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Study: Conservatives say they're happy, but liberals show it

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:48

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study that is already being questioned by other researchers. That’s not the feeling at the office of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., where a sign above the congressman’s door reads “Fighting for Freedom and Having Fun.” (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study.

Lawyers negotiating plea deal for Bartlett cemetery owner

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:46
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A plea agreement could be reached as early as Friday in the case of a Tennessee cemetery owner accused of burying multiple bodies in the same grave.

Officials could refuse to officiate marriage under new bill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:45
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that would allow government officials to refuse to marry couples, including same-sex couples, for religious reasons. The measure would require a county clerk's office to designate someone to marry all couples if the clerk opts out.

Holder calls Ferguson attacker 'damn punk,' offers investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:43
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stood ready to help find the person he called a "damn punk" for shooting two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight. The officers were shot and wounded in what officials said was an ambush early on Thursday morning in the wake of a Justice Department report that found racial bias in the Ferguson police force and called for changes. "This was not someone trying to bring healing to Ferguson, this was a damn punk," Holder told reporters and Justice Department officials gathered for the Department's launch of a pilot program to build trust between law enforcement and the communities in six U.S. cities.

Officer pulls man from burning car, charges him with DWI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:42

This Saturday, March 7, 2015 handout photo released by the Fairfax County Police Department, shows a burning car in the parking lot of the American Legion post in McLean, Va. A Maryland man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after being saved by a police officer from a burning car that had struck a tree. (AP Photo/Fairfax County Police Department)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — When Fairfax County, Virginia, police officer Sharif Issa (ISS'-eh) pulled up on the scene of a car in flames, he said to himself, "I'm glad there is no one in that car."

Man recalls 'terrifying' carjacking at Boston bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:38

A courtroom sketch shows accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his trial at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A man carjacked by the accused Boston Marathon bombers shortly after prosecutors say they shot and killed a policeman on Thursday recalled the moment when one of the brothers jumped into his Mercedes and told him he was one of the bombers. Dun Meng testified that he had gone for a drive to relax after a long day at work on April 18, 2013, and had pulled over to check his phone when Tamerlan Tsarnaev tapped on his window, stepped into his car and pulled a gun. He told me, 'You know, I'm serious, so don't be stupid,'" Meng, who works at a tech company that develops cell phone apps for ordering food, said in federal court in Boston. "After that, he asked me, 'Do you know the Boston Marathon explosion?' I said, 'Yes, I know.' He asked, 'Do you know who did it?' I said, "No, I don't.' He said.

Injuries in bus crash involving Indiana college bowling teams

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:34
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A bus carrying 21 people, including members of an Indiana college's bowling teams, overturned on Thursday resulting in multiple minor to serious injuries, officials said. The bus crashed on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana on the way to a competition in Tennessee, said the Indiana Institute of Technology web site. There were 21 people on the Excursions Trailways bus, including the driver and 16 members of Indiana Tech's men's and women's teams and coaching staff, the Fort Wayne-based school said.

Prosecutor: Sailors traded videos like Pokemon trading cards

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:31
MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. (AP) — A group of male submarine sailors traded illicit videos of female officers in various stages of undress as if they were Pokemon cards, a U.S. Navy prosecutor said Thursday.

New York City proposes plan to reduce violence at troubled Rikers jail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:30
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City is proposing to reduce violence among inmates at its troubled Rikers Island jail by limiting visitors, adding security cameras and separating rival gangs, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. “Today we are taking aggressive steps to move Rikers Island from a culture of violence to a culture of safety," de Blasio said. De Blasio and Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte proposed a violence prevention plan, subject to approval by the department's oversight board, to be phased in by the end of 2018. Under the plan, inmates would have less contact with visitors and stricter guidelines on visitors would be imposed.

Sources: DeMarco Murray, Eagles verbally agree to $42M deal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:20

 DeMarco Murray, Eagles verbally agree to 5 year $42M dealFree-agent running back DeMarco Murray and the Philadelphia Eagles have verbally agreed on a 5 year, $42 million deal, with $21 million guaranteed, a source confirms to Action News.

