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FBI officials train to provide security for Super Bowl 50

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:30

FBI officials train to provide security for Super Bowl 50With a million people expected in the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50 events, behind-the-scenes resources are preparing to respond to anything ranging from an active shooter situation to a suspicious package.


Pedestrian struck, seriously injured in Cherry Hill

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:25

Pedestrian struck, seriously injured in Cherry HillCamden County authorities are investigating an accident that seriously injured a pedestrian in Cherry Hill.


Video shows slain Oregon occupier reach for jacket pocket

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:19
BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) - The FBI on Thursday released video showing one of the men occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge reach for his jacket pocket before he was shot dead by law enforcement after speeding away from a traffic stop where the group's leader was arrested. Authorities said 54-year-old Robert LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Arizona who acted as a spokesman for the occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was armed when he was stopped by police and killed on Tuesday afternoon. (Reporting by Peter Henderson in Burns, Ore. ...

'Duct tape challenge': Mom issues warning after son's life-threatening injuries

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:03

 Mom issues warning after son's life-threatening injuriesWashington mom Sarah Fish is issuing a warning after her son almost died after taking on the popular 'duct tape challenge.'


Escaped California inmates believed living out of stolen van

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:48

Escaped inmates seen in undated photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department in CaliforniaThree inmates who escaped nearly a week ago from a maximum-security jail unit in Southern California are believed to be living out of a utility van they stole two days after their breakout, a sheriff's department spokesman said on Thursday. Lieutenant Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department also said a community college instructor who taught at the jail and had befriended one of the fugitives was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of assisting in the escape by furnishing the inmates with Google Maps information. Hallock said the teacher, Arvaghi Nooshafarian, 44, was an English-as-a-second-language teacher for the presumed mastermind of last Friday's jailhouse getaway, Hossein Nayeri, 37, who is accused of the mutilation torture of a kidnap victim in 2012.


Calls to U.S. trafficking hotline on the rise, organizers say

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:32
The number of calls reporting human trafficking cases to a U.S. national hotline rose last year, as did calls from trafficking survivors, showing that public awareness of the issue is growing, organizers said on Thursday. Some 1,600 survivors contacted the hotline in 2015, a 24 percent jump from a year earlier, said the Polaris Project, which operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline and a BeFree Textline. "The more people that are calling out to us means the more people who are getting help," said Brandon Bouchard, a spokesman for the Washington-based Polaris.

Barbie dolls to come in three new body types: curvy, tall and petite

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:29

 curvy, tall and petiteBarbie maker Mattel says it will start selling the doll in three new body types -- tall, curvy and petite. She'll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.


Iowa's Branstad says security top concern for GOP voters

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:24

In this Jan. 28, 2016 photo, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa’s longtime Republican governor sees a national electorate very unhappy with government and financial institutions, but are ultimately most concerned about their nation’s and their personal security. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With just days to go until the Iowa caucuses, the state's longtime Republican governor says that the federal government has failed to assure the American people that they are safe.


Regulators get input _ sort of _ on self-driving car rollout

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:19

John M. Simpson, of Consumer Watchdog, presents concerns about self-driving cars while speaking at a public hearing held by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. DMV officials began hearing from advocates and skeptics about the draft regulations the agency released last month on self-driving vehicles. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators deciding how to permit the future rollout of self-driving cars were told Thursday by consumer advocates that their cautious approach was right on, and by companies developing the technology that the current course will delay deployment of vehicles that promise huge safety benefits.


Cosby's lawyers: DA playing game of 'gotcha' after 12 years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:19

 DA playing game of 'gotcha' after 12 yearsLawyers for Bill Cosby are accusing prosecutors of playing a game of "gotcha" by waiting 12 years to charge him in a sex-assault case and using his testimony in a civil lawsuit against him.


Delaware House rejects legislation to abolish death penalty

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:14

Delaware House rejects legislation to abolish death penaltyThe Delaware House has rejected a bill to abolish the state's death penalty.


