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Winter precipitation could hamper commute across South

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:35

Niagara Falls State Park visitors look over masses of ice formed around the American Falls, photographed from across the Niagara River in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Aaron Lynett)A wide swath of the country is expecting more winter precipitation that forecasters warn could lead to dangerous road conditions during the Tuesday morning commute.


New flight paths cause turbulence for Phoenix neighborhoods

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:27

Framed by neighborhood palm trees, a passenger plane brings increased noise to residential neighborhoods like this one near Phoenix as new FAA flight routes out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are affecting dozens of neighborhoods with the new noise that residents previously did not have to be subjected to Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Laveen, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Steve Dreiseszun says he cannot sit in his backyard or read a story to his son without a sense of dread.


Jury selection to resume in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:55
BOSTON (AP) — Individual questioning of prospective jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is scheduled to resume Tuesday, as jury selection nears completion.

Jury selection to resume in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:55
BOSTON (AP) — Individual questioning of prospective jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is scheduled to resume Tuesday, as jury selection nears completion.

Ex-NY state Assembly speaker faces arraignment in bribe case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:42

FILE- In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves a federal courthouse in New York. Silver, who was arrested in January on bribery charges, was indicted on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 for honest services mail fraud, honest services wire fraud and extortion under the color of his official duties. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver faces arraignment on bribery charges that spurred his resignation from his role as one of New York's foremost political powerbrokers.


Ex-NY state Assembly speaker faces arraignment in bribe case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:41

FILE- In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves a federal courthouse in New York. Silver, who was arrested in January on bribery charges, was indicted on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 for honest services mail fraud, honest services wire fraud and extortion under the color of his official duties. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver faces arraignment on bribery charges that spurred his resignation from his role as one of New York's foremost political powerbrokers.


Chicago ready to decide Mayor Emanuel's re-election fate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:15

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to voters at a campaign stop Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Chicago. In a city where the voters like tough-talking politicians, Mayor Emanuel's pugnacious style is being put to the test Tuesday, Feb. 24 as he tries to win a second term without having to go through a runoff. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to avoid being forced into a runoff when voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to give the former White House chief of staff a second term.


Chicago ready to decide Mayor Emanuel's re-election fate

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:15

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to voters at a campaign stop Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Chicago. In a city where the voters like tough-talking politicians, Mayor Emanuel's pugnacious style is being put to the test Tuesday, Feb. 24 as he tries to win a second term without having to go through a runoff. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to avoid being forced into a runoff when voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to give the former White House chief of staff a second term.


Chief justice could again swing Obamacare case in government's favor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:07

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts cast the tie-breaking vote in a ruling that saved President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform. As the high court prepares to weigh another challenge that could shatter Obamacare, a review of Roberts’ recent votes and opinions suggest he could again sway the case the government's way.     The conservative challengers in the case aim to persuade Roberts and the other eight justices that the federal government has overreached by providing tax subsidies to millions of people in 34 states that didn't create their own insurance exchanges. He has also recognized the need to consider the overall context of a law, not just an isolated phrase.     The government says the Obamacare law, read as a whole, shows the subsidies were intended to be available nationwide.     Oral arguments are set for March 4, with the ruling expected by the end of June.


Chief justice could again swing Obamacare case in government's favor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:07

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts cast the tie-breaking vote in a ruling that saved President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform. As the high court prepares to weigh another challenge that could shatter Obamacare, a review of Roberts’ recent votes and opinions suggest he could again sway the case the government's way.     The conservative challengers in the case aim to persuade Roberts and the other eight justices that the federal government has overreached by providing tax subsidies to millions of people in 34 states that didn't create their own insurance exchanges. He has also recognized the need to consider the overall context of a law, not just an isolated phrase.     The government says the Obamacare law, read as a whole, shows the subsidies were intended to be available nationwide.     Oral arguments are set for March 4, with the ruling expected by the end of June.


Chief justice could again swing Obamacare case in government's favor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:07

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts cast the tie-breaking vote in a ruling that saved President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform. As the high court prepares to weigh another challenge that could shatter Obamacare, a review of Roberts’ recent votes and opinions suggest he could again sway the case the government's way.     The conservative challengers in the case aim to persuade Roberts and the other eight justices that the federal government has overreached by providing tax subsidies to millions of people in 34 states that didn't create their own insurance exchanges. He has also recognized the need to consider the overall context of a law, not just an isolated phrase.     The government says the Obamacare law, read as a whole, shows the subsidies were intended to be available nationwide.     Oral arguments are set for March 4, with the ruling expected by the end of June.


Ice storm hits parts of Texas, canceling flights, crippling traffic

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:21

Ice and sleet covers the road, postponing the murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh, in Stephenville, TexasBy Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - An ice storm battered parts of Texas on Monday, cutting off power to thousands of homes and leading to hundreds of traffic accidents and more than 1,500 airline flight cancellations. The storm, packing high winds and freezing rain, coated highways with sheets of ice, and authorities advised commuters to stay off the roads. Snow and freezing rain fell in parts of New Mexico and Colorado, while Utah and northern Arizona were also under winter storm warnings, the weather service said. At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the busiest in the United States and a hub for American Airlines, nearly 1,100 flights were canceled by Monday afternoon, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.


NY attorney general expands herbal supplements investigation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:13

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, center, speaks during a news conference in New York. Schneiderman sent letters Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, to four manufacturers, in Long Island, California and Utah, demanding detailed ingredient and quality control information on every herbal supplement they sell in New York state. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Three weeks after ordering four major retailers to pull store-brand herbal supplements off their shelves following DNA tests that found little or none of the listed herbs, New York's attorney general is targeting manufacturers of the popular products.


Connecticut credit union manager found wearing suspected bomb vest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:12
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut credit union executive was found in a car outside his office on Monday with a bomb-like device strapped to his body following the burglary of his home in what appeared to be an aborted scheme to rob the financial institution, police said. Matthew Yussman, the chief financial officer and manager of Achieve Financial Credit Union in the town of New Britain, was taken away from the scene, handcuffed as a precaution, in an ambulance after bomb-squad technicians removed the suspected explosive device he was wearing, police said. New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell said investigators were seeking three suspects in connection with the invasion of Yussman's home in the nearby town of Bristol the night before and evidence pointing to a plan to steal money from his credit union. "The threat is over, and now it's a matter for us all to work together ... to apprehend those responsible," the police chief told reporters.

No charges for Los Angeles officers who shot unarmed man after chase

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:00
(Reuters) - Three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed man after a televised car chase in 2013 will not face charges over the killing, prosecutors said on Monday, in a case that has drawn criticism from the department's police chief. The news was contained in a letter dated Jan. 29 and released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The three Los Angeles officers said they thought 51-year-old Brian Beaird, who was white, was reaching for a gun or shooting at them when they fired on him 21 times on Dec. 13, 2013. The incident began as a car chase when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies tried to pull Beaird over in his silver Corvette for reckless driving, police said.

American Airlines plane slides off Dallas airport taxiway

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:58
DALLAS (Reuters) - An American Airlines plane slid off a taxiway at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday due to icy conditions, an airline spokeswoman said. There were no injuries among the 63 passengers and five crew members aboard the aircraft, which was attempting to maneuver from one taxiway to another when its nose wheel skidded and got stuck in the mud around 9:06 p.m. local time, said airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely. (Reporting by Marice Richter; Editing by Curtis Skinner and Paul Tait)

Puppy dies after being stuffed into sandbag, thrown from car in California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:52
The search is on for whoever placed a dog and her puppy in a sandbag and threw the bag out of a vehicle in California.

AccuWeather: Record Cold Tonight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:45
Meteorologist Cecily Tynan says many areas will hit record lows early Tuesday morning.

Police: Rape suspect says he was acting out '50 Shades of Grey' scenes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:43
A University of Illinois - Chicago student is being held Monday night on $500,000 bond on sexual assault charges.

Oscar winning documentary sheds light on veteran suicides

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:37
"Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," the Oscar winning documentary by Ellen Goosenberg Kent of Philadelphia and Dana Perry brought light to an alarming trend: American veterans are killing themselves at a rate of 22 a day, nearly one every hour.