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Obama signs bill temporarily fixing Medicare fees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama Tuesday signed into law legislation to give doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees.

Courts question law leaving pensions unprotected

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:02
NEW YORK (AP) — New rulings against Catholic hospital chains on both coasts have intensified a faceoff between religiously affiliated employers and workers who are alarmed by the companies' efforts to avoid insuring or funding their pensions.

13 GM traffic deaths are tied to a 57-cent part

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:56

General Motors CEO Mary Barra pauses as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The committee is looking for answers from Barra about safety defects and mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars with a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to 13 deaths and dozen of crashes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.


California city weighs minimum wage of $12.30, among nation's highest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:56
By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California city in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area will vote on Tuesday on a bid to raise its minimum wage to $12.30, which if passed would be among the highest municipal "living wage" rates in the United States. The vote by the city council in Richmond, home to 100,000 people east of San Francisco, comes at a time when Democratic politicians across the United States are raising concerns about the growing gap between the poorest and richest Americans. The wage hike, which got a preliminary nod by the city council two weeks ago, would increase wages gradually from $8 to $9 an hour by the end of 2014 and to $9.60 in 2015. The $12.30 wage would be fully phased in by 2017.

Study's low marks on youth well-being stir states

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:56
A new report on child well-being, measured by state and race, has turned an unflattering spotlight on some places not used to being at the bottom of such lists, including Wisconsin, with a worst-in-the-nation ranking for its black children, and South Dakota, with abysmal results for its American Indian youth.

California Lottery official: Sole winner of $425M February Powerball jackpot comes forward

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:52
MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) — California Lottery official: Sole winner of $425M February Powerball jackpot comes forward.

NBA owner Taylor signs letter to buy Star Tribune

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:45

FILE - In this May 22, 2009, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves owner and printing magnate Glen Taylor addresses the media during a news conference Minneapolis. Publisher Michael Klingensmith announced Tuesday, April 1, 2014 that Taylor has signed a letter of intent to buy the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Taylor told the Star Tribune he has made a cash offer without any other investors but declined to say how much. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves owner and printing company billionaire Glen Taylor has signed a letter of intent to buy the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the newspaper announced Tuesday.


Tree trimmer recovering after chainsaw accident in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:43

A chest x-ray shows the chainsaw that was embedded in James Valentine's neck and shoulder, courtesy of the Allegheny Health Network(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania tree-trimmer was recovering on Tuesday after an on-the-job accident sent a chainsaw blade several inches into his neck and shoulder, hospital officials said, adding that the man is expected to make a full recovery. James Valentine, 21, was part of a crew pruning trees on Monday afternoon when his saw suddenly kicked back and the blade sliced into him. His co-workers brought him down from the tree and he was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Emergency workers removed the motor of the saw, but left the blade in Valentine's neck and shoulder to prevent additional blood loss, said Christine Toevs medical director of the trauma ICU at Allegheny General Hospital and the trauma surgeon who operated on him.


Man arrested in double slaying, dismemberment case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:39

Sheldon Jacobs and his wife Nicole Jacobs walk in front of a home on the 6100 block of Stibor Street in North Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Police in North Las Vegas think a family member may be responsible for a double-slaying at this home where officers sent to check on a missing 53-year-old mother and her 33-year-old daughter found a bloody crime scene. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Justin Yurkanin) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUTNORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Police say a 30-year-old man accused of killing his mother and sister in their North Las Vegas home started dismembering one of the bodies and tried to clean up the bloody scene.


Trump rallies against Cuomo, New York gun control

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:36

Gun rights activists rally outside the State Museum at the Empire State Plaza on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. The activists are seeking a repeal of a 2013 state law that outlawed the sales of some popular guns like the AR-15. The law championed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been criticized as unconstitutional by some gun rights activists. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Thousands of gun rights supporters rallied outside New York's Capitol Tuesday to call for the repeal of gun control measures championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which they intend to use as a rallying cry in the fall elections.


Duke Energy asks judge to throw out coal ash case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:34
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is asking a judge to dismiss a case filed by North Carolina regulators that would force the company to clean up nearly three dozen coal ash pits across the state.

Ryan unveils House GOP budget claiming balance

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:32
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class.

Iraqi man goes on trial for California death first probed as hate crime

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:31
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The trial of an Iraqi-American man got under way in San Diego on Tuesday on charges he beat his wife to death, a 2012 killing first investigated as a possible anti-Muslim hate crime but later said by prosecutors to be the result of domestic violence. Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old stay-at-home mother of five, was found in March 2012 bludgeoned in her home in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, home to a large Arab-American population, and died of her injuries several days later. Iraqi government officials attended her funeral in Iraq. Police said at the time of Alawadi's slaying that they were considering hate as a motive, but in November arrested Alawadi's husband, Kassim Alhimidi.

Mr. Clean artist Richard Black of Ohio dies at 92

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:31
KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio artist who created the Mr. Clean character that became a long-lasting advertising hit has died at age 92.

CEO Barra calls GM's actions on deadly defect 'unacceptable'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:29

Consulting materials engineer Mark Hood shows the ignition assembly in PensacolaBy Ben Klayman and Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co CEO Mary Barra on Tuesday called her company's slow response to at least 13 deaths linked to faulty ignition switches "unacceptable," but could not give U.S. lawmakers many answers as to what went wrong as she pointed to an ongoing internal investigation. After taking an oath administered by House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy, Barra kicked off the contentious hearing by declaring, "I am deeply sorry" for the company's failure to respond quickly to the safety problem and subsequent deaths. Representative Henry Waxman, a veteran Democrat who has spearheaded past attempts to tighten U.S. laws on automotive safety, bluntly told Barra: "Because GM didn't implement this simple fix when it learned about the problem, at least a dozen people have died in defective GM vehicles." GM first learned of a problem with its ignition switches on Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other models in 2001, documents have shown, but took no steps to recall any cars until this past February.


Missed the health care deadline? It's not too late

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:22

FILE - This March 31, 2014 file photo shows applicants waiting to be called during a health care enrollment event at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, Calif. It’s not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law’s big enrollment deadline. Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance. And people who get coverage after the deadline can still avoid, or at least reduce, the fine for going uninsured. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's big enrollment deadline.


Yacht couple accused in welfare fraud is arrested in Florida

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:22
A Minnesota couple, who went on the run after being accused of claiming welfare benefits while living on a million-dollar yacht, has been arrested in Florida, authorities said on Tuesday. Colin Chisholm III and his wife, Andrea, allegedly received more than $165,000 in food stamps and other public assistance over a seven-year period, a Minnesota prosecutor said. The couple was arrested on arrival in Port Everglades, Florida, according to a statement from the office of Mike Freeman, a prosecutor in Hennepin County, Minnesota. In April 2005, the couple purchased a $1.2 million yacht, The Andrea Aras, shortly after applying for welfare benefits in Minnesota, according to criminal complaints.

Health leaders on drug co. boards; a conflict?

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:17
CHICAGO (AP) — Leaders of many U.S. academic medical centers sit on the boards of some of the world's biggest drug companies, which a study suggests raises the potential for worrisome conflicts of interest.

Iraqi man goes on trial in fatal beating of wife

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:07
EL CAJON, California (AP) — An Iraqi man wailed Tuesday during opening statements of his U.S. trial on a charge of murdering his wife, prompting the judge to halt proceedings briefly.

Congress demands answers from GM's CEO on defect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 05:00

General Motors CEO Mary Barra pauses as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The committee is looking for answers from Barra about safety defects and mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars with a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to 13 deaths and dozen of crashes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.