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Vast data warehouse raises HealthCare.gov privacy concerns

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

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is shown on a laptop screen in Portland, Ore. A government data warehouse stores information forever on millions of consumers seeking coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. That's raising concerns about privacy at a time when major breaches have become common. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A government data warehouse that stores personal information on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.


South Carolina sheriff's deputy charged in shooting death of wife

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:59
A South Carolina sheriff's deputy has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife, authorities said on Monday. Matthew Jordan Blakley shot his wife, Candace Blakley, 24, with a rifle in their North Augusta home on Saturday evening, according to a police affidavit. Blakley was fired from his job after he was arrested on Sunday, Aiken County Sheriff's spokesman Captain Eric Abdullah said.

Colorado high court upholds firing of workers for medical pot use

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:58

A woman smokes a marijuana blunt at Denver's annual 4/20 marijuana rally in front of the state capitol building in downtown DenverThe Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Monday that companies may fire their employees for off-the-job use of medical marijuana that is permitted under state law because cannabis remains outlawed by the federal government. The 6-0 opinion, with one justice sitting out the case, affirmed two lower-court decisions siding against Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic fired in 2010 from his job as a customer service representative for Dish Network Corp after testing positive for marijuana. The Colorado-based satellite television company said Coasts' use of pot, even if consumed at home while off-duty, violated its "zero tolerance" anti-drug policy.


Military: Armed civilian shot near gate at Arkansas air base

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:55

A member of an Air Force security detail guards the front gate of little Rock Air Force Base near Jacksonville, Ark., Monday, June 15, 2015. Military officials said two people were hospitalized after shots were fired when a civilian attempted to enter Little Rock Air Force Base. The Jacksonville police department said the would-be intruder was injured and taken into custody. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Guards shot and critically wounded a civilian outside a sprawling Air Force base in Arkansas on Monday after the man drove his SUV over a curb near the main gate, crashed through a sign and got out of the vehicle holding a rifle, the base commander said.


Montgomery Co. man who mailed ricin to romantic rival sentenced to prison

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:53

Montgomery Co. man who mailed ricin to romantic rival sentenced to prisonThe Montgomery County man who confessed to mailing the deadly poison ricin to a romantic rival learned his fate.


Cleanup work underway after massive water main break in West Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:52

Cleanup work underway after massive water main break in West PhiladelphiaCleanup and repair work are underway after a massive water main break caused flooding and prompted evacuations in a West Philadelphia neighborhood.


Police: 2-year-old girl found dead in woods was placed there

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:51
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 2-year-old girl found dead in a ravine had been placed there by someone because it was too far for her to walk by herself, a county police official said Monday, adding that authorities are investigating the case as a homicide.

California court rules for city in affordable housing fight

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:44

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2009 file photo, a residential area is seen in San Jose, Calif. California cities have broad authority to require builders to include a percentage of affordable housing in new projects, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday, June 15, 2015. The decision keeps affordable housing requirements approved in more than 170 California cities intact, including San Francisco and cities in Silicon Valley, where skyrocketing housing prices have led to calls for more affordable housing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California cities have broad authority to require builders to set aside a percentage of units in new projects for affordable housing, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.


Little worry at Jersey shore after NC shark attacks

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:43

Little worry at Jersey shore after NC shark attacksNews of two shark attacks a little over an hour apart in North Carolina had people talking Monday, but there was little concern among beachgoers at the New Jersey shore.


U.S. justices refuse to restore North Carolina abortion ultrasound law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:31

A protester holds a copy of the bible outside of the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by the state of North Carolina to revive its law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound of the fetus performed and described to them by a doctor. The high court let stand a December appeals court ruling that struck down the 2011 law as unconstitutional because it forced doctors to voice the state's message discouraging abortion. North Carolina lawmakers had argued that requiring narrated ultrasounds would provide crucial information to women making an irrevocable decision, even if they chose to avert their eyes and not listen to the explanation of the displayed fetus images.


Pool incident investigation turned over to Texas Rangers

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:30
MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors have called in the Texas Rangers to investigate an incident in which a white police officer Is seen on video pushing a bikini-clad black teenage girl to the ground and brandishing his gun at other black teens.

Baltimore takes aim at liquor stores after Freddie Gray riots

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:30

A protestor on a bicycle thrusts his fist in the air next to a line of police, in front of a burning CVS drug store, during clashes in BaltimoreDozens of Baltimore liquor stores damaged in rioting over the death of Freddie Gray are likely to be excluded from city recovery help, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Monday. Long-standing concerns about zoning and community complaints about liquor stores in poor neighborhoods mean they could be barred from loans and other financial aid, she said. Many of the stores do not meet zoning laws and Baltimore needs alternatives, such as grocery stores to improve impoverished neighborhoods, Rawlings-Blake said.


Police: Man with fake gun tried to rob check cashing store

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:28

 Man with fake gun tried to rob check cashing storeA would-be robber in North Philadelphia tried to take a worker hostage in order to get cash.


NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal resigns amid race deception allegations

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:26

NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal resigns amid race deception allegationsRachel Dolezal, the former local NAACP president who is at the center of a controversy over whether she lied about her race on a government job application, resigned Monday.


Officials: Shark attack victims were in waist-deep water

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:25

 Shark attack victims were in waist-deep waterTwo young people were swimming in shallow, waist-deep water, when they were severely injured in shark attacks in North Carolina.


Jim Pollock joins AP as regional media director in Seattle

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:23

Jim Pollock is seen in Seattle, Monday, June 15, 2015. Pollock, a digital media executive with previous experience at Microsoft and MSNBC, has been named The Associated Press' director of regional media for the Pacific Northwest. The appointment was announced Monday by Jim Clarke, AP's interim regional director for the West. (AP Photo/Chris Grygiel)SEATTLE (AP) — Jim Pollock, a digital media executive with previous experience at Microsoft and MSNBC, has been named The Associated Press' director of regional media for the Pacific Northwest.


Colorado court: Workers can be fired for using pot off-duty

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:05

Attorney Michael Evans, left, talks with his client, Brandon Coats, after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against Coats, at Evans' law offices, in Centennial, Colo., Monday, June 15, 2015. The state Supreme Court ruled 6-0 that Coats, a quadriplegic and medical marijuana patient who was fired by Dish Network after failing a drug test, cannot get his job back. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.


Family of Brandon Tate-Brown wants investigation reopened

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:02

Family of Brandon Tate-Brown wants investigation reopenedThe family of a man fatally shot by Philadelphia police is calling on the city's top prosecutor to reopen his investigation after police admitted their original narrative was false.


AccuWeather: T'Storms Likely Today

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 05:01

 Steamy to StormyNo matter where you are, it's a soupy start to the week.