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ChemChina offers $43B for Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:28
HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese state-owned chemical maker offered to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta for $43 billion in what would be the biggest-ever foreign acquisition by a Chinese company.

Oregon refuge holdouts frustrate jailed protesters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:16
What they did not anticipate was an apparent splinter group of armed occupiers ignoring their pleas and refusing to leave the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Now frustration is mounting as the holdouts cloud the fate of nine former occupiers in custody, charged with conspiracy to impede federal officers. "I can only say that it does impact everyone's chance at release," said Kohlmetz, whose client remained briefly at the refuge after state police shot one protester dead and arrested several others, including leader Ammon Bundy on Jan. 26.

Dozens protest homeless removal from Super Bowl area

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:07

People hold up signs and a tent during a protest to demand city officials do more to help homeless people outside Super Bowl City, a pro-football's weeklong theme park near the famed Ferry Building in San Francisco on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Dozens protested what they say is San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's plan to push homeless people out of the scenic bay-front Embarcadero, where Super Bowl festivities are being held. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens are protesting what they say is the mayor of San Francisco's plan to push homeless people out of the scenic bay-front Embarcadero, where Super Bowl festivities are being held.


Chicago Public Schools sells bonds to keep doors open

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:02
Chicago Public Schools has sold $725 million in tax-exempt bonds it says will help get the district through the rest of the school year. Because the district has received a low credit rating, it must pay ...

Obama budget to adjust health insurance 'Cadillac tax': adviser

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:58

U.S. President Barack Obama attends a roundtable meeting at Rutgers University Law & Justice Center in NewarkPresident Barack Obama will propose tailoring the controversial "Cadillac tax" on expensive private health insurance plans to reflect regional differences when he releases his 2017 budget plan next week, a senior White House adviser said in an article released on Wednesday. Obama's proposal would reduce the bite of the unpopular tax by raising the threshold where it takes effect in areas where healthcare is particularly expensive, according to the article in the New England Journal of Medicine co-written by Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The tax on high-cost employer-based healthcare plans, passed as part of the president's 2010 Affordable Care Act and set to take effect in 2018, has generated growing opposition in part because labor unions say it could encourage employers to cut back on health insurance plans for workers.


Man hospitalized after shot in face in Kensington

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:51

Man hospitalized after shot in face in KensingtonA man is in critical condition after a shooting in the city's Kensington section.


Facebook shuts down medical marijuana pages in New Jersey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:45
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Three of New Jersey's five medical marijuana dispensaries have had their business pages shutdown by Facebook, cutting off what advocates call an integral place for customers to learn about which plant strains best treat their illness and where to find discounts.

Man critical after Kensington shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:43

Man hospitalized after shot in face in KensingtonA man is in critical condition after a shooting in the city's Kensington section.


Kidnapped cab driver recalls ordeal with California inmates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:40

Long Hoang Ma, a California taxi driver held hostage for a week by three escaped inmates, sits inside his taxi during an interview at the offices of Vietnamese-language newspaper Nguoi Viet in Westminster, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Ma said the fugitives laughed gleefully as they watched TV reports about the search from motel rooms where they holed up during the manhunt. Ma also said he was befriended by inmate Bac Duong, who called him "uncle" and served as his protector as the fugitives argued over whether to kill him.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old California taxi driver expected to die when an escaped jail inmate put a gun to his stomach and kidnapped him. But on Wednesday, the driver instead thanked the man for saving his life.


Jurors award man shot by deputy $23.1 million

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:21

Dontrell Stephens arrives at the Federal courthouse in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, for the start of his civil trial. Stephens is suing Palm Beach County deputy Adams Lin and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, alleging his civil rights were violated. He is seeking in excess of $5 million to cover his medical treatment and future care. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal jury awarded $23.1 million on Wednesday to a 22-year-old black man who was unarmed when he was shot and paralyzed by a sheriff's deputy, but Florida lawmakers will have to approve any award above $200,000.


Parents: Drop wrongful-death judgment over missing NYC boy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:18

FILE - In this photo combo, convicted child molester Jose Antonio Ramos, left, and Pedro Hernandez, right, are shown. Hernandez was charged and tried in 2015 for abducting and killing six-year-old Etan Patz in 1979. Etan's parents asked a court Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, to throw out a longstanding wrongful death judgment against Ramos. The parents say they are now convinced the killer is Hernandez, who faces a retrial after a jury deadlocked in one of the nation’s most infamous missing-child cases. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — After 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared in 1979, his father got a wrongful-death judgment against a prime suspect and sent the man a message each year: "What did you do to my little boy?"


Grand jury indicts 16 in connection with Oregon occupation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:18

A pro-militia supporter holds a constitution while chanting "Hands up. Don't Shoot" during a protest outside the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, Oregon(Reuters) - A U.S. grand jury returned an indictment on Wednesday against 16 people in connection with the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon, prosecutors said.


US, 11 other countries sign free-trade deal in New Zealand

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:14

Trade delegates pose for a photograph after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States have ceremonially signed the free-trade deal. (David Rowland/SNPA via AP) NEW ZEALAND OUTWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States gathered Thursday in New Zealand for the ceremonial signing of a free-trade deal they say will significantly boost trade.


Masked bandit sentenced to 32 years in Delaware County robberies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:14

Masked bandit sentenced to 32 years in Delaware County robberiesA man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for a series of armed robberies.


Microsoft shows off possible future of football viewing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:11
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Imagine being able to watch all 22 players at the snap with video that expands from your living room television set to the entire wall.

Tornadoes in the South; snow in Plains and Upper Midwest

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:10

People look at debris after a storm passed through the Sapps mobile home park destroying many homes in Sapps, Ala., just outside of Aliceville on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Authorities say a large tornado in rural western Alabama left a trail of damage as powerful storms moved into the state. (Erin Nelson/The Tuscaloosa News via AP) MANDATORY CREDITJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A trail of damage was left at an Army post, schools and businesses were closed for a second day, and a damaged women's prison was running partly on backup power Wednesday after two days of storms unleashed tornadoes and flooding in the South and dumped heavy snow in the Midwest.


Kentucky officials probing death of black girl in detention center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:00
Kentucky authorities are investigating the death of a 16-year-old black girl at a regional detention center last month, state justice officials said on Wednesday. Gynnya McMillen died on Jan. 11 after her first night at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, about 45 miles (72 km) south of Louisville. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting said last week that guards at the juvenile facility used a martial arts maneuver to restrain her as they took off her sweatshirt.

The Latest: Mourners remember slain teen at visitation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:59

Tammy Weeks holds one of her slain daughter's stuffed pandas during a news conference in Blacksburg, Va., on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Weeks says her 13-year-old daughter, Nicole Lovell, fought health problems all her life and had dreams of singing on "American Idol." (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a 13-year-old Virginia girl who was killed and the two Virginia Tech students charged in her death (all times local):


Milo the cat has purrfect family reunion after 7 years missing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:53

Milo the cat has purrfect family reunion after 7 years missingMilo the cat went missing from his Scranton, Pennsylvania, home more than seven years ago.


Mom seeks medical expenses for child with cystic fibrosis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:52

Kerrie Evans of Gardiner, Mont., right, testifies in District Judge Mike Salvagni's courtroom on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, during her negligent birth civil trial at the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center in Bozeman, Mont. Evans is suing her health care providers because they failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis, denying her a chance to have an abortion. (Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A jury in Montana heard opening arguments Wednesday in the case of a mother who is suing her health care providers because they failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis, denying her a chance to have an abortion.