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Bill and Melinda Gates making Super Bowl plans

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:21

Bill and Melinda Gates are interviewed in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. As the world decides on the most crucial goals for the next 15 years in defeating poverty, disease and hunger, the $42 billion Gates Foundation announces its own ambitious agenda. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)SEATTLE (AP) — Melinda Gates says she and her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, are most likely going to see their hometown team play in the Super Bowl.


Gates foundation sees huge gains against disease, poverty by 2030

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:05

Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, listens to a question during a news conference before her address to the 67th World Health Assembly in GenevaBy Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Worldwide child deaths will be halved over the next 15 years, polio, guinea worm and river blindness will be eradicated, and there will be a single-dose cure for malaria. The predictions appear in the annual letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, chaired by the Microsoft Corp co-founder and former chief executive and his wife. Released on Thursday, the letter predicts a long list of breakthroughs in global health and development by 2030, including long-elusive milestones such as Africa being able to feed itself rather than depend on food imports. "You need some breakthroughs," Melinda Gates said in an interview.


Wisconsin man gets 40 years in killing, dismemberment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:53
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison in the fatal shooting and dismemberment of a Minnesota man.

Town votes to demolish Sandy Hook killer's Connecticut home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:53

The house where Adam Lanza lived with his mother Nancy Lanza is seen in Newtown, ConnecticutBy Richard Weizel NEWTOWN, Conn. (Reuters) - The town council of Newtown, Connecticut, voted unanimously on Wednesday to demolish the home of a 20-year-old man who killed 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. By a vote of 12-0, the council agreed that the white colonial-style house of the gunman, Adam Lanza, be razed under a plan that would preserve the lot as open space, at least for the short term. Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, on Dec. 14, 2012, at their home shortly before driving to the school to continue his shooting spree, killing 20 first-graders and six adult staffers before taking his own life. Under my tenure, I can't see doing anything else with that property," Patricia Llodra, Newtown's highest elected official, told the council before the vote.


AccuWeather: Light Snow in Philadelphia, Higher Amounts South

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:44

 Light Snow in Philadelphia, Higher Amounts SouthMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking snow moving out tonight and a much stronger storm for the weekend.


VIDEO: Dann Cuellar reports on snow in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:34

 Dann Cuellar reports on snow in DelawareDann Cuellar reports live on the weather conditions from Claymont, Delaware.


Vigil for newborn baby allegedly set on fire by mother

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:29

Vigil for newborn baby allegedly set on fire by motherA vigil was held for a newborn baby girl, who died after police say the child's mother set her on fire along a New Jersey road.


US calls for Myanmar to probe killings of 2 Kachin women

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. called on Myanmar to investigate the killings of two ethnic Kachin teachers, amid allegations by activists the women were raped and murdered by government forces.

VIDEO: Kenneth Moton reports on snow aftermath in NJ

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:21

 Kenneth Moton reports on snow aftermath in NJKenneth Moton reports live on the winter weather from Vineland, New Jersey.


Gun-toting suspect robs Verizon store in Northern Liberties

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:01

Gun-toting suspect robs Verizon store in Northern LibertiesA gun-toting suspect is wanted for robbing a cell phone store in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties section.


Mother: Aid-in-dying bill carries Brittany Maynard's legacy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:56

Debbie Ziegler, center, the mother of Brittany Maynard, speaks in support of proposed legislation allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients during a news conference at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. Maynard, a 29-year-old San Francisco Bay Area woman who had terminal brain cancer, moved to Oregon where she could legally end her life. Ziegler, flanked by the bill authors Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, left, and Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, said Californians shouldn't have to uproot their lives for a peaceful death. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a young woman whose battle with brain cancer drew widespread attention to her desire to legally end her life with prescribed drugs in California appeared Wednesday in the state Capitol to push for aid-in-dying legislation.


LG to launch curved G Flex 2 smartphone next week

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:52
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. said it will start selling a new curved smartphone next week in its latest effort to bring the curve to a mass market.

Reports: Google planning to sell wireless phone service

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:51
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.

House committee passes border security bill

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:46
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led House committee passed legislation over Democratic objections Wednesday aimed at securing the U.S. border with Mexico within five years.

Abortion opponents push new bills in state legislatures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:39

Anti-abortion activists stage a "die-in" in front of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Buoyed by conservative gains in the November 2014 election, the anti-abortion movement is busy mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women's access to the procedure. Thursday marks the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that established a nationwide right to abortion. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)NEW YORK (AP) — Buoyed by conservative gains in the November election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in several state legislatures that would further curtail women's access to the procedure.


Kin: Man who killed doctor had blamed him for mother's death

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:38

This Oct. 24, 2006 photo provided by Mainframe Photographics, shows Michael J. Davidson, director of endovascular cardiac surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who died late Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, after being shot inside the hospital earlier that day. Police said Stephen Pasceri, 55, of Millbury, Mass., entered the hospital late Tuesday morning, requested to see the doctor, shot him twice just outside a second floor examination room, then shot himself to death. (AP Photo/Mainframe Photographics, Susan R. Symonds)BOSTON (AP) — A man who walked into a leading hospital, asked for a cardiac surgeon by name and fatally shot him outside an examination room had been upset about his mother's death and had blamed the doctor for it, relatives said.


Lawsuit: Sergeant punished for racist cartoon complaint

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:21
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego police sergeant has filed a racial-discrimination lawsuit against the city claiming he was punished for complaining about a racist cartoon that was used in a training class, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Washington state attorney general seeks to raise smoking age to 21

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:20

A woman disposes a cigarette in Los Angeles, CaliforniaBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state could become the only U.S. state to raise its legal age for smoking tobacco to 21 from 18 under a measure proposed on Wednesday by its top law enforcement official. The legislation, if enacted, would also put the legal age for purchasing and possessing tobacco and nicotine-vapor products on an equal footing with the state's minimum drinking age of 21, with the goal of restricting access to teens and lowering healthcare expenses. The measure, however, would cost the state some $20 million a year in estimated tax revenue. ...


Congress: Ventilation drew smoke into stricken subway train

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:20

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., center, speaks about the recent D.C. Metro subway fire earlier this month, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. One woman was killed and more than 80 were sent to hospitals with smoke inhalation after a subway train filled with smoke inside a tunnel near the busy L’Enfant Plaza station in downtown Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Ventilation fans in Washington's subway tunnels didn't work properly during a fatal accident last week in which a train filled with smoke, and fans on the stricken train actually drew smoke inside the cars, members of Congress said Wednesday.


1,200 have requested refunds for Bill Cosby's Denver shows

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:09
DENVER (AP) — The director of Denver's Arts & Venues department says nearly 40 percent of the tickets originally purchased for Bill Cosby's comedy shows in the city were returned for refunds.