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Construction picks back up, but it's a different gig now

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:50

In this Feb. 13, 2015 photo, construction worker David Rager, 53, left, frames a window in the upper floor of a two-story custom home being built in Orlando, Fla.,. As construction jobs return in some regions, competition for skilled labor is heating up.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As Florida's housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3 million others nationwide during the economic downturn, and got a job installing traffic signals and street lights.


Reality hits North Dakota's pricey apartment market; rents drop

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:14

Construction continues on an apartment building in Williston, North Dakota, set to contain a swimming pool and other amenitiesBy Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - It is getting cheaper to rent an apartment in North Dakota's oil patch. Prices, which only last year rivaled levels in New York City and Geneva, have slipped about 15 to 20 percent in the past two months as dozens of new apartment buildings opened in Williston, Watford City and other oil hub cities. Growth in demand has slipped because the plunge in crude oil prices has led to cuts in capital spending by energy producers.     There are still about 1,800 energy-related jobs unfilled in the No. 2 U.S. oil-producing state, and there is still demand for apartments. "You're starting to see prices fall this year as more units come online," said Terry Metzler of Granite Peak Development, which has built apartments and a shopping center in Williston, considered capital of the state's oil boom, and has an additional 480 apartments and houses under construction.


Los Angeles police shoot, kill man in fight caught on video

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:34
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles police officers fired on and killed a man on the city's Skid Row during a struggle over one of the officers' guns, and authorities said they planned to use video captured by a bystander in their investigation.

Judge to hold hearing on last-minute issues in bombing trial

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:32
BOSTON (AP) — The judge in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) will hear last-minute arguments on legal issues that need to be settled before testimony begins in the federal death penalty case.

Americans say keep politics out of the Fed

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:04

The United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown behind security barriers in WashingtonJust 24 percent of those polled said Congress should be allowed to have detailed oversight of the Fed, the poll shows. The poll of 1,388 Americans was conducted from Feb 20-24 to measure whether people supported proposed legislation that would expose the Fed to a full government audit, a move being led by Rand Paul, a likely 2016 presidential candidate. Supporters of the campaign say the Fed needs more transparency and accountability. Opponents say the Fed is already audited, and that exposure of internal policy discussions could lead to political influence over decisions on interest rates and damage market confidence.


No injuries as train hits empty car in Ventura County

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:00
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California say no one was injured when an Amtrak train with 85 people aboard hit an empty car stopped on the tracks.

Lumber Liquidators flooring fails safety tests: '60 minutes'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:25
(Reuters) - Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc, a retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, sold flooring with higher levels of formaldehyde than permitted under California's health and safety standards, according to television news program "60 Minutes". CBS's "60 Minutes" said it tested Lumber Liquidators' flooring in Virginia, Florida, Texas, Illinois and New York for levels of formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical. "Out of the 31 samples of Chinese-made laminate flooring, only one was compliant with formaldehyde emissions standards.

2 train cars carrying crude derail in New Orleans; no spill

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:11
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled.

Samsung ditches plastic design, adds mobile pay in new phone

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:41

JK Shin, CEO of Samsung's mobile division, shows the new Galaxy S6 during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event on the eve of this week’s Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Samsung unveiled the stylish new flagship phone that ditches its signature plastic design for metal and glass. The South Korean phone manufacturer also unveiled a premium model with a display that curves around the left and right edges so that information can be quickly glanced at on the side. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world's biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass.


New round of snow could push Boston to season record

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:21

A woman walks across City Hall as snow falls during a winter storm, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)BOSTON (AP) — After cold and snow that set February records, southern New England entered March with another round that could push Boston over its 20-year-old snowfall record.


10 Things to Know for Monday

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:07

People carry Russian national flags during a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin, with The Kremlin Wall and St. Basil Cathedral in the background in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Thousands converged Sunday in central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia’s beleaguered opposition. They carried flowers, portraits and white signs that said “I am not afraid.” (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:


Dutch chipmaker NXP to buy Freescale Semiconductor for $12B

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 09:58
Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors N.V. said Sunday it had agreed to buy its smaller rival Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. for $11.8 billion in a deal that will make it the biggest supplier of microchips to the automotive industry.

Pickup truck goes into frozen river; dead dog found inside

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 09:49
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A pickup truck drove onto a frozen river, spun around repeatedly and then plunged through the ice early Sunday, and police rescue teams found a dead dog but no people inside.

California Republicans vote to charter gay political organization

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 08:04

Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, speaks during a media conference Friday, March 14, 2014, at the California Republican Party 2014 Spring Convention in Burlingame, Calif. California Republicans are gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend to plot the future of the party in a state where their registration and influence have been sliding. Brulte, who took over as party chairman last spring, has brought the state GOP out of debt, with the most recent financial reports filed with the state showing it has nearly $1.4 million in the bank. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)California Republicans broke from their own platform on Sunday and voted overwhelmingly at their state party convention to give official recognition to a gay rights wing of the GOP that has long been marginalized. Endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans as a charter volunteer organization within the nation's largest Republican statewide party apparatus marked a turning point of sorts for California Republicans on a key chunk of their social policy agenda. Delegates to the California Republican Party voted 861-293 in favor of the move during the party's three-day annual convention in Sacramento, the state capital, a party spokeswoman said. Party leaders sought to play down the action, dismissing the notion that recognition of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group founded in 1977 under a moniker that refers to the first Republican U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln, signaled a retreat from conservative principles.


Newspaper: Nurse who survived Ebola says hospital failed her

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 07:26
DALLAS (AP) — A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 07:07

In this Feb. 24, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. In the first week of March Obama plans to invoke America’s civil rights struggles from past to present. He due to begin his week Monday by receiving the recommendations of his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Obama plans to end the week by visiting Selma, Alabama, on Saturday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, it's a week to invoke America's civil rights struggles from past to present.


Suspect in fatal Los Angeles street race held on $2M bail

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 06:22
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a 21-year-old man suspected of participating in an illegal street race that killed two spectators in Southern California has been booked on suspicion of murder.

New York City mayor marches in gay pre-St. Patrick's parade

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 06:14

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, waves the flag of Ireland as he marches beside Kerry Kennedy, third from left, during the all-inclusive St. Pat's For All parade in the Sunnyside, Queens neighborhood of New York, Sunday, March 1, 2015. The St. Pat's For All parade, which embraces diversity and inclusion, is considered an alternative to the New York City's official St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio told hundreds of participants at a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday that a society for all is one that embraces and respects everyone.


3rd child dies after carbon monoxide leak in Ohio home

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 05:58
TROY, Ohio (AP) — The third of four children exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide from a furnace in a home has died.

By the numbers: Northeast colder, snowier than normal

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 05:54
Here's a look at average temperatures for February 2015, normal average temperatures for February, snowfalls this winter and snowfalls for a normal winter around the Northeast: