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Leader of armed group at wildlife refuge is speaking to FBI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:12

Renee Irvin holds a sign during a rally against the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Ammon Bundy and his armed followers, while joining the rally at the Federal Building in Eugene, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. With the armed takeover of the national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon in its third week, Bundy and his armed group are still trying to muster up broad community support, so far without much luck. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP) MANDATORY CREDITPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The leader of an armed group that for nearly three weeks has occupied a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon has begun speaking with the FBI.


U.S. tightens visa waiver rules for visitors after Paris attacks

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:12

A traveler has his passport scanned as he passes through U.S. Customs and Immigration after using the Cross Border Xpress pedestrian bridge between San Diego and the Tijuana airportThe United States on Thursday began implementing restrictions to its Visa Waiver Program under a law passed after last year's Paris attacks that makes it harder for citizens of some countries to visit. Several of the Islamic State attackers who killed 130 people in France held European passports that would have allowed them to easily enter the United States under the former system. Citizens of the 38, mainly European, countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), who were previously able to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without a visa, must now obtain one if they have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria since March 1, 2011.


Key things to know about federal land grazing in the West

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:09

John Perry holds a poster during a rally against the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Ammon Bundy and his armed followers, while joining the rally at the Federal Building in Eugene, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. With the armed takeover of the national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon in its third week, Bundy and his armed group are still trying to muster up broad community support, so far without much luck. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP) MANDATORY CREDITBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two brothers leading an armed group that has taken up residence for nearly three weeks at a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon plan to hold a ceremony Saturday for ranchers to renounce federal control of public land and tear up their grazing contracts.


Ex-sect member testifies about leaving polygamous church

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:08
PHOENIX (AP) — A former member of a polygamous religious sect that is the focus of a discrimination trial in Arizona described on Thursday how he suddenly became the victim of vandalism and intimidation after he left the church.

Judge tosses civil case against Chicago officer in shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 06:05

FILE - In this image made from a surveillance video released Jan. 14, 2016 by City of Chicago Law Department, a Chicago police officer, lower right corner of the frame, is seen aiming his gun at Cedrick Chatman, who is not pictured, during a foot chase on Jan. 7, 2013, in Chicago. Chatman was fatally shot during the incident. In a written ruling released Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, U.S. Judge Robert Gettleman tossed a civil case against one of two Chicago police officers involved in the fatal shooting, saying one of the officers never fired his gun. (City of Chicago Law Department via AP, File)CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge again criticized the city of Chicago Thursday for how it dealt with a police-shooting video as he tossed a civil case against one of two officers involved in a fatal 2013 shooting of a black teenager suspected in a carjacking.


US stocks rise as energy stocks rally after big slump

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:59

In this Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, photo, a sign for a Wall Street subway station is shown in New York. European stocks edged higher ahead of a central bank meeting Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, while Asian markets fell, surrendering early gains as oil drifted down and sentiment remained fragile. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Thursday and recovered some of their steep losses from the day before. The price of oil also recovered from a big decline. That lifted energy companies, which have been struggling as energy prices tumble.


Prosecutors seek death for woman charged with killing son

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:57
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a Florida woman accused of killing her 3-year-old son and stuffing him into a suitcase.

The Latest: Leader of armed group says he's speaking to FBI

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:56

John Perry holds a poster during a rally against the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Ammon Bundy and his armed followers, while joining the rally at the Federal Building in Eugene, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. With the armed takeover of the national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon in its third week, Bundy and his armed group are still trying to muster up broad community support, so far without much luck. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP) MANDATORY CREDITBURNS, Ore. (AP) — The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):


Husband charged with doctor's slaying in affluent NYC suburb

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:54

This Jan. 20, 2016 photo provided by the Scarsdale Police Department shows Jules Reich in Scarsdale, N.Y., taken after he was accused of murdering his pediatrician wife. Dr. Robin Goldman, who was found stabbed in the shower at their suburban home in Scarsdale. Reich, a tax specialist at a New York City firm, was arraigned Wednesday night in Scarsdale village court on a second-degree murder charge, according to the Westchester County district attorney's office. (Scarsdale Police Department via AP)SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The husband of a pediatrician at a New York City children's hospital was charged with murder after she was found stabbed in a shower at their multimillion-dollar suburban home, authorities said Thursday.


