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Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:08

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2008, file photo an air traffic controller stands beneath a radar screen in the control tower at Washington's Reagan National Airport. House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa., is launching a push this week to take control of that system away from the government and hand it to a non-profit corporation directed by the airlines, airports, and labor unions, among others. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Responsibility for the nation's air traffic control operations would shift from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation under legislation introduced Wednesday as part of an overhaul of how Washington oversees the aviation system.


U.S. Capitol temporarily shuts its police gun firing range

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:06
It seems even the U.S. Capitol Police are not immune. The law enforcement agency has a brand new firing range in the basement of one of the sprawling House of Representatives' office buildings adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. "The range designers are looking at operational design concerns, so it is the design of the range," spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson told Reuters.

Obama visits a mosque to send pointed message to non-Muslims

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:05

Obama waves farewell to students after his remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville, MarylandBy Roberta Rampton CATONSVILLE, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made his first visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, in an effort to allay the fears of Americans accustomed to pop-culture portrayals of Muslims as terrorists, and to reassure Muslim American youth about their place in the nation. Obama, declaring that attacks on Islam were an attack on all religions, decried the "inexcusable political rhetoric" against Muslims from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates. "When any religious group is targeted, we all have a responsibility to speak up." Trump, the Republican front-runner, called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States after authorities described a California couple who killed 14 people last December as radicalized Muslims inspired by Islamic State militants.


Obama to seek 1.6 percent pay raise for federal government workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:01

Obama delivers remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville, MarylandThe Obama administration next week will propose a 1.6 percent pay increase for federal employees, an administration official said on Wednesday. The proposal will be included in President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, which is set to be unveiled on Tuesday. The pay raise would apply to military and civilian personnel, the official said in a statement.


After execution, Georgia already planning for the next one

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 06:00

This undated photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Brandon Astor Jones in Georgia. Jones, a 72-year-old death row inmate, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. He was convicted in the 1979 killing of a convenience store manager. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — After carrying out the execution of its oldest death row inmate this week, Georgia is already preparing for the next lethal injection.


Flooding concerns after record snow in Lehigh Valley

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:56

Flooding concerns after record snow in Lehigh ValleyThe concern has moved from the record amount of snow from the blizzard to flooding in Palmer Township, Northampton County.


U.S. lawmakers chastise officials at all levels over Flint crisis

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:55

The front of the Flint Water Plant is seen in Flint,U.S. lawmakers criticized environmental officials at a hearing on Wednesday for not acting sooner when they saw a report that drinking water in Flint, Michigan was polluted with dangerously high levels of lead. "I never thought this could happen in America," and in a state, "surrounded by fresh water of the Great Lakes," Brenda Lawrence, a Democrat of Michigan, said at a House Oversight panel examining the water crisis in Flint, a city of 100,000. Thousands of children are believed to have ingested the polluted water in Flint, a mostly African American and Latino suburb near Detroit.


Philadelphia police van with shooting victims crashes in Grays Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:54

Philadelphia police van with shooting victims crashes in Grays FerryPhiladelphia police officers taking shooting victims to the hospital were involved in a crash in Grays Ferry.


Federal jury awards $23.1 million to unarmed black man shot, paralyzed by Florida sheriff's deputy

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:53
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal jury awards $23.1 million to unarmed black man shot, paralyzed by Florida sheriff's deputy.

Rick Santorum's campaign schedule on hold

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:53

Rick Santorum's campaign schedule on holdRepublican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's campaign schedule is on hold, according to the director of his South Carolina campaign.


Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it's a blame game

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:50

Flint, Mich. resident Glaydes Williamson holds up water from Flint and hair pulled from her drain, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to examine the ongoing situation in Flint, Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Michigan should have required the city of Flint to treat its water for corrosion-causing elements after elevated lead levels were first discovered in the city's water a year ago, the state's top environmental regulator says in testimony prepared for congressional hearing. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)WASHINGTON (AP) — Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan fight over witnesses and no-shows.


How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:47
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks staged a rapid comeback in late-afternoon trading to close solidly higher Wednesday, helped by a surge in the price of oil and a decline in the U.S. dollar.

DA in Bill Cosby case says non-prosecution deal is invalid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:46

DA in Bill Cosby case says non-prosecution deal is invalidThe prosecutor in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby argued Wednesday that his predecessor had no legal authority to make a deal a decade ago that would shield the comedian from ever facing charges.


AccuWeather: Rain tapers to showers; snow possible Fri. AM

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:42

 Rain tapers tonight; Fri. morning snow for someMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says there is also a little bit of snow in the forecast for some on Friday morning.


Kansas man pleads guilty in plot to bomb Army post

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:34

This photo shows a letter The Topeka Capital-Journal received on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Topeka, Kan., from John Booker Jr., saying he wants a new attorney to represent him. Booker pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to two counts in connection with a plot to plant a bomb outside an Army post in northeast Kansas. A hearing on Wednesday was delayed by several hours after Judge Carlos Murguia announced he'd also received a letter from Booker, although neither Murguia nor Booker's attorney gave details on the contents of that letter. (Thad Allton /The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man whose lawyer says he is mentally ill pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with a plot to plant a bomb outside an Army post, acknowledging that he wanted to aid the Islamic State group.


Landlord admits killing 2 tenants over fight after snowstorm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:32
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A landlord pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing two tenants after fighting with them over snow shoveling, parking and late rent.

Police: 5 Mexicans who died in house fire in US illegally

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:32

Police and fire officials investigate a house fire that killed five people at a home in Novi, Mich., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Authorities say five restaurant workers were killed in the house fire near Detroit. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. (Brandy Baker/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDITNOVI, Mich. (AP) — The five Mexican nationals who died in a weekend house fire in suburban Detroit were neither U.S. citizens nor in the country legally, authorities said Wednesday.


Kansas man pleads guilty to plotting suicide car bombing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:31
A 21-year-old Kansas man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to plotting a suicide car bombing at a U.S. Army base in support of Islamic State. John T. Booker, Jr. of Topeka pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Topeka to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion, prosecutors said. “If this defendant had succeeded, American soldiers would have died,” said U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom of Kansas said in a statement.

Manhunt continues for Los Angeles inmate mistakenly freed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:27

In this undated photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows Steven Lawrence Wright. Los Angeles County authorities say they've accidentally released Wright who was awaiting trial for a gang-related murder. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, that Wright was mistakenly released from Inmate Reception Center (IRC) custody on Saturday, Jan. 30. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators scrambling to recapture a Los Angeles County murder suspect accidentally released from jail have been notifying potential targets of his freedom, interviewing those who know him best and chasing down tips from the public.


Texas wildfire in Big Bend National Park blamed on downed power line

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 05:23
A fire that has consumed nearly 2,000 acres in the sprawling Big Bend National Park in west Texas was sparked by a downed electrical line that started the blaze that was spread by strong winds, the National Park Service said on Wednesday. Dozens of firefighters, including a squad from northern Mexico dubbed "Los Diablos," are battling what has been called the "Powerline Fire," in the park that covers about 800,000 acres.