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Boehner survives conservative challenge, re-elected U.S. House speaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:59

Boehner takes the gavel from Pelosi after being re-elected speaker on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Boehner narrowly won a third term as House of Representatives speaker on Tuesday, surviving a stiff challenge from 25 conservative Republicans that may signal a growing split in the party as it takes full control of Congress. Boehner received 216 of 408 votes, with a growing faction of dissident House Republicans opposing him because they said he had done too little to cut spending and fight President Barack Obama's immigration and healthcare policies. ...

U.S. House re-elects Republican John Boehner as speaker

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday re-elected Republican John Boehner to serve a third term as Speaker of the chamber. Boehner won another two-year term as Republicans enjoy a stronger House majority and take control of the Senate as a result of November elections. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was Boehner's main challenger for the top job of Speaker, but a handful of conservative Republicans voted for other candidates, leaving the outcome unclear until all votes were tallied. (Reporting By David Lawder and Richard Cowan; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Fmr. 2nd grade teacher accused of inappropriately touching students pleads no contest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:39

Fmr. 2nd grade teacher accused of inappropriately touching students pleads no contestA former second grade teacher in Darby accused of inappropriately touching students entered a no contest plea Tuesday.

Doctor is shot, suspect kills himself at Texas Army medical center: newspaper

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:36
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A doctor at the El Paso VA Health Care System was shot and a suspect apparently then took his own life on Tuesday in an incident that led to a lockdown at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in west Texas, the El Paso Times reported. The paper said the information was based on a preliminary investigation provided by officials. Base officials were not immediately available to comment. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Time capsule dating to 1795 included coins, newspapers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:26

Museum of Fine Arts Boston Head of Objects Conservation Pam Hatchfield displays a coin as she removes it from a time capsule at the museum, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Boston. The original capsule was made of cowhide and believed to have been embedded in a cornerstone when construction on the state Capitol building began in 1795. The contents were shifted to a metal box in 1855 which was unearthed last month at the Statehouse. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — Early residents of Boston valued a robust press as much as their history and currency if the contents of a time capsule dating back to the years just after the Revolutionary War are any guide.

2 more women join defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:22

2 more women join defamation lawsuit against Bill CosbyTwo Florida women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual offenses decades ago have joined a defamation lawsuit, contending he publicly branded them as liars through statements by his representatives

The big chill: Winter gets down to business across US

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:19

A light snow falls on a tour group outside the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as temperatures hover around freezing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Snow followed by a wave of frigid air is plodding eastward, bringing warnings well ahead of time for people to take precautions and stay warm. The storm snarled traffic across much of the country and is threatening to bring wind chills into the single digits even to the Deep South over the next few days.

Cat killer gets 2-year prison sentence for deadly kicking

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:14
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Long Beach man who aroused suspicion when he sought a refund from an animal shelter for dead "defective" cats was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for animal cruelty.

Gunman kills one person, kills himself at Army medical facility in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:12
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A gunman fatally shot one person and then killed himself in an incident on Tuesday at a U.S. Army facility in El Paso, Texas, a senior U.S. Army official said. The names of those who died were not released. The shootings took place at a VA hospital at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in west Texas. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Peter Cooney)

'Active shooter' reported at El Paso military hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:06

Gunman, 1 other person dead in shooting at veterans' clinicThe Army is searching for a suspect after an "active shooter" was reported at a Texas medical complex that includes an Army hospital and a veterans' medical center.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:01

In this Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 photo, Shiite militiamen pray at a Shiite shrine in Balad, 75 kilometers (45 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The fighters last week helped Iraqi forces wrest a nearby town from the hands of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

First black female Republican joins US Congress

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 09:59

Rep.-elect Mia Love R-Utah, greets House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, before officially being sworn in as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mia Love of Utah on Tuesday became the first black female Republican in Congress as she was sworn in along with 57 other freshmen members of the U.S. House.

