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2 arraigned in shootings of NY officers at bodega robbery

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:54
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City prosecutors say one man has been charged with attempted murder and another with burglary in the robbery of a Bronx bodega in which two police officers were shot.

Teenager pleads guilty in beating death of WW2 veteran

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:24

Kenan Adams Kinard, center, is led into a courtroom, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. before taking a plea deal in the murder of Delbert Belton. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder in the beating death of 88-year-old Delbert Belton, a World War II veteran who survived the battle of Okinawa but was killed in a robbery outside a Washington state bar in 2013.


Obama issues 3 veto threats in 2 days

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:24

President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, before boarding Marine One helicopter for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md.. Obama is traveling to Detroit area to speak to workers at Ford automotive plant. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened more vetoes Wednesday against top-priority legislation of the two-day-old Republican-controlled Congress, and GOP leaders said they intend to keep challenging President Barack Obama to sign early measures that demonstrate bipartisan support.


FCC chairman hints at utility-style rules for Internet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:11
LAS VEGAS (AP) — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online.

FCC chairman hints at utility-style rules for Internet

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:11
LAS VEGAS (AP) — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:05

Crew members of Indonesian Air Force Super Puma helicopter man their position during a search operation for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 over the Java Sea, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle spotted the tail of the missing AirAsia plane in the Java Sea on Wednesday, the first confirmed sighting of any major wreckage 11 days after Flight 8501 disappeared with 162 people on board, an official said. (AP Photo/Beawiharta, Pool)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


Attendants say they were unfairly fired for refusing to fly

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:02
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thirteen flight attendants filed a federal complaint Wednesday against United Airlines saying they were fired for refusing to fly from San Francisco to Hong Kong on a plane with the words "BYE BYE" and a pair of faces scrawled on it, their attorneys said Wednesday.

Colorado theater shooting defense seeks another trial delay

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:57
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are again asking a judge to delay the trial, less than two weeks before jury selection is set to begin.

One dead following officer-involved shooting at Ohio airport

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:57
(Reuters) - A man armed with a knife was shot and killed by Port Columbus International Airport police in Ohio's state capital on Wednesday, according to authorities. The shooting occurred in the outdoor departure area of the Columbus Regional Airport at around 1 p.m. when the unidentified man lunged at a police officer with a knife, according to a joint statement by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the Columbus Division of Police. ...

Last two defendants plead guilty in string of Mississippi hate crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:54
By Therese Apel JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Two white Mississippi men pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to their roles in a string of racially motivated attacks on blacks in 2011 that included the killing of a man run over by a truck. The defendants were the last of 10 to be convicted in connection with the attacks, which included the killing of James Craig Anderson, 47, and sparked outrage in a state that has struggled to overcome a long history of racism. "The hate crimes to which these defendants have pleaded guilty were as shocking as they were reprehensible," U.S. ...

Nebraska court could hold up Keystone pipeline

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:49

FILE - In this March 11, 2013 file photo is a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" placed in a field near Bradshaw, Neb. Even if the Republican-led Congress approves the Keystone XL pipeline, not a drop of oil will flow through the system until Nebraska signs off on its route. The routing process is still before the state Supreme Court, and depending on how justices rule, it could be months or longer before any construction in Nebraska begins. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but no matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire 1,179-mile project could be delayed until Nebraska signs off on the route.


Federal judge makes foie gras sales legal in California

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:49
By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) - Foie gras is back on the menu in California, after a federal judge on Wednesday struck down the state's controversial law banning the production and sale of the culinary delicacy that comes from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn. While some California chefs planned to celebrate the return of fatty duck liver, animal rights activists said the state's hard-fought foie gras battle was far from over. California's bill outlawing foie gras passed in 2004 but the ban didn't go into effect until 2012. ...

Judge rules against florist who didn't want to serve gays

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:28
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A judge has decided the state of Washington has the authority to bring a consumer protection lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding.

Judge keeps most of gag order in former W.Va. coal exec case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:25
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge is upholding most of a gag order in a criminal case against ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who was in charge of the Upper Big Branch mine when it exploded and killed 29 men.

Official says he was wrong to ask that his name not be used

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:14

Frederick County Council member Kirby Delauter makes a point during a meeting of the recently formed 7-member council Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2015, at Winchester Hall in Frederick, Md. The Republican councilman is threatening to sue his local newspaper if they dare put his name on their pages. Delauter, who made the threat in a Facebook post lat Saturday, didn't respond Tuesday to phone and email messages. (AP Photo/The Frederick News-Post, Bill Green)EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) — An elected county official in Maryland who threatened to sue a newspaper for publishing his name dropped that threat Wednesday after his angry Facebook post generated an avalanche of mocking messages on social media.


'Baby, It's Cold Outside': large part of U.S. in deep freeze

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:56

Icicles are seen near a beach on Lake Michigan in ChicagoBy Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Schools in large cities across the Midwest and into the Northeast announced they will close on Thursday to protect children from bitterly cold temperatures as wind chill warnings were issued for most of the eastern half of the United States. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned of an Arctic air blast from Canada continuing to provide subzero temperatures for the U.S. Midwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday evening and into Thursday. ...


Coldest temps since polar vortex test U.S. transport network

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:46
By Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) - Armed with lessons learned from last year's polar vortex, the U.S. transportation and shipping network faces its first big test of the winter this week as harsh cold and dangerous wind chills buffet the Plains to the East Coast. Moving people and products has proved tedious but not impossible as upper Midwest temperatures topped out in the single digits to below zero Fahrenheit on Wednesday, with gusty winds making it feel like 20- to 40-below. ...

Arizona lawmaker proposes legalizing recreational marijuana

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:38
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona Democratic lawmaker has introduced a bill to make marijuana legal for recreational use by adults, but it is expected to face tough opposition in the conservative southwestern U.S. state. If the bill is voted down in the legislature, it could serve as an opening salvo to put a legalization ballot measure before voters, State Representative Mark Cardenas, who introduced the measure, said on Wednesday. Arizona is one of 23 states that allow medical marijuana. ...

Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7, gets official pack status

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:35

FILE - This remote camera photo taken May 3, 2014, and provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows the wolf OR-7 on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in southwest Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. State and federal wildlife agencies said Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, they have designated OR-7, his mate and their pups the Rogue Pack, for their location in the Rogue River drainage in the Cascades east of Medford. It's the first pack in western Oregon and the ninth in the state since wolves from Idaho started swimming the Snake River in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, File)GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, is now officially the leader of his own pack.


Kentucky lawmaker charged with DUI on 1st day of session

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:35
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky state senator was charged with driving under the influence about nine hours after the legislative session opened.