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Alaska storm brings frigid weather to swath of US

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:43

This Nov. 5, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows a picture captured by NASA's Aqua satellite of Typhoon Nuri. Weather forecasters say an explosive storm, a remnant of Typhoon Nuri, surpassing the intensity of 2012's Superstorm Sandy is heading toward the northern Pacific Ocean and expected to pass Alaska's Aleutian Islands over the weekend. (AP Photo/NASA)JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A massive storm fueled by the remnants of Typhoon Nuri did not do much damage in Alaska's sparsely populated Aleutian Islands, but forecasters say it's anchoring a system that will push a frigid blast of air into the mainland United States and send temperatures plunging early this week.

American freed by North Korea wanted pizza

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:39

President Barack Obama comments on the prisoner release from North Korea following an announcement for U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. The president said he is "very grateful" that North Korea has released the last two Americans in its custody. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)SEATTLE (AP) — Kenneth Bae arrived home after years of imprisonment in North Korea, expressing his gratitude to the U.S. government for securing his release and revealing that his time there offered lessons.

Former ice skating coach sentenced to nearly 100 years for molesting students

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:38

Former ice skating coach sentenced to nearly 100 years for molesting studentsA former ice skating coach was sentenced to nearly 100 years in prison for sexually abusing two of his students.

Victims in deadly Camden shootings identified

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:17

Victims in deadly Camden shootings identifiedAuthorities have identified the two men who were killed in two separate shootings in Camden, New Jersey.

Former long-time U.S. congressman Phil Crane dies at 84

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:14
(Reuters) - Phil Crane, 84, who served 35 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing parts of the Chicago area, has died, his family said in an obituary it released on Sunday. Crane died peacefully at the home of his daughter, Rebekah, in Jefferson, Maryland on Saturday, according to the obituary. Crane’s former chief of staff, Kirt Johnson, said he died of lung cancer. A Chicago native and a Republican, Crane entered the House in 1969, winning a special election. He had been headmaster at Westminster Academy in Chicago prior to his election. ...

Video captures NY deputy slapping, cursing at man

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:07
HALFMOON, N.Y. (AP) — A New York sheriff's deputy has been suspended after a video captured him cursing and apparently slapping a young man after the man refused to let the officer search his vehicle.

Woman survives 45 minutes with no pulse after giving birth

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:57

Woman survives 45 minutes with no pulse after giving birthA Florida mother is home and tending to her new infant less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes following complications from a routine cesarean section.

Detroit starts down the road to recovery, respect

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:30

FILE - The skyline of the city of Detroit is seen from the west in a Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 file photo. A judge cleared Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy Friday, approving a turnaround plan that will require discipline after years of corruption, mismanagement and an exodus of residents brought this one-time industrial powerhouse to financial ruin. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — The largest U.S. city to endure bankruptcy has exited insolvency $7 billion lighter in debt, but the effects of civic neglect linger for many in Detroit who still fall asleep to echoes of gunfire and awake surrounded by blocks and blocks of abandoned houses.

Higher bar for health law in 2nd sign-up season

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:26

FILE - In this July 28, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks in Washington. With a bright look to its rebuilt website, Version 2.0 of President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul represents another chance to win the hearts and minds of American consumers. But if not frozen computer screens, new kinds of problems await as’s second open enrollment season begins Nov. 15. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — With a bright look to its rebuilt website, version 2.0 of President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul represents another chance to win over a skeptical public.

Protest in Hungary demands tax chief's resignation

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:22
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Protesters on Sunday demanded the resignation of the head of Hungary's tax collection agency and some of her colleagues after the United States issued entry bans against them because of suspected links to corruption.

'Big Hero 6,' 'Interstellar' soar at box office

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:21

This image released by Disney shows animated characters Hiro Hamada, voiced by Ryan Potter, left, and Baymax, voiced by Scott Adsit, in a scene from "Big Hero 6." (AP Photo/Disney)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A team of animated Marvel characters rocketed past a group of wormhole-bound astronauts at the weekend box office.

Long-awaited transit hub opening in lower Manhattan

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:10
(Reuters) - New York raised the curtain on its new $1.4 billion transit station in lower Manhattan on Sunday, a long-awaited connection between the World Trade Center site and the rest of the city more than 13 years after terrorist attacks ravaged the area. The Fulton Center on Broadway between John and Fulton streets, encased in glass and steel, will serve up to 300,000 subway riders a day, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said in a statement. The project was funded largely through $847 million in grants from a special Congressional appropriation in the wake of the Sept. ...

Gas prices continue to drop in US

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:07
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A national survey of gas prices reports that the average cost of U.S. regular grade gas dropped 13 cents per gallon in the last two weeks.

Coldest air of the season set to blast 42 U.S. states: forecasters

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:05
By Karen Brooks (Reuters) - The coldest air of the season is set to reach into some 42 states this week as an Arctic blast drops temperatures from the Canadian border down to the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said. Some 200 million people are expected to be affected by the cold, with only Florida, Hawaii, and the Southwest being spared, according to forecasters. ...

Madonna's clothes from films, wedding auctioned

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:05

 Rock n' Roll auction in Beverly Hills, Calif., that started Friday, Nov. 8, 2014. The auction house says the gown and stole from her "Material Girl" video sold for $73,125, while the wedding dress the pop icon wore when she married Sean Penn in 1985 brought in $81,250. A jacket worn by Madonna in the 1985 comedy "Desperately Seeking Susan" sold for $252,000. Other highlights include the gown from the film "Evita" which sold for $15,000, and her "A League of Their Own" uniform which sold for $31,250. (AP Photo/Julien's Auctions)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Material Girl has still got it.

U.S. officials hope new avoids last year's problems

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 04:57

A woman fills out her thoughts on the Affordable Care Act at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act in WashingtonBy Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials planned to unveil an improved healthcare insurance website on Sunday they hope will allow the second enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health reform plan to avoid the technical meltdown that plagued its launch last year. The reconfigured insurance marketplace will go live Sunday night before a three-month open enrollment period that begins Nov. 15, during which existing policyholders can change their coverage. ...

American Airlines attendants reject contract by 16 votes

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 04:11

People wait for a US Airways flight to depart for North Carolina from Miami International Airport in MiamiBy Ashley Lau NEW YORK (Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc flight attendants narrowly rejected a joint labor contract on Sunday, in a defeat following the merger of American and the former US Airways last year that brought together a combined workforce of some 24,500 U.S.-based stewards. The contract was defeated by 16 votes, according to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents both legacy American Airlines workers as well as those who joined from U.S. Airways. ...

Brown student tests positive for date-rape drug

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 04:10
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One of two Brown University students who reported rapid intoxication followed by memory loss after drinking punch at a fraternity party tested positive for a date-rape drug, a university official announced in a campus-wide email.

Gulf island whole 9 years after Katrina

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 03:28

A wide beach fills an area that once was open Gulf water at Dauphin Island, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Hurricane Katrina cut the coastal island in two in 2005, but the gash has closed in recent months and the island again is whole because a rock pile created after the BP oil spill in 2010 captured sand washing along the coast. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Nature and a multimillion dollar rock pile built in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill have healed a large barrier island nine years after it was sliced in two by Hurricane Katrina.

Inaugural poet returns to Miami in new memoir

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 03:26

This undated image providedby Ecco, shows Richard Blanco, author of "The Prince of Los Cocuyos." Blanco, Barack Obama's 2013 inaugural poet, grew up in Miami, gathering experiences and stories as the son of Cuban exiles that would lay the foundation for his written work and inspire his new memoir, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos." (AP Photo/Ecco, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)MIAMI (AP) — In Richard Blanco's Miami, memories linger outside coffee windows and in Cuban grocery store aisles.