Inspectors confident chlorine gas used in Syrian villages

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 09:52
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chemical weapons investigators concluded "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas was used as a weapon against three opposition-controlled villages in Syria last year, affecting between 350 and 500 people and killing 13, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

U.S. Navy commander pleads guilty in California in corruption scandal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 09:48
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy commander pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in San Diego to bribery charges in connection with a wide-ranging corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defense contractor. Jose Luis Sanchez, 42, was accused of accepting cash and the services of prostitutes from the maritime services firm Glenn Defense Marine Asia, led by Malaysian businessman Leonard Glenn Francis. "Commander Sanchez sold out his command and country for cash bribes, luxury hotel rooms, and the services of prostitutes," said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. ...

Active shooter near Army medical center in El Paso: media

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:41
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Law enforcement officials are responding on Tuesday to reports of an active shooter near the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, local broadcaster CBS4 and other local media outlets reported. Base officials would not confirm the report but said they would soon hold a news conference to discuss the situation. There was no immediate information on any possible injuries. CBS Evening News, however, in a tweet, quoted a Pentagon official as saying the situation was now under control. ...

2 arrested after shooting that wounded 2 NYC police officers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:39

ADDS DAY AND DATE - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, second left, stands by as New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton, second right, speaks at a news conference at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx section of New York, early Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, after two New York City police officers were shot late Monday night. The two officers responding to a robbery in the Bronx were shot and wounded, and a manhunt was underway for at least two suspects, authorities said. The officers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (AP Photo/Tom McElroy)NEW YORK (AP) — Two suspects in an armed holdup followed by a wild shootout that left a pair of plainclothes police officers wounded were arrested Tuesday after an intense manhunt.

Town copes after plane crash kills family, spares 7-year-old

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:39

Salvage workers bring out part of a Piper PA-34's fuselage, wing, and landing gear from a crash site Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 in Kuttawa, Ky. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the crash site Sunday in Kentucky in which a 7-year-old girl survived and four of her family members were killed. Authorities said the child, dressed in a short-sleeve shirt, shorts and one sock, walked about a mile (more than a kilometer) in near-freezing temperatures through thick briar patches and woods before finding a home where she sought help. The plane went down in a deeply wooded area and required special machinery to remove. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Piper Gutzler's desk no longer holds her belongings in her fourth-grade classroom, but rather letters and pictures from her schoolmates. Similar remembrances found their way into her locker at the southern Illinois school on students' first day back since the rural plane crash that killed Piper, her parents and a cousin while sparing her younger sister.

Case dropped against woman accused of paint vandalism in DC

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:38

FILE - In this July 26, 2013 file photo, green paint splattered on the base of the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. A woman accused of splattering green paint at the Washington National Cathedral and suspected of committing similar vandalism at sites including the Lincoln Memorial in 2013 will not be prosecuted. Online court records show that a judge on Tuesday dismissed the case against Jiamei Tian, 60, who was arrested in July 2013 after being caught in the National Cathedral holding what appeared to be a soda can containing green paint. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accused of splattering green paint at the Washington National Cathedral and suspected of vandalizing other historic sites including the Lincoln Memorial in 2013 will not be prosecuted.

Ex-NFLer Hernandez's girlfriend may attend murder trial: judge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:37

Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, stands during a pre-trial hearing in Fall RiverBy Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's girlfriend and mother will be allowed to attend his upcoming murder trial, at which jurors may view items including a trophy case at his Massachusetts home, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Judge Susan Garsh ruled at Hernandez's final pretrial hearing that his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, and his mother, Terri Hernandez, may attend the trial even though they may be called as witnesses. Jury selection in the trial is set to begin on Friday. ...

Police: Dispute over allowance led to exec's slaying

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:35

This September 2014 photo provided by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office shows Thomas Gilbert Jr., after his arrest on Sept. 18, 2014, in the town of Southampton, N.Y., on a misdemeanor charge. On Monday, Jan 5, 2015, police arrested Gilbert, 30, on a murder charge after they say he went to his father's Manhattan apartment Sunday afternoon, shot him in the head after an argument about money, and tried to make it look like a suicide. Seventy-year-old Thomas Gilbert Sr. was a founding partner at hedge fund Wainscott Capital. (AP Photo/Suffolk County District Attorney’s office)NEW YORK (AP) — Tommy Gilbert was part of the trust-fund-baby crowd, a handsome Princeton grad who flitted between his Manhattan home and the Hamptons and attended society parties at museums and symphonies while living off an allowance from his parents.