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Golden Gate Bridge safety barrier doesn't affect commute

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 23:20

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 file photo, Golden Gate Bridge workers shift traffic lanes during the end of the morning commute in San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge will close to vehicles for 52 hours starting early Saturday morning, Jan. 10, 2014 to install a steel and concrete moveable median barrier that will help make the iconic bridge safer to commuters. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Traffic flowed normally on the Golden Gate Bridge during the Monday morning commute after a weekend closure to install a safety barrier designed to reduce the dangers of head-on crashes.


Supreme Court declines to hear appeals in California water dispute

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 23:05

The phrase "Equal Justice Under Law" adorns the west entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge by California growers and local water management agencies to federal guidelines that limit water diversions to protect the Delta smelt fish. The decision not to hear two related cases means a March 2014 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals siding with the federal government remains intact. The federal guidelines, issued under the Endangered Species Act, say the state should reduce exports of water from north to south California. ...


Supreme Court rejects Louisiana gay marriage case, takes no action on four others

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 22:56

A participant wears a rainbow tie during the annual Pride March on Christopher Street in Manhattan, New YorkBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court, which is in the midst of deciding whether to take up the issue of gay marriage, on Monday declined to take an early look at a challenge to Louisiana’s state ban. The court took no action on four other pending cases concerning gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, but could act on those cases as soon as later this week. ...


Ohio sheriff releases 72 inmates because of budget cuts

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 22:55
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff closed a wing of his jail over the weekend and released 72 inmates because of budget cuts he says are restricting his ability to safely run the facility.

Climber clears key hurdle in bid to scale El Capitan in California

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 22:34
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One of two climbers trying become the first to scale a 3,000-foot (900-metre) face of the El Capitan rock formation in California's Yosemite National Park without bolts or other climbing tools has cleared a key stretch and believes he will make it to the top, representatives said on Friday. Tommy Caldwell completed pitches 19 and 20 of the near-vertical granite face of El Capitan's so-called dawn wall using only his hands and feet on Thursday night, spokeswoman Jess Clayton said. ...

Auto industry's past and future collide in Detroit

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 21:34

File image of General Motors Corp. President of North America Mark Reuss introducing the Chevrolet 2014 Corvette in DetroitBy Paul Ingrassia DETROIT (Reuters) - For Detroit’s first auto show of the 21st Century in January 2000, General Motors announced "the largest auto show exhibit ever in North America" to usher in the new Millennium. Company publicists declared that if the exhibit's 230 tons of steel were melted into beams and laid end-to-end they would stretch seven miles, equivalent to crossing the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Canada four times each way, or running the length of a soccer field 105 times. GM’s press release added that the steel would rise three times higher than Mt. ...


NYC is paying $17M to settle 3 wrongful conviction cases

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 21:29
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will pay $17 million to settle three wrongful criminal convictions.

Storm making roads slick in Ohio Valley, Northeast

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 21:17

A pair of frontal boundaries will bring rain to much of the Eastern Seaboard, with snow possible in the Northeast. Snow showers will also affect the Intermountain West. High pressure will keep the Great Plains and the upper Midwest largely dry. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)NEW YORK (AP) — The work week got off to a slippery start Monday as a storm packing freezing rain, sleet and snow made travel difficult from the Ozarks to New England.


Exclusive: Cuba has freed all 53 prisoners as agreed in U.S. deal - U.S. officials

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:11

 POLITICSBy Matt Spetalnick, David Adams and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has released all 53 prisoners it had promised to free, senior U.S. officials said, a major step toward détente with Washington. The release of the remaining prisoners sets a positive tone for historic talks next week aimed at normalizing relations after decades of hostility, the officials said. ...


Katherine Scott reports on the wintry mix in Bucks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:57

Katherine Scott reports on the wintry mix in Bucks Co.Even though we are not seeing freezing rain in Bensalem right now, the ground is cold enough that you could still see slippery spots develop, especially on side streets that haven't been treated.


Katherine Scott reports on icy conditions in Bucks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:49

Katherine Scott reports on the wintry mix in Bucks Co.Even though we are not seeing freezing rain in Bensalem right now, the ground is cold enough that you could still see slippery spots develop, especially on side streets that haven't been treated.


U.S. bus lines added routes in 2014, airline flights fell: study

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:05
By Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. bus companies continued to add daily scheduled routes linking cities around the country in 2014 with a 2.1 percent increase, while airline flights fell 3.5 percent, according to a study released on Monday. According to the study by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University in Chicago, bus companies introduced new luxury-oriented services and expanded their national networks to capitalize on rising demand for short- and long-distance trips. ...

Karen Rogers reports on icy conditions on area roads

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:53

Karen Rogers reports on icy conditions on area roadsAction News' Karen Rogers reports on icy conditions developing on area roads early Monday due to a wintry mix arriving across the region.


UPDATED Maps: Wintry mix for Monday AM

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:36

 Wintry mix for Monday AMAccuWeather has updated information on sleet and freezing rain arriving across the region.


Nitrogen leak at LG Display factory kills 2, sickens 4

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:08

An area where a nitrogen leak occurred at LG Display's factory in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. LG Display said two people were killed and four others sickened by the nitrogen leak. LG Display Co. said in a statement Monday that the victims, employed by a LG contractor, were carrying out a regular repair and maintenance work when the nitrogen leak occurred not long after midday at the factory. (AP Photo/ Kwon Sook-hee, Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul.


NYPD overseer reviews suspected chokehold cases

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:30
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department and an independent agency tasked with investigating excessive force claims are inconsistent in determining how and when officers are held accountable for using prohibited chokeholds, according a report being released Monday by the city's new inspector general for police.

Obama drops the tempered tone of his economic message

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:20

In this Jan. 6 2015 photo, President Barack Obama speaks to media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Obama is dropping the qualifications that tempered his economic message last year, choosing a bullish new pitch that the recovery is strong and widespread. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — For most of last year, President Barack Obama tempered his pitch on the economy: It may be improving, he would say, but millions of Americans had yet to benefit from the rebound.


SHOW BITS: Freshening up for party time

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:55

Michael Keaton arrives at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Show Bits brings you the 72nd annual Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.


Golden Gate Bridge reopens after safety barrier installed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:37

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 file photo, Golden Gate Bridge workers shift traffic lanes during the end of the morning commute in San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge will close to vehicles for 52 hours starting early Saturday morning, Jan. 10, 2014 to install a steel and concrete moveable median barrier that will help make the iconic bridge safer to commuters. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden Gate Bridge reopened to traffic Sunday night following a weekend closure to install a safety barrier designed to reduce dangers of head-on crashes.


Police: Woman finds boyfriend, 2 others murdered in Mayfair

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:54

 Woman finds boyfriend, 2 others murdered in MayfairPhiladelphia police say three men were shot execution style in the Mayfair section of the city.