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Fort Hood confirms shooting on Texas Army base, reports injuries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:37
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Fort Hood confirms shooting on Texas Army base, reports injuries.

Authorities: Fort Hood reports active shooter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:32
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Fort Hood has reported that it has an active shooter and federal and local agents are heading to the Texas Army base, the FBI and a local sheriff's office said Wednesday.

US details charges against Ukrainian oligarch

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:30

Firtash, one of Ukraine's richest men, is seen in KievCHICAGO (AP) — One of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs and a major player in the sale of Russian natural gas to Ukraine allegedly spearheaded an international conspiracy to pay at least $18 million in bribes to mine titanium in India and sell it to a Chicago-based company, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday by U.S. prosecutors.

Urban League: Blacks doing worse in the job market

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:26

 Jobs Rebuild America,” noted that African Americans are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed. The unemployment rate for blacks was 12 percent in February, compared to 5.8 percent for whites. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — While unemployment has been a major impediment to African-Americans' economic progress, underemployment is a bigger obstacle for them than it is for whites or Hispanics, the National Urban League says in its latest State of Black America report.

Sheriff's office: Fort Hood reports active shooter

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:25
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Fort Hood has reported an active shooter to local authorities.

Appeals court halts enforcement of Arizona abortion drug curbs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:25
A federal appeals court sided with abortion rights advocates on Tuesday in temporarily blocking Arizona from enforcing regulations that restrict access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the statute while opponents, including Planned Parenthood, sought to overturn it in court. The FDA has approved RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill," for use within seven weeks' gestation. Doctors who have prescribed it later than that have made an off-label use that is not allowed under the Arizona rules.

Lawyers: The purpose of marriage is procreation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:22
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Marriage exists for its procreative potential, not just as recognition of a loving relationship between two people, and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees, lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk said in a new court filing.

Shooting reported at Fort Hood military post in Texas: NBC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A shooting has occurred at the Fort Hood military post in Texas, NBC TV reported on Wednesday. Fort Hood said in a tweet it had asked all personnel on post to shelter in place. In November 2009, a U.S. Army major shot and killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others during a shooting spree. (Reporting by Washington Breaking News Team; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Pennsylvania top court denies coach Sandusky's child sex-abuse appeal bid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:18

Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing in his child sex abuse case in BellefonteBy Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court on Wednesday rejected a bid by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky to appeal his 2012 conviction on charges of sexually abusing children. In a case that rocked the world of big-time college sports, Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, using his position in the prestigious football program to gain access to youth. Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the 69-year-old Sandusky's appeal request in a terse, one-sentence ruling: "The petition for allowance of appeal is denied." State officials welcomed the news. "We are very pleased with the Supreme Court's decision," said Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Fort Hood orders post to 'shelter in place'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:17

File handout photo of the main gate at the U.S. Army post at Fort HoodFORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Fort Hood has ordered everyone at the Texas Army base to "shelter in place."

Blue Cross group sees Obamacare premium payments at 80-85 percent

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:09

People sign up for health insurance at an enrollment event in CudahyA leading federation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans said on Wednesday that it is receiving premium payments from 80 to 85 percent of its new Obamacare health insurance customers. The estimate, released by the Chicago-based Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, reflects enrollment activity among 35 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 47 of the 50 states, including plans sold by WellPoint Inc, from October 1 through February 1. That data could help shed light on the integrity of administration figures that show 7.1 million people have signed up for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association did not say how many of those who have signed up for coverage under Obamacare are new customers.

Nonprofit insurers struggle in new marketplaces

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 06:01

In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, Ken Voorhees examines a board for defects while building a stairway for a customer in Lisbon, Maine. Voorhees, who is self-employed, signed up for health insurance with Maine Health Community Options. The nonprofit cooperative is capturing about 80 percent of the customers in the state seeking coverage under the health care law. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A smorgasbord of options and lower prices for consumers were two of the chief selling points for President Barack Obama as he promoted his overhaul of the nation's health insurance industry, predicting Americans would see "competition in ways we haven't seen before." Companies were even started as a way to encourage innovation and competition, namely 23 consumer-run, co-op insurers created with the help of $2 billion in federal loans.