Police announce arrests in case of dog tied to train tracks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:15

FILE - In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Tampa Police Department Sgt. Rich Mills carries an injured female dog that was left tied to a railroad track in Sulfur Springs, Fla. The Tampa Police Department announced Thursday, March 12, 2015, that two Tampa teens have been arrested for shooting the dog that was found tied to the tracks. (AP Photo/Tampa Police Department, File)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cabela, a 1-year-old mixed breed dog who was rescued after being shot and tied to railroad tracks in Tampa, has captured a nation's heart, while police have announced four arrests in connection with the dog's abuse.

1 arrested after assault at McDonald's; 15-year-old injured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:12
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a 16-year-old girl has been arrested and others are being sought after an assault captured on video showed a group attacking a 15-year-old classmate.

19-year-old pleads not guilty in Vegas neighbor slaying case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:12
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 19-year-old Las Vegas man pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other charges in the shooting death of a mother of four in a neighborhood gunbattle.

Oregon Governor introduces ethics reform after Kitzhaber scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:12

Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks at the state capital building in SalemBy Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat who took office last month after her predecessor resigned in an influence-peddling scandal, is promoting a package of ethics and public records reform bills, the governor’s office said on Thursday. The legislation proposed by Brown would raise the penalty for knowingly using public office for private gain and would bar statewide elected officials, as well as the governor's spouse, from collecting fees for speaking engagements while in office.  Brown took office last month after the resignation of her predecessor, fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who faces a federal corruption probe into allegations that his fiancée used her unpaid position in his office for personal financial gain.  "Oregon's government belongs to its people, and an informed, engaged populace is essential to democracy," Brown said in a statement announcing the trio of bills.

Military: 2 soldiers' bodies recovered from helicopter wreck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:07

 2 soldiers' bodies recovered from helicopter wreckThe Louisiana National Guard says the bodies of two soldiers have been recovered from a helicopter wreck off the Florida coast.

Michigan referee's death prompts calls for tougher laws

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:05

FILE - In a Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, basketball coach Kris Bieniewicz meets with her girls team during a practice session in Redford Township, Mich. Bieniewicz has tried to establish some normalcy for her two sons in the eight months since her husband and their father was killed while refereeing an over-30 men’s league match last summer. Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and will be sentenced Friday, March 13, 2015, to up to 15 years in prison. The incident is prompting legislators to consider making Michigan the 20th state with a criminal law that targets assaults on sports officials. Bills pending in the Senate would bring longer jail or prison sentences in such incidents. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, FILE)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attacks on Michigan referees so alarmed Jim Dworman, an accomplished lawyer who also officiates high school basketball and football games, that he contacted his lawmaker two years ago about toughening penalties for such actions.

U.S. budget deficit dipped to $192 billion in February

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 02:02
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. budget deficit was $192 billion in February, down 1 percent from the same period last year, according to data released by the Treasury Department on Thursday. The deficit was $194 billion in February of 2014, according to Treasury's monthly budget statement. February's budget results were affected by differences in the calendar. If adjusted for timing-related transactions, the budget deficit would have been $194 billion.

Exide to close California battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:58
By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Exide Technologies has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million in clean-up costs to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of hazardous waste. As part of a deal reached late Wednesday with the U.S. Attorney's Office in California's central district, Exide also admitted to storing lead-contaminated hazardous waste inside leaking van trailers on a number of occasions over the past two decades. "The reign of toxic lead ends today," said Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura in a statement. Exide Technologies, which filed for bankruptcy in 2013, has operated the recycling plant since 2000, but the facility has been in use since 1922.

U.S. court decision could force Golf Channel to return Ponzi scheme money

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:57
By Lisa Bose McDermott TEXARKANA, Texas (Reuters) - A decision by a U.S. appeals court could force Golf Channel to pay back a court-appointed receivership the $5.9 million it received from convicted swindler Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme, a receivership official said on Thursday. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday night reversed a lower court decision that allowed Golf Channel to avoid paying back the money it received from Stanford's firm to become the title sponsor of the St. Jude's Championship in Memphis. The decision allows the receivership to seek the money from Golf Channel, said Kevin Sadler, a spokesman for the receivership run on behalf of about 18,000 swindled investors.

Genetic test maker 23andMe launches drug R&D effort

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 01:56

FILE - In this Feb. 20 2013 file photo, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki speaks at an announcement for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences at Genentech Hall on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco. Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe on Thursday, March 12, 2015 announced it is launching its own drug development unit, betting that it can translate its database of customer DNA information into novel medicines. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe is launching its own drug development unit, betting that it can translate its database of customer DNA information into novel medicines.