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Privacy concerns over health care website prompt reversal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:34

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore. The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on HealthCare.gov, the government's health insurance website. The Associated Press confirms that the administration made changes to the website to scale back release of consumers' personal information to private companies that analyze Internet performance and sell ads. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.


US appeals court upholds dismissal of Holocaust suits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:26
CHICAGO (AP) — Holocaust survivors and heirs of victims can't sue Hungary's national bank and railway in the U.S. for the theft of cash, art and other assets from Hungarian Jews until they first exhaust their legal options in Hungary, a U.S. appeals court ruled Friday.

Judge unseals court records on slain California family

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:24

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2013 file photo, workers fill the two shallow graves at the site on the outskirts of Victorville that contained the skeletal remains of members of missing McStay family in San Bernardino, Calif. Police investigating a missing persons report found a tall lamp lying on a bedroom floor and open suitcases containing folded clothes in the walk-in closet of a California home, according to court records unsealed Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in the investigation that eventually led to the discovery of four dead family members in shallow desert graves. The documents offer the most detailed look yet of the disheveled condition of the family’s house in Fallbrook, Calif., when investigators arrived in February 2010 while searching for Joseph McStay, then 40, his wife Summer, 43, and their two sons, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3.(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police investigating a missing persons report found a tall lamp lying on a bedroom floor and open suitcases containing folded clothes in the walk-in closet of a California home, according to court records unsealed Friday in the investigation that eventually led to the discovery of four dead family members in shallow desert graves.


Inmate covered in neo-Nazi tattoos loses right to attorney

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:22
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court says an inmate who is covered in neo-Nazi tattoos and serving a life sentence for killing a prison guard has lost the right to an attorney after repeatedly threatening his lawyers.

Colorado woman gets four years for plotting to aid Islamist militants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:15
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 19-year-old Colorado woman and Muslim convert who admitted that she planned to travel overseas to join Islamic State militants was sentenced on Friday to four years in federal prison as she renounced the violence of radical Islam. Shannon Maureen Conley has been held without bond since federal agents arrested her in April at Denver International Airport as she prepared to board a plane bound for Germany. In September, Conley pleaded guilty in Denver federal court to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State, designated by the U.S. government as a foreign terrorist organization. Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is a Sunni Muslim militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria and has beheaded several Western captives.

Supreme Court to review Oklahoma execution procedure

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:57

In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 photo, the gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla. Oklahoma plans to resume executions Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, after botching its last one and will use the same three-drug method as a Florida lethal injection scheduled for the same day. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review Oklahoma's controversial method of execution by lethal injection, taking up a case brought by three death row inmates who accuse the state of violating the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The high court just last week allowed the execution of a convicted killer in Oklahoma over the objection of its four liberal members. The three-drug process used by Oklahoma prison officials has been under scrutiny since the April 2014 botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. The inmates challenging the state's procedures argue the sedative used by Oklahoma, midazolam, cannot achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery, making it unsuitable for executions.


$300,000 in fine wine stolen from famed restaurant recovered

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:54

File - This Sept. 29, 2006 file photo shows the exterior of the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. More than $300,000 of world-class wine stolen from the famed Napa Valley, California restaurant has been found in a private cellar in North Carolina. The stolen wine included bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, where the winery owners use laser and digital technology on corks and capsules to curb counterfeiting and theft. A single bottle can cost up to $10,000. Screaming Eagle wines were also stolen. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country.


Atlantic City versus Detroit: Who is better off?

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:54
By Hilary Russ and Megan Davies (Reuters) - "At least we're not Detroit," Atlantic City's Mayor joked just last week during his state of the city address. Don Guardian, who took the helm a year ago after two decades of promoting the city's tourism and businesses, may want to start eating those words. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Thursday appointed an emergency management team for the troubled gambling destination. Some now think Atlantic City is bound to follow the Motor City's path into Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

Fifth body found after fire at Maryland waterfront mansion

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:53
A fifth body was pulled on Friday from the rubble of a waterfront mansion destroyed by a massive fire this week in Maryland's capital Annapolis, leaving one person still missing, officials said. Four other bodies were recovered on Wednesday and Thursday from the home destroyed in Monday's blaze, said Anne Arundel Fire Department spokesman Russ Davies. None of the bodies has been identified.  Missing are Alexis Boone, 8, her sister Kaitlyn Boone, 7, their cousins Wesley Boone, 6, and Charlotte Boone, 8, and their grandparents Don Pyle and Sandra Pyle. Don Pyle is chief operating officer of the privately held technology company ScienceLogic.

