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Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell will be free during appeal

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:09
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions, a federal court ruled Monday.

Gov. Chris Christie declares State of Emergency for New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:04

Gov. Chris Christie declares State of Emergency for New JerseyGovernor Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey as a major winter storm bears down on the region.

Union says California Kaiser nurses reach contract agreement

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:57
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kaiser Permanente nurses in California have approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said.

Hard Rock (again) dips toe into Atlantic City casino market

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:56
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Florida's Seminole Indians are renewing their torturous debate about entering Atlantic City's gambling market.

Uber caps surge pricing during winter storm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:55
NEW YORK (AP) — Want a ride home from car service Uber during the major snowstorm descending on the Northeast on Monday? Expect to pay more than the usual fare.

Uber limits price hikes in New York City snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:54
(Reuters) - Uber, the app-based ride-hailing service that has attracted criticism for jacking up prices at times of high demand, has told New York City customers that it will charge no more than 2.8 times the usual fare for trips during the snowstorm that began hitting the city on Monday. The company is hoping to head off charges of price gouging after it raised fares by much higher multiples during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which resulted in a flood of criticism that it was taking advantage of stricken customers. "Due to the State of Emergency declared in New York City, prices will not exceed 2.8x the normal fare," Uber said in an email to users of its app on Monday. The company said the fee policy is in line with an agreement it signed with the State of New York's attorney general in July last year that was designed to prevent massive price surges.

Defense seeks to have charges tossed against Guantanamo prisoner

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:48

Undated handout image of Abd al Hadi al IraqiBy Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A defense attorney on Monday sought the dismissal of charges against a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, saying the United States was violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Abd al Hadi al Iraqi at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba is an international tribunal but prosecutors are using domestic laws to try him, said defense attorney Air Force Major Ben Stirk. "That's not the international law of war," Stirk said in a pre-trial hearing. His attorneys say charges that Hadi al Iraqi conspired to commit murder were based on U.S. law rather than the international law of war that could protect combatants from criminal liability.

Identical twins who spilled cartel secrets to be sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:46

This undated photo from a wanted poster released by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Pedro Flores. Flores and his twin brother, Margarito Flores, are scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Jan, 27, 2015, at federal court in Chicago on drug trafficking charges. The Flores twins cut deals to buy tons of narcotics from Joaquin "El Chapo” Guzman, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel in the 2000s, and later cooperated with U.S. investigators. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)CHICAGO (AP) — In the underworld of illegal drug trafficking, identical twins Pedro and Margarito Flores rose from middling Chicago dealers to partners of Mexico's most notorious cartel lord, eventually building a nearly $2 billion franchise that spanned much of North America.

Cops: Ex-Fox producer kills himself outside NYC headquarters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:37

News Corp buildingNEW YORK (AP) — A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself to death outside the company's New York headquarters Monday, shortly after handing out fliers saying the company had ended his career, police said.

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:27

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2014 file photo Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks in Manassas, Va. The Obama administration Monday announced a plan to shift Medicare payments it makes to hospitals and doctors so they reward quality over volume. Officials said they hoped the move would be a catalyst for the entire health-care system."It is in our common interest to build a health care system that delivers better care, spends health care dollars more wisely and results in healthier people," Burwell said in a statement. A broad cross-section of health-care industry representatives attended the announcement, including insurers, hospitals, and doctors, as well as employers, who pay for coverage for most workers and their families.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3-trillion health care system.

Man fatally shoots self outside News Corp building in New York

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:26
A man shot and killed himself in an apparent suicide on Monday outside the News Corp office building in midtown Manhattan, police said. The 41-year-old man, whose identity was not officially released, shot himself in the chest outside 1211 Sixth Avenue and was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the New York Police Department. The Wall Street Journal and other local media identified the man as Phillip Perea, a former employee of a Fox television station in Austin, Texas. He had been handing out flyers criticizing Fox, which is owned by News Corp, and left messages on Twitter and a video on YouTube complaining about losing his job, the Journal and other news outlets reported.

Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell can remain free during his appeal of corruption convictions

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:21
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Court: Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell can remain free during his appeal of corruption convictions.

U.S. top court rules for employer in retiree benefits fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 03:09

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change. On a unanimous vote, the nine-member court handed a win to M&G Polymers USA, a subsidiary of Italy-based chemical company Mossi & Ghisolfi International, by sending the case back for further proceedings in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Allyson Ho, the company's lawyer, said the Supreme Court's ruling "sends a strong message that restores a level playing field in benefits litigation nationwide." Nearly 500 plaintiffs from Ohio who had worked at the M&G polyester plant in Apple Grove, West Virginia, sued in 2006 when the company said retirees would be required to contribute to their healthcare costs.

US skier living in France dies in avalanche in the Alps

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:56
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A skier and mountaineer from Oregon died Friday after he was buried in an avalanche on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe, his sister said.

2 of 4 boys who fell into icy Maryland pond out of hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:55
LANSDOWNE, Md. (AP) — Two boys who fell into an icy pond in Baltimore County have been released from the hospital.

Factbox: Biggest New York City snowfalls on record

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:32
The city may never sleep but New York officials urged residents to hibernate in coming days as a blizzard was forecast to bring up to 3 feet of snow to the area. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to leave work early on Monday and stay inside through the night. Below is a rundown of the largest snowfalls in recent New York history, according to city and federal records: * New York City's biggest snowfall on record hit on Feb. 11, 2006, and lasted through the following day. Measurements taken from Central Park showed the two-day Nor'easter dumped 26.9 inches of powder on the city, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports, halting Long Island Railroad service and causing heavy subway delays for those who ventured out of their snow-packed homes.

Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:30
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA expects to save millions of dollars in launch costs, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years.

Mayor: NYC streets to close to non-emergency vehicles

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:22

People walk in a light snowfall, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 in New York. The National Weather Service says accumulations of 18 to 24 inches are possible by Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says streets will only be available to emergency vehicles starting at 11 p.m. due to the massive snowstorm heading to the area.

New York City's roads to close to non-emergency traffic on Monday night

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:15
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's roads and streets will be indefinitely closed to non-emergency vehicles from 11 p.m. EST on Monday as potentially record-breaking blizzard heads toward the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. They will remain closed until a further announcement, he said at a news conference. (Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bill Trott)

Accuweather: Light Snow Today, Nor'easter Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:15

 Light Snow Today, Nor'easter TonightMeteorologist David Murphy says significant snow will impact travel both tonight and tomorrow.