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Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight returned to jail from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:35

Rap mogul Suge Knight stands in court during his arraignment on murder charges at the Compton Courthouse in ComptonRap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, charged with murder and other offenses in a fatal hit-and-run incident, was returned to jail from a Los Angeles-area hospital late on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Department spokesman Deputy Kelvin Moody said Knight, 49, was released from the hospital at about 9 p.m. (0500 GMT). He declined to describe the nature of Knight's medical treatment. Knight was hospitalized on Tuesday, reportedly after complaining of chest pains, shortly after pleading not guilty to murder, attempted murder and two counts of felony hit-and-run.

911 dispatcher tells caller 'stop whining' after fatal Maryland accident

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:20
(Reuters) - An incident in which a 911 emergency dispatcher told a young caller to "stop whining" after her father was struck and killed by a car along a Maryland highway while changing a flat tire is under investigation, a fire official said on Thursday. Anne Arundel County Fire Captain Russ Davies said the dispatcher "used a poor choice of words." He will not work directly with the public until the investigation is complete, Davies said. The incident took place on Sunday night when Rick Warrick, 38, of Washington, and his fiancée were taking his teenage children to dinner. It's hard to understand you ... two people were struck, correct?" the dispatcher says.

Mayday call issued before Taiwan plane crash; at least 32 dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:19

Mayday call issued before Taiwan plane crash; at least 32 deadMoments before the TransAsia Airways propjet banked sharply and crashed into a river, one of its pilots said, "Mayday, mayday, engine flameout," according to a Taiwanese aviation official.

U.S. House leader says State Department stonewalling on Keystone

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:18

Boehner wipes away tears during his remarks at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring members of the First Special Service Force at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonU.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday accused the State Department of stonewalling its review of the long-pending Keystone XL pipeline, saying Secretary of State John Kerry must address the issue to make the department's actions more transparent. "The Democrats are dragging their feet," Boehner, the top House Republican, told reporters, referring to the TransCanada Corp's project to bring 830,000 barrels per day of mostly Canadian oil sands petroleum to refineries and ports on the Gulf Coast. "Now the State Department is stonewalling and is refusing to answer basic questions about its review. The State Department, which is assessing the project because it crosses the national border, received comments from eight federal agencies this week on whether the pipeline is in the country's interest.

911 operator to teen as dad lay dying: 'Stop whining'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:12
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 911 dispatcher twice told an emotional 13-year-old girl to "stop whining" as her father lay dying after a hit-and-run on a Maryland highway, according to a recording of the call obtained Thursday.

A look at victims of New York commuter train-SUV wreck

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:11
NEW YORK (AP) — A driver heading home from her jewelry shop job, a Metropolitan Museum of Art curator and a fellow commuter with a long career in finance were among those killed when a train hit an SUV at a suburban rail crossing. A look at the victims, whose employers, families and friends have identified them as among the dead:

News Guide: Net neutrality and what it could mean to you

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:08

In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during new conference in Washington. Internet service providers, including those selling wireless connections, would be prohibited from slowing down or speeding up web traffic, under rules proposed Wednesday by a top U.S. regulator that would subject the broadband industry to unprecedented regulation. In an op-ed to Wired magazine posted online, Wheeler said his plan would regulate Internet service much like phone service or any other public utility by applying Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. Wheeler said he would not use the new regulations to tell broadband providers how much to charge customers or to impose tariffs. Industry has fought against this approach, contending that it would only be a matter of time before the rules grow more stringent and discourage investment. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. regulator just announced he wants more power to oversee Internet service, much in the same way that the government already regulates phone service and other public utilities. The goal is to prevent Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Sprint and T-Mobile from blocking or slowing down Web traffic, or striking deals with companies that provide content like Amazon, Google or Netflix to move their data faster than others.

Boehner says Pope Francis to address U.S. Congress on September 24

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:04

Pope Francis appears on a television screen as he leads a meeting for the 4th World Congress of Educational Scholas Occurrentes in the Synod hall at the VaticanU.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that Pope Francis will address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Sept. 24, marking the first time a pope has delivered such a speech. The pope is expected to visit Washington, New York and Philadelphia during his trip to the United States. After the trip was announced last year, Boehner said that he had invited the head of the Roman Catholic Church to speak to lawmakers. "On Sept. 24 His Holiness Pope Francis will visit us here at the United States Capitol.

MacArthur Foundation awards go to 9 nonprofits

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:04

This Dec. 30, 2014 image from video provided by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation shows Greg Schneider, left, information systems director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics, discussing the future of the organization’s complex information system and ways to manage their vast data holdings, with executive director Edwin Bender, in Helena, Mont. The NIMSP is among the nine winners of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation grants to nonprofit groups. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Bob Burnett)CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois prison watchdog group and a Montana organization that tracks campaign contributions in 50 states are among the nine winners of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation grants to nonprofit groups.

