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2 kids die in fire while mom in hospital for birth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:57

Southern California Gas Company officials enter an apartment that caught fire killing two children ages 2 and 6 in San Bernardino, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The children were killed early Thursday in the California apartment fire that broke out hours after their mother went to a hospital to give birth, authorities said. The children's father was critically injured in the blaze at the two-story duplex, fire Battalion Chief Michael Bilheimer said. (AP Photo/The Sun, John Valenzuela) MANDATORY CREDITSAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister were killed in an apartment fire that also left their father gravely injured, while their mother was in the hospital to give birth to a third child, authorities said.


NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:41

National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Rogers testifies before a House (Select) Intelligence Committee hearingBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together. ...


How the AP-NORC Center poll was conducted

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:22
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll of employers on the health insurance market was conducted Aug. 19 to Oct. 8, 2014, among a random sample of 1,061 employers with at least three full-time or part-time employees. The survey was conducted with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Poll: Employers watching insurance costs closely

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:21

Judy Solomon, vice president of Kinetic Systems Inc., poses near the employees' punch clock inside the plant in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Solomon says she has to provide health insurance to attract and keep engineers when competing against bigger companies. Her business has 32 full-time workers and makes equipment that helps control vibrations for sensitive scientific instruments. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Despite years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul, employers consider employee health insurance a priority. But new surveys suggest coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:02
"To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill." — President Barack Obama, who unveiled executive actions on immigration to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

Cops: Woman killed ex, son on day engagement ended

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:41
TOWNSHEND, Vt. (AP) — A woman accused of fatally shooting her fiance and his son on the day he ended their engagement pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder.

Obama facing opposition to immigration plan being outlined Thursday night

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:16

The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama on Thursday is expected to announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."


Newtown shooter's history reviewed in new report

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:49

FILE - This undated identification file photo provided Wednesday, April 3, 2013, by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza, who carried out the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man, Lanza, who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, on his mental health and educational history. The Office of Child Advocate investigates all child deaths in the state for lessons on prevention. (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report on his mental health and educational history.


More arrests as protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:46

A protester, who was among dozens demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August, holds a U.S. flag outside the Ferguson Police Station in MissouriBy Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Riot police arrested at least two demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, for a second night running as tensions simmer ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August. The grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb in a case that has exposed fresh strains in often-troubled race relations in the United States. ...


Prosecutors drop charges for 3 men 40 years later

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:41

This photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Wiley Bridgeman. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office has filed a motion dismissing aggravated murder cases against three men falsely accused of killing a businessman outside a corner store in Cleveland in 1975. Fifty-seven-year-old Ricky Jackson, 60-year-old Bridgeman and his brother, 57-year-old Ronnie Bridgeman, were sentenced to death during separate trials in 1975 for the slaying of Herman Franks. Their convictions were based solely on the testimony of a 13-year-old boy who in 2013 recanted and said he was coerced and threatened by Cleveland police detectives.(AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections)CLEVELAND (AP) — There is a possibility that three men, two brothers and their best friend, could be reunited nearly 40 years after they were sentenced to death for a 1975 slaying they say they did not commit.


Explosion on Gulf platform; 1 dead, 3 injured

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:41
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, killing one person and injuring three.

Woman watches as Obama tells her story in speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:36

FILE - Astrid Silva poses as she waits for her number to be called to renew her passport at the Mexican Consulate in Las Vegas in this Friday, June 22, 2012 file photo. The young woman who has led immigration reform efforts buried her face in her father's shoulder, standing side-by-side against a wall, as the president mentioned the time when Silva couldn't return to Mexico to be at her grandmother's funeral. The 26-year-old's tears didn't abate as she went from interview to interview in front of cameras and microphones in a crowded Las Vegas office to tell her story once more, seconds after Obama finished telling the country about his plan to offer protections to nearly 5 million immigrants, including deferring deportations for some. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, David Becker, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Astrid Silva didn't hear her name when the president of the United States first said it Thursday night.


Ruling expected on New Jersey sports betting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:36
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A ruling could come on whether New Jersey horse tracks and casinos can start accepting bets on sports in defiance of the nation's major sports leagues and the federal government.

Snow ending, but rain possible for Buffalo

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:27

Tom Mudd clears snow from the roof of his house on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Cheektowaga, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A snowfall that brought huge snowdrifts and closed roads around Buffalo was finally expected to stop, but residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and into the coming week raised the possibility of floods and the specter of roofs collapsing under the heavy loads.


Woman with gun arrested outside White House after Obama's immigration speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:10
(Reuters) - A woman demonstrating outside the White House on Thursday night was arrested for carrying a gun, the Secret Service said, shortly after President Barack Obama began a speech unveiling sweeping reforms to the U.S. immigration system. April Lenhart, 23, of Mount Morris, Michigan, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. local time, Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said in an email. Obama had started his speech some 30 minutes earlier, during which he imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation. The executive actions ease the threat of deportation for some 4. ...

Woman with gun arrested outside White House after Obama's immigration speech

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:10
(Reuters) - A woman demonstrating outside the White House on Thursday night was arrested for carrying a gun, the Secret Service said, shortly after President Barack Obama began a speech unveiling sweeping reforms to the U.S. immigration system. April Lenhart, 23, of Mount Morris, Michigan, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. local time, Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said in an email. Obama had started his speech some 30 minutes earlier, during which he imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation. The executive actions ease the threat of deportation for some 4. ...

Many U.S. immigrants fear coming out of hiding despite Obama's action

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:07
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Norma Martinez, an undocumented mother of two girls born in New Jersey after she arrived illegally from El Salvador in 2007, worries the Obama administration's new immigration program might provide fleeting protections that a new president could easily reverse. "I don't want to go on living in hiding," said Martinez, 34, adding that she would happily sign up and pay a fine to avoid deportation. ...

Many U.S. immigrants fear coming out of hiding despite Obama's action

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:07
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Norma Martinez, an undocumented mother of two girls born in New Jersey after she arrived illegally from El Salvador in 2007, worries the Obama administration's new immigration program might provide fleeting protections that a new president could easily reverse. "I don't want to go on living in hiding," said Martinez, 34, adding that she would happily sign up and pay a fine to avoid deportation. ...

Marine with robotic leg braces to get Bronze Star

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:07
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Capt. Derek Herrera wanted to remain on active duty after a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan left him paralyzed two years ago.

Washington state man convicted of molestation freed after accuser recants

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:20
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state man convicted of child molestation nearly two decades ago was freed from prison on Thursday after a judge ordered a new trial because his accuser recanted her story, court officials said. Jerry Lee Brock, 55, was convicted in 1995 of first-degree molestation charges stemming from the accusations of an 11-year-old girl who said she was sexually assaulted in her sleep, according to court records. ...