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Balloon crew hits halfway mark in bid to break records

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:21
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mission control for an international team trying to break two major ballooning records says the helium-filled balloon has passed the halfway mark of its journey across the Pacific Ocean.

Closing arguments begin in ex-Vandy players' rape trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:06
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The rape trial of two former Vanderbilt football players began wrapping up Monday with a prosecutor telling jurors that video evidence and photographs taken of the crime would be enough to convict them on most of the charges.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:02

Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:


4 sentenced in California in fake kidnapping scheme

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:01
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four people have been sentenced to federal prison for a scheme that collected ransoms from families around the country by falsely claiming their loved ones had been kidnapped.

Court papers: Mom says she stabbed kids to keep them quiet

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:50
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman accused of stabbing her three small children told detectives she cut the children's throats with a kitchen knife to keep them quiet for her soldier husband, a prosecutor said Monday.

CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:36

FILE - In this March 4, 2014 file photo, copies of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget are set out for distribution on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit will shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office. CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September. That’s slightly less than last year’s $483 billion deficit. As a share of the economy, CBO says this year’s deficit will be slightly below the historical average of the past 50 years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.


US announces charges in New York Russian spy ring case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:30

Yevgeny Buryakov appears in federal court in Manhattan Monday, Jan 26, 2015 in New York after his arrest earlier in the day in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, according to authorities. At an initial court appearance, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fee portrayed Buryakov as a professional spy skilled at duplicity who posed as an employee in the Manhattan branch of a Russian bank and lived in the Bronx with his Russian wife and two children. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)NEW YORK (AP) — Three Russian citizens were charged Monday in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed information concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, authorities said.


Prosecutors won't charge man in killing of burglar

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:23

This undated file photo provided by the Long Beach Police Department shows Andrea Miller, of Long Beach, Calif. Prosecutors have declined to charge an 80-year-old Long Beach man in the fatal shooting of Andrea Miller, a burglar who falsely claimed she was pregnant. Police say Tom Greer surprised Miller and Gus Adams when he returned home the night of July 22 and found them breaking into his safe. The two beat him and broke his collarbone before he got his handgun and started firing. An autopsy showed Andrea Miller was not pregnant. (AP PhotoLong Beach Police Department, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 80-year-old Long Beach man was justified in killing a burglar who falsely claimed she was pregnant and asked him not to shoot, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said in declining to charge him.


Drilling plan may restrict sensitive Arctic Ocean areas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:13
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal Department of the Interior will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, a member of the Alaska congressional delegation said Monday.

Lyft cars doing away with pink furry mustache

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:06
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The pink mustache is out.

Woman accused of drowning puppy so she could board plane

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:04
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Florida woman is suspected of drowning a 2-week-old puppy in a Nebraska airport bathroom so she could board a plane.

2 people killed in northern Colorado helicopter crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 09:03
ERIE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed in a helicopter crash near the Erie airport in northern Colorado.

Blind harbor seal learns basic skills at Alaska aquarium

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:46

This Jan. 20, 2015 photo shows Bryce, a blind harbor seal pup, at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. The seal, rescued in December, was deemed unfit to be released back into the wild. (AP Photo/Alaska SeaLife Center, Jenna Miller)SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — A blind harbor seal is learning basic behaviors such as being fed by hand at an Alaska aquarium.


Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:44

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Richard Glossip. Glossip is scheduled to be executed Jan. 29, 2015. Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious, the state’s attorney general said in a Monday filing with the court. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious, the state's attorney general said in a Monday filing with the court.


Lawmakers hear heated testimony about sex-orientation bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:44

Hundreds of people line up to attend or testify at the House State Affairs Committee hearing on a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the state's Human Rights Act, at the state Capitol building, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Supporters of religious freedom went toe-to-toe Monday against hundreds of gay rights advocates who had waited nearly a decade to speak in the Idaho Legislature for a measure that would create protections for gay and lesbian people in the state.


U.S. charges three in alleged Russian spy ring in NYC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:42
By Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy conspired to gather economic intelligence on behalf of Russia, including information about U.S. sanctions against the country, and to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources, prosecutors said. Monday's charges stem from Buryakov's alleged covert work on behalf of Russia's foreign intelligence service, the SVR, according to a criminal complaint.

Hundreds pack Idaho hearing on gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:40
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A measure before the Idaho legislature that would grant job and housing protections for gay and transgender people drew more than 1,000 residents to the statehouse in Boise on Monday to voice their support or opposition. Gay rights advocates have sought for nine years to persuade the Republican-controlled legislature in the socially conservative state to take up the proposed addition to the Idaho Human Rights Act. The Idaho legislature's Republican leaders pledged to give the measure a hearing this year but were noncommittal about the likelihood of it ultimately being approved. Idaho last year was forced by federal court rulings to legalize gay marriage in decisions Idaho's Republican governor and attorney general have petitioned to appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

E-cigarettes would be banned in public places under California bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:37

A man uses an E-cigarette in this illustration picture taken in ParisBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and ramp up enforcement against selling them to minors under a bill introduced in the legislature on Monday. There is growing concern about the health risks from e-cigarettes, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, which are not lit or smoked like their old-fashioned counterparts, but do generally release nicotine in a heated liquid. "Whether you get people hooked on e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes, it’s nicotine addiction and it kills," Democratic state Senator Mark Leno, who introduced the bill, said in a telephone interview. California would be the fourth U.S. state to treat them like regular cigarettes, and the 23rd to regulate e-cigarettes in some way.


EPA: 4M gallons pumped from North Dakota saltwater spill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:37

In this photo taken Jan. 12, 2015, crews dig up land at a saltwater spill site near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, N.D. A North Dakota health official called the 70,000 barrel spill the state's largest during the state's current oil boom. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Zack Nelson)More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Budget for Koch-backed network: almost $1 billion for 2016

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:32

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio seems to be moving toward a bid for the Republicans' presidential nomination, and late Sunday he joins Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky for an audience with the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016's elections.