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Florida suspect dies after swallowing drugs

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:16
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say a man died after swallowing drugs in an apparent attempt to avoid arrest.

Settlement reached in lawsuit filed by Ferguson protesters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:13
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents released Thursday.

Building collapses in New York's East Village neighborhood, police say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:08
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A building collapsed on Thursday in New York City's East Village neighborhood, police said. There was no immediate information on possible injuries, said a spokesman for the New York Police Department. (Reporting by Laila Kearney, Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst)

Hundreds of teens line up for job fair in West Philly

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:58

Hundreds of teens line up for job fair in West PhillyHundreds of Philadelphia teenagers lined up for a job fair in hopes of landing summer employment.


U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:46

Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and George Miller listen before the signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ActBy Susan Cornwell and Caroline Humer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. The Senate may not act until it returns from a two-week recess that starts this weekend. Democratic President Barack Obama praised the House passage and said he hoped the Senate would approve the measure too, because he wants to sign it.


California official urges law to automatically register drivers to vote

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:41
A top California official is calling on lawmakers to pass a so-called motor-voter law mirroring one recently approved in Oregon, which would automatically register people to vote when they obtain or renew driver's licenses. Alex Padilla, a former lawmaker who was recently elected secretary of state, said on Thursday that such a move would enroll more voters at a time when California election turnouts have been woefully small. “This can go a long way toward addressing the first half of that battle,” said Padilla, a Democrat who represented part of Los Angeles in the state Senate. “So much the better for democracy.” He said he would work with Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego to develop a bill and put it before the legislature.

$15 million redesign planned for Philadelphia's Love Park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:34

$15 million redesign planned for Philadelphia's Love ParkRain or shine, people love heading to Love Park and now the city is planning a $15 million redesign for the iconic Philadelphia landmark.


Mexico double-transplant patient eyes US humanitarian entry

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:31

In this May 2, 2014 photo, Jose Chua Lopez, left, holds hands with his mother, Myra Lopez Martinez, during a news conference in Hermosillo, Mexico. Family and friends raised thousands of dollars to send Jose Chua Lopez to the prestigious Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant. But the 20-year-old Mexican born with a heart defect has twice been turned down for a U.S. visa, and relatives and his doctor say his life is in danger. (AP Photo/El Imparcial) MANDATORY CREDIT MEXICO OUTMEXICO CITY (AP) — A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice being denied a visa.


Fire rages after New York City explosion, 12 injured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:30

Fire rages after New York City explosion, 12 injured12 people are injured, three critically, after a 7-alarm fire erupted Thursday afternoon in Manhattan's East Village following an explosion and collapse.


Bankrupt San Bernardino reveals details of deal with Calpers

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:28
By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino revealed on Thursday details of its deal with the state's public pension system Calpers, in which the retirement fund will be paid in full under the city's bankruptcy exit plan. San Bernardino announced last year it intended to pay the powerful California Public Employees' Retirement System in full under its bankruptcy plan, while cutting its bondholder debt. San Bernardino, a city of 205,000 located 65 miles east of Los Angeles, declared bankruptcy in August 2012 with a $45 million deficit. San Bernardino was recently ordered by the federal bankruptcy judge overseeing the case to make public the Calpers deal.

Florida debates gambling as big players lay down their bets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:24
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - A bill to create two casino gambling "destination resorts" in south Florida divided the Republican-controlled statehouse on Thursday, with the expansion of craps, slot machines and high-stakes gaming opposed by family-oriented tourist attractions. Casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp is lobbying for the resorts, supported by many leaders in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas, where they would be built. Proponents argue that Florida is losing billions in tourism revenue to Caribbean islands and states such as Mississippi that allow expanded gambling. For years, they have faced opposition from long-standing attractions such as Walt Disney World, which regard expanded gaming as harmful to Florida's image as a family vacation spot.

Obama praises payday lender rules, vows veto of limitations

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:24

President Barack Obama waves to a group of people before he speaks at Lawson State Community College, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. The president talked about the progress to financial systems and economic policies. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday said working families need protections from heavy debt burdens and warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry.


Worker struck by new roller coaster during testing at park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:23
ELYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A worker is recovering from a broken hand and staples in his head after being struck by a newly built roller coaster during testing at a Pennsylvania amusement park.

Jury shown graphic autopsy photos of Boston bombing victim

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:19

This undated forensics photograph made by the FBI, released by the U.S. Attorney's office and presented as evidence during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Boston, shows Massachusetts driver's licenses of his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with Tamerlan Tsarnaev to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and injured more than 260 spectators in April 2013. Tamerlan died days after the bombing when he was wounded during a gun battle with police and run over by Dzhokhar as he escaped. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)BOSTON (AP) — A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death on the pavement.


Police investigate possible abduction in Fairmount Park

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:19

Police investigate possible abduction in Fairmount ParkPolice are investigating the report of a possible abduction in Fairmount Park.


Jury: Life sentence for grandmother in girl's running death

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:18
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A jury recommended life without parole Thursday for an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death.

Family of man killed by Georgia police want investigation

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:11
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The family of a man who police say drove a Maserati at officers before he was fatally shot announced Thursday that they are seeking an independent investigation of the incident.

Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:08

FILE - This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, file photo shows a Twitter app on an iPhone screen, in New York. Twitter bought the company behind live video-streaming app Periscope earlier this year for a reported $100 million. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Download Periscope, Twitter's just-launched live video-streaming app, and you'll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon Valley, looking outside their office window in Chicago.


$1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:06

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, urged lawmakers to approve a plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday March 26, 2015. The Assembly passed AB91 unanimously, 74-0 and sent the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.


Ex-NFL star Sharper to appear twice in New Orleans court

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:04
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An April 7 court date has been set in a Louisiana state court for Darren Sharper, the former NFL star who has entered pleas in four states where he is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women.