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Ton of ivory crushed in Times Square to highlight poaching

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:30
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government is crushing more than a ton of confiscated illegal ivory in Times Square in an effort to halt elephant poaching and ivory trafficking.

Cincinnati police chief: Policeman shot during gunfight between suspect, officers has died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:28
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police chief: Policeman shot during gunfight between suspect, officers has died.

Cincinnati police chief: Policeman shot during gunfight between suspect, officers has died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:28
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police chief: Policeman shot during gunfight between suspect, officers has died.

House bill aims for less e-cigarette regulation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:26

FILE - This Aug. 14, 2014, file photo shows child-proof refill bottles of liquid nicotine at Salt Lake Vapors, in Salt Lake City. House Republicans are pushing to ease proposed government regulations for companies that sell e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, a move that Democrats charge could lead to unsafe products on the market. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing to ease proposed government regulations for companies that sell e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, a move that Democrats charge could lead to unsafe products on the market.


House bill aims for less e-cigarette regulation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:26

FILE - This Aug. 14, 2014, file photo shows child-proof refill bottles of liquid nicotine at Salt Lake Vapors, in Salt Lake City. House Republicans are pushing to ease proposed government regulations for companies that sell e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, a move that Democrats charge could lead to unsafe products on the market. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pushing to ease proposed government regulations for companies that sell e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, a move that Democrats charge could lead to unsafe products on the market.


Florida legislature set to pass $78 billion budget

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:22
Florida legislators are set to wind up a contentious special session on Friday with passage of a $78 billion state budget, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown. An standoff between the Republican-controlled House and Senate over expanding Medicaid coverage to serve about 800,000 working poor Floridians caused the state’s regular 60-day session to end in disarray on April 28. The Senate proposed a market-based plan for using federal billions to underwrite private healthcare coverage, but the more conservative House balked at accepting anything derived from President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

New York escapees on run as prison breakout route sealed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:21

Prison inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat are seen in enhanced pictures released by the New York State policeTwo escaped killers have evaded capture for nearly two weeks despite "countless hours" of information divulged to investigators by a female prison worker who assisted in the upstate New York breakout, police said on Friday. The busted prison cell walls, steam pipe and manhole cover that the convicts slipped through to escape Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora have been repaired, allowing authorities to lift a lockdown at the maximum security prison, Daniel Martuscello, a deputy commissioner of state corrections said at a press conference. The U.S. Marshals Service has put escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat on its 15 Most Wanted Fugitives List and the manhunt, now in its 14th day, has widened to encompass the entire country.


Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dies at 95

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:19

FILE - In this March 11, 2010 file photo, Comcast Corporation founder Ralph Roberts attends a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on consumers, competition, and the proposed Comcast-NBC merger, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Roberts, a businessman with a gentle demeanor who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95. Comcast says in a statement that Roberts died Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Philadelphia of natural causes. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Roberts, a cable pioneer who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into an entertainment and communications behemoth, has died. He was 95.


World War II internees finally get high school graduation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:18

George Kaihara and his wife Miko Nakamura Kaihara, both 90-years-old, join other graduates during the tassel ceremony at the Tustin High School commencement ceremony in Tustin, Calif., Thursday, June 18, 2015. George and Miko were juniors at the school when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and they were sent to Poston internment camp in Arizona. Dennis Hayden, a classmate of George and Miko from 72-years-ago, recently reconnected with them, and made it his mission to see them graduate. (Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDITTUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — It was decades late, but George and Miko Kaihara, both 90, finally got to attend their high school graduation.


World War II internees finally get high school graduation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:18

George Kaihara and his wife Miko Nakamura Kaihara, both 90-years-old, join other graduates during the tassel ceremony at the Tustin High School commencement ceremony in Tustin, Calif., Thursday, June 18, 2015. George and Miko were juniors at the school when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and they were sent to Poston internment camp in Arizona. Dennis Hayden, a classmate of George and Miko from 72-years-ago, recently reconnected with them, and made it his mission to see them graduate. (Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDITTUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — It was decades late, but George and Miko Kaihara, both 90, finally got to attend their high school graduation.


Police ready for 'long haul' in search for 2 escaped inmates

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:11
DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — State police searching for two killers who escaped from an upstate New York prison two weeks ago say they're prepared to keep going for the "long haul."

Analysts: Health law repeal boosts economy, adds to deficit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — Repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would modestly increase the budget deficit even as it boosts the economy, according to a nonpartisan government study released Friday.

Across US, over 220 prison escapees listed as on the loose

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:06

This May 20, 2015, file photo released by the New York State Police shows Richard Matt. Matt and accomplice David Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. on June 6, 2015, and are still at large. Matt is among more than 160 state prison escapees nationwide who are listed as on the loose, The Associated Press found in a coast-to-coast survey. (New York State Police via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere out there are an admitted killer who crawled through a Texas prison's ventilation ducts, a murderer who apparently escaped from an Indiana institution in a garbage truck, and a Florida convict who got other inmates to put him in a crate at the prison furniture shop and had himself delivered to freedom by truck.


Man hospitalized after electrical shock in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/20/2015 - 00:05

2 workers suffer electrical shock in South PhiladelphiaA man has been rushed to the hospital as a trauma code following an electrical shock incident in South Philadelphia.


Detroit mom says she wants to plead guilty to killing 2 kids

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 23:51
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman accused of killing two of her children and storing their bodies in her home freezer told a judge on Friday that she wants to plead guilty as soon as possible and would accept the death penalty if Michigan had one.

Detroit mother asks to plead guilty to killing children found in freezer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 23:47
Mitchelle Blair, 36, told the judge she had confessed three times to killing her daughter Stoni Blair, 13, and son Stephen Berry, 9, whose frozen bodies were found in March when a crew was carrying out an eviction at her apartment. Blair had been scheduled for a competency hearing and preliminary examination, but waived those and told 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King in Detroit she wanted to plead guilty to protect her surviving son. "I don't want him to see that I stood here like a coward," Blair said.

Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dead at 95

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 23:47

Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dead at 95Ralph Roberts, a businessman with a gentle demeanor who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95.


Iowa Supreme Court allows telemedicine abortion program to go on

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 23:41
The unanimous decision by six justices released on Friday said the rule violated the state's constitution and placed an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions because Planned Parenthood had only three clinics and that many women would need to drive hundreds of miles to reach the clinics. The rule was passed in July 2013 by the Iowa Board of Medicine, which regulates the practice of medicine in the state, requiring doctors to physically be with patients when they administer abortion-inducing drugs. The rule effectively banned telemedicine abortion, in which a doctor instructs a patient to take the drugs over a two-way video connection.

Express delivery: Woman gives birth along Maryland highway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 23:39
CROWNSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A woman and her baby are in good health after the mother gave birth on the side of a Maryland highway.

Hate crimes are down in the US, but the data is shaky

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 23:38
The number of hate crimes reported to the U.S. Department of Justice has been on the decline in recent years.