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In state with tobacco ties, Kentucky House OKs smoking ban

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:18

FILE This Nov. 18, 2014 file photo shows a row of burley tobacco at the tobacco warehouse in Danville, Ky. The Kentucky House has endorsed a statewide smoking ban in public buildings and most workplaces in a landmark vote in a state with historic ties to tobacco. Lawmakers on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 debated individuals' right to light up versus public health concerns in a state with some of the nation's highest smoking, cancer and heart disease rates. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a state where tobacco interests once had a firm grip on the levers of politics, the Kentucky House of Representatives on Friday passed a ban on smoking in workplaces and indoor public places.

Cornell sophomore indicted in shotgun slaying of CEO father

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:18
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A Cornell University sophomore has been indicted in the shotgun slaying of his CEO father in western New York.

Suspect in shooting of 3 students had 13 guns, stash of ammo

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:16
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Search warrants show the suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students in North Carolina had an arsenal of a dozen firearms in the home he shared with his wife, along with a large stash of ammunition.

Insurer Anthem offers layers of identity theft protection

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:14

FILE - This Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Anthem logo at the company's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Anthem Inc., said Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, that it is offering several levels of free identity theft protection to current and former customers after hackers broke into a database storing information for about 80 million people. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem Inc. is offering several levels of free identity theft protection to current and former customers after hackers broke into a database storing information for about 80 million people.

Ohio man arrested in shooting deaths of three at barbershop

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:12
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man was arrested on Friday for shooting and killing three other men at a suburban Cleveland barbershop last week, officials said. Douglas Shine, Jr., was arrested in Cleveland at about 2:30 a.m. by federal and local authorities, Warrensville Heights Police Chief Wesley Haynes told reporters. Shine, 20, is accused of entering the Chalk Linez Barber Shop in Warrensville Heights, a suburb about 16 miles east of Cleveland, and opening fire, killing three and injuring three others last Thursday.

Missouri man charged with arson during Ferguson unrest

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:10
A Missouri man has been charged with attempting to burn a grocery store after a grand jury in November decided not to indict a white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, prosecutors said on Friday. Antonio Whiteside, 26, of St. Louis County, is charged with one count of attempting to destroy the Ferguson Supermarket by means of fire or explosives on Nov. 24, the office of U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in St. Louis said in a statement. Whiteside was indicted on Wednesday and taken into custody late on Thursday, the statement said.

Hospital releases Marines exposed to fire retardant

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:08

amphibious assault vehiclesTWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — A military hospital on Friday released the last five of 22 Marines accidentally exposed to a fire retardant gas during a training exercise at a Southern California base, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

Ginsburg explains nap during Obama speech: 'I wasn't 100 percent sober'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:08
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there was a good reason she nodded off while attending President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last month: "I wasn't 100 percent sober." Ginsburg, 81, could be seen falling asleep in her seat during Obama's address to a joint session of Congress in the House of Representatives chamber on Jan. 20. She explained herself during an event with fellow Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday night on the campus of George Washington University. The moderator asked the high court's senior liberal justice about slumbering during one of the big annual events on Washington's political calendar.

AccuWeather: Dangerous snow squalls Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:56

 Dangerous snow squalls SaturdayBlinding snow squalls are possible on Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

AccuWeather: Dangerous Wind Chills, Bitter Cold

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:54

 Dangerous snow squalls SaturdayWinds will ease overnight under partly cloudy skies, but it's still cold.

In close vote, Utah House OKs firing-squad proposal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:50

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2015, file photo, Randy Gardner of Salt Lake City, the older brother of Ronnie Lee Gardner, the last inmate to be killed by firing squad in Utah in 2010, protests with a group opposed to capital punishment plans over one lawmaker's plan to resurrect the use of firing squads, outside the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. A controversial proposal that resurrects Utah's use of firing squads to carry out executions has advanced in the state legislature by a handful of votes. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A hotly contested proposal that resurrects Utah's use of firing squads to carry out executions narrowly passed a key vote Friday in the state's Legislature after three missing lawmakers were summoned to break a tie vote.

