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Want to feel better? Move to Hawaii, Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 05:04

In this photo taken Tuesday Jan. 26, 2016, Danny Quan smiles while sitting at Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu. A new study looking at the five elements of a well ordered life, such as financial security, sense of community and purpose, ranks Hawaii just ahead of Alaska. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — If you want to improve your sense of well-being, leave the Lower 48.

Pick to lead Afghanistan forces says situation is worsening

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 05:01

Army Lt. Gen. John Nicholson Jr. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, before the the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to become the next top American commander in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday the security situation in the war-torn country is deteriorating and assured senators he will do a thorough review of American troop levels needed to stabilize the nation.

Mississippi's top lawyer seeks firing squad as execution option

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:45
Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, said he will ask state legislators to authorize the alternative methods for carrying out death sentences as Mississippi and other states struggle to obtain lethal injection drugs. Hood and his office could not be reached for comment on Thursday. Hood said in a news conference on Wednesday that he just wants the state to have other options in order to carry out the will of the courts.

'Trooper down!' Officers call for help after chase, shootout

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:30

First responders are shown working on a suspect that was shot following a chase on Interstate 75 in Cobb County. A state trooper and a suspect were shot Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in a police chase in suburban Atlanta, the Georgia State Patrol said. The GSP said in an email that the trooper and suspect were shot in a pursuit on Interstate 75 in Marietta. (Johnny Edwards/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Police radio calls released Thursday provide a glimpse of the high-speed chase on a busy interstate that ended with the driver of a pickup truck in a shootout with state troopers.

Poll: Uninsured sit on the sidelines as sign-up season ends

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:28

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health law comes to a close, according to a new poll that signals the nation’s historic gains in coverage are slowing. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health law comes to a close, according to a new poll that signals the nation's historic gains in coverage are slowing.

U.S. on high alert for bird flu after Indiana poultry outbreak

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:23

Undated USDA handout photo of avian influenza virus being harvested from a chicken egg as part of a diagnostic processIn the two weeks since bird flu reappeared in Indiana, U.S. veterinarians have swabbed the mouths of chickens and turkeys across the country, racing to uncover any more infections and contain the virus before it causes mass death and damage like last year. Biologists also are running tests on feces collected from wild birds, which are suspected of spreading the disease to farms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Jan. 15 that a turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana, was infected with the H7N8 strain of the virus.

NY's top prosecutor targets NFL in antitrust probe: source

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:07
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is conducting an antitrust investigation of the NFL and its practice of imposing "price-floors" on certain tickets as part of an ongoing probe into the online ticketing market, a source said on Thursday. The antitrust investigation grew out of a probe by the attorney general's office into irregularities in the ticketing industry, which found that ticket brokers were using illegal software programs to snap up thousands of tickets and reselling them with huge price markups. The source familiar with the NFL antitrust probe, who asked not to be identified because of the non-public nature of the matter, said it was spurred by a flood of complaints about use of the illegal software known as ticket bots.

3 More Arrests Made in Oregon Standoff

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 04:05
The FBI made three more probable cause arrests Wednesday in the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Reports of loud boom followed by shaking at Jersey Shore

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:58

Jersey Shore rocked by sonic boom, USGS and National Weather Service confirmPolice in South Jersey are receiving numerous reports of a loud boom followed by ground tremors, shaking Thursday afternoon.

30 years since Challenger: Teacher-in-Space finalists gather

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:52

People attend a Day of Remembrance Ceremony to honor the lives of the seven crew members of the Challenger space shuttle on the 30th anniversary of the 1986 tragedy, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. In addition to paying tribute to the Space Shuttle Challenger, they also honored all of those who have fallen since the beginning of the U.S. space program. (Tim Shortt/Florida Today via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of educators who competed alongside Christa McAuliffe to become the first teacher in space gathered Thursday to remember the seven astronauts who perished aboard Challenger 30 years ago.

California upholds critical solar policy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:49
(Reuters) - California regulators on Thursday upheld a key policy that makes rooftop solar systems affordable by allowing homeowners to sell the electricity they don't use back to their local utility. In a 3 to 2 vote, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a proposal that continues the state's net metering policy, with few changes. (Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

Iran: European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:47
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the state-owned IRAN daily reported on Thursday.

Spate of random slashings across New York City sows fear

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:42

 having been slashed so deeply that it severed an artery leading to the brain that required emergency surgery. Since December 2015, about a dozen such random, unprovoked slashings have been reported across the city, including three on subway trains during the week of January 25. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang was carrying groceries down a Brooklyn street when he felt like he got hit in the back of the head. He suddenly couldn't walk straight.

Allentown schools to remain closed for students Friday after winter storm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:33

Allentown schools to remain closed for students Friday after winter stormSchools in the Allentown School District will remain closed for students on Friday, nearly a week after the Blizzard of 2016 dumped more than 2 feet of snow in the area.

In Atlantic City: pride, anger, worry as city teeters on edge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:17

A man looks at the ocean through the windows of the Playground Pier in Atlantic CityInside the dimly lit Moose Lodge 216 last September in Atlantic City, Frank D'Alonzo discussed a few of the ideas he has heard over the years to revitalize the cash-strapped New Jersey gambling hub. Brimming with promise but ground down by poverty, Atlantic City is trying to reinvent itself even as it teeters on the edge of fiscal ruin.

Sentencing of ex-House speaker Hastert delayed until April

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:16

Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert is surrounded by officers as he leaves federal court after pleading not guilty to federal charges of trying to hide large cash transactions and lying to the FBI in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday postponed until April the sentencing date for Dennis Hastert, convicted last year of a financial crime, because the former U.S. House speaker was still recovering from a stroke and life-threatening infection. Hastert pleaded guilty in October to a federal charge of "structuring" - evading bank reporting rules by withdrawing large amounts of cash in smaller increments - in a hush-money case stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct. The 74-year-old, once one of the country's most powerful politicians, went to the hospital in early November after a fall, his attorney, John Gallo, told U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin.

Pennsylvania officer cleared in girl's fatal shooting, father charged

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 03:16
A Pennsylvania constable who prosecutors say accidentally killed a 12-year-old girl during an eviction while firing in self-defense has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, but the girl's father has been charged with murder. Perry County District Attorney Andrew Bender said on Thursday that Constable Clarke Steele was in imminent fear for his life and lawfully fired at Donald Meyer, 57, on Jan. 11 after Steele pointed a loaded, semi-automatic rifle at him from a few feet away. The .40 caliber bullet tore through Meyer's arm and struck Ciara Meyer, 12, in the chest as she stood behind her father, killing her almost instantly.

Former Providence, Rhode Island mayor Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci dies

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:54

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, former mayor and current mayoral candidate of Providence, answers a question during an interview with Reuters in his campaign headquarters in ProvidenceVincent "Buddy" Cianci, whose two stints as mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, each ended abruptly due to felony convictions, died on Thursday at age 74 after a brief hospitalization. Cianci, the longest serving mayor of Rhode Island's capital city, ran Providence for 22 years in all, from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 2002. Despite his convictions, Cianci remained popular with many residents.

Celebrities are going to be huge in Super Bowl ads

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:38

This image provided by Anheuser-Busch shows actors Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen in the company's Bud Light ad for Super Bowl 50. (Anheuser-Busch via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — The Big Game is more than a week away, but Super Bowl advertisers are already out in force online, playing up celebrity cameos to drive buzz for their brands.

Police: Senator's family SUV stolen from his Delaware home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 02:31

 Senator's family SUV stolen from his Delaware homeOfficials say U.S. Sen. Chris Coons' family SUV was stolen from his Delaware home.