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Government health care website quietly sharing personal data

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:58

FILE - This Nov. 12, 2014 file photo shows the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore. A little-known side to the government’s health insurance website, HealthCare.gov, is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned.


Cancer-causing agent detected in water after pipeline spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:56

Cesar Rodriguez, left, hands a case of bottled drinking water to Whitney Schipman of Glendive, Mont., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Officials said benzene levels were too low to pose a short-term health risk but they warned the city's residents against drinking tap water out of precaution. Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples taken from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural community of Glendive near the North Dakota border. The contamination followed a 50,000 gallon oil spill that found its way from a break in a Bridger Pipeline's 12-inch pipeline into the Yellowstone River. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.


Ironworkers boss convicted of overseeing vandalism, violence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:55
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A longtime union boss was convicted Tuesday in a sweeping racketeering case of overseeing violence, vandalism and intimidation to get construction jobs for his members.

Obama to visit Selma for 50th anniversary of civil rights marches

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:36

Obama smiles as he works on a literacy project with children during a day of service at the Boys & Girls Club in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama will visit Selma, Alabama, in March to recognize the 50th anniversary of historic marches led by activists fighting against segregation and seeking to ensure African Americans' right to vote, a White House official said on Tuesday. Obama will visit the small southern town on March 7 as part of his administration's efforts to highlight the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the official said. The law, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson 50 years ago this August, banned literacy tests and other tactics used in the U.S. South to block racial minorities from voting. The White House official said more details of Obama's trip would be announced later.


Ice may delay restart of pipeline's breached Montana section

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:35
(Reuters) - A ruptured section of a pipeline that spilled 1,200 barrels of Bakken crude oil is under a frozen part of the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, which may delay an investigation that is required for the pipeline's restart. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration would need to sign off on the investigation before Bridger Pipeline LLC can restart the pipeline, said agency spokesman Damon Hill. The agency will have to sign off on the investigation before Bridger can restart the pipeline, and Hill said he did not know how long that would take. The icy river is also causing problems for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is searching for evidence of wildlife affected by the oil, spokesman Ryan Moehring said.

NJ mom accused of setting baby on fire appears in court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:34

NJ mom accused of setting baby on fire appears in courtA woman accused of dousing her newborn daughter with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road, has made her initial court appearance on a murder charge.


Five Florida high school students charged in alleged gang rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:32
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Five Florida high school football players have been charged with sexual battery in the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl who recorded parts of the encounter on her iPod, prosecutors said on Tuesday. The three others, who were charged as juveniles, have pleaded not guilty, according to prosecutors. The five teens, identified by local media as members of the school football team, were arrested in November after the girl told police she was pulled into the woods and raped near Winter Springs High School in a suburb of Orlando. Winter Springs Police Chief Kevin Brunelle said the recording and other forensic evidence led to the formal charges.

Duke suspends fraternity after sex assault allegation

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:29
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University says it has suspended a fraternity while police investigate allegations a woman was sexually assaulted at an off-campus party.

IBM 4Q revenue continues to sag, 2015 outlook disappoints

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:27

FILE - This Jan. 11, 2010 file photo shows a sign for IBM in New York. IBM is expected to release financial results after the market close on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)ARMONK, N.Y. (AP) — IBM's fourth-quarter net income dropped 11 percent as revenue in most categories continued to decline, and its outlook for the year disappointed investors.


Correction: $2 Million Penny story

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:26

In this undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions, the back of a 1793-dated penny is shown. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the penny, known as a "chain cent," sold for a world's record $2,350,000 in an auction conducted in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)DALLAS (AP) — In a story Jan. 9 about a rare penny sold at auction, The Associated Press, relying on information from Heritage Auctions, reported erroneously that the penny had 13 linking rings on the back symbolizing the 13 original colonies. The coin has 15 linking rings on the back symbolizing the 15 states in the U.S. at the time.


Jury selection starts in Colorado cinema massacre trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:22

Jury selection in the case of James Holmes beginsBy Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis CENTENNIAL, Co. (Reuters) - A judge in Colorado began the process on Tuesday of choosing the jury for the murder trial of James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student who killed 12 people in July 2012 at a midnight screening of a Batman movie. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. Jury selection may take up to four months as Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour seeks to narrow a field of some 9,000 possible jurors to a panel of 12 and 12 alternates. Each person will be questioned about views on topics such as insanity defenses and the death penalty.


5 Florida high school football players accused of gang rape

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:20
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Five football players were charged Tuesday with gang raping a fellow student near their central Florida high school, and investigators say the student captured part of the attack on video.

Netflix reels in 4.3M more subscribers 4Q; stock surges

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:13

FILE - This March 20, 2012 file photo shows Netfilx headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix is expected to release quarterly financial results after the market close on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Coming off its best quarter yet, Netflix is hoping to hook millions more Internet video subscribers with the lure of original programming as the company tries to build the leading network for the digital-streaming age.


Baltimore judge dismisses charges in NC teen's death

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:12
BALTIMORE (AP) — A man convicted of killing a North Carolina teenager and putting her body in the Susquehanna River was ordered freed Tuesday by a judge who dismissed all charges against him.

BP penalty trial dredges up gloomy images of 2010 Gulf spill

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 06:05

FILE - In this June 3, 2010, file photo, a bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast. Lawyers representing the federal government were in a New Orleans courtroom Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, outlining their case for adding some $13.7 billion in penalties to costs already incurred by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP points to $42 billion in costs it already has incurred in arguing for a lower penalty. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Images of oil-coated birds and testimony about "widespread sociocultural harm" opened the third phase of a trial to establish penalties BP must pay under the federal Clean Water Act for spilling millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.


Maryland governor officially commutes death sentences for 4

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 05:58
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has officially commuted the death sentences of four inmates who had been sentenced to die before Maryland banned capital punishment in 2013.

Bensalem man accused of touching 2 girls during sleepovers at his home

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 05:56

Bensalem man accused of touching 2 girls during sleepovers at his homeA Bensalem man has been arrested and charged with assaulting two young girls during sleepover parties at his home.


Va. governor to spend a second night in the hospital

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 05:54
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will spend a second night in a Richmond hospital as he recovers from injuries he suffered in a horse-riding accident in Africa, a spokesman said Tuesday.

PHOTOS: Maps of Wednesday's expected snowfall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 05:51

 Maps of Wednesday's expected snowfallAccuWeather is calling for some accumulating snow in parts of the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys.


New York man charged with trying to buy ricin 'death pills' online

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 05:48

Handout photo of Castro beansA Manhattan man tried to buy the biological toxin ricin from an undercover agent posing as a drug vendor on an online black marketplace, U.S. authorities said in criminal charges unsealed on Tuesday. The man, Cheng Le, has been in federal custody since he was arrested on Dec. 23, and is set to appear in federal court on Friday, according to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office. His lawyer Patrick Brackley said Le intends to plead not guilty.