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Historic snows causing headaches for real estate industry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:03

 Septic system inspectors can't find buried tanks, sellers can't easily have furniture delivered to stage a home for sale, and owners who do manage to sell a home are having a difficult time moving out. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — All that snow in New England may make your property look as pretty as a calendar shot, but it won't do you any favors if you're trying to buy or sell a house.

Rothman replaces Pascal as film chief at Sony

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:03

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Thomas Rothman arrives at the AFI Fest premiere of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in Los Angeles. Rothman has been named co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, replacing the recently departed Amy Pascal. Sony Pictures co-chairman and chief executive Michael Lynton announced Rothman’s promotion Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Since 2013, Rothman has been running TriStar Productions at Sony. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former 20th Century Fox chief Tom Rothman has been named chairman of Sony's Motion Picture Group, replacing Amy Pascal as studio head and effectively concluding Sony's shake-up following the damaging hacking scandal.

Christie proposes $33.8 billion budget for next fiscal year

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:02
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proposing a new round of major pension and health benefit cuts for public employees in his budget address Tuesday, a day after a judge ordered his administration to restore $1.57 billion in delayed payments to the state's pension system.

Officer investigated after pushing, slapping homeless man

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 04:00

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderly addresses the media about a Fort Lauderdale police officer who pushed and slapped a man during an arrest after a video surfaced showing the incident, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A criminal investigation has been launched against a police officer who was videotaped pushing and slapping a homeless man at a downtown bus terminal, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Susan Stocker ) MAGS OUTFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police have opened a criminal investigation into an officer who was videotaped pushing and slapping a homeless man at a bus terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale — a city that made national headlines for its ban on feeding homeless people in some public areas.

Alaska allows recreational marijuana as legalization campaign spreads

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:50

A participant practices rolling a joint at the Cannabis Carnivalus 4/20 event in SeattleBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana became legal in Alaska on Tuesday as a growing decriminalization movement reached the United States' northwest frontier. Alaska, which narrowly passed the measure in November, followed Colorado and Washington among states allowing recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug. In the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Tuesday the U.S. capital would go ahead with legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana and pot plants despite opposition from Congress. In Maryland, the state legislature began hearings on Tuesday on a measure to legalize marijuana.

Homeless people need libraries, and libraries need them, too

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:47

In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Larry Lawrence, left, who slept on the street the night before, works at a computer at the Nashville Public Library in Nashville, Tenn. As cuts to social services and mental health programs continue to drive the homeless and disadvantaged to use libraries as day shelters, some libraries are beginning to view services for that population as an important part of their mission. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library.

Wisconsin lawmakers debate right-to-work bill as unions rally

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:46
By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A hearing into a Republican-led drive to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state opened on Tuesday as union members, some in hard hats and overalls, rallied at the state Capitol Building in opposition to the measure. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2016, will sign a bill if it makes it to his desk, a spokeswoman has said. Walker backed a law to limit the power of public sector unions shortly after becoming governor four years ago and in 2012 survived a recall election sought by Democrats and union members, making him a favorite of conservatives nationally. A committee in the Republican-controlled Senate is expected to vote later on Tuesday after the hearing to send the proposed measure to the full Senate for a vote as soon as Wednesday.

New York court dismisses lawsuit over Occupy Wall Street arrests

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:44
A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on New York's Brooklyn Bridge in 2011 at the height of the movement against income inequality and wealth distribution in the United States. In a ruling released late on Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit of Appeals in New York reversed its own August 2014 decision allowing the class action over alleged police misconduct to proceed. The 2011 lawsuit was filed against New York City police officers involved in arresting some 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters three days earlier during a march over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Ex-substitute teacher pleads to booze charges in sex case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:42
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former substitute teacher accused of having sex with two 18-year-old students while her husband was away has pleaded guilty to giving them alcohol but not having sex with them.

Judge: Tsarnaev supporters can demonstrate near court entry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:42

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev have asked a judge three times to move his trial out of Massachusetts because of the emotional impact of the deadly attack. Three times, the judge has refused. On Thursday, Feb. 19, Tsarnaev’s defense team will ask a federal appeals court to take the decision out of the hands of O’Toole Jr. and order him to move the trial. They insist that Tsarnaev cannot find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts because too many people believe he’s guilty and many have personal connections to the marathon or the bombings. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)BOSTON (AP) — A judge on Tuesday refused to bar demonstrators from gathering outside court during the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, rejecting a request from his lawyers who worry that "self-appointed supporters" who believe the attacks were a government plot could hurt his chances for a fair trial.

14 injured after house explosion in Stafford Twp.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:39
A total of 14 people were injured after a house explosion in Stafford Township, New Jersey on Tuesday.

Cops: Credit union boss strapped with possible bomb in plot

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:30
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two robbers wearing ski masks and goggles strapped what looked like a bomb onto a credit union executive and ordered him to withdraw money from one of his company's branches while they stayed at his home with his mother, police said Tuesday.

Hawaii will be 1st US stop for solar round-the-world journey

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:13
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii will be the first destination in the United States for a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft attempting to fly around the world.

Keith Olbermann out for week after Penn State comments

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 03:05
Keith Olbermann has been taken off his ESPN show for the rest of the week after making insulting comments about Penn State students on Twitter.

White House says VA secretary's false statement will not impact work

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:58
The White House does not expect U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald's false claim that he served in the U.S. special forces to impact his work, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. "We take him at his word and expect that this will not impact the important work he's doing to promote the health and well-being of our nation's veterans," the spokesperson said. McDonald apologized on Monday for saying he had served in the special forces when he had not. McDonald was confirmed to lead the troubled agency last July after former secretary Eric Shinseki resigned following cover-ups of long wait times for veterans in need of health care.

White House defends U.S. VA secretary after false statement

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:58

New Secretary of Veterans Affairs McDonald gestures as he testifies about "The State of VA Health Care" as he appears at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in WashingtonThe White House on Tuesday defended U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald after he apologized for falsely saying he served in the U.S. special forces, but a top Republican said the scuffle could hurt trust in the department. McDonald said in a statement on Monday that he had met a homeless man in Los Angeles who said he served in the special forces. McDonald said he incorrectly responded that he had also served there, and he apologized for what he called a "misstatement." "We take him at his word," a White House spokesperson said on Tuesday, adding the Obama administration does not expect the flub to harm McDonald's work on veterans' issues. McDonald, who served with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and was chief executive of consumer goods company Procter & Gamble Co, was brought in after former Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned.

IRS: Your chances of getting audited lowest in a decade

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget cuts forced the IRS to reduce the number of tax audits last year to the lowest level in a decade, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday. And the number of audits could be even lower this year.

Justice Department: George Zimmerman will not face federal charges in death of Trayvon Martin

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department: George Zimmerman will not face federal charges in death of Trayvon Martin.

Court nixes Occupy marchers' suit over mass arrest on bridge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:44
NEW YORK (AP) — Police didn't mislead more than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters into getting arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, a federal appeals court decided in ordering the demonstrators' lawsuit dismissed.

Alaska pot news guide: Marijuana becomes legal in Alaska

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 02:42

In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Alaska Cannabis Club CEO Charlo Greene prepares to roll a joint at the medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, Alaska will become the third state in the nation to legalize marijuana. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana: