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Trump pulls out of GOP debate; Sanders to meet with Obama

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:35

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Farmington High School, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Farmington, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump declared Tuesday he would boycott the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses, leading Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to challenge him to a one-on-one debate. Adding intrigue to the Democratic race, the White House said President Barack Obama would host Bernie Sanders for an Oval Office meeting.


Air regulators sue SoCal Gas over months-long well leak

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:29
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Regional air regulators sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, seeking penalties that could surpass $25 million for a monthslong natural gas leak that is blamed for sickening neighbors and has prompted a mass evacuation of a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.

Lyft settles California driver lawsuit over employment status

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:28

File photo of a driver with the ride-sharing service Lyft waiting for a customer on a street in Santa MonicaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Lyft has agreed to settle a proposed class action lawsuit in California by giving drivers additional workplace protections but without classifying them as employees, according to a court filing late on Tuesday. The settlement, which would have to be approved by a San Francisco federal judge, provides for Lyft to pay $12.25 million, as well as give drivers notice if they are to be deactivated from the platform and other benefits. Lyft and larger rival Uber face separate lawsuits in San Francisco federal court, brought on behalf of drivers who contend they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses including gas and vehicle maintenance.


NYC flood defense plan advances, but completion years off

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 13:58

 a U-shaped barrier of earthen berms, walls and gates that would keep floods out and the nation’s financial capital dry. Now, more than three years later, the idea has stacked up over $600 million in backing, including a $176 million shot in the arm from the federal government, but it is still hundreds of millions of dollars and several years away from becoming a reality. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — After ocean waters poured into lower Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy, experts began dreaming up a solution: a U-shaped barrier of earthen berms, walls and gates that would keep floods out and the nation's financial capital dry.


Data in Conn., 1st state to require police to report stun gun use, suggest racial disparities

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 13:31
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Data in Conn., 1st state to require police to report stun gun use, suggest racial disparities.

After 2 years of strong growth, university endowments falter

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 13:06
BOSTON (AP) — College endowments grew by an average of only 2.4 percent last school year, a sharp drop following two years of strong gains, a new study found.

Obama calls for rapid Zika research as virus seen spreading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:59

Forearm of a public health technician is seen covered with sterile female Aedes aegyti mosquitoes after leaving a recipient to cultivate larvae, in a research area in Guatemala CityBy Julie Steenhuysen and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the rapid development of tests, vaccines and treatments to fight the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and could spread to the United States in warmer months. U.S. health officials are stepping up efforts to study the link between Zika virus infections and birth defects, citing a recent study estimating the virus could reach regions where 60 percent of the U.S. population lives. Obama was briefed on the potential spread of the virus by his top health and national security officials on Tuesday.


Repeal of emergency manager law part of NAACP's Flint plan

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:51

Genesee County Volunteer Militia members and protesters gather for a rally outside of Flint City Hall on Sunday Jan. 24, 2016 over the city's ongoing water crisis. The militia was handing out free bottled water and water filters. (Conor Ralph/The Flint Journal - MLive.com via AP)FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Chief among the priorities national and local NAACP leaders listed Tuesday for the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint is the repeal of Michigan's emergency manager law, which they view as a contributor to the public health emergency.


Ammon Bundy, Oregon militants arrested; 1 killed

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:44

Ammon Bundy, Oregon militants arrested; 1 killedThe FBI on Tuesday arrested the leaders of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon for the past three weeks, conducting a traffic stop that prompted gunfire - and one death - along a highway through the frozen high country.


Ammon Bundy, Oregon militants arrested; 1 arrested

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:43

Ammon Bundy, Oregon militants arrested; 1 killedThe FBI on Tuesday arrested the leaders of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon for the past three weeks, conducting a traffic stop that prompted gunfire - and one death - along a highway through the frozen high country.


United to refund travel to regions hit with Zika virus: spokesman

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:36

A municipal worker sprays insecticide at the neighborhood of Imbiribeira in Recife(Reuters) - United Airlines will allow customers who hold tickets to regions impacted by the Zika virus to postpone their trips or receive full refunds, a spokesman said on Tuesday. United, the second-largest U.S. airline by capacity, said the offer corresponds to virus-hit areas specified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Monday, the World Health Organization warned that mosquito-borne Zika is likely to spread to most of the Americas, sparking concerns by travelers on social media. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in New York)


Mayor: 80 percent of residential streets in Philadelphia now passable

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:30

 80 percent of residential streets in Philadelphia now passableMayor Jim Kenney said on Tuesday afternoon that most of the streets in Philadelphia are now passable following the weekend snowstorm.


AP Exclusive: Medics beat blizzard to make transplant happen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:29

Paramedic Pete Amato, left, answers questions during an interview while visiting with Stony Brook University Hospital patient Melanie Chirichella, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Stony Brook, N.Y. Amato navigated through whiteout conditions during Saturday's blizzard to take her nearly 20 miles to the hospital to receive a kidney transplant which she had been waiting for for nearly a year and a half. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Melanie Chirichella had been waiting a year and a half for a kidney transplant when she finally got the call from her doctors Saturday that they had found a perfect match in South Carolina.


Gov. Christie calls for state takeover of Atlantic City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:28

Gov. Christie calls for state takeover of Atlantic CityNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday the state will assume vast control over Atlantic City's finances and decision-making, saying the seaside gambling resort is incapable of getting its finances together after years of overspending.


Trump refuses to debate; calls Fox's Kelly 'a lightweight'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:17

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Roundhouse Gymnasium, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Marshalltown, Iowa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump on Tuesday bowed out of the final Republican presidential debate before the leadoff Iowa caucuses, saying Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly is "a lightweight."


Chinese stocks fall again, other Asian markets rise

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:58

Trader George Baskinger works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Higher oil prices and some positive earnings news from U.S. companies are helping to send the stock market higher. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks sank again Wednesday but other Asian markets rose following Wall Street's gain as investors looked ahead to the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest statement on interest rates and the economic outlook.


Creator of covert Planned Parenthood videos in the spotlight

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:43

This photo provided by The Center for Medical Progress shows anti-abortion activist David Daleiden, who produced a series of undercover videos that seek to implicate Planned Parenthood in illegalities related to the handling of fetal tissue. On Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, a grand jury indicted Daleiden and one of his colleagues, Sandra Merritt, on a felony charge for using fake driver's licenses to gain access to a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas. (The Center for Medical Progress via AP)David Daleiden became an anti-abortion activist back in high school in Davis, California, learning tactics from his elders and helping mobilize his peers. In college, he co-wrote an article with a professor depicting self-doubt among some abortion providers.


Indiana school principal killed, two children hurt when hit by bus

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:40
The incident occurred at about 2:45 p.m. (1945 GMT) outside Amy Beverland Elementary School in the city's northeast, said Richard Riddle, a spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police. The woman bus driver told authorities she was not sure what caused the vehicle to accelerate and jump the curb, the Indianapolis Fire Department said in a statement.

Driver: Principal fatally hit by bus pushed kids out of way

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:33

 Principal fatally hit by bus pushed kids out of wayAn Indianapolis elementary school principal was seen pushing several students out of the way of an oncoming bus before the vehicle fatally struck her, authorities said Tuesday.