaded not guilty to premeditated first-degree murder.

Feds seek stay of order in voter citizenship case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:09
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal election officials have asked a judge to temporarily suspend his own order that they help Kansas and Arizona enforce state laws requiring voters to prove their U.S. citizenship, arguing that the case "implicates the fundamental right to register to vote."

GM CEO says 'disturbed' by company references to high cost of replacing switches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 03:06
General Motors CEO Mary Barra told a congressional hearing on Tuesday that she was disturbed by past GM comments that the cost of replacing defective switches in some cars, that have now been recalled, was too high. Barra told a House of Representatives committee that the company had retained Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw victims compensation funds after the September 11 attacks, to help in its response to the crisis. U.S. lawmakers are seeking to establish who is to blame for at least 13 GM auto-related deaths over the past decade and challenged Barra over the automaker's slow response to defective ignition switches in its cars.

Apple says Samsung knew iPhone would be big seller

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:59

In this Aug. 27, 2012 photo, the Apple iPhone 4s, left, is displayed next to the Samsung Galaxy S III at a store in San Francisco. Apple already has won nearly $1 billion in judgments against Samsung over patent infringements involving older-model devices. Now Apple is alleging Samsung’s newest devices, such as its Galaxy S III, also copied Apple technology. Jury selection for the case begins Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Samsung knew Apple's iPhone would be a big seller when it first went on the market, but the South Korean company didn't have a product that could compete so it stole Apple's technology, an attorney for Apple told jurors on Tuesday.

Indiana Guardsman pleads guilty in Ohio bomb case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:52
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Indiana Guardsman who pleaded guilty Tuesday to having homemade explosive devices in his vehicle in Ohio played the role of an enemy fighter when he helped train troops departing for war zones and wanted to make the job as real as possible, his attorney said.

Split decision in gay couple lawsuit over photo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:50
DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by a gay New Jersey couple whose engagement photo was used in campaign attack mailers in Colorado.

Manchin tells company to remove him from UBB film

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:42
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is demanding his name and interview be removed from a documentary funded by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. The documentary "Upper Big Branch - Never Again" released Monday and its credits clearly state it is "a film by Don Blankenship." The film's opening disclaimer, however, says people's participation in the documentary via interviews "is not in association or affiliation with Don Blankenship." In the letter sent to Adriot Films Tuesday, Manchin states, "Your fraudulent behavior in securing the interview and your misrepresentation of my interview are actionable offenses." He goes on to state the company's failure to indicate the film was funded by Blankenship was a "gross misrepresentation of the true purpose of your film." The explosion on April 5, 2010, killed 29 miners.

Pa. tree trimmer goes to hospital with saw in neck

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:41
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck.

FBI searches legislative office of arrested state senator

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:40

Suspended California State Senator Leland Yee departs the U.S. courthouse following a hearing in San FranciscoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - FBI agents searched a legislative office in California's capital on Tuesday that was used by staff of state Senator Leland Yee, who faces charges of corruption and gun trafficking, a senate official said. Yee, a San Francisco Democrat who was the senate's first Chinese-American member, is the third state senator to face criminal charges this year, the latest in a spate of legal problems that has cost Democrats a precious two-thirds majority in the legislature. The office that was searched is located across the street from the state capitol building and was used by Yee's San Francisco district staff when they were working in Sacramento, a spokesman for senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg said.

Re-entry to nuke dump postponed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:34
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has postponed plans to get a crew underground to begin investigating a radiation leak from the federal government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Congress seeks answers on delay in GM recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:32

Family members of victims of the GM recall failure place photos of loved ones prior to a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in WashingtonWASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is demanding answers from the new CEO of General Motors and the head of the nation's auto safety watchdog about why it took at least a decade to recall cars with a defective part that is now linked to 13 deaths.

White House: 7 million signed up for health care

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 02:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a key milestone for the 4-year-old health care law, the Obama administration says more than 7 million people signed up for health care through insurance exchanges, surpassing a threshold once seen as unattainable.

Accused ‘Craigslist killer' makes Pennsylvania court appearance

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

Miranda Barbour is led into court by sheriff deputies in Sunbury PennsylvaniaBy David DeKok SUNBURY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - The woman dubbed the "Craigslist killer" suspect appeared on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom, where legal arguments focused largely on the online activities of the man she is accused of murdering. The appearance in Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas was the first by Miranda Barbour, 19, since she began making controversial claims that she is a serial killer with at least 22 victims. Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, have pleaded not guilty to the stabbing and strangling in November of Troy LaFerrara, 42, whose body was found dumped in an alley in Sunbury. Prosecutors say the couple used the Craigslist classified ad website to lure him to a meeting, offering sex, in a shopping mall parking lot.