Penney zeros in on hair salons as a key to recovery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 01:03

This artist's rendering provided by J.C. Penney shows the design for its new hair salons, called The Salon by InStyle, at the department store chain's flagship locations in Los Angeles and Dallas. J.C. Penney is giving its hair salons a makeover in a bid to lure younger customers who it hopes will then stay in the stores to shop. (AP Photo/J.C. Penney)NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is giving its hair salons a makeover in a bid to lure younger customers who it hopes will then stay in the stores to shop.

Florida governor embroiled in scandal at start of second term

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:58

Republican Florida Governor Scott greets supporters after his re-election victory during an U.S. midterm elections night party in Bonita SpringsBy Bill Cotterell TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Republican Governor Rick Scott, off to a rocky start in his second term in office, faced an extraordinary meeting on Thursday with Florida's Cabinet in which he admitted botching the ouster of the state’s top police administrator. Since his narrow victory over former Governor Charlie Crist in November, Scott has run into a series of controversies. In the past month, Scott was rebuked by the state Republican Party, which rejected his choice to lead the party and instead elected state Representative Blaise Ingoglia in an unheard-of snub for a newly re-elected governor. Last week, former state prisons director Michael Crews, who had been ousted by Scott, accused the governor of neglecting staff shortages and crumbling facilities in the Department of Corrections.

U.S. Supreme Court halts Texas execution of convicted killer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:55

Death row inmate Lester Bower is seen in an undated picture released by the Texas Department of Criminal JusticeBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday put on hold the execution by Texas of convicted murderer Lester Bower as it considers whether to hear his full appeal including the assertion that his three decades on death row amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Bower, 67, is one of the longest-serving prisoners on death row in Texas. He was sentenced to death for murdering four men in 1983 in an aircraft hangar near Sherman, Texas. Bower was scheduled to be executed on Feb. 10.

Feds: We have video evidence of Ohio man in US Capitol plot

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:41
CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities say they have video and audio recordings of meetings between a confidential informant and a man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol.

Potential strike looms at Come By Chance, Newfoundland oil refinery

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:35
By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - SilverRange Financial Partners and the local union at the oil refinery in Come By Chance, Newfoundland, Canada, have come to an impasse over a new contract, and a mid-March strike looms unless the two sides can break the deadlock, the union’s chief negotiator said Thursday. The negotiations, which have spanned about four weeks, appear headed to a government-mandated conciliatory process unless a last-minute deal is struck, said Boyd Bussey, a United Steelworkers staff representative and chief negotiator for the local union.

Obama, at prayer event, calls Dalai Lama 'good friend'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 00:23
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warmly acknowledged the Dalai Lama but did not meet directly with him at a religious event in Washington closely watched by Beijing, which has warned against any exchange with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Obama, who greeted the Buddhist monk with a bow-like gesture, called him "a good friend" and "a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion and who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings." Both figures were at an annual prayer breakfast in Washington where Obama spoke about the importance of religious freedom. The Dalai Lama was in the audience at a table in the front row across from the president along with senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, a signal of White House support. Obama nodded and smiled at the Dalai Lama, waving after clasping his hands to greet the spiritual leader as the event began.

Township: Lower Merion officers were justified in stopping shovelers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:57

 Lower Merion officers were justified in stopping shovelersA suburban Philadelphia police superintendent says officers acted appropriately when they stopped and questioned people shoveling snow.

Pedestrian dies after being struck in Egg Harbor Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:56

Pedestrian dies after being struck in Egg Harbor Twp.Police say a pedestrian died after he was struck by a vehicle in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey Wednesday night.

Dad of boy who was 4 when he killed neighbor, 6, gets prison

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:50
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The father of a New Jersey boy who was 4 years old when he fatally shot a 6-year-old neighbor has been sentenced to prison.

Kim Jong Un, Ban Ki-moon exchange New Year's cards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:47
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nothing says Happy New Year like a holiday card from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pfizer buying Hospira for about $15.23 billion

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 23:35

FILE - In this May 4, 2014 file photo, the Pfizer logo is displayed on the exterior of a former Pfizer factory in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Pfizer is buying Hospira for approximately $15.23 billion, saying it is a good fit with its global established pharmaceutical business. Hospira Inc., based in Lake Forest, Illinois, is a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies. Pfizer said Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 that it will use its global network to help expand Hospira’s reach to Europe and key emerging markets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Pfizer is buying Hospira for approximately $15.23 billion, saying it is a good fit with its established global pharmaceutical business.