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U.S. Justice Department asks for stay to allow immigration action

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 03:52

The Department of Justice logo is seen on the podium during a news conference on the Gozi Virus in New YorkBy Julia Edwards and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday argued that halting President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration from taking effect threatens national security, in a request for an emergency stay to put on hold a Texas judge's decision that temporarily blocked the actions. The Department of Homeland Security would sustain "irreparable harm" if a stay is not granted, the Justice Department argued in its request. The Obama administration is using a similar argument to push Congressional Republicans to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which they have threatened to shut down in order to block the immigration action.

Pace of new US measles cases slows a bit, officials report

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 03:52
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. measles cases this year has risen to 154, with new cases scattered across five states, although the pace seems to have slowed.

Delaware reports 2 new flu deaths

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 03:37

Delaware reports 2 new flu deathsThe state of Delaware reports two more people have died of the flu, bringing the season's total so far to 23 fatalities.

Obama: financial brokers must put clients' retirement needs first

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 03:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday financial advisers deserved to get fair compensation for advising clients on retirement plans but that new rules were needed to ensure brokers were putting investors' needs ahead of their own. At an event hosted by the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP), a group that advocates for seniors, Obama said his administration would welcome feedback on how to move forward with an updated rule to remove potential conflicts of interest that brokers face in this area. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

4 charged in 3-night Delaware vandalism spree

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 03:21

4 charged in 3-night Delaware vandalism spreeFour young men have been arrested in a vandalism spree that caused $8,500 in damage.

AP WAS THERE: 70 years ago, Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 03:07

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 1945 file photo, U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Strategically located 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)EDITOR'S NOTE — On Feb. 23, 1945, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took a photograph that would become one of the most recognizable and reproduced images in history. It showed five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

State wants no questions on autopsy doctor in running death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 03:02

FILE - This photo released by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office shows Joyce Hardin Garrard, who is is charged with capital murder, accused of making her 9-year-old granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy. Final jury selection is set to begin in the case the week of Feb. 23, 2015, in Gadsden, Ala., located about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham. Opening statements will follow. (AP Photo/Etowah County Sheriff's Office, File)GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for an Alabama woman charged in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter shouldn't get to raise questions about the past of the doctor who performed the girl's autopsy, prosecutors told a judge.

Police: 'Domestic situation' led to workplace shooting

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 02:59

Investigators stand at the scene of a shooting, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at a Shields Business Solutions office in Moorestown, N.J. An employee of the armed security company opened fire on a co-worker inside the business Monday morning before fatally shooting himself, police said. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)MOORESTOWN, N.J. (AP) — An employee of an armed security company opened fire on a co-worker inside the business Monday morning before fatally shooting himself outside amid what police described as an "ongoing domestic situation."

Tobacco companies fighting over claims on smoking's effects

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 02:53

23121132WASHINGTON (AP) — America's biggest tobacco companies asked a federal appeals court Monday to set aside a series of court-ordered advertisements saying they lied about the dangers of smoking.

Boston schools to reflect on city's violent past with desegregation

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 02:36
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Four decades after a U.S. judge ordered Boston to desegregate its schools, sparking a wave of violent protest, the incident is set to formally become a part of the history curriculum in the city's public schools. While Boston Public Schools have long included desegregation and race relations in history and social studies courses, the lessons have largely focused on events in the southeastern United States. "We're not going to let Boston off the hook any longer," Kerry Dunne, director of history and social studies at the Boston Public Schools, said on Monday. In 1974, a federal court in Boston ruled that public schools in the Massachusetts capital were in violation of the 1965 Racial Imbalance Act and needed to even out classroom demographics by busing students to schools outside their neighborhoods.

Nevada road rage murder suspect was passenger in car: prosecutor

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 02:33
By Alexia Shurmur LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The young man charged with murder in the road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother of four outside her home earlier this month was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the confrontation and police were still searching for the driver, prosecutors said on Monday. Police arrested 19-year-old Erich Nowsch last week at his home, just over a block away from the crime scene, after a brief standoff that marked the first break in the case since 44-year-old Tammy Meyers was shot outside her home on Feb. 12. "This defendant was the passenger, and we are still looking for the driver," Nevada District Attorney Steve Wolfson said after Nowsch made an initial court appearance on Monday on murder, attempted murder and firearms charges. Arrest warrants made public in the case show that Nowsch told two friends he fired 22 times at a green car after a chase through his neighborhood just a few miles from the famed Las Vegas strip, and knew that he had shot someone when it was over.

Supreme Court weighs case involving Afghan man barred from U.S.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 02:25
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday as it considered whether U.S. citizens have the right to object if the government denies their spouse a visa in a case involving a California woman whose Afghan husband was barred from the United States. Some of the nine justices appeared sympathetic to Fauzia Din, a naturalized American citizen from Afghanistan, but the court appears more likely to rule for the government, which says there is no right to appeal when a visa is denied. Din, who lives in Fremont, California, sued the U.S. government after her husband, Afghan citizen Kanishka Berashk, was denied a visa in 2009. Din's lawyers believe the denial was related to the fact that Berashk had worked as a payroll clerk for the Afghanistan government when it was controlled by the Taliban, an Islamist militant organization.

AP NewsAlert

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 02:05
NEW YORK (AP) — US jury: Palestinian authorities liable for Israeli terror attacks, $218.5M in damages awarded.

Legal haze: D.C. pot users face questions as deadline expires this week

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:59

File photo of pedestrians passing by a DC Cannabis Campaign sign in WashingtonVoters in the District of Columbia last year passed a measure clearing the way for pot possession, but members of Congress have used their power over the city to prevent local officials from coming up with any plan to let the drug be sold legally for recreational purposes. With the congressional review period for the new measure set to expire on Wednesday, District of Columbia pot users will be left in a murkier position than those in Colorado and Washington state, which fully legalized marijuana last year. You can possess a small amount ... but you can only get it, I guess, illegally," said Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's non-voting representative in Congress. A key argument by supporters was that marijuana laws unfairly victimized black people in Washington, who represent about half the city's population.

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Moorestown, NJ security company

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:35

Identities released of men involved in shooting at Moorestown, NJ security companyIt happened at Shields Business Solutions in Moorestown. Police say the gunman shot one person before turning the weapon on himself.

Pennsylvania toddler killed in dog attack, police say

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:32
(Reuters) - A toddler was killed in a fatal attack by a family's dog in a Pittsburgh suburb, police said on Monday. The 2-year-old girl was attacked Sunday evening in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, according to the Allegheny County Police Department. The dog was taken to a kennel to be quarantined. Police did not specify what type of dog was involved, but local media reported it was a pit bull that belonged to a family whose home the toddler was visiting.

VIDEO: Foam being sprayed on the tanker fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:18

 Foam being sprayed on the tanker fireCamden Co. Public Information Officer Dan Keashen describes how firefighters are battling the massive tanker fire in Pennsauken, NJ.

U.S. government urges Congress to update fast-track trade authority

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:07
The United States' top trade official urged lawmakers on Monday to update legislation streamlining the passage of trade deals through Congress to reflect the new global economy. Bipartisan negotiations are continuing on the final form of a bill which will restrict Congress to a yes-or-no vote on trade deals in exchange for setting negotiating objectives. The Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Orrin Hatch, has said he hopes to present legislation this month, but it faces opposition from some conservative Republicans and Democrats worried about the impact on jobs. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said a trade deal with 11 Pacific trading partners was nearing the finish line and fast-track authority was needed to realize the benefits.

In unusual twist, presidential race is revving up in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:52

This combo of 2015 file photos, from top left clockwise, shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, bottom right. Texas doesn’t open the voting in presidential campaigns like Iowa and New Hampshire do, but the 2016 Republican race already feels well underway in America’s largest conservative state. Texas’ plan to hold its 2016 primary on March 1 means that only the traditional two early voting states, along with South Carolina and Nevada, would predate it. (AP Photo/File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas doesn't open the voting in presidential campaigns like Iowa and New Hampshire do, but the 2016 Republican race already feels well underway in America's largest conservative state.

PHOTOS: Massive tanker truck fire in Pennsauken, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:38

 Massive tanker truck fire in Pennsauken, NJSee photos from the tanker truck fire on the ramp from Rt. 90 to Rt. 130 in Pennsauken.