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Romney shows softer side in 2016 campaign preview

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 16:23

Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, left, greets people after speaking during the Republican National Committee's winter meeting aboard the USS Midway Museum Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mitt Romney is offering a rare glimpse of his softer side as he marches toward an unlikely third presidential bid focused on poverty and the middle class.


Quotations in the News

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 16:05
"We are now that much closer to being fully recognized as a family, and we are thrilled. This opportunity for our case to be heard by the Supreme Court gives us and families like ours so much reason to be hopeful." — April DeBoer, a nurse from Michigan, after justices announced they will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

Nebraska landowners sue Keystone XL developer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 15:59
(Reuters) - Seven Nebraska landowners on Friday filed suits against the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, alleging that a state law that cleared the way for the massive project violates the state's constitution. The legal action comes a week after the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in support of the pipeline, which aims to take Canadian oil to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast and has become a point of contention between the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress and the Obama administration. The Nebraskans, who filed suits in York and Holt counties, alleged that TransCanada Corp used the state law to threaten eminent domain against their land this month, according to court filings published online by the Domina Law Group representing the landowners. The suits call for an injunction against the state law, which would keep TransCanada from building on the land.

Fighting the spread of HIV by posing on the dance floor

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 15:56

In this Nov. 15, 2014 photo, performers in wedding gowns wait for their turn to take the stage and compete at a vogue ball in Baltimore. The city's health department hosts the annual ball as part of an HIV outreach and education effort. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Beneath the neon lights of a banquet hall on an industrial stretch of the city, models strutted across an elevated stage in homemade evening gowns and tuxedos adorned with sequins, lace and something atypical for the runway: Trojan condom wrappers.


Police: Teen sweethearts blaze trail of crime across South

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 15:37

In this January 2015 photo made from surveillance video and released by the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, in Kentucky, 18-year-old Dalton Hayes and 13-year-old Cheyenne Phillips leave a South Carolina Wal-Mart. Authorities are looking for the teenage couple from central Kentucky who are suspected in a multistate crime spree. (AP Photo/Wal-Mart Inc. via The Grayson County (Ky.) Sheriff's Office)LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Police say unless they surrender, the "outcome is not going to be good" for two teenage sweethearts who have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their wake a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks while stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior.


Cosby's 1st Colorado show draws small group of protesters

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 14:44

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby performs during a show at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla. A model who claims Cosby drugged and sexually abused her has met with Los Angeles police detectives. Chloe Goins, who says Cosby drugged her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, spent more than two hours at police headquarters on Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)DENVER (AP) — About two dozen protesters rallied outside Bill Cosby's show in Pueblo Friday night, but the comedian's performance went off without a hitch.


Students rally at Penn State, happy Paterno gets wins back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:41

A group of Penn State students march down Beaver Street carrying a cardboard statue of the late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno as they celebrate the reversal of NCAA sanctions against the Penn State football program Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 in State College, Pa.. The NCAA has restored 112 of late head coach Joe Paterno's 409 career wins, reinstating Paterno as the winningest coach in major college football history. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of Penn State students rallied and marched Friday to celebrate the career of late football coach Joe Paterno and the NCAA's agreement to restore 112 team victories deducted amid the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.


Boy Scout membership falls again in 2014

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:33
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Membership in the Boy Scouts of America took a steeper tumble during 2014, the first year under a policy that allows openly gay youth to participate, than in recent years of a decade-long decline. About 2.4 million youth participated in the nearly 105-year-old Texas-based scouting program, representing a 7.4 percent decline over 2013 enrollment of 2.6 million youth, Boy Scout officials said in a statement on Friday.

NCAA agrees to restore wins to Penn State, title to Paterno

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:25

A group of Penn State students gather with a cardboard cutout of the late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno outside Old Main on campus to celebrate the reversal of NCAA sanctions against the Penn State football program Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 in State College, Pa.. The NCAA has restored 112 of late head coach Joe Paterno's 409 career wins, reinstating Paterno as the winningest coach in major college football history. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The NCAA agreed Friday to restore 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and to reinstate the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history.


Outrage after south Florida police use black mugshots as targets

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:16
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, Fla. (Reuters) - A Miami-area police department responded on Friday to public outrage over its snipers using photos of black suspects the agency had previously arrested for target practice, saying that photos of real people were often used for training. The use of the mugshots was revealed to police leaders in late December after members of the Florida Army National Guard discovered the photos at a shooting range during their annual weapons qualifications training, according to the North Miami Beach Police Department and a Miami NBC affiliate. There was no mal-intent or prejudice involved," a police statement said. The department said the mugshots were those of suspects arrested more than a decade ago, and that photos of real people were often used during sniper training to simulate real life.

Majority of U.S. public school students poor enough for lunch help: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 13:14

A school bus used for transporting New York City public school students is seen driving down 135th avenue in the Queens borough of New York(Reuters) - The share of public school students who qualify for free or reduced lunch in the United States has grown to 51 percent, in an indication of growing poverty, according to a report released on Friday. The problem is most acute in Mississippi where 71 percent of students were in that category, according to the report from the Southern Education Foundation. The group identified the share of students from low-income families by analyzing 2013 federal data on children who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school, which is offered to those from families at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, the poverty level is less than $24,000 a year and 185 percent of that figure is about $44,000.


3-year-old dies after car hit by River Line light rail

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:37

3-year-old dies after car hit by River Line light railA 3-year-old boy has died after a car was struck by the River Line light rail on Friday in Delran, New Jersey.


AccuWeather: Windy This Afternoon, Cold Saturday

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:36

 Cold SaturdayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says the weekend ends on a wet note for most of the region.


Still no arrests after woman killed in front of mom in Northern Liberties

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:29

Still no arrests after woman killed in front of mom in Northern LibertiesIt has been nearly one year since a 26-year-old woman was shot and killed in front of her mother during a robbery in Northern Liberties.


Woman killed after train hits SUV in Lehigh County

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:26

Woman killed after train hits SUV in Lehigh CountyOne person is dead after a freight train struck an SUV in Lehigh County.


Teen stabbed near West Philadelphia High School has died

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:20

Teen stabbed near West Philadelphia High School has diedThe 14-year-old boy who was stabbed in West Philadelphia on Friday has died.


Penn State approves NCAA deal, restoring 112 football wins:

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:19

Penn State is getting back 112 football team wins that were vacated two years ago in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.


Man trapped after car flips in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:23

Man trapped after car flips in North PhiladelphiaA man was trapped under a car after it flipped on Friday night in North Philadelphia.


1 dead in Southwest Philadephia shooting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:19

1 dead in Southwest Philadephia shootingA man was shot and killed on Friday evening in Southwest Philadelphia.


Point Breeze shooting leaves man critical

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:14

Point Breeze shooting leaves man criticalA man is in critical condition after a shooting on Friday night in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia.