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Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:09

In this April 18, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio says Congress is sending President Barack Obama legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. The White House is indicating Obama will quickly veto it in private over Republican lawmakers' urging that he sign it. It would be the third veto of Obama's presidency. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.

Fact sheet: 2015 Nissan 370Z

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:05
2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Tech 6M/T

Nissan's Z sport coupe remains an affordable performer

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:04

This undated image made available by Nissan shows the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO. (AP Photo/Nissan, John Murphy Photography)Thank you, Yutaka Katayama.

$100M settlement for hundreds in Florida tobacco lawsuits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:49
MIAMI (AP) — A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses in Florida federal court.

Lexus tops auto dependability survey

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:47

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2011 file photo, the Lexus logo is displayed on a Lexus sedan in the showroom at Lexus of Kendall in Miami. Lexus is the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in J.D. Power’s annual survey, released Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)DETROIT (AP) — Lexus is the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in rankings that increasingly hinge on high-tech features.

FACT CHECK: Talking heads skew 'net neutrality' debate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:33

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during new conference in Washington. Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that’s not stopping some interesting political banter on the “net neutrality” debate. The FCC votes Thursday on whether to put Internet service in the same regulatory camp as the telephone. That means broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile must act in the “public interest” when providing your Internet connection and conduct business in ways that are “just and reasonable.” ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that's not stopping political banter in the "net neutrality" debate.

40-vehicle pileup in snowy Maine leaves at least 14 injured

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:05

In this photo provided by Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, emergency personnel respond to a multi vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 near Bangor, Maine, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the pileup in Etna happened early Wednesday in heavy snow and involved many cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer. No fatalities were immediately reported but McCausland says some of the injuries were serious. (AP Photo/Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, Stephen McCausland)ETNA, Maine (AP) — At least 14 people have been hurt in a crash involving more than 40 vehicles on a snowy stretch of Interstate 95 in Maine.

Fisherman let off the hook in U.S. white-collar crime ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 00:02
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court threw overboard on Wednesday a Florida fisherman’s conviction under an evidence-tampering provision of a federal white collar crime law for disposing of undersized red grouper fish while he was under investigation. On a 5-4 vote, the court said fisherman John Yates’ actions were not the type of conduct covered by the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, passed by Congress to guard against corporate fraud of the sort committed by companies including Enron Corp and WorldCom Inc. Yates was convicted in 2011 on two of three charges, including one under the so-called anti-shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley law. The provision penalizes the destruction or concealment of "a tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct or influence" a government investigation. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote on behalf of herself and three colleagues that a “tangible object” should be defined as something that is used to record or preserve information, "not all objects in the physical world." Justice Samuel Alito, who provided the decisive fifth vote, said the term was intended to describe file-keeping.

Police: Bus aide stole lunch money, food from preschoolers

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:59
MILVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A school bus aide has been charged with stealing lunch money and bagged lunches from preschoolers in New Jersey.

California dog owner alleges Purina Beneful pet food can kill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:54

Nestle Purina brand dog food is pictured in Mexico CityA California dog owner whose English bulldog died in January has filed a lawsuit against Nestle Purina PetCare Co [NESNP.UL], alleging his dog and thousands of others have been sickened by pet food that contains harmful toxins. The suit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, claims that all three of Frank Lucido's dogs became ill in January after eating from a bag of Purina Beneful dog food. The dogs were healthy until Lucido bought Beneful dog food for the first time, the suit claims. There was no immediate comment from St. Louis-based Purina PetCare but the company says on its website that it maintains "a strict code of standards for buying, storing and processing ingredients used in our pet foods." Keith Schopp, a Purina PetCare spokesman, was quoted by the St. Louis Business Journal as saying the lawsuit was without merit.

Army secretary optimistic on relief from budget caps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:43

U.S. Secretary of Army McHugh and Army Chief of Staff General Odierno appear at the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, after the Fort Hood shootingsBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh on Wednesday said he was optimistic lawmakers would agree to some form of relief from congressional budget caps for fiscal 2016, given widespread recognition the resulting spending cuts would undermine military readiness. McHugh said that if the budget caps, known as sequestration, remained in place, U.S. lawmakers would have to make tough decisions about which missions it wanted to Army to abandon. If sequestration cuts take effect, he said, the Army would try to protect two big weapons programs for new ground vehicles: a Humvee replacement contract due to be awarded this year, and a new armored personnel carrier deal won by British company BAE Systems Plc's U.S. unit. Lockheed Martin Corp, Oshkosh Corp and AM General Llc are vying for a contract valued at over $20 billion to replace over 17,000 Humvees used by the Army and the Marine Corps.

Los Angeles-area city celebrates stadium deal, awaits NFL

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:32
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Inglewood City Council unanimously approved a $2 billion stadium plan backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke that clears a path for the NFL to return to the Los Angeles area for the first time in two decades.

'American Sniper' jurors: Ex-Marine knew right from wrong

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:30
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jurors who convicted a former Marine in the deaths of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend say the killer's past behavior undermined his argument that he couldn't tell right from wrong.

New England wildlife also suffering through tough winter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:30

In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 photo, a horned grebe swims in a rehabilitation pool at the Wildlife Clinic of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University's campus in Grafton, Mass. The director of the clinic said they have seen about a 50 percent increase in the number of animals it has treated, compared to last year during this time. Many waterfowl are suffering because ponds and other natural habitats are frozen. (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi)GRAFTON, Mass. (AP) — New England's epic snowfalls haven't just made life miserable for humans: animals are suffering, too.

Boehner on Homeland: House in 'wait-and-see mode'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he's waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department ahead of Friday's midnight deadline.

Study details lives of LGBT youths engaged in 'survival sex'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:22

This June 13, 2013 photo provided by Will Anderson shows people sitting in Hudson River Park in New York. A unique federally funded study released on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 offers a detailed look at the lives of gay, lesbian and transgender youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call "survival sex." Researchers say this is one of the sites where LGBTQ youth tended to meet together. (AP Photo/Will Anderson)NEW YORK (AP) — A unique federally funded study offers a detailed look at the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call "survival sex."

Car technology troublesome but important to buyers: J.D. Power

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:09

sA Lexus F Sport is displayed on pedestals during the second press day of the North American International Auto Show in DetroitLooks and exterior design are still the top reasons why people avoid buying a certain model, J.D. Power said. The annual J.D. Power study is one of several that taken together show that certain brands -- Lexus, Toyota and of late, General Motors' Buick and Chevrolet brands -- are getting consistently high marks, while others consistently struggle to get above average despite quality control efforts Lexus, the luxury brand from Toyota Motor Corp, scored the highest for the fourth straight year in the J.D. Power study. In both studies, General Motors Co’s Buick made big moves upward, finishing second in the J.D. Power survey and becoming the first U.S. brand to be in the top 10 of the Consumer Reports brand report card.

Only woman on Georgia's death row denied clemency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:04
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia parole board says it will not spare the life of the only woman on the state's death row, who is set to be executed Wednesday evening.

NYC cabbie suspended after pulling pregnant rider from taxi

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:49
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City cabbie's license has been suspended after surveillance video showed him pulling a pregnant passenger out of his vehicle and driving off.

AP PHOTOS: Manhattan ringed by ice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:40

With a view of Brooklyn in the background, ice surrounds the Brooklyn Bridge, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in New York. A wide swath of the country is experiencing record-breaking temperatures while other areas are expecting more winter precipitation Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The freezing temperatures that have plagued much of the eastern U.S. haven't spared New York City. The waterways around the island of Manhattan are filled with ice.