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Police: Man hits postal carrier over no mail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 05:01
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is under arrest after authorities say he hit a postal carrier and threw furniture at his truck because he didn't have any mail for him.

Immigration courts speed up children's cases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 05:01

This June 18, 2014 file photo shows U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working at a processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.


California's proposed 2015 Obamacare premiums to rise 4 percent in 2015

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 05:01
Healthcare premiums will rise an average of 4.2 percent in 2015 on California's health insurance exchange, the largest of the state marketplaces established by President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, state officials said on Thursday. Ten companies will sell plans for 2015 through Covered California, three fewer than this year, said the exchange's Executive Director Peter Lee. Opponents of Obama's healthcare reform, the 2010 Affordable Care Act, have warned for months that 2015 premiums would soar due to the high medical costs of the first wave of enrollees who, they claimed, are older and sicker than the general population. In California, however, insurers' projections of 2014 medical spending were fairly accurate.

AP PHOTOS: Mansion or shack? It's the $1M question

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:54

A sale balloon for a nearby store is shown next to a property in the Noe Valley neighborhood just sold for $1.8 million in cash, $600,000 more than its asking price, in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, where the median selling price for homes and condominiums hit seven figures for the first time last month, the cool million that would fetch a mansion on a few acres elsewhere will now barely cover the cost of an 800-square-foot starter home. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Swimming pool with a hot tub. Four bedrooms and four-car garage. Granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. That's what $ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.


U.S. to modernize poultry inspections to boost food safety

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday it will modernize its decades-old inspection methods for poultry in an attempt to crack down on food-borne illness. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will require all poultry companies to take measures to prevent Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination, rather than addressing contamination after it occurs. "The United States has been relying on a poultry inspection model that dates back to 1957 ... ...

SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines ending partnership

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:43
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25-year-old marketing partnership, officials with both companies said Thursday, as the airline has been urged by animal rights activists to terminate the relationship.

Medicare drug premiums to rise for 2nd year

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare says premiums for prescription drug plans will rise in 2015 for the second year in a row.

Colorado to begin licenses for immigrants

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:40
DENVER (AP) — Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants who are in the country illegally or have temporary legal status.

Disney hopes to break record with book bag giveaway

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:37

Disney hopes to break record with book bag giveawayDisney along with local volunteers joined with people across the country to try to set a world record and they did it all while helping children in need.


DelDOT: Southbound lanes of I-495 reopening at 5pm today

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:36

 Southbound lanes of I-495 reopening at 5pm todayThe Delaware Department of Transportation says they will be reopening the southbound lanes of I-495 at 5pm today.


Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:04
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

1 dead, 1 injured in Long Island skydive accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:01
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A skydiving accident on Long Island has killed one man and seriously injured another.

Jury convicts Colorado woman of kidnapping Wisconsin newborn, abandoning him in frigid temps

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:01
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jury convicts Colorado woman of kidnapping Wisconsin newborn, abandoning him in frigid temps.

Home owned by Trump holdout auctioned for $530,000

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:00

Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino towers over Vera Coking's three story rooming house Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. The decrepit boarding home owned by the Atlantic City woman who has been turning down multi-million dollar offers for the building in the shadow of Trump Plaza since the 80’s is now up for auction. With a reserve price of only $199,000, the fate of the house has gone down along with the city’s casino industry. On July 31, the property, at 127 South Columbia Place, will go up for auction. As recently as eight years ago, Donald Trump was willing to pay at least 10 times that amount so he could expand Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."


Target taps outsider as CEO for needed shakeup

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:00

This undated image provided by Target Corp. shows newly named CEO Brian Cornell. The Minneapolis-based company on Thursday, July 31, 2014 said that it named the PepsiCo executive to the top spot, replacing John Mulligan, who had been acting as interim chief executive since May. (AP Photo/Target Corp.)NEW YORK (AP) — Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers.


Man on FBI 'most wanted' list arrested in Mexico, sent to Louisiana

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:59
(Reuters) - A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list suspected of raping and murdering a woman in her mobile home in 2008 was captured in Mexico and sent earlier this week to Louisiana to face prosecution, an FBI spokeswoman said on Thursday. Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara, a Mexican laborer, stands accused of breaking into the trailer of 26-year-old Wanda Barton, raping her and then stabbing her to death in the presence of her 4-year-old stepson. Guevara, who lived in the same mobile home park in Lake Charles, 200 miles (322 km) west of New Orleans, was charged in 2008 with second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary. Guevara surrendered to Mexican authorities after an extensive investigation by U.S. officials in both the United States and Mexico, the FBI said.

A look at the impact of Wisconsin's union law

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:57
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most state workers likely spells the end of the three-year legal fight over Gov. Scott Walker's signature initiative. Here are five repercussions of the ruling:

Oklahoma man pleads guilty in girls' deaths

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:53
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road, but who wasn't arrested until after being questioned in his fiancée's death three years later, has pleaded guilty in both cases.

Suspects in grisly NY murder cases arraigned

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:44
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — The cases are separated by two decades, but they share macabre similarities.

Millions of jellyfish-like creatures wash up on western U.S. beaches

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:44
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Millions of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up on beaches along the U.S. West Coast over the past month, giving the shoreline a purple gleam and, at times, an unpleasant odor, ocean experts said on Thursday. Though not poisonous to most people, beachgoers should avoid the animals because their venom can cause stinging in the eyes and mouth, said Steve Rumrill, an expert at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In addition to the millions that have been spotted on beaches from Southern California to Washington, millions more are floating near the ocean surface offshore, Rumrill added. Though most people think the animals are jellyfish, they are in fact colonies of much smaller creatures known as hydrozoans, Rumrill said.