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U.S. health insurers to pay $330 million in premium rebates

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:03

A woman picks up a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California(Reuters) - U.S. health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday. The law, often called Obamacare, requires insurance companies to refund customers when they spend less than 80 percent or 85 percent of healthcare premiums they collect for medical care. The rebates will go to about 6.8 million people and have a value of about $80 per family. They are to be sent by Aug. 1 either directly to consumers or to the employer providing the health coverage, who is required to pass the savings onto employees, the agency said in a report.

AccuWeather: A Few Storms, Then More Comfy!

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:42

 A Few Storms, Then More Comfy!Meteorologist Adam Joseph says the drenching storms for some will bring dropping humidity for all.

Opposing rallies at Love Park call for peace

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:31

Opposing rallies at Love Park call for peaceHere in Philadelphia, as in many parts of the world, people are concerned about the escalating conflict in the Middle East. And there are strong opinions on both sides.

U.S. judge strikes down Colorado's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:29

Two men, both wearing signs that read "he's the groom", hold hands shortly after midnight after getting a civil union when Colorado's civil union law went into effect in DenverBy Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but stayed his ruling until the issue is decided by a higher court. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore found in favor of six same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit challenging the state's 2006 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Moore's 12-page ruling was the latest in a series of decisions by state and federal judges who have struck down state bans on gay marriage and then put their rulings on hold pending appeal. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said he was gratified the judge agreed that additional litigation in that court would be wasteful, since the U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear an appeal in neighboring Utah's case.

Mother, daughter severely burned in food truck explosion die from injuries

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:29

Mother, daughter severely burned in food truck explosion die from injuriesAction News has learned a mother and daughter injured during a food truck explosion in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia earlier this month have died.

Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:26

Funeral services are held for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. An overflow crowd packed a church for the funeral of the man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, Julia Xanthos, Pool)NEW YORK (AP) — An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.

Storms knock out power for thousands

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:24

Storms knock out power for thousandsA line of strong and noisy storms made its way through the region Wednesday night.

Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die in botched execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:56

Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photoBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die by lethal injection on Wednesday and his lawyers said he "gasped and snorted" before succumbing in the latest botched execution to raise questions about the death penalty in the United States. The execution of convicted double murderer Joseph Wood began at 1:52 p.m. at a state prison complex, and the 55-year-old was pronounced dead just shy of two hours later at 3:49 p.m., the Arizona attorney general's office said. The appeal, which said the procedure violated his constitutional right to be executed without suffering cruel and unusual punishment, was denied by Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. "Arizona appears to have joined several other states who have been responsible for an entirely preventable horror: a bungled execution.

Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:32

FILE- In a June 20, 2014 file photo, Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder speaks during an interview before signing legislation to provide state funding for Detroit municipal pensions in Detroit. Snyder defied fellow members of the GOP by supporting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law, committing state money to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy and vetoing Republican gun, abortion and voter ID bills. Now the upbeat Snyder is facing a tough bid for a second term. Many Republicans don’t know what to make of his neutrality on social issues and his reluctance to bash Democrats. And he’s still made plenty of enemies among Democrats and their allies in organized labor. (AP Photo/File)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he set out to do when he was elected four years ago. He's logged improvements in the state's economic health, presided over the creation of 250,000 private-sector jobs and confronted many of Detroit's worsening financial problems.

Arizona governor orders full review of drawn-out execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:26
Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer ordered a full review of Wednesday's two-hour execution of death row inmate Joseph Wood, saying that while justice had been done she was concerned by how long the lethal injection procedure took. "This is in stark comparison to the gruesome, vicious suffering that he inflicted on his two victims, and the lifetime of suffering he has caused their family." She said in a statement that Arizona's Department of Corrections had been directed to carry out the full review.

Colorado theater gunman's lawyers challenge firearms analysis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:08

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers defending accused theater gunman James Holmes challenged the reliability of firearms analysis on Wednesday, despite conceding that their client was solely responsible for the 2012 massacre that killed 12 moviegoers. In a hearing before Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour, public defenders sought to have expert ballistics testimony precluded from the onetime neuroscience graduate student's murder trial. Dale Higashi, an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said all the bullet fragments and shell casings that he analyzed from the crime scene could be traced to three of the weapons belonging to Holmes. Defense lawyers argued that firearms analysis is subjective, and not based on quantifiable scientific fact.

Slow public alert on Williston fire raises concern

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:56

Smoke rises from the site of a fire in an industrial area of Williston, N.D. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Authorities have set up an evacuation zone within a half-mile radius of Red River Supply, the site of the fire. No injuries were immediately reported. Red River Supply provides services to oil companies working in North Dakota's oil patch. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — When Aaron Volesky heard what he thought was thunder and walked outside his Williston home early Tuesday morning he thought it was odd that there were no storm clouds in the air.

Minor injuries after Alaska tourist train derails

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:45
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular tourist train derailed Wednesday in southeast Alaska, injuring up to a dozen passengers.

November Project brings fun, FREE workouts to Philly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:45

November Project brings fun, FREE workouts to PhillyDozens of people file into Franklin field every Friday morning, and before their workout gets started everyone is instructed to greet the person next to them with a hug.

Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:44

Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of IsraelThe FAA has extended the ban on US airline flights to Israel for "up to an additional 24 hours."

Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:35

In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 photo, Babar Suleman and son Haris Suleman, 17, stand next to their plane at an airport in Greenwood, Ind. before taking off for an around-the-world flight. On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a single-engine plane with two aboard crashed in waters off American Samoa, with a registration number matching the plane flown by the Indiana teen attempting to fly around the world in 30 days. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Robert Scheer)PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.

Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:34

Two plaintiffs in a lawsuit to overturn Colordo's gay marriage ban, Cassie Rubald, left, and her partner, Rachel Catt, hold hands during a news conference outside the federal courthouse in downtown Denver on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Six gay couples filed the lawsuit to ask for an injunction to stop all officials from enforcing the ban on gay marriage in Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month.

Republican Paul Ryan to renew U.S. poverty debate with grant plan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:30

File photo of Paul Ryan at a conference in Las VegasBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Paul Ryan will probably spark a new round of arguments over how to fight poverty in America on Thursday as he introduces a sweeping plan to replace long-standing social safety net programs with new block grants for states and communities. Ryan, his party's vice presidential candidate in 2012, is best known for his budget blueprints marked by deep domestic spending cuts. This time, the chairman of the House Budget Committee will unveil his plan to keep social safety net funding at the same levels but change the way it is used in a speech on Thursday to the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington.

African Americans disproportionately cited for public pot use in Seattle -police

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:28
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - African Americans in Seattle were ticketed disproportionately to their population for unlawfully using marijuana in public places during the first half of 2014, according to a report released on Wednesday by the city's police department. Between January and June, Seattle police wrote 82 tickets for public consumption of pot in a state that voted in 2012 to legalize the sale of cannabis to adults for recreational use but does not allow it to be used in public places. Of those 82 tickets, 36 percent were issued to African-Americans, who make up just eight percent of Seattle's population, according to the police report and census data. Most of the African Americans ticketed were men, the report found.

AP PHOTOS: Church a haven for Muslims in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:22

A Palestinians boy sleeps on a mattress on the floor of the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Greek Orthodox church had opened its doors to hundreds of displaced Palestinians as tens of thousands have fled their homes in fear of Israeli strikes. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church.