Senate jobless benefits bill advances slowly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to resurrect benefits for the long-term unemployed took an essential step Wednesday toward likely Senate approval, despite complaints from Republicans that Democrats refuse to allow changes designed to stimulate job creation.

Tesla to appeal changed New Jersey car regulations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:50

FILE - This June 22, 2012 file photo shows a Tesla Model S driving outside the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to sue New Jersey over a ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla claims it was unfairly targeted in March 2014 when the state Motor Vehicle Commission amended its regulations. The regulations require new-car dealers to have franchise agreements before they can be licensed. That prohibits companies from using a direct-sales model as Tesla does. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.

Man charged in porch shooting wants new judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:49

FILE - In a Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Theodore Wafer, left, listens to his attorneys while appearing at his preliminary examination in district court in in Dearborn Heights, Mich. The 55-year-old awaits trial on second-degree murder charges for fatally shooting a young, unarmed woman through the screen door on his front porch. His lawyers are seeking to have the Wayne County Circuit Court trial judge take herself off the case because of her ties to prosecutors. A hearing is scheduled Friday, April 4, 2014. Defense attorneys say he feared for his life, but prosecutors say the shooting of Renisha McBride, 19, was not justified. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for a Detroit-area man who fatally shot a young, unarmed woman on his porch are asking a rookie judge to step aside and are signaling that the victim's lifestyle should be fair game at a June trial.

Exchange student falls to death in Denver after eating marijuana cookie

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:49

Marijuana plants are displayed for sale at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in SeattleBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An African exchange student plummeted to his death from a hotel balcony after eating a marijuana-infused cookie, in the first reported pot-related death in the city since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, the Denver coroner's office said on Wednesday. Levi Thamba Pongi, 19, died on March 11 from injuries related to the fall and marijuana intoxication is listed as "a significant condition" that contributed to the accident, said Michelle Weiss-Samaras, spokeswoman for the Denver medical examiner's office. Possession and use by adults of small amounts of recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado. He went on a spring break in Denver with three other exchange students from the school to try marijuana, Weiss-Samaras said.

Connecticut blocks chimp-attack victim's bid to sue state

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:48

Charla Nash attends her hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, ConnecticutBy Richard Weizel MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A Connecticut woman whose face and hands were ripped off in an attack by a friend's pet chimpanzee in 2009, on Wednesday was denied a bid to sue the state for up to $150 million to cover her medical expenses. The state legislature's judiciary committee voted 35-3 against Charla Nash's request to sue the state to cover injuries she suffered when the 200-pound (90 kilogram) chimpanzee mauled her while she was visiting the home of her friend and employer, who owned the animal. State Attorney General George Jepsen had said that allowing the suit to proceed would "open the floodgates for unlimited lawsuits and liability that would bankrupt the state." Attorneys for Nash had argued that the state should have removed the animal from her friend's home, noting that the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was aware of its presence and, in one report, had called it "an accident waiting to happen." Nash, 60, has undergone a face transplant, a failed double-hand transplant and many other surgeries since the attack.

Texas appeals halt of executions over drug secrecy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:47

File - In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, a corrections officer keeps watch outside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction halting the executions of Tommy Lynn Sells, a convicted serial killer who was set to die Thursday April, 3, 2014, and Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, another inmate scheduled to die April 9, 2014. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore declared that the state's prison system must disclose to defense attorneys more information about the supplier of a new batch of lethal-injection drugs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday halted two executions in Texas, declaring that the state's prison system must disclose to defense attorneys more information about the supplier of a new batch of lethal-injection drugs.

DC mayoral nominee can't breeze to victory

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:41

Washington Democratic Mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser smiles as she discusses her primary victory during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Councilmember Bowser defeated Mayor Vincent Gray in Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary, leaving Gray to serve nine months as a lame duck with potential criminal charges hanging over his head. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Muriel Bowser's decisive victory in the District of Columbia's Democratic mayoral primary makes her the presumptive favorite to become the city's eighth mayor, but she can't expect to breeze through the general election like Democratic nominees have in four decades of mayoral elections.

Duke Energy says it needs time to clean coal ash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 05:41
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy's chief executive said Wednesday the company is putting together a detailed plan to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash pits across the state.