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Ruling: Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood funds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:56
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood of federal family planning money.

Houston firefighters battle large apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:55
HOUSTON (AP) — A large apartment complex under construction in Houston has been consumed by fire, sending thick, black smoke billowing into the sky and drawing hundreds of emergency personnel.

Obama administration touts 'carrot' approach on U.S. education reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:54

U.S. President Obama gestures as he speaks during the closing news conference of the Nuclear Security Summit in The HagueBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after President Barack Obama launched his "Race to the Top," education initiative, the administration said on Tuesday the program was boosting high school graduation rates and encouraging reform at U.S. schools. Since the first competitive grant was awarded in 2010, 18 states and the District of Columbia have received a total of $4.35 billion in federal grants. "The compelling need for change was as clear as it was urgent," Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters on a conference call following the release of a report that assesses the progress of the program. "Race to the Top reflected our deep belief that carrots, rather than sticks, lead to lasting change." The Race to the Top grant program was part of the president's 2009 economic stimulus package and was intended to encourage reforms in K-through-12 education.


Obama administration touts 'carrot' approach on U.S. education reforms

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:54

U.S. President Obama gestures as he speaks during the closing news conference of the Nuclear Security Summit in The HagueBy Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after President Barack Obama launched his "Race to the Top," education initiative, the administration said on Tuesday the program was boosting high school graduation rates and encouraging reform at U.S. schools. Since the first competitive grant was awarded in 2010, 18 states and the District of Columbia have received a total of $4.35 billion in federal grants. "The compelling need for change was as clear as it was urgent," Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters on a conference call following the release of a report that assesses the progress of the program. "Race to the Top reflected our deep belief that carrots, rather than sticks, lead to lasting change." The Race to the Top grant program was part of the president's 2009 economic stimulus package and was intended to encourage reforms in K-through-12 education.


Emergency break failed to stop Chicago train

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:44

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early in the morning, injuring more than 30 people, in Chicago. Had the crash occurred during the day, when the trains are often full and the escalator packed with luggage-carrying travelers, far more people likely would have been injured, some even killed, said Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — An emergency track-side breaking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday.


Emergency break failed to stop Chicago train

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:44

FILE - In this March 24, 2014 file photo, a Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O'Hare Airport station after it derailed early in the morning, injuring more than 30 people, in Chicago. Had the crash occurred during the day, when the trains are often full and the escalator packed with luggage-carrying travelers, far more people likely would have been injured, some even killed, said Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert at DePaul University. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster, File) MANDATORY CREDITCHICAGO (AP) — An emergency track-side breaking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday.


Italy confirms release of citizen in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:37
MILAN (AP) — The Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome has confirmed the release of an Italian citizen working for the United Nations who had been kidnapped in Yemen.

Italy confirms release of citizen in Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:37
MILAN (AP) — The Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome has confirmed the release of an Italian citizen working for the United Nations who had been kidnapped in Yemen.

Baby gorilla with mom at San Diego Zoo

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:17

In this photo taken on Monday, March 24, 2014, and provided by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a 12-day old baby gorilla is physically introduced to her mother, Imani, for the first time at the San Diego Zoo. The zoo says the infant female gorilla was successfully treated for pneumonia after a cesarean section delivery on March 12. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Matt Gelvin) MANDATORY CREDITSAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Zoo says an infant gorilla that was successfully treated for pneumonia after a cesarean section delivery is in her mother's arms for the first time.


Norman Borlaug statue unveiled at US Capitol

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:16

From left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Jeanie Borlaug Laube, daughter of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, look to a statue of the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug during its unveiling in National Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol.


Dems expected to drop IMF from Ukraine bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:16

Local citizens wave flags symbolizing the Soviet victory in WWII and Russian flags gather in support of Eastern Pro-Russian Ukrainians in their fight against Ukrainian government in Simferopol, Crimea on Monday, March 24, 2014. Ukraine's fledgling government ordered troops to pull back Monday from Crimea, ending days of wavering as Russian forces stormed and seized bases on the peninsula.(AP Photo/Max Vetrov)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Democrats are considering removing a major roadblock preventing Congress from passing legislation authorizing sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine.


