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Navy rescues family with sick baby from sailboat

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 03:17

This undated image provided by Sariah English shows Eric and Charlotte Kaufman with their daughters, Lyra, 1, and Cora, 3. Rescuers have stabilized the condition Lyra, with her family on a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the coast of Mexico, and a U.S. Navy warship was headed toward the vessel, officials said Friday night, April 4, 2014. Their boat, the 36-foot Rebel Heart, was about 900 nautical miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas when they sent a satellite call for help to the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday morning saying their 1-year-old girl aboard was ill. (AP Photo/Sariah English)SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. sailors rescued an American family with an ill 1-year-old from a sailboat that broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast — boarding them Sunday onto a San Diego-bound Navy ship so the girl could get medical treatment.

Obama to launch executive actions on equal pay for women

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:48

U.S. President Obama pauses before talking about Fort Hood shooting in Texas, while he hosts ceremony welcoming United State's Olympic and Payalympic teams in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will launch two new executive actions this week aimed at increasing transparency about women's pay in a continuing effort to ensure women are paid equally to their male counterparts for similar work, the White House said on Sunday. Obama and his advisers often cite the fact that the first law the president signed after taking office in 2009 was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extended time periods for employees to file claims for wages lost as a result of discrimination. Women make up a critical constituent bloc that propelled Obama into the White House, and his advisers are eager to show the U.S. leader's commitment to advancing policies that are important to women. Despite the advancements of the Lilly Ledbetter law, named for a woman who fought against her own pay discrimination, the White House said more needed to be done.

U.S. lawmaker urges easing gun rules on bases after Fort Hood shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:36
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers should look at arming commanders and easing restrictions for carrying weapons on military posts in the United States in the wake of a deadly shooting at the Fort Hood base in Texas, a prominent congressman said on Sunday. The remarks came as the Fort Hood Army base set up a mental health hotline over the weekend for those who carry emotional scars or feel traumatized after suspected gunman Ivan Lopez, 34 and under psychiatric evaluation, shot dead three people, wounded 16 and then turned the gun on himself in the second deadly rampage at the post in five years. They defend us overseas and abroad and defend our freedom abroad," U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told Fox News Sunday. The shooting at Fort Hood was the third such incident at a military base in the United States in about six months.

Near Fort Hood, church service honors fallen

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:35
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — Dozens of community members are gathering to honor the victims of the latest mass shooting at Fort Hood.

Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:22

In this Feb. 7, 2014 photo provided by Gustavo Monroy, Damon Jacobs, a therapist who's been taking Truvada daily since 2011, speaks at an event in New York to encourage more gay men to learn about the drug's preventive capabilities. Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of the drug Truvada, and are campaigning hard to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50,000 a year in the U.S. (AP Photo/Gustavo Monroy)NEW YORK (AP) — It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

California holds far fewer for illegal immigration

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:20
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fifteen sheriffs' departments surveyed by The Associated Press in California reported declines in the number of immigrants arrested by local law enforcement who were turned over to federal immigration authorities since a new state law took effect in January. The table shows the number of immigrants released to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the first two months of 2014, compared with a year earlier.

AP Exclusive: California immigration holds drop

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

In this photo taken Monday, March 24, 2014, Martin Del Agua and his wife, Julie are seen at their home in Sacramento, Calif. Martin Del Agua faced deportation when he was arrested after a neighbor complained that he was playing music to loud in his garage.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January.

GM ignition switch case could lead to criminal charges: Senator

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 01:54

The General Motors logo is seen outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitGeneral Motors should make restitution to victims' families and face criminal action if merited for the way it handled defective ignition switches that caused fatal auto accidents, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said on Sunday. McCaskill, as chairwoman of the Senate subcommittee on consumer protection and product safety, led a blistering round of questioning of GM chief executive officer Mary Barra last week. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week" show, McCaskill said GM now faced "a real moment of truth" as it pursues an internal investigation of the ignition switches and the automaker's response to the problem. In 2006, GM changed the faulty part but did not change its identifying part number, which McCaskill said showed an intent to deceive.

Mudslide survivors wonder: Why are we alive

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 01:50

FILE-This Monday, March 24, 2014 file photo shows LoAnna Langton receives diapers from Amanda Davidson who set up a Facebook fundraiser for victims of the mud slide at the Community Center in Darrington, Wash. Langton ran out of her house with a baby in her arms. Confused about what had just happened, she shouted for her children and their friends. She knew she needed to have all her babies close at hand. (AP Photo /The Herald, Sofia Jaramillo,File)SEATTLE (AP) — It was a sound like a jet engine. Then a forest of trees collapsed. And all was quiet except for the calls for help.

APNewsBreak: Obama actions test workplace ideas

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 01:11

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)WASHINGTON (AP) — Lacking congressional support to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is again imposing his policies on federal contractors, in keeping with presidents' tradition of exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy they directly control.

About 100 people arrested during a California college party that devolved into a street brawl

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:53
ISLA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — About 100 people arrested during a California college party that devolved into a street brawl.

