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In fire aftermath, reforms push up against industry norms

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:51

FILE In this Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 file photograph, firefighters on a ladder spray water onto the Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex in Edgewater, N.J. The fire that destroyed most of the large complex has prompted talk of legislation to toughen building codes, an effort that would butt up against long-established building practices such as the use of lightweight wood. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The fire that destroyed most of a large apartment complex in northern New Jersey last month has prompted talk of legislation to toughen building codes, an effort that would butt up against long-established building practices like the use of lightweight wood.


Arizona appealing safety violation fine in prison rape case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:45

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2014 photo from the Arizona Department of Corrections, shows Jacob Harvey, accused of attacking a state prison teacher in Florence, Ariz. The Arizona Department of Corrections is appealing a large fine state workplace safety regulators levied against the department for failing to protect a teacher who was raped by Harvey an inmate a prison unit that holds 1,300 sex offenders in Florence. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections,File)PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Corrections does not believe it should have to pay a $14,000 fine that state workplace safety regulators levied against the agency for failing to protect a teacher who was raped by an inmate in a sex offender unit.


Obama: Scaling back college savings benefits wasn't worth it

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:44

President Barack Obama answers audience questions at Ivy Tech Community College, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Indianapolis. Obama is promoting his budget proposal to make two years of community college free. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that he dropped a widely criticized plan to scale back tax benefits for college savings accounts because the savings weren't worth it.


Arizona man suspected of threatening Maricopa County sheriff

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:35
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a man suspected of threatening to kill Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Church group members recall accused man confessed to 1979 New York murder

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:26

Hernandez, who is charged with the abduction and murder of Patz, sits while judge Wiley looks on, during opening statements at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, New YorkBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former deli worker accused of kidnapping and murdering a 6-year-old boy three decades ago tearfully described how he strangled the child and disposed of the body in a confession to a church group, witnesses testified on Friday. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is charged with kidnapping and murdering Etan Patz, who vanished on May 25, 1979 while walking to a school bus stop in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood. Testifying in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Paito Concepcion, 79, said Hernandez confessed in a prayer circle at the end of a day-long summer religious retreat in 1979.


January job gains show US recovery gaining greater strength

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:23

In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, job applicant Rafael Ferrer, 49, left, shakes hands with a representative of the Hilton Bentley Miami Beach hotel during a job fair at the Hospitality Institute, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Miami. The institute is part of Miami Dade College which offers training and job placement assistance in the hospitality industry to inner city residents. The Labor Department releases employment data for January on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)WASHINGTON (AP) — A resurgent job market in January signaled that the U.S. economy is finally regaining the kind of strength typical of a healthy recovery — with hiring accelerating, wages rising and people who had given up their job hunts starting to look again.


Measles cases turn attention to bounty of childhood vaccines

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:22

In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 photo, a pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. Vaccinations can cause minor side effects including redness at the injection site and sometimes mild fever, but medical experts say serious complications are rare and much less dangerous than the diseases that vaccines prevent. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)CHICAGO (AP) — Measles is in the news, but it's just one of more than a dozen preventable — and sometimes forgotten — diseases targeted by vaccines for children.


Senators call for investigation into Verizon 'supercookies'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:18

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country’s biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers. Data privacy experts have accused Verizon of violating consumers’ privacy by using “supercookies,” an identifying string of letters and numbers attached to each site visited on a person’s mobile device. “This whole supercookie business raises the specter of corporations being able to peek into the habits of Americans without their knowledge or consent,” said Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, in a statement. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers.


Measles Outbreak: Frequently asked questions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:16

 Frequently asked questionsMeasles has become relatively rare in the United States, thanks to very effective vaccine. A recent outbreak tied to Disneyland has shown that even among some doctors, knowledge of the once-common illness is spotty.


Contractor tries again to get Abu Ghraib lawsuit tossed out

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:12
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A defense contractor that supplied interrogators to the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq argued Friday that it can't be sued for abuses that occurred there because its employees were working in tandem with military personnel whose judgment about conducting wartime operations shouldn't be questioned by a federal judge.

