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Ohio mumps outbreak grows to 116 cases, mainly at Ohio State

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:50
The number of mumps cases from an outbreak in central Ohio has more than quadrupled over the last two weeks, to 116, mostly students at Ohio State University or people connected to the school, authorities said Tuesday. The outbreak had been limited to the university and those connected to it initially, but health officials said in late March it had spread to other parts of the Columbus, Ohio, area. Four people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, which includes 93 students, staff members or relatives of students at the school, the Columbus Health Department said. At least three of the infected people are confirmed as not having received vaccinations for the mumps, said Jose Rodriguez, a Columbus health department spokesman.

Holder: Terror trials can be safely held in US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:43
NEW YORK (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the successful prosecution of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law in New York shows terror trials can be safely held in the United States.

Obama says 7.1 million signed up for Obamacare, law works

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:39
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that 7.1 million people had signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act and declared the law was achieving its goals despite a messy rollout. Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, Obama acknowledged the law was not perfect, while calling on opponents to halt their effort to repeal the measure, popularly known as Obamacare. "This law is doing what it's supposed to do. It's working," he said. "The Affordable Care Act is here to stay." (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Obama lauds health care sign-ups of over 7 million

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:31

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, about the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act passed at midnight Monday night. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says 7.1 million Americans enrolled for health care coverage by Monday's midnight deadline. He's praising the achievement of overcoming lost weeks at the start of sign-ups last fall.

Forest Service backs ski area's snowboarding ban

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:29

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, skiers take the slopes at Alta Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City. Attorneys for the U.S. Forest Service say in court arguments filed this week that the decision by the Alta ski area in Utah to promote a snowboarder-free experience to lure skiers is a rational finding that violates no constitutional rights. Four snowboarders filed the lawsuit in federal court in January. They're claiming discrimination on national forest lands that make up most of the Alta ski area in the mountains east of Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Jeffrey D. Allred, File) ) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT, MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT.SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says it supports one of the last U.S. ski resorts to prohibit snowboarding in a court battle over a ban that snowboarders call discriminatory.

Police: Body in DC park is that of murder suspect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:26

Washington Metro Police and cadets search in Kenilworth Park in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014. Police have been searching the park in northeast Washington since last week for clues in the case of eight-year-old Relisha Rudd, last seen in the company of Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter where she lived with her mother and brothers.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — The body of a man found dead in a park of an apparent suicide has been positively identified as that of a murder suspect who was the last person seen with a missing 8-year-old girl, police said Tuesday.

National Zoo: Panda cub went outside for 1st time

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:20

This photo provided by the Smithsonian National Zoo shows Giant panda cub Bao Bao outside with her mom Mei Xiang for the first time April 1, 2014, at the zoo in Washington. The zoo says Bao Bao tried out her climbing skills on one of the smaller trees and sat on the grass with a piece of bamboo. (AP Photo/Smithsonian National Zoo)WASHINGTON (AP) — National Zoo giant panda cub Bao Bao has ventured outside for the first time.

Michigan lesbian who gave post-wedding TV interview is attacked

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:18
(Reuters) - A search is on for three men accused of knocking a woman unconscious in an apparent anti-gay attack less than two weeks after she gave a television interview about her marriage, authorities in Michigan said on Tuesday. The 28-year-old woman and her partner were wed on March 22 in Washtenaw County, one of four counties that briefly allowed same-sex nuptials after a federal judge struck down the Michigan ban on same-sex nuptials. The woman was confronted by three men after she got off a bus on Monday evening close to her home near Ypsilanti, Michigan, about 35 miles west of Detroit, the Washtenaw County Sheriff's office said. "Hey bitch, are you that faggot from the news?" the woman recalled one of the men saying to her, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Planned Parenthood appeals over new abortion rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:17
PHOENIX (AP) — Planned Parenthood Arizona filed an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge refused to temporarily block the nation's most stringent restrictions on the use of abortion drugs.

U.S. public pension gap widened to nearly $1 trillion in fiscal year 2012

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 04:08

Retirees fish from a public dock on the Sacramento River in the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta in Rio Vista, CaliforniaThe unfunded liabilities of public-employee pension plans rose by 10 percent in fiscal 2012 to a record $914 billion, hit by low investment returns, missed contributions and unfunded benefits, underscoring the pension funding crisis in U.S. states and cities, a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts said. Factoring in promises made by local governments to fund pension benefits for their employees, total pension debt climbed to over $1 trillion as of June 30, 2012, the end of the most recent budget year for which data is available. "Even though we've seen recent market gains and reforms, the funding gap has continued to grow for pensions," said David Draine, a senior researcher at the Pew Center on the States.

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.