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About 25,000 rally in Oklahoma for more school funding

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:39
About 25,000 teachers, administrators and students rallied at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Monday, calling for more money for education in the state that ranks among the lowest in per capita spending for students. Funding for public schools has decreased by about $215 million since 2008, although there are 40,000 more public school students, according to the Oklahoma Education Coalition, which helped organize the protest. "When that many people converge at the foot of the Capitol, they cannot ignore our voices," said Sheri Guyse, a volunteer at the rally and mother of two Oklahoma City school children. U.S. government data has shown that Oklahoma ranks among the bottom five states in spending per pupil over the past several years.

Christie's bridge scandal lawyers to be subpoenaed

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:35
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislative committee probing a political payback operation carried out by Gov. Chris Christie's aides and associates plans to subpoena interview transcripts and other documents from the lawyers the governor hired to carry out an internal investigation, the committee co-chairman said Monday.

Lawmakers probing why GM employees approved switches

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:26

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitBy Ben Klayman, Paul Lienert and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional probe is focusing on why General Motors Co employees repeatedly approved substandard ignition switches linked to at least 13 fatalities, as the automaker on Monday announced another major recall, this time related to power steering issues. On the eve of a high-profile hearing before a House of Representatives panel, GM said it is recalling more than 1.5 million additional vehicles globally. The Detroit-based automaker says it is taking an aggressive stance on safety issues, after coming under intense criticism for waiting more than a decade to recall millions of cars with potentially faulty ignition switches. On Monday, Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released details of some of the more than 200,000 pages of documents they have received from GM and a federal regulator.

Obama backs Schatz over Hanabusa in Hawaii race

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:22

FILE - This Dec. 27, 2012 file photo shows Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. President Barack Obama is endorsing Schatz in his primary race against Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. That's according to a Democratic National Committee official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about it before Obama's announcement. .(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday threw his support to Sen. Brian Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii's Senate race, stepping into a primary that has been divisive for voters in the state where Obama was born.

Senate advances bill to renew jobless benefits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:19

Attendees line up for a job interview at a job fair in WashingtonThe Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote on Monday to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans. The action cleared a second Republican procedural roadblock in as many weeks and moved the bill toward anticipated Senate passage later this week. But the White House-backed measure is expected to die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the bill "unworkable," citing concerns by state administrators.

No homes fully rebuilt under NYC Sandy program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:14

FILE- In this April 11, 2013, file photo, a home in the process of being raised is seen in the Broad Channel section of Queens, New York. A year and a half after Superstorm Sandy decimated New York City's coastline, a city-run program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes has only begun construction on three houses, and officials say they will need another $1 billion from the federal government in order to help every homeowner in need. Homeowners who lost everything in the storm are furious with the lack of progress made by the Build-It-Back program, which was created by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to primarily help New Yorkers repair, rebuild and elevate homes, though some funding was also designated to aid renters and owners of multi-family properties. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A year and a half after Superstorm Sandy decimated New York City's coastline, a city-run program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes has only begun construction on three houses, and officials say they will need another $1 billion from the federal government in order to help every homeowner in need.

Congress approves bill to avert Medicare pay cut for doctors

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 07:06
The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval on Monday to legislation to avert a pay cut for doctors who participate in the Medicare insurance program for the elderly and disabled. By a vote of 64-35, the Democratic-led Senate sent the measure, approved last week by the Republican-led House of Representatives, to President Barack Obama to sign into law. The bill would give doctors a one-year reprieve from a 24 percent cut set to kick in this week under the Medicare payment formula, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR. The payments affect doctors treating patients under Medicare, which pays for healthcare for nearly 51 million people in the United States who are 65 and older or disabled.

Man who shot at White House sentenced to 25 years

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

FILE - This Nov. 16, 2011 file photo shows law enforcement officers photographing a window at the White House in Washington, as seen from the South Lawn. A bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass, the Secret Service said. An additional round of ammunition was found on the White House exterior. The bullets were found Tuesday morning. An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to shooting at and hitting the White House is set to be sentenced. Prosecutors say Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez should spend 27 years in prison for the 2011 shooting. His sentencing is scheduled for Monday afternoon. No one was injured, but prosecutors say Ortega-Hernandez hit the executive mansion about eight times and did nearly $100,000 in damage. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011, striking the executive mansion more than half a dozen times, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.

Zebra at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo dies in accident

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:59
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Officials at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Ariz., say a Grevy's zebra has died in an accident.

1 of 10 Sumatran rhinos in captivity dies in Ohio

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:51

FILE - In this July 17, 2013 file photo, Suci, a female Sumatran rhino, sniffs the air in her enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati. The zoo said Suci died Sunday, March 30, 2014, after showing symptoms of a disease that killed her mother five years ago. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — The death of the Cincinnati Zoo's lone female Sumatran rhino has dealt a blow to a breeding program aimed at saving one of the world's most critically endangered species.

Prosecutor: Woman stabbed beau 25 times with heel

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:47

Ana Lilia Trujillo, left, sits in the courtroom before opening arguments in her trial, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Houston. Trujillo, 45, is charged with murder, accused of killing her 59-year-old boyfriend, Alf Stefan Andersson, at his Museum District high-rise condominium in June 2013. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)HOUSTON (AP) — A woman attacked her boyfriend in a fit of rage, sat on him after knocking him down and then stabbed him to death with the stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.

Lawmaker Yee's lawyer questions FBI investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:41
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lawyer for a California state senator charged last week with accepting bribes and gun trafficking on Monday challenged the three-year FBI investigation that led to the arrest.

NY federal atty rejects corporate doomsday cries

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:41
NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan's top federal prosecutor says corporate America — especially financial institutions — will do almost anything to avoid a tough enforcement action, but their doomsday claims are sounding more like a "Chicken Little" routine unlikely to shield them from criminal prosecution.

Man convicted in deadly Seton Hall party shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:33
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man charged with shooting five people, killing one, at an off-campus party near Seton Hall University has been convicted of murder and attempted murder charges.

Washington state proposes nuke cleanup deadlines

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:32
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Frustrated by federal government delays, the state of Washington on Monday issued its own plan for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site.

Jury selection begins in Apple-Samsung case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:31

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, California (AP) — The world's two leading smartphone makers were back in federal court on Monday, accusing each other of stealing ideas and features.

Emergency crews face toxic challenge in Washington state mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:29
By Eric M. Johnson DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Recovery teams struggling through thick mud up to their armpits and heavy downpours at the site of a devastating landslide in Washington state are facing yet another challenge - an unseen and potentially more dangerous stew of toxic contaminants. Sewage, propane, household solvents and other chemicals lie beneath the surface of the gray mud and rubble that engulfed hundreds of acres of a rural community after the mudslide that left dozens of people dead or missing northeast of Seattle on the morning of March 22, authorities said. "We're worried about dysentery, we're worried about tetanus, we're worried about contamination," local fire Lieutenant Richard Burke, a spokesman for the operation, told reporters visiting the disaster site on Sunday.

Mississippi woman on death row for over 13 years gets new trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:27

Death row inmate Michelle Byrom is seen in a Mississippi Department of Corrections photoBy Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Monday ordered a new trial for a female death row inmate, only days after she was given a last minute reprieve from execution. Michelle Byrom, 57, would have become the first woman to be executed in the state in 70 years. She was convicted in 2000 of the fatal shooting of her husband, Edward Byrom Sr. On Monday the state Supreme Court reversed her capital murder conviction and ordered a new trial, describing the case as "extraordinary and extremely rare," according to the court order signed by judge Josiah Dennis Coleman. It was a questionable case and the Mississippi Supreme Court recognized that," said Alan Freedman, one of the attorneys on Byrom's legal team with the Midwest Center for Justice based in Evanston, Illinois.

VP encourages last-minute health care applicants

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:26

Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photo during his visit to the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, which has been established as a One Touch Enrollment Center for last-minute applicants for health care under President Barack Obama's law, in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014. These centers are designed to provide on-site health insurance enrollment services and resources to residents, small business and their employees. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is encouraging last-minute applicants for health care under President Barack Obama's law that they are "going to be better off for it."

Navy bases tighten truck driver screening

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:23
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An on-base shooting that left one sailor dead has prompted the Navy to begin prohibiting delivery drivers who have a felony conviction in the past 10 years from coming onto any of its bases from North Carolina to Maine, officials said Monday.