Man sentenced to life in killing of 8-year-old Kansas girl

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:38
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing an 8-year-old Topeka girl before stuffing her body in a clothes dryer has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Ginsburg: 'I wasn't 100 percent sober' at State of the Union

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a surprising confession: She "wasn't 100 percent sober" when she fell asleep at the president's State of the Union address last month.

Maine Governor LePage asks top U.S. court to weigh in on Medicaid fight

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:35
By Dave Sherwood AUGUSTA, Maine (Reuters) - Maine Governor Paul LePage has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute with the federal government over the state's effort to trim some young people from its Medicaid rolls. In a 172-page petition, the Republican LePage administration questioned a lower court ruling that affirmed the federal government decision to reject the state's plan to cut 19- and 20-year-olds from Medicaid. "The federal government’s path of reckless welfare spending is one that we decline to pursue," Maine Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said on Friday. A judge for the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in November that Maine's move would violate President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law, the Affordable Care Act, citing a provision that ensures "children do not lose health insurance as the country transitions from the pre-ACA Medicaid regime to the post-ACA Medicaid regime." Medicaid is a government health insurance program for low-income and disabled people.

Pot legalization backers discuss next steps in California

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:35

FILE - This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. The International Cannabis Business Conference on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 and Monday is expected to draw about 1,000 investors, entrepreneurs and activists from California and elsewhere for an overview of the legalization landscape. Advocacy groups are now drafting a 2016 ballot initiative that could transform California from a place where only medical marijuana is legal to a global center of state-approved recreational weed. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear about efforts to add the nation's most populous — and arguably most pot-infused — state to the four others where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.

Congressional leaders: DC's subway needs improvement

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders said Friday that an electrical malfunction that filled a Metro tunnel with smoke last month, killing one person and injuring dozens, should be a wakeup call for the D.C.-area transportation system.

Ex-Chicago police commander accused of torture released

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:34

FILE - In this June 8, 2010 file photo, former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge arrives at federal court for his obstruction of justice and perjury trial in Chicago. Burge was released early Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, from a Florida halfway house after 4 ½ years in federal custody for lying about the torture of suspects. The 67-year-old Burge served most of his sentence in federal prison in North Carolina. He spent the final months at the halfway house. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge has been released from a Florida halfway house after 4 ½ years in federal custody for lying about the torture of suspects.

Ohioans puzzled by quiz to get state-income tax refund

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:33

The Ohio Department of Taxation forms and information on fighting Identity Theft & Income Tax Fraud forms are displayed, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Cleveland. A new state quiz aimed at thwarting potential income tax fraud has left some Ohio taxpayers puzzled. The additional screening measures prompted 40,000 phone calls to the state’s tax department one recent morning, with many filers concerned about being duped by identity thieves, state officials said. Some residents have even alerted legislators, police and other local law enforcement officials. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohioans are getting asked some curious questions online and over the phone lately, such as: How old is your grandchild? What brand of car do you have? How long is your mortgage?

Video shows Ohio man recounting 4 killings during drug binge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:25
BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who killed four others during a cocaine binge told investigators that two people knew about several of the slayings before the last one but apparently didn't notify authorities before he walked into a police station and confessed, according to newly released video of his two police interviews.

Two women survive after car falls off snowy New Jersey bridge

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 05:22
(Reuters) - Two women survived with only minor injuries after the car they were traveling in careened up a snowbank on the side of a New Jersey bridge on Friday, plunged 60 feet and landed upright near the bank of a river, according to police and local media. The woman driving the car had swerved to avoid another vehicle before hitting a ramp-like pile of snow plowed against the railing of the bridge on Interstate 80 in Hackensack early Friday morning, the Record newspaper reported. The car landed on a fence about 40 feet from the banks of the Hackensack River, 10 miles west of New York City, the Record said. Emergency responders were able to cut the driver and her passenger free from the car, and both were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to Jeffrey Flynn, a spokesman for New Jersey State Police.