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Rubio-Lee tax plan rewards investors, parents, businesses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 06:02

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., right, accompanied by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, outline their ideas for a new tax plan during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — With an eye toward a possible run for the White House, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio signed onto an extensive plan Wednesday to cut taxes for investors, parents and businesses in an effort to spur economic growth and create jobs.

WATCH: Temple grad films 'Frozen Philadelphia'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 06:02

 Temple grad films 'Frozen Philadelphia'With another snowstorm on the way, it may be hard to see the beauty of this winter.

Q&A: In Alabama, state court vs. federal courts. Who wins?

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 06:01
ATLANTA (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court is in a showdown with a federal judge who ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The state's justices say they remain the authority on state law, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the question of whether the U.S. Constitution gives gay couples nationwide a fundamental right to marry.

Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 06:00

FILE - In this March 1, 2015 file photo, the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones are displayed during a Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event on the eve of the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain. There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Now, phone makers worry that making them too big will make them too hard to use. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)NEW YORK (AP) — There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model this year. But if they get any bigger will they be too hard to use?

Ferguson policies targeted blacks, created toxic environment: U.S. attorney general

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:51

St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office undated evidence photo shows Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren WilsonBy Lisa Lambert and Carey Gillam WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A U.S. probe found systemic racial bias targeted blacks and created a "toxic environment" in Ferguson, Missouri, but cleared a white officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager there, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday. The report said the St. Louis suburb overwhelmingly arrested and issued traffic citations to blacks to boost city coffers through fines, used police as a collection agency and created a culture of distrust that exploded in August when Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown's killing touched off a national debate on race, led to months of street protests and amplified long-standing complaints in Ferguson and across the country of police harassment and mistreatment of minorities. "But seen in this context, amid a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment, stoked by years of bad feelings, and spurred by illegal and misguided practices, it is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg." Holder, who is stepping down soon as attorney general, called for wholesale and immediate change in the way Ferguson operates.

AccuWeather: Ice, Followed by Rain and Snow

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:45

 Rain Changes to Sleet & Snow OvernightAccuWeather is tracking, ice, rain and snow tonight through tomorrow.

Fellow inmates: Facebook killing suspect told us he did it

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:44
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Fellow inmates of a man accused of luring a 15-year-old girl to her death via Facebook testified Wednesday that he told them he killed her.

Philadelphia School District rolls out latest Action Plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:37

Philadelphia School District rolls out latest Action PlanPhiladelphia School District Superintendent William Hite pitched his own plan today for the city's public schools and it included some of the details of Wolf's budget proposal.

Excerpts from health care case argued at the Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:37
Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Wednesday about whether the nation's health care law makes subsidies for buying insurance available to residents of all states, or only to people in states that establish their own insurance exchanges:

Eagles officially release Trent Cole

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:36

Eagles officially release Trent ColeThe Philadelphia Eagles officially released longtime outside linebacker Trent Cole Wednesday afternoon.

Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:35

Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a news conference after he delivered remarks to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, March 2, 2015, in Geneva. Kerry discussed ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran, and tensions with Russia over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. officials sought Wednesday to tamp down expectations of a substantial preliminary nuclear deal with Iran by the March deadline while working to move past the political dust kicked up by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criticism of an emerging agreement's contours.

McDonald's chicken gets new standard: No human antibiotics

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:29

An order of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets is displayed for a photo in Olmsted Falls, Ohio Wednesday, March 4, 2015. McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.

PHOTOS: Suspects in prescription drug bust

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:28

 Suspects in prescription drug bustA total of 12 people were arrested in a prescription drug bust, the Pennsylvania Attorney General said.

Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:25

A Ukrainian coal miner waits for a bus after exiting the underground of the Zasyadko mine, where he helped search for bodies of colleagues and clear up debris following an explosion, in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least one miner and trapping more than 30 others underground, rebel and government officials said. One injured miner reported seeing five bodies. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A rebel-held city scarred by months of conflict in eastern Ukraine suffered more tragedy Wednesday when a methane gas explosion in a coal mine killed at least 24 workers and left nine missing.

Search under way in Greene County after emu escapes home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:22
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Greene County sheriff's deputies are on the lookout for an emu that's escaped from its home after it was spooked by noise.

Planned closure of small Virginia college stirs alumnae

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:20

Anna ten Bensel, (cq) with glasses, comforts fellow sophomore Lauren Jacobson Tuesday, March 3, 2015, after hearing the news that Sweet Briar College will close at the end of the school year. The president announced the closing in Babcock Auditorium. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) — Tears gave way to determination Wednesday as fiercely loyal Sweet Briar College students and alumnae vowed to keep their small private women's college open.

Three killed in crash of small plane in Norfolk, Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:13
By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three people were killed when a small plane crashed on Wednesday along the coast of Virginia, officials said. The propeller-driven plane, a Mooney M20, lost contact with Norfolk International Airport about two miles out from its approach over the Chesapeake Bay at about 4:30 a.m. EST, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Nate Littlejohn said. Rescuers searched the Norfolk area, about 200 miles south of Washington, and found the crash site some 300 yards from the airport in the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Littlejohn said. Three bodies were recovered at the crash site in the Enchanted Forest section of the 155-acre property, Virginia State Police said in a statement.

Alabama judges stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:13

File photo of a protester waving a bible walking past in the background as two women named Donna and Tina get married in a park outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in BirminghamLocal judges across Alabama on Wednesday stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in compliance with a ruling a day earlier by the Alabama Supreme Court that was in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. No probate judge in any of Alabama's 67 counties said they were issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with some providing no comment when asked, the gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign said. Before Tuesday's ruling, most probate judges were issuing the licenses.

Talks ordered in Montana mine dispute involving ex-governor

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 05:09
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Settlement talks have been ordered to resolve a legal dispute in which former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and others are seeking $10 million in compensation over mining claims that were condemned to make way for a major silver and copper mine.

Clinton email policy violated Obama administration guidance

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 04:43

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, where he answered questions including on Iran, and about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of email. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Even if Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state was not illegal, it violated Obama administration guidance and undermined his pledge of historic transparency.