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Venezuela's UN envoy: Not concerned about US investigations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:52

FILE- In this June 11, 2014, file photo, Venezuela's Rafael Ramirez, Minister of Popular Power of Petroleum and Mining, speaks to journalists prior to the start of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Ramirez, Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations, dismissed the possibility of cooperating with U.S. investigations into a billion-dollar bribery schemes that allegedly occurred at the country's state-run oil company while he was in charge. The allegations surrounding corruption at the PDVSA oil company cast a pall over Ramirez as Venezuela took over the rotating presidency of the Security Council on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations dismissed the possibility of cooperating with U.S. investigations into billion-dollar bribery schemes that allegedly occurred at the country's state-run oil company while he was in charge.


Chicago teachers union rejects 'serious offer' from district

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:52
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union announced Monday it has rejected a four-year contract proposal, saying the offer does not address school conditions, a lack of services for some students or the fiscal crisis the nation's third-largest district faces.

Former Reading council president sentenced to 2 years

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:39

Former Reading council president sentenced to 2 yearsA former eastern Pennsylvania city council president has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for taking a bribe in exchange for efforts to repeal the city's campaign finance law.


San Francisco police face US Justice Department review

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:36

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Brian Stretch, left, speaks next to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, center, and San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr during a news conference regarding the San Francisco Police Department Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Francisco. The U.S. Department of Justice launched a review of the San Francisco Police Department, an agency facing scrutiny over the shooting death of a young black man and the emergence of homophobic and racist text messages exchanged between officers. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday it will examine use of force and ethnic disparities in arrests as part of a review of the San Francisco Police Department amid heightened racial tensions.


Oregon town tense amid dueling protests after wildlife refuge takeover

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:31

Pro-militia supporters and anti-militia supporters confront each other at a protest outside the Harney County Courthouse in BurnsTension flared in the deeply divided town of Burns, Oregon, on Monday as 500 demonstrators on both sides of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge squared off, brandishing signs and yelling at each other days after one of the occupiers was shot dead by state police. Residents angered by the four-week presence of the armed occupiers and their supporters started crowding the streets in front of the Harney County Courthouse in late morning, seeking to serve as a counter-protest to a noon (2000 GMT) demonstration called at the courthouse by supporters of the occupation. Shortly before noon, the mostly residential streets around the courthouse in this community of less than 3,000 had swelled with protesters - about 300 opposed to the occupiers and 200, some of them from out of town, in favor.


UN: Syria approves aid deliveries to 3 besieged villages

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:25
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government on Monday approved a United Nations request for new aid deliveries to the besieged towns of Madaya, Foua and Kfarya where hundreds of civilians are facing severe malnutrition and some have starved to death.

Family overjoyed to see Philadelphia's Corey Brown in Super Bowl 50

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:22

Family overjoyed to see Philadelphia's Corey Brown in Super Bowl 50Former Cardinal O'Hara product Corey Brown will be taking the field Sunday at Super Bowl 50 as Carolina Panthers starting wide receiver.


Popular New Jersey deli ready to bounce back after fire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:04

Popular New Jersey deli ready to bounce back after fireLots of regular customers are disappointed over the fire that shut down a landmark deli.


Port operator Outer Harbor Terminal LLC files for bankruptcy

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:00
Outer Harbor Terminal LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, two weeks after terminating its lease held in a joint venture with Ports America. Last month, Ports America, one of the largest marine cargo operators in the country, said it was shifting its business from the Oakland port to other cities along the West Coast, including Los Angeles and Long Beach. In a Chapter 11 petition filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, Outer Harbor Terminal, which operates part of the Oakland port, listed both assets and liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million.

Man accused of 'looking to kill a cop' charged with murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:57

Knox County prosecutor Chip McConville announces on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, a 10-count indictment against Herschel Ray Jones III, the suspect in the Jan. 17 slaying of a Danville policeman who was shot in the head, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — A man whose ex-girlfriend told police he left her house "looking to kill a cop" was charged Monday in the January death of an Ohio officer who was shot in the head, and the suspect could face the death penalty if convicted.


Four Oklahoma high school wrestlers charged with raping two boys

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:45
Four Oklahoma high school wrestlers were charged on Monday with raping two boys aged 12 and 16 after a wrestling tournament in January, police said. All suspects were members of the Norman North High School wrestling team. Three were charged as youth offenders and one was charged as an adult stemming from the Jan. 9 incident, police in Norman said.

North Dakota governor orders cuts amid $1B budget shortfall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:43

Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks to directors of state agencies and elected officials about the projected general fund revenue shortfall of more than $1 billion on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at the state capitol in Bismarck, N.D. Dalrymple ordered deep cuts to government agencies and a massive raid on state savings to make up for the shortfall due to depressed crude prices and a drop in oil drilling. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDITBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered deep cuts to government agencies and a massive raid on the oil-rich state's savings on Monday to make up for a more than $1 billion budget shortfall due to a drop in oil drilling and depressed crude prices.


Ailing woman who sued to get out-of-state marijuana dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:37
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who was suffering from late-stage cancer when she won permission to buy medical marijuana in Maine before it was available in her home state died Monday.

Amtrak engineer recalls opening throttle before fatal crash

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:35

Amtrak engineer recalls opening throttle before fatal crashThe last thing Amtrak engineer Brian Bostian remembers before last May's fatal crash in Philadelphia is pushing the throttle forward to pick up speed.


The Latest: Principals talk about students charged in death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:32

Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt, left, and Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson listen to questions during a news conference Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Blacksburg Va. Virginia Tech student, David Eisenhauer, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, whose remains were found in North Carolina. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the alleged abduction and slaying of a 13-year-old Virginia girl (all times local):


Powerful winds persist as winter storm lashes California

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:31

Firefighters work to remove a large tree that fell across multiple lanes of traffic, killing a motorist, in Pacific Beach, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Powerful winds have downed dozens of trees and power poles and blown away rooftops as a winter storm moves across California. (John Gastaldo/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITLOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful winds lashed Southern California on Monday at the tail end of a winter storm that also brought heavy rain and mountain snow.


Virginia Tech reels after two students charged in 13-year-old girl's death

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:30

Natalie Marie Keepers is pictured in this undated handout booking photoBy Colleen Jenkins BLACKSBURG, Va. (Reuters) - Students walking among the limestone-studded buildings on Virginia Tech's campus on Monday said they were rattled by the news of two engineering majors charged in the abduction and murder of a 13-year-old local girl from the college town of Blacksburg. "This guy lived under me?" said freshman Faraz Alam, 18, who lives in the same residence hall as one of the students charged. "It could have happened to any of my friends." First-year students David Eisenhauer, 18, and Natalie Keepers, 19, appeared in court on Monday in nearby Christiansburg but did not enter a plea and were being held in jail without bond.


Demotions overturned for VA officials accused in job scam

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:27

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2015, file photo, Veterans Affairs Department St. Paul Regional Office Director Kimberly Graves listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A judge has overturned a decision by the Veterans Affairs Department to demote a senior official accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for her own gain. The VA's acting inspector general said Graves and another senior executive, Diana Rubens, forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their senior-level pay while reducing their responsibilities. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges have overturned decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials accused of manipulating the agency's hiring system for their own gain.


Delta apologizes for flight attendants' 'altercation'

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:27
ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines is apologizing to passengers after a confrontation between two flight attendants last month led pilots to make an unscheduled landing halfway through the trip.

Chicago teachers' bargaining team rejects contract offer

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:25
A bargaining team for the Chicago teachers' union on Monday unanimously rejected a contract offer from the financially troubled city, raising the possibility of a strike and possibly causing a new embarrassment for embattled Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The rejection means the union and Chicago Board of Education will enter a final stage of talks to avert a possible strike, which could come as early as May 23. Chicago Public Schools officials had been hoping to relay positive developments on its teachers' contract to potential buyers of its $875 million of bonds expected to sell this week.