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Christie holding 1st news conference in 2 months

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:40

Attorney Randy Mastro holds up a copy of his report during a news conference, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in New York. Mastro, with the law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said that the governor was not involved in a plot to create gridlock near a major bridge as part of a political retribution scheme. (AP Photo/Brendan McDermid, Pool)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is planning to take questions from reporters at his first news conference in more than two months.

Judge cites lack of remorse, gives bride 30 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:17

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Jordan Graham, center, is flanked by defense attorneys Michael Donahoe, left, and Andy Nelson, as she leaves court in Missoula, Mont. The Montana woman who was to be sentenced Thursday for pushing her new husband to his death in Glacier National Park wants to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge, her lawyer said Tuesday March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Ferry, File)MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The defendant's tears notwithstanding, a federal judge cited a lack of remorse as he sentenced a Montana woman to more than three decades in prison for pushing her newlywed husband to his death in Glacier National Park.

Turkey defends YouTube ban

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:16
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has defended Turkey's move to block access to YouTube, citing national security concerns.

Long California drought could hit utility ratings, Fitch says

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 19:01

A Secret Service Agent keeps watch as U.S. President Obama tours a drought affected farm field in Los Banos, CaliforniaA prolonged drought in California could lead to ratings downgrades on the state's water and public power utilities unless they show a willingness to raise prices, according to a report by Fitch Ratings. "Ratings could eventually be pressured if the severity and duration of this drought were to result in sustained (more than one year) weakness in utility credit quality," Fitch said in a report on the California drought. California is experiencing one of the worst droughts on record and Jerry Brown, its governor, has declared a state of emergency. Although water and public power utilities are in a strong operational and financial position for the next year, Fitch says, a sustained decline in margins or reserve levels due to the drought could pressure ratings.

Workers at some Vegas casinos vote to allow strike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:52
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Union members at several downtown Las Vegas casinos have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if bargaining doesn't yield a new contract.

Records: Man who shot sailor was convicted felon

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 16:16

This undated photo released by the Mecklenburg (N.C.) County Sheriff's Office, shows Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, who, according to the Navy on Thursday, March 27, 2014, is the civilian who shot and killed a sailor aboard a guided-missile destroyer at the Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., earlier this week. Savage was killed by Navy security forces aboard the USS Mahan on Monday, March 24, after he disarmed the ship's petty officer of the watch and used her gun to shoot Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo. (AP Photo/Mecklenburg (N.C.) County Sheriff's Office via The Virginian-Pilot)NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginia truck driver who killed a sailor aboard a Naval destroyer served prison time for manslaughter and drugs, but it was still unclear what led him onto the base earlier this week.

Los Angeles festival offers Stradivarius violins

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:52

This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows a rare 1719 Stradivarius viola that is expected to sell for more than $45 million in a private sale by Sotheby's. Only 10 Stradivari violas are known to have survived. This one, called "the Macdonald," was acquired in 1964 by the late Peter Schidlof of the Amadeus Quartet. His estate is now selling it. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Xiang "Angelo" Yu is holding the nearly 350-year-old Stradivarius violin casually by the neck and explaining why he'd like a little more time to make its acquaintance.

Investigation far from over in Houston oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:38

File - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, a barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel. As ship traffic at one of the nation’s busiest seaports moved closer to normal Thursday, March 27, 2014, after 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into waters south of Houston, the investigation into what caused a weekend collision between a barge and ship is far from over. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, PO3 Manda Emery, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The barge operator that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the Houston Ship Channel, closing one of the nation's busiest seaports for several days, will be fined by Texas regulators regardless of the outcome of state and federal investigations.

At core of nuke cheating ring: 4 'librarians'

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:12

Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson speaks to reporters at the Pentagon, Thursday, March 27, 2014. The Air Force is firing nine mid-level commanders and disciplining dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators dubbed them "the librarians," four Air Force nuclear missile launch officers at the center of a still-unfolding scandal over cheating on proficiency tests.

Poll: Obama health law fails to gain support

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:09

FILE - In this March 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Public support for Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, even though perceptions of some of the law’s problems have improved slightly, according to a new poll. With Obama are Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right; from top left are Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Vice President Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Ryan Smith of Turlock, Calif., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Public support for President Barack Obama's health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.

Search for mudslide missing comes down to shovels

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:02

A searcher walks amidst a massive pile of debris at the scene of a deadly mudslide, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Oso, Wash. The death toll is expected to rise considerably within the next two days as the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office catches up with the recovery effort, Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots said Thursday. (AP Photo/The Herald, Mark Mulligan, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — There is only one way searchers are narrowing the list of 90 people still missing seven days after a landslide obliterated the mountain community of Oso: by digging.

Investigation far from over in Houston oil spill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:58
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Houston-based barge operator that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into one of the nation's busiest seaports will be fined by Texas regulators, regardless of the outcome of state or federal investigations.

US lawmakers come to LA airport to review shooting

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:54
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly five months after a gunman's deadly attack at Los Angeles airport lawmakers and local officials will meet here Friday for a congressional hearing to discuss its lessons.

California state senator arrested in FBI sweep

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:10
(This March 26 story was corrected to fix typo in Yee's name in last paragraph) By Dan Levine and Sharon Bernstein SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic state senators who face criminal charges this year. Senator Leland Yee, a former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, was criminally charged in federal court in San Francisco with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms, and six corruption counts. A criminal complaint posted online by the U.S. Attorney office for the Northern District of California alleges that Yee did favors for an undercover FBI agent in exchange for campaign contributions. The complaint alleges that Yee also offered to facilitate a meeting between the undercover agent and an arms dealer, and discussed the types of weapons that the undercover agent might need.

Bus strike shakes a city's renowned safety net

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:06

Burlington High School seniors Abby Massell, left, Sabine Rogers and Henry Prine pose in front of a map they helped create to assist students to find rides to and from school as a strike by local bus drivers continued into its second week Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — In this lakefront city once nicknamed the People's Republic of Burlington for its liberal politics and social services, a long bus strike is testing the community's ability to care for its neediest and youngest.

Official Washington mudslide toll rises to 17

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:24

Four search and rescue workers wade through water covering Washington Highway 530 Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the eastern edge of the massive mudslide that struck Saturday near Darrington, Wash. as heavy equipment moves trees and other debris in the background. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Weary rescuers in hip waders pressed through rain and their own exhaustion Thursday, searching for more bodies and perhaps a miracle atop the pile of filth and debris that laid waste to a Washington town and killed at least 26 people.

US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:36

FILE - In this July 18, 2013 file photo abortion rights supporters demonstrate outside the Capitol auditorium in Austin, Texas, after Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping abortion restrictions that forced the closure of several clinics by requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough new abortion restrictions that shuttered many of the abortions clinics in the state. A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judge who said the rules violate the U.S. Constitution and served no medical purpose. In its opinion, the appeals court said the law "on its face does not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman." (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, MAGS OUT; NO SALES; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COMAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have forced the closure of about 20 clinics around the state, saying the new rules don't jeopardize women's health.