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Justices extend bar on automatic life terms for teenagers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:48

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2015 file photo, people line up outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, as the justices began to discuss sentences for young prison 'lifers.' A decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana. The Supreme Court ruled Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, that people serving life terms for murders they committed as teenagers must have a chance to seek their freedom. The court ruled in the case of Henry Montgomery, who has been in prison more than 50 years, since he killed a sheriff's deputy as a 17-year-old in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1963. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 prison inmates, some behind bars more than 50 years for murders they committed as teenagers, will get a chance to seek their freedom under a Supreme Court decision announced Monday.


AP INVESTIGATION: Feds' failures imperil migrant children

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:46

Marvin Velasco, 15, poses at his new home in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. In September 2014, Velasco said he soon realized that nine other people lived in the apartment of his first sponsor in the United States, a distant relative whom he had never met. The sponsor told Velasco he would be punished if he left the apartment, and demanded rent payments. When Velasco told the sponsor he wanted to study, the man called the boy's parents in Guatemala, threatening to kick him out if they didn't pay. Then he started withholding food, Velasco said. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — As tens of thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America crossed the border in search of safe harbor, overwhelmed U.S. officials weakened child protection policies, placing some young migrants in homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved, or forced to work for little or no pay, an Associated Press investigation has found.


Ex-drug CEO Shkreli gets green light to appear before Congress

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:45

File photo of Shkreli, chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc, departing U.S. Federal Court in New YorkA federal judge on Monday gave Martin Shkreli, a former pharmaceuticals executive facing securities fraud charges, permission to appear at a Congressional hearing on drug pricing. U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn, New York modified Shkreli's bail conditions so that he may appear by subpoena before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Shkreli has said he plans to invoke his right against self-incrimination if he attends.


Democratic senator blocks Obama's pick to head FDA

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:39

In this photo taken July 23, 2015 Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. walks on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Markey is blocking President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration. Markey said in a statement Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, that he’s put a hold on Dr. Robert Califf’s nomination. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator said Monday he is blocking President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration as he pressures the agency to be tougher on abuse of opioid painkillers.


Videos from Chopper 6 HD show flooding damage, beach erosion at New Jersey shore

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:37

Videos from Chopper 6 HD show flooding damage, beach erosion at New Jersey shoreChopper 6 HD flew over Jersey shore communities impacted by the Blizzard of 2016.


North Carolina's voter ID law goes on trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:34

Flyers informing voters of the new voter ID law that will go into effect for the 2016 election are seen at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections warehouse in CharlotteBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Minority voters in North Carolina will have a harder time casting a ballot this presidential election year if a judge allows a law requiring photo identification at the polls to take effect, challengers of the law said in federal court on Monday. "It's a policy question," lawyer Thomas Farr said. Proponents of the measures say they are intended to prevent voter fraud.


71-year-old woman slashed on subway at Bleecker Street station

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:27

71-year-old woman slashed on subway at Bleecker Street stationPolice say the victim was sitting on the southbound train approaching the NoHo station when an unknown man got out of his seat and slashed her face.


U.S. top court backs Obama administration electricity markets rule

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:21
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld a major Obama administration electricity-markets regulation that encourages big power users like factories to cut consumption at peak times, rejecting a challenge brought by electric utilities. The court, ruling 6-2, reversed a 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to strike down the 2011 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulation. The rule concerns what FERC calls "demand response," which is when, in an attempt to manage electricity demand, regional electrical grid operators agree to pay large electricity users like factories, businesses, schools and hospitals to cut usage at peak times.

Guilty plea in gruesome hit-run crash that killed woman

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:21

Guilty plea in gruesome hit-run crash that killed womanA man accused of driving under the influence before a gruesome hit-and-run crash that killed one woman and injured her sister has pleaded guilty to charges in the eastern Pennsylvania case.


Residents complain about snow covered side streets

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:17

Residents complain about snow covered side streetsOne of the big challenges, as always in Philadelphia, is clearing those small side streets.


Fire damages home in Mt. Airy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:10

Fire damages home in Mt. AiryA fast-moving fire has damaged a home in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.


White House welcomes Supreme Court ruling on electricity markets rule

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 02:07
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a federal rule for electricity markets that encouraged grid operators to pay large users to reduce consumption at peak times is good news for consumers and clean energy, the White House said on Monday. "This decision allows us to continue realizing billions in annual savings from innovative incentives and business models that ensure we use our electricity system efficiently as we integrate more energy efficiency and renewable energy onto the power grid," White House spokesman Frank Benenati said in a statement. ...

Body found in partially snow-covered car in Hackensack Burger King parking lot

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 01:59

Body found in partially snow-covered car in Hackensack Burger King parking lotLieutenant Justin Derevyanik of the Hackensack Fire Department says an engine company was called to respond at 8:23 a.m. to assist police and paramedics at the Burger King parking lot on Hackensack Avenue.


Here's how you can make $13.50/hour helping dig out NYC after snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 01:45

Here's how you can make $13.50/hour helping dig out NYC after snowstormThe sanitation department said it's looking for laborers to remove snow from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants, step streets and other locations throughout the city.


Trial starts for oil truck operator in North Dakota murder-for-hire case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 01:44
The trial of an oil truck operator charged with orchestrating the killings of two business rivals competing for work in North Dakota's Bakken oil patch was set to begin on Monday in Washington state. James Henrikson admitted last fall to an interstate murder-for-hire plot to kill Kristopher "KC" Clarke in February 2012 in North Dakota and Douglas Carlile in December 2013 in Spokane, Washington. Jury selection was scheduled to begin on Monday morning in Richland, in southeastern Washington state, Henrikson's lawyer, Todd Maybrown, and a U.S. District Court clerk in Spokane said.

#PlowMyStreet: Call attention to your unplowed streets across the region

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 01:38

#PlowMyStreet: Call attention to your unplowed streets across the regionEyewitness News is asking followers to use the hashtags #PlowMyStreet and #abc7ny to report unplowed streets.


Video from Chopper 6 HD shows flooding damage at New Jersey shore

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 01:34

Videos from Chopper 6 HD show flooding damage, beach erosion at New Jersey shoreChopper 6 HD flew over Jersey shore communities impacted by flooding during the Blizzard of 2016.


Former NFL quarterback Vince Young arrested for DWI in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 01:33

Vince Young speaks to the press for the first time as a Buffalo Bill, in Orchard Park, New YorkFormer NFL quarterback and University of Texas football star Vince Young has been arrested in Austin on a charge of driving while intoxicated, police said on Monday. Young, 32, was pulled over on Sunday night after his sport utility vehicle was seen moving erratically and drifting between lanes on a major highway running through Austin, a police arrest affidavit said. Young has not spoken to the media about the incident.


AP FACT CHECK: Gutted? Disaster? GOP hyperbole on military

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 01:04

In this Jan. 23, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a campaign stop at Sherburne Hall in Pelham, N.H. Trashing President Barack Obama and arguing that he has failed to spend enough on defense has become a staple for Republican presidential hopefuls. Bush says the Obama administration has "gutted" every weapon system in the U.S. military’s inventory. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio maintains that President Barack Obama is more interested in providing money to Planned Parenthood than for the nation's armed forces. The front-runner in the GOP race, Donald Trump, says the U.S. military is a "disaster." Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the Obama administration has "gutted" every weapons system in the U.S. military's inventory.


High court upholds government's energy conservation program

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 01:02

High court upholds government's energy conservation programWASHINGTON (AP) — In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.