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Feds say man spoke of radio-controlled plane bombs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:29
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Moroccan man in Connecticut who allegedly expressed interest in using remote-controlled airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building has been arrested by the FBI and detained without bail, federal authorities said Tuesday.

At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:28

 Love SnapThe rising cost of child care is among likely reasons for a rise in the number of women staying home full-time with their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. Other ...


New York man cleared of murder after nearly 25 years in prison

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:25
A New York City man who spent nearly 25 years in prison for murder was exonerated Tuesday when a judge found that he had been in Florida on vacation at the time of the crime. Jonathan Fleming, 51, walked out of Brooklyn Supreme Court a free man after the Kings County District Attorney's Office dropped all charges against him "in the interest of justice." "He's extremely happy this day finally came but frustrated that he suffered for 25 years for a crime he didn't commit," defense lawyer Taylor Koss said. Fleming had always maintained his innocence in the 1989 shooting death of his friend Darryl Rush in Brooklyn. His attorneys said prosecutors rushed to convict him, ignoring evidence including phone bills, photographs, hotel receipts and other evidence that placed him in Florida at the time of the crime.

U.S. has not determined legal authority to delay Obamacare mandate

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:22

Julian Gomez explains Obamacare to people at a health insurance enrolment event in CommerceBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration has not determined whether it has legal authority to delay Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires most Americans to enroll in health insurance or pay a tax penalty, a senior Treasury official said on Tuesday. Mark Iwry, senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, told U.S. lawmakers the administration sees no reason for delay given that the law allows for exemptions and provides financial assistance for those unable to afford health coverage on their own. "If we don't believe that it is appropriate to be delaying that provision ... then we don't reach the question of whether we have legal authority," Iwry said in testimony before the Republican-controlled House Ways and Means Committee's Health subcommittee. The administration has delayed numerous segments of the 2010 law known as Obamacare during four years of implementation and continues to face speculation about possible new postponements for provisions, including the individual mandate.


US stocks rise for the first time in four days

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:21

Trader James Riley, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Stocks were mixed in early trading on Tuesday after a three-day slump. Investors will start to focus on company earnings this week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe the sell-off was a little overdone.


Verdict reached in Arizona hammer-killing trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:21
PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of an Arizona woman accused of fatally beating her husband with a hammer in 2009.

US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:18

FILE - In this July 9, 2009 file photo Dr. Craig Rowles stands with hogs in one of his Carroll, Iowa, hog buildings. The farmer and longtime veterinarian did all he could to prevent porcine epidemic diarrhea from spreading to his farm, but despite his best efforts the deadly diarrhea attacked in November 2013, killing 13,000 animals in a matter of weeks. PED, a virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)MILWAUKEE (AP) — A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.


Potential evidence against lawmaker remains sealed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:16

FILE - In this Monday, June 10, 2013, file photo State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, holds a brief news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Calderon appeared in a Los Angeles federal courtroom on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, for a brief hearing in which a judge said his attorney should not yet receive grand jury testimony or other potential evidence prosecutors will use in a political corruption case. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grand jury testimony and other potential evidence against indicted California state Sen. Ronald Calderon should not be handed over to his attorney at this time, a federal judge said Tuesday.


'Complaint' leads to gunfight in LA police station

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:14

Los Angeles police officers stand outside the West Traffic Division station Tuesday, April 8, 2014, after an officer was shot and wounded inside the station Monday evening. A gunman who opened fire inside the police station, hitting one officer several times, was hospitalized early Tuesday in critical condition after he was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer sat at a desk on a quiet night with a single companion in the small, otherwise empty station lobby. In the next room, some three dozen people sat in a subdued neighborhood council meeting.


Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:11

FILE - This combination of Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 photos shows the different stages of the moon during a lunar eclipse as seen from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. On Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow and will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 minutes. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year— in color.


Judge retires, is reprimanded after sexist comment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:08
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A veteran New Hampshire judge has retired and been reprimanded after he made comments believed to disparage female lawyers.

UN rights chief blames most crimes on Syrian gov't

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:48
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Atrocities by the Syrian government "far outweigh" crimes by the opposition fighters and Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is "mostly responsible" for the human rights offenses in the three-year war, the U.N. human rights chief said Tuesday.

Al Sharpton says report of FBI cooperation not new

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:46
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton admitted on Tuesday that he helped the FBI investigate New York Mafia figures in the 1980s, even making secret recordings that appeared to help bring down a mob boss.

Big outside groups overshadow parties in key races

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:36

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, forcing the parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campaigns. In a handful of key Senate races, the biggest and loudest players so far are well-funded groups that don’t answer to any candidate or political party-such as the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. Some veteran lawmakers worry about the clout of the Republican and Democratic parties, which have dominated U.S. politics since the Civil War. The recent Supreme Court ruling appears unlikely to reduce the role that outside groups are playing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, leaving political parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campaigns.


Obama signs actions taking aim at gender pay gap

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:31

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., left, and Morning Joe television host Mika Brzezinski, second from right, take a selfie with others in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, before an event marking Equal Pay Day. Obama announced new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women. The president and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday to make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace ...


Construction firms worried about worker shortage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:31

Construction workers Ryan Bell, left, and Shawna Smith, both electricians with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, prep wire for installing at Union Station, which is undergoing an extensive renovation and expansion, in Denver, on Monday, April 8, 2014. After laying off two million workers during the recession, the construction industry now fears it may not have enough crews to keep up with demand for building projects. On April 8, 2014 in Denver, the Associated General Contractors of America announced a plan to deal with the shortage, including establishing charter schools focused on technical training, starting non-union apprenticeship programs and calling on Congress to pass immigration reform. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — The construction industry says it's in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction trade group kicked off an effort Tuesday to help bolster the employment ranks.


Carter, Dole spouses join military families effort

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:29

FILE - In this May 10, 2012, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Jill Biden speaks at a Joining Forces event in honor of military mothers in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting some high-profile support for their initiative to help military families. They are being joined at the White House on Friday by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole for an announcement about support for the caregivers of wounded service members and veterans. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting a dose of high-profile support for their nationwide effort to help military families.


Online newspaper buys Anchorage Daily News

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:24
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An online competitor announced plans Tuesday to buy Alaska's largest daily newspaper.

American imprisoned in Cuba begins hunger strike

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:19

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo provided by U.S. lawyer James L. Berenthal, jailed American Alan Gross poses for a photo during a visit by Rabbi Elie Abadie and Berenthal at Finlay military hospital in Havana, Cuba. Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba, released a statement through his lawyer Tuesday, April 8, 2014, saying he began fasting to protest his treatment by the governments of Cuba and the United States. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — An American who has been imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after illegally setting up Internet access on the island is on a hunger strike, according to a statement his lawyer released Tuesday.


Jury convicts woman in Texas stiletto killing

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 04:11
HOUSTON (AP) — A jury has convicted a U.S. woman of fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the stiletto heel of her shoe.