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AP-GfK Poll: Most Americans favor a higher minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:10

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014, file photo, supporters of legislation that will raise the minimum wage in Illinois rally outside the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield Ill. Most Americans support increasing the minimum wage, as well as requiring employers to provide paid sick leave and parental leave, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Proposals to increase the federal minimum wage, as well as to require employers to give paid leave to their employees, find few objections among Americans as a whole. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support increasing the minimum wage, as well as requiring employers to provide paid sick leave and parental leave, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.


Memorial in Kayla Mueller's hometown honors her life, work

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:05

Carl, left, and Marsha Mueller, center, hold candles at the memorial in honor of their daughter Kayla Mueller on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Prescott, Ariz. Kayla Mueller's death earlier this month was confirmed by her family and U.S. officials. The 26-year-old international aid worker from Prescott had been captured in Syria in August 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Candles lit up the plaza of a central Arizona courthouse Wednesday as hundreds gathered to honor the American woman pictured before them who was taken hostage by Islamic State militants.


Dancer's death reveals world of 'pumping parties,' surgery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An exotic dancer's death at an airport hotel has led Philadelphia police to investigate the strange underworld of "pumping parties" and illegal cosmetic surgery.

Negligent homicide plea expected after fatal crash killed 2

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 15:02
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — The driver in a fatal crash is set to admit his botched suicide attempt ending up killing a pregnant woman and her fiance.

Washington state judge rules against florist who refused gay wedding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:46
(Reuters) - A judge in Washington state on Wednesday ruled that a florist who refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding violated state anti-discrimination law, court records show. Florist Barronelle Stutzman was sued by both the state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the couple, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, in 2013. The pair were longtime customers of Stutzman's Richland business, Arlene's Flowers, and asked her to provide decorations for their wedding following the state's legalization of same-sex marriage. Stutzman maintained that her Christian beliefs prevented her from selling flowers for the same-sex wedding, "because of (her) relationship with Jesus Christ," according to court documents.

Washington state judge rules against florist who refused gay wedding

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:46
(Reuters) - A judge in Washington state on Wednesday ruled that a florist who refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding violated state anti-discrimination law, court records show. Florist Barronelle Stutzman was sued by both the state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the couple, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, in 2013. The pair were longtime customers of Stutzman's Richland business, Arlene's Flowers, and asked her to provide decorations for their wedding following the state's legalization of same-sex marriage. Stutzman maintained that her Christian beliefs prevented her from selling flowers for the same-sex wedding, "because of (her) relationship with Jesus Christ," according to court documents.

UCLA says more than 100 may have encountered 'superbug'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:29

This illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a group of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron micrographic imagery. A potentially deadly "superbug" resistant to antibiotics infected seven patients, including two who died, and more than 100 others were exposed at a Southern California hospital through contaminated medical instruments, UCLA reported Wednesday Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A potentially deadly "superbug" resistant to antibiotics infected seven patients, including two who died, and nearly 200 others were exposed at a Southern California hospital through contaminated medical instruments, UCLA reported Wednesday.


Two smugglers who left pregnant woman to die in California sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:23
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Two men who left a pregnant woman to die in an isolated mountain region of southern California after they smuggled her across the U.S.-Mexico border were sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday, officials said. Carlos Hernandez-Palma, 35, was sentenced to seven years and Fernando Armenta-Romero, 43, received a sentence of four years and nine months after pleading guilty to two smuggling counts each, the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego said in a statement. The victim, Jaqueline Capistran-Ochoa, 32, and her husband, Baltazar Razo-Barreto, agreed on Dec. 26, 2013, to pay $6,000 each to be smuggled into the United States from Mexico. Capistran-Ochoa became increasingly weak and lost consciousness on the third night, according to court documents.

Two smugglers who left pregnant woman to die in California sentenced

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:23
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Two men who left a pregnant woman to die in an isolated mountain region of southern California after they smuggled her across the U.S.-Mexico border were sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday, officials said. Carlos Hernandez-Palma, 35, was sentenced to seven years and Fernando Armenta-Romero, 43, received a sentence of four years and nine months after pleading guilty to two smuggling counts each, the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego said in a statement. The victim, Jaqueline Capistran-Ochoa, 32, and her husband, Baltazar Razo-Barreto, agreed on Dec. 26, 2013, to pay $6,000 each to be smuggled into the United States from Mexico. Capistran-Ochoa became increasingly weak and lost consciousness on the third night, according to court documents.

Defense to present 3rd day of testimony in 'Sniper' trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:14

Eddie Ray Routh, left, enters the courtroom with defense attorney J. Warren St. John following a break in his capital murder trial at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Routh is charged with the 2013 deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, Pool)STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for the former Marine accused of fatally shooting "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man are set to present Day Three of their insanity defense.


Vanilla Ice released after being charged in Florida burglary

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:10

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2013 file photo, recording Artist Vanilla Ice arrives at the 2013 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Police in the Palm Beach County town of Lantana, Fla., say the recording artist and home-improvement-show host has been charged with breaking into and stealing from an abandoned home that is in foreclosure. They said in a news release that some of the items stolen were found at his property. Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, rose to fame following the 1990 release of the hit song "Ice Ice Baby." In recent years, he has hosted "The Vanilla Ice Project" on DIY Network. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)LANTANA, Fla. (AP) — Vanilla Ice has been released from custody in Florida after being arrested and charged with breaking into and stealing from an abandoned home.


Budget of Atlantic City in New Jersey to shrink 11 percent, mayor says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:50
By Hilary Russ ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Reuters) - The mayor of Atlantic City on Wednesday provided a glimpse of his budget plans for 2015, saying he will propose a $235 million spending plan for this year, down 11 percent from 2014. Mayor Don Guardian again called for more state aid, saying that the cash-strapped gambling hub has not received the same share as other distressed New Jersey cities. "Atlantic City doesn't have their hand out saying 'give me something because we can't do it,'" Guardian said during his state of the city address to the city council. It is expected to shrink to $7.35 billion, Guardian said on Wednesday, down by almost two-thirds from its $20.5 billion assessed value for 2010.

Libya to UN Security Council: Lift arms embargo to fight IS

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:34

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Elhadi Dayri speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya's foreign minister on Wednesday demanded that the U.N. Security Council lift an arms embargo so his country can fight the Islamic State group as it establishes a presence in north Africa and moves closer to Europe.


Washington state protests spread over police shooting of Mexican man

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:27
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Mexican immigrant in southeastern Washington spread to the state's largest city, Seattle, on Wednesday, with demonstrators renewing calls for change in policing tactics in the United States. About two dozen people attended the rally in downtown Seattle, some 200 miles (320 km) northwest of the largely agricultural city of Pasco, where Antonio Zambrano-Montes was killed on Feb. 10. Demonstrators said during Wednesday's rally in Seattle the shooting was the latest example of police use of excessive force in minority communities in the United States. Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old orchard worker from Mexico's Michoacan state, was unarmed when he was shot dead by three officers at whom he had thrown rocks before fleeing in an incident captured on video, law enforcement officials said.

Montgomery County Cub Scout pack receives big donation after theft

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:07

Montgomery County Cub Scout pack receives big donation after theftWeeks after a woman allegedly stole thousands of dollars from them, a Montgomery County Cub Scout pack received a much needed donation.


Today in History

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:00
Today is Thursday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2015. There are 315 days left in the year. This is the Lunar New Year of the Goat.

AccuWeather: The Polar Express Is Moving In

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:52

 Frigid Cold Today and FridayMeteorologist Adam Joseph says after a few snow showers, the winds will howl and the temps will plummet overnight.


Healthcheck: How medicine can affect your sex life

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:44

 How medicine can affect your sex lifeA new book examines how prescriptions, over the counter drugs, and even some supplements can impact your sex life.


Police: Member of Nicki Minaj's touring group killed in East Mt. Airy stabbing

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:37

 Member of Nicki Minaj's touring group killed in East Mt. Airy stabbingPhiladelphia police say a member of rapper Nicki Minaj's touring group was killed and another critically injured during a stabbing outside an East Mount Airy bar.


VIDEO: Preparing for another plunge in temperatures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:30

 Preparing for another plunge in temperaturesThe Delaware Valley is bracing for another plunge in temperatures.