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Obama proposes two years of free community college

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:50

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Central High School, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Phoenix, about the recovering housing sector. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he would offer a proposal in his State of the Union speech that would make two years of community college free for anyone willing to work for it. Obama said in a video message released by the White House that in a visit to Tennessee on Friday he would announce the program to make community college accessible for everyone. Under the proposal, students who attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA while in college, and make steady progress toward completing their programs would have their tuition eliminated. ...


Man sentenced in mailing of meth in mannequin heads

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:48
HONOLULU (AP) — A man was sentenced Thursday for his role in the mailing of four pounds of crystal methamphetamine to Hawaii that was stuffed in two mannequin heads.

Apple company recalls 2014 shipments after link to listeria

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — A California apple packing plant has recalled all of its Granny Smith and Gala apple shipments from 2014 after they were linked to an outbreak of listeria in caramel apples that may have caused up to five deaths.

Authorities look for motive behind NAACP bombing in Colorado

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:33
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado and federal authorities were trying to find the motive on Thursday for a homemade bomb planted behind NAACP offices in Colorado Springs, saying that they had not yet determined if it was a hate crime or an act of domestic terrorism. The Colorado Springs chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People reopened on Thursday, two days after the improvised explosive device detonated outside the building it shares with a hair salon. ...

Philadelphia police officer struck by car, suspect arrested

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:32

Philadelphia police officer struck by car, suspect arrestedA suspect who Philadelphia police say ran over an officer in Strawberry Mansion has been arrested


Wintry weather around US brings fatalities, school closings

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:28
Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. Throw in the snow some areas are getting and you've got a bone chilling mix that may also be super messy.

Coping with the bitter cold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:18

Coping with the bitter coldResidents across the region are coping with the coldest temperatures so far this season.


Suspect sought in armed robbery of Abington 7-Eleven

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:16

Suspect sought in armed robbery of Abington 7-ElevenPolice in Montgomery County are searching for a gunman who held up a 7-Eleven convenience store.


Florida girl, five, dies after being thrown off bridge by father: police

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:11

John Jonchuck Jr. is seen in an undated picture released by the St Petersburg Police Department in St Petersburg, FloridaBy Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man with a troubled past was charged with murder after throwing his 5-year-old daughter over a bridge into Tampa Bay on Thursday, just hours after police questioned his bizarre behavior but found no grounds to detain him, authorities said. John Jonchuck, 25, had custody of his daughter despite a lengthy arrest history involving his turbulent relationship with the child's mother. ...


Future of New England fishing grounds subject of debate

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:11
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are deciding the scope of a management plan for thousands of square miles of fishing grounds off New England that has deeply divided fishermen and conservationists.

New Ten Commandments monument set up at Oklahoma statehouse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:09
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A new Ten Commandments monument was installed on Oklahoma state capitol grounds on Thursday to replace a previous one that was destroyed when a man drove his car into it. The new 6-foot-tall stone monument, paid for with private money and supported by lawmakers in the socially conservative state, replaced the one installed in 2012, which was knocked down about three months ago. "I appreciate that the Ten Commandments monument has been restored to its position outside the Capitol," said Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican. ...

Idaho plans to fine feds for not shipping nuclear waste

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:02
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho plans to fine the federal government $3,600 a day for missing a deadline to remove 900,000 gallons of liquid nuclear waste from tanks at a southeast Idaho nuclear facility, state officials said.

10 Commandments monument: 'Thou shalt be replaced'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:59

Mike Sanford, the contractor who placed the foundation for the Ten Commandments Monument, sweeps in front of the monument after the replacement was installed at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. The original monument, which is at the center of a lawsuit, was smashed into pieces in October when someone drove a car across the Capitol lawn and crashed into it. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds that was destroyed by a man who drove into it was replaced Thursday with an exact replica.


Police responded often to home of man killed at Ohio airport

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:58

Emergency vehicles converge at the ticketing level at Port Columbus International Airport after officials say an airport police officer shot and killed a man after a confrontation, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Airport spokesman David Whittaker says the officer was not injured and airport operations are normal. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) — Police responded frequently to disturbances in the past year at the apartment of a man who was fatally shot after authorities said he lunged at an officer with a knife outside an airport, according to records released Thursday.


Jodi Arias loses bid to put sentencing retrial on hold

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:57
PHOENIX (AP) — Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has lost a bid to put her sentencing retrial on hold while she appeals a court's ruling over the public's access to her trial.

Record-breaking cold closes U.S. schools, sends penguins inside

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:53

A pedestrian is bundled up against frigid temperatures on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Chicago. Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)By Barbara Goldberg (Reuters) - Record-breaking cold that gripped the U.S. East and Midwest on Thursday snarled travel, shut schools, filled homeless shelters and even led to zoo penguins being ordered inside. Snow expected to accumulate to 3 feet (1 meter) deep was falling in upstate New York near Watertown, and snow already blanketing South Dakota was whipped by winds into a "ground blizzard" that made driving treacherous, said meteorologist Dan Petersen of the National Weather Service. ...


South Dakota standoff ends with suspect's surrender

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:52
(Reuters) - An armed man who shot a state trooper and barricaded himself in a southeastern South Dakota house on Wednesday has surrendered to authorities, authorities said on Thursday. The suspect, Donald London, 42, of Kimball, South Dakota, surrendered without incident at about 3:15 p.m. local time, according to a statement from the state's department of public safety. Sergeant John Koenig was seriously wounded when authorities tried to make contact with London at the house after he made a threatening phone call to the Brule County Sheriff's Office, authorities said. ...

TSA announces new security measures for airport workers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:51
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials say the Transportation Security Administration is implementing additional security measures for airport and airline employees nationwide.

Saudi man ordered to leave U.S. over Texas army base incident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:47
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A Saudi national who prompted a four-hour lockdown at a U.S. Army post in Texas in November when he claimed to have a bomb in his car pleaded guilty to two federal charges on Thursday and agreed to leave the country in a deal to avoid more prison time. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery agreed not to sentence Mutasim Abdul-Aziz Alati, 24, to prison on condition he leave immediately and not return for the rest of his life. This was part of a plea bargain that gave him credit for time served. Alati has been in custody since the Nov. 23 incident. ...

1 injured in Trenton rowhome fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 06:46

1 injured in Trenton rowhome fireOne person was injured as flames tore through a rowhome in Trenton.