PennDOT reveals its game plan for the coming snow storm

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:52

PennDOT reveals its game plan for the coming snow stormWith the first snow expected in about 30-36 hours, PennDOT Thursday morning began brining major roads, including the Schuylkill Expressway.


SAT tests canceled in China, Macau over cheating concerns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:51
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The firm that oversees registrations for the SAT has canceled college entrance exams on Saturday in China and Macau, because some students may have already seen copies of the tests.

The Latest: US drops rivalry to multilateral Argentine loans

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:47

In this handout picture released by the Office of the President of Argentina, President Mauricio Macri, right, shakes hands with British Prime Minister David Cameron, during a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (The Office of the President of Argentina Photo via AP)DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The latest developments from the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where top executives and world leaders are gathered this week. All times local.


Latest: Ex-US Marine released from Iran grateful for support

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:46

Amir Hekmati speaks to the media after arriving on a flight at Bishop International Airport, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Flint, Mich. Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who was released from an Iranian prison as part of a deal with Iran, landed in his home state of Michigan on Thursday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on the return to the United States of former Iranian prisoner Amir Hekmati (all times local):


The Latest: Resident describes life in polygamous towns

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:34
PHOENIX (AP) — The latest on a trial marking one of the federal government's boldest efforts to crack down on polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah border (all times local):

Police: Man forced girlfriend to walk naked on NYC street

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:34
NEW YORK (AP) — A man beat his girlfriend for sending texts to other men and then forced her to walk down a Manhattan street naked while he made a video recording of the humiliating episode that was later posted online, police said.

Sarah the cheetah, world's fastest land mammal, dies in Ohio zoo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:28
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio zoo said on Thursday that Sarah, a cheetah designated the world's fastest land mammal by National Geographic magazine in 2012, has died at the age of 15. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden said in a statement that it had euthanized Sarah on Wednesday due to her "diminishing quality of life." The average life span of a cheetah, the fastest land mammal, is eight to 12 years, the zoo said. Sarah was dubbed the fastest cheetah when she ran 100 meters in 5.95 seconds, or 61 mph (98.2 kph), during the filming of a National Geographic special, beating her previous world record of 6.13 seconds in 2009.

Automakers recalled 51 million U.S. vehicles in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:25

A group of Chevrolet Camaro cars for sale is pictured at a car dealership in Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that automakers recalled 51.3 million vehicles in the United States last year, the second-highest ever, in 868 separate campaigns. NHTSA and automakers have come under harsh criticism on auto safety issues from Congress and others in the wake of General Motors'delayed recall of 2.6 million vehicles for ignition switch defects linked to 124 deaths. Since then, the NHTSA has made a series of reforms and pledged to make more improvements.


VA chief to Congress: You can't fire your way to excellence

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:24

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks to reporters outside VA Headquarters in Washington. McDonald is pushing back against claims by members of Congress that the VA has not fired enough people to turn around the scandal-plagued agency. McDonald told a Senate panel Thursday,Jan. 21, 2016, that “you can’t fire your way to excellence.” Instead, he said the VA must inspire its 340,000 workers to do better while recruiting and hiring new employees who understand the agency’s mission. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disputed claims by members of Congress that his scandal-plagued agency hasn't dismissed enough employees, saying, "You can't fire your way to excellence."


White House reacts to Palin: 'Domestic violence is not a joke'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:22

Palin speaks at a rally endorsing U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump for President at Iowa State University in Ames, IowaPalin's son was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman and carrying a gun while intoxicated, police in the family's Alaska hometown said on Tuesday. In a speech she made Wednesday to support leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Palin linked her son's charges to his experience in the U.S. military and blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to support its veterans.


A closer look at the demographics of Flint, Michigan

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 05:21
A closer look at Flint, Michigan, and its demographics, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: