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Push for facial recognition privacy standards hits roadblock

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 15:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retailers have the ability to scan your face digitally, and use that identification to offer you special prices or even recognize you as a prior shoplifter. But should they use it? Should they get your permission first?

Most Americans want Congress to ensure Obamacare subsidies: poll

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 15:04

Demonstrators in favor of Obamacare gather at the Supreme Court building in WashingtonA majority of Americans say Congress should make sure Obamacare subsidies to buy health insurance are available nationwide if the Supreme Court rules that the payments in at least 34 states are illegal, according to a poll released on Tuesday. The Kaiser Family Foundation poll surveyed 1,200 people from June 2 to June 9 in both English and Spanish. The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month whether subsidies provided to states that rely on the federal government's HealthCare.gov insurance exchange are legal based on the requirements of President Barack Obama's healthcare law.


Alaska wildfires destroy dozens of homes, menace highway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:55

The setting sun is partially obscured by smoke from an out of control wildfire on the Parks Highway near Willow, AlaskaBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Two fast-spreading Alaska wildfires have forced a series of evacuations, destroyed up to 45 homes and forced authorities to restrict traffic on a major highway connecting two of the state's largest cities, state officials said on Monday. As many as 200 firefighters have been battling a 6,500-acre fire about 40 miles (64 km) north of Anchorage since Sunday afternoon. About 137 miles (220km) south of Anchorage, crews are fighting a much smaller, but equally dangerous blaze that threatens nearly 200 homes.


Firefighters battle 3-alarm West Chester blaze

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:03

Firefighters battle 3-alarm West Chester blazeMulti-Alarm fire damages building in West Chester.


Driver charged in Wash. crash that killed 2 students

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:13
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington man accused of driving an SUV that struck four high school students out walking during gym class, killing two and seriously injuring two others, was charged Monday with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault.

New York rent regulations for 2 million tenants expire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:05

Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development Vicki Been, far left, Commissioner of Human Resources Steve Banks, second from left, Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, Legal Aid Society attorney-in-charge Adriene Holder, second from right, and Legal Services NYC executive director Raun Rasmussen hold a press conference, Monday June 15, 2015, at City Hall in New York. The mayor and his housing team outlined the city's response if state lawmakers can't strike a deal before a midnight deadline on rent regulation. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A law affecting rents paid by 2 million New York City tenants expired late Monday as state lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on extending it before a midnight deadline.


Push for privacy standards for facial recognition falters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retailers have the ability to scan your face digitally, and use that identification to offer you special prices or even recognize you as a prior shoplifter. But should they use it? Should they get your permission first?

Beachgoers lose limbs in shallow-water shark attacks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:55

Emergency responders assist a teenage girl at the scene of a shark attack in Oak Island, N.C., Sunday, June 14, 2015. Mayor Betty Wallace of Oak Island, a seaside town bordered to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, said that hours after the teenage girl suffered severe injuries in a shark attack Sunday a teenage boy was also severely injured. (Steve Bouser/The Pilot, Southern Pines, N.C. via AP) MANDATORY CREDITOAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — Beachgoers cautiously returned to the ocean Monday after two young people lost limbs in separate, life-threatening shark attacks in the same town in North Carolina.


2 charged in alleged Northeast Philadelphia chop shop bust

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:39

2 charged in alleged Northeast Philadelphia chop shop bustPhiladelphia caught alleged motorcycle thieves in the act Monday morning and discovered their alleged chop shop.


4th suspect sought after Broomall home invasion

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:36

4th suspect sought after Broomall home invasionMarple Township police are looking for a fourth man involved in a home invasion Monday afternoon.


Alaska wildfire quickly grows, forces homes to evacuate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:28

A State Division of Forestry air tanker works the Sockeye fire north of Kashwitna Lake on Sunday, June 14, 2015, near Willow, Alaska. The wildfire north of Anchorage shut down a key highway and forced the evacuation of about 1,700 structures after it mushroomed in size. (Bill Roth /Alaska Dispatch News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT KTUU-TV OUT; KTVA-TV OUT; THE MAT-SU VALLEY FRONTIERSMAN OUTHOUSTON, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska wildfire that has mushroomed in size was prompting help Monday from people offering their homes to scores of displaced residents and their animals.


'Brown ocean' effect may bedevil soggy Texas as storm nears

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:05
DALLAS (AP) — The historic rainfall that inundated Texas in May has left the soil saturated and rivers engorged, and a scientist involved in a NASA-funded research project says it also could strengthen a tropical storm moving inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

Firefighters battle 2-alarm West Chester blaze

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:53

Firefighters battle 3-alarm West Chester blazeFirefighters are battling a multi-alarm fire in West Chester.


Obama, GOP try to revive trade agenda, but hurdles await

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:40

FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCarthy says Congress must find a way to pass President Barack Obama's trade agenda. But he acknowledged there's no obvious pathway for now. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his legislative allies scrambled Monday for ways to revive his severely wounded trade agenda, although Democrats and Republicans alike said all options face serious hurdles.


Partially decomposed body found in Grays Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:22

Partially decomposed body found in Grays FerryAn autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death of a man found nude and partially decomposed Monday night.


Head of Spokane NAACP quits amid furor over racial identity

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:12

FILE - In this Friday, March 6, 2015, file photo, from left, Della Montgomery-Riggins, Charles Thornton and Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal link arms and sing "We Shall Overcome" at a rally in downtown Spokane, Wash., responding to a racist and threatening package received by Dolezal. Dolezal is now facing questions about whether she lied about her racial identity, with her family saying she is white but has portrayed herself as black. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Rachel Dolezal resigned as president of the NAACP's Spokane chapter Monday just days after her parents said she is a white woman posing as black — a dizzyingly swift fall for an activist credited with injecting remarkable new energy into the civil rights organization.


Hillary Clinton gets tough on trade, creating dilemma for Obama

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:00

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks about early childhood education during a campaign stop at the YMCA in RochesterBy Krista Hughes, Richard Cowan and James Oliphant WASHINGTON/CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton complicated President Barack Obama's quest for fast-track authority on his Pacific Rim trade pact on Monday by throwing her support behind fellow Democrats who revolted against the measure last week, while the U.S. Congress further delayed action on related legislation. “I believe that one of the ways the president could get fast-track authority is to deal with the legitimate concerns of those Democrats who are potential ‘yes’ voters to see what’s in the negotiation or even what’s in the existing framework agreement that is being drafted, could be modified or changed,” Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, said on Monday in Concord, New Hampshire.


Jury set for trial of man accused of dismembering stripper

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 09:52
GRETNA, La. (AP) — Acting as his own attorney Monday, a man accused of killing and dismembering a French Quarter stripper helped choose jurors who will decide his case.