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U.S. government urges Congress to update fast-track trade authority

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 01:07
The United States' top trade official urged lawmakers on Monday to update legislation streamlining the passage of trade deals through Congress to reflect the new global economy. Bipartisan negotiations are continuing on the final form of a bill which will restrict Congress to a yes-or-no vote on trade deals in exchange for setting negotiating objectives. The Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Orrin Hatch, has said he hopes to present legislation this month, but it faces opposition from some conservative Republicans and Democrats worried about the impact on jobs. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said a trade deal with 11 Pacific trading partners was nearing the finish line and fast-track authority was needed to realize the benefits.

In unusual twist, presidential race is revving up in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:52

This combo of 2015 file photos, from top left clockwise, shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, bottom right. Texas doesn’t open the voting in presidential campaigns like Iowa and New Hampshire do, but the 2016 Republican race already feels well underway in America’s largest conservative state. Texas’ plan to hold its 2016 primary on March 1 means that only the traditional two early voting states, along with South Carolina and Nevada, would predate it. (AP Photo/File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas doesn't open the voting in presidential campaigns like Iowa and New Hampshire do, but the 2016 Republican race already feels well underway in America's largest conservative state.


PHOTOS: Massive tanker truck fire in Pennsauken, NJ

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:38

 Massive tanker truck fire in Pennsauken, NJSee photos from the tanker truck fire on the ramp from Rt. 90 to Rt. 130 in Pennsauken.


Tanker truck bursts into flames on Rt. 130 in Pennsauken

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:27

Tanker truck bursts into flames on highway in PennsaukenAn overturned tanker truck burst into flames near the Betsy Ross Bridge Monday morning in Pennsauken, New Jersey.


82-year-old man kills son during fight, then commits suicide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:25
MATAMORAS, Pa. (AP) — Police say an 82-year-old man fatally shot his son in the head during a fight before committing suicide at their Pennsylvania home.

Connecticut police plan more arrests after cockfight bust

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:09
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Police in Connecticut plan to arrest nearly 70 more people after netting 40 suspects in a weekend raid on a cockfighting ring, state police officials said on Monday. Some 49 live birds and four dead combatants, as well as $100,000 in cash, were seized when officers from several law enforcement agencies raided a car dealership where more than 150 people had gathered to bet on the fights overnight Saturday into Sunday, State Police Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said.

Cleanup continues after derailed CSX train spills oil; drinking water safe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 00:01
A cleanup was continuing in the Kanawha River in West Virginia on Sunday after an oil spill last week following the derailment of a CSX Corp train, though drinking water was not affected, the company and federal officials said. Twenty seven of the train's 109 cars carrying 3.1 million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota to Virginia came off the rails on Feb. 16 in Mount Carbon, West Virginia, causing an explosion that left 19 cars ablaze. The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating the accident.

District attorney to review case of girl killed by pit bull

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 23:55
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) — A district attorney will review the case of a 2-year-old girl who was fatally mauled by a family's pit bull in a Pittsburgh suburb.

GM gets 33 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 23:45

A man walks past a row of General Motors vehicles at a Chevrolet dealership on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan(Reuters) - General Motors Co received another 33 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,345, according to the administrator of the company's compensation program. Through Friday, GM had received 479 claims for death, 292 for catastrophic injuries and 3,574 for less-serious injuries requiring hospitalization, according to a report from lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, hired by GM to administer the program. The number of claims found to be eligible for compensation so far is 151, the report said. Feinberg has so far determined that 57 deaths, nine severe injuries and 85 other injuries are eligible for compensation.


2 in custody after Levittown gun shop standoff

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 23:10

2 in custody after Levittown gun shop standoffPolice say they now have two people in custody following an overnight burglary and standoff at a gun shop in Levittown.


13-year-old shot in the legs in Wilmington

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 22:42

13-year-old shot in the legs in WilmingtonPolice in Wilmington, Delaware say a 13-year-old boy is recovering after being shot in the legs.


Sources: Assault leads to fatal officer-involved shooting in Allentown

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 22:41

 Assault leads to fatal officer-involved shooting in AllentownA man is reportedly dead following an officer-involved shooting in Allentown Monday morning.


Ergen takes CEO job back at Dish as Clayton to retire

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 22:27

In this Thursday, May 20, 2010 photo, Dish Network CEO Charles Ergen speaks at the Google conference in San Francisco. Dish Network said Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, that President and CEO Joseph Clayton will be stepping down on March 31. Co-founder and Chairman Ergen, who previously served as CEO and president, will take over again. Clayton, who has been CEO since June 2011, will also retire from the board. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Dish Network co-founder and Chairman Charles Ergen is returning to the helm of the satellite TV provider as the company faces declining subscribers and a changing pay-TV industry.


Sources: Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Allentown

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 22:27

 Assault leads to fatal officer-involved shooting in AllentownA man is reportedly dead following an officer-involved shooting in Allentown Monday morning.


Four dead, one seriously injured in Texas shooting

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 22:26
(Reuters) - Four people were dead and one woman was in serious condition on Monday after gunfire erupted at two homes in Killeen, Texas, according to local police. The dead included a 30-year-old man suspected of shooting three people in one home before forcing his wife back to their neighboring house, where the two were later found with fatal gunshot wounds, Killeen police said in a statement.

Hollande: French Muslims have both rights, responsibilities

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 22:15

French president, Francois Hollande, delivers a speech as he visits the Arab Institute building in Paris, France, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. President Francois Hollande says France’s millions of Muslims should be protected and respected, but should also respect the nation’s strict secular policies. Hollande spoke Thursday after three radical Muslim gunmen killed 17 people in France’s worst attacks in decades. (AP Photo/Ian Langsdon, Pool)PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande says France's millions of Muslims should be protected and respected and in turn they should also respect the nation's strict secular policies.


Prosecutor: Inmate killed cellmate so he'd have his own cell

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 22:07
CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A prosecutor says an inmate killed his cellmate at a Pennsylvania prison because he wanted his own private cell.

Top 5 Moments From the 2015 Oscars

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 22:05
The top 5 moments from the 2015 Oscars.

'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy, originality

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 22:00

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu attends the 87th Academy Awards - 21st Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Oscar Party at BOA Steakhouse on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood is smarter than you thought. Whether by design or chance, the 87th Academy Awards elegantly and subtly shifted the tone of the season from a reductive fixation on snubs and fact-checking to a positive celebration of original filmmaking and purposeful advocacy for causes as diverse as immigration, suicide and equal rights.


Oscars 2015: The complete list of winners

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 21:46

 The complete list of winnersBest picture, best actor, best actress and more. Check out all the winners for the 87th Oscars!