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Army secretary optimistic on relief from budget caps

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:43

U.S. Secretary of Army McHugh and Army Chief of Staff General Odierno appear at the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, after the Fort Hood shootingsBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh on Wednesday said he was optimistic lawmakers would agree to some form of relief from congressional budget caps for fiscal 2016, given widespread recognition the resulting spending cuts would undermine military readiness. McHugh said that if the budget caps, known as sequestration, remained in place, U.S. lawmakers would have to make tough decisions about which missions it wanted to Army to abandon. If sequestration cuts take effect, he said, the Army would try to protect two big weapons programs for new ground vehicles: a Humvee replacement contract due to be awarded this year, and a new armored personnel carrier deal won by British company BAE Systems Plc's U.S. unit. Lockheed Martin Corp, Oshkosh Corp and AM General Llc are vying for a contract valued at over $20 billion to replace over 17,000 Humvees used by the Army and the Marine Corps.

Los Angeles-area city celebrates stadium deal, awaits NFL

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:32
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Inglewood City Council unanimously approved a $2 billion stadium plan backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke that clears a path for the NFL to return to the Los Angeles area for the first time in two decades.

'American Sniper' jurors: Ex-Marine knew right from wrong

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:30
STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jurors who convicted a former Marine in the deaths of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend say the killer's past behavior undermined his argument that he couldn't tell right from wrong.

New England wildlife also suffering through tough winter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:30

In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 photo, a horned grebe swims in a rehabilitation pool at the Wildlife Clinic of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University's campus in Grafton, Mass. The director of the clinic said they have seen about a 50 percent increase in the number of animals it has treated, compared to last year during this time. Many waterfowl are suffering because ponds and other natural habitats are frozen. (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi)GRAFTON, Mass. (AP) — New England's epic snowfalls haven't just made life miserable for humans: animals are suffering, too.

Boehner on Homeland: House in 'wait-and-see mode'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he's waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department ahead of Friday's midnight deadline.

Study details lives of LGBT youths engaged in 'survival sex'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:22

This June 13, 2013 photo provided by Will Anderson shows people sitting in Hudson River Park in New York. A unique federally funded study released on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 offers a detailed look at the lives of gay, lesbian and transgender youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call "survival sex." Researchers say this is one of the sites where LGBTQ youth tended to meet together. (AP Photo/Will Anderson)NEW YORK (AP) — A unique federally funded study offers a detailed look at the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call "survival sex."

Car technology troublesome but important to buyers: J.D. Power

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:09

sA Lexus F Sport is displayed on pedestals during the second press day of the North American International Auto Show in DetroitLooks and exterior design are still the top reasons why people avoid buying a certain model, J.D. Power said. The annual J.D. Power study is one of several that taken together show that certain brands -- Lexus, Toyota and of late, General Motors' Buick and Chevrolet brands -- are getting consistently high marks, while others consistently struggle to get above average despite quality control efforts Lexus, the luxury brand from Toyota Motor Corp, scored the highest for the fourth straight year in the J.D. Power study. In both studies, General Motors Co’s Buick made big moves upward, finishing second in the J.D. Power survey and becoming the first U.S. brand to be in the top 10 of the Consumer Reports brand report card.

Only woman on Georgia's death row denied clemency

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:04
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia parole board says it will not spare the life of the only woman on the state's death row, who is set to be executed Wednesday evening.

NYC cabbie suspended after pulling pregnant rider from taxi

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:49
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City cabbie's license has been suspended after surveillance video showed him pulling a pregnant passenger out of his vehicle and driving off.

AP PHOTOS: Manhattan ringed by ice

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:40

With a view of Brooklyn in the background, ice surrounds the Brooklyn Bridge, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in New York. A wide swath of the country is experiencing record-breaking temperatures while other areas are expecting more winter precipitation Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The freezing temperatures that have plagued much of the eastern U.S. haven't spared New York City. The waterways around the island of Manhattan are filled with ice.

Correction: Officers Shot-Georgia story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:39

In this undated photo real eased by the Habersham County (Ga.) Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Joey Terrell poses for an official portrait. A shooting killed three people, including the suspect who was a former police officer, and also left Terrell and a deputy wounded in what authorities described as an ambush in northeastern Georgia. Terrell and Deputy Bill Zigan were shot and hospitalized. State Patrol Capt. Mark Perry said their injuries "don't appear serious." (AP Photo/Habersham County Sheriff's Department)DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — In a story Feb. 23 about a shooting that left three dead and injured two law enforcement officers, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, reported erroneously the last name of a sheriff's deputy who had been injured. His last name is Zigan, not Zigen.

White House threatens veto for U.S. House education bill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:38

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent ExtremismThe White House on Wednesday said a bill under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives to revise the federal No Child Left Behind education law would face a veto from President Barack Obama if it reached his desk. The bill, called the "Student Success Act," has been approved by a congressional committee and is expected to come before the full House for a possible vote this week. The White House said the bill is "a significant step backwards" in education policy.

2 to stand trial for manslaughter in football player's OD

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:35
MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Two 18-year-old Pennsylvania men have been ordered to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges for moving a dying 17-year-old friend out of one car to leave him in another after he overdosed on heroin and the prescription anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Gemalto: probe into spy hack finds no massive privacy leak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:22

The Gemalto logo is seen during a press conference. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. A Dutch SIM-maker allegedly targeted by British and U.S. spying agencies says it believes there was a hacking operation, but it didn't result in a massive privacy leak. Netherlands-based Gemalto, a maker of SIM cards used in mobile phones and credit cards, said Wednesday that an internal investigation "gives us reasonable grounds to believe" an operation by the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart "probably happened."(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — A Dutch SIM-maker allegedly targeted by British and U.S. spying agencies says it believes there was a hacking operation, but it didn't result in a massive privacy leak.

'Forza' creators revving up 'Fast & Furious' video game

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:19

This photo provided by Microsoft shows key art from "Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious." The hugely successful "Fast & Furious" movie franchise is hitching a ride with the massively popular "Forza" racing game series. "Forza" developer Turn 10 Studios and "Fast & Furious" distributor Universal are collaborating on a stand-alone video game pegged to the upcoming release of "Furious 7." (AP Photo/Microsoft)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Fast & Furious" and "Forza" are hitching a ride together.

Uber partners with Starwood, giving hotel points for rides

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:10

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2015, file photo, Anthony Khoury, head of Middle East and Africa expansions for Uber, demonstrates the mobile application at a press event to celebrate the official launch of the car-hailing service in Cairo. Uber passengers can now earn one Starwood rewards point for each dollar they spend on a ride in a car found through the Uber app, the San Francisco-based company said Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is partnering with hotel chain Starwood to give riders a bit more incentive to choose the ride-hailing service over a taxi.

Lawyers for Bill Cosby to ask U.S. judge to dismiss lawsuit

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:04

Actor Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New YorkAttorneys for Bill Cosby plan to ask a federal court judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against the comedian in Massachusetts by three women who said he called them liars when they accused him of sexual assault. Cosby, 77, and attorneys for the women who brought the suit said in a court filing late Tuesday that they met twice this month with an eye toward resolving the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts. Cosby, who hit the peak of his fame in the 1980s when he played Heathcliff Huxtable on NBC's "The Cosby Show," has recently been hit with a raft of allegations that he sexually assaulted women. He has never been criminally charged and through his lawyers has denied all the sexual assault claims.

Congress investigating DC's move to legalize pot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is investigating the District of Columbia's move to legalize marijuana and demanding documents showing how money has been spent to change the city's pot laws.

Correction: Oscars-Enigma Machines story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:54

Kenneth Rendell, founder and director of the World War II Museum, poses with Nazi Enigma encryption machines on display in Natick, Mass., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. In the Oscar-nominated film "The Imitation Game," Benedict Cumberbatch leads a code-breaking operation targeting the Nazis' infamous Enigma encryption machines. Rendell says his museum boasts the largest U.S. collection of Enigmas outside of the NSA. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NATICK, Mass. (AP) — In a story Feb. 20 about the Museum of World War II, The Associated Press, relying on information from the museum's founder, erroneously reported that it is the only one in the country where patrons can use Nazi-era Enigma coding machines to encrypt and decrypt messages. At least one other museum, the National Cryptologic Museum, lets visitors use similar machines.

Teen charged with teacher's slaying may use insanity defense

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 21:10
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for the Massachusetts teen charged with raping and killing his high school math teacher say they are "mulling" an insanity defense and will ask that the trial be moved.