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Sweetheart deal: Newark sells vacant lots to couples

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 08:11
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of couples gathered in Newark on Valentine's Day to take part in what city officials called a sweetheart deal: the chance to buy land on the cheap and build a home in New Jersey's largest city.

Oregon's next governor celebrates state's 156th birthday

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 07:54

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown speaks during a celebration at the Oregon Historical Society to mark the 156th anniversary of Oregon's admission to the union as the 33rd state in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Brown will become Oregon’s governor next week on the heels of the resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Making her first official public appearance since Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation amid an ethics scandal, Oregon governor-to-be Kate Brown was swarmed by media and well-wishers Saturday as she entered the Oregon Historical Society at an event marking the state's 156th birthday.


Michele Ferrero, maker of Nutella, dies on Valentine's Day

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 07:54

Nutella produced from Italy, priced at 6.25 BAM, are displayed for sale at a FIS supermarket in VitezMichele Ferrero, the world's richest candy maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazlenut spread helped raise generations of Europeans and defined Italian sweets, died on Valentine's Day, the company said. ...


Couple meets and gets married in the same day

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 07:40

Couple meets and gets married in the same dayValentine's Day is a day for love and a Houston-area couple could be an inspiration. They met and married all on the same day.


Kerosene heater blamed for deadly fire in Southwest Philadelphia home

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 07:36

Kerosene heater blamed for deadly fire in Southwest Philadelphia homeOfficials say a kerosene heater may be the blame for a fire that claimed the life of a man inside a home in Southwest Philadelphia late Friday night.


Officer, suspect injured in confrontation in Morrisville

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 07:36

Officer, suspect injured in confrontation in MorrisvilleA police officer and a suspect were injured during a confrontation at a 7-Eleven in Morrisville, Bucks County.


Water main break in Hunting Park

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 07:35

Water main break in Hunting ParkCrews were called to the scene of a water main break in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section early Saturday morning.


Dealing with Valentine's Day snow squalls

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 07:23

Dealing with Valentine's Day snow squallsSnow squalls are moving through the area this Valentine's Day and crews across the tri-state area working to combat the high winds and drifting snow.


U.S. agency says work to fix problem hampering Obamacare applications

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 06:50

Fifty-four-years-old Natalia Pollack, uninsured since 1999, is helped to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, by Carlos Tapia, a certified application councilor in New York CityA day before the open enrollment deadline for private health coverage under Obamacare, some consumers are unable to submit applications because of "intermittent issues" with income verification, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said on Saturday. A senior U.S. health official said last week that nearly 7.5 million people had signed up for 2015 Obamacare health plans through the federal exchange, and that demand was increasing as the Feb. 15 deadline approached.


3 dead, 2 taken to hospital in crash on Hawaii's Big Island

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 06:37
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead after a fiery crash in Kailua-Kona.

SUV slams into SEPTA trolley in North Philly, 2 men flee

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 06:24

SUV slams into SEPTA trolley in North Philly, 2 men fleePolice say an SUV slammed into a SEPTA trolley and two men fled the scene in North Philadelphia early Saturday morning.


Water main break temporarily shuts off service in South Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 06:23

Water main break temporarily shuts off service in South PhiladelphiaDozens of customers were temporarily left without water service after a water main break in South Philadelphia.


Man agreed to buy $12,600 worth of snakes, then shot dealer

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 06:23
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who shot a snake dealer at a suburban Philadelphia shopping center has been convicted of attempted murder and robbery.

Body found in storage garage in Summerdale

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 06:16

Body found in storage garage in SummerdalePolice are investigating the discovery of a decomposed body in a storage garage in Philadelphia's Summerdale section.


Correction: Vermont Teacher Killed story

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 06:04
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — In a story Feb. 12 about a Vermont woman pleading guilty in the killing of a school teacher, The Associated Press reported erroneously the charge involved in her plea. Patricia Prue pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, not aggravated murder.

Labor secretary to help reach West Coast port deal

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 05:36

U.S. Labor Secretary Perez applauds remarks by President Obama at event in WashingtonBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to California to help broker an agreement between shipping companies and dockworkers in a dispute that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast, the White House said on Saturday. The shipping companies said they were unwilling to pay union workers higher wages for weekend shifts and the Presidents Day holiday on Monday while productivity declines and cargo backups reach the point of near gridlock, after months of chronic congestion in freight traffic. "The negotiations over the functioning of the West Coast ports have been taking place for months with the administration urging the parties to resolve their differences," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. "Out of concern for the economic consequences of further delay, the president has directed his Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to travel to California to meet with the parties to urge them to resolve their dispute quickly at the bargaining table." Perez has been in contact with the parties and will keep the president updated, he said.


Congressional panel seeks governor's health-agency documents

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 05:28
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Congressional panel investigating Cover Oregon has asked departing Gov. John Kitzhaber to preserve all documents related to the shutdown of the dysfunctional health insurance exchange.

Labor secretary to press 2 sides in West Coast port dispute

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 05:24

Container ships wait at the dock to be unloaded at the Port of Oakland Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Companies that operate marine terminals didn't call workers to unload ships Thursday that carry car parts, furniture, clothing, electronics, just about anything made in Asia and destined for U.S. consumers. The partial lockout is the result of an increasingly damaging labor dispute between dockworkers and their employers. The two sides have been negotiating a new contract, and stalled talks have all but paralyzed 29 ports that handle about one-quarter of U.S. international trade, around $1 trillion worth of cargo annually. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending his labor secretary to California to meet with both sides in a contract dispute that has affected the flow of goods from Asia into West Coast ports.


White-out conditions mean retail blues in New England

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 05:06

In this Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, commuters walk past piles of snow in front of Au Chocolat in downtown Boston. During the series of storms, some retail businesses are struggling as messy roads and traffic jams have driven consumers away. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)BOSTON (AP) — New England is waist-deep in the white stuff and neck-deep in the red.


Female guards sue New Mexico Corrections over harassment

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 04:59
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Five current and former female New Mexico Corrections Department employees initiated a lawsuit this week against prison officials over claims of sexual harassment by their male colleagues.