Nevada governor seeks change in sage grouse mining rule

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:00

FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval sits in his office at the Capitol in Carson City, Nev. Sandoval is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison, File)RENO, Nev. (AP) — The governor of gold-rich Nevada is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits, restoring burned out rangeland and reining in wild horse herds.


Tremors in U.S. Northeast caused by sonic boom, not quake: agency

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 08:49
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two fighter jets from a U.S. Navy base in Maryland may have caused a series of sonic booms on Thursday near the New Jersey coast that prompted hundreds of residents to report earthquake-like tremors. A spokeswoman for Naval Air Station Patuxent River said an F-35C and an F-18 were conducting routine flight testing over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday afternoon, which may have caused sonic booms. People from New Jersey to Connecticut posted on social media and called local police departments to report a series of tremors starting just before 1:30 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey, which monitors earthquake activity, said no quake had struck.

Bipartisan probe faults gov't with migrant child abuse

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 08:23

Marvin Velasco, 15, practices soccer outside his new home in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Velasco's perilous journey from Guatemala included crossing a river, even though he doesn't swim, and getting lost at night in a frigid desert. Once in the United States, he turned himself in to U.S. Border Patrol agents in Reynosa, Texas, and was sent to a shelter run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)WASHINGTON (AP) — Migrant children in the government's care fell prey to human trafficking after the Health and Human Services Department failed to protect them, according to a bipartisan congressional investigation released Thursday.


The Latest: 'Affluenza' teen attorneys say Couch will behave

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 08:00

This frame grab from a Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 taken from a video provided by Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Migracion, INM, shows a hooded Ethan Couch, as he is processed by Mexican immigration agents, in Mexico City. INM said that Couch, who used an "affluenza" defense in a 2013 fatal drunken-driving accident in Texas, was taken to the Mexico City airport from an immigration holding center, ending his month-long stay in Mexico. Couch was escorted onto a commercial plane, en route to Dallas, Thursday morning. (Instituto Nacional de Migracion, INM via AP)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on "affluenza" teenager Ethan Couch's deportation from Mexico (all times local):


Preparations underway for Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 07:56

Preparations underway for Democratic National Convention in PhiladelphiaWe are now six months away from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and Mayor Jim Kenney and the DNCC CEO held a news conference Thursday to keep everyone up to date on preparations.


Michigan lawmakers approve $28M more for Flint water crisis

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 07:48

Members of the Michigan National Guard load bottled water at a fire station, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 in Flint, Mich. The Michigan Legislature voted Thursday to direct another $28 million to address Flint's water emergency, allocating money for bottled water, medical assessments and other costs in the city struggling with a lead-contaminated supply. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers directed another $28 million on Thursday to address Flint's lead-contaminated water supply, allocating money for bottled water, medical assessments and other costs for the financially struggling city.


Computer expert gets no jail time in extensive spamming case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 07:24
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A computer expert was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation for helping send millions of spam messages that allowed computer marketers to illegally harvest email addresses and phone numbers.

California narrowly upholds key policy for solar growth

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 07:19

File photo of solar panels are pictured on the rooftops of residential homes in San Diego, CaliforniaCalifornia delivered a narrow victory to the solar industry on Thursday by maintaining a policy that has underpinned rooftop solar's dramatic growth while introducing fees that were smaller than utilities requested. After two years of rancorous debate, California's Public Utilities Commission upheld net metering by a vote of 3-to-2, allowing homeowners with solar panels to keep selling the excess power they generate back to their utility at the full retail rate. Homeowners with solar panels cheer net metering as it lowers their power bills.


Navy says flight testing may have resulted in sonic booms along N.J. coastline

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 07:17

 Fighter jets caused sonic booms along New Jersey coastThe Navy now says that flight testing done Thursday afternoon may have resulted in sonic booms that rocked towns along the New Jersey coastline.