Dems expected to drop IMF from Ukraine bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:16

Local citizens wave flags symbolizing the Soviet victory in WWII and Russian flags gather in support of Eastern Pro-Russian Ukrainians in their fight against Ukrainian government in Simferopol, Crimea on Monday, March 24, 2014. Ukraine's fledgling government ordered troops to pull back Monday from Crimea, ending days of wavering as Russian forces stormed and seized bases on the peninsula.(AP Photo/Max Vetrov)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Democrats are considering removing a major roadblock preventing Congress from passing legislation authorizing sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine.


U.S. will not appeal judge's ruling in no-fly list challenge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:04
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday it will not appeal a court ruling this year that found problems with how the government administers its controversial no-fly policy. Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian architect, sued the U.S. government in 2006 after being told she was on the no-fly list and was subsequently denied a U.S. visa. The no-fly list has undergone multiple legal challenges, but Ibrahim's case is believed to have been the first to go to trial, which took place in December. The U.S. government eventually conceded that Ibrahim was not a national security threat, and that her troubles stemmed from an FBI agent mistakenly checking the wrong box on a government form.

Age at center of Ohio teen school shooting appeal

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:02

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 file photo, T.J. Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during his sentencing in Chardon, Ohio. The age of Lane, a teen gunman in a school shooting two years ago in northeastern Ohio, is at the center of an appeal over his life sentences. Lane's defense attorneys and prosecutors will go before an appeals court on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool, File)A teen's appeal over his life sentences for killing three students in a school shooting rampage in northeast Ohio will revolve around his age and how the state handles serious crimes involving young people.


Massive fire engulfs Houston apartment complex construction site

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:55
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A massive multi-story luxury apartment complex under construction in Houston caught fire on Tuesday, sending flames into the sky and smoke into the downtown area. No injuries have been reported in the five-alarm blaze with scores of Houston Fire Department units dispatched to the scene along with nearly 200 personnel, fire officials and the mayor's office said. Fire officials were investigating what caused the blaze. The apartment complex, located in a heavy residential and business area, was unoccupied. ...

Police: Ex-con robs same shoe store 15 years later

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:46
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Police say a man who just completed a 15-year prison term for robbing a New Jersey shoe store went back there the day after his release and committed the same crime.

Companies must pay taxes on severance payments: U.S. high court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:46

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley and Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that taxes are due for Social Security and Medicare on severance packages paid to workers who are laid off involuntarily, overturning a lower court ruling that could have led to a wave of payroll tax refund requests from U.S. businesses. In a win for the Obama administration and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the court voted 8-0 that Quality Stores Inc., a defunct retailer, and its employees are not entitled to tax refunds totaling about $1 million. The tax refund at issue was small, but the IRS said the stakes in the case were huge because, if Quality Stores had won, thousands more refund claims could have resulted, possibly totaling as much as $1 billion. If Quality Stores had won, many companies were ready to file for tax refunds, said Ruth Wimer, a partner at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP, calling the decision "bad news" for employers and employees.


Gunman arrested in Dallas after standoff with police

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:46
By Jana J. Pruet DALLAS (Reuters) - A gunman who holed himself up in a downtown Dallas apartment building was arrested on Tuesday after a three-hour standoff with police that halted traffic in parts of the city center and led to several buildings being placed on lockdown. Police spokesman Warren Mitchell told reporters that the man was taken into custody without incident. The apartment is in an area known as Victory Park, about 1,200 feet south of the American Airlines Center, which is home to the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks and the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars.

Girlfriend: Soldier mentioned money day wife died

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:45
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — A former girlfriend testified Tuesday that a Georgia-based soldier on trial for murder told her to expect "a lot of money" just hours before his pregnant wife was killed — leaving him to collect $500,000 in insurance and benefit payments from the Army.

Train at Chicago's O'Hare airport tripped emergency brake before crash

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 02:38

A worker puts up a tarp to cover the scene where a Chicago Transit Authority subway train crashed into a platform at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago(Reuters) - A passenger train that slammed through its end-of-the-line barrier at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this week tripped an automatic emergency stop system and was not speeding when it entered the station, a federal investigator said on Tuesday. The crash sent the Chicago Transit Authority train hurtling onto an escalator and stairs at the airport's mass transit station early on Monday. Investigators hope to interview the train operator on Tuesday afternoon and have not reached any conclusions about the cause of the crash, Ted Turpin, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters. The NTSB hopes to release the train on Tuesday to the CTA, which will be responsible for clearing the tracks, Turpin said.