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Even the healthy locked out of 2014 policies now

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:59

 Healthy customers with money to spend will no longer be able to walk into a private insurance office or go online and buy standard coverage any time of year. With limited exceptions, insurers don’t plan to sell to individuals outside the open enrollment period in HealthCare.gov and the state insurance marketplaces. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans thinking about buying health insurance on their own later this year, or maybe switching to a different insurer, are probably out of luck. The policies are going off the market as a little-noticed consequence of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.


Florida clerk who mistook body for mannequin fired

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:58
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 61-year-old front desk clerk at a Florida apartment complex was fired this week after mistaking the body of a tenant for a mannequin and throwing it in a trash bin.

Immigrant hunger strikers released from solitary

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:53
SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers who sued the federal government on behalf of about 20 immigrant hunger strikers at a Washington state detention facility say their clients have been released from solitary confinement.

Blaze that killed 2 firefighters blamed on welding

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:50

The funeral procession for Boston firefighter Michael R. Kennedy proceeds through saluting firefighters as it arrives at Holy Name Church in Boston, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Kennedy and Boston Fire Lt. Edward J. Walsh were killed Wednesday, March 26, 2014 when they were trapped in the basement of a burning brownstone during a nine-alarm blaze.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON (AP) — Sparks from a welding project for which no one had obtained a permit caused the wind-driven fire that tore through a Boston brownstone last week, killing two firefighters and injuring 13, officials said Friday.


Brittany Murphy's last film gets 4-state test run

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:42

FILE - In this June 27, 2005 file photo, actress Brittany Murphy arrives to launch the summer sale of the Harrods department store in central London. Murphy's final movie opens Friday, April 4, 2014 in Eugene, Ore. The actress died at age 32 in December 2009. That year she worked on a psychological thriller called "Something Wicked," and much of it was filmed in Eugene. The movie failed to get a distribution deal with the large studios. But producer and local businessman Scott Chambers says that Regal Cinemas is giving the film a four-state test run over the coming month before deciding whether to roll it out beyond the Northwest. AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Murphy's final movie opens Friday in Eugene before going on a limited run.


Judge to end Ohio ban on recognizing gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:29

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Civil rights attorneys are arguing in Federal Court on Friday that a federal judge should prohibit Ohio officials from enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere.


2-legged Washington dog charms millions with video

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:26
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A dog in Washington state has no rear legs, but he can balance enough to run on only his front legs, as millions of people have seen in a YouTube video.

Chicago transit agency fires driver after crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:25

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo a Chicago public-transit train rests on an escalator after it jumped the tracks at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport station. Chicago transit officials say the train operator who acknowledged dozing off before the crash was fired Friday, April 4, 2014. 30 passengers were injured in the crash. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago transit officials have fired a train operator who acknowledged dozing off before crashing a commuter train at the O'Hare International Airport station.


Health care bill helps add 3 million to Medicaid

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 02:08

 “The increase in Medicaid enrollments across the country is encouraging, but more work is left to do to ensure that the millions of uninsured Americans eligible for these programs gain coverage”. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.


British man: If I testify in US, I'll be arrested

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:54
NEW YORK (AP) — A British man who quit a 2001 shoe-bomb plot and became a valuable witness at terrorism trials told a judge Friday that he does not want to testify in the United States because he'll be arrested on terrorism charges filed in Boston.

SC woman gets 20 years in breast feeding overdose

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:36

This undated photo provided by the Spartanburg County Prosecutor's office shows Stephanie Greene. Greene, 39, faces 20 years to life in prison when she is sentenced for killing her 6-week-old daughter with what prosecutors say was an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk. (AP Photo/Spartanburg County Prosecutor's office)SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A judge sentenced a South Carolina woman to 20 years in prison Friday for killing her 6-week-old daughter with what prosecutors say was an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk.


Mom in drugged breast-milk murder of baby gets 20 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:23

Stephanie Greene, 39, of Campobello, South Carolina is pictured in this handout police booking photoBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - A South Carolina mother who gave her infant daughter a lethal dose of morphine via her breast milk was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in prison, a prosecutor said. Former nurse Stephanie Greene, 39, was convicted in Spartanburg on Thursday of homicide by child abuse, involuntary manslaughter and unlawful neglect of a child. "This is not an indictment on breast feeding," said Barry Barnette, solicitor for the 7th Judicial Circuit. "She loved her drugs more than she loved her baby." Greene went to several doctors to obtain morphine and other painkillers in 2010, but told none of them she was pregnant, prosecutors said.


Lawmakers push EPA for more time on water rule

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:22

FILE - In this April 2, 2002, file photo, dairy farmer Paul Peter stands by his emergency pond near his house at Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider a proposal by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers. The new rule seeks to clarify which waters or wetlands would trigger federal requirements, such as permitting and state water quality certification. Seasonal and rain-dependent streams, and wetlands near rivers and streams, would be covered; others would be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine if they play a significant role in the quality of downstream waters. Landowners and developers say the government has gone too far in regulating isolated ponds or marshes with no direct connection to navigable waterways. (AP Photo/Jim McKnight, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider plans to regulate many of the nation's streams and wetlands, saying the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds.


Two drug tunnels, with rail systems, found at U.S.-Mexico border

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:22
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. federal agents have uncovered two drug-smuggling tunnels underneath the U.S.-Mexico border, both surfacing in San Diego-area warehouses and equipped with rail systems for moving contraband, officials said on Friday. The discovery led to the arrest of a 73-year-old woman accused of running one of the warehouses connected to a drug smuggling operation, according to a joint news release by four federal agencies. The tunnels were discovered as part of a five-month investigation by the so-called San Diego Tunnel Task Force. Federal law enforcement officials said the first tunnel, which connects a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, with one in an industrial park in the border community of Otay Mesa, is about 600 yards long and is furnished with lighting, a crude rail system and wooden trusses.

Mormons conference this weekend in Salt Lake City

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:20
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Latter-day Saints are expected in Salt Lake City this weekend for the church's biannual general conference.

Prosecutors told to share evidence in girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:11
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A judge ordered prosecutors Friday to turn over evidence about the death of a 9-year-old girl who police say was run to death by her grandmother, who is charged with capital murder and facing a possible death penalty.

States revolt against powerful new painkiller

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:09

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers the State of the State Address at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. On Thursday, April 3, 2014, Shumlin announced an emergency order that would make it harder for physicians to prescribe a new class of drugs that includes Zohydro. Many feel the extended-release pill is prone to abuse, because it's not tamper resistant and contains up to five times more of the narcotic hydrocodone than previously available in other pills. (AP Photo/Andy Duback, File)BARRE, Vt. (AP) — State officials fighting a well-publicized battle against heroin and prescription drug abuse are revolting against a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health officials fear could worsen an already acute drug problem.


Lawsuit over Hebrew National hot dogs is revived

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:59
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A year after ConAgra Foods Inc won the dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that its Hebrew National hot dogs were not kosher, a higher authority has given the case new life. A federal appeals court in St. Paul, Minnesota on Friday said a trial judge erred in dismissing the lawsuit brought by 11 consumers in its entirety on the ground that the First Amendment barred him from addressing the underlying religious questions. Instead, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found simply that the case did not belong in federal court, and returned it to the Dakota County, Minnesota state court where it began. ConAgra has long used the slogan "we answer to a higher authority" to promote Hebrew National products.

Legal pot in Colorado hasn't stopped black market

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:54

This photo provided by Courtesy Lafayette Colorado Police Dept, Nathaniel Tallman is shown. Moise Mendez, along with Russell Britton and Daniel Ortiz are charged with felony first-degree murder, robbery and aggravated motor-vehicle theft in the death of 25-year-old Nathaniel Tallman. Tallman was shot dead trying to sell marijuana the old-fashioned, illegal way. While no one expected the state's first-in-the-nation recreational sales would eliminate the need for dangerous underground sales overnight, the violence has raised concerns among police, prosecutors and pot advocates that a black market for marijuana is alive and well in Colorado. (AP Photo/Courtesy Lafayette Colorado Police Dept)DENVER (AP) — A 25-year-old is shot dead trying to sell marijuana the old-fashioned, illegal way. Two men from Texas set up a warehouse to grow more than they would ever need. And three people buying pot in a grocery store parking lot are robbed at gunpoint.


Federal judge says he will issue ruling that will strike down Ohio's ban on gay marriage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:31
CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal judge says he will issue ruling that will strike down Ohio's ban on gay marriage.