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Chicago sees January murder surge as Emanuel's poll numbers fall

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 22:05

Chicago Mayor Emanuel participates in a panel at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in WashingtonThe number of homicides in Chicago increased 76 percent in January compared to last year as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's approval rating slumped to a record low in the aftermath of the release of a video showing a white police officer killing a black teen. It was the most January homicides since 2000, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis of police statistics. Also on Monday, the Tribune released a poll that found Emanuel's job approval rating has dropped to 27 percent, the lowest in his administration.


911 call reveals fugitive was scared, ready to surrender

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:58

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, far right, speaks on the arrest of three escaped inmates seen on a video monitor at Orange County Sheriff's news conference in Santa Ana, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. The inmates from left, Bac Duong, 43, Hossein Nayeri, 37, and Jonathan Tieu, 20, who escaped on Jan. 22 from Central Men's Jail in Orange County. Duong turned himself in Friday and the other two were arrested in San Francisco on Saturday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The first of three fugitives to be caught after a California jail escape said he was scared and ready to surrender, a 911 call released Monday revealed.


Official: About 1,200 fish killed after power plant glitch

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:32
YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Officials say about 1,200 fish are dead after an operational glitch at a central Pennsylvania power plant caused cold water to be sent into the Susquehanna River.

Rock struck Amtrak train in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:25
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak officials have determined a rock struck one of its trains in Philadelphia.

Ship hijackings down in 2015, piracy mostly low-level theft

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:23

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, masked Somali pirate Hassan stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once-bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia. A global maritime watchdog said Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 that ship hijackings declined in 2015 from a year earlier, while sea piracy incidents increased slightly but consisted mostly of low-level theft. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A global maritime watchdog said Tuesday that ship hijackings declined in 2015 from a year earlier, while sea piracy incidents increased slightly but consisted mostly of low-level theft.


Priest's son gets life, no parole for killing his parents

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:16
HOUSTON (AP) — The 20-year-old son of an Episcopal priest has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for beating his parents to death with a lamp, baseball hat and hammer.

Bridge case defendants ask judge to throw out case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 21:04
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The criminal charges in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case should be thrown out because they are based on vague federal laws that have been twisted to fit the facts of the case, two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie wrote in separate court filings late Monday.

Close ally of former Czech PM convicted in bribery case

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 20:26
PRAGUE (AP) — A close friend and key adviser of former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek has been convicted of bribery and sentenced to five years in prison.

Irish unemployment falls to 7-year low of 8.6 percent

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 20:22
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's unemployment rate has fallen to a seven-year low of 8.6 percent as the country — buoyant again after years of gloom and austerity — faces an election.

UK's Cameron: draft program represents 'real progress' in difficult negotiations with the EU.

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 20:01
LONDON (AP) — UK's Cameron: draft program represents 'real progress' in difficult negotiations with the EU.

Exclusive: U.S. budget plan includes over $13 billion for new submarine - sources

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 19:23

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Tennessee returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia in this handout photoThe Pentagon's next five-year budget proposal seeks over $13 billion in funding for a new submarine to carry nuclear ballistic missiles, plus orders for more Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp fighter jets, according to sources familiar with the plans. The plan also shifts the Navy's strategy for a new carrier-based unmanned drone to focus more on intelligence-gathering and refueling than combat strike missions, said the sources, who were not authorized to discuss it publicly before the budget's release. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter plans to map out his spending priorities for the $583 billion 2017 defense budget on Tuesday ahead of the official budget release on Feb. 9.


Cosby due in court as lawyers push to get charges dropped

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 19:19

Bill Cosby in court as lawyers push to get charges droppedBill Cosby's lawyers will ask a judge to throw out the only criminal case lodged against the TV star from the dozens of accusations that he molested women.


UBS bank shares plunge as rich investors withdraw money

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 19:13

The logo of Swiss bank UBS is pictured in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. UBS Group AG has reported higher fourth-quarter net profit but seen its shares fall on news that investor money is fleeing turbulent markets. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Swiss bank UBS saw its shares slide on Tuesday on news that investors were pulling money out of its division serving wealthy clients — a token of the market turbulence that has shaken the world in the past few months.


Eurozone unemployment edges down for 15th month running

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 18:53

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015 file photo President of the European Central, ECB, Bank Mario Draghi addresses the committee on economic and monetary affairs at the European parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Draghi will make an introductory statement before the plenary session on the ECB annual report Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)BRUSSELS (AP) — Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone fell in December for the 15th month running to its lowest level in a little more than four years, official figures showed Tuesday.


Police: Man in underwear struck on Roosevelt Boulevard dies

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 18:50

 Man in underwear struck on Roosevelt Boulevard diesA man seen running in his underwear on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia has died after being struck multiple times.


10 Things to Know for Today

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 18:48

A group of visitors pose for pictures and take selfies with the "Punxsutawney Phil" mascot outside the public library in Punxsutawney, Pa., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Thousands of people come to Punxsutawney for the annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob on Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


3 hurt in vehicle crash in Delaware

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 18:45

3 hurt in vehicle crash in DelawareThree people were hurt in a single vehicle crash in Prices Corner, Delaware.


Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur launches effort for Zika vaccine

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 18:00

In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo China's Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, WHO, informs the media during a press conference after the first Meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee concerning Zika virus, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)PARIS (AP) — Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur announced Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive spread across the Americas.


The Latest: Sanders says Iowa gives campaign a kick-start

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 17:21

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., poses for photos during a caucus night rally on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest on developments in Monday's Iowa caucuses, the opening contest in the 2016 race for the White House (all local times):


San Francisco police face US Justice Department review

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 16:49

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Brian Stretch, left, speaks next to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, center, and San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr during a news conference regarding the San Francisco Police Department Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Francisco. The U.S. Department of Justice launched a review of the San Francisco Police Department, an agency facing scrutiny over the shooting death of a young black man and the emergence of homophobic and racist text messages exchanged between officers. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice said it will examine use of force and ethnic disparities in arrests as part of a review of the San Francisco Police Department amid heightened racial tensions.