Book tells how CIA turned 'Doctor Zhivago' into propaganda tool

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:45

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 1958 file photo, writer and poet Boris Pasternak is shown near his home in the countryside outside Moscow. On Saturday, June 16, 2012 Aung San Suu Kyi , the 1991 Nobel Peace laureate, will give her much-awaited Nobel Lecture at Oslo City Hall, 21 years late. Writer Boris Pasternak of the Soviet Union initially accepted the 1958 Nobel Prize in literature but was later forced by the Kremlin to decline it. (AP Photo/Harold K. Milks, File)By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA officials had rave reviews for Boris Pasternak's classic Russian novel "Doctor Zhivago" - not for its literary merit but as a propaganda weapon in the Cold War, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The U.S. intelligence agency saw the book as a challenge to Communism and a way to make Soviet citizens question why their government was suppressing one of their greatest writers, according to newly declassified CIA documents that detail the agency's involvement in the book's printing, the Post said. The Soviet government had banned the novel and British intelligence first recognized its propaganda value in 1958, sending the CIA two rolls of film of its pages and suggesting it be spread through the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Second Pennsylvania boy dies after mother blamed for drowning

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:31
(Reuters) - A 6-year old boy whose mother has been charged in holding him and his younger brother underwater, drowning his younger brother, has died from his injuries, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said on Sunday. Daniel Schlemmer died four days after investigators found him and his 3-year-old brother, Luke, unconscious on the floor of a bathroom inside their home in McCandless, about 11 miles north of Pittsburgh. The boys' mother, former teacher Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, had already been charged with the murder of Luke and with the attempted murder of Daniel, who had been on life support until he died Saturday. Schlemmer, 40, called 911 on Tuesday and said her two boys might have drowned in the bathtub, police said.

Cops: Speed, rain may be factors in New York crash

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:19

Friends gather near Steinway Creek at an accident site, Saturday April 5, 2014 in New York. A driver of a car drove off a dead-end street in a desolate industrial area, flipped over a wooden curb into the East River inlet killing four passengers. The driver escaped serious injury and told officers at the scene in the Astoria section of Queens that the four were trapped in the submerged car. Fire department divers pulled the four victims from the car. Police identified them as 21-year-old Darius Fletcher, 19-year-old Jada Monique Butts, 19-year-old Crystal Gravely and 20-year-old Jaleel Furtado. They were pronounced dead at hospitals. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Speed and rain were being investigated as possible factors in the deadly crash of a car into a New York City creek that left four young people dead, police said Sunday.

In tornado-prone Oklahoma, some better prepared than others

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:07

A huge tornado approaches the town of Moore, Oklahoma in this file photoBy Heide Brandes MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) - The mayor of Moore, Oklahoma, a municipality twice devastated by tornados in the past 15 years, is fixated on garage doors, knowing they are a key to protecting the city from even more damage during this year's tornado season. Moore, in the heart of "Tornado Alley," where twisters frequently hit, will be operating this year under new building codes, arguably some of the most stringent in the nation, to protect people and structures from deadly winds. In all new construction starting this month, garage doors must be insulated and storm resistant, roofs must have sheathing to keep them in place, and structures must be better anchored and secured around their edges. "Garage doors are the first to come off during a tornado.

Sick baby transferred from sailboat to warship

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 00:04
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Navy sailors have rescued a family with a 1-year-old girl who fell ill on a disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and are now en route to San Diego.

Mohegan Tribe protects benefits with casino empire

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:38

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014 file photo, Rose Mirasole gives a thumbs-up during a pro-casino rally two days before voters approved a proposal by Mohegan Sun to build a resort casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in Revere, Mass. A gaming slump is eating into the profits of the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., in 2014. But the 2,000 tribal members who draw benefits from the massive casino are not feeling the pinch. The tribe’s gaming company has begun running casinos in Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, and it is pursuing more projects in states including Washington, New York, and Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A gaming slump is eating into the profits of Mohegan Sun, but the 2,000 tribal members who draw benefits from the massive casino aren't feeling the pinch — not with money coming in from a burgeoning Mohegan Tribe gaming empire.

Obama plans to attend Fort Hood service Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:25

Active members of the military, veterans and civilians sign posters at Lions Club Park that will be delivered to the families of the victims affected by the Fort Hood shooting tragedy, on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. On April 2, three people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunman opened fire before taking his own life at the Fort Hood military base. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House aide says President Barack Obama plans to attend a memorial service Wednesday at Fort Hood — the site of last week's shooting rampage.

SC sheriff's trial has colleagues watching

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 23:15

This April 21, 2008 file photo, Chesterfield County Sheriff, Sam Parker addresses members of the media during a news conference at Chesterfield High School, in Chesterfield, S.C. Parker goes on trial Monday, April 7, 2014 is charged with five counts of misconduct in office, two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates and one count of embezzlement. Seven of South Carolina’s 46 sheriffs have faced charges or criminal investigations in the past four years. Unlike most of them, Parker is fighting the charges. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When "Big" Sam Parker was elected sheriff of Chesterfield County in South Carolina in 2002, he wanted to make good on his promise to help the place where he lived his life.

Fire starts as bride and groom are pronounced wed

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:11
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a three-alarm fire broke out at a wedding outside Boston just after the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife.