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China demands answers from US over spying claims

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:42
BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it was demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions.

Health law birth control coverage before justices

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:11

FILE - In this May 22, 2013, customers enter and exit a Hobby Lobby store in Denver. The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama’s health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice. Two years after the entire law survived the justices’ review by a single vote, the court is hearing arguments on Tuesday in a religion-based challenge from family-owned companies that object to covering certain contraceptives in their health plans as part of the law’s preventive care requirement. The largest company among them, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama's health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice.


AP IMPACT: Flood insurance hikes still a peril

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:02

Jack Durney, mayor of Hoquiam, Wash., stands on a hill on Monday, March 18, 2014, overlooking his city, the Hoquiam River, and Grays Harbor. Because most of Hoquiam lies in the flood plain, Durney says possible increases in federal flood insurance rates would adversely affect many who live in his town. In the old logging port on an estuarine bay, the great majority of the 8,700 residents live in a flood hazard area. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) — This small, central Pennsylvania river town doesn't have beach homes or boardwalks, but it shares more than a name with the famous stretch of New Jersey coastline 250 miles to the east.


Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton to discuss education

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:56

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)IRVING, Texas (AP) — Their presidential plans may be uncertain but one thing is clear: Jeb Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton keep bumping into each other.


Writing a budget might divide House Republicans

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:41

FILE - In this March 13, 2014 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Divisions among Republicans over a December budget deal and a shortfall in tax estimates are complicating the House GOP's efforts to advance a spending plan this spring. Party leaders insist the GOP-controlled House is moving full speed ahead to approve a budget plan, but it has fallen behind schedule amid doubts there will be enough votes to pass it. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisions among Republicans over a budget deal and a shortfall in tax estimates are complicating the House GOP's efforts to advance a spending plan this spring.


Arpaio, aide called to court over training video

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:38

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces dozens of arrests in a prostitution sting during a news conference at Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Headquarters, in Phoenix. Arpaio and his top aide Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan are required to appear before a federal judge who believes the two have mischaracterized and trivialized the judge's key findings in a racial-profiling decision issued in 2013 against the police agency. The sheriff's office will be required to provide answers Monday, March 24, 2014 to U.S. District Judge Murray Snow about an Oct. 18 training session in which the judge said Sheridan appears to suggest that rank-and-file deputies weren't obliged to make their best efforts to remedy the agency's constitutional violations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his top aide are required to appear before a federal judge who believes the two have mischaracterized and trivialized the judge's key findings in a racial-profiling decision issued last year against the police agency.


Q&A: What can IRS do to health plan scofflaws?

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

For kids of bankrupt Detroit, challenges abound

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:30
DETROIT (AP) — In a city scarred by broken promises, the Moore brothers, James and Robert, and fellow student Chelsea Inyard are among the lucky ones. The teenagers attend one of Detroit's most promising new public schools.

Colorado plane crash victims not yet recovered

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:25

This photo provided by the Ouray County Plaindealer shows rescue personnel examining the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. The plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead. Divers are to be used Sunday to search for victims and to recover the rest of the plane. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Patrick Moore) MANDATORY CREDITMONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities worked to get additional crews and equipment to recover victims from a plane crash in a cold southwestern Colorado reservoir.


'Significant' oil spill closes US ship channel

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:21

A dead oil covered bird is shown on the shore area along Boddeker Rd. on the Eastern end of Galveston near the ship channel Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Galveston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.


Chinese plane spots object in Indian Ocean

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:47

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's P-3C Orion arrives to help with search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at Royal Australian Air Force Pearce Base in Perth, Australia, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)PERTH, Australia (AP) — A Chinese plane on Monday spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner, while the United States separately prepared to send a specialized device that can locate black boxes.


Big climate report: Warming is big risk for people

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:04

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2008, file photo provided by UNICEF a woman and child wade in flood waters in Mutarara, Mozambique in the Tete district. Thousands of people who lost their homes in floods last year are at risk again as the rising Zambezi river waters threaten their resettlement camps. Top climate scientists are gathering in Japan to finish up a report on the impact of global warming. And they say if you think climate change is only faced by some far-off polar bear decades from now, well, you’re mistaken. They say the dangers of a warming Earth are immediate and human. (AP Photo/Theirry Delvigne-Jean UNICEF)If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you're mistaken. That's the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming.