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Federal contract workers wage one-day "strike"

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of low-wage contract workers walked off the job at the Capitol and other federal buildings and landmarks on Thursday to press for higher pay.

Bison reach new home on Montana Indian reservation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:31

FILE - In this April 24, 2012 file photo, a herd of bison roam on the Fort Peck Reservation near Poplar, Mont. Almost a decade after they were first captured from Yellowstone National Park, a group of wild bison that has spent years in limbo after government officials could find no place to relocate the animals were due to be shipped from a ranch near Bozeman Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 for placement on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of wild bison relocated from Yellowstone National Park has arrived at northeastern Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation.


Maine's largest city cuts spending in dispute over immigrant aid

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:28
By Dave Sherwood PORTLAND Maine (Reuters) - Maine's largest city has begun clamping down on spending as newly re-elected Republican Governor Paul LePage makes good on a campaign promise to cut funding to cities and towns that give aid to undocumented immigrants. In an internal memo released on Wednesday, Portland city officials said they had frozen hiring and cut travel and overtime spending after their requests for reimbursement from the state for assistance provided to families with children in emergencies had gone unanswered since July. ...

Man wanted for stabbing McDonald's employee in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:22

Man wanted for stabbing McDonald's employee in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia police are searching for a suspect who stabbed a McDonald's employee.


Uber gets OK for much of Pennsylvania, not Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:18

Drivers with the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania protest on near Love Park in Philadelphia Oct. 8, 2014, as Uber and Lyft are making a concerted push to bring their ride-share services to Philadelphia. The state's Public Utility Commission is expected to vote Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 on Uber X's application to operate in many other parts of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Gralish)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The ride-sharing service Uber X won an experimental license Thursday to arrange private rides throughout much of Pennsylvania, a victory that came with a warning "to abandon its anarchist ways" and comply with state regulators.


ZeekRewards founder arraigned in $850 million scam

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:08
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who prosecutors say masterminded an $850 million Internet-based Ponzi scheme pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges of wire and mail fraud, conspiracy and tax fraud.

ND clinic wants rehearing on medication abortions

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:04

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, an abortion protester stands outside the Red River Valley Women's Clinic in downtown Fargo, N.D. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, lawyers for North Dakota's lone abortion clinic in Fargo filed a petition for a rehearing with the state Supreme Court to clarify a portion of a recent ruling that limits the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack, File)BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Lawyers for North Dakota's lone abortion clinic in Fargo are asking the state Supreme Court to clarify a portion of a recent ruling that limits the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs.


VA fires Pittsburgh hospital network's director

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:49
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired the director of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System a month after officials determined she committed unspecified "conduct unbecoming a senior executive" and wasteful spending.

Florida to execute man who killed wife and stepdaughter in 1992

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:48

Death row inmate Chadwick Banks is seen in an undated picture from the Florida Department of Corrections in Raiford, FloridaBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A man convicted of fatally shooting his sleeping wife, then raping and murdering her 10-year-old daughter, was scheduled to die by injection Thursday evening at Florida State Prison after spending almost half his life on death row. Attorneys for Chadwick Banks, 43, unsuccessfully challenged the state's lethal-injection methods and argued that his post-conviction legal representation was inadequate. Banks, shot his sleeping wife, Cassandra Banks, at their mobile home near Quincy in north Florida in 1992. ...


McCain, other US lawmakers, vow to save A-10 'Warthog' aircraft

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:46

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft from Bagram Air Base flies a combat mission over AfghanistanBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential group of U.S. lawmakers, including John McCain, in line to become the head of the Senate's powerful Armed Services Committee, on Thursday pledged to thwart the Pentagon's plans to retire the U.S. fleet of A-10 "Warthog" aircraft. The Pentagon, facing mandatory "sequestration" budget cuts, has sought to eliminate all of the tank-killer jets, saying it would save $3.7 billion over the next five years plus another $500 million in planned aircraft upgrades. ...


Overturned tractor-trailer jams traffic on Ben Franklin Bridge

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:37

Overturned tractor-trailer jams traffic on Ben Franklin BridgeA flatbed tractor-trailer overturned at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge Thursday morning, spilling its load and causing delays for Philadelphia-bound commuters for more than four hours.


Man pleads guilty to keeping sons in filthy home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:33
DENVER (AP) — A father whose four young sons could communicate only in grunts when authorities rescued them from a filthy Denver apartment could spend up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to felony child abuse.

Fire damages 3 houses in Southwest Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:23

Fire damages 3 houses in Southwest PhiladelphiaOfficials say a fast-moving blaze has damaged three homes in Southwest Philadelphia early Thursday morning.


Elderly woman badly burned in house fire in Frankford

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:21

Elderly woman badly burned in house fire in FrankfordOfficials say an elderly woman was badly burned in a house fire in Philadelphia's Frankford section late Wednesday night.


AccuWeather: Chilly Today, Evening Rain, Wet Snow

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:16

 Chilly Today, Evening Rain, Wet SnowMeteorologist David Murphy says precipitation will be light this evening. Friday is colder.


West Virginia updates tax forms for gay couples

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:56
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is updating its tax forms to reflect court rulings overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Senator's son pleads not guilty in 21 dog deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:46
PHOENIX (AP) — A son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake and the son's wife have pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges stemming from the deaths of 21 dogs last summer.

Pot-friendly states teaming up on Capitol Hill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress from states with legal pot say their colleagues should not stand in the way of expanded legalization.

Privacy protections unite carmakers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers than many motorists realize.

Immigration, Keystone top first day of lame duck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 01:36

In this photo taken Nov. 4, 2014, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., acknowledges supporters at her election night headquarters in New Orleans. Republicans have promised her Senate opponent Rep. Bill Cassidy a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Landrieu in the state's runoff election next month. The move undercuts one of Landrieu's chief campaign arguments, that voters in the state with a robust oil and gas industry need her and her seniority on the committee. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House are divided over whether to fund the government for a couple of months past a December deadline to maintain leverage over President Barack Obama on immigration or to pass a full-year spending bill to clear the decks for a fresh start when the GOP gets full control of Congress in January.