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PA State Treasurer Rob McCord under federal investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:18

PA State Treasurer Rob McCord under federal investigationAction News confirms that Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord, who announced Thursday he is stepping down from the job, is currently under federal investigation.


Suge Knight named person of interest in fatal hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:03

Suge Knight named person of interest in fatal hit-and-runRap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is considered a person of interest in a fatal hit-and-run in Compton on Thursday, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said.


Lawyer: Suge Knight was driver in fatal hit-run

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:01

Suge Knight named person of interest in fatal hit-and-runRap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is considered a person of interest in a fatal hit-and-run in Compton on Thursday, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said.


Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:28

President Barack Obama waves during his arrival on Air Force One at Philadelphia International Airport, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Philadelphia. Obama traveled to Philadelphia and speak at the House Democratic Issues Conference. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.


Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:26

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Jill St. John, right, with Robert Wagner, center, and Rod McKuen, left, attend a party for "Night of 100 Stars II," in New York. McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music and verse recordings won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was 81. (AP Photo/Rene Perez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.


Passengers Smash Train Windows to Escape Smoke

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:16
Passengers on a Boston subway this morning panicked and smashed windows to escape a smoke-filled Red line train, according to witnesses.

Delta Air Lines pilot locked out of cockpit for Las Vegas landing

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:04
A Delta Air Lines Inc jet ended its flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas on Thursday with its captain locked out of his cockpit, the airline said. The pilot, who was not identified, left the cockpit prior to the final landing approach of Delta Flight 1651 but "was not able to re-enter the flight deck because of a door jam," the airline said in a statement explaining the mishap. The first officer of the plane, which was carrying 160 passengers, took control and landed the aircraft safely at McCarran International Airport, without further incident, the airline said. "A commercial aircraft can be landed with one pilot at the control and Delta pilots are fully trained to do so if the situation were to occur," Delta said in its statement.

California eases prison crowding after years of trying

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:42
It is not yet clear whether the inmate count of 113,463 released Thursday, about 300 below the cap set by a panel of three federal judges, represents a permanent thinning of the prison population or is just a temporary reprieve for the state, which for years fought orders to bring the numbers down. "It's an important milestone," said Michael Bien, a lead attorney in lawsuits aimed at forcing the state to reduce crowding that have gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. "But it doesn't mean everything is fixed." The administration of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown was circumspect about the population change, which was released as part of the state's regular weekly inmate count Thursday. "This is a snapshot in time," said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman.

Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:23
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A patient suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and exhibiting symptoms of the disease was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation hospital unit in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, officials said. The patient was considered at a relatively low risk of infection. Although recently in an area where Ebola transmission is widespread, the person had no known contact with anyone who has had the disease, said Laura McCasland, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Public Health Department. McCasland said she did not know precisely where or when the patient had traveled in West Africa, the epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, or why the individual was there or for how long.

Most of Hawaii's coral recover from mass bleaching

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:11

This Jan. 20, 2015 photo released by Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources shows a researcher swimming above coral being studied for bleaching, which is a stress response that causes corals to lose algae and color from their tissue, in Kaneohe Bay near Kaneohe, Hawaii. Warm ocean temperatures last summer stressed many of Hawaii’s coral reefs so severely that they expelled the algae they rely on for survival. The resulting mass “bleaching” of Hawaii’s corals is a blow to the state’s fragile reefs which are already under pressure from runoff from development on land and overfishing. It’s also a concerning indicator of a warming globe, with some activists calling coral bleaching the most visible sign of climate change. (AP Photo/Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources, Dan Dennison)HONOLULU (AP) — Coral rely on algae for food and their survival.


Former soldier charged with stealing $250,000 in benefits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:09
SEATTLE (AP) — A former Idaho National Guard soldier who is also an official in the Washington city of Snoqualmie has been indicted on charges that he lied his way to a Purple Heart and more than $250,000 in government benefits.

Balloon crew surpasses distance record in Pacific flight

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:01

30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route. in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan to North America and break two major records en route. The attempt will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles (8,381 kilometers). They also want to break the flight-duration record of 137 hours set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight. (AP Photo/Troy Bradley, Two Eagles Balloon Team)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots soaring over the Pacific Ocean made history Thursday, first matching and then surpassing the 5,209-mile (8,383-kilometer) official world distance record for human flight in a gas balloon.


NYC public defenders in video advocate killing police, city finds

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:59
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorneys at a New York City public defenders' office participated in an online video that advocated the killing of police officers, featuring the lyrics "time to start killing these coppers," a city investigation disclosed on Thursday. The video "Hands Up," which shows singers pointing guns at someone portraying a police officer, was released shortly before the deadly ambush on Dec. 20 of two New York City officers by a gunman angry over police killings of unarmed black men. Two attorneys with the Bronx Defenders, a city-funded legal service organization, appear in the anti-police video, some of which was filmed at the Bronx office, according to the New York City Department of Investigation report. The Bronx Defenders posted a message on its website saying it "abhors the use of violence against the police." "The Bronx Defenders never approved the music video 'Hands Up,' and never saw it before it went online," it said.

Texas executes man for 1996 strangling, beating death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:58

This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Robert Ladd. Ladd, scheduled to die Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, came within nine hours of execution in 2003 for the slaying of a 38-year-old Vickie Ann Garner, when a federal appeals court halted his punishment. Lawyers then said they found juvenile records suggesting he was mentally impaired, a finding that could make him ineligible for the death penalty. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier was executed Thursday evening.


California meets judges' prison crowding goal 1 year early

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:46
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.

Men who beat Giants fan at Dodger park guilty of gun crime

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The two men who savagely beat a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium face up to 10 years in federal prison on firearms convictions.

Pilots' trans-Pacific balloon journey eclipses distance record

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:35
By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - Two balloonists crossing over the Pacific Ocean from Japan surpassed a distance record on Thursday for gas-filled balloon travel and are heading toward a landing in Mexico's Baja California in two days, officials said. Balloon Pilots Troy Bradley, an American, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, a Russian, who are collectively dubbed "Two Eagles" had traveled more than 5,260 miles (8,465 km) by Thursday afternoon, according to a tracking website set up for their journey. The pilots are more than 250 miles (400 km) west-northwest of San Francisco, California. When they eclipsed the distance record, a round of applause broke out in the mission control room at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in New Mexico and people there posed for pictures with the mile counter, said Art Lloyd Jr, a mission support control worker at the site.

John Kerry fined $50 for failing to shovel snow outside home

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:34
BOSTON (AP) — John Kerry has many titles — secretary of state, former senator, one-time Democratic candidate for president.

Texas executes man for killing woman, setting her body on fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:33
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Thursday executed Robert Ladd, 57, who was convicted of bludgeoning and choking a woman to death in her home in 1996 and then setting her body on fire. Ladd was pronounced dead at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 7:02 p.m. CST after receiving a lethal injection, a prisons spokesman said. Ladd was the 520th person executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Nearly 40 percent of all the executions in the United States in that time have taken place in Texas.

Regulators issue final volumes in Nevada nuclear dump report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:31
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Findings released Thursday by analysts in the federal agency with the power to give the go-ahead for a proposed national nuclear waste dump in Nevada appear to provide wiggle room for adopting rules to open the repository, if decision-makers want to go forward.