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U.S. releases low 2015 Obamacare enrollment forecast

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:56

Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration on Monday dramatically cut expectations for 2015 Obamacare enrollment, saying it aims to have a total of 9.1 million people enrolled in government-backed federal and state health insurance marketplaces next year. The stated goal, 30 percent lower than a Congressional Budget Office forecast of 13 million enrollees, reflects the government's latest thinking about new enrollees and returning customers, according to officials who expect the actual number to fall between 9 million and 9.9 million. ...

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:53

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal toy for choking riskMcDonald's is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

Man found dead at U.C. Berkeley frat house after party

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:50
(Reuters) - The death of a 20-year-old man at a fraternity house near the University of California, Berkeley, following a party over the weekend was being investigated as suspicious, police said on Monday. Police officers and paramedics who responded to a call of an unresponsive male at the Zeta Psi house, just blocks from campus, pronounced the young man dead at the scene on Sunday, Officer Jennifer Coats of the Berkeley Police Department said. Coats said the deceased man, identified as 20-year-old Vaibhev Loomba, was believed to have attended a party at the frat house the night before. ...

Rare hearing for Briton in Florida, serving life for double murder

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:49

Krishna Maharaj sits for an interview in Miami Dade county jail in MiamiBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A rare legal hearing in Florida in the case of a British man, who has served 27 years in jail for a grisly double-homicide, began on Monday, with defense lawyers hoping to convince a judge the murders were carried out by Colombian drug traffickers instead. Krishna Maharaj, 75, spent a decade on death row for the crime he says he didn't commit, before his sentence was appealed and commuted to two life sentences in 1997. ...

Ferguson, Missouri, braces for grand jury decision, new protests

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:48

A sign is seen in the front yard of a home in Ferguson, MissouriBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Tensions were building in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday as the community girded for a looming decision by a grand jury over whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August. The shooting sparked weeks of racial unrest and ongoing demonstrations, and some groups have threatened widespread protests if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is not charged with a crime for shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown to death. Ed Magee, spokesman for the St. ...

After North Korea imprisonment, Bae needs rest, time with family: sister

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:31

Kenneth Bae reunites with his family at U.S. Air Force Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Fort Lewis, WashingtonSEATTLE (Reuters) - Kenneth Bae, the Korean-American missionary who returned to the United States on Saturday after being imprisoned in North Korea for two years, will not give any further interviews while he rests and spends time with his family, his sister said in a statement on Monday. "We are exhausted after this roller-coaster ride and just want to get back with our lives and reacquainted with Kenneth," said Terri Chung, Bae's sister, who led the campaign for his release. ...

Pennsylvania politicians sue over law enabling gun-rights suits

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:20
By David DeKok PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Five Democratic Pennsylvania state legislators and the mayors of two cities filed suit in a state appeals court on Monday asking it to strike down a state law allowing advocacy groups to sue municipalities over local gun laws. The law, passed last month and due to take effect in January, would also allow lobbying groups, such as the National Rifle Association, standing to recoup their legal costs when suits prevail. ...

Mild temps mean Alaska bears still hanging around

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:18

In this Nov. 7, 2014 photo provided by Bruce Batten, a black bear eats seeds inside a bird feeder on a second-floor porch after walking up a flight of stairs in Eagle River, Alaska. The incident and others prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to warn residents that southcentral Alaska bears have not taken to winter dens and may be attracted to birdfeeders and cans of trash. Mild temperatures and little snow have led to bears hanging around. (AP Photo/Bruce Batten)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Bruce Batten was surprised to see an unseasonable visitor on the second-floor deck of his Eagle River home.

AP IMPACT: US agencies struggle vs. cyberattacks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:59

In this Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, photo, specialists work at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in Arlington, Va. A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)They have clicked links in bogus phishing emails, opened malware-laden websites and been tricked by scammers into sharing information.

California enjoys big revenues but warns of retiree benefit costs

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:57
By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - The California State Controller's Office on Monday reported revenues for October were $662.2 million, or 12.3 percent, above budget estimates but warned that the state still needed to tackle the growing cost of retiree health benefits. Overall, the state's coffers saw $1.2 billion overflow for the first four months of the new fiscal year, beating estimates by 4.5 percent. ...

Early snow falls on northern U.S., cold sweeping south

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:53

A man uses a smart phone as he take a picture in Battery Park at sunset alongside the Hudson River on an autumn day in New YorkBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - An arctic blast began to dump heavy snow in parts of the northern Rockies, Plains and the Great Lakes regions on Monday and meteorologists said temperatures are expected to plummet throughout the United States. In Minnesota, police said dozens of car crashes marked the season's first snow as drivers struggled with slippery roads. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and watches for a wide swath of the northern U.S. ...

McDonald's recalls lollipop whistles over choking concerns

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:50

A McDonald's restaurant is pictured in Encinitas, CaliforniaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. restaurant chain McDonald's Corp is recalling about 2.5 million lollipop whistles because young children can choke on the parts, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Monday. The Oakbrook, Illinois, company has received two reports of children who coughed out pieces of the Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Whistles they had sucked into their mouths, the commission said in a statement. One of the children received medical attention. Parts inside the whistle can come loose, it said. About 2. ...

Pa. Gov-elect Wolf names McGinty as chief of staff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:48

Pa. Gov-elect Wolf names McGinty as chief of staffPennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said Monday a former state environmental protection secretary will serve as his chief of staff after he takes office in January.

Violent U.S. crime drops again, reaches 1970s level: FBI

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:43
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. violent crimes including murders fell 4.4 percent in 2013 to their lowest number since the 1970s, continuing a decades-long downturn, the FBI said on Monday. The law enforcement agency's annual Crime in the United States report showed the country had an estimated 1.16 million violent crimes last year, the lowest number since 1.09 million were recorded in 1978. All types of violent crimes were lower, with murder and non-negligent manslaughter off 4.4 percent to 14,196, the lowest figure since 1968. Rape was down 6.3 percent and robbery fell 2. ...

Inmate Abu-Jamal challenges victim-anguish law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:43
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An outspoken Pennsylvania inmate sued Monday to overturn a recently enacted law the state's governor says curbs criminals from cultivating "obscene celebrity" at the expense of their victims.

U.S. Postal Service data breach may compromise staff, customer details

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:38

A view shows U.S. postal service mail boxes at a post office in EncinitasBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service was the victim of a cyber attack that may have compromised the personal information of more than 800,000 employees, as well as data on customers who contacted its call center during the first eight months of this year. Employee data may include names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment and emergency contact information, the Postal Service said on Monday. ...

Postal Service Hit By Cyber Attack

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:34
The U.S. Postal Service said today it has been the victim of "a cyber-security intrusion" that exposed the personal information of some 800,000 employees.

Judge refuses to fire Gulf oil spill claims chief

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:30
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

School advocates sue Pennsylvania over funding

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:25

School advocates sue Pennsylvania over fundingPublic school advocates sued top state officials Monday, alleging that an irrational system of distributing state subsidies is creating academic inequities and depriving many students of the "thorough and efficient" public education system that the state constitution guarantees.

U.S. transgender people welcome easier path to amend birth papers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:19

Naz Seenauth, a transgender man, poses in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Naz Seenauth's driver's license says he is male. His birth certificate says he is female. The mismatch, he says, is deeply frustrating. New York City, where Seenauth was born and raised, does not accept that he is a transgender man and will not amend his birth certificate, for now at least, even though his doctor will attest to his gender. "It was kind of weird," Seenauth said of his failed attempt to get the document reissued last year, "because New York City is such a liberal place. ...