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NY union boss leading revolt against mayor faces own rebellion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:54

Patrick Lynch, president of the city's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, attends slain NYPD officer Wenjian Liu's wake in Brooklyn, New YorkBy Michelle Conlin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hours after two New York policemen were shot dead in their patrol car last month, police union boss Pat Lynch accused the mayor of having "blood on his hands." Lynch's attack was prompted by what many police officers saw as the mayor's failure to defend them against criticism that overly aggressive tactics had caused the death of a black suspect. In the weeks that followed, Lynch was the face of an extraordinary revolt by many officers against Mayor Bill de Blasio. Lynch’s union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), is in turmoil, beset by infighting, according to interviews with more than 40 police officers and union insiders. On Tuesday, a group of union insiders is set to announce a campaign to unseat him in the upcoming June election, several PBA trustees said.


Efforts to shut off geyser fail after water main break in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:53

Efforts to shut off geyser fail after huge water main break in Northeast PhiladelphiaTens of thousands of gallons of water continued to shoot more than 100 feet into the air Thursday morning, more than 10 hours after a large water main burst in Northeast Philadelphia.


1 dead after car slams into tractor trailer in Mercer Co., N.J.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:45

1 dead after car slams into tractor trailer in Mercer Co., N.J.One person is dead after a car slammed into the back of a tractor trailer in Hopewell Township, New Jersey early Thursday morning.


Why a Samsung takeover of Blackberry could make sense

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:38
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung and Blackberry have splashed frigid water on a report that Samsung wants to make a $7.5 billion takeover offer for the struggling Canadian device maker. That, however, did not stop tech industry watchers from dissecting all the possibilities.

Geyser spews into the air in Northeast Philadelphia water main break

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:25

Efforts to shut off geyser fail after huge water main break in Northeast PhiladelphiaCrews are on the scene of a large water main break in Northeast Philadelphia that's spewing gallons of water more than 100 feet into the air.


Family dog dies in house fire in South Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 18:13

Family dog dies in house fire in South JerseyA resident escaped smoke and flames inside a house in Winslow Township, New Jersey, but the family dog died in the blaze early Thursday morning.


FBI: Ohio Man Arrested for ISIS-Inspired Plot on US Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:39
The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Chief who shot sleeping wife has 4 divorces, no violent past

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:38

In this undated image released by the Peachtree City Police Department, Chief William McCollom poses for a photograph. McCollom who dialed 911 to report accidentally shooting his wife as she slept in their suburban Atlanta home early New Year’s Day waited nearly two minutes to mention where he worked. McCollom has been in law enforcement for 30 years, primarily in seaside communities in South Florida. (AP Photo/Peachtree City Police Department)ATLANTA (AP) — The man who dialed 911 to report accidentally shooting his wife as she slept in their suburban Atlanta home early New Year's Day waited nearly two minutes to mention where he worked.


Study: Fewer struggle with medical costs as coverage grows

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:09

FILE - This Nov. 12, 2014 file photo shows the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore. Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama's health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday Jan. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama's health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday.


5 things to know about tax filing and Obama's health law

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:31

FILE In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is cutting taxpayer services just as President Barack Obama's health law is making filing a tax return more complicated.


Experts: If Holmes found insane, he's unlikely to be freed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:28

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes, whose trial is to begin with lengthy jury selection on Jan. 20, 2015, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Psychiatrists and attorneys interviewed by The Associated Press say that it would be unlikely that Holmes would be released from a state mental institution should a jury find him not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, file)DENVER (AP) — If James Holmes is found not guilty by reason of insanity in the Colorado theater massacre, he would be committed indefinitely to the state mental hospital and could — in theory, at least — be released someday.


Washington state school, scene of 2014 shooting, cleared after bomb threat

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:19
A Washington state high school that was the scene of a shooting rampage last October received the all clear after being evacuated on Wednesday over a bomb threat, the school district said. The threat was made in a robotic phone message around 1:45 p.m. local time to an office at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, the site of a shooting last year in which five teenage students were killed, including the gunman. Classes at the campus, which is about an hour's drive north of Seattle, are slated to resume on Thursday as regularly scheduled, the district said.

Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:09
"We have put our finger on some extremely dangerous people, men and women. We are really in a war." — French police union spokesman Christophe Crepin as the investigation into the attacks in Paris widened.

U.S. court rules horse association free to reject clones from registry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 15:15
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the country's leading quarter horse association can reject cloned horses from its prestigious registry. The three-judge panel for the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower Texas court ruling in favor of two breeders who contended the American Quarter Horse Association operated a monopoly by excluding cloned animals. The judges wrote that the plaintiffs, rancher Jason Abraham and veterinarian Gregg Veneklasen, failed to prove that the organization's stud registry committee colluded to bar horses created through somatic cell nuclear transfer, or cloning. They added that the association does not breed, race, sell or show the animals, and does not compete in the elite horse market.

Man arrested in 1997 Yakima County cold case homicide

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:37
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — With an assist from a true crime TV series, a 60-year-old man has been arrested in the 1997 shooting death of his wife, the Yakima County sheriff's office says.

Businessman accused in Navy corruption case may change not-guilty plea

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:06
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian businessman accused of bribing high-ranking U.S. Navy officers to steer millions of dollars of contract services to his company, may change his not-guilty plea on Thursday, court documents show. Francis is one of seven men, including two Navy commanders, an officer and a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent, indicted in November on federal bribery and conspiracy charges. The indictments allege that Francis bribed Navy officers with cash as well as prostitutes, high-end electronics, luxury hotel stays and high-priced entertainment for Navy officers who then shared classified information. His company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, held more than $200 million in Navy contracts to provide ship husbandry, including cleaning, restocking, refueling and repairing Navy ships from the Seventh Fleet in Pacific ports in Singapore, Thailand, Japan and other locations.

Convictions upheld in California journalist's 2007 killing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:43
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the convictions of two men in the 2007 murder of an Oakland newspaper editor, ruling that the defendants received a fair trial despite a negative pretrial publicity.

U.S. Secret Service dumping senior officials after security lapses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:25

U.S. Secret Service agents step off a Marine helicopter before U.S. President Barack Obama departs Andrews Air Force Base outside WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service will remove four senior officials while another has opted to retire, the latest shake-up after a series of security lapses at the agency charged with protecting the president, an agency official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmedActing Director Joseph Clancy had told the four assistant directors who oversee the agency's missions of protection, investigations, technology and public affairs that they must leave their jobs. "Four assistant directors have been notified that they're being assigned to other positions," the official said. Recent lapses by the agency include allowing a knife-carrying man to jump a fence and run into the White House last September in one of the worst security breaches since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.


U.S colleges struggle to manage financial pressure in buyer's market: S&P

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:23
(Reuters) - The U.S. higher education sector is bracing for another difficult year in 2015 as colleges and universities face a tug-of-war to balance tuition affordability with rising costs. A new report from Standard & Poor's Ratings Services found that while American students still want to attend post-secondary education, they are demanding better value for their tuition dollars. As a result, the not-for-profit higher education environment has become a more competitive, buyer's market, forcing universities to discount tuition despite growing costs. "This competitive landscape is beneficial to students but financially challenging for colleges," said S&P analyst Jessica Matsumori.

AccuWeather: Another Cold Night, Milder Tomorrow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:01

 Another Cold Night, Milder TomorrowMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking the return of sunshine and more seasonable temperatures