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Wolf seeks billions in higher taxes for schools, tax revamp

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 01:31

Wolf seeks billions in higher taxes for schools, tax revampIn an ambitious first budget plan, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday proposed more than $4 billion in higher taxes on income, sales and natural gas drilling to support new spending on schools and to cut property taxes.


Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks in Congress address

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 01:29

Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks in Congress addressIn a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons.


Ohio gay rights activist charged with making hoax kidnap claim

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 01:24
An Ohio gay rights activist was charged early Tuesday with falsely claiming he had been kidnapped and his family was in danger, setting off a police search in the Cincinnati area, authorities said. Adam Hoover, 20, who is from Harrison, Ohio, posted on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that he was in the trunk of his 2000 Ford Escort and his abductors planned to kill his family. Law enforcement officials quickly found his car, but not Hoover, who was eventually found nearby unharmed and questioned by authorities, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Investigators concluded that the abduction never occurred and Hoover, who is co-president of Marriage Equality Ohio, was charged with making false alarms, a first degree misdemeanor, the sheriff's office said.

Philadelphia Eagles release cornerback Cary Williams

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 01:23

Philadelphia Eagles release cornerback Cary WilliamsAction News has learned that the Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Cary Williams.


Ferguson officials meeting with U.S. DOJ on police department probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 01:12
Ferguson city officials were meeting with the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday to go over the results of a federal probe of the city's police department, an investigation sparked by the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August. The meeting is widely expected to include harsh criticism of Ferguson's mostly white police department and its treatment of the small Missouri community's mostly black residents. "We don't know what is going to be said," said Ferguson spokesman Jeff Small said on Tuesday. Ferguson has not retained special legal counsel but may do so depending upon the DOJ's report, Small said.

U.S. trial of suspected al Qaeda operative heads to jury

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 01:10
Jury deliberations began Tuesday in the trial of a Pakistani man accused by U.S. authorities of participating in an al Qaeda plot to attack targets in Europe and the United States. A federal judge in Brooklyn dispatched the jury of six men and six women to consider the fate of Abid Naseer, who prosecutors say headed up a al Qaeda cell plotting to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, England, in April 2009. Naseer, 28, faces life in prison if convicted of providing and conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device. The proposed attack was one of three plots al Qaeda cells were working on, along with attacks against the New York City subway system and a Copenhagen newspaper, prosecutors say.

Federal agents target industry that helps Chinese women have American-born babies

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 01:01
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Federal agents target industry that helps Chinese women have American-born babies.

Chicago's retired Cardinal George admitted to hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:47

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, retiring Cardinal Francis George listens at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago during Bishop Blase Cupich's Rite of Reception service. The Archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that George was admitted to the hospital Sunday, March 1, for evaluation after he stopped treatment for kidney cancer more than a month ago. Archdiocese officials say he'll stay there several days while tests are done. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's retired Cardinal Francis George has been admitted to the hospital for evaluation after he stopped treatment for kidney cancer more than a month ago.


WIRELESS SHOW PHOTO GALLERY: Gadget fans in Barcelona

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:44

Visitors walk inside a pavilion at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Gadget lovers from around the world are in Barcelona to view the latest in handheld and wireless technology.


DOJ: Ex-CIA chief admits mishandling classified information

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:37
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says former CIA Director David Patraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials.

U.S. Supreme Court checks in on hotel records privacy case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:36
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared unsure over how to resolve a privacy rights challenge by hotel operators to a Los Angeles city ordinance that allows police to view guest registries. The court heard a one-hour oral argument over an appeal brought by the city, which says the law is crucial to efforts to reduce criminal activity, especially in so-called parking meter motels that charge by the hour and are often used for prostitution and other criminal activity. The hotel operators challenged the law, saying it violated their privacy rights under the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment. Some justices appeared supportive of the city, while others were more sympathetic toward the hotel operators.

UN Security Council OKs sanctions regime for South Sudan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:31
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday creating a system to impose sanctions on those blocking peace in South Sudan, hoping it will press rival leaders into ending a conflict that has killed tens of thousands.

Former CIA director Petraeus pleads guilty to federal charge: DOJ

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:31

Former CIA director David Petraeus speaks at the University of Southern California in Los AngelesWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA director and U.S. Army General David Petraeus has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified information, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Documents disclosing Petraeus's guilty plea, which reportedly stemmed from his personal relationship with biographer Paula Broadwell, were filed in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina. An attorney for Petraeus, Robert Barnett, said he had no immediate comment. (Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Writing by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Lisa Lambert)


Los Angeles developer wants ex-Revel casino

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:31
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Los Angeles developer involved in numerous projects there has made an 11th hour bid to buy Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel.

Federal agency cancels sensitive U.S. patent program

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:30
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled a largely unknown but controversial program that flagged "sensitive" patent applications for heavier scrutiny, saying it was of minimal benefit. The program, called the Sensitive Application Warning System, began in 1994 and was meant to notify the federal agency's leadership of applications that could generate extensive or unfavorable publicity. "Upon careful consideration, the USPTO has concluded that the SAWS program has only been marginally utilized and provides minimal benefit," the agency said in a notice posted to its website on Monday night. The review came after attorneys Kate Gaudry and Thomas Franklin at the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton revealed details of the program in December from documents they obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Netanyahu using US Congress speech to assail Iran talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:29

Netanyahu using US Congress speech to assail Iran talksIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using the U.S. Congress' podium to warn against trusting Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions.


Netanyahu using US Congress speech to assail Iran talks

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:29

Netanyahu using US Congress speech to assail Iran talksIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using the U.S. Congress' podium to warn against trusting Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions.


Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:25
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials.

Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:25
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justice Department: Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials.

Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:21
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.