Sheriff: Subject of US manhunt admits killing elderly couple

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 05:01

This Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 photo provided by the Mohave County Sheriff shows Robert Roy Clark, 29, of Dennison, Ohio. Clark, wanted in the killings of an elderly Ohio couple and in armed robberies in three states, was arrested early Thursday in Arizona after a high-speed chase and nationwide manhunt. An FBI spokeswoman in Cleveland said Clark was arrested by the Mohave County sheriff's office in Kingman. One of his companions, Tabatha Marie Hazel, 26, of Canton, Ohio, a suspect in the armed robberies, was arrested with him. Jeffrey Caley Jr., one of his two companions sought in the robberies, remains at large. (AP Photo/Mohave County Sheriff)CLEVELAND (AP) — The subject of a nationwide manhunt after two slayings and a string of armed robberies in three states has confessed to killing an elderly couple found inside their torched car, a sheriff said Friday.


Exploding air bag lawsuits headed to federal court in Miami

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:59
MIAMI (AP) — Lawsuits filed around the U.S. seeking damages for allegedly defective auto air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. have been consolidated before a Miami federal judge.

Deputy chief rescues 1 of his uncles from fire; other dies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:58
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A firefighter says he rescued one of his uncles from a house blaze in suburban Boston but his other uncle was found dead inside. The firefighting effort was difficult because temperatures were well below freezing and fire hydrants were still buried under snow.

Demolition plan changed prior to deadly overpass collapse

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:56

FILE-This Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 file photo shows work continues in the aftermath of the bridge collapse on Interstate 75, in Cincinnati. A demolition plan for a Cincinnati overpass was changed hours before the structure collapsed, killing a worker, the contractor for the highway construction project says. The plan for demolishing the overpass above Interstate 75 in Cincinnati changed after steel beams supporting the structure’s concrete deck began lifting at an abutment during demolition the night of Jan. 18, according to Kokosing Construction Company Inc., of Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/The The Cincinnati Enquirer, Liz Dufour, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — A demolition plan for a Cincinnati highway overpass was changed hours before the structure collapsed last month, killing a worker, according to the contractor for the highway construction project.


Judge ponders next steps in case against NCAA, Penn State

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:47
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge heard arguments Friday on whether the death of famed football coach Joe Paterno in early 2012 should affect his estate's ability to sue the NCAA and Penn State over how they handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

War memorial separates dead by race, divides Southern city

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:47

In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams stands beside the Greenwood County memorial in Greenwood, S.C., that honors its citizens who died in recent wars. The World War I and World War II soldiers are separated into colored and white. Adams raised $15,000 to put new plaques on the statue, but a state law won't allow him to put them up. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Along Main Street in a small South Carolina city, there is a war memorial honoring fallen World War I and II soldiers, dividing them into two categories: "white" and "colored."


Atlanta police respond to fight between singer Bobby Brown's relatives

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:40
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two relatives of singer Bobby Brown, whose daughter with Whitney Houston is said to be fighting for her life in Atlanta after being found unresponsive in a bathtub, got into a fight early Friday at a downtown hotel in the city, police said. Officers were called to the W Hotel just before 1 a.m. after Shayne Brown said his mother, Tina Brown, spit on him and struck his head with a glass bottle during an argument about a valet parking ticket, a police report said. Shayne Brown told police he was attending a party to celebrate Bobby Brown's birthday. Brown suffered cuts and drove himself to the hospital, while Tina Brown left the scene before police arrived.

A look at some vaccine-related legislation in several states

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:32

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 file photo shows a syringe on a printed chart with the recommended immunization schedule in the United States for people up to 18 years of age, at a pediatrician's office in Northridge, Calif. Vaccinations can cause minor side effects including redness at the injection site and sometimes mild fever, but medical experts say serious complications are rare and much less dangerous than the diseases that vaccines prevent. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Several state legislatures are debating vaccine-related measures as dozens of people have fallen ill from a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December and spread beyond the theme park. Here is a look at some of the legislation around the country:


Obama: US must resist urge to 'overreach" abroad

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:30

President Barack Obama speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. The president condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring Thursday that "no god condones terror." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, outlining a new national security blueprint for his last two years in office, warned against American "overreach" abroad Friday, even as he cast the U.S. as an indispensable force in combating global challenges including terrorism, climate change and cyber threats.


Defendant with 5 bodies in yard: 'I'm always confident'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:23
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a man charged with strangling a Pennsylvania pharmacist and his girlfriend sought Friday to undermine the credibility of the prosecution's key witness, a man who testified he helped the defendant kill the victims and bury their bodies.