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Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 04:15

Gov. Tom Wolf, center, delivers his budget address for the 2016-17 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate, as the speaker of the state House of Representatives, state Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, left, and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, right, listen at the State Capitol in Harrisburg Pa., Tuesday Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania's finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, as he sent them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the year that began back in July.

SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 04:07
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline.

Juvenile justice commissioner relieved of duties amid probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 04:06
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's juvenile justice commissioner was relieved of his duties amid an investigation into a teenager's death at a detention center, which reportedly occurred hours after she was restrained through a martial arts hold.

Court upholds tax evasion convictions of Atkins diet doctor

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 04:06
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored the "Atkins Diabetes Revolution."

U.S. could limit collection of items left at Vietnam War memorial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 04:02

File photo of visitors examining items left at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in WashingtonThe U.S. National Park Service is proposing to limit the commemorative items it keeps from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where it has collected more than 400,000 tribute objects, the agency said on Tuesday. It is best known for the sunken Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, where the names of more than 58,000 service personnel who died from 1959 to 1975 are engraved. Among the 400,000 items left behind since the memorial was dedicated in 1982 are a motorcycle, a general's stars, eyeglasses, military ribbons and medals, money, flags, helmets and commemorative bracelets, according to the non-profit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

4 arrested after driver shot in car on Los Angeles street

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 04:02

LAPD Investigators stand by a vehicle where a man was shot and killed in his car in the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Police say a driver was shot to death in his car on a Los Angeles street and four suspects were later arrested following a vehicle pursuit. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was found shot to death early Tuesday inside a bullet-riddled car at a Los Angeles intersection, and four suspected gang members were later arrested after a police pursuit on two freeways, authorities said.

Police officer wounded in fight with Boston bombers to retire

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 04:00

Handout of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) police officer Richard Donohue JrA police officer badly wounded in a gunfight with the Boston Marathon bombers four days after their deadly 2013 attack said he was retiring on Tuesday, citing injuries that prevented him from fulfilling all of his duties. Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Police Sergeant Richard Donohue was shot during a gunfight with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan in the early morning hours of April 19, 2013, as the pair attempted to flee Boston. The bullet that hit Donohue, now 36, nearly causing him to bleed to death, was likely fired by a fellow officer during the chaotic scene in the Boston suburb of Watertown, a local prosecutor has said.

Shkreli is sued over his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:53

Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, departs after House Oversight and Government Reform hearing in WashingtonMartin Shkreli faces a new legal headache, a lawsuit claiming that his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album contains illustrations ripped off from a New York artist, who now wants the former drug executive to pay for them. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, Jason Koza said he never allowed his fan art depicting Wu-Tang members to be used in packaging for the hip-hop group's "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," the sole copy of which Shkreli bought.

Train crash in Germany kills at least 10, injures 80

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:53

Aerial view of rescue teams at the site where two trains collided head-on near Bad Aibling, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Several people have been killed and dozens were injured. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)BAD AIBLING, Germany (AP) — Crews using helicopters and boats rescued dozens of people from the wreckage of two German commuter trains that crashed head-on Tuesday in an isolated part of Bavaria, killing at least 10 and leaving authorities trying to determine why multiple safety measures failed.

AP PHOTOS: New Hampshire votes in nation's first primary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:43

Jim Smith steps out of a voting booth after marking his ballot at a polling site for the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — From buses and billboards to boisterous rallies and intimate conservations, months of campaigning across New Hampshire culminated Tuesday as voters streamed into polling stations across the state to choose their favorite among a cast of White House hopefuls.

Arizona bill aims to give state the right to refuse refugees

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:41
PHOENIX (AP) — Legislation being proposed by an Arizona House Republican would allow the state to refuse to help resettle refugees if it can't ensure they have been properly screened and vetted for terrorism risks.

Yearly one-night homeless count draws criticism, defenders

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:30

After briefly speaking with homeless persons, background center, Alexis Sypek, left, and Victoria Parker, both of New York and working with The Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that helps the poor, check their notations during a count and survey of homeless persons on the streets of New York early Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Hundreds of people fanned out across the city to conduct the survey just after midnight. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) — Over the past few weeks, thousands of clipboard-toting volunteers have fanned out across some of the nation's largest cities, tasked with a deceptively complex job: counting the number of homeless people sleeping on the streets.

Iowa high court to consider state's ban on voting by felons

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:28
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a major voting rights case, the Iowa Supreme Court will consider whether to relax the state's lifetime ban on voting by convicted felons.

Ex-Vegas officer, department sued in body camera force case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:17
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A California woman who authorities say was illegally beaten by a police officer wearing a body camera has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking damages from Las Vegas police, the former patrol officer and his partner at the time.

Man charged with killing Texas deputy declared mentally incompetent

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:08

File photo of Deputy Darren Goforth in undated handout photo by the Harris County Sheriff's officeA district judge committed Shannon Miles, 31, to a state mental hospital after prosecutors found he was not competent to stand trial at this time. Miles was charged with capital murder, which is punishable by death, for killing Harris County sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth, a spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney said. State District Judge Susan Brown committed Miles, currently held at county jail, for 120 days for mental health professionals to evaluate and try to restore competency, a lawyer for Miles said.

Prosecutor who sent innocent man to death row is disbarred

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:03
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former prosecutor who used false testimony and withheld evidence to send a now-exonerated man to death row in Texas has lost an appeal to overturn his disbarment.

Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 02:50

A staff member delivers President Barack Obama's fiscal 2017 federal budget to the House Budget Committee Room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. President Barack Obama unveils his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that’s freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes, sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent Congress his final budget on Tuesday, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives, from a new war on cancer to combating global warming to fighting growing threats from Islamic State militants.

Memphis boy, 12, charged with fatally stabbing brother, 15

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 02:48
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old boy has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of his 15-year-old brother.

Sheriff: Deputies fatally shoot man near Mardi Gras parades

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 02:46
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials say deputies fatally shot a man after an altercation and a car chase that ended near Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans.

Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 02:42
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, as the Islamic State threat in that region continues to grow.