Relationship between city, police at issue after shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:52

In this frame grab from an officer's dashboard camera taken Dec. 30, 2014, and provided by the Bridgeton, N..J. Police Department, police officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley stand near a car they pulled over for running a stop sign in Bridgeton. One of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment. The nearly two-minute standoff resulted in the death of Jerame Reid, one of two men in the car. (AP Photo/Bridgeton Police Department)BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A fatal shooting by police officers of a man who defied their orders by stepping out of a car during a traffic stop but had his hands raised has opened a new rift between residents and the police department in the struggling city.


13YO develops low cost braille printer from Legos

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:50

13YO develops low cost braille printer from LegosA Santa Clara eighth grader has developed a low-cost braille printers, a product that will help millions worldwide.


San Francisco man one race away from finishing World Marathon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:50

San Francisco man one race away from finishing World MarathonTim Durbin from San Francisco is just one race away from an incredible accomplishment -- competing in the World Marathon Challenge.


AccuWeather: A Nor'easter to start the weekend then a Sunday night clipper

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:41

 A Nor'easter to start the weekend then a Sunday night clipperMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking snow, ice and rain moving in tonight and snow late Sunday night.


New York jail watchdog seeks federal probe in Rikers inmate death

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:32

A New York City Correction vehicle leaves Riker's Island in New York CityA New York state watchdog agency that oversees jails has urged the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the death of a mentally ill inmate who was found naked and covered in feces at Rikers Island, The New York Times reported late on Thursday. Bradley Ballard was locked in his cell at the problem-plagued New York City jail complex and deprived of food, running water and insulin for his diabetes for six days leading up to his death on Sept. 11, 2013, according to news accounts. In its report, the New York State Commission of Corrections said the circumstances of Ballard's death "shock the conscience" and were the result of gross incompetence by medical workers, guards and Corizon Health, a private jail contractor, the Times said. Ballard's death is seen as evidence of the bleak conditions at Rikers Island, one of the nation's largest jail complexes.


NTSB: Pilot in fatal crash reported engine trouble

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:27
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A preliminary report shows that the pilot of a small plane flying over western Kentucky lost sight of the airport and reported the right engine had stopped shortly before the plane crashed and killed everyone aboard except a 7-year-old girl.

New Jersey mayor rejects calls for outside probe into police shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:27
(Reuters) - The mayor of a New Jersey city defended on Friday the local prosecutor's investigation into a traffic stop that culminated with police fatally shooting a man with his hands up, rejecting calls for a state or federal inquiry. Jerame Reid was killed on Dec. 30 in the city of Bridgeton after the driver of the car he was in was pulled over for not stopping at a stop sign. The two police officers who approached the car became alarmed and pulled out their guns after one of them says he sees a gun in the car's glove compartment. "I cringe every time I see the video but the public's right to know outweighed delaying, delaying, delaying," Albert Kelly, the mayor of Bridgeton, said at a news conference.

VIDEO: Nora Muchanic reports on snow preps in Bucks Co.

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:23

 Nora Muchanic reports on snow preps in Bucks Co.Nora Muchanic reports live on snow preparations in Bucks County.


Auditor eyes deal with expert who decried voter 'stupidity'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:07
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who made headlines for talking about "the stupidity of the American voter."

Army: Fort Hood lacked system to ID threat of 2014 rampage

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:06

FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks with the media outside of an entrance to the Fort Hood military base following a shooting that occurred inside, in Fort Hood, Texas. Fort Hood did not have a system in place that could have anticipated a deadly rampage last April that left four soldiers dead and 16 wounded, according to a U.S. Army report released Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa, File)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Army's tools for identifying troubled soldiers would not have flagged the man who shot to death three people and wounded 16 others before killing himself at Fort Hood last year, despite previous signs of instability, a U.S. Army report said Friday.


Bridgeton mayor, NAACP confident in police shooting investigation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:01

Bridgeton mayor, NAACP confident in police shooting investigationElected officials, the state NAACP and local religious leaders said Friday they have confidence in an investigation into a fatal police shooting at a traffic stop.