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Deadline dash: Glitches slow health care sign-ups

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:02

People line up to enroll for health insurance at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, March 31, 2014. The deadline is just hours away to sign up for insurance in the first enrollment period under President Barack Obama's signature health care law. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Jerry Lara) RUMBO DE SAN ANTONIO OUT; NO SALESWASHINGTON (AP) — In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance Monday, but deadline day for President Barack Obama's overhaul brought long, frustrating waits and a new spate of website ills.


Official number of mudslide victims rises to 24

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:02
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the official death toll from the deadly Washington state mudslide has increased to 24.

Police chief praises officer restraint in protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:02

Riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M. following a 10-hour protest around the city, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Hundreds of protesters marched past riot police in Albuquerque on Sunday, days after a YouTube video emerged threatening retaliation for a recent deadly police shooting. The video, which bore the logo of the computer hacking collective Anonymous, warned of a cyberattack on city websites and called for the protest march. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after a peaceful protest over recent Albuquerque police shootings turned violent, the city's new police chief commended officers for showing remarkable restraint.


Police chief praises officer restraint in protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:02

Riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M. following a 10-hour protest around the city, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Hundreds of protesters marched past riot police in Albuquerque on Sunday, days after a YouTube video emerged threatening retaliation for a recent deadly police shooting. The video, which bore the logo of the computer hacking collective Anonymous, warned of a cyberattack on city websites and called for the protest march. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after a peaceful protest over recent Albuquerque police shootings turned violent, the city's new police chief commended officers for showing remarkable restraint.


Police: No shooter on Maryland university campus

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:01
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Stevenson University has lifted a lockdown after police determined there was no shooter on campus.

GOP Michigan Rep. Camp to retire

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 06:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and an advocate for overhauling the federal tax code, announced Monday that he will retire after 24 years in Congress.

Official death toll from Washington state mudslide rises to 24

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:55
DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - The official death toll from a catastrophic mudslide in Washington state has risen to 24, up from 21, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said on Monday. A statement issued by the coroner's office said the remains of 17 of the victims of the March 22 disaster have now been positively identified, including Sonoah Heustis, a 4-month-old infant and two other children aged 5 and 6. (Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

Washington authorities say number of people confirmed dead from mudslide rises from 21 to 24

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:51
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Washington authorities say number of people confirmed dead from mudslide rises from 21 to 24.

Man kills New York officer with his service weapon

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:42
JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer responding to a disturbance at an upstate New York business was killed with his own service weapon by a gunman who was then fatally shot by another officer Monday morning, authorities said.

Pipe pieces from NYC explosion sent to Washington

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:40
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal investigators are moving to a lab in Washington to examine damaged gas and water mains from the scene of an explosion that leveled two Manhattan buildings and killed eight people.

Woman on Mississippi's death row gets new trial

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:39
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A death row inmate who prosecutors say recruited her son in a plot to kill her husband will get a new trial, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Monday in a rare order for a prisoner awaiting execution.

Washington mayor signs marijuana decriminalization bill

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:39

Marijuana plants are displayed for sale at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in SeattleDistrict of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana in the U.S. capital. Proponents had backed the marijuana measure as an issue of fairness. A study by the American Civil Liberties Union had shown that blacks in Washington were eight times more likely to be arrested for pot than people of other races. Decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana in the District of Columbia is part of a nationwide trend to lessening penalties for marijuana.


U.S. court shuts telemarketing scam that targeted elderly: FTC

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:38
A scam in which telemarketers targeted elderly victims' bank accounts - stealing more than $20 million by impersonating government and bank officials through fake companies - was shut down by a U.S. court, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday. The FTC accused Ari Tietolman, Marc Ferry and others of setting up a boiler room in Canada to cold-call senior citizens and others, saying they were from the government or from the victim's bank and were selling fraud protection and pharmaceutical benefit services or other services. Once the seniors were convinced to give their bank account information, the group would withdraw money without authorization, the FTC said. "They targeted and called senior citizens and lied to them to get their bank account information.

Man's body found during search for missing girl

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:36

Washington Metro Police and cadets search in Kenilworth Park in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014. Police have been searching the park in northeast Washington since last week for clues in the case of eight-year-old Relisha Rudd, last seen in the company of Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter where she lived with her mother and brothers.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — Five days after police started searching a sprawling park in northeast Washington for a missing 8-year-old girl, officers found the body of a man who apparently committed suicide there, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Monday.


New Mexico governor calls for calm after protest

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:34

Riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M. following a 10-hour protest around the city, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Hundreds of protesters marched past riot police in Albuquerque on Sunday, days after a YouTube video emerged threatening retaliation for a recent deadly police shooting. The video, which bore the logo of the computer hacking collective Anonymous, warned of a cyberattack on city websites and called for the protest march. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after hundreds of people clashed with Albuquerque riot officers over police shootings, Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday that she understands the public's frustration but called on protesters to remain calm while federal officials investigate.


MetLife to pay $60M in NY state licensing probe

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:33
NEW YORK (AP) — Insurer MetLife will pay $60 million to resolve claims that two subsidiaries solicited business without state licenses and lied to regulators about the extent of their New York operations, courting multinational clients in such spots as a Manhattan dining room while saying they didn't seek customers in the state, authorities announced Monday.

Congress to pass bill to stop cut to Medicare docs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:26

FILE - This Oct. 14, 2009 file photo shows Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congress is poised to give doctors who treat Medicare patients an 11th hour reprieve from a cut in their government fees. Monday’s Senate vote would send legislation to repair Medicare’s flawed payment formula for a year to President Barack Obama for his signature. It comes just hours before a midnight deadline Wyden promises to keep pressing ahead with a long-term solution, proposing to use savings from the troop drawdown in Afghanistan to pay the cost. Republicans and most budget experts say such savings are phony and are demanding at least some of the money to come from cuts to Obama’s Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to give doctors who treat Medicare patients an eleventh-hour reprieve from a cut in their government fees.


Vegas Strip art turns signs into love notes

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:26

This photo provided by The Cosmopolitan shows a giant LED sign that displays love notes outside The Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip. The casino plans to start broadcasting the animated works of contemporary British artist Tracey Emin for about three minutes every hour, starting on Monday, March 31, 2014. Passersby will see about a dozen giant indoor and outdoor marquees go black, then hand written phrases such as "I promise to love ya" will appear in glowing letters. The Cosmopolitan says it's part of the casino's ongoing efforts to put interactive art in unexpected places, including the property's 65-foot-tall marquee. (AP Photo/The Cosmopolitan, Erik Kabik)LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas Strip casino is turning some of its flashy LED billboards into giant love notes to the masses.


More victims found on east side of mudslide

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:21

An American flag hangs from the only cedar post left standing at the scene of a deadly mudslide, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Oso, Wash. (AP Photo/The Herald, Sofia Jaramillo, Pool)DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Crews searching through the muck and devastation wrought by Washington's deadly mudslide are finding more human remains on the east side of the slide, near the town of Darrington.


Albuquerque mayor says tear gas used on protesters

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 05:19

Riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M. following a 10-hour protest around the city, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Hundreds of protesters marched past riot police in Albuquerque on Sunday, days after a YouTube video emerged threatening retaliation for a recent deadly police shooting. The video, which bore the logo of the computer hacking collective Anonymous, warned of a cyberattack on city websites and called for the protest march. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after hundreds of people clashed with Albuquerque riot officers over a recent police shooting, Mayor Richard Berry says he is glad there was only one minor injury.