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GOP blocks Senate bill curbing gender pay gap

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:55

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2013 file photo shows Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., flanked by Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill Wednesday curbing paycheck discrimination against women, an effort that even in defeat Democrats hoped would pay political dividends in this fall's congressional elections. Wednesday's vote was 53-44 to halt GOP tactics aimed at derailing the legislation, but that fell six short of the 60 Democrats needed to prevail. Mikulski stood up after the vote and said supporters were disappointed but that they would fight on. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall's congressional elections.


12 hurt in Orlando-area day care center crash

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:46
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle crashed into a day care center in an Orlando, Fla., suburb and injured 12 people, including children.

Suspect in school stabbings appears before judge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:46

A parent consoles their child as the leave Franklin Regional High School after more than a dozen students were stabbed by a knife wielding suspect at the school on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and is being questioned. (AP Photo/Tribune Review, Sean Stipp) PITTSBURGH OUTEXPORT, Pa. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing and slashing 19 students and a police officer at a suburban Pittsburgh high school is appearing before a judge.


Iowa State halts celebration after student hurt

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:43
AMES, Iowa (AP) — A popular Iowa State University celebration was suspended Wednesday after a student was seriously injured in a rowdy, late-night crowd that overturned cars and toppled light poles near the campus, the school's president announced Wednesday.

N.Y. court dismisses claims over Saudi billionaire's alleged fraud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:40
(Corrects first name of attorney for Al-Sanea, to Robert instead of Richard, in eighth paragraph.) By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - New York's highest state court has ruled that a lawsuit by the Algosaibi family conglomerate, claiming that a Saudi billionaire who married into the family committed a $150 million fraud, should be heard in Saudi Arabia. In the lawsuit, Ahmed Hamad al Gosaibi & Brothers Co claimed that Maan al-Sanea, the billionaire head of the Saad Group, used its accounts with Dubai-based Mashreqbank PSC to commit fraudulent foreign exchange trades executed in New York. Reversing a lower court, the New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed the Mashreqbank claims, saying the fact that the allegedly fraudulent trades were executed in New York did not give the state's courts jurisdiction over the case.

Top-paid Medicare doctors say they have reasons

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:40

Dr. Salomon MelgenWASHINGTON (AP) — How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare?


AP-GfK Poll: Most Americans say filing taxes easy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:40

FILE - This March 22, 2013, file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You're not alone, but you're in the minority. With the tax filing deadline looming on April 15, a majority of Americans say completing a federal tax return is easy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You're not alone, but you're in the minority.


Florida Highway Patrol: 10 to 12 injured when car crashes into Orlando-area day care center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:34
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Highway Patrol: 10 to 12 injured when car crashes into Orlando-area day care center.

U.S. university drops plan to honor critic of Islam

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:32

Somali-born Hirsi Ali speaks at the EU Parliament in BrusselsBy Scott Malone and Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Brandeis University has decided not to award an honorary degree to a Somali-born women's rights activist who has branded Islam as violent and "a nihilistic cult of death." The private university outside Boston said it had decided not to bestow the honor on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Dutch parliamentarian who has been a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women. Hirsi Ali said in a 2003 interview with a Dutch newspaper that, by modern standards, the Muslim prophet Mohammad could be considered a pedophile. In a 2007 interview with the London Evening Standard, she called Islam "a destructive, nihilistic cult of death." "We cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University's core values," the university said in a statement late Tuesday. "We regret that we were not aware of these statements earlier." The move followed an open letter from the Council on American-Islamic Relations to the university's president, Frederick Lawrence, saying that to do so was "unworthy of the American tradition of civil liberty and religious freedom." Nihad Awad, the group's national executive director, said that "offering such an award to a promoter of religious prejudice such as Ali is equivalent to promoting the work of white supremacists and anti-Semites." Hirsi Ali said in a statement on Wednesday that she was "completely shocked" by Brandeis' decision.


Vehicle crashes into Orlando-area day care center

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:27
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A car crashed into a day care center in an Orlando, Fla., suburb and multiple people, including children, were seen being carried out on stretchers.

House panel refers ex-IRS official to Justice Dept

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:21

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp , R-Mich., left, and the committee's ranking member, Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., exchange words on Capitol hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, during a disagreement over procedure as the panel debates whether IRS official Lois Lerner’s refusal to testify to Congress deserves criminal prosecution. After Rep. Levin’s insistence that he, the top Democrat, be heard, Chairman Camp told Levin to “chill out.” Levin replied that he was “very chilled out.” Ways and Means wants the Justice Department to open a criminal probe against Lerner. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to refer a former Internal Revenue Service official to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency's tea party controversy.


Florida's orange production is declining

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:20
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame.

20 hurt in school stabbing spree in Pennsylvania

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:20

A woman walks onto the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Flailing away with two knives, a 16-year-old boy with a "blank expression" stabbed and slashed 19 students and a police officer in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him.


Workers recover last Corvette from Ky. sinkhole

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:14
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole in Kentucky has been recovered, but the mood was somber as the mangled car was pulled to the surface.

Judge: Governor's ex-aides not required to produce documents on New Jersey lane closures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:13
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Judge: Governor's ex-aides not required to produce documents on New Jersey lane closures .

One of last Native American code talkers dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:09

File - In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, Edmond Harjo, 96, of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, and one of the last surviving code talkers, places his hand over his heart as the American flag is presented during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. Harjo died March 31, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Ada, Okla., according to the Swearingen Funeral Home. Harjo's nephew, Richard Harjo, said his uncle had a heart attack. He was 96. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Edmond Harjo, one of the last surviving members of a group of American Indians who used their Native languages to outmaneuver the enemy during World Wars I and II, died last week in Oklahoma. He was 96.


US urges oil-by-rail sector to agree a safer tank car

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:06

Anthony Foxx and Eric Holder hold a news conference at the Justice Department in WashingtonBy Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday asked oil-by-rail leaders to create a tank car fit to carry the kinds of fuel involved in recent fiery derailments even as he dodged lawmaker questions about when such a plan would be ready. But several accidents saw the rail cargoes explode with surprising force since summer, prompting demands for a tougher tank car to carry the fuel. Foxx said his agency was working hard to come up with a new tank car design. "My target date is as soon as possible," Foxx told a panel of the Senate Appropriations Committee when asked when the new standard would be ready.


Dog is rescued after racing train in New York City

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:06

In this April 8, 2014 photo provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, an MTA Police officier holds "Tie" on a leash at the Harlem 125th Metro North station in New York. The fleet-footed pooch is lucky to be alive after racing a Metro-North train from the Bronx into Manhattan alongside the train on a parallel track Tuesday. Engineer Joseph Delia said when the dog got ahead of the train he had to go “real slow” to avoid hitting her. Two MTA officers met the dog at the 125th Street station and named the dog “Tie” after all the railroad ties she crossed. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Meredith Daniels)NEW YORK (AP) — A fleet-footed pooch is lucky to be alive after racing a commuter train in New York City.


Rescued sailboat family returns safely to California aboard Navy ship

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 03:57
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A family of four rescued from their sailboat after their infant daughter became seriously ill at sea returned safely to San Diego on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up in the Pacific over the weekend, a Navy spokeswoman said. The parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, and their two daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Lyra, left the Navy frigate Vandegrift after the ship arrived in port around 10 a.m. local time and proceeded to their family doctor, according to Lieutenant Lenaya Rotklein of the Third Fleet. Rotklein declined to give any further information about the arrival of the Kaufmans at Naval Air Station North Island on San Diego Bay except to say all four family members were "stable when they departed" and were met at the port by relatives.

Suit cites urgency to overturn NC gay marriage ban

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 03:56
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday launched a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex marriage, urging a federal judge to quickly negate it to help children and gay couples suffering from urgent health problems.