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Biggest U.S. power grid PJM hits monthly record due to cold snap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:28
(Reuters) - PJM Interconnection, the operator of the biggest power grid in the United States, said on Wednesday that demand for power hit a new record for the month of November due to the cold weather. Peak demand on Tuesday reached 121,987 megawatts (MW), topping the 114,699 MW reached last November. Last winter, several power plants in PJM and elsewhere in the U.S. Northeast were not able to operate on the coldest days in part because there was not enough natural gas to fuel both the power units and heat homes and businesses due to pipeline constraints. ...

CDC chief drops worst-case Ebola estimate

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:27

FILE- This Sept. 14, 2014, file photo shows a sign reading 'Kill Ebola Before Ebola Kill You', on a gate as part of the country's Ebola awareness campaign in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday.

Secret Service chief says agency 'severely damaged' by lapses

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:26

Acting Secret Service Director Clancy testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The acting head of the U.S. Secret Service said on Wednesday that the agency charged with protecting the president had been "severely damaged" by harmful lapses, including allowing a knife-carrying man to jump a fence and run into the White House in September. Joseph Clancy told the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee he had sought to establish a culture of trust within the Secret Service since replacing Julia Pierson, who resigned under fire as director on Oct. 1. ...

Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:20

FILE - This June 14, 2011, file photo, shows the drug Lipitor at Medco Health Solutions Inc., in Willingboro, N.J. A new study shows very long-term benefits from even short-term use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward, and the benefits seem to grow over time, a landmark study finds. Doctors say it's the first evidence that early use of a statin can have a legacy effect, perhaps changing someone's odds of disease for good.

Activist Sharpton denies New York Times report on unpaid taxes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:19

Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton speaks at the National Action Network about tensions leading up to a Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri and allegations of tax issues published in local media in New YorkBy Sascha Brodsky NEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton on Wednesday dismissed as misleading a New York Times report that he owes millions of dollars in unpaid taxes and an organization he heads did not pay federal payroll taxes for its employees. The Times reported Sharpton and his for-profit business face state and federal tax liens of more than $4.5 million. ...

New York man found dead in bathtub with throat slashed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:14
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York police are investigating the death of a man found with his throat slashed in a bathtub and identified by local media as a prominent banker, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Police responding to a 911 call discovered the lifeless body in an apartment in Manhattan's downtown financial district on Tuesday afternoon. The 42-year-old victim was declared dead at the scene. Police did not reveal his identity. The New York Post said the victim was Shawn Miller, a managing director at Citigroup. ...

Army delays hearing for soldier in comrade's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:13

This undated photo released by the U.S. Army, shows Spc. Adrian M. Perkins of Pine Valley, Calif., at an unknown location. A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Perkins while both were deployed in Jordan in May, the Army said Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Spc. Jeffery T. Page, 23, of Perrysburg, Ohio, has been accused of killing Perkins with an M4 rifle on May 15, at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, charging documents said. Both soldiers were infantrymen in the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson, outside Colorado Springs. A hearing is scheduled at the post Wednesday, Nov. 19, to determine whether there's enough evidence for a court-martial. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Fort Carson officials have postponed a hearing on whether an infantryman should face a court-martial in the shooting death of another soldier when they were deployed in Jordan.

Limited challenge to Michigan emergency manager law moves forward

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:08
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday allowed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Michigan's emergency manager law to move forward on grounds that it might discriminate on the basis of race. U.S. District Court Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed other counts in the lawsuit against the law, which allows the state to intervene in fiscally troubled local governments. He ruled that the case brought by affected residents and a public labor union will proceed on an allegation that the 2012 law discriminates against African-American residents in cities run by an emergency manager. ...

Obama to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:05
By Steve Holland and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans. The White House said Obama will deliver a televised speech on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support. Nevada is home to the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants in the country. ...

Daughter still missing after mom turns self in

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:05

This photo provided by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections shows Genevieve Kelley, of Whitefield, N.H., who was charged Monday Nov. 17, 2014 with custodial interference. Kelley, fled with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago during a custody dispute turned herself in to face trial. She disappeared with her daughter, Mary, into Central America in the fall of 2004 after her attempt to prove her ex-husband had harmed the child backfired. (AP Photo/New Hampshire Department of Corrections)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A decade after a mother fled to Central America with her 8-year-old, New Hampshire authorities and the woman's ex-husband still don't know where the daughter is.

Maine man uses knife to rescue baby from car wreck

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:01
By Dave Sherwood BANGOR Maine (Reuters) - A man who happened upon a car wreck in a remote area of Maine crawled into the over-turned vehicle in a water-filled ditch and rescued a baby girl inside by cutting off the straps of her car seat with his knife, police said. The three-month-old baby was trapped underwater for a short time and had stopped breathing when Leo Moody of Kingman cut her free and pulled her from the vehicle, police said. Another passerby, Wade Shorey, stopped shortly afterwards and performed CPR, resuscitating the child. ...

Connecticut approves $5 million for new Sandy Hook school

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:55
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut's bond commission on Wednesday approved $5 million in funding to cover design costs for a new elementary school in Newtown, after the original was torn down following one of America's worst mass shootings there in 2012. The money is part of a total $50 million that the state is setting aside for construction of the new school, scheduled to open in the autumn of 2016. "This project is a necessary part of the recovery process," Governor Dannel Malloy said at a news conference. ...

Photographers who covered JFK donate collections

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:54
DALLAS (AP) — Two photographers who covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, have donated collections to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

NNBC scraps Bill Cosby television project

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:37

NNBC scraps Bill Cosby television projectNBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.

Lawyer: 'No real question' boy, 10, killed woman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:32
PLEASANT MOUNT, Pa. (AP) — The lawyer for a jailed 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy says there's "no real question" his client beat a 90-year-old woman to death.

5 questions, answers about Thai body parts case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:25

Thai police officer shows a picture of a tattooed human skin which was found in a package of a U.S. tourist, during a press conference at Bangpongpang police station in Bangkok,Thailand. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. A shipping company in Bangkok put a trio of packages bound for the United States through a routine X-ray and made a startling discovery — inside were a variety of preserved human parts, including an infant's head, a baby's foot sliced into three sections and a tiny heart.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in Thailand are seeking two Americans with ties to Las Vegas accused of attempting to ship packages containing a preserved baby's head and other human body parts to the United States. Bangkok police say the objects were stolen. Answers to five questions in the case:

NBC scraps Cosby television project

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:18

NNBC scraps Bill Cosby television projectNBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project as another sexual assault allegation against the comic has emerged.

How to get your child to sleep

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:17

How to get your child to sleepGO TO SLEEP! - Every parent has uttered those words, more than once.

Immigrants baffled by lapse

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:10

 It’s the inability to easily upload a copy of their green card, the government identification document that shows they are legal U.S. residents and therefore entitled to benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care law. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — is working better, but immigrants are running into what looks like an obvious slip-up.

Study: Banking industry culture fosters cheating

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — The banking industry seems to bring out dishonesty